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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
12th May 2016
Euthanasia - whose life is it anyways
We have all come across patients, relatives who are suffering from a terminal life condition, in extreme distress and pain with no wish to prolong the agony and wanting it all to end. As doctors we are obligated to manage them fully aware that their continued living on in their condition has no value or hope and as relatives we are unable to see their suffering. We all wish we could do something like Euthanasia, also called mercy killing, which is the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, as by withholding extreme medical measures, a person suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition. Unfortunately this is not legally allowed in our country as yet. 

The good news is that the government is seeking public opinion to allow this practice with certain restrictions and we may soon have this merciful options for the needful cases.
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New Delhi, 11 May, 2016:  A new NIH study links arsenic in drinking water from private wells to bladder cancer.
The quality of water has an important impact on public health. Presence of contaminants, either microbial or chemical, puts health of people at risk. Water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid, worm infestations are well-recognized and constitute a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide.

It’s not only the surface water in rivers and lakes that is susceptible to contamination, groundwater or water in wells too is susceptible to contamination through poor management of industrial or agricultural waste. Groundwater may also be contaminated by naturally occurring chemicals. Drinking water requires appropriate treatment to remove the hazardous contaminants before it is fit for drinking. Water sources that are unprotected are at a great risk of contamination and become unfit for drinking.
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