Editorial Preface to Vol.1 Issue 4, 2019

The fourth issue of Journal of Research in Basic and Clinical Sciences (JRBCS) goes with the title: “Treatment of Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis and the Associated Hearing Loss” in which the authors sought to determine the extent of hearing disorder following treatment of resistant tuberculosis and provide information to help institute preventive and rehabilitation measures during the treatment.

Elderly patients who may present with psychiatric features, by virtue of their age, may also present with other organic clinical features. Authors in a study in this issue found out that dementia, schizophrenia and depression were the most common psychiatric presentations while cardiovascular diseases and diabetes were the most common co-morbidities among the elderly. The findings further stress the need for Psychiatrists as well as other Physicians managing neuro-psychiatric ailments to also take time and do general physical examinations as well as relevant laboratory tests as part of total clinical care for the elderly.
Anti-retroviral drugs no doubt have numerous side effects, and in this study researchers sought to find out the Pattern of Rheumatic Musculoskeletal Diseases amongst Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infected Patients. The researchers found out that Point prevalence of rheumatic musculoskeletal diseases was lower in HIV patients on combine Anti-Retroviral Therapy (cART), and that the usage of cART was associated with reduced development of HIV associated rheumatic disease. This study will help physicians in the selection of ART for the management of HIV/AIDS especially in the elderly who by virtue of age are more prone to rheumatic musculoskeletal disorders.

As the year, 2019 draws to a close, the board felt the need to pool, process, and publish Volume 1, Issues 3 and 4 simultaneously for the year. This is meant to help us to start with Volume 2 Issue 1 in the first quarter of 2020.

We thank all our esteemed authors, reviewers, readers and partners for their support throughout this year. We are most grateful to God for the strength and his grace that saw us through this journal year successfully. We wish you all a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year in advance. 

Professor GT Jombo