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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 …

15th January 2012, Sunday

Fluctuating blood pressure more harmful

Further fluctuations and spikes in blood pressure readings in the elderly hypertensive persons can affect their ability to think clearly and other cognitive functions.

As per a North Carolina State University study in people whose systolic blood pressure is 130 mm Hg or above, the cognitive functions gets impaired on days when their blood pressure spikes and fluctuates. On the other hand, in people with normal blood pressure the cognitive functions do not get impaired if their blood pressure spikes or fluctuates.

The carry home message is that if you have blood pressure that wildly fluctuates and you also have underlying high blood pressure, you might be in double trouble for poor cognitive functioning.

Several studies in the past have found a link between high blood pressure and dementia, which is marked by a loss of memory and other cognitive abilities, including the ability to speak, identify objects or think abstractly. Another study found that treating high blood pressure in the very elderly may help reduce their risk of developing dementia.

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Fluctuating blood pressure more harmful

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18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela
Eco Fest–An Inter School Eco Club’s Health Festival

Purpose of this competition is not only to have a competition but to learn preventive strategies so that the children in future can become healthy adults.

 
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    National News

WHO lauds India’s polio–free drive

NEW DELHI: India’s success in controlling polio – not reporting a single case of the crippling disease in 12 months – has been lauded by the World Health Organization (WHO). Calling it "India’s greatest public health achievement", the WHO said the number of polio–endemic countries – those which have never stopped indigenous wild poliovirus transmission – could soon be reduced to a historical low of three: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. "India was once recognized as the world’s epicentre of polio. If all pending laboratory investigations return negative, in the coming weeks India will officially be deemed to have stopped indigenous transmission of wild poliovirus. India’s success is arguably its greatest public health achievement and has provided a global opportunity to push for the end of polio," said WHO’s director–general Margaret Chan. (Source: TOI, Jan 14, 2012)

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    International News

STD urine testing now easier, quicker

Chlamydia trachomatis testing and urine culture can be done with a single sample, rather than the separate samples now commonly used, researchers reported. Modern nucleic acid amplification techniques are sufficiently sensitive that the timing of specimen collection is no longer as important as it was, according to Derelie Mangin, MBChB, DPH, of the University of Otago in Christchurch, New Zealand, and colleagues. The finding, from a prospective cohort, may simplify diagnosis and treatment of such infections, Mangin and colleagues argued in the January/February issue of Annals of Family Medicine. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Post–MI potassium targets may need re–evaluation

For patients hospitalized for an acute MI, the optimal serum potassium levels appear to be from 3.5 to less than 4.5 mEq/L, calling into question current practice guidelines, an observational study showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Antidepressants in pregnancy may risk PPH in babies

Women who use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy may be placing their unborn children at risk for persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn, a large cohort study showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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    Spiritual Update

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

Lohri: Adieu to Winters: TIL TADAKE, DIN JHATAKE

Unlike the other Indian festivals, Lohri reflects less of religion than culture. Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated each year on the 13th of January. The festival also celebrates fertility and the spark of life.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is egg retrieval?

Egg retrieval is usually accomplished by transvaginal ultrasound aspiration, a minor surgical procedure that can be performed in the physician’s office or an outpatient center. An ultrasound probe is inserted into the vagina to identify the follicles, and a needle is guided through the vagina and into the follicles. The eggs are aspirated (removed) from the follicles through the needle connected to a suction device. Removal of multiple eggs can usually be completed in less than 30 minutes.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

We Live by Faith

A man’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed.

The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit. "I guess you were expecting me," he said. "No, who are you?" said the father. "I’m the new minister at your church," he replied. "When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?"

Puzzled, the minister shut the door. "I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head." "I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, "Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest. Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It’s not spooky because he promised, "I’ll be with you always." Then just speak to him in the same way you’re doing with me right now."

So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon.

"Did he die in peace?" he asked. "Yes, when I left the house about two o’ clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?" The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, "I wish we could all go like that."

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

Subclinical atrial fibrillation linked to stroke

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Marathon not risky to heart

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New guidelines for atrial fibrillation

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

Revisiting 2011: Imaging after UTI

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New Guidelines for Down Syndrome

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Revisiting 2011: Prolonged Bottle Use and Obesity

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    Fitness Update

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

Nutrition as Therapy – Eating as Medication

Human beings can do without many things, but food is not one of them. That’s why treating patients with food allergies or food intolerances is often difficult, since the affected person has to stay away from something he/she deems is essential. Yet relief for a patient’s discomfort can only come from eating the right diet. This is very different for anorexic patients. They are more than happy to forego food, which is why they have to learn how to eat properly again during therapy. For both patient groups the right way to eat is therefore a part of the necessary treatment.

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    Healthy Driving

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

Diabetes and driving

High or hyperglycemia: Blood sugar levels >300 mg/dL can make one feel unwell, tired and may affect the ability to drive safely.

 
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Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A diabetic patient had an A1c of 12% with a fasting sugar of 90 mg/dL.
Dr Bad: The report is wrong.
Dr Good: Rule out hemoglobinopathy.
Lesson: If an A1c value is obtained that does not correlate with clinical expectations i.e. HbA1c higher or lower than expected, hemoglobinopathy should be considered as a possible cause. Failure to do so may lead to mismanagement of diabetic patients due to false A1c results. (Diabetes Care 2000;23(8):1197–8)

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient was brought to the ICU in cardiogenic shock.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why didn’t you take him for emergency angiography and subsequent PTCA?
Lesson: Make sure to perform an emergency diagnostic angiography and mechanical revascularization with PTCA in patients of cardiogenic shock. Results of NRMI–2, an ongoing trial suggest that this intervention is much better than thrombolytic therapy in such patients.

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(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

TSH estimation by CLIA technology

Chemiluminescence Immunoassay (CLIA) detection using microplate luminometers provides a sensitive, high throughput, and economical alternative to conventional colorimetric methodologies, such as enzyme–linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA). Recently, a chemiluminescent immunoassay has been shown to be more sensitive than the conventional colorimetric method(s), and does not require long incubations or the addition of stopping reagents, as is the case in some colorimetric assays.

 
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Contraindications to vertigo maneuvers include:

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(Dr GM Singh)

A man was complaining to a railroad engineer. What’s the use of having a train schedule if the trains are always late.

The railroad engineer replied, "How would we know they were late, if we didn’t have a schedule?"

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

Investigation and medical negligence

The Supreme Court of India noted:

"The investigating officer and the private complainant cannot always be supposed to have knowledge of medical science so as to determine whether the act of the accused medical professional amounts to rash or negligent act within the domain of criminal law under Section 304–A of IPC. We have noticed hereinabove that the cases of doctors being subjected to criminal prosecution are on an increase. Sometimes such prosecutions are filed by private complainants and sometimes by police on an FIR being lodged and cognizance taken.

The criminal process once initiated subjects the medical professional to serious embarrassment and sometimes harassment. He has to seek bail to escape arrest, which may or may not be granted to him. At the end he may be exonerated by acquittal or discharge but the loss which he has suffered in his reputation cannot be compensated by any standards.

We may not be understood as holding that doctors can never be prosecuted for an offence of which rashness or negligence is an essential ingredient. All that we are doing is to emphasize the need for care and caution in the interest of society; for, the service which the medical profession renders to human beings is probably the noblest of all, and hence there is a need for protecting doctors from frivolous or unjust prosecutions. Many a complainant prefers recourse to criminal process as a tool for pressurizing the medical professional for extracting uncalled for or unjust compensation. Such malicious proceedings have to be guarded against."

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Is Aluminum Dangerous?

The normal human body requirements of aluminum are 5–20 mg/day. But most of the antacids containing aluminum hydroxide provide more than 80 mg of aluminum. Routine usage of such antacids causes anemia, aphthous ulcers, osteoporosis, pathological fractures, endogenous depression, loss of memory and urinary incontinence and chronic renal failure, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India. These are the signs of aluminum toxicity. Sodium meta silicate, an isomer of silicic acid is known to reduce the aluminum load in the body by enhancing its excretion by the kidneys.

Is vinegar good for the arteries?

There is no evidence to this. However, some studies in humans suggest that daily doses of apple cider vinegar may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. Acetic acid gives vinegar its distinctive smell and sour taste. A synthetic cousin of acetic acid, EDTA is a chelating agent and is used in cases of lead, mercury, or iron poisoning. A dubious practice, chelation therapy, involves repeated administration of EDTA to clean out the arteries by dissolving cholesterol–filled plaque. This is based on wishful thinking, not science. Apple cider vinegar is an ingredient in foods, sauces, and dressings. Taking too much can lower blood potassium levels. Straight apple cider vinegar can erode the enamel on your teeth.

 
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The 3rd eMedinewS–revisiting 2011 conference is being held at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on Sunday January 22nd 2012.

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LIC India

Life Insurance Schemes

Dr Sudesh Ratan

8.10–8.25 AM

Dr G K Mani

Cardiac surgery in 2012

Dr Sandeep Mukherjee, Dr P K Dave

8.25–8.35 AM

Mr M K Doogar

Health Insurance

Mr Arun Kishore

8.35–8.50 AM

Mr B N S Ratnakar

Financial Health

Mr Anil Wadhwa

8.50–9.05 AM

Dr Dinesh Bhurani

Hemato Oncology Update

Dr Amit Bhargava

9.05–9.20 AM

Dr Kailash Singla

Gastro Update

Dr Ajay Kumar

9.20–9.35 AM

Dr Pramod Kumar

Beyond Coronaries

Dr Rakesh Arora

9.35–10.00 AM

Dr N K Bhatia

What’s new in transfusion medicine

Dr B B Rewari

10.00–10.25 AM

Dr Praveen Chandra

Dual Anti Platelet Therapy in ACS

Dr H K Chopra

10.25–10.50 AM

Dr Ambrish Mithal

Obesity as a precursor for diabetes

Dr P D Gulati, Dr H S Luthra

10.50–11.15AM

Dr Ajay Kriplani

Surgery in diabetes

Dr K N Srivastava, Dr K Jagadeesan

11.15–11.40 AM

Dr Kaberi Banerjee

Infertility Update

Dr Veena Aggarwal

11.40–11.50 AM

Dr I M Chugh

Chest Medicine Update

Dr Pavan Mangla

11.50–12.05 PM

Dr Rajneesh Kapoor

Understanding stents (a journey from bare metal to biodegradable stents)

Dr Harsh wardhan

12.05–12.20 PM

U Kaul

DES for the future–Is India ready to take the challenge

Dr Sanjay Tyagi

12.20–12.45 PM

Dr Sujit Jha

High risk diabetes

Dr G M Singh

12.45–1.10 PM

Dr Sudhir Kumar Rawal

Robotic Surgery in India

Dr P K Julka

1.10–1. 35 PM

Dr Amit Bhargava

Oncology

Dr P K Julka

1.35–1.50 PM

Dr Sanjay Chaudhary

Automation in Cataract Surgery with Femto–second

Dr Satish Mehta

1.50–2.05 PM

Dr Surender Kumar

Diabetes in 2012

Dr Pawan Gupta

2.05–2.20 PM

Dr S N Khanna

Valve Surgery Update

Dr O P Yadav

2.20–2.35 PM

Dr Ravi Kasliwal

Markers for cardiovascular prevention

Dr Sameer Srivastava

2.35–2.50 PM

Dr Neelam Mohan

Liver Transplantation

Dr A S Soin

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