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Seroprevalence of varicella zoster virus infections in Colombo district, Sri Lanka.
BACKGROUND Although Varicella Zoster virus (VZV) infections occur worldwide, the epidemiology is remarkably different in tropical and temperate climates. VZV infections result in significantExpand
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HLA analysis of Sri Lankan Sinhalese predicts North Indian origin
The origin of the Sinhalese population of Sri Lanka is debated. We subtyped HLA‐A*02 in 101 Sinhalese and observed a preponderance of the rare allele HLA‐A*0211 which was similar to reportedExpand
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Prevalence of skin diseases in suburban Sri Lanka.
BACKGROUND In Sri Lanka the only available measures of disease frequency related to skin disorders are from hospital-based clinic studies. They reflect only the patterns of clinic attendance, and theExpand
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Mental health initiatives as peace initiatives in Sri Lankan schoolchildren affected by armed conflict.
The Health Reach Sri Lanka project (1993-96) is described. It was a school-based assessment of children's exposure to war-related events and the presence of psychological distress, undertaken in sixExpand
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Cross-cultural and factorial validity of PTSD check list—military version (PCL-M) in Sinhalese language
Background : There are currently no validated instruments to assess the burden of combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Sinhalese—the main spoken language in Sri Lanka. Objective :Expand
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The prevalence and pattern of wife beating in the Trincomalee district in eastern Sri Lanka.
A descriptive cross-sectional study was carried out to determine the prevalence and to identify some socio-demographic factors associated with wife beating in the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) areaExpand
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Comparison of three instruments used in the assessment of dementia in Sri Lanka
Background: Dementia is poorly recognized even by physicians. This study compares three instruments used to assess dementia in a community setting in Sri Lanka. Method: Translated and culturallyExpand
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Prevalence of suicidal ideation in Sri Lanka.
BACKGROUND Suicidal ideation can often lead to suicide attempts and completed suicide. Studies have shown that Sri Lanka has one of the highest rates of suicide in the world but so far no studiesExpand
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The effect of chemical modification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae on electrophoretic mobility, cell-wall structure and amphotericin B uptake.
Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC 239 suspended in solutions of NaCl showed two distinct plateaus in plots of electrophoretic mobility vs. pH, corresponding to pKa values of approx. 2 and 5. This is inExpand
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Completed suicide among Sinhalese in Sri Lanka: a psychological autopsy study.
Sri Lanka has the one of highest rates of suicide. Important factors associated with suicide were determined via the psychological autopsy approach (which had not been carried out previously in SriExpand
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