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(By Dr GM Singh)
"Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."
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Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology
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‘Rising to Dignity’ awards presented on Anti–Leprosy Day
Recognising the hard work and commitment of leprosy–affected people on the occasion of the country’s Anti–Leprosy Day, "Rising to Dignity" awards were presented here on Sunday. The Sasakawa India Leprosy Foundation (SILF), a non–government organisation working towards ending the stigma against leprosy and ensuring that leprosy cured people are integrated into mainstream society, instituted the "Rising to Dignity" awards from this year. The guest of honour at the event was Union Minister for Water Resources and Minority Affairs Salman Khurshid. The award winners included Hanuman Nagar Kushth Vasahath’s dairy farming project from Kalyan (Maharashtra); Swami Vivekananda Kushth Ashram’s battery renting project from Bareilly (Uttar Pradesh) and Sheetalamata Kushth Dham Sewa Samiti's silver ornament project from Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh). Each winner was awarded a trophy and a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh for their respective projects. (Source: The Hindu, Jan 31, 2011)
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Canada unveils new physical activity guidelines
Canada has released a new set of physical activity guidelines redesigned to reflect the most current research demonstrating that more vigorous activity and strengthening exercises yield the greatest health benefits. "There’s enough evidence in the literature now to say… to derive significant health benefits, you need moderate to vigorous physical activity daily," says Mark Tremblay, chair of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology’s (CSEP) committee on physical activity guidelines, the organization responsible for the development of the new guidelines, in an interview with CityNews Toronto. "We didn’t have evidence for that in around 2000 when evidence was being assessed for the existing guidelines." The new guidelines suggest 150 minutes (or 2.5 hours) of moderate– to vigorous–intensity physical activity a week for adults 18 and over and 60 minutes a day for children and youth, ages 5 to 17, to achieve measurable health benefits.
(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)
New guidelines do not recommend routine screening for carotid stenosis
New practice guidelines from the American Stroke Association/American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and other professional groups does not recommend routine screening for carotid artery stenosis in asymptomatic patients who have no signs of or risk factors for atherosclerosis. According to the guidelines, in asymptomatic patients with peripheral arterial disease, coronary artery disease, or an atherosclerotic aortic aneurysm, or for those who have at least two risk factors for stroke, Duplex ultrasonography might be considered. The guidelines have been published at the same time in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation and Stroke.
Viibryd gets FDA approval for depression treatment in adults
Viibryd (vilazodone) was accorded FDA approval on January 24, 2011 for the treatment of adults with major depressive disorder (MDD). Vilazodone is a selective serotonin–reuptake inhibitor and 5HT1A–receptor partial agonist.
PAD worsens faster in women than men, says study
Results of a longitudinal study show that women with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) undergo a more rapid decline in function and mobility compared with men. The study noted that women were more likely to become unable to walk continuously for six minutes (HR 2.30) and to develop a mobility disability (HR 1.79). The walking speed also slowed faster in women; they also showed a greater decrease in the distance covered during the 6–minute walk test. The study findings are reported in the Feb. 8 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Standard Clopidogrel loading dose good for Asian STEMI patients undergoing PCI
According to a study reported in the January 18 online issue of the American Heart Journal, a high loading dose of clopidogrel (600 mg) is unnecessary in Asian patients with ST–segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) who are undergoing primary percutaneous intervention (PCI). The standard 300–mg dose is just as safe and effective for these patients.
Dr Good Dr Bad
Situation: A patient with diabetes wanted to know if he could do aerobic exercise.
Situation: A patient on binasal oxygen developed nasal mucosal damage.
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An Inspirational Story
After an anger outburst, the scar remains with the victim. Especially if it is a woman, woman generally remember what you have said for a long time. Be careful when dealing with your anger. There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.
Yesterday’s eQuiz: A 54–year–old male presents to your office with complaints of intermittent pain and discoloration of his fingers during the months of December/January. He has had regurgitation of food for years. Patient has no other significant past medical history and is a non–smoker. He sometimes takes Ibuprofen for the pain with no relief. His physical examination is unremarkable. Appropriate rheumatological workup is ordered.
Q. Which of the following is the most likely diagnosis and appropriate treatment option for this patient?
A. Primary Raynaud, oral prednisone therapy
Answer for Yesterday’s eQuiz: The correct answer is B.
This patient is most likely to have secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon. The facts that the patient is over the age of 40 and male as also the symptoms or reflux/regurgitation make secondary Raynaud more likely. The reflux and Raynaud may be pointers towards what used to be called the CREST syndrome (calcinosis, Raynaud, esophageal dysmotility, sclerodactly and telengiectasia). Autoimmune workup is appropriate. Amlodipine is often used as first–line therapy for Raynaud phenomenon as it has been shown to reduce both frequency and severity of attacks. But this intervention is more appropriate for those who do not have relief from staying warm and keeping fingers gloved in cold weather. Topical nitrates are second–line therapy for those who fail amlodipine.
Correct answers received from: Dr Meera Rekhari, Dr K.Raju, Dr K.V.Sarma, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr Vijay Kansal, Dr Manjesha.
Answer for 1st February Mind Teaser: H to O (H2O, or water)
Correct answers received from: Dr Joginder Pal Manocha, Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr Sanket Kumar Gupta
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Laugh a While
Mr. Schwartz was the oldest of 7 children, so he had to quit school and work to help support his younger brothers and sisters. He never learned to read, so when he married and started a checking account, he signed his checks simply "XX". Eventually he started his own business, which immediately prospered. He soon was a very rich man. One day, he got a call from his bank. "Mr. Schwartz," said the banker, "I need to ask you about this check. We weren’t sure you had really signed it. All these years you’ve been signing your checks ‘XX’, but we just got one that was signed with three XXX’s…"
Knowledge is amusing
BUS is the short term for ‘Omnibus’ that means everybody.
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Campaign for detecting heart disease before symptoms
Rise in blood pressure during mental stress is a strong predictor of plaque progression.
Rise in blood pressure during mental stress is a strong predictor of plaque (heart early blockages) progression said Senior Consultant Moolchand Medcity and President Heart Care Foundation of India Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee.
Therefore, mental stress test should be done in every patient with neck artery plaques and if positive, these patients should be put on plaque stabilizing drugs. If the plaque is stabilized, one can reduce the chances of heart attack and paralysis.
Presence of plaque in the neck artery in an asymptomatic person is highly indicative of a future heart attack or paralysis. Plaque can be measured by using high resolution ultrasound in any echocardiography laboratory. Plaques progress along the neck artery 2.4 times more than its thickness.
Moolchand Medcity is running a month-long campaign on detecting heart disease before the symptoms arise.
Maulana Azad Medical College SPIC-MACAY chapter is organizing a festival of music & dance
Date: 2nd to 5th February, 2011.
"MAMC SPIC MACAY VIRASAT 2011"
2nd February, Wednesday 3:00 pm– 4:00 pm Panchavadyam by Vidwans – Auditorium Inauguration – Dr Sonal Mansingh (Odissi Dance) Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia (Flute)
We look forward to having you with us during this festival.
*Please be seated 15 minutes before the event,
Maulana Azad Medical College has been organizing such programmes for students, staff, faculty and doctors. The aim being to experience the beauty of our culture and enrich lives with beautiful moments. The programmes are extremely relaxing for all. Such programmes are important as they help decrease stress, something which all doctors experience in routine.
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Workshop on Fetal and Paedatric Echocardiography Pre and perinatal management of heart disease
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