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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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5th January 2012, Thursday

Will India be polio–free for 365 days?

If India remains polio free by 13th January, it will make a record of being polio free for one year. For the first time. The last case was recorded on 13th January 2011 from Howrah ( West Bengal). The same genetic linkage was associated with sewage virus of Wasirpur Delhi. There are 181 cases in Pakistan as of date, around 71 in Afganistan, and 50 in Nigeria. India is going to be out of the list of four endemic countries. Now the challenge is to remain polio–free for the next two years and also to be categorized as polio–free country. The US health Secretary Kathline Seblieus will be visiting India on 13th January on the occasion of one year of Polio–free India.

(Input from Dr Vishesh Kumar, WHO)

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18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela
Heritage–An Inter Dancing School Health Festival at Perfect Health Mela

This year 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011 was Focused on Science behind Rituals

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    National News

Database helped thwart UK patent bid

Countering the patent claims of British pharmaceutical company on using ginger for the treatment of cough and cold, the department of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) intervened and provided evidence from age–old ayurveda and unani books, dating back to the 18th century that talked about ginger and kutki being used alone or in combination with other ingredients to treat cough, bronchial asthma and lung diseases. The books that were referred to as evidence by CSIR included Ilaaj–al–Amraaz (18th century), Bhaisajya Ratnavali and Bharata Bhaisajya Ratnakara (1000 BC), Bayaaz–e–Kabir (1938 AD), Muheet–e–Azam (19th century) and Khazaain–al–Advia from the 20th century. "India through the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) submitted its prior art evidences on April 25, 2011. The examiner terminated the patent application before grant," a health ministry official said. Till about 10 years ago, around 2,000 wrong patents concerning indigenous systems of medicine were being granted annually at the international level due to lack of evidence provided by India. The digital library has been a real boon for India. More than 2.26 lakh rare medical formulations which were part of the ancient Indian texts have been dug out, transcribed, documented and digitized into the path–breaking TKDL to protect them from bio-pirates. (Source: TOI, Jan 4, 2012)

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Maternal diabetes linked to higher ADHD risk in offspring

Maternal gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) may increase the risk for attention–deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in offspring, especially when combined with a low socioeconomic status (SES), new research suggests. (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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Bariatric surgery cuts cardiac risks

Bariatric surgery reduces the long–term risk of heart attack and stroke as well as the risk of dying from them, a prospective nonrandomized study showed. During a median 14.7 years of follow–up, any bariatric procedure cut risk of a first fatal or nonfatal event by 33% compared with no bariatric surgery for obese individuals after adjusting for other factors (P<0.001), Lars Sj?str?m, MD, PhD, of Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues found. (Source: Medpage Today)

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FDA OKs Prevnar for patients 50 and older

The FDA has expanded the indication for the 13–valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevnar 13 to include patients ages 50 and older. The new indication was cleared through the accelerated approval pathway –– a route that allows a drugmaker to use an immune marker that reasonably demonstrates clinical benefit in treatment of a serious and life–threatening condition, according to an FDA statement. (Source: Medpage Today)

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(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

New Stats Show America’s Heart Health Needs Improvement

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Superbugs are a Problem

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Which Fluid to Use & When To Use It

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(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

The Science of Anna Strike

The recent Anna strike in Delhi and Mumbai has opened a Pandora of alternatives for fighting justice. From time immemorial people have been fighting for justice starting from the Vedic times to the present year.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What happens in an egg donation cycle?

In an egg donation cycle, the donor receives fertility medications to stimulate the production of multiple eggs in her ovaries. At the same time, you are given hormone therapy to prepare your uterus to receive the fertilized eggs (embryos). After the eggs are obtained from the donor, they are fertilized in the laboratory with your partner?s sperm. Several days after fertilization, the embryos are transferred to your uterus. Any embryos which are not transferred may be frozen (cryopreserved) for a future cycle.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)


I’m trapped, trapped inside myself, I want to get out, get out and be free. I don’t want to live in my shell, but I’m scared, scared to take away my mask.

Friends are forever letting me down, No matter how close they are. They are there if I have a problem, but when I don’t, I may as well not exist.

I want someone to trust and care about me, someone to cry on and someone to listen. I want someone to love me for who I am, not the masked me whom everyone knows.

Unfortunately none of this can ever come true, not from someone on this earth anyway. No one I know is perfect; No one I know can fulfill this.


Someone I know who is watching down on everyone of us. He has a special plan and a purpose for anyone who turns to Him. There will still be hardship and sorrow, but these will make you strong.

He can be trusted, he is ever so faithful. He cares deeply about each person on this earth. He can be cried upon, and will cry with you. He even puts each tear we cry in a bottle. He is the best listener anyone could be, And most of all He loves us for who we are, No matter what we have done.

"Who could do all this?" I hear you ask. It’s a very dear and special friend of mine called Jesus, with whom I can take away my mask and be free.

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    Fitness Update

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

Endorphin plays traffic cop to organs

It’s all a matter of communication: Studies with frogs have shown zoologists at the University of Hohenheim that two chemical messengers are responsible for cell communication in the embryo, a fact that was unknown until now. Only when these two substances cooperate do the heart, liver and spleen move into their correct positions. Both substances are also vital to the bodies of fully–grown adults. A disturbance of their interplay could potentially lead to cancer. The chemical messenger serotonin is generally known as an endorphin, or "happy hormone." In fact, the substance actually is responsible for regulating many bodily functions, such as in the brain, the nerves in the stomach and the entire intestinal tract. A similar kind of multitalented chemical messenger is wnt. This substance is responsible for the development of the head–tail axis in frogs and for the growth of a fly’s wings.

Now a project team working under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Martin Blum, specialist for developmental biology, has found out that both of these substances are in charge of the asymmetrical right–left development in embryos. In the early stages of an embryo’s development, they are partly in charge of the communication between cells and thus ensure that all organs find their way to their proper locations.

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    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate & Medico–legal Consultant)

Q. I am a pathologist in a medical college and pathlab reports using the auto–analyzer are issued under my signatures. Their quality is suspect because the management does not procure the samples/reagents etc. needed for checking quality control. What are the legal implications?


  1. If a wrong report is issued and proven so in the consumer court, the respondents will be held liable. The respondents will include you as well as the hospital. Compensation will have to be paid by the hospital if you are able to prove your innocence. You can prove it by informing the management in writing, under acknowledgement, that the quality of reports may be unreliable if necessary QC samples/reagents etc. are not supplied in time.
  2. The above will hold true in case of a medical council inquiry or a police case.

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    Healthy Driving

(Conceptualized by Heart Care Foundation of India and Supported by Transport Department; Govt. of NCT of Delhi)

One should not drive sooner than 12 hours after even one drink of alcohol.

    Medicine Update

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

What is the commonest manifestation of celiac disease in adults besides diarrhea?

Iron deficiency anemia is the commonest manifestation besides diarrhea in adults.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with chronotropic insufficiency (i.e. the inability of the sinus rate to accelerate) was to undergo pacing.
Dr Bad: DDD pacemaker can be used.
Dr Good: Either WIR or DDDR pacemaker should be used.
Lesson: Chronotropic insufficiency is a contraindication for DDD pacemaker. In these situations, a rate–adaptive or "physiologic" pacemaker is indicated (WIR or DDDR).

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Make Sure

Situation: An asthmatic patient became worse after receiving a painkiller.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was he not put on zafirlukast?
Lesson: Make sure that a patient with asthma is not given aspirin or he is put on zafirlukast or montelukast

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  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. Jim Ryun

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Complete blood count (CBC)

CBC measures the amount of various types of blood cells in a sample of your blood. Blood cancers like leukemias may be detected using this test if too many or too few of a type of blood cell or abnormal cells are found.

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

All are risk factors for MTCT (mother to child transmission) of HIV except:

a. Chorioamnionitis
b. Placental abruption
c. Prematurity
d. Increased acidity of infant GI mucosa

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: siinformationde

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Inside information

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Answer for 2nd January Mind Teaser
: 4. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Correct answers received from: Dr Thakor Hitendrasinh G, Dr Vijay Kansal, Dr Avtar Krishan, Raju Kuppusamy, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Nirmal Kumar, Dr BINIT SUREKA, Rameshwar prasad, yogindra vasavada.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Medical terms

Cauterize: Made eye contact with her
Colic: Sheep dog
Coma: A punctuation mark
Congenital: Friendly
D&C: Where Washington is
Diarrhea: Journal of daily events

    Medicolegal Update

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

Forceful/Artificial feeding and hunger strike: What is the role of doctor?

It has been observed that generally the hunger strikers do not wish to die but it cannot be ruled out that some may be prepared to do so to achieve their aims. The doctor needs to ascertain the individual's true intention, especially in collective strikes or situations where peer pressure may be a factor. An ethical dilemma for the doctor arises when hunger strikers who have apparently issued clear instructions/consent not to be resuscitated or even any medical intervention reach a stage of cognitive impairment. The principle of beneficence urges physicians to resuscitate them but respect for individual autonomy restrains physicians from intervening when a valid and informed refusal has been made. An added difficulty arises in custodial settings because it is not always clear whether the hunger striker's advance instructions were made voluntarily and with appropriate information about the consequences. I too have faced this dilemma during the case of Medha Patekar hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. Such situations are resolved in India by the police by arresting the hunger strikers under section 309 IPC for committing suicide. The doctor treats the person to save his life as a legal obligation with ethical precaution that it should be restricted and limited only for life saving.

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Going for a marriage reception: gift a pack of condoms and a pack of folic acid

The season of marriages is on. What is the best healthy gift one can give to a couple getting married? A box of condoms and a box of 5 mg folic acid tablets, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India. After marriage one invariably will need one of the two. If the couple wants to get pregnant will need folic acid if does not, then condoms.

The CDC and the US Public Health Service urge every woman who could become pregnant to get 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of synthetic folic acid every day.

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. But for women who can get pregnant, it is really important. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before she is pregnant, it can help prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain and spine. These birth defects are called neural tube defects or NTDs. Women therefore need to take folic acid every day, starting before they are pregnant to help prevent NTDs.

These birth defects of the brain and spine happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman finds out that she is pregnant. All women should get in the habit of taking folic acid daily even when they are not planning to get pregnant. For folic acid to help, a woman needs to take it every day, starting before she becomes pregnant.

One cannot get all the folic acid and other vitamins needed from the food as folic acid is destroyed in Indian cooking.

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