Sridhar Amalakanti

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Mosquitoes preferentially bite certain individuals by visual and olfactory cues. Dengue and Malaria, two of the most widespread mosquito borne diseases may be more common in people with certain skin tone due this fact. We compared the skin color (Fitzpatrick Scale) as a risk factor to be afflicted by dengue or malaria in 132 patients and 127 controls in a(More)
The objective of this study was to assess vitamin D levels in epileptic patients and to compare its serum levels in patients on antiepileptic monotherapy and polytherapy. We analyzed the serum 25-hydroxy (25-OH) vitamin D levels in 98 consecutive subjects (43 epileptic patients and 55 non-epileptics). Factors influencing its serum levels such as degree of(More)
Andersen Tawil Syndrome (ATS) is a very rare type of periodic paralysis; the authors present a case report from South India with features that have not been reported earlier. This case suggests many unexplored hypotheses for the disease and argues the need for physician sensitization of this entity.
BACKGROUND The rapid changes in the lifestyles of people in the developing countries such as India are known to increase the incidence of risk factors for stroke like hypertension (HTN), diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia. Tobacco smoking and alcoholism are on the rise. Hence, stroke might occur in younger age groups when compared to the earlier(More)
To the Editor: In the April issue of RESPIRATORY CARE, Amalakanti and Pentakota1 present a comparison of arterial oxygen saturation values between a 2-wavelength pulse oximeter and blood gas multi-wavelength hemoximetry in COPD subjects with acute respiratory failure. The authors conclude that the 2-wavelength pulse oximeter significantly overestimates(More)
BACKGROUND Epilepsy is a condition where patients have seizures due to abnormal nerve impulses in the brain. The effect of mobile phone radiation on patients with seizures is not known. OBJECTIVE To compare the seizure profile of patients not using mobile phones with that of their peers using mobile phones. METHODS In a retrospective cohort study(More)
BACKGROUND Measurement of oxygen saturation with a handheld pulse oximeter is widely practiced as a surrogate to invasive arterial blood gas analysis. Oxygen saturation is an important parameter in cases of COPD, but there are insufficient data on the role of pulse oximetry in patients with COPD, moreso in diseases across its spectrum, such as chronic(More)
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