Nigerian Journal of Basic and Clinical Sciences

: 2012  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Of online edition and the mixed facets of diseases in the developing world

MM Borodo 
 Department of Medicine, Bayero University/ Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria

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M M Borodo
Department of Medicine, Bayero University/ Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano

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Borodo M M. Of online edition and the mixed facets of diseases in the developing world.Niger J Basic Clin Sci 2012;9:1-1

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The Editorial Board welcomes you to the first online edition of the Nigerian Journal of Basic and Clinical Sciences. While hard copies of the journal would continue to be available, we hope that this online facility would not only allow for quick access to the journal articles as well as offloading new articles for publication at the journal website, but it would also allow for faster online review of articles by our reviewers. At this juncture, we would like to acknowledge the support and cooperation of our new publishers, [INSIDE:1] of India.

In this edition, Ochicha and colleagues in their article on inflammatory cervical smears and infections concluded, as others have, that inflammation in the smears (seen in 50% of patients) did not correlate well with the frequency of infections(seen in 30% of patients), thereby making the use of this investigation problematic for gynecologists.

The high HIV seropositivity (50%) of all those tested in a tertiary institution facility for HIV counseling and testing (HCT) as highlighted in the article by Audu et al, confirms the establishment of HCT centers as an effective strategy for HIV screening. This is a welcome finding in Nigeria with a national prevalence of HIV of 4.3% and should allow for early management of identified cases.

As reported by Banwat and colleagues in a study, obesity, a disease in itself or at least an important risk factor for hypertension, diabetes and ischemic heart disease, was noted to be high (86% for obesity and overweight) amongst chief executives of institutions in a Nigerian city, despite a reasonable level of knowledge of the condition and its potential dangers in the group. This finding is worrisome in a developing country still grappling with a high burden of communicable diseases.

In the area of hematology, is a report by Onwuka and others on the distribution of blood groups in blood donors while Gwaram and others drew attention to the low prevalence (3.6%) of acute blood transfusion reactions in a northern Nigerian town and identified history of previous blood transfusion reaction and use of blood stored for more than 3 days as risk factors.

Retinoblastoma (44%) and squamous cell conjuctival papilloma (18%), seen in the young and elderly respectively, were the predominant malignant eye tumors seen in a survey of the condition carried out in Kano Nigeria, as reported by Ali et al. The high prevalence of retinoblastoma in Africa as typified by this study compared to Europe is speculated to be triggered by a yet to be identified infectious agent.

Transabdominal ultrasound was reported by Ma'aji and others as a useful tool in the evaluation of Sickle disease patients.

There are also other articles and illustrative case reports including the challenges of care for childhood poisoning in resource-poor settings in this edition….Happy reading online!!!