Tag Archives: Diagnosis

Development of an Automobile On-Board Diagnostic Reader (Published)

Modern cars are more or less computers on wheel. With automobiles developing one fault or the other while in use. There is an urgent corresponding demand for a more sophisticated automobile diagnostic tool. This project designed and implemented an on-board diagnostic reader which is equipped with the functionality scanning, diagnosing and correcting trouble codes. It was designed using LM327 and associated circuitry. It communicates with computerized components of an automobile. It displays scanned fault codes on a window based diagnostic application. This has been designed to work only with Toyota brand of automobile. Hence, it makes it unnecessary to employ the service of an auto technician. Consequently, useful time and energy is saved by the use of this technology.

Keywords: Automobiles, Diagnosis, scanning

Quality Assurance in Nigerian Education System: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Cure (Published)

The Nigerian education system has remained in the doldrums since the pre-independence period. While the colonial administrations lopsided educational policy may be blamed for this, efforts at post-independence educational reforms did not seek to correct or change the fortunes of the system. The lethargic condition the system was thrown into during the colonial administration has continued through successful regimes and republics. Consequently, this has generated questions about its relevance. While the questions on relevance are valid, it should however be said that education has continued to serve its utilitarian purpose elsewhere in more progressive societies. These symptoms of decay are diagnosed in this paper, with a view to recommending measures that would enhance quality assurance in the education system.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Education, Quality Assurance, Symptoms, cure

Taxonomic Notes on Some Members of Genus Uvigerina from the Deep Offshore Eastern Niger Delta Nigeria (Published)

In an effort to give a systematic taxonomic account of benthic foraminifera from the Niger Delta, a total of 1,213 specimens of foraminifera were retrieved from 85 composite ditch cuttings samples from NEP-1 Well, off-shore eastern Niger Delta Nigeria. A detailed taxonomic appraisal of 140 specimens from the genus Uvigerina was carried out. The interval studied is 1750 meters thick, belonging to the Agbada Formation; lithologically, the section varies from shaly-sand to sandy-shale to shale. A genus of benthic foraminifera –Uvigerina d’Orbigny 1826, comprising of 4 species were identified, and described in details from this site, these includes Uvigerina peregrina Cushman 1923, Uvigerina bifurcata d’Orbigny 1839, Uvigerina hispida Schwager, 1866 and Uvigerina senticosa Cushman 1927.  The fifth species (Uvigerina sp.) is identified to generic level and therefore described in open nomenclature.

Keywords: Assemblages, Diagnosis, Genus, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy

Taxonomic Notes on Some Members of Genus Uvigerina from the Deep Offshore Eastern Niger Delta Nigeria (Published)

In an effort to give a systematic taxonomic account of benthic foraminifera from the Niger Delta, a total of 1,213 specimens of foraminifera were retrieved from 85 composite ditch cuttings samples from NEP-1 Well, off-shore eastern Niger Delta Nigeria. A detailed taxonomic appraisal of 140 specimens from the genus Uvigerina was carried out. The interval studied is 1750 meters thick, belonging to the Agbada Formation; lithologically, the section varies from shaly-sand to sandy-shale to shale. A genus of benthic foraminifera –Uvigerina d’Orbigny 1826, comprising of 4 species were identified, and described in details from this site, these includes Uvigerina peregrina Cushman 1923, Uvigerina bifurcata d’Orbigny 1839, Uvigerina hispida Schwager, 1866 and Uvigerina senticosa Cushman 1927.  The fifth species (Uvigerina sp.) is identified to generic level and therefore described in open nomenclature.

Keywords: Assemblages, Diagnosis, Genus, Palaeontology, Stratigraphy

Psychological Concerns among Adult Cancer Patients Attending Oncology Clinic at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya (Published)

There is an increased chance of developing psychological and psychiatric disorders during Cancer diagnosis. This has consequently impacted on patient’s state of health and medical treatment. Psychiatric disorders are experienced by cancer patients at all stages of the disease. There is evidence of growing numbers of people diagnosed with cancer every year, in the developing countries.  Kenya among them continues to have this burden growing. A critical part of cancer care is the recognition of the levels of psychological problems that present among patients with cancer and determination of the appropriate level of intervention, ranging from brief counselling or psychological interventions and social support to medication and specific coping styles. This paper aims to determine the psychological issues among adult cancer patients as seen at the oncology clinic of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Eldoret. The study took a cross-sectional and descriptive approach focusing on patients diagnosed with cancer. The author used interview guide, designed socio-demographic and clinical questionnaire and the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview for adults (M.I.N.I Plus) instrument in data collection.  Data analysis was done using Microsoft excel worksheet and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0.  Results were presented in form of tables, charts and graph swith majority of the patients being females as compared to males. Breast cancer and cervical cancer were found to be the most forms affecting the respondents with most patients being diagnosed at the advanced stages. Depression episode, dysthymia and Suicide risk were among others the identified Psychological issues affecting the respondents.

Keywords: Adjustments, Cancer, Coping, Diagnosis, Psychological concerns, Quality of life

Psychological Concerns among Adult Cancer Patients Attending Oncology Clinic at MOI Teaching and Referral Hospital, Eldoret, Kenya (Published)

There is an increased chance of developing psychological and psychiatric disorders during Cancer diagnosis. This has consequently impacted on patient’s state of health and medical treatment. Psychiatric disorders are experienced by cancer patients at all stages of the disease. There is evidence of growing numbers of people diagnosed with cancer every year, in the developing countries.  Kenya among them continues to have this burden growing. A critical part of cancer care is the recognition of the levels of psychological problems that present among patients with cancer and determination of the appropriate level of intervention, ranging from brief counselling or psychological interventions and social support to medication and specific coping styles. This paper aims to determine the psychological issues among adult cancer patients as seen at the oncology clinic of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), Eldoret. The study took a cross-sectional and descriptive approach focusing on patients diagnosed with cancer. The author used interview guide, designed socio-demographic and clinical questionnaire and the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview for adults (M.I.N.I Plus) instrument in data collection.  Data analysis was done using Microsoft excel worksheet and Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16.0.  Results were presented in form of tables, charts and graph with majority of the patients being females as compared to males. Breast cancer and cervical cancer were found to be the most forms affecting the respondents with most patients being diagnosed at the advanced stages. Depression episode, dysthymia and Suicide risk were among others the identified Psychological issues affecting the respondents.

Keywords: Adjustments, Cancer, Coping, Diagnosis, Psychological concerns, Quality of life