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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 …

14th July 2011, Thursday

Stop smoking if you are going for a surgery

Smoking leads to delayed wound healing. A new data is now available which shows that smokers should be encouraged to stop smoking for some time before any elective surgery to reduce post operative complications.

A meta–analysis of six randomized trials has shown that stopping smoking prior to surgery led to a lower risk of total postoperative complications. The meta–analysis also pooled data from 15 observational studies and found that smoking cessation was associated with decreased wound healing complications and also reduced pulmonary complications.

Longer periods of smoking cessation prior to surgery were associated with lower rates of postoperative complications.

(Ref: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, et al. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta–analysis. Am J Med 2011;124:144).

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National Conference on Insight on
Medico Legal Issues

Padma Shri Dr Ranjit Roy Chaudhury was feliciated in the Natioanl Conference on Insight on Medico legal issues.

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    National News

National Conference on Insight on Medico Legal Issues – For the First time any conference was posted live on Facebook & Twitter


Mumbai airport goes live with tweets, posts

MUMBAI: London’s Heathrow airport does it, and so do Orlando International, San Francisco airport, Amsterdam’s Schiphol and many others. They ar.....more

Vit D deficiency: A disease of modern civilization

Increased urbanization and migration have changed man’s relationship to the sun. From the era of abundant unfiltered sunlight, when outdoor ways of life abounded, we have evol....more

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

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Pulse pressure change signals poor hemodialysis survival

Changes in pulse pressure (PP), especially decreases, in the first year of hemodialysis predict worse survival for patients. This finding held across the entire range of PPs, Len Usvyat, MS, senior database anal........more

Endovascular stenting helpful in Nutcracker Syndrome

Compression of the left renal vein between the aorta and the superior mesenteric artery can cause back pain and hematuria in a phenomenon known as "the nutcracker syndrome" –– but a new rep.......more

Hysterosalpingography unhelpful for infertility work–up

The diagnostic value of hysterosalpingography for detecting uterine abnormalities before assisted reproduction is "unconvincing," Turkish investigators report. Normal findings on hystero......more


    Fitness Update

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC, http://www.isfdistribution.com)

Seven supplements for a healthy brain

Fighting age–related decline is a life–long process that requires careful planning and attention to our body’s warning signs. Regular exercise, socializing, puzzle–solving, and playing a musical instr.....more

    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal: Life Is A Gift: http://t.co/4JvMlWr

@DeepakChopra:vmdhealthblog Fish oil is good for you, but mercury is not. What are the harmful effects? My Health Tip explains: bitly.com/Dpak_Mercury

    Spiritual Update

I am the Best

People who lack self–confidence and self–esteem face recurrent episodes of depressions. They suffer from inferiority complex as all the time the........more

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr. Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

Happiness Comes from Giving

This story is about a beautiful, expensively dressed lady who complained to her psychiatrist that she felt that her whole life was empty, it had no meaning. So, the lady..….more

    Pediatric Update

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

What is Croup?

Croup, or laryngotracheobronchitis, is the most common cause of infectious airway obstruction in children. Most commonly affected group is aged 6 months to 4 years. The most frequent causative organ…...more

    Did You Know

(Dr Uday Kakroo)

Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers that is why it is found in some medicines.

    Lab Update

(Dr Navin Dang and Dr Arpan Gandhi)

Ketones Urine

The purpose of this test is to detect the presence of ketones in the urine. It ma…..more

    Contrary Proverbs

(Mr Vipin Sanghi)s

Practice makes perfect. BUT All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

I am in USA. How can I get autopsy data from India?

I am a professor of pathology in USA. I want to know how I can obtain post–mortem images from a recent autopsy done in Hyderabad, India. In US courts the post–mortem details including photos are available to both to prosecution and defence side, I want to know if this is also the case in India.


It seems that you are talking about some medico-legal case in India where autopsy was done and you want to have the data related to that autopsy. You can have it only if you are one of the parties before the court. If a litigant wants your expert opinion on the data, he has to procure the data
and make it available to you. You cannot access it directly.

2--  In India, as in USA, the post-mortem details including photos are available to both the prosecution and the defence.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with giant cell arteritis was found to have an ESR of 10.
Dr. Bad:
The diagnosis is wro…..more

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with second episode of blood in urine was found to have bladder cancer.

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  • Embalming is the process of chemically treating a dead body to preserve the body after death in order to delay the decomposition of the body, restore it to an acceptable physical appearance and reduce the presence and growth of bacteria to prevent foul smell as well as perfume or add fragrance to corpse.
  • The process of embalming has a very long history, dating back to the Egyptian process of mummification. Though their techniques were quite different from those used today, the effect was the same — to preserve an individual's body after death. The ancient Egyptians believed that the spirit would return to the body after death, so it must remain in good condition. To preserve the corpses, they covered bodies in a drying chemical called natron, and then wrapped them in linen sheets.
  • Today, embalming is done by injecting chemicals directly into the bloodstream. The most commonly used chemicals for embalming are formaldehyde and ethanol. A combination of these two chemicals is sufficient to preserve the body for a short time i.e. up to a week
  • To keep the corpse in good condition for a longer period means up to a month, you would use a solution made up almost entirely of formaldehyde.
  • There are several steps involved in modern embalming.
    First, the embalming fluid is injected directly into the deceased’s blood vessels, and pushed through the body with a mechanical pump.
    Next, the internal organs are hollowed of their contents and filled with embalming fluid.
    The chemicals are then injected beneath the skin wherever necessary, followed by a final surface embalming on injured areas of the body.
  • An Embalming certificate is required by law in certain circumstances like air/rail transportation.
  • One of the most famous embalmed corpses today is that of Russian communist leader Vladimir Lenin, whose embalmed corpse is on display at the Red Square Mausoleum in Moscow. The corpse is very well-preserved, and should last for at least another hundred years.


    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………


Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: In which of the following diseases, the overall survival is increased by screening procedure?

1. Prostate cancer
2. Lung cancer
3. Colon cancer
4. Ovarian cancer

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 3. Colon cancer.

Correct answers received from: Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Ansuman Dalbehera, Dr K Raju, Dr BB Aggarwal, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Anil Bairaria.

Answer for 12th July June Mind Teaser
: 3. Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma.
Correct answers received from: Dr KV Sarma, Dr Anupam, Dr Shwetal.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is certificate of deposit (CD)?

It is a savings certificate entitling the bearer to receive interest. A CD bears a maturity date, a specified fixed interest rate and can be issued in any denomination. CDs are generally issued by commercial banks. The term of a CD generally ranges from one month to five years.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Three men die, and arrive at Heaven’s gate, with St. Peter there waiting for them. He explains that before they are allowed into Heaven, they had to go to Orientation. During orientation, St. Peter asked each one: "If you could attend your own funeral, what would you want everyone to say about you?"

The first guy, a doctor, says: "Well, I would like them to talk about how successful I was, and how many lives I saved."

The second guy, a teacher, said: "I’d like them to talk about how many students I helped better their futures, and that I made an impact in many lives."

The third guy thoughtfully listened to the other guys, before thinking about his own answer, before saying: "Well, I’d like them to say ‘LOOK! HE’S MOVING!’

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
DCI Approval Date
Alpha Lipoic Acid USP 100mg + Methyl-cobalamin 1500mcg + Vitamin B6 IP 3mg + Folic Acid IP 1.5mg + Benfotiamine 50mg + Biotin USP 5mg + Chromium Picolinate USP Eq. to Chromium 200mcg Capsule
For the treatment of diabetic neuropathy


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(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Beware of Monsoon Disorders

First shower of monsoon is welcomed by all but it comes with lots of diseases. Monsoon reduces the immunity of the body, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal President, Heart Care Foundation of Ind.... ...more

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  1. Dear Dr KK Aggarwal, your article ‘Life is a Gift’ is really excellent. It is worth framing to keep in office and home to read and follow daily. Congratulations. Dr TH Saherwala.
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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... more


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 Hamdard 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... more


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