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Dr KK Aggarwal
President, Heart Care Foundation of India; Sr Consultant Physician, Cardiologist and Dean Medical Education Moolchand Medcity; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council; Chairman (Delhi Chapter) International Medical Sciences Academy; Hony Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08–09); Hony Finance Secretary National IMA (07–08); Chairman IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (06–07); President Delhi Medical Association (05–06), President IMA New Delhi Branch (94–95, 02–04); Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & Hony. Visiting Professor (Clinical Research) DIPSAR

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1st June 2011, Wednesday                                 eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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5 Tips to Help You Find Serenity

Here are some tips Mallika Chopra suggests

  1. "I am" Breathing Exercise. You can do this any time, any place (even when you are stuck in traffic). Its a simple breathing exercise: Every time you inhale, mentally say the word "I"; and every time you exhale, mentally say the word "am" Pay attention to how the breath flows in and out of your body, and visualize the breath spreading from your lungs through your chest, down your arms and legs. The "I am" breathing exercise is meant to remind you that your true self is empowered, in control and creative –– you not bound by your job title, your income, your age, your appearance or anything else.
  2. Watch a video. Never underestimate the power of visual language to tap deeply into your subconscious to bring about a pure sense of happiness and inner peace. On YouTube and Vimeo, there are plenty of videos of ocean waves, falling rain, flower fields and other calming imagery that will be sure to bring an inner smile to your spirit. Create your own library of images that soothe your soul. Here is one that brings a smile to my face:
  3. Practice the 3 Cs. One of my favorite exercises growing up was practicing the 3 Cs: no criticizing, condemning or complaining. Sometimes consciously changing your inner dialogue can have drastic results on how you see the world and interact with others. See if you can practice this exercise for one hour, or even better, one day.
  4. Learn how to meditate. Meditation is one of the best lifelong skills you can give yourself for your long–term happiness and health. People who meditate regularly tend to be happier, live longer and lead healthier lives because they are better equipped to handle life’s speed bumps and detours. Don’t know where to start? Check out this illustrated guide on a simple, everyday meditation:
  5. Anchor your thoughts with an intent. All action begins with an intention, whether consciously or subconsciously. So why not consciously make an intent that will pave the way for positive actions and greater happiness?

    Whether your intent is abstract ("My intent is to be the change I wish to see in this world") or very specific ("My intent is to go to the gym today before dinnertime"), make a point to express it by writing it down or posting it on www.intent.com. By making a point every single day to make an intention, you are taking control of the happy and productive life you want to lead.

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    Changing Practice – Resource which has changed practice in last one year

Treatment for primary sclerosing cholangitis

A 2010 guideline issued by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases recommends against use of ursodeoxycholic acid in the treatment of primary sclerosing cholangitis.

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Evidence–based Management of Hirsutism

Dr Alka Kriplani Speaks on
‘Hirsutism: Etiology’

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

Anti Tobacco Day 2011

Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal and President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that smoking and health cannot go together. In the Photo: Cine Actor Rahul Dev with Dr KK Aggarwal

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    National News

Harsher pictorial warnings on tobacco products from Dec 1

NEW DELHI: Packets of tobacco products will have to carry new harsher pictorial warnings from December 1 as the government on Saturday came out with separate sets of gory graphics of cancer–affected lungs and mouth for smoking and smokeless forms of tobacco. The warnings will be rotated every two years instead of the existing duration of one year, apparently in keeping with a demand from the tobacco industry. The Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued a gazette notification on new pictorial warnings, which have come after prolonged delay. There are two existing warnings like scorpion and damaged lungs for cigarettes while a stricter one was to be depicted from December 1, 2010. This was also for the first time that separate harsher pictorial warnings have been designated for smokeless tobacco like gutka. Earlier this week, health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had said warnings will be stronger in case of chewing tobacco as it has been found more harmful than smoking. "A set of four pictures each of depicting lung and oral cancer have been notified for smoking (cigarettes, bidis, cigars) and smokeless or chewing forms of tobacco products. These will come into effect from December 1," a health ministry official said. (Source: TOI, May 28, 2011)

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology: Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC, http://www.isfdistribution.com)

People fall into three categories of gut microbiota

There are clearly distinguishable types of gut microbiota, comparable to blood types. These types are not related to race, native country or diet, according to a new metagenomics study by an international consortium of scientists including Jeroen Raes, of the VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, published in Nature. Metagenomics is the study of the genetic material of complete ecosystems, in this case the human gut. "The three gut types can explain why the uptake of medicines and nutrients varies from person to person," says bioinformatician Jeroen Raes of the VIB and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, one of the two lead researchers in the study. "This knowledge could form the basis of personalized therapies. Treatments and doses could be determined on the basis of the gut type of the patient." Improved knowledge of the gut types could also lead to other medical applications, such as the early diagnosis of intestinal cancer, Crohn’s disease and the adverse effects of obesity.

(Dr GM Singh)

Signs of stress overload

People who are experiencing stress overload may notice some of the following signs:

  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • A feeling of being constantly pressured, hassled and hurried
  • Irritability and moodiness
  • Physical symptoms, such as stomach problems, headaches, or even chest pain
  • Allergic reactions, such as eczema or asthma
  • Problems in sleeping
  • Drinking too much, smoking, overeating, or doing drugs
  • Sadness or depression

And some people who have a chronic illness may find that the symptoms of their illness flare up under an overload of stress.

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Heart disease
  • Skin problems
  • Depression
  • Cosmetic complaints– Premature baldness, hairfall, acne etc
  • Hormonal problems– Early puberty/menopause
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Respiratory complaints

Keep stress under control – Join Dr KK Aggarwal’s Classes (free of cost for doctors)

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  • Deep breathing
  • Counselling
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(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Glycemic control, weight targets harder to achieve in younger patients with type 2 diabetes

Targets for glycemic control and weight are harder to achieve in younger patients with type 2 diabetes than in older patients with the condition, according to a study published online May 25 in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice.

Paroxetine, pravastatin in combination may significantly raise blood sugar

Taken in combination, two commonly prescribed drugs, the antidepressant Paxil (paroxetine) and the cholesterol–lowering medication Pravachol (pravastatin), appear to significantly raise blood sugar levels, according to a study published online May 25 in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

ESHG: Lipid genes signal diabetes, heart disease

The genes that control lipid levels may be an early predictor of diabetes as well as atherosclerosis and heart disease, researchers reported in two separate studies. In one study, the lipid component dihydroceramide (dhCer) coded by a region on chromosome 3 appeared to be a diabetes risk factor independent of glucose and insulin levels, Joanne E. Curran, PhD, of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio, and colleagues found. In another, a risk score pooling small effects of common genetic variants predicted carotid plaque and arterial wall thickness as well as coronary heart disease, reported Sara Willems, PhD, of Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and colleagues. Both studies were presented at the European Society of Human Genetics meeting in Amsterdam. (Source: Medpage Today)

HIV/AIDS pandemic hits 30–year mark with hope

Thirty years ago this week, researchers and clinicians were putting the finishing touches on an article intended for the June 5 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Titled "Pneumocystis Pneumonia … Los Angeles," the seven–paragraph report was the first dispatch from the front lines of humanity’s remarkable war against a previously unknown virus. The war began with a complete lack of good news – the new disease was almost 100% fatal, often within weeks or months. No one knew what caused it or how it was transmitted. No one knew how to prevent it, to treat it, and certainly not how to cure it. Thirty years on, the HIV/AIDS pandemic is still raging, but the news from the front is more and more positive. Infection can be prevented, if people have the will. The virus is increasingly well understood, as is the immune system and the host-pathogen interaction. The disease can be treated, although a cure remains out of reach. Perhaps most important – while many people still die because of the virus – HIV is no longer a death sentence. (Source: Medpage Today)

    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal: Dr K K Agarwal on Aum Chanting…………………

@DeepakChopra: Copenhagen version: a particle exists in several states in all locations till observed when it finds itself in 1state & 1location

    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Sadho Sant Ke Tum Rakhvare
Asur Nikandan Ram Dulare

Meaning: Oh Hanumanaji! You are the savior and the guardian angel of saints and sages and destroy all the Demons; you are the seraphic darling of Shri Ram.

Spiritual Significance: By regular pranayama, achieving parasympathetic state and meditating on the Anhata chakra one acquires the power of sages and destroys the demonic qualities in one self.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr. Anupama Sethi Malhotra)

God is like an anti–virus software program

He enters our life;

Scans our problems;

Edits our tensions;

Downloads solutions;

Deletes our worries;


Saves us.

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

What is the role of liver transplantation in Wilson disease?

Liver transplantation is the only effective option for those patients who present with acute liver failure in Wilson disease. It is also indicated for all patients of Wilson disease with decompensated liver disease who are unresponsive to medical therapy. Some individuals who undergo transplantation for decompensated cirrhosis have had psychiatric or neurologic symptoms, which improved after liver transplantation but liver transplantation primarily for neurological symptoms is not indicated.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient had a second attack of dengue.
Dr. Bad: Dengue is a viral infection and cannot infect a person twice.
Dr. Good: Dengue can infect a person again.
Lesson: A person usually can get four dengue infections in his lifetime. It is a febrile illness caused by any one of the four serotypes of flavi virus: DEN1, DEN2, DEN3, DEN4. (J Infect Dis 1997;176:313).

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with diabetes had deteriorating kidney function.
Reaction: Oh my God! His HbA1c is very high!
Lesson: Make sure that strict glycemic control is maintained in patients with type 2 diabetes in order to delay vascular complications.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Two things decide your attitude:

1. What you think of yourself, when you do not have anything and
2. What you think of others when you have everything.

    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

How is the postmortem interval determined during autopsy?

  • Stomach contents: Estimating the time of death by examining the stomach contents is not regarded as a very reliable method for estimating the time of death due to the variability in the digestion process. Presence of semi digested food in stomach is roughly indicative of the decease had consumed food three hours prior to death.
  • Putrefaction: Once the respiration ceases and the cells of the body are no longer being nourished, the cells die and so begin the process of decomposition. Microorganisms, the temperature surrounding the body particularly heat and the exposure of the body to air and moisture contribute to decomposition. Bacteria, always present in the body, will invade the cells following death. Autolysis, the softening and liquefaction of tissue, is caused by the digestive action of enzymes released from dead cells. Both bacteria and autolysis convert the soft tissues of the body into fluids and gases.
  • Insect activity can accelerate the rate of decomposition. Insects not only eat the flesh of the deceased, but often lay eggs on the body. Because entomologists are familiar with the time that it takes for a particular insect to emerge from its egg and develop into an adult, an entomologist can assist the medical examiner in estimating the time of death by collecting and examining the eggs, larvae, pupae and adult insects present on or about the body.
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamins: Open Secrets Revealed": A Miracle Called Vitamin D

Vitamin D and Its Importance

In April of 2000 a clinical observation about Vitamin D was published in Archives of Internal Medicine by Dr. Anu Prabhala and his colleagues. They reported on the treatment of five patients confined to wheelchairs with severe weakness and fatigue. Blood tests revealed that all suffered from severe vitamin D deficiency. The patients received 50,000 IU vitamin D per week and all became mobile within six weeks. Any discussion of vitamin D must begin with the discoveries of the Canadian–born dentist Weston A. Price. In his masterpiece Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, Dr. Price noted that the diet of isolated, so–called "primitive" peoples contained "at least ten times" the amount of "fat–soluble vitamins" as the standard American diet of his day.2 Dr. Price determined that it was the presence of plentiful amounts of fat–soluble vitamins A and D in the diet, along with calcium, phosphorus and other minerals, that conferred such high immunity to tooth decay and resistance to disease in nonindustrialized population groups.

Today another Canadian researcher, Dr. Reinhold Vieth, argues convincingly that current vitamin D recommendations are woefully inadequate. The recommended dose of 200–400 international units (IU) will prevent rickets in children but does not come close to the optimum amount necessary for vibrant health. According to Dr. Vieth, the minimal daily requirement of vitamin D should be in the range of 4,000 IU from all sources, rather than the 200–400 currently suggested, or ten times the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA). Dr. Vieth’s research perfectly matches Dr. Price’s observations of sixty years ago!

(Ref: Prabhala A, Garg R, Dandona P. Severe myopathy associated with vitamin D deficiency in western New York. Arch Intern Med 2000;160:1199–203.)

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………
(Dr GM Singh) 

The vasodilatation produced by carbon dioxide is maximum in one of the following:

1. Kidney
2. Brain
3. Liver
4. Heart

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 4. Lying–to–standing change in posture

Correct answers received from: Dr K Raju, Dr YJ Vasavada, Dr Surendra Bahadur Mathur, Dr Deepali Chatterjee, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Varesh Nagrath.

Answer for 30th May Mind Teaser: A. Intravenous atropine and 2–pralidoxime chloride (2–PAM)
Correct answers received from: Dr Shankar, Dr Varesh Nagrath, Dr Someysh, Dr Prachi, Dr Megha,
Dr Suruchi, Dr Rahul, Dr Yash.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Tests for Adrenal Insufficiency & Addison’s Disease

Aldosterone. Blood or urine aldosterone levels are measured to help diagnose Addison’s disease – to determine whether the adrenal gland is producing aldosterone. If the levels are low, it is another indication that the patient may have a primary adrenal insufficiency.

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr. GM Singh)

Personal Accident Insurance

  • Medical or surgical treatment (except where such treatment is rendered necessary within the scope the policy).
  • Aviation other than as a passenger (fare–paying or otherwise) in any duly licensed standard type of aircraft any where in the world.
  • Nuclear radiation of nuclear weapons materials.
    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

Traffic policeman: "Didn’t you hear my whistle, madam?"
Woman driver: "Yes, but I don’t like flirting while I'm driving."

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Combipack of 21 tablets of FDC of Ethinylestradiol IP 0.03 mg + Levonorgestrel IP 0.15 mg and 7 tablets of Ferrous Fumarate IP 75mg (Eq. to 24.375 mg of Ferrous iron)

As contraceptive pill for women


    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Understanding Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy

What is a "Sleeve Gastrectomy?"

The sleeve gastrectomy, sometimes called the vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG) or laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG), is an operation in which the left side of the stomach ("greater curvature") is surgically removed. This results in a new stomach that is roughly the size and shape of a banana. Since this operation does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting of the intestines, it is a simpler operation than the gastric bypass or the duodenal switch. Unlike the Gastric banding procedure, the sleeve gastrectomy does not require the implantation of an artificial device inside the abdomen. Also, LSG differs from gastric bypass that no rerouting of intestines are done.

Dr Nilam

In some cases, the sleeve gastrectomy is performed as a definitive therapy for obesity. For certain patients, in particular those with a body mass index greater than 60, the sleeve gastrectomy may be the first part of a 2–stage operation.

    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Oocyte triggering in antagonist assisted reproductive technology cycles

A Cochrane review recommends against routine use of GnRH agonists as a final oocyte maturation trigger in fresh autologous cycles because of lowered live birth rates and ongoing pregnancy rates. An exception could be made for women with high risk of OHSS, after appropriate counseling.

    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers )

Benefits of smoking

Speaking on a lighter note, Padma Shri and Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that smoking has certain advantages also such as:

  • Smokers don’t get old (they die at a young age).
  • Smokers don’t get a second heart attack (the first heart attack may be fatal for them).
  • Smoking cures a cancer in six months (most smoking–related lung cancer patients die in six months)
  • Wives don’t suspect smokers (smoker husbands often have erectile dysfunction).
  • Thieves don’t enter a smoker’s house (most smokers will develop COPD and continue to cough in the night).
  • There is no fight between smoker brothers (smoking treatment is costly and the patient may have to sell his property for the treatment; once there is no property, no quarrel amongst the brothers will be there).
    Readers Responses
  1. My query is for Dr Sudhir Gupta. Does the fusion of lower ends of radius and the ulna give a clear cut picture of age to be above 18 years? If the lower ends of radius and ulna are fused in any of wrist joint, can we say that the person is above 18 and vice versa? Dr Alpna Khare

    Dr Sudhir Gupta Responds: The lower end of radius bone fuses at the age of 16–17 years in males and in the case of females it fuses at the age of 17–18 years. The lower end of ulna fuses at the age of 18 years in case of male and in case of female it fuses at the age of 17 years. In case of male or female, if the fusion of radius and ulna is seen in X–ray then the opinion can be derived that the attainment of age of 18 years cannot be ruled out. To be radiologically more specific and precise as recommended for forensic opinion, an X–ray of hip bone for ileum crest and ischial tuberosity should be done since their fusion in male or female occurs between 18–20 years. The radiological examination for appearance and fusion of ossification centre of left hand, if the person is right handed and vice–versa should be advised/ considered more safe by doctors since it gives more reliable radiological picture due to less wear and tear.
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National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues"
Date: Sunday, 10th July, 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

eMedinewS and Heart Care Foundation of India are Jointly organizing the first ever National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues" to commemorate "Doctors’ Day".
The one day conference will have total insight into all the medico legal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. The conference will be organised at the Auditorium of Chinmaya Mission Lodhi Road and will have both medical and legal experts interacting with the delegates on important issues.
You are requested to kindly register in advance as seats are limited. There will be no registration fee. You can register by sending us request at rekhapapola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

Session: Ethical Issues in Medical Research (8 am to 8.30 am)
Topics: Rights of a patient in a clinical trial
           Ethical Issues in a clinical trial
           Statutory permits required for conducting a clinical trial

Session: Medical ethics and organ donations (8.30 am to 9.00 am)
Topics: Ethical issues in IVF practice
           100% voluntary blood donation
           Need for do not resuscitate law in India
           Ethical issues in organ transplantation

Session: Handling death (9.00 am to 9.30 am)
Topics: How to declare death?
           Spiritual considerations in a dying patient
           Medico legal and ethical issues in post mortem

Session: Medical Insurance (9.30 am to 10 am)
Topic: Indemnity Insurance
          Engaging a lawyer
          Understanding various court procedures

Session: How to handle medico legal case? (10 am to 10.30 am)
Topic: When to do the MLC?
          Checklist of a MLC case
          Medico legal record keeping

Session: Medical Consent (10.30 am to 11 am)
Topics: Types of consent
            Ideal consent
            Extended consent

Session: Fallacies in acts applicable to medical profession (11 am to 11.30 am)
Topic: MTP, PNDT Act
          Organ Transplant Act
          State Medical Councils & Medical Council of India Acts

Inauguration (11.30 am – 12 noon)

Session: Professional misconduct and professional ethics (12 noon – 1 pm)
Session: When It is Not a Negligence (1 pm – 2 pm)


September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
• Provisional program for Pre Congress CME at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Conference_CME.html
• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

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