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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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  Editorial …

10th January 2012, Tuesday

Portable ultrasound machines to be banned

As per the Union health ministry, registering portable ultrasound machines, is in violation of the Pre–conception and Pre–natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC & PNDT Act), which allows ultrasound machines to be portable only within the premises of hospital or clinic registered under the Act.

The ministry has mooted a proposal to ban such "on call" machines – a move crucial to save the girl child.
It will be taken up at the Central Supervisory Board (CSB) meeting in Mumbai on January 14. CSB is headed by Union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and his counterpart in the women and child welfare ministry Krishna Tirath.

India has about 35,000 ultrasound clinics. Census 2011 showed that India’s child–sex ratio had dipped to 914 girls against 927 per 1,000 boys recorded in Census 2001 – the worst dip since 1947. India has shortlisted 18 states that are worst affected. (From TOI)

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Portable ultrasound machines to be banned

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela
Eco Fest–An Inter School Eco Club’s Health Festival

Purpose of this competition is not only to have a competition but to learn preventive strategies so that the children in future can become healthy adults.

 
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    National News

‘Tulsi’ to be used for anti–radiation medicine

BHUBANESHWAR: From grandma’s home remedies for cough, cold and other ailments, ‘tulsi’ ( Indian Basil) is now being tested by Indian scientists for treating people exposed to harmful radiations and initial tests have shown some positive results. Scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) have developed a tulsi–based herbal medicine for treating people exposed to radiations. The medicine is already in the second phase of trials. According to scientists, tulsi has anti–oxidant properties and can repair cells damaged by exposure to radiation. "Tulsi–based medicine is already in second phase of clinical trials. It has to undergo some more trials before it is finalised and goes for commercial production. Animal trials have also been conducted and their results were quite encouraging," DRDO’s chief controller (R&D) W Selvamurthy told reporters. (Source: TOI, Jan 8, 2012)

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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

Cancer deaths down since 1990

Declining cancer incidence has translated into one million fewer cancer deaths in the U.S. over the past 20 years, according to data from the American Cancer Society (ACS). From 1999 to 2008, cancer mortality decreased by more than 1% per year in men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, except American Indians/Alaska Natives, who had stable cancer mortality during the period. The rate of decline accelerated to 1.8% annually in men and 1.6% in women. African–American and Hispanic men had the largest mortality decreases, which averaged 2.3% to 2.4% per year, Rebecca Siegel, MPH, and colleagues, of the ACS, said in the annual report, "Cancer Statistics, 2012," published online in CA: Cancer Journal for Clinicians. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Pediatric Study: ‘Healthy’ Diet Best for ADHD Kids

Fast foods, sodas, and ice cream may be American kids’ favorite menu items, but they’re also probably the worst for those with attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new literature review suggests. (Source: Medpage Today)

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FDA Grants Orphan Status to HCMV Drug

The FDA has granted orphan drug status to the novel human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) inhibitor AIC246 (Letermovir) for the prevention of HCMV–related viremia and disease in at–risk patients. Orphan drug status can be applied to products proven safe and effective in treating conditions that affect fewer than 200,000 patients. Orphan drugs must still meet requirements for marketing approval. Companies whose drugs have an orphan designation receive a tax credit and are exempted from paying a prescription drug user fee that is normally required of companies submitting products for approval. (Source: Medpage Today)

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@DrKKAggarwal: Have Leg Artery Blockages: Walk on a Treadmill

@DeepakChopra: #CosmicConsciousness Descriptions of the physical universe are in reality descriptions of modes of perception in consciousness.

 
    Spiritual Update

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

Bhagwan Ko Bhog Kyun Chadate Hain?

There has been a ritual in our country that before eating food one has to offer food or bhog to the deity. The ritual also involves sprinkling water all around the place for eating food. Many people have been advocating that pouring of water is related to preventing ants and insects coming near the food. But in spiritual language there is a deeper meaning of these rituals.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

Assisted hatching is done through which procedure?

Assisted hatching can be done in many different ways. An acid solution, called Tyrode’s solution, which includes a particular type of enzyme, called proteolytic enzyme, can be used, or the hole can be made with a very small glass needle or laser.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

There are two types of people in this world.

The first group is internally–motivated; they set goals for themselves and push themselves towards their goals on their own. These groups of people are usually those who do not believe in religions.

The second group is one that is externally–motivated; they rely on external motivation – religion, the promise of reward etc. These groups of people are usually those who firmly believe in religion.

Working with these different groups requires a slightly different approach to the task. When working with the latter group, all you have to do is reward him or her with something. Praise him or her. When working with the former group, put him in comparison with another person who is weaker than him or her. He or she would do the rest.

There are many cases of talents and potential being wasted, just because they did not develop it further. I heard of this student whose mother allowed him to go out with his friends only once a year. Of course, he’s a GPA–4 student. But he has close–to–zero social lifestyle, and any talents he might have would be lost. Perhaps he is good at drawing? Playing piano?

So depending on which group you belong to, you can do different things to self–motivate yourself. For the former group, start comparing yourself with weaker peers (but don’t get too big–headed). For the latter group, start writing down the praises that others gave you.

Remember, your brain is a powerful thing. You definitely have a talent. If you’ve discovered it, don’t waste it. Motivate yourself to develop it further. For those of you, who haven’t discovered it, don’t be discouraged. You will find it one day.

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   Cardiology eMedinewS

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

Hypertension Plus Tachycardia Equals High Risk

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Unnecessary Heart Screening Tests Not Heart Friendly

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Resting Heart Rate Linked To Early CAD Death

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FDA Warning against 80 mg Simvastatin

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   Pediatric eMedinewS

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

Inhaled Tobramycin for Newly Acquired Pseudomonas Aeruginosa in Patients With Cystic Fibrosis

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Game Changers in Pediatrics

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Fluconazole during Pregnancy

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    Fitness Update

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

Winter diets? The secret is to chill the extremities

Large mammals living in temperate climates frequently have difficulty finding food during winter. It is well known that they lower their metabolism at this time but does this represent a mechanism for coping with less food or is it merely a consequence of having less to eat? The puzzle has been solved at least for the red deer by the group of Walter Arnold at the Research Institute of Wildlife Ecology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The results are published in the "Journal of Experimental Biology".

Although the temperate climates of central Europe provide plentiful food in summer, finding enough to eat is much more problematic in winter. Many small mammals avoid the problem by hibernating but this survival strategy is generally not practised by larger animals. With the exception of some bears, large mammals remain fully awake throughout the year, yet they too must reduce their metabolism to cope with the comparative scarcity of food. Red deer, for example, are known to lower their heart rate and to allow their extremities to cool substantially during winter. These changes have been interpreted as a mechanism for conserving energy but could simply reflect the fact that the animals cannot find enough food to eat, as the act of digestion is known to have a direct influence on a ruminant's metabolism.

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  Legal Question of the Day

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

Q. Some modern medicine doctors in Madhya Pradesh recently conducted drug trials on Ayurvedic drugs. Is it legal?

Ans.

  • It is not illegal in itself if an MBBS doctor conducts drug trials on Ayurvedic drugs.
  • The rules for carrying out drug trials are laid out in detail in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, and must be followed.
  • The (ICMR) guidelines are just guidelines and do not have a binding force.
  1. You are obviously referring to the following news— http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Allopathic–doctors–
    conduct–ayurvedic–drug–trials–in–Indore/articleshow/11344375.cms
  2. The news, dated 3–1–2012, is briefly as follows: "Allopathic doctors in Indore and eight other cities in India have conducted clinical drug trials for ayurvedic and herbal remedies on patients ignoring the Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) ethical guidelines. The drugs tested include an ophthalmic medicine, Ophthacare, and a novel herbal molecule."
  3. I have the following comments:
  4. In general, I believe there is a need to encourage involvement of modern medicine doctors with AYUSH disciplines in various ways, including drug trials. Other ways may be: Establishing AYUSH chairs in medical colleges and research institutions; Instituting special schemes and awards and incentives to encourage modern medicine doctors to study and research AYUSH areas; facilitating dual degree studies (MBBS, BAMS etc.) and dual medical council registration (MCI, CCIM—Central Council of Indian Medicine etc.) by, if necessary, amendment of existing laws.

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    Healthy Driving

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

Patients with an absent breathing–less breathing index more than 10 per hour need treatment.

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A diabetic patient with stroke came for evaluation.
Dr Bad: Get routine test done.
Dr Good: Get blood sugar and A1c also done.
Lesson: Increased rate of heart failure can contribute to higher mortality in stroke patients with hyperglycemia. On multivariate analysis, fasting glucose was significantly associated with risk of in–hospital heart failure (Eur J Neurol 2009;16(2):251–6).

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient with suspected meningitis developed brain damage.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was an antibiotic not started when the diagnosis was suspected?
Lesson: Make sure that first dose of antibiotic is given at the time meningitis is suspected

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  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. Robert H. Schuller

 
  Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Blood ceruloplasmin

  • Decreased ceruloplasmin levels: May indicate Menke’s disease, Wilson’s disease (a rare copper storage disease), overdose of Vitamin C and aceruloplasminemia.
  • Elevated ceruloplasmin levels: May indicate or be noticed in pregnancy, oral contraceptive pill use, lymphoma, acute and chronic inflammation (it is an acute–phase reactant), rheumatoid arthritis, angina and Alzheimer’s disease.
 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which of the following statements best describes the treatment of HIV/TB coinfection?

a. All cases of pulmonary TB should be considered for prolonged antituberculosis therapy.
b. HAART reduces the risk of developing TB disease among HIV positive patient by upto 25%.
c. The protective effect of HAART in reducing the risk of TB disease is greater in those with advanced immunosuppression.
d. The protective effect of HAART in reducing the risk of TB is not influenced by the degree of immunosuppression.

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: roforkad

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Fork in the road

Correct answers received from: Sudipto Samaddar, Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra, Yogindra Vasavada, Dr Mrs S Das, Dr KV Sarma, Dr PC Das, Dr Indu Sharma, Dr T Samraj, Dr Thakor Hitendrasinh G,
Dr Rakesh Bhasin, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Anil Bairaria, Dr Neelam Nath, Sudipto Samaddar.

Answer for 8th January Mind Teaser: Space Invaders
Correct answers received from: Yogindra Vasavada, Dr Thakor Hitendrasinh G, Raju Kuppusamy,
Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Neelam Nath.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

The successful job applicant

An investment firm is hiring mathematicians. After the first round of interviews, three hopeful recent graduates – a pure mathematician, an applied mathematician, and a graduate in mathematical finance – are asked what starting salary they are expecting.

The pure mathematician: "Would Rs 30,000 be too much?"

The applied mathematician: "I think Rs 60,000 would be OK."

The math finance person: "What about Rs 300,000?"

The personnel officer is flabbergasted: "Do you know that we have a graduate in pure mathematics who is willing to do the same work for a tenth of what you are demanding!?"

"Well, I thought of Rs135,000 for me, Rs135,000 for you – and Rs 30,000 for the pure mathematician who will do the work."

 
  Medicolegal Update

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

Chemical castration does not actually castrate the person, nor is it a form of sterilization

Chemical castration involves the administration of anti androgen drugs, or the birth–control drug, which is given as an injection every one to three months, making compliance easier to track the offender.

  • Chemical castration entails administration of medication designed to reduce libido and sexual activity, usually in the hope of preventing rapist/child molester and other sex offenders from repeating their crimes as on voluntary basis as a more humane approach of punishment.
  • The word ‘chemical castration’ has been called a misnomer because it is not like the surgical castration, where the testes or ovaries are removed through an incision in the body.
  • Chemical castration does not actually castrate the person, nor is it a form of sterilization. When used on men, these drugs can reduce sex drive, compulsive sexual fantasies, and capacity for sexual arousal. It is generally reversible when treatment is discontinued, except for some effects in body chemistry, such as loss of bone density and osteoporosis.
  • It is still an ethical dilemma to practice chemical castration as punishment and whether it could be done without informed consent or not.
  • However, some countries like US and UK consider chemical castration as a humane alternative to life–long imprisonment or surgical castration, the drug cyproterone acetate is used for chemical castration in Europe which considered as safe drug for health.
  • Argentina approved a new law in 2010, which rules the use of chemical castration for rapists, but they must voluntarily undergo it.

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    Public Forum

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Eat less to remember more

"Eat less to remember more" is the prescription of the day for the elderly said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by Dr. Agnes Floel, assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Munster, has shown that memory and thinking skills improved among healthy, overweight subjects who cut their calorie intake by 30 percent over a three–month period.

Calorie restriction boosts memory and cognition by reducing insulin resistance and inflammation, which may be linked to age–related cognitive decline.

Improvements in memory could be especially important, because memory losses are an early indication of Alzheimer’s disease and its precursor, mild cognitive impairment.

The 49 men and women in the study had a mean age of 60.5 years and a body mass index of 28. Those in the calorie–restriction group were not told what to eat but were advised to cut portions and not to eat less than 1,200 calories daily.

The calorie restrictors lost an average of five pounds, with those who most closely adhered to the dietary recommendations losing an average of eight pounds. This subset with the largest weight loss also showed the biggest improvements in memory performance.

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3rd eMedinewS Revisiting 2011

The 3rd eMedinewS – revisiting 2011 conference will be held at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on Sunday January 22nd 2012.

The one–day conference will revisit and cover all the new advances in the year 2011. There will also be a webcast of the event. An eminent faculty is being invited to speak.

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8.00 – 8.30 AM

Dr K K Aggarwal

Revisiting the year 2011

8.30 – 9.00 AM

LIC India

Life Insurance Schemes

9.00–9.20 AM

Dr G K Mani

Cardiac surgery in 2012

9.20 – 9.30 AM

Mr M K Doogar

Health Insurance – What’s New

9.30 – 9.45 AM

Central Bank of India

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9.45 – 10.00 AM

Dr Dinesh Bhurani

Hemato Oncology Update

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I M Chugh

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Dr Pramod Kumar

Beyond Coronaries

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Dr N K Bhatia

Whats New in Transfusion Medicine

11.00 – 11.30 AM

Dr Praveen Chandra

Dual Anti Platelet Therapy in ACS

11.30 – 12.00 PM

Dr Ambrish Mithal

obesity as a precursor for diabetes

12.00 – 12.30 PM

Dr Ajay Kriplani

Surgery in diabetes

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Dr Kaberi Banerjee

Infertility Update

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Dr Kailash Singla

Gastro Update

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Dr Surjit Jha

High Risk Diabetes

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Dr Sudhir Kumar Rawal

Robotic Surgery in India

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Dr Amit Bhargava

Oncology

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Dr Sanjay Chaudhary

Automation in Cataract Surgery with Femto-second

3.15 – 3.30 PM

Dr Neelam Mohan

100 Cases of Liver Transplantation in Children

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Dr Surender Kumar

Diabetes in 2012

4.15 – 4.30 PM

Dr S K Khanna

Valve Surgery Update

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Dr Ravi Kasliwal

Markers for Cardiovascular Prevention

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