Wafa Munir Ansari

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BACKGROUND Lead poisoning is a well recognized environmental health problem in children. Independent association of iron deficiency and lead exposure with elevated blood lead level (BLL) has been reported. Whether iron deficiency in combination with chronic lead exposure increases BLL and susceptibility to its harmful effects in children needs to be(More)
BACKGROUND In recent years inappropriate and excessive use of clinical laboratory facilities has become a cause of concern and has led to concurrent rise in the laboratory errors and the health care costs. The aim of the study was to find out the frequency of incomplete laboratory request forms, inappropriate test requests at various professional levels and(More)
Lead exposure is an important environmental health problem particularly affecting the children of occupational workers living in the lead-contaminated environment. The objectives of the study were to find out the frequency, potential sources and adverse health effects of elevated blood lead level (BLL) in the children of lead-related occupational workers.(More)
BACKGROUND Genetic information has the potential to create a more personalised, prompt, early and accurate risk evaluation. The effect of these genetic variants on the serum biomarker levels (phenotype) needs to be studied to assess their potential causal role in the pathogenesis of premature coronary artery disease (PCAD). Objectives were to determine the(More)
.. Objectives: Interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) gene (A>C, rs8192284) polymorphism has been associated with inflammatory biomarkers. We sought to investigate the association of IL-6R gene (A>C, rs8192284) polymorphism with IL-6, IL-18 and hS-CRP levels in PCAD. Study Design: Case control study. Setting: Army Medical College, National University of Sciences(More)
This study evaluated pesticide effects on reproductive and thyroid hormones of cotton farmers of southern Punjab, Pakistan. A total of 88 cotton farmers (42 spray applicators and 46 cotton pickers) were randomly included with an equal number of age- and sex-matched controls. Sampling was done in high spraying and peak picking seasons. Serum levels of(More)
Proinflammatory interleukin-18 (IL-18), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hS-CRP), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), and anti-inflammatory IL-10 are involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to determine the imbalance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in premature coronary artery disease (PCAD) and their(More)
BACKGROUND Premature Coronary Artery Disease (PCAD) occurs almost a decade earlier in the South Asian population as compared to the West. Inclusion of genetic information can prove to be a robust measure to improve early risk prediction of PCAD. Aim was to estimate the genotypic distribution and risk allele frequencies of 13 Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)(More)
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