Clinical pharmacy in Sri Lanka: translating training into practice

Coombes, Ian, Judith Coombes, and Andrew Dawson. “Clinical pharmacy in Sri Lanka: translating training into practice.” Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research 45, no. 4 (2015): 392-393. Sri Lanka has a strong national health system, which has achieved developed world health outcomes. It has also had a sustained commitment to drug policy ranging from its … Continue Reading »

Procoagulant snake venoms have differential effects in animal plasmas: Implications for antivenom testing in animal models

Maduwage, Kalana P., Fiona E. Scorgie, Lisa F. Lincz, Margaret A. O’Leary, and Geoffrey K. Isbister. “Procoagulant snake venoms have differential effects in animal plasmas: Implications for antivenom testing in animal models.” Thrombosis research 137 (2016): 174-177. Highlights •Animals are used to test procoagulant venom toxicity and antivenom efficacy. •Different animal plasmas have varying susceptibility … Continue Reading »

Non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: associated triggers and motivations

Motivations associated with the act of non-fatal self-poisoning, as described by participants in the semi-qualitative interviews (n = 24)

Thilini Rajapakse, Kathleen M. Griffiths, Helen Christensen, and Sue Cotton. “Non-fatal self-poisoning in Sri Lanka: associated triggers and motivations.” BMC public health 15, no. 1 (2015): 1167. Abstract Background Attempted or non-fatal self-poisoning is common in Sri Lanka. To date, most preventive strategies have focused on limitation of access to toxic pesticides, which has reduced … Continue Reading »

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the diabetes epidemic in countries in the WHO South-East Asia region.

Gifford, Robert, Sisira Siribaddana, Shareen Forbes, and Michael Eddleston. “Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the diabetes epidemic in countries in the WHO South-East Asia region.” The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology 3, no. 12 (2015): 925-927. Summary Increasing evidence supports the potential contribution of endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) exposure to the development of endocrine and metabolic disorders. In particular, … Continue Reading »

Endocrine disrupting chemicals and the diabetes epidemic in the WHO South East Asia region

Gifford, R., Siribaddana, S., Forbes, S. and Eddleston, M., 2015. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals and the diabetes epidemic in countries in the WHO South-East Asia region. The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, 3(12), pp.925-927. Abstract Increasing evidence supports the potential contribution of endocrine-disrupting chemical (EDC) exposure to the development of endocrine and metabolic disorders.1 In particular, persistent organic … Continue Reading »

Association of socio-economic position and suicide/attempted suicide in low and middle income countries in South and South-East Asia – a systematic review

Knipe, Duleeka W., Robert Carroll, Kyla H. Thomas, Anna Pease, David Gunnell, and Chris Metcalfe. “Association of socio-economic position and suicide/attempted suicide in low and middle income countries in South and South-East Asia–a systematic review.” BMC public health 15, no. 1 (2015): 1055. Abstract Background Forty percent of the world’s suicide deaths occur in low … Continue Reading »

Paracetamol overdose: Relevance of recent evidence for managing patients in Sri Lanka

Galappatthy, P. and Dawson, A.H., 2015. Paracetamol overdose: Relevance of recent evidence for managing patients in Sri Lanka. Ceylon Medical Journal, 60(3). Abstract Paracetamol poisoning is the commonest overdose recorded in high income countries [1-4]. In Sri Lanka paracetamol overdose has exponentially increased in urban and rural areas [5, 6]. It is responsible for 50% … Continue Reading »

Venom Concentrations and Clotting Factor Levels in a Prospective Cohort of Russell’s Viper Bites with Coagulopathy

Isbister, Geoffrey K., Kalana Maduwage, Fiona E. Scorgie, Seyed Shahmy, Fahim Mohamed, Chandana Abeysinghe, Harendra Karunathilake, Margaret A. O’Leary, Christeine A. Gnanathasan, and Lisa F. Lincz. “Venom Concentrations and Clotting Factor Levels in a Prospective Cohort of Russell’s Viper Bites with Coagulopathy.” PLOS Negl Trop Dis 9, no. 8 (2015): e0003968. Abstract Background Russell’s viper … Continue Reading »

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Intervention for Delayed Psychological Effects in Snakebite Victims.

Wijesinghe CA, Williams SS, Kasturiratne A, Dolawaththa N, Wimalaratne P, Wijewickrema B, Jayamanne SF, Isbister GK, Dawson AH, Lalloo DG, de Silva HJ.PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 2015 Aug 11;9(8):e0003989. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0003989. eCollection 2015 Aug.PMID: 26261987 abstract: BACKGROUND Snakebite results in delayed psychological morbidity and negative psycho-social impact. However, psychological support is rarely provided to victims. AIM To … Continue Reading »

A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Intervention for Delayed Psychological Effects in Snakebite Victims

Wijesinghe, Chamara A., Shehan S. Williams, Anuradhani Kasturiratne, Nishantha Dolawaththa, Piyal Wimalaratne, Buddhika Wijewickrema, Shaluka F. Jayamanne et al. “A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Brief Intervention for Delayed Psychological Effects in Snakebite Victims.” PLOS Negl Trop Dis 9, no. 8 (2015): e0003989. Abstract Background Snakebite results in delayed psychological morbidity and negative psycho-social impact. … Continue Reading »