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12th March 2012, Monday

Obesity reduces life expectancy

Obesity in adulthood is associated with a striking reduction in life expectancy for both men and women. Among 3457 subjects in the Framingham Study, done in the United States, those who were obese (Body Mass Index or BMI ≥30 kg/m2 at age 40 years lived 6 to 7 years less than those who were not (BMI ≤24.9 kg/m2).

Those who were overweight (BMI 25 to 29.9 km/m2) at age 40 years lived about three years less, and those who were both obese and smoked lived 13 to 14 years less than normal–weight nonsmokers.

The steady rise in life expectancy during the past two centuries may come to an end because of the increasing prevalence of obesity.

Being overweight during adolescence also increase the risk of premature death as an adult. The analysis of Nurses’ Health Study has shown the risk of premature death increases with higher BMIs at age 18 years. For a BMI at age 18 of 18.5 to 21.9, 22 to 24.9, 25 to 29.9, and ≥30 kg/m2, the hazard ratio for premature death were 0.98, 1.18, 1.66, and 2.79, respectively.

A prospective study from the United States, at National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, valuated the relationship between BMI and risk of death over a maximum follow–up period of 10 years among over 500,000 men and women aged 50 to 71 years.

Among the subset of individuals 50 years of age (when prevalence of chronic disease is low) who had never smoked, an increased risk of death was associated with being either overweight (20 to 50 percent increase in those between 26.5 to 29.9 kg/m2) or obese (two- to over threefold increase in those ≥30 kg/m2).

Overweight and obesity, when analyzed together, is associated with increased mortality from diabetes and kidney disease.

Obesity, when analyzed alone, is associated with increased cardiac mortality and cancers considered to be obesity–related (colon, breast, esophageal, uterine, ovarian, kidney, and pancreatic cancer), but not with mortality from other cancers or non–cardiac mortality.

There are some recent studies which showed that obese people live longer. Overweight was shown to be associated with reduced mortality from non cancer, non–cardiovascular causes, but not with cancer or cardiovascular mortality. In them being underweight was associated with increased mortality from non cancer and non–cardiac causes, but not cancer and cardiac CVD causes.

Obesity and increased central fat are associated with increased morbidity in addition to mortality. Overweight and obese individuals have a higher relative risk of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes mellitus compared with normal weight individuals. The risk of hypertension and diabetes increases with increasing BMI.

In the Nurses’ Health and the Health Professionals studies, the risk of developing a chronic disease (gallstones, hypertension, heart disease, colon cancer and stroke (in men only)) increased with increasing BMI, even in those in the upper half of the healthy weight range (BMI 22.0 to 24.9 kg/m2).

Obesity is measured by using a measurement called BMI, which is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres.

A BMI of 18.5 to 23 is considered normal (Asians). One below 18.5 is considered underweight and 25 or above is considered obese.

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Women’s Day Celebration at Dr Sadhna International Women Rights’ Protection Trust

The function was organized by Dr. Sadhna International Women Rights’ Protection Trust with World Fellowship of Religions, Heart Care Foundation of India, eMedinewS and Acharya Sushil Muni Ahimsa Peace Award Trust. In the Photo: Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal with the eminent Women Awardees.

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    National News

Novel study in TN to know gestational diabetes effects

For the first time in the country, 14,000 pregnant women will be screened for gestational diabetes (GDM), and equal number of women with and without gestational diabetes and children born to such mothers would be followed up for 15 years. The screening programme was started two months ago by Dr. V. Seshiah Diabetes Research Institute and Dr. Balaji Diabetes Care Centre in Chennai, together with the Tamil Nadu government. It is being done at three centres representing rural, semi–urban and urban populations. The three centres are at Thiruvallur, Siadapet and at Dr. V. Seshiah Diabetes Research Institute and Dr. Balaji Diabetes Care Centre. The World Diabetes Foundation is funding the programme. (Source: The Hindu, March 8, 2012)

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Novel drug bolsters bone in genetic disorder

Enzyme–replacement therapy appears to heal rickets and other manifestations of a life–threatening metabolic bone disease in young children, a small trial determined. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Icatibant knocks out edema attacks

Treatment with the bradykinin receptor blocker icatibant (Firazyr) led to rapid resolution of all types of edema attacks in patients with hereditary angioedema, even the most severe, according to the results of three trials presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Quad HIV pill matches triplet

An investigational once–daily single–pill four–drug medication regimen for HIV stacked up well against the gold standard for modern therapy of treatment–naive patients, a researcher reported at the annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Long–term diabetes triples stroke risk

Having diabetes for a decade or more dramatically increases the risk for ischemic stroke, report researchers. The new study, published online March 1 in the journal Stroke, found diabetes increases risk 3% each year and triples at 10 years. (Source: Medscape)

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Deepak Chopra and Leonard Mlodinow on Science vs Spirituality

Evolution of science is based on logics first and experimental science later. Science is about the one which is observed. It is objective and not subjective. Science considers that brain secretes consciousness just as the pancreas secretes insulin. In science, the outcome is predictable. It provides knowledge. Science is based on subject object split.

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(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What are the symptoms of hydrosalpinx?

Some women with hydrosalpinx may have constant or frequent pain in their lower belly or abdomen. A vaginal discharge can also be associated with this condition.

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

(Dr N K Bhatia, Medical Director, Mission Jan Jagriti Blood Bank)

Organ transplantation

Organ transplantation is the moving of an organ from one body to another or from a donor site on the patient’s own body, for the purpose of replacing the recipient’s damaged or absent organ. The emerging field of regenerative medicine is allowing scientists and engineers to create organs to be re–grown from the patient’s own cells (stem cells, or cells extracted from the failing organs). Organs and/or tissues that are transplanted within the same person’s body are called autografts. Transplants that are recently performed between two subjects of the same species are called allografts. Allografts can either be from a living or cadaveric source. Organs that can be transplanted are the heart, kidneys, eyes, liver, lungs, pancreas, intestine, and thymus. Tissues include bones, tendons (both referred to as musculoskeletal grafts), cornea, skin, heart valves, and veins. Worldwide, the kidneys are the most commonly transplanted organs, followed closely by the liver and then the heart. The cornea and musculoskeletal grafts are the most commonly transplanted tissues; these outnumber organ transplants by more than tenfold.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

Nothing is too big for God

Two men went fishing. One man was an experienced fisherman, the other wasn’t. Every time the experienced fisherman caught a big fish, he put it in his ice chest to keep it fresh. Whenever the inexperienced fisherman caught a big fish, he threw it back.

The experienced fisherman watched this go on all day and finally got tired of seeing this man waste good fish. "Why do you keep throwing back all the big fish you catch?" he asked. The inexperienced fisherman replied, "I only have a small frying pan."

Sometimes, like that fisherman, we throw back the big plans, the big dreams, the big jobs and the big opportunities that God gives us. Our faith is too small. We laugh at that fisherman who didn’t figure out that all he needed was a bigger frying pan; yet how ready are we to increase the size of our faith?

Whether it’s a problem or a possibility, God will never give you anything bigger than you can handle. That means we can confidently walk into anything God brings our way.

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Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A mitral stenosis patient from a remote village came for surgery.
Dr. Bad: A mechanical valve will suffice.
Dr. Good: You need Bioprosthetic valve.
Lesson: Bioprosthetic valves are recommended for any patient who cannot or will not take oral anticlotting drugs or when there is a clear contraindication to them.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient with Chikungunya had persistent joint pain.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was Hydroxychloroquine not given?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients with post Chikungunya arthritis are treated with Hydroxychloroquine to reduce chances of death.

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    Microbial World: The Good and the Bad they do

(Dr Usha K Baveja, Prof. and Senior Consultant Microbiology, Medanta The Medicity)

The effects of oral flora

At birth, the oral cavity is sterile but gets rapidly colonized with Streptococcus salivarius. Once teething begins, S. mutans and S. sanguinis are added. The latter two colonize the dental surface and gingiva. The supporting structures of teeth (gingival crevices) are a haven for anaerobes such as bacteroides and spirochetes that colonize during puberty. The important ones include Treponema denticola, Veillonella, Fusobacterium, etc. Interactions of these microbes, the normal flora of oral cavity, with tissues of the host result in conditions like dental caries, dental plaque, gingivitis and periodontal diseases. All these conditions seem to be initiated by normal oral flora in presence of bad oral hygiene habits. We will discuss what, how and prevention of these one by one in our subsequent columns.

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Which is not a genetic alteration associated with carcinoma stomach?

a) Overexpression of k–sam
b) Overexpression of c–erbB2
c) Inactivation of c–met
d) Inactivation of p53

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser:  Which of the following does not appear to cause early dumping?

a) Serotonin
b) Bradykinin
c) Neurotensin
d) Secretin

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I was in Target the other day, shopping with a young lady friend. We were walking past the furniture section where there were several different models of bar stools on display. Next to them there was a sign that read: "All models in stock now!"

So I paused next to the display and said, "Do you know what these are?" "What?" she asked.

I said, "Stool samples."

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

What is the nature of bullet wounds of the head?

In most cases of these injuries, the bullet passes completely through the skull. As it enters the skull, it produces a clean cut hole in the outer table and a larger hole in the inner table. At the exit point, these conditions are reversed and the hole in the outer table is larger than the hole in the inner table. These facts are often of importance in determining the direction of fire in bullet injuries of the head. The track of a bullet through the brain tissues varies greatly, depending on the range and stability of the bullet. On the other hand, if it remains high velocity at the time of impact with the skull, there may be considerable damage from the cavitation effect within the skull.

  • Fissured fractures often radiate through the vault and base of the skull from the bullet entrance and exit holes.
  • In certain bullet injuries of the head, the bullet may fail to emerge from the skull and in these cases an area of bony comminuting is often found at the site of lodgment.
  • When a bullet strikes the head at a tangent, penetration of the skull may fail to occur, but the force of the bullet may be sufficient to fragment the inner table at the site of impact. Delayed pressure effects and cranial edema may be produced as a result of this.

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Women’s Day Celebration at Dr Sadhna International Women Rights’ Protection Trust


“Women reservation is not the only answer for women empowerment. There is a need to empower women with various tools of development and give her opportunity for her overall growth”

These ideas were shared by Justice Gyan Sudha Misra, Supreme Court Judge. She was speaking on the occasion of a daylong seminar on “Crime against Women” organized at Acharya Sushil Ashram by Dr. Sadhna International Women’s’ Rights Protection Trust.

Speaking on the occasion Dr Rajni Abbi, Hon’ble Mayor of Delhi, said that we should not be proud of our house but also our city.

Dr. Najma Heptullah, Former Deputy Speaker Rajya Sabha, said that the aim of life should be to remain happily healthy and not healthy alone. She also emphasized that change in the political environment has also contributed significantly in the upliftment of women

The occasion also saw distribution of awards to prominent women in different fields. 

The function was organized by Dr. Sadhna International Women Rights’ Protection Trust with World Fellowship of Religions, Heart Care Foundation of India, eMedinewS and Acharya Sushil Muni Ahimsa Peace Award Trust at Acharya Sushil Muni Ashram, C-599, Defence Colony, New Delhi.

Giving her blessings, Chairman of the Trust, Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj, said that one should not indulge in violence not only in action but also in speech and thought. The seminar also earmarked the 49th Diksha Divas of Acharya Dr sadhna Ji Maharaj.

Presiding over the function, S. Buta Singh, former Union Home Minister, said that all paths of yoga teach one to live a happy and healthy life.

Dr H T Sangliana Vice Chairman National Commission of Minorities Govt. of India and Sardar Arvinder Singh Lovely MLA in a joint statement said that the aim of life should be to “give” and not to receive.  

“There is an urgent need to emphasize on issues related to crime against women and things cannot be sorted out unless and until 33 per cent reservation for women is passed by the Parliament” said eminent lawyer Meenakshi Lekhi.

Speaking on the occasion Vartika Nanda, Media Traveller, underlined the fact that almost 60 crimes of serious nature are committed against women in India on a daily basis with very few cases being pursued by the authorities as well as media. It is important to create a media sensitive environment for providing coverage of cases related to crime against women.

Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, spoke strongly about the rising cases of female feticide and urged for the need for programmes related to social awareness.

Rashmi Singh, Executive Director, National Mission for Women Empowerment spoke about the role of women empowerment in the development of the country. She said that empowerment must reach every nook and corner of the country to improvise the state of the women.

The programme was moderated by Dr K K Aggarwal and was attended by large number of journalists and activists.

The award was distributed to the following women of eminence:

Dr. Rajni Abbi                            Politics

Mahant Sadhvi Vibhanand           Religion & Spirituality

Meenakshi Lekhi                        Law & Justice

Sunita Godara                           Sports

Shuchi Khanna                          Art & Culture

Hem lata s. Ramesh                   Media

Kumud Diwan                            Art & Culture

Poonam Bagai                           NGO

Alka Singh                               Education

Prarthana                               Journalism

Shikha Garg                            Education

Manju Vaish                            Social Work

Shagun                                  Social Work

Sanuo Nguille                            Politics

Payal Kapoor                          Entrepreneur

Abhaya Sareen                            NGO
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HIV Congress 2012

Date: 16 March to 18 March, 2012
Venue: Hotel Taj Lands End Bhandra (West), Mumbai, Maharashtra.

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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

Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’

16–23 June 2012, Nainital Centre (Van Nivas)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch will organize the 5th Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’ for doctors, medical students and other health professionals at its Nainital Centre (Van Nivas) from 16–23 June 2012. The camp, consisting of lectures, practice, and participatory and experiential sessions, will help the participants get better, feel better, and bring elements of mind–body medicine into their practice. The camp will be conducted by Prof. Ramesh Bijlani, M.D., former Professor, AIIMS, founder of a mind–body medicine clinic at AIIMS, and the author of Back to Health through Yoga and Essays on Yoga. For more details, send an e–mail to the Ashram (aurobindo@vsnl.com) or to Dr. Bijlani (rambij@gmail.com).

BSNL Dil Ka Darbar

September 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001

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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