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10th July 2011, Sunday

Diabetes can be reversed

A study published in June 2011 Edition of the journal Diabotologia has shown that in people newly diagnosed with the disease, type 2 diabetes can be reversed by reducing the dietary intake. So far, type 2 diabetes was being regarded as inevitably progressive with irreversible beta cell failure.

The authors from UK studied 11 patients with type 2 diabetes with a mean age of 50 years and a mean body mass index (BMI) of 34 and evaluated them on 8–week diet of 600 calories per day. Within a week of restricted diet, fasting sugar normalized in the diabetic group. All available tests to check for beta cell dysfunction normalized within eight weeks. There was a normalization of insulin resistance and other biochemical abnormalities like insulin suppression, hepatic glucose and hepatic triglyceride content and the first phase insulin resistance.

Our own results at Moolchand Medcity with a dietary programme called "Non–scalpel bariatric surgery" have shown similar results. A reduction in the requirement of diabetic drugs including insulin by 40% occurs by the end of first week with improvement in all the parameters of insulin resistance like high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol and abdominal circumferences by 12 weeks.

The "Non–Scalpel Bariatric Surgery" diet includes consuming less than 80 gm or 80 ml of caloric food at one go with an average diet of less than 1200 Kcal per day. The diet includes zero transfats, zero refined carbohydrates and only one complex carbohydrate meal a day. In one patient, the requirement of insulin reduced from 150 to 30 units and in others, from 100 to 0 units.

Similar changes are seen after any bariatric surgery. Today, bariatric surgery is becoming very popular but before contemplating bariatric surgery, an aggressive lifestyle management programme for diabetics should be attempted.

Our "Non Scalpel Bariatric Surgery" dietary programme also includes Yoga, Pranayama, Behavioral Counseling and Ayurvedic whole body massage.

The fall in fasting blood glucose levels is apparent much before clinically evident weight loss.

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Impressive drop in maternal, infant mortality rates

India has impressively brought down its maternal and infant mortality rates, indicating that it was close to achieving the millennium development goals (MDGs) set by the United Nations though the total fertility rate (TFR) has remained stationary after showing a decline during the past few years. The maternal mortality ratio (MMR) – number of women dying due to maternal causes per 1, 00, 000 live births – has come down to 212 (2007–09) from 254 in 2004–06. The MDG target for India is to bring down maternal deaths to 109 by 2015. Similarly, the infant mortality rate (IMR) – the number of infant deaths per 1,000 live births – has registered a 3 point decline at 50 from 53 in 2008, thought every 6th death in the country pertains to an infant. Sadly enough, the mortality rate of girls is higher than boys indicating a "worrisome trend" for the government. The under 5 mortality rate (U5MR), denoting the number of children (0–4 years) who die before reaching an age of five years, has declined by 5 points over 2008 to touch 64 in 2009 as against 69 in 2008. Releasing a latest statistics of the Sample Registration System (SRS), the Registrar General of India (RGI) and Census Commissioner C. Chandramouli said the progress of India on this front is vital for overall reduction in the world as every fifth woman dying due to reproductive causes is an Indian.
(Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2208208.ece, July 7, 2011)

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(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Vitamin D deficiency killed Mozart

WASHINGTON: Had Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent a few minutes basking the Sun, it might have helped the young Austrian composer live longer, researchers say. Many theories have been raised in the past about the nature of Mozart’s untimely death, ranging from head trauma to rheumatic fever. Now, researchers claimed that lack of vitamin D could have killed the legendary musician who died at the age of 35, LiveScience reported. An important vitamin in fighting off disease, Vitamin D is produced in the body from ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the sun. Where Mozart lived, in Vienna, these low levels of UVB rays would have easily caused vitamin D deficiencies, said the researchers. (Source: TOI, Jul 8, 2011)

2 Ways to cope with negative emotions

When confronted with high–intensity negative emotions, they tend to choose to turn their attention away, but with something lower–intensity, they tend to think it over and neutralize the feeling that way. Emotions are useful for example, fear tells your body to get ready to escape or fight in a dangerous situation. But emotions can also become problematic for example, for people with depression who can’t stop thinking about negative thoughts, said Gal Sheppes of Stanford University, who co–wrote the study with Stanford colleagues Gaurav Suri and James J. Gross, and Susanne Scheibe of the University of Groningen. "Luckily, our emotions can be adjusted in various ways," he said. Sheppes and his colleagues studied two main ways that people modulate their emotions – by distracting themselves or by reappraising the situation. For example, if you’re in the waiting room at the dentist, you might distract yourself from the upcoming unpleasantness by reading about celebrity break–ups "Maybe that’s why the magazines are there in the first place," Sheppes said or you might talk yourself through it: "I say, ok, I have to undergo this root canal, but it will make my health better, and it will pass, and I’ve done worse things, and I can remind myself that I’m ok." The study will be detailed in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science. (Source: TOI, Jul 7, 2011)

Stem cells may ease angina in tough cases

Cardiac injections of hematopoietic stem cells can help relieve refractory chest pain, a large phase II study determined. A relatively low dose of patients’ own CD34–positive stem cells reduced weekly angina episodes to 6.8, compared with 10.9 among placebo–treated patients at six months (P=0.020), Douglas W. Losordo, MD, of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University in Chicago, and colleagues found. Those benefits persisted out to one year, along with a substantial boost in exercise capability, they reported online in Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association. (Source: Medpage Today)

CDC fears rising treatment resistant gonorrhea

Gonorrhea may be losing its susceptibility to cephalosporins, the only available antibiotic class remaining to treat the sexually transmitted infection, the CDC is warning. Surveillance data over an 11–year period show that the proportion of Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolates with an elevated minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) against one of the cephalosporins has risen significantly, the agency reported in the July 8 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Study of strength training for seniors finds increased muscle strength, reduced muscular atrophy

People lose 30% of their muscle strength between the ages of 50 and 70 years. However, maintaining muscle strength in old age is enormously important in order to maintain mobility and to be able to lead an independent life and manage everyday tasks independently. In the current issue of Deutsches Arzteblatt International, Frank Mayer and colleagues from the University of Potsdam conclude that progressive strength (resistance) training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011;108(21):359–64). The authors investigated the extent of the effects that can be achieved by strength (resistance) training in elderly persons and which intensities of exercise are useful and possible in persons older than 60 years. They found that regular strength (resistance) training increased muscle strength, reduced muscular atrophy, and that tendons and bones adapt too. These successes in turn had a preventive effect in terms of avoiding falls and injuries. Greater intensities of training yielded greater effects than moderate and low intensities. In order to increase muscle mass, an intensity of 60–85% of the one–repetition–maximum is required. In order to increase rapidly available muscle force, higher intensities (>85%) are required. The optimum amount of exercise for healthy elderly persons is
3 to 4 training units per week.

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Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

Nava Nidhi

Madalasa Vidya: On accomplishing this Vidya, a person becomes capable of increasing or decreasing the size of his body according to his wish. Lord Hanumana had miniaturized his body through this Vidya while entering the city of Lanka.

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(Ritu Sinha)

Keep your goals in sight

On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel. The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, bone–chilling cold and many times, the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog. Unable to see the shore, she gave up.

Chadwick was disappointed when she found out that she was only half a mile from the coast. She quit, not because she was a quitter but because her goal was not in sight anywhere. The elements didn’t stop her. She said, "I’m not making excuses. If only I had seen the land, I could have made it."

Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel.

This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind and not only accomplished it but beat the men’s record by two hours.

    Pediatric Update

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

What are the differential diagnoses of bronchiolitis?

The absence of antecedent upper respiratory tract symptoms should suggest to clinicians that an infant with the acute onset of wheezing might not have bronchiolitis. In newborns, congenital anomalies, such as a vascular ring or congenital heart disease, should be considered. Gastroesophageal reflux, aspiration pneumonia, or foreign body aspiration can mimic the symptoms of bronchiolitis.

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Q. A young girl, whose father is no more, joined internship and on the very first day an incident occurred causing death due to mismatched blood transfusion. A magisterial inquiry held that three persons were guilty - the intern, the house surgeon and the lab technician. A case under 304A has been filed against them. What defence does she have? Can she escape liability on the ground that she was an intern and not a fully registered medical practitioner?


  1. There is nothing like a fully or partially registered medical practitioner. An intern who is registered as a medical practitioner under section 25 of the IMC Act, 1956, is a registered medical practitioner in real terms. The Act nowhere says that his responsibilities, duties and liabilities are different or lesser compared to those registered under section 15.
  2. However, in practical terms, the judge may give lighter punishment if the crime is proved. Young age; being just a fresh intern who had barely spent one day as a doctor; being an unmarried girl whose father is no more; lack of malafide; being the first day on job; lack of adequate supervision; heavy load of work in a govt. hospital––all these can be pleaded as attenuating factors while determining punishment which can be as light as just a fine for which not even a minimum amount is mentioned in section 304A.
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Situation: A patient came with dengue hemorrhagic shock.
Dr. Bad: Give platelet transfusion.
Dr. Good: Give initial bolus of 5% dextrose in saline or ringer lactate 20ml per kg body weight infused over 15 minutes.
Lesson: In hemorrhagic shock, fluid resuscitation is more important. Bolus should be followed by continuous infusion of 10–20 ml/kg body weight fluids until urine output normalizes. (World Health Organization, Geneva 2009, p. 1)

Make Sure

Situation: A patient who had multiple blunt traumas on his abdomen is admitted for management.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why did you not do a peritoneal lavage?
Lesson: Make sure to perform a peritoneal lavage in patients of multiple blunt traumas to exclude peritoneal hemorrhage from ruptured abdominal organs as the peritoneal reaction is often mild and a thorough clinical examination is not possible.

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Inhaled corticosteroids are generally the most effective drugs in adults with asthma. Leukotriene receptor antagonist can be useful alternative for patients unable to take inhaled corticosteroids.

    Medicolegal Update

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

What is postmortem discoloration?

The bluish color of postmortem discoloration does not have the same connotation as cyanosis produced during life

  • There is a gravitational pooling of blood in the veins and capillary beds of the dependent parts of the body occur since after death the body remains lying in a position and cessation of the circulation. The postmortem coloration helps a doctor to estimate the time since death.
  • The skin of deceased may show dark purple discoloration due to accumulated blood. The process begins immediately after the circulation stops, and in a person dying slowly with circulatory failure, it may be pronounced very shortly after death. Lividity is present in all bodies, although it may be inconspicuous in some and thus escape notice.
  • Postmortem lividity is first apparent about 20–30 minutes after death as dull red patches or blotches, which deepen in intensity and coalesce over the succeeding hours to form extensive areas.
  • Postmortem lividity is usually well marked in the earlobes and in the fingernail beds. In a supine corpse, there may be isolated areas of lividity over the front and sides of the neck resulting from incomplete emptying of superficial veins. If the head is slightly flexed on the neck, then lividity may have a linear distribution corresponding to the skin folds.
  • Fading of the primary pattern of lividity and development of a secondary pattern of lividity will be quicker and more complete if the body is moved.
  • Cyanide poisoning results in lividity which is described by different authors as pink, bright scarlet, and violet.
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Read this…………………

The most common type of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection is:

1. Supracardiac
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3. Mixed
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What is short selling?

Actually when an investor goes long on an investment, it means that he or she has bought a stock believing its price will rise in the future. Conversely, when an investor goes short he or she is anticipating a decrease in share price. Therefore, short selling is the selling of a stock that the seller does not own. More specifically, a short selling means the sale of a security or any individual stock that is not owned by the seller at that point of time, but he promises to deliver it at time of delivery is called short selling.

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Awesome answers in IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Examination

Q. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. No Probs, He sleeps at night. (UPSC IAS Rank 98)

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List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

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Sertaconazole 2% w/v + Zinc Pyrithione 1% w/v Shampoo
For the treatment in adults patients with dandruff/seborrheic dermatitis of the scalp
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To avoid getting a lung attack, sit for less than 40 hours a week

Women who sit more than 40 hours a week are significantly more likely to develop lung attack called pulmonary embolism than those who sit less than 10 hours a week said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

Quoting an analysis of the Nurses’ Health Study by Dr Christopher Kabrhel of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and published in BMJ, Dr Aggarwal said that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of lung attack called pulmonary embolism among middle–age women. Physical inactivity is associated with more than double the risk of pulmonary embolism.

A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot formed in the veins of the legs breaks off and travels to the lungs.

The absolute risk increase among the least active people. The risk is higher than the risk that occurs with the use of oral contraceptives (7 additional cases per 10,000 persons vs 3–5 additional cases in users of oral contraceptives.)

Muscular activity in the lower extremities is required to promote venous blood return. Thus, lack of such activity could result in venous stasis and clot formation.

Sitting for more than 40 hours a week thus is not only risky for getting a heart attack but also for getting a lung attack.

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National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues"

Dr K K Aggarwal

Date: Sunday, 10th July, 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodhi Road, New Delhi–110003

eMedinewS and Heart Care Foundation of India are jointly organizing the first-ever National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues" to commemorate "Doctors’ Day".
The one–day conference will provide total insight into all the medicolegal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. Both medical and legal experts will interact with the delegates on important issues.
You are requested to kindly register in advance as seats are limited. There will be no registration fee. You can register by sending your request at rekhapapola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

For Programme Details

Programme Schedule 10th July MEDICO LEGAL CONFERENCE
Time Session Chairperson Moderator Speaker Topic
8 Am–8:30 Am Ethical Issues in Medical Research   Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr Girish Tyagi
8 am–8.10 am       Ajay Agrawal Rights of a patient in medical trial
8.10–8.20 am       Dr Ranjit Roy Chaudhury Ethical Issues in a medical trial (Clinical -Drug trial)
8:20–8.30 am       Priya Hingorani Statutory permits required for conducting trials
8.30–9.10 am Medical ethics and organ donations Dr N V Kamat Dr KK Aggarwal    
8.30 am–8.40 am       Dr Anoop Gupta Ethical issues in IVF practice
8.40 am–8.50 am       Dr N K Bhatia 100% voluntary blood donation
8.50 am–9.00 am       Dr Rajesh Chawla Need for do not resuscitate laws in India
9.00 am–9.10 am       Dr Neelam Mohan Ethical-Practical issues in organ transplantation
9.10 am–9.30 am Handling cases of death Mr S K Saggar
Dr Arvind Chopra
Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr Girish Tyagi
9.10 am–9.20 am       Dr S C Tiwari Spiritual considerations in a dying patient
9.20 am–9.30 am       Dr G K Sharma Medico legal and ethical issues in post mortem
9.30 am–9.50 am Medical Insurance Mr Vibhu Talwar
Dr H K Chopra
Dr Vinod Khetrapal
Dr KK Aggarwal    
9.30 am–9.40 am       Meenakshi Lekhi Engaging a lawyer
9.40 am–9.50 am       Maninder Acharya Understanding various court procedures
9.50 am–10.20 am How to handle medico legal cases? Dr Anil Goyal
Dr Rajiv Ahuja
Ajay Agrawal
Dr Girish Tyagi
9.50 am–10.00 am       Dr M C Gupta When to do the MLC?
10.00 am–10.10 am       Dr Sudhir Gupta Checklist of MLC case
10.10 am –10.20 am       Siddarth Luthra Medico legal record keeping
10.20–10.50 am Medical Consent Dr Vinay Aggarwal
Dr P K Dave
Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr Girish Tyagi
10.20 am–10.30 am       Indu Malhotra Types of consent
10.30 am–10.40 am       Dr Manoj Singh Ideal consent
10.40 am–10.50 am       Dr N P Singh Extended consent
10.50 am–11.20 am Fallacies in acts applicable to medical profession Dr Anup Sarya
Dr Sanjiv Malik
10.50 am–11.00 am       Dr Kaberi Banerjee MTP, PNDT Act
11.00 am–11.10 am   Dr Anupam Sibal   Dr Sandeep Guleria Organ Transplant Act
11.10 am to 12.00 noon Inauguration

Hon'ble Mr Justice A K Sikri, Judge Delhi High Court

Hon'ble Justice Vipin Sanghi, Judge Delhi High Court

Dr HS Risam, Board of Director, MCI

Dr P Lal, Board of Director, MCI

Dr A K Agarwal, President DMCl
12.00 noon–1.00 PM Professional misconduct and professional ethics Dr A K Agarwal
Dr D S Rana
Dr H S Rissam
Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr Girish Tyagi
12.00–12.10 pm       Dr Sanjiv Malik Doctor-pharma relationship
12.10 pm–12.20 pm       Dr M C Gupta Advertisement and medical practice
12.20 pm –12.30 pm       Dr Navin Dang Rights of a patient
12.30 pm–12.40 pm       Dr Ajay Gambhir Rights of a doctor
12.40 pm– 12.50 pm       Dr Ashok Seth Kickbacks, touts and commercialization in medical practice
1.00 pm to 2.00 pm When it is not a negligence? Dr Prem Kakkar
Dr S K Sama
Dr O P Kalra
Dr KK Aggarwal
Dr Girish Tyagi
  Complaints of a doctor against doctor
1.00 pm–1.10 pm       Dr Girish Tyagi What is medical negligence?
1.10 pm–1.20 pm       Dr Vijay Agarwal Medical accidents
1.20 pm–1.30 pm       Mukul Rohatgi Professional Misconduct
1.30 pm–1.40 pm       Dr K K Aggarwal How to defend a complaint?


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

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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,
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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

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