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1.  Combined effect of vacuum packaging and refrigerated storage on the chemical quality of paneer tikka 
Paneer tikka, a popular dish for vegetarians, is a tongue tingling favourite of Indian gourmets. It is a perishable commodity which requires more than five hours for its preparation. The shelf life of paneer tikka is hardly one day at room temperature which impedes its proper marketing. In order to enhance the shelf life of paneer tikka, the product was vacuum packed in two high barrier packages, viz., LLDPE*/BA†/Nylon-6/BA/LDPE‡ (110 μ, *linear low density polyethylene, †binding agent, ‡low density polyethylene) and metallized polyester/LDPE (20/75 μ) along with LDPE (100 μ) as control, and stored at 3 ± 1 °C. The stored samples were evaluated at 0, 10, 20, 30 and 40 day(s) for changes in chemical characteristics, namely moisture, pH, titratable acidity, free fatty acids content, tyrosine content and water activity. The analysis of variance of the data revealed that type of packages had significant influence on all the above parameters excluding water activity during storage of paneer tikka.
PMCID: PMC3602555  PMID: 24425964
Paneer tikka; Chemical quality; Vacuum packaging
2.  Comparative study of thyrotoxic periodic paralysis from idiopathic hypokalemic periodic paralysis: An experience from India 
There is paucity of reports on thyrotoxic periodic paralysis (TPP) from India. We report the patients with TPP and compare them with idiopathic hypokalemic periodic paralysis (IHPP).
Materials and Methods:
Patients with hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HPP) treated during the past 11 years were evaluated retrospectively. Their demographic parameters, family history, clinical features, precipitating factors, severity of weakness, laboratory parameters and rapidity of recovery were recorded. The demographic, clinical and laboratory parameters of TPP and IHPP were compared.
During the study period, we managed 52 patients with HPP; nine (17.3%) of whom had TPP and 27 (52%) had IHPP. The demographic, precipitating factors, number of attacks and severity of limb weakness were similar between the TPP and IHPP groups, except in the IHPP group, bulbar weakness was present in four and respiratory paralysis in six, needing artificial ventilation in two patients. Serum potassium was significantly lower in TPP (2.21 ± 0.49) compared with IHPP (2.67 ± 0.59, P = 0.04). Four patients with TPP had subclinical thyrotoxicosis and two had subclinical hyperthyroidism. Rebound hyperkalemia occurred in both TPP and IHPP (three versus eight patients). The recovery was faster in IHPP (26.7 ± 15.4 h) compared with TPP (34.0 ± 14.0 h), but was statistically insignificant.
TPP constitutes 17.3% of HPP, and absence of clinical features of thyrotoxicosis and subclinical hyperthyroidism in TPP is not uncommon. Clinical features, demographic profile and rebound hyperkalemia are similar in both TPP and IHPP. The serum potassium level is significantly low in the TPP compared with the IHPP group.
PMCID: PMC3424795  PMID: 22919190
Hypokalemia; hypokalemic periodic paralysis; periodic paralysis; thyrotoxic periodic paralysis; treatment
3.  Effect of MAP on microbiological quality of Mozzarella cheese stored in different packages at 7 ± 1 °C 
Mozzarella cheese was placed in two types of packaging materials (Cryovac, P1 and linear low density polyethylene/BA/Nylon-6/BA/Low density polyethylene, P2) under 5 different atmospheres, air (A1), vacuum (A2), 100% CO2 (A3), 100% N2 (A4) and mixture of 50% N2 and 50% CO2 (A5). The product was evaluated periodically for microbiological quality. Among the different gases studied, A3 showed minimum microbial count during storage, thus proving superior followed by A5, A4, A2 and A1.
PMCID: PMC3551083  PMID: 23572727
Modified atmosphere packaging; Mozzarella cheese; Vacuum packaging; Microbiological quality
4.  Chronic post‐rheumatic fever (Jaccoud's) arthropathy involving carpometacarpal joints 
Heart  2006;92(9):1243.
PMCID: PMC1861191  PMID: 16908697
Images in cardiology
5.  Disappearing Saccular Intracranial Aneurysms: Do They Really Disappear? 
Interventional Neuroradiology  2007;13(3):247-254.
Evolution and natural history of cerebral aneurysms is a dynamic process. Spontaneous regression in size or complete disappearance of an aneurysm is a known phenomenon, more commonly noted in giant intracranial aneurysms. However, reappearance or regrowth of such aneurysms is rare with few anecdotal reports. We report a series of four cases including one giant aneurysm, which either disappeared or regressed on sequential angiograms. Regrowth or reappearance of two of these previously disappeared or regressed aneurysms was noted and endovascularly treated while the other two cases are being followed up. The decision to follow up was crucial considering the nature of the aneurysms to change in morphology under the influence of various hemodynamic factors.
PMCID: PMC3345488  PMID: 20566116
cerebral aneurysm, spontaneous thrombosis, recanalisation

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