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  From the Desk of Editor–in–Chief
Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
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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Parentage testing using DNA

Osama’s death has brought into focus the on–the–spot DNA test to confirm his identity and thus his death. Here is a brief about DNA testing.

As per AABB (American Association of Blood Banks), 414,843 paternity tests were performed in 2008.

  • DNA testing is now directly available to the general public.
  • The primary objective of parentage testing is to determine whether a man accused of paternity (i.e., alleged father) could be accurately excluded as the biological father of a given child.
  • Advances in DNA technology have made it possible for DNA parentage testing to produce highly conclusive evidence of parentage or absence of parentage.
  • Indications for testing: 1. Court ordered DNA analyses to determine responsibility for child support and custody rights. 2. Determination of a child’s biological parents. 3. Prenatal paternity testing for pregnant women who are unsure about who has fathered their child.
  • DNA paternity tests cost typically range from $400 to $600. The cost of ultrasound plus amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling is not included.
  • DNA is present in most cells of the body. One can take samples from the inside of the mouth with a cotton or a Dacron swab; a few drops of blood from a finger or a heel prick; for prenatal DNA parentage testing 5–10 ml of amniotic fluid (5 to 10 mL) by amniocentesis or by chorionic villus sampling in late first trimester (sent directly to the DNA lab or to a Cytogenetics laboratory for initial culture).
  • DNA parentage testing typically analyzes nuclear DNA.
  • Parentage testing uses randomly repeated DNA length polymorphisms to compare DNA samples between individuals.
  • When the alleged father is not available, DNA grandparentage testing can produce conclusive results.
  • Family reconstruction by DNA analyses can provide highly conclusive results, if a sufficient number of family members with known relationship to the deceased is available for testing.
  • The combined paternity index (CPI) is the ratio of the chance that a tested man, given his entire analyzed genetic makeup, is the biological father of the child in question, compared to the likelihood of a random man producing the child. A CPI of 1000 (equivalent to a probability of paternity of 99.9 percent) means that odds are 1000 times to 1 that the tested man is the biological father in comparison to a random man in the general population. A combined paternity index of 1000 should be utilized as a minimum requirement to establish paternity.
  • The DNA test can be done within hours.

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

Follow–up of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) — Patients with low–risk MGUS (serum M protein ≤1.5 g/dL, IgG subtype, and normal serum free light chain ratio) may be followed with history and physical examination alone.

 
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HIV Update

Dr Nalin Nag Speaks on
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    Photo Feature (From HCFI Photo Gallery)

World Earth Day 2011

Award wining students (Painting Competition) of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road with Padma Shri and Dr
B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal.

 
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    National News

Today is Akshaya Tritiya

  1. One of the most pious festivals in Hinduism. Its begging of ‘Satyuga’ and ‘Tetrayuga’.
  2. Japa, worship, purification of body, donations etc done on this day remain imperishable.
  3. Akshaya means imperishable.
  4. All auspicious initiatives can be taken on this day without asking the pandit.
  5. The day has great significance for taking holy dip in the Ganga river. The holy dip makes a person free from all sins and troubles. (Best day for self confession)
  6. The day is also marked with the opening of doors of Badrinarayanji. (the best time to start new ventures: Vishnu symbolizes doing ventures)
  7. The devotees should offer mishri and wet gram pulses.
  8. One should donate water with til and kush to forefathers. (for treating attachment disorders)
  9. One should also install free dirking water or sharbat centers (pyau) on this day. (denotes need to safe water in the summer)
  10. This festival is charity–oriented. ( anything which in excess can harm should be donated)
  11. One should also donate sattu with sugar or gur
  12. One must consume sattu on Akshaya Tritiya. (Sattu is the fats food of summer with cooling properties, it’s a high energy drink)
  13. Fast should be broken with sugarcane juice. (sugar caine is the best summer drink provided it is hygienically made)

National Knowledge Network links 15 universities

CHENNAI: The rollout of the National Knowledge Network (NKN), a nationwide knowledge–sharing initiative involving multi–gigabit, high–speed communication network backbone, has linked up 15 universities in and around Chennai. As a key partner in the project, BSNL with an infrastructure of over 60,000 km of optic fibre cables across south India, has completed providing last–mile connectivity to the 15 institutions. The 1Gbps (gigabits per second) links provided to these institutions by BSNL Chennai Telephones will soon be scaled up to double that bandwidth, an official said. "The 155 Mbps Internet connectivity that was provided with the 1Gbps link to these institutions is capable of facilitating academic exchanges involving video lectures," a BSNL official said. As of February, the project has grown to have 31 Points of Presence (PoPs), 76 backbone links and 200 edge links, including locations in Chennai and elsewhere in the State. While all the PoPs are in place, a completed picture of the NKN will have 89 backbone links and 1,500 edge links across India. Apart from education, the NKN is expected to benefit spheres of agriculture, health, e-governance and grid computing. (Source: The Hindu, May 04, 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 )

Barbour vetoes Mississippi Obesity Panel

As recently reported by The Dispatch, Mississippi is the most obese state in the United States, but Republican Gov. Haley Barbour says it doesn’t need another layer of bureaucracy to study the issue. Barbour late Tuesday vetoed a bill that proposed creating a 34–member council on combating obesity. He said it duplicates programs that have been in place for years. "This bill simply adds to the fat of state government," Barbour wrote in his veto message.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Duerson’s brain full of CTE plaques

Former pro football player Dave Duerson, who killed himself in February, had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), researchers at Boston University told reporters Monday. (Source: Medpage today)

The FDA has approved another dipeptidyl peptidase–4 (DPP–4) inhibitor, linagliptin (Tradjenta), for treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Using reprocessed dialyzer membranes

Using reprocessed dialyzer membranes did not appear to put dialysis patients at any greater mortality risk, researchers said at the National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinical Meetings. For this retrospective modeling study, patients were followed for one year at centers where reprocessed dialyzers, sterilized with peracetic acid, were used almost exclusively, and then compared with patients at centers that only employed single–use dialyzers.

(Dr GM Singh)

The ENHANCE Trial

In January, early news of the anticipated ENHANCE trial surprised doctors and drug makers looking for confirmation that the blockbuster cholesterol drug Vytorin worked. The ENHANCE trial pitted the cholesterol–lowering drug simvastatin against the popular combo–drug Vytorin, which had both simvastatin and ezetimibe (Zetia). But instead of proving the power of the combo, early data showed that Vytorin was no better at reducing the thickness of blood vessel walls than simvastatin alone.

The news hit so big, both the Food and Drug Administration and the American College of Cardiology felt compelled to respond. "There should no be reason for patients to panic," read a Jan. 15 statement posted on the American College of Cardiology’s Web site. "The overall incidence rates of cardiac events were nearly identical between both treatment groups, and both medicines were generally well tolerated."

Vytorin had proven itself to be effective at reducing the "bad" LDL cholesterol, and if it could prove to reduce the thickness of blood vessel walls it would be one more sign that the drug could cut down on the big scares –– heart attack The news of the ENHANCE failure had the FDA worried that patients would give up on taking their statins. "We already know that people tend to stop taking all long–term drugs, including statins, when they’re on them. And I’m very concerned that aspects of the Vytorin discussion will lead to people becoming indifferent to an extremely important measurement –– LDL cholesterol," Dr. Robert Temple, director of the Office of Medical Policy in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, posted on the FDA’s Web sites and strokes.

 
    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Kanchan Baran Biraaj Subesaa
Kanan Kundal Kunchit Kesa

Meaning: Shri Hanumanaji’s physique is golden colored. His dress is pretty, he wears ‘Kundals’ (earrings) and his hair is long and curly.

Spiritual Significance: The golden complexion here means to provide one the vigor to do everything in life. It makes impossible into I M Possible. Long curly hair means Tapas or hard work. It teaches us to work without expecting the fruits.

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient on integrilin therapy had high grade fever.
Dr Bad: Give injectable paracetamol.
Dr Good: Give tablet paracetamol.
Lesson: Minimize procedures including arterial and venous punctures, IM injections, nasogastric tubes, etc. while the patient is on eptifibatide therapy.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with dengue fever developed shock.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the blood pressure 90/80 ignored?
Lesson: Make sure that a pulse pressure of less than 20 is not ignored; it is an impending sign that the patient is going into shock.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr GM Singh)

Love and Time

Once upon a time, there was an island where all the feelings lived: Happiness, Sadness, Knowledge, and all of the others, including Love. One day it was announced to the feelings that the island would sink, so all constructed boats and left. Except for Love.

Love was the only one who stayed. Love wanted to hold out until the last possible moment. When the island had almost sunk, Love decided to ask for help.

Richness was passing by Love in a grand boat. Love said, "Richness, can you take me with you?" Richness answered, "No, I can’t. There is a lot of gold and silver in my boat. There is no place here for you."

Love decided to ask Vanity who was also passing by in a beautiful vessel. "Vanity, please help me!" "I can’t help you, Love. You are all wet and might damage my boat," Vanity answered.

Sadness was close by so Love asked, "Sadness, let me go with you." "Oh… Love, I am so sad that I need to be by myself!"

Happiness passed by Love, too, but she was so happy that she did not even hear when Love called her.

Suddenly, there was a voice, "Come, Love, I will take you." It was an elder. So blessed and overjoyed, Love even forgot to ask the elder where they were going. When they arrived at dry land, the elder went her own way. Realizing how much was owed the elder.

Love asked Knowledge, another elder, "Who helped me?" "It was Time," Knowledge answered. "Time?" asked Love. "But why did Time help me?"

Knowledge smiled with deep wisdom and answered, "Because only Time is capable of understanding how valuable Love is."

 
    Pediatric Update

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

What are the risk factors for fungal infections in children?

Infants and Children

  • Immunosuppression
  • Use of broad–spectrum antibiotics
  • Central venous catheters
  • Hyperalimentation
  • Abdominal surgery/perforation
  • Hemodialysis

Neonates

  • Gestational age
  • Prolonged rupture of membranes
  • H2 blockers
  • Intubation
  • Third–generation cephalosporins
 
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    Rabies Update

(Dr AK Gupta, Author of "RABIES – the worst death")

Is it essential to perform an antibody test on the patient following antirabies vaccination?

Antibody tests, i.e. rapid fluorescent inhibition test (RFFIT), mouse neutralization test (MNT) are done only at selected few reference centers in India. Antibody tests are not required on a routine basis following antirabies vaccination if vaccination is correct and reliable.

A person started with PVRV wants to change over to HDCV or PCEC or PDEV or vice versa. What should be done?

Of the currently available TCVs such as HDCV, PCECV, PVRV, and PDEV, all are equally good and approved by WHO. All are interchangeable following non availability of one brand or due to allergy to one of the CCVs or PDEV. All are considered protective throughout the world against different strains of rabies viruses in different parts of the world.

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

How should a doctor certify Medical Competency to make a valid will?

The medical competency to make a valid will is called the testamentary capacity in Forensic Medicine. Lawyers generally call the doctor for evaluations at the time of the will to avoid later disputes about testamentary capacity on medical ground since the court will invalidate a will if it is found that the person at the time of making his will was not of a sound and disposing mind and did ont have mental capacity to understand the act and its consequences

  • The doctor certifying the medical competence must keep in mind two necessary parts of medical evaluation: the testator must understand what he or she is doing in making a will, and its consequences, the nature and extent of his or her property and his or her relation to living descendants, spouse, and parents, and others whose interests are affected by the will.
  • The second part, much more important for doctor is that the person must not suffer from any mental disorder/illness that involves delusions, illusion or hallucinations.
  • To declare unfit on medical grounds of insane delusion, the delusions must be extreme. The delusion must also affect the bequest. If the individual has another independent and sane reason for the bequest, then the delusion does not vitiate his or her testamentary capacity.
  • Any history or presence of loss of memory/head injury or Alzheimer's disease must be ruled out by doctor in writing the certificate
  • The doctrine of undue influence must be kept in mind by the doctor since the courts distinguish "reasonable persuasion" from "undue influence." It is often the case that lessened capacity as in the case of someone who is mentally frail is taken to render undue influence more likely. To the extent that elders are more susceptible to overreaching, this doctrine may come into effect.
    A reference from geriatric physician is required in such cases
  • The examining doctor, if has reason to believe that the person is under influence of some person, who prevents him from exercising his own discretion in making his will, it is better for the doctor to defer the certification for another examination and make another medical examination in your own safe clinic with assured privacy for the person and encourage him to speak out freely since a will is invalid, if it is executed under undue influence.
  • The given medical certificate must mention that the certificate is issued for the purpose of making a will and to the best of my examination, medical knowledge and believe the examined person is fit/unfit to make a valid will. I am a registered medical doctor and my detail is as under with address of contact
 
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Life after Bariatric surgery

What should the diet be after the surgery?

In the hospital

Clear liquids– The first stage of the gastric bypass diet is a clear liquid and zero residue diet. This will last for two weeks. First sips of water will be started and then juice, clear broth, sugar free water ice and decaffeinated tea given. About 2 ounces of drink every 15 minutes.

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which is heavier: a ton of gold or a ton of feathers?

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which of the following is not a common site for gastrinoma?

a. 1st part of duodenum
b. 2nd part of duodenum
c. 3rd part of duodenum
d. 4th part of duodenum

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser:
d
.

Correct answers received from: Dr Bharat Aggarwal, Dr Deepali Chatterjee, Dr Rajiv, Dr Kaushal.

Answer for 4th May Mind Teaser: d.
Correct answers received from: Dr.K.Raju, Dr Aparna, Dr Anupamam, Dr Shweta.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

A couple was having money problems so the wife says to her husband: "We have to cut back, so, no more beer." The husband says: "OK. But no more beauty parlor either." The wife replies: "But I need that, so I can look good for you, dear." Husband replies: "That’s what the beer’s for!"

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Renal Biopsy, Light Microscopy

For clinical evaluation and management of patients with undiagnosed kidney disease; the clinical setting may include acute renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, asymptomatic proteinuria and hematuria. Biopsy of the transplanted kidney is important in the determination of the presence of acute rejection, infection, or recurrent disease.

Optimal interpretation of a kidney biopsy requires integration of clinical and laboratory results with light microscopic, immunofluorescent histology, and electron microscopy findings.

 
    Medi Finance Update

Equity Funds

  • Equity funds invest primarily in stocks.
  • It is because stocks have traditionally risen in value.
  • More than other types of investments, they offer the greatest potential for long–term growth.
 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Amitraz 2%w/v pour on solution
For the control of ticks on cattle and ostriches
12/06/2010
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Lung cancer screening

A randomized trial of lung cancer screening in over 3,000 high–risk individuals found cumulative probability of a false positive finding of 33 percent for screening by low–dose CT and 15 percent for chest x–ray.

 
  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Help a man when he is in trouble and he will remember you when he is again in trouble.

 
    Readers Responses
  1. Dear Dr KK Aggarwal, regarding Mantoux test it is a screening procedure to give us an indirect indication about the presence of TB. A negative Mtx means absence of TB but a positive Mtx gives a clue to investigate further to find out TB in detail. Mtx with severe induration of the skin and ulceration means it is definite case of TB. More often than not the Mtx test results are mis interpreted like TB which is over diagnosed or under diagnosed. Dr R Mani, Chennai
 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Asthma is on the rise

Addressing a press conference here, Dr. Vinod Khetarpal, President Delhi Medical Association and Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, Chairman (Scientific Committee), Delhi Medical Association said that World Asthma Day is celebrated on the first Tuesday of May every year. This year the theme for the whole year is "You Can Control Your Asthma". The aim is to educate the public to reduce asthma hospitalization by 50% in the next four years. Others who addressed the press conference were Dr. H.S. Heera, Dr. Pawan Mangla, Dr. Rakesh Lal, Dr. J S Chaddha and Dr. Bharat Gopal.

The conference was followed by a panel discussion where 200 family physicians participated and learnt the techniques of effectively controlling asthma.

On the occasion, the following messages were released by the Delhi Medical Association on Asthma Control:

  1. Asthma is a chronic manageable disease.
  2. Asthma is reversible while COPD is not reversible.
  3. Asthma may be related to allergy. In fact, 33% patients with allergy present with Asthma.
  4. Use the Formula of 2 to know whether the person requires asthma treatment throughout year or not. Formula of 2 includes the following: If a person has more than 2 night attacks of asthma in a month or more than 2 day time attacks of asthma in a week or uses more than two canisters of asthma inhalers in a year, he has persistent asthma and requires continuous treatment.
  5. Inhaled asthma treatment is much better than oral drugs treatment.
  6. Inhaled steroids are safe.
  7. Rapid improvement of an acute attack of asthma does not mean it is a mild asthma.
  8. If a person can speak the whole sentence without taking breath, during an asthma attack, it is a mild asthma requiring OPD treatment. If a person takes one or two breaths while completing a sentence during an asthma attack, he is suffering from a moderate asthma requiring urgent attention. If a person is frequently interrupted in speaking a full sentence by taking frequent breaths he is suffering from severe asthma requiring emergency care.
  9. All that wheezes is not asthma and all asthmatics do not wheeze.
  10. Cough may be the only symptom of Asthma.
  11. If the patient has only night asthma, one should rule out acid reflux in the food pipe.
  12. First attack of asthma after the age of 40 should not be ignored and one should rule out cardiac asthma in such cases.
  13. With controlled asthma, one can live normal life.
  14. Prevention of asthma involves avoidance of asthma triggers.
  15. One can be allergic to peanuts.
  16. If a child had a severe asthma attack in the night and became alright in the next 30 minutes, consult a doctor before sending him to school.
  17. A severe attack of asthma, if not treated in time can be fatal.
  18. Fatal asthma may cause rupture of lung, a condition called pneumothorax.
 
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    Forthcoming Events

May 7–8, 2011, National Seminar On Stress Prevention

A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris.
Organized by: Brahma Kumaris and Heart Care Foundation of India
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: Saturday 7th May (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 8th May (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9899974439, emedinews@gmail.com, rekhapapola@gmail.com; BK Sapna: 9811796962, bksapna@hotmail.com.

Programme

Saturday 7th May 2011

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm : Registration
4.00 pm – 4.30 pm : Tea
4.30 pm – 5.30 pm : Dr K K Aggarwal
5.30 pm – 6.30 pm : Inauguration
6.30 pm – 8.00 pm : Session by Brahma Kumaris
8.00 pm – 8.30 pm : Dinner
8.30 pm – 10.00 pm : Dr K K Aggarwal

Sunday 8th May 2011
7.00 am – 8.30 am : Meditation Session
8.30 am – 9.00 am : Breakfast
9.00 am – 10.30 am : Dr K K Aggarwal
10.30 am – 11.00 am : Tea Break
11.00 am – 12.30 pm : Session by Brahma Kumaris
12.30 pm – 01.30 pm : Dr K K Aggarwal
1.30 pm – 2.00 pm : Prasad and Blessings
02.00 : Lunch

Farewell for a New Beginning

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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
• Congress website at http://www.worldcon2011.org
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, + 91 9811013246

Congress Secretariat: Rajat Khurana, C–1 / 16, Ashok Vihar – Phase II, Delhi 110 052, INDIA., Phone: + 91–11–2741–9505, Fax: + 91–11–2741–5646, Mobile: + 91 9560188488, 9811911800,
Email: worldcon2011@gmail.com, jrop2001@yahoo.com, worldcon2011@in.kuoni.com

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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

For details contact: Dr KK Aggarwal/Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra/Mr M Malik at
medifilmfestinhealthmela@gmail.com

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