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The Epidemiology of Ophthalmological Disease among School Age Children in Rural India

Author: Clive VelkersMacKenzie Turpin, Raywat Deonandan

Abstract

Preventable blindness is one of the primary health concerns in rural India, yet little is known about the prevalence of eye disease among India’s school-aged children. The clinical database of the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, which describes clinicians’ visits to schools in Kakinada, India, was analyzed retrospectively to determine the prevalence of eye disease among 8488 students aged 18 years and younger. Among diagnosed illnesses, basic refractory impingement (including degrees of astigmatism) was the most common, followed by squinting. Vitamin A deficiency was not a factor in any of the tested subjects.

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Le diagnostic épidémiologique des maladies ophthalmologiques chez les enfants d’âge scolaire en zone rural de l’Inde

Auteurs : Clive Velkers, MacKenzie Turpin et Raywat Deonandan

Résumé

Preventable blindness is one of the primary health concerns in rural India, yet little is known about the prevalence of eye disease among India’s school-aged children. The clinical database of the Srikiran Institute of Ophthalmology, which describes clinicians’ visits to schools in Kakinada, India, was analyzed retrospectively to determine the prevalence of eye disease among 8488 students aged 18 years and younger. Among diagnosed illnesses, basic refractory impingement (including degrees of astigmatism) was the most common, followed by squinting. Vitamin A deficiency was not a factor in any of the tested subjects.

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Health Sciences (HSS) Buddy Program: Evaluation of its First Year

Author: Mostafa Abdul-Fattah, Rita Hafizi, Hiba Abdul-Fattah, Sonia Gulati, Raywat Deonandan

Abstract

In the 2011-2012 academic year, the HSS Buddy Program pilot project was implemented in the Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Intended to address rising student anxiety levels, the program teamed freshmen (first year) students with groups of older students to promote more instances of casual social interaction. Participants’ perceptions of the program were universally positive in terms of how enjoyable it was, its usefulness, and its relevance to student needs. Suggested improvements include recruiting of more male participants, liaising with school administrators to help avoid scheduling conflicts, starting the program earlier in the academic year, and forming social groups with fewer students. Overall, the approach undertaken by the Buddy Program was seen to be a valuable one worthy of continuation and growth.

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Le programme de parrainage en sciences de la santé (HSS) : Évaluation de la première année

Auteur : Mostafa Abdul-Fattah, Rita Hafizi, Hiba Abdul-Fattah, Sonia Gulati, Raywat Deonandan

Résumé

Durant l’année scolaire 2011-2012, le projet pilote du programme de parrainage en sciences de la santé a été mis en œuvre au sein de l’École interdisciplinaire des sciences de la santé de l’Université d’Ottawa. Destiné à répondre à la hausse du niveau d’anxiété des étudiants, le programme a associé étudiants de première année et groupes d’étudiants plus âgés afin de promouvoir leurs occasions d’échange. La perception des participants de ce programme se traduit par des termes universellement positifs quant au plaisir qu’il procure, à son utilité et à sa pertinence pour les besoins des étudiants. Au nombre des améliorations proposées figurent le recrutement de plus de participants masculins, la liaison avec les administrateurs scolaires pour éviter les conflits d’horaire, faire débuter le programme plus tôt dans l’année scolaire, et la formation de groupes sociaux avec moins d’étudiants. Dans l’ensemble, l’approche adoptée par le programme de parrainage est fort bien acceptée et on souhaite la continuation de son développement.

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Commentary: Obamacare and American National Identity

Author: Raywat DEONANDAN

On March 23, 2010, US President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (United States of America, 2010), commonly called “Obamacare.”  Representing the most significant revision of the American health care system in over four decades, PPACA is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall out-of-pocket costs of individual health care.

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Commentary: Obamacare and American National Identity

Auteur : Raywat DEONANDAN
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On March 23, 2010, US President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) (United States of America, 2010), commonly called “Obamacare.” Representing the most significant revision of the American health care system in over four decades, PPACA is aimed primarily at decreasing the number of uninsured Americans and reducing the overall out-of-pocket costs of individual health care.

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