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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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  Editorial …

8th July 2012, Sunday

Coffee Can Prevent Progression To Dementia

Patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may be able to avoid developing dementia by drinking several cups of coffee a day. The study by Gary W. Arendash, PhD, at St. Petersburg, Florida published in the June issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that patients with MCI who have a plasma caffeine level of 1200 ng/mL avoided progression to dementia over the following 2 to 4 years. These patients exhibited a plasma cytokine profile that was exactly the same as that of AD transgenic mice that were given caffeinated coffee and didn’t progress to dementia. It’s therefore very likely that it’s caffeine from coffee, and not from other sources, that affords the cognitive protection.

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Seminar on Health and Happiness

A seminar on Health and Happiness was organised jointly by Heart Care Foundation of India and Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan on 5th July 2012.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

Floods Kill Over 500 Animals In Kaziranga

The famed Kaziranga National Park has lost 559 animals, including 14 rhinos, in the ongoing floods so far. Park authorities said the number of casualties is like to increase as carcasses are being found inside the park everyday.

According to reports, carcasses of 14 rhinos, 475 hog deer, 30 wild boars, 5 porcupines, 1 wild buffalo, 1 elephant, 2 hog badgers, 10 swamp deer, 2 pythons, 18 sambers and a fox have been found so far. Besides, two rhinos were killed by poachers. The hunters, taking advantage of the floods, killed the pachyderms at Haldhibari and Karbi hills and chopped off their horns.

Due to the rising of water level of the Brahmaputra, floodwaters entered the park on June 26. Almost 80 percent area of the World Heritage Site was under water for about five days and animals faced a tough time to survive inside the park. Many of them escaped to the nearby Karbi Anglong hills, while some others got drowned. The Golaghat district administration has imposed prohibitory orders under Sec 144 CrPC along NH–37, which passes through the park, and barricades have put up at regular intervals to check the speed of vehicles, said an official of Golaghat district. TNN, Jul 6, 2012

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Medical mistakes in Indian movies

Dear all, eMedinewS is starting a special series on ‘Medical mistakes in Indian movies’. We invite all our readers to share with us the following information:

1. Scene/s where the image of the medical profession has been maligned in an unrealistic manner, or
2. Scene/s where medical care and approach has been depicted incorrectly, or
3. Scenes where the medical profession has been portrayed correctly.

Send us the clippings or description of the scenes. This would be a start to a special campaign to re build the image of the medical profession.

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    International News

(Contributed by Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Adult brain reshapes language areas after tumor removal

Contrary to earlier beliefs, the adult human brain has remarkable potential for functional reorganization after excision of a progressive tumor mass, new findings suggest. Reporting a study of patients with surgically resected gliomas, Janpeter Nickel, MD, senior physician in the stroke unit at the Neurological Clinic of the Protestant Hospital Duisburg–North of the Heinrich–Heine–University Düsseldorf in Duisburg, Germany, presented evidence of a variety of patterns of language reorganization, demonstrating cortical plasticity. Their results were presented here at the 22nd Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS). (Source: Medscape)

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Lithium promising in prevention of episodic cluster headaches

Lithium appears effective in preventing episodic cluster headaches in many patients, according to a new case series from Italy. "Although limited by its naturalistic retrospective nature, we believe this study might support lithium as the preventive medication of choice in the treatment of episodic cluster headache," Dr. Maria Erminia Stochino from the University–Hospital Agency of Cagliari told Reuters Health in an email. Her findings were published online June 1 in Headache. (Source: Medscape)

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Ovulation induction doesn’t improve hirsutism in PCOS patients

Inducing ovulation in infertile women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) does not affect hirsutism, new findings show. The study, published in the June issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a secondary analysis of a randomized controlled trial comparing up to six cycles of clomiphene citrate, metformin, or a combination of the two in 626 anovulatory women with PCOS. The primary outcome was live birth rate. (Source: Medscape)

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@DrKKAggarwal: Doctors are God later and human beings first

@DeepakChopra: The past is gone and cannot hurt you. Let go of what does not exist to invite healing

    Spiritual Update

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

Health Implications of Chaturmas

The "Chaturmas" begins on the Ekadashi in the month of Ashadha and ends with the Ekadashi in the month of Kartik and has got both spiritual and health implications. It’s a period when no marriages and auspicious functions are held.

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    4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course (APVIC)

4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course–Excerpts from a Panel discussion Read More

The 4th Asia Pacific Vascular Interventional Course begins Read More

Excerpts of a talk and interview with Dr. Jacques Busquet by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Editor–in–Chief Cardiology eMedinewS Read More

4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course – Dr KK Aggarwal with Faculty Read More

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What does an embryo do in order to implant into the uterus for real pregnancy?

In a normal cycle, the egg and sperm join together in the tube that connects the ovaries to the uterus (the fallopian tube) to form an embryo. The embryo travels through the tube and sticks (implants) to the lining of the uterus (womb). But, in order for the embryo to implant into the uterus, it has to "hatch" out of its outer shell (zona pellucida).

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    Tat Tvam Asi………and the Life Continues……

(Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Medical Director, Chaudhary Eye Centre, Dr Pallavi Sugandhi, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Cornea & Refractive surgeon, Chaudhary Eye Centre)

Myth – Eye donation interferes with, or delays customary final rites.
Fact – Eye donation does not interfere with or delay final rites, as the corneal excision procedure takes less than 20 minutes.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

I Can’t, I Can

I know that motivational speakers and therapists discourage the use of the phrase, "I can’t". They think it is too negative. But it’s true, I really can’t! Sure, there are occasions when I can respond with a hearty "I can!" For example, I can brush my teeth. I can make a cheese sandwich. I can cuddle up with my dogs.

However, when it comes to the really big and important things, it seems that I have to respond with, "I CAN’T!" It’s less of being negative than it is of being absolutely truthful. I CAN’T change a person’s heart. I CAN’T feed all the hungry children in my neighborhood. I CAN’T mend a soul that’s been wounded. I CAN’T fill an unloved person with love. My hands are too weak. I can’t. My heart is too timid. I can’t. My will is too distracted. I can’t. I can’t. I can’t! It is then that I find the verse Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me." All things? I can do things bigger than making a cheese sandwich? If I believe that verse is true, and I do, then I CAN!

More accurately, WE CAN! I don’t mean you the reader and me the writer. I mean Jesus and I CAN. I mean Jesus and you CAN. I really mean Jesus, you and I CAN! It is not conventional to announce one’s weakness. Usually we try to hide them. When it comes to Christ, something amazing happens when we acknowledge and broadcast our own weakness. Consider 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 "And he said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (10) Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

When I stand out in the yard, and tell God and the world how weak I am, all of a sudden it is like my shirt changes to a superhero shirt, and I am wearing a red cape. With God in charge, I truly CAN DO ALL THINGS! So can you!

Jesus said in Matthew 17:20 "…for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." I guess it is a good thing that I like the mountains just where they are!

When you and I allow Jesus to take charge of our hands, He will do truly amazing and impossible things with them. Things that are so tremendous that our imaginations aren’t big enough to picture them before they happen.

Has God been calling for you? Has He asked you for your hands and obedience? Have you responded with, "I can"t." or "I am too weak."? Have you answered, "Not me God, pick someone stronger, more qualified."? Good. We honestly can’t. We are honestly too weak. We are woefully under qualified. Now let God fill you, your heart and your hands, and get prepared to do great things. Be prepared to watch God use your hands to change hearts and minds. Be ready to be awed as God uses your hands to feed the hungry and love the unloved. Be ready to be touched as God uses your hands to bandage wounded souls.

James 4:7a, "Submit yourselves therefore to God." Then fasten your seatbelt, because God is going to do something great!

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Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient of CAD developed dengue.
Dr Bad: Start paracetamol.
Dr Good: Start paracetamol and stop low–dose aspirin.
Lesson: In dengue, lose–dose aspirin needs to be stopped.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient died after receiving 30 ml IV KCL bolus.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was KCL given as bolus?
Lesson: Make sure that IV KCL is not given at a rate more than 10 mEq per hour.

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Less sleep affects our choice of food

Deccan Chronicle – Reproduced from ANI

New Delhi: The sight of unhealthy food during a period of sleep restriction activates reward centres in the brain that are less active when an individual gets adequate sleep, a new study has revealed. In the study, which used brain scans to better understand the link between sleep restriction and obesity, researchers from Roosevelt Hospital Center and Columbia University in New York performed functional magnetic resonance imaging on 25 men and women of normal weights while they looked at images of healthy and unhealthy foods. The scans were taken after five nights in which sleep was either restricted to four hours or allowed to continue up to nine hours, and the results were then compared. "The same brain unhealthy foods were presented were not involved when we presented healthy foods," Marie– Pierre St–Onge, principal investigator of the study, said.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Patience with family is love. Patience with other is respect. Patience with self is confidence. Patience with God is faith.

    Lab Update

(Dr Navin Dang and Dr Arpan Gandhi)

Hepatitis C test

The test is used to detect and diagnose an infection and/or to monitor the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV). Tests are used to detect the condition if a person:

  • Has been exposed to someone with HCV
  • Participates in high risk behaviors such as injecting street drugs
  • Has abnormal liver function tests
  • Has symptoms associated with liver disease, such as jaundice, dark urine, nausea, or unexpected weight gain or loss
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Elective casarean section at 38 weeks of pregnancy before the onset of labour or rupture of membrane decreades transmission by

a. 50–80%

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The nurse is teaching the patient regarding his permanent artificial pacemaker. Which information given by the nurse shows her knowledge deficit about the artificial cardiac pacemaker?

A. Take the pulse rate once a day, in the morning upon awakening
B. May be allowed to use electrical appliances
C. Have regular follow up care
D. May engage in contact sports

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: D. May engage in contact sports

Correct answers received from: Raksha Vaishnav, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Raju Kuppusamy,
Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr PC Das, Dr Avtar Krishan.

Answer for 6th July Mind Teaser: B. The positive inotropic effect will decrease urine output
Correct answers received from: Raksha Vaishnav.

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   Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

There was a husband and a wife, the wife was sure the husband was sleeping with another women, so she decided to come home early from work to catch him in the act.

So she rushed home, opened up the door in hopes to catch him, but to her surprise there he was calm and collect, but she was sure he is having an affair – all the signs were there. Any how, she runs up stairs goes through all the rooms and nothing, no one, so on her way back down stairs she gets a heart attack dies and goes to Heaven. Just then she meets a lady and the lady asks her: "So, how did you die?" And so she proceeded to tell her story and at the end of the story the other lady says to her: "Well, you should have looked inside the refrigerator – you would have saved us both…"

    Medicolegal Update

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

Postmortem examination in a case of pneumothorax

The occurrence of sudden death presents a challenge in legal autopsy

  • In cases of sudden death after pneumothorax, pneumoperitoneum, intravenous infusions, childbirth, operations, or sharp instrument injuries to the neck and thorax, it is important to check for air embolism to the heart.
  • A postmortem chest x–ray should be taken and inspected for larger quantities of air in the heart and great vessels.
  • Postmortem examination accuracy of observation, completeness of detail, and sound conclusions can be obtained only when the postmortem examination is made according to some definite and systematic plan so that regions and organs are successively examined without disturbing the relations and appearances yet to be investigated.
  • Chest radiographs provide the most reliable method for determining the extent of pneumothoraces and whether or not a pneumothorax has resulted in mediastinal shift.
  • Detection of a pneumothorax is easily done by holding the dissected skin and subcutaneous tissues of the chest to form a pocket adjacent to the ribcage in postmortem examination.
  • The pocket is filled with water, and a scalpel is used to incise the thoracic cavity. The presence of air bubbles indicates a pneumothorax.
  • In the cases of neonates and small infants during the autopsy, the thorax may be submerged in a bucket of water.
  • The apparatuses described previously for detection of air emboli work equally well for detecting pneumothoraces

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    Public Forum

Public Forum (Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Strengthen your Heart

Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India advised the people to take care of their heart. He gave few tips to do so.

  1. Follow Dr. KK Aggarwal’s ‘Formula of 80’ i.e. keep your pulse rate, lower blood pressure, fasting sugar, abdominal circumference and bad cholesterol levels all below 80. To achieve these, walk 80 minutes a day with a speed of 80 steps per minute; eat less – not more than 80 gm or 80 ml of caloric food; do 80 cycles of pranayams in a day, avoid alcohol and if one does so, do not consume more than 80 ml in a day.
  2. After the age of 30, get an annual medical checkup done with exercise treadmill test every three years.
  3. Eat in moderation and take a variety of food consisting of seven colours and six tastes.
  4. Avoid using trans fats. Trans fats increase bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol. Hydrogenated oil is an example of trans fat.
  5. Avoid three ‘whites’ in your diet – white maida, white sugar and white rice – or consume them only in minimum amounts. They are known to cause abdominal obesity, which is a risk factor for heart diseases.
  6. Do not smoke or consume tobacco in any form as it increases the chances of heart attack, paralysis and erectile dysfunction.
  7. Do not ignore any symptom, which is unusual, unexplained and is detected for the very first time.
  8. Do not ignore any chest pain, burning or discomfort in the centre of the chest, which is diffuse in nature and lasts for more than 30 seconds.
  9. If a heart attack is suspected, then one should chew 300 mg of water–soluble aspirin and immediately rush to the nearest heart hospital.
  10. All heart patients should remember that sudden cardiac death is reversible in the first 10 minutes. For this, remember Dr. KK Aggarwal’s Formula of 10 i.e. within 10 minutes of death, for the next 10 minutes, compress the chest with a speed of 10 × 10 = 100 per minute. This can revive more than 75% of the patients.
  11. Heart patients too can lead a normal physical, mental and sexual life.
  12. Presence of heart blockages in the heart does not mean that a person requires angioplasty or surgery. These are indicated in case of failure of adequate medical treatment to provide the desired risk–free quality of life.
  13. Following the traditional Indian customs and rituals can help reduce chances of heart attack. The weekly fast of not consuming cereals can be adopted by all of us to reduce risk of metabolic syndrome, which develops due to insulin resistance because of eating a carbohydrate–rich diet, especially one that contains refined carbohydrates, on a daily basis.
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All are cordially invited for the 2nd National Conference of IYCF Chapter of IAP. This conference is organized by: IYCF Chapter, MOH&FW GOI, MOWCD GOI, WHO, UNICEF, IMLEA, SDHE Trust.
The theme of the conference is: "Proper Nutrition: Defeat Malnutrition – Investing in the Future"
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
Date: 5th Aug 2012
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Dil Ka Darbar

September 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
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A non stop question answer session between all the top cardiologists of the NCR region and the mass public. Event will be promoted through hoardings, our publications and the press. Public health discussions

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