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14th January 2012, Saturday

Makar Sankranti: Uttarayana: The Medical Importance

An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun’s entry in to the ‘Makar Rashi’. The next day after lohri is Makar Sankranti. One can remember lohri as the end of winter and Makar sankranti as the first day of summer.

The word Sankranti means "change of direction" and the sun change its direction north wards on the day of Makar Sankranti.

The period, beginning from 14 January (Makar Sankranti) lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayana ("Uttar" North and "ayan" movement towards). It is also the last day of the month of Maargazhi, which is the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawad Gita deems it as an extremely sacred and auspicious time when Lord Krishna manifests himself most tangibly. Bhisham Pitamah in Mahbharata also waited for this period (not day) to relieve his body. Uttarayana is considered to be the holiest half of the year. In Bhagavad Gita, the Lord says, "I am Uttarayana among the Ayanas."

In chapter 8 shloka 24 Lord Krishna has said "Those who know the Supreme Brahman attain that Supreme by passing away from the world during the influence of the fiery god, in the light, at an auspicious moment of the day, during the fortnight of the waxing moon, or during the six months when the sun travels in the north."

The earth, farthest from the sun at this point of time, starts its journey towards the sun, thus ending the coldest month of the year (peak winter), Paush, and announcing the start of the month of Magh.

As per the "Puranas" Dakshinayana (The other six month period) is the night of the deities whereas Uttarayana is their day. It’s the time to take a dip in the Ganges at sun rise and at sunset and say good bye to winter foods.

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Mandatory bacteria test for milk for sale from February

NEW DELHI: Come February, milk sold in India will have to be tested for harmful bacteria like E. coli. According to the new food safety rules that come into effect six months from August, 2011, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for milk manufacturers to test it for organisms such as E Coli, staph aureus and listeria monocytogenes before bringing it into the market. FSSAI CEO V N Gaur said, "We have introduced for the first time microbiological standards for milk. It was decided on August 5. The regulation will come into force in February since we gave the manufacturers and the industry six months' timeframe to put in place processes to test for deadly micro-organisms like E. coli." (Source: TOI, Jan 13, 2012)

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Walnut tops health chart, can help lower cholesterol: Study

LONDON: It’s official now: Walnuts are the healthiest nuts to eat. Scientists have discovered that walnuts are loaded with antioxidants and snacking on as few as seven a day could help ward off disease and lower cholesterol. They found that walnuts contain very high levels of polyphenol, an anti-oxidant which can protect the body from molecules which damage tissue. Tests carried out on nine commonly eaten types of nuts showed that walnuts contained the most polyphenol than others. Brazil nuts and pistachios were close behind, and cashews and hazelnuts had slightly lower levels of antioxidants, said the researchers from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania. "Walnuts rank above Brazil nuts, pistachios, pecans, peanuts, almonds, macadamias, cashews and hazelnuts," Joe Vinson, who led the study. (Source: TOI, Jan 13, 2012)

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Activity may lower MI Risk, owning a car may raise it

Physical activity during leisure time and on the job was associated with a lower likelihood of having an MI, an analysis of the large INTERHEART study showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Glasses, patching work for rogue form of lazy eye

Refractive correction followed by patching helped kids with a particularly difficult–to–treat form of amblyopia, said researchers who conducted a small, prospective trial. (Source: Medpage Today)

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

Lessons from Vaidya Sushena

A medical doctor is accorded a status next to God as he or she has a duty to heal the sick irrespective of their caste, creed, race or financial status. The classical description of the duty of a doctor was depicted in the Hindi Bollywood movie ‘Achanak’ by Gulzar in 1973.

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(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is ovarian stimulation?

During ovarian stimulation, also known as ovulation induction, medications or "fertility drugs," are used to stimulate multiple eggs to grow in the ovaries rather than the single egg that normally develops each month. Multiple eggs are stimulated because some eggs will not fertilize or develop normally after fertilization. The ovaries are evaluated during treatment with vaginal ultrasound examinations to monitor the development of ovarian follicles (Figure 2). Blood samples are drawn to measure the response to ovarian stimulation medications. Normally, estrogen levels increase as the follicles develop, and progesterone levels are low until after ovulation.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Value Every Minute

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour: Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute: Ask the person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

Time waits for no one. Treasure every moment you have. You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special.

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

Complex patients benefit from team approach

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Risk not equal in cases of severe aortic stenosis

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Aspirin no for polypill

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Tremendous lacunae in awareness of all reproductive health

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Medical illnesses are a major stumbling block in ensuring a healthy attendance at schools

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Parental education is a vital factor

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  Fitness Update

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Physical fitness reduces death risk (more than weight loss)

What’s your New Year’s resolution? According to a recent Gallup poll, nearly 40% of Americans are currently trying to lose weight through exercise and dieting. These efforts to lose weight are commendable, as exercise helps people lead longer, fuller lives. In fact, new research published in Circulation shows that exercise significantly improves health and decreases death risk, even if weight loss is not achieved. This large study provides more evidence that exercise and weight loss do not always go hand–in–hand, and that more attention should be paid to the cardiovascular fitness that results from exercise.

Researchers at the University of South Carolina School of Public Health studied a group of 14,345 middle aged men (average age at the beginning of the study was 44 years). The men were tested yearly for changes in physical fitness via a maximal treadmill test, were given surveys on their exercise habits and had regular physicals. After 11 years of follow–up, researchers looked at death statistics for the group and determined the risk of dying among men who lost, maintained or gained fitness (measured in METs). They found that the risk of death was significantly lower for those who were physically active, and that was regardless of whether there was a change in BMI or not.

The moral of the research: if you have resolved to exercise more this year, your efforts will lead to decreased risk of health problems and increased fitness levels. If, however, you do not lose weight, do not despair and above all, do not stop being active! This study shows that even without weight loss, exercising is still one of the best things you can do for your health in 2012.

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Situation: A 30–year–old male with suspected migraine came with runny nose.
Dr. Bad: It cannot be migraine.
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Lesson: Migraine can also cause nasal stuffiness and runny nose, or teary eyes in 10–20% of individuals.

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(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration

MCHC (g/dL) = Hemoglobin (g/dL)/HCT (%) × 100

Reference values are 32–34 g/dL

Interpretation: Low MCHC suggests iron deficiency anemia; high MCHC suggests spherocytosis, dehydration, sickle cell anemia or unstable hemoglobin

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    Medicolegal Update

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

What are resuscitative injuries?

The injuries produced in human body when attempting resuscitation pose difficulty in interpretation of injuries noted at postmortem examination or noted in inquest by the investigating law enforcement agency.

Before making an interpretation of these injuries during autopsy, the doctor should know if there has been an attempt for resuscitation and who did it and for how long. He should also know about the methods used in a particular case and whether all these had been documented in the clinical sheets or not.

A doctor should always document any resuscitative injuries in detail in case of death.

Resuscitative attempts may lead to skeletal, cardiac and abdominal viscera injuries.

The investigating police officer should make a note on the basis of statements taken from the relative and doctors who attended the deceased and the same should be enclosed in inquest paper before handing them over to the autopsy surgeons.

  • The method generally used for life saving attempts by non–medical persons who are nearby to the critical patient is mouth to mouth respiration and manual chest massage may causes contusions.
  • Resuscitation in hospitals include bag and mask intubations, endotracheal tube, obdurate airway are used for respiratory ventilation.
  • The mechanical methods like thumper, active compression–decompression device, and defibrillator are used in resuscitation. The closed chest cardiac massage along or with interspersed abdominal compression is also used for resuscitation.
  • The injections and closed–chest cardiac massage and other resuscitation procedures to the patients may result in the fracture of a chest vertebra, serial fractures of ribs resulting in an unstable thorax, bilateral hemothorax, tension pneumothorax, rupture of kidney and of spleen.
  • Fractures of ribs and/or sternum were found in 40% of cases, the frequency increasing with age.
  • Resuscitative fractures of rib No. 1, 8 and 12 are very rarely seen in autopsy.
  • The number of fractured ribs ranged up to 16, mainly 3–8 ribs was fractured.
  • The site of rib fractures after heavy blunt thoracic injuries was preferably found in the dorsal region.
  • The injuries which are received/inflicted on body prior to death are called mortem injuries and may or may not be a contributing factor in causing the death or they may have occurred due to much other reason like resuscitation/transport of sick/ill person for medical care called artifact.

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Low vitamin D linked to heart risk

Low blood levels of vitamin D are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

A five–year research that included 1,739 people participants in the Framingham Heart Study, average age 59, living in Massachusetts city found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D had a 62 percent greater risk of a cardiovascular event than those with the next highest levels.

As per a report published in the issue of Circulation an hour or so of sunlight on the skin each week allows the skin to produce blood levels of about 30 nanograms of vitamin D per liter of blood, more than enough to prevent a deficiency such as rickets.

Food sources of vitamin D include milk (which is fortified) and oily fishes such as salmon. Current recommendations from the U.S. Institute of Medicine call for a daily intake of vitamin D ranging from 200 International Units (IU) for young people, to 400 IU for the middle–aged, to 600 IU for older people.

But getting that amount from food and sunlight may not be easy. A glass of fortified milk contains only about 100 IU of vitamin D. The suggested recommendation is 1,000 – 2,000 IU. The cardiovascular risk associated with low vitamin D levels was especially greater for people who also had high blood pressure. Their incidence of cardiovascular events was double that of people with higher blood levels of vitamin D.

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