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Abortion index and mortality of offspring among women of different age, caste and population groups of north Indian Muslims.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17850687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Muslims of Aligarh city are predominantly Sunnis, although there are also a considerable number of Shias. Among the Sunnis, approximately a quarter belong to Syed, Sheikh, Moghal and Pathan groups, and three-quarters belong to various lower biradaris. In the present study, 304 women attending the Primary Health Centre of the J. N. Medical College and Hospital, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, were surveyed and the following recorded among Muslim women of high-rank (Ashraf) and low-rank (Ajlaf) castes: incidence of marriage, age of the mother at the time of marriage, present age of the mother, abortions, still births, pre-reproductive mortality and overall mortality. The Ashraf are comprised of the Sheikh, Syed and Pathan, whereas the Ajlafs have Qureshi, Saifi and Ansari biradaris. Maternal age was scored as above and below 45 years in each biradari. Significant effects of maternal age were seen on mortality of offspring, whereas populations did not show consistent differences, except when Ashrafs and Ajlafs were considered separately. The results show higher mortality and abortions for various groups. This may be due to various biological and socio-cultural factors, including hidden inbreeding in the remote past.
Gulshan Ara; Yasir Hasan Siddique; Tanveer Beg; Mohammad Afzal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-09-13
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of biosocial science     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1469-7599     ISO Abbreviation:  J Biosoc Sci     Publication Date:  2008 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-18     Completed Date:  2008-05-21     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0177346     Medline TA:  J Biosoc Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  431-43     Citation Subset:  IM    
Section of Genetics, Department of Zoology, Aligarh Muslim University, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Induced / statistics & numerical data*
Age Factors
Data Collection
Health Status Disparities
Health Status Indicators
Infant Mortality*
Infant, Newborn
Maternal Age
Maternal Welfare
Middle Aged
Population Dynamics
Population Groups
Pregnancy Outcome*
Risk Factors
Social Class*

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