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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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  Editorial …

12th February 2012, Sunday

2010 Top Ten Health Care Technology Hazards

The ECRI Institute, an independent nonprofit company that evaluates medical devices and processes, has published its list of the 10 most dangerous technological hazards in healthcare. The list includes:

  • Cross–contamination from flexible endoscopes
  • Alarm hazards
  • Surgical fires
  • CT radiation dose
  • Retained devices and unretrieved fragments
  • Needle sticks and related injuries
  • Problems with computerized equipment and systems
  • Surgical stapler hazards
  • Ferromagnetic objects in the MR environment
  • Fiberoptic light–source burns

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Dr Premlata Krishnnan_ 49th Annual PEDICON

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

Ajmer Health Camp 2012

Ajmer’s Largest Ever Super Specialty Health Camp was inaugurated today by Hon'ble Minister Shri Sachin Pilot, Minister of State in the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. In the Photo: Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and Dr Naresh Trehan

 
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    National News

National board plans spot checks on accredited hospitals

CHENNAI: Henceforth, spot checks will conducted at all hospitals accredited with the National Accreditation Board for Health and Health Care Providers (NABH) to ensure they maintain the healthcare standards displayed during the assessments," NABH chairman Dr Narottam Puri said here on Thursday. The NABH, which recently became a member of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQUA), has decided to increase awareness on the importance of accreditation. Speaking at the Sri Ramachandra Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr Puri said accreditation "actually forces them (hospitals) to improve their services to international standards and in the market; it acts as a differentiator in the market. It gives them the licence to claim they are better than the rest." he said. Of the 127 NABH–accredited hospitals in the country, 120 were private institutions, including just seven in Chennai. (Source: TOI, Feb 10, 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

Inked danger: Tattoos carry hepatitis C risk

If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, make sure it’s from a professional and not a friend because ink work by amateurs may carry a risk of Hepatitis C, says a new report. In an analysis of several dozen past studies, researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that tattoos from non–professionals appear to increase the risk of a possible bloodborne liver infection. By contrast, there is no evidence that tattoos done by professionals carried such a risk. (Source: TOI, Feb 9, 2012)

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Zinc decreases mortality in children with pneumonia

In a study conducted in Africa, children aged 6 to 59 months who had severe pneumonia had reduced mortality when receiving zinc in addition to standard antibiotics, a new study has found. In addition, the reduction in mortality was greater among HIV–infected than non–HIV–infected children. (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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Baby’s first foods should be finger foods

Children who begin eating solid finger foods rather than being given pureed baby foods by their parents developed healthier eating patterns, researchers found. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Do glaucoma, erectile dysfunction have a common cause?

Men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have a nearly 3–fold greater risk for also having open–angle glaucoma (OAG) than men with normal erectile function, report researchers from Taiwan in an article published in the January issue of Ophthalmology. (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal: #IJMD Comparison of efficiency of various cleansing techniques on Dentin Wettability using contact angle… fb.me/1GDRAjkhA

@DeepakChopra: Understand Karma: No debt in the universe goes unpaid.

 
    Spiritual Update

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

The Infinite Powers of the Spirit

Om Poornamadah
"Om Poornamadah Poornamidam
Poornaat Poornamudachyate
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya
Poornameva Avasihyate"

The whole is whole; if you take away the whole away from the whole the whole will still remain. (That is infinite, this is infinite, from the infinite, the infinite has come out. Having taken the infinite out of the infinite, the infinite alone remains).

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What percentage of women wait until after age 35 to begin their families and what factors have contributed to this trend?

According to the western figures, 20% of women wait until after age 35 to begin their families. Several factors have contributed to this trend:

  • Contraception is readily available
  • More women are in the work force
  • Women are marrying at an older age
  • The divorce rate remains high
  • Married couples are delaying pregnancy until they are more financially secure
  • Many women don’t realize that their fertility begins to decline in their late 20s or early 30s

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

Does prayer change things?

They say that prayer changes things, but does it REALLY change anything? Oh yes! It really does!

Does prayer change your present situation or sudden circumstances? No, not always, but it does change the way you look at those events.

Does prayer change your financial future? No, not always, but it does change who you look to for meeting your daily needs.

Does prayer change shattered hearts or broken bodies? No, not always, but it will change your source of strength and comfort.

Does prayer change your wants and desires? No, not always, but it will change your wants into what God desires!

Does prayer change how you view the world? No, not always, but it will change whose eyes you see the world through.

Does prayer change your regrets from the past? No, not always, but it will change your hopes for the future!

Does prayer change the people around you? No, not always, but it will change you the problem isn’t always in others.

Does prayer change your life in ways you can’t explain? Oh, yes, always! And it will change you from the inside out!

So does prayer REALLY change ANYTHING? Yes! It REALLY does change EVERYTHING!

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    Fitness Update

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Pregnant women who exercise enhance their unborn babies’ fitness

In a previous issue of Health E–Review, we reviewed a study conducted by researchers at Kansas City University, who found that when pregnant women exercised, it affected the heart rate of their fetuses. Fetal heart rates were decreased, which is a sign of health, and also is similar to the response of adults who are physically fit; these people typically have lower resting heart rates. Therefore, the authors wanted to learn more about the relationship between maternal exercise and fetal heart function.

For this study, researchers studied 50 pregnant women at 36 weeks gestational age. Women were divided into groups and performed exercise at various intensities and durations. Researchers gave women surveys to find out how much they were exercising total and administered various tests to determine fetal heart rate and heart rate variability. The study found that exercise had a significant effect on heart rate and heart rate variability, and that there was a dose dependent response, meaning more exercise resulted in lower heart rate. These results are suggestive that when a pregnant woman exercises, her baby becomes more physically fit.

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    Cardiology eMedinewS

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

Should everyone with ICD automatically get a new generator?

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Contaminated cardiac drugs kill > 100 in Pakistan

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E–prescribing cuts medication errors

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    Pediatric eMedinewS

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

Mom’s thyroid Rx has no effect on kid’s IQ

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Zinc decreases mortality in children with pneumonia

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No increase in intussusceptions with Rotavirus vaccine

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    Healthy Driving

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

Disabilities such as broken arms or legs, migraine, etc. may not stop a person from driving but in all cases will require them to make a decision as to their safety and the safety of other road users.

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A female with past history of DVT needed an OC prescription.
Dr Bad: Start OC patch (transdermal).
Dr Good: You cannot be on OCs.
Lesson: There is a possibility of an increased risk of venous thromboembolism in oral contraceptive patch users.

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Make Sure

Situation: A female patient complained of lower abdominal pain, fever and had uterine tenderness on bimanual palpation.
Reaction: Oh my God! You should do cervical swabs and consider starting antibiotics.
Lesson: Make sure to remember that women with such symptoms may have endometritis, which requires prompt diagnosis. It may respond to doxycycline and metronidazole.

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    Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Urine cytology

Examining a urine sample under a microscope may reveal cancer cells that could come from the bladder, ureters or kidneys. This is an important screening test.

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

House
Stove

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which of the following is not true about reconstruction in caustic injuries to esophagus?

a) Caustic injuries to esophagus have 1000 times more risk of developing malignancy
b) Right colon replacement is definitely better than left colon
c) The only indications for surgery are refractory strictures and possibility of malignancy
d) Most of the surgeons prefer bypass over resection of esophagus

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: b) Right colon replacement is definitely better than left colon

Correct answers received from: Yogindra Vasavada, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Raju Kuppusamy, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Anil Bairaria.

Answer for 10th February Mind Teaser: That is besides the point.
Correct answers received from: Dr KV Sarma, Sudipto Samaddar, Dr Deepali Chatterjee, Dr Chandresh Jardosh.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
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(Dr GM Singh)

Funny Definitions

Seizure…………Roman emperor

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

Preparation of MLC in injury cases by the attending doctor

  • Injuries produced by a blunt weapon on tense skin covering the bones, as on scalp, eyebrow, iliac crest, shin, perineum, knee or elbow look like incised wounds. During the preparation of MLC report the doctors should keep in mind that he has to provide a clue about the weapon used, whether sharp–edged one or otherwise, the direction of the force, the duration of injury and the location of the wound, which may suggest mode of production i.e. suicide, accident, homicides along with whether the injury is fabricated or otherwise.
  • Wounds produced by a blunt weapon or by a fall on the hard surface, object, on tense structures/skin covering the bones, such as the scalp, eyebrow, iliac crest, shin, perineum, knee or elbow when the limb is flexed look like incised wounds; but, they are lacerated wound, also called split laceration. These wounds may mislead the doctor and the investigating authorities about a sharp weapon.
  • When incised–looking wounds are examined by doctor under magnifying lens, the edges of such wounds are found to be irregular with bruising and wounds are produced by blunt weapon.
  • An incised wound, cut, slash, and slice is a clean cut through the skin, it may or may not involve underlying tissues and structures. It is caused by a sharp–edged instrument, which is longer than the depth of wound. It is produced by infliction of an object having a sharp–cutting edge such as knife, razor, blade, scalpel, sword over the body.

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Valentine DAY SPECIAL February 14

Give your Valentine a healthy heart checkup

On the occasion of Valentine’s Day, falling on 14th February, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that the best gift one can give to his or her Valentine is a healthy heart check–up.

One cannot give or accept heart attack as a gift. One has to act for more than 10 years against the laws of nature to get heart blockages. The process of heart blockage starts during adolescence when the person is either in high school or early college life, the time when Valentine’s Day is celebrated by most people.

To detect future chances of heart blockages at that age, the only test available is to measure the wall thickness of the neck artery using a high resolution colour Doppler ultrasound. Neck artery thickness is non–invasive marker of early pre-clinical blockages in the heart arteries.

Dr. Aggarwal said that in women with chest pain and normal neck artery morphology one may practically rule out need for coronary angiography and carotid wall thickness of less than 0.55 mm and thoracic aorta wall thickness of less than 3 mm practically rules out underlying heart blockages.

 
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Ajmer Health Fair: Ajmer’s Largest Ever Super Specialty Health Camp

Date: February 11 and 12, 2012
Venue: Patel Stadium, Ajmer
Organizer: Heart Care Foundation of India

IMSOCN2012

The Annual conference of Indian Menopause Society is to be held from 17 to 19th Feb 2012 in Hotel The Claridges, Surajkund, Faridabad. It is a multidisciplinary approach to the problems of midlife onwards in women. This conference has participation of the British Menopause Society and South Asian Federation of Menopause Societies and is an opportunity to hear international faculties.

For information contact Dr. Maninder Ahuja (Organizing Chairperson) 9810881048
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National Summit on "Stress Management" and Workshop on "How to be happy and Healthy"

Date: Saturday 2PM–Sunday 4PM, 21–22 April 2012
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Center, Bhora Kalan, on Pataudi Road, Manesar
Course Directors: Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and BK sapna
Organisers: Heart Care Foundation of India, Prajapati Brahma Kumari Ishwariya Vidyalaya and eMedinewS
Fee: No fee, donations welcome in favour of Om Shanti Retreat Center
Facilities: Lodging and boarding provided ( One room per family or one room for two persons). Limited rooms for first three registrants.
Course: Meditation, Lectures, Practical workshops,
Atmosphere: Silence of Nature, Pyramid Meditation, Night Walk,
Registration: Rekha 9899974439 rekhapapola@gmail.com, BK Sapna 9350170370 bksapna@hotmail.com

 
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