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Subst Use Misuse. 2019 Jul 26:1-6. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2019.1644523. [Epub ahead of print]

ANDB: Development of a Database Based on a Global Survey of Literature on Areca Nut and Associated Health Effects.

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a Division of Molecular Diagnostics, ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention & Research (NICPR), I-7, Sector-39, Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India.
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b Division of Informatics, Systems Research and Management, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India.
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c Division of Preventive Oncology, ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention & Research (NICPR), I-7, Sector-39, Noida, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, India.

Abstract

Areca nut (AN), commonly known as "Supari" in India is an addictive substance and widely consumed with or without tobacco as a part of customs in many South East Asian countries. Owing to the adverse health effects of AN, public awareness and stringent government policies to prohibit AN production and regulation of products containing AN should be addressed without further delay. Lack of a research database, motivated us to develop a comprehensive online portal on global survey of published articles with reference to AN. The Areca nut database (ANDB) is a manually curated database which provides the information on global literature according to the publication year, author, population, harmful effects, and associated disease. The present study is an attempt to deliver the relevant information which would be helpful to researchers in prioritizing the research areas with respect to AN and associated health effects. The portal has been developed in MySQL and the interface has been designed using core PhP and CSS, HTML. ANDB is an online resource available to provide global literature of AN in a user-friendly manner. It can be accessed freely on http://arecanut.icmr.org.in/ . To the best of our knowledge, ANDB is the first portal delivering inclusive scientific literature related to AN and its health effects. This evidence-based scientific information would be useful for policy makers to make guidelines for increasing awareness and implementing the laws for regulated use of this potentially carcinogenic substance, thereby controlling the burden of many dreaded diseases primarily oral submucous fibrosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancers.

KEYWORDS:

Areca nut; addictive; database; online portal; policy

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