Browse publications by year: 1980

  1. Collins NM
    Oecologia, 1980 Jan;44(2):263-275.
    PMID: 28310566 DOI: 10.1007/BF00572689
    The macrofauna of the soils on the west ridge of Gunung Mulu in 4th Division, Sarawak, were sampled during February and March 1978. The eleven sampling sites ranged from near the base of the mountain at 130 m a.s.1. to the summit at 2.376 m.Altitudinal changes from lowland rain forest (mixed dipterocarp forest) to lower montane and upper montane rain forests are concomitant with changes in soil from red yellow podzolics and regosols to peaty gley podzolics and organic peats.The abundance of the total macrofauna declined from 2,579 individuals m(-2) at 130 m to 145 m(-2) at 2,376 m. Declining population densities of ants and termites correlated significantly with increasing altitude but the effect on other groups was variable. Changes in total biomass were erratic and varied from 4.1-6.2 g m(-2) (alc. w.w.) in the dipterocarp forest soils to 5.8 g m(-2) in the lower montane, 9.3-20.2 g m(-2) in the upper montane (tall facies) and 1.9-9.5 g m(-2) in the upper montane (short and summit facies). Only the decline in the biomass of termites and ants correlated significantly with altitude. Other groups remained fairly constant, varied erratically or increased in the middle altitudes.The dipterocarp forest soil macrofaunal biomass was dominated by termites, beetles and earthworms (Megascolecidae and Moniligastridae), with ants the dominant predators. The lower montane forest was a transitional and ill-defined zone on the mountain and the soil macrofauna was also transitional to some extent. Termite biomass fell substantially and earthworms replaced them as the dominant detritivores, with beetles in a secondary role. Formicidae remained as the major predators. With the inception of peats in the upper montane forest (tall facies), the macrofauna was dominated by Coleoptera with earthworms, Diptera larvae and Blattodea in lesser roles. With increasing exposure in the upper montane forests (short and summit facies), several major groups disappeared altogether. The soils were dominated by Blattodea with Coleoptera and Megascolecidae of lesser importance. Chilopoda and Arachnida replaced Formicidae as the dominant predators.
  2. Tan DSK, Chew V, Mohd Nuruddin N
    Singapore Med J, 1980 Dec;21(6):769-70.
    PMID: 7221591
    7.8% (8/102) of paired sera sent for dengue investigation turned out to be positive for rubella Instead. Dual infection of dengue with rubella was observed in 3.8% (4/104) cases. The clinical features and the serious implications of misdiagnosis of rubella were discussed.
    MeSH terms: Dengue*; Humans; Malaysia; Rubella*
  3. Lee RL, Ackerman SE
    Psychiatry, 1980 Feb;43(1):78-88.
    PMID: 27755901
  4. Saunders JP, Brown GW, Shirai A, Huxsoll DL
    PMID: 6770503
    Serological surveillance for up to two years of 114 patients with laboratory confirmed scrub typhus showed that antibody to Rickettsia tsutsugamushi as demonstrated by the indirect fluorescent antibody test is short-lived. The mean reversion time from mean peak titre (1:499) was 48.9 weeks and the calculated annual reversion rate to a titre less than 1:50 was 61%. This can be used to estimate attack rates based on point prevalence of antibody. The relationship between antibody prevalence and attack rates observed by other workers was confirmed using this model. The possible uses of the finding and its implications in Malaysia are briefly discussed.
    MeSH terms: Adult; Antibodies, Bacterial/physiology*; Humans; Malaysia; Orientia tsutsugamushi/immunology*; Scrub Typhus/immunology; Scrub Typhus/epidemiology; Time Factors
  5. Werner RM, Dohany AL, Vanniasingham JA, Huxsoll DL
    PMID: 6947291
    MeSH terms: Animals; Cat Diseases/epidemiology*; Cats; Dog Diseases/epidemiology*; Dogs; Female; Malaysia; Myiasis/diagnosis; Myiasis/epidemiology; Myiasis/veterinary*
  6. Saha N, Tan PY, Tan BH
    Z Morphol Anthropol, 1980;71(1):107-9.
    PMID: 6969497
    MeSH terms: Adolescent; Child; China/ethnology; Color Vision Defects/epidemiology*; Ethnic Groups*; Humans; India/ethnology; Malaysia/ethnology; Male; Singapore
  7. Thomas V, Chit CW
    PMID: 7001686
    Congenital malaria from Malaysia is reported here for the first time. It occurred in a baby boy born to a 16-year-old primigravida who contracted Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy. She suffered malaria during the later stages of pregnancy and at parturition. The placenta was heavily infested with various asexual stages of P. falciparum. Gametocytes were not seen. Extensive search did not show other species. Cord blood showed very light infection with young trophozoites of P. falciparum. Serological studies using IFA technique showed specific IgG and IgM antibodies to P. falciparum in maternal cord and two early neonatal sera. These serum samples showed lower levels of IgG antibodies against P. vivax and P. malariae, but there were no specific IgM antibodies against these species. The value of specific IgM antibody in the diagnosis of congenital malaria is discussed.
    MeSH terms: Adolescent; Antibodies/analysis; Female; Fluorescent Antibody Technique; Humans; Immunoglobulin G/analysis; Immunoglobulin M/analysis*; Infant, Newborn; Malaria/congenital*; Malaria/immunology; Malaysia; Male; Placenta/immunology; Plasmodium falciparum/immunology*; Pregnancy; Pregnancy Complications, Infectious/immunology*
  8. Reid JA
    PMID: 7001688
    Anopheles donaldi Reid, a member of the A. barbirostris species group, is a vector of human filariasis and probably malaria. The discovery of some old specimens of this species, collected in Kuala Lumpur town where it no longer occurs, together with evidence from the literature about past malaria in the town, suggest that donaldi may have played a part in transmitting that malaria.
    MeSH terms: Animals; Anopheles/parasitology*; Disease Vectors*; Humans; Malaria/history; Malaria/transmission*; Malaysia; History, 20th Century
  9. Thomas V, Bin HK, Leng YP
    Trans. R. Soc. Trop. Med. Hyg., 1980;74(3):375-80.
    PMID: 7001690
    In 1973, 2610 sera were collected from adults living in 22 localities in four states in Peninsular Malaysia and tested by IFAT for Plasmodium falciparum antibodies. A larger number of thin films were examined. The attack phase of the Malaria Eradication Programme (MEP) in these areas was started between 1968 and 1973. The results showed that the highest prevalence rates and geometrical mean reciprocal titres (CMRT) were among adults from Kelantan where the antibody prevalence varied greatly among the adults and there was active transmission in at least three areas. The values were lowest for Kedah. The P. falciparum antibody prevalence rates were higher than the parasite rates as revealed in single thin film examinations but a number of the positive sera were reactive only at low titres. The low concentration probably indicated the residual antibody from cured cases or past infections and cross reactions to P. vivax and P. malariae infections. The strong reactions probably indicated current P. falciparum transmission as shown by positive thin films. The present study showed that the antibody profile of adults, as shown by IFAT, is of considerable value in assessing the malaria situation in a given area and that it would be useful as a malariometric tool in epidemiological studies to evaluate the progress of malaria eradication/control programmes.
    MeSH terms: Adult; Antibodies/analysis; Female; Fluorescent Antibody Technique; Humans; Malaria/epidemiology*; Malaria/prevention & control; Malaysia; Male; Plasmodium falciparum/immunology; Sex Factors
  10. Taba AH
    Trop Doct, 1980 Jan;10(1):21-3.
    PMID: 7368301
    MeSH terms: Africa; Circumcision, Male*; Clitoris/surgery; Culture; Female; Humans; Indonesia; Infant, Newborn; Legislation, Medical; Malaysia; Male; Postoperative Complications; Vulva/surgery*; World Health Organization
  11. Golański J
    Wiad. Lek., 1980 Jan 1;33(1):67-8.
    PMID: 7368743
    MeSH terms: Health Services Needs and Demand/trends; Malaysia; National Health Programs/organization & administration*; Public Health/trends*
  12. Daveau M, Rivat L, Lalouel JM, Langaney A, Roberts DF, Simons MJ
    Hum. Hered., 1980;30(4):237-44.
    PMID: 7390516
    Serum samples from Sinhalese subjects, from Punjab and from Singapore have been studied. The Gm phenotypes found are very numerous and we can observe some similarities concerning the Gm gene frequencies between the Singapore Indians with the Indians of North India, and with the Sinhalese. In contrast, Gm gene frequencies found among Chinese and Malays from Singapore are quite different from those found among Indians of Singapore. Our results here are very similar to those obtained in Malaya studies.
    MeSH terms: China/ethnology; Gene Frequency*; Humans; Immunoglobulin Allotypes/genetics*; India/ethnology; Malaysia/ethnology; Singapore; Sri Lanka
  13. Pévet P, Yadav M
    Cell Tissue Res., 1980;210(3):417-33.
    PMID: 7407847
    The ultrastructure of the pinealocytes of the Malaysian rat (Rattus sabanus), a mammal inhabiting a zone near the equator where the annual variations of daylength are inconspicuous, was examined and compared with that of pinealocytes of other mammals. On the basis of the presence of granular vesicles, only one population of pinealocytes was found. A large number of granular vesicles and vesicle-crowned rodlets is characteristic of the pinealocytes of this equatorial species. Vesicle-crowned rodlets are especially numerous in the endings of the pinealocyte processes and; they most often found in direct topographical connection with the perivascular spaces. The physiological significance of the presence of such large amounts of vesicle-crowned rodlets and of the secretory process characterized by the formation of granular vesicles is discussed.
    MeSH terms: Animals; Cell Membrane/ultrastructure; Cell Nucleus/ultrastructure; Endoplasmic Reticulum/ultrastructure; Female; Golgi Apparatus/ultrastructure; Lysosomes/ultrastructure; Malaysia; Male; Microscopy, Electron; Mitochondria/ultrastructure; Organoids/ultrastructure; Pineal Gland/ultrastructure*; Rats
  14. Krishnasamy M, Singh KI, Ambu S, Ramachandran P
    Folia Parasitol., 1980;27(3):231-5.
    PMID: 7419126
    A helminthological examination of 367 wood rats, Rattus tiomanicus, in an oil-palm. estate 24 miles north of Kuala Lumpur conducted during 1973 revealed 8 species of helminths: 5 nematodes. Angiostrongylus malaysiensis (54.2% of the rats infected), Hepatojarakus malayae (48.5%), Nippostrongylus braziliensis (48.0%), Gongylonema neoplasticum (0.3%), Syphacia muris (17.7%); 3 cestodes, Hymenolepis diminuta (6.0%), Hymenolepis nana (7.6%), Hydatigera taeniaeformis (cysticercus) (12.0%) and 1 pentastomid, Armillifer sp. (nymph) (0.8%). Overall helminthic infection rates seemed to be higher than those previously reported in this host species.
    MeSH terms: Animals; Female; Helminths/isolation & purification*; Malaysia; Male; Seasons; Rats/parasitology*
  15. Caldecott JO
    Folia Primatol., 1980;33(4):291-309.
    PMID: 7419138
    Sympatric gibbon species Hylobates lar and H. syndactylus were censused on a mountain in Malaya (West Malaysia). Habitat quality was assessed between 380- and 1,525-m altitudes. H. syndactylus was found to occur up to altitudes higher than does H. lar, and this is discussed with reference to the two species' divergent foraging strategies indicated by previous research. It is suggested that gibbons are restricted in their altitudinal range by an increasingly unfavourable ratio of food consumed to energy expended in its location, caused by a reduced food-source density and more difficult terrain at higher elevations.
    MeSH terms: Altitude; Animals; Cercopithecidae; Environment*; Feeding Behavior; Female; Hylobates*; Malaysia; Male; Population Density*; Species Specificity; Temperature; Trees; Hominidae*
  16. Silva JF
    Int Orthop, 1980;4(2):79-81.
    PMID: 7429684
    Two hundred and nineteen patients with skeletal tuberculosis have been reviewed analysing the site of the lesion and the treatment given. Operative management is advocated since the results of this approach are encouraging.
    MeSH terms: Adolescent; Adult; Aged; Ankle Joint/surgery; Child; Child, Preschool; Ethnic Groups; Female; Hip Joint/surgery; Hospitals, University; Humans; Infant; Infant, Newborn; Knee Joint/surgery; Malaysia; Male; Middle Aged; Paraplegia/surgery; Tuberculosis, Osteoarticular/surgery*; Tuberculosis, Osteoarticular/therapy; Tuberculosis, Spinal/surgery*
  17. Greer GJ, Ow-Yang CK, Singh KI, Lim HK
    PMID: 7434446
    MeSH terms: Animals; Disease Vectors; Malaysia; Schistosoma japonicum*; Schistosomiasis/transmission*; Snails/parasitology*
  18. Raemaekers J
    Folia Primatol., 1980;34(1-2):46-60.
    PMID: 7439871
    The monthly medians of the distances traveled daily by siamang and lar gibbons are negatively correlated with rainfall and positively correlated with the separate and combined abundance of different food categories. The latter correlations indicate that the apes follow a policy of cutting their losses by reducing travel when food abundance falls.
    MeSH terms: Animals; Feeding Behavior; Female; Food; Hylobates/physiology*; Locomotion*; Malaysia; Male; Rain; Weather; Hominidae/physiology*
  19. Kwa BH, Mak JW
    PMID: 7445050
    The possible depression of cell-mediated immunity by long-term Brugia malayi infection in jirds (Meriones unguiculatus) was investigated. Different groups of infected jirds were sensitized with dinitrofluorobenzene, sheep red blood cells, Dirofilaria immitis adult antigens and B. malayi adult antigens. The 24-hour delayed type hypersensitivity skin response to testing with antigen was measured as an in vivo correlate of cell-mediated immunity. The delayed-type hypersensitivity responses to dinitrofluorobenzene, sheep red blood cells and D. immitis antigens were normal but the response to B. malayi antigens was significantly depressed, confirming that long-term B. malayi infection depresses cell-mediated immunity and that this depression is specific to B. malayi antigens.
    MeSH terms: Animals; Antigens/immunology; Brugia/immunology; Filariasis/immunology*; Hypersensitivity, Delayed/immunology; Hypersensitivity, Delayed/pathology; Immunity, Cellular*; Malaysia; Rodentia; Skin Tests
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