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  From the Desk of Editor–in–Chief
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

 
  Editorial …

16th May 2011, Monday                                eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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Evidences that meditation works

Stress: The term meditation is also referred to as the "relaxation response." This term was coined by Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard in his seminal studies on stress in 1967. Dr. Benson measured the heart rate, blood pressure, skin temperature, and rectal temperature of 36 meditators. He discovered they used 17% less oxygen, lowered their heart rates by three beats a minute and increased their theta brain waves, the relaxing ones that appear right before sleep.

Hypertension: J. Stuart Lesserman, M.D., Harvard, Patients with hypertension for at least 10 years went through 10 weeks of the relaxation response. Diastolic and systolic blood pressure decreased and patients maintained their lower blood pressure throughout later follow–ups.

Insomnia: G. Jacobs, Harvard, Ph.D., had 100 patients with insomnia practice the relaxation response for 10 weeks. 100% of patients reported some type of improvement in sleep and 91% stopped or decreased their sleep medication use. Infertility: Alice Domar, Ph.D., Harvard, Worked with women with infertility for over three and one half years who were severely depressed. They practiced 10 weeks of the relaxation response which resulted in significant decrease in depression and anxiety. One third of women, who averaged three and one half years of infertility, became pregnant.

Chronic pain: Margaret Caudill, M.D., Harvard had 109 patients suffering with chronic pain for 6.5 years practice the relaxation response for 10 weeks. It resulted in improved symptoms and 36% reduction in HMO visits in a one year follow up, and increased to a 50% reduction by the second year.

Longevity: Robert H. Schneider, M.D., Maharishi University Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention. Research showed two studies of meditation groups, who had normal to high blood pressure, were 23% less likely to die than people who did not. The meditation groups studied had a 30% decrease in the rate of deaths due to heart disease and stroke and a 50% reduced rate of cancer deaths.

Immune Function: Meditation, or the relaxation response, has demonstrated effects on the immune function and the brain and reveals the biological consequences of this mind–body intervention. Dr. Richard Davidson, Ph.D. of the University of Wisconsin and his colleagues discovered individuals who underwent eight weeks of meditation training produced more antibodies to a flu vaccine and showed signs of increased electrical activity in areas of the brain related to positive emotions than the individuals who did not meditate. Employees at a biotechnology company participated in this study with half receiving weekly meditation training and the other half not receiving training.

Memory: The Journal of Memory and Cognition reported college students meditating displayed significant improvements in memory performance over a two week period on a perceptual and short term memory y reduction of blood pressure, and better near point vision and auditory discrimination. Short term meditators were physiologically five years younger than their chronological age. The study controlled for the effect of diet and exercise.

Cholesterol: The Journal of Social Behavior and Personality published a longitudinal study showing that cholesterol levels significantly decreased through meditation in patients with elevated cholesterol, compared to match controls, over an eleven month period.

Addiction: Addiction takes one of the greatest tolls in our lives in terms of the costs of suffering of families, the costs to our prison system, costs to our health care system, and the cost of lost productivity of human potential. The Journal of Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly and the International Journal of the Addictions report that meditation can even decrease cigarette, alcohol and drug abuse. An analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes found that meditation produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug use than either standard substance abuse treatments (including counseling, pharmacological treatments, relaxation training and Twelve Step programs) or prevention.

(Source: Mallika Chopra: Love this!! Medical Benefits Of Meditation by James Hixon, M.D., Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology @ http://www.intent.com/kathleenhall/blog/medical–benefits–meditation)

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    Changing Practice – Evidence which has changed practice in last one year

Carboplatin dosing

For most patients, carboplatin dosing uses the Calvert formula, which is based upon desired exposure (area under the curve (AUC) of concentration × time) and the glomerular filtration rate (GFR). When the GFR is estimated based upon measured serum creatinine, limit the maximal GFR to 125 mL/min for this calculation

 
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    Photo Feature

World Earth Day 2011 observed

Students of DPS, Mathura Road, New Delhi participated in large numbers in Painting competition held as a part of World Earth Day celebrations on 21st April.

 
Dr K K Aggarwal
 
    National News

Endosulfan

  1. Endosulfan is an off–patent organochroline insecticide and acaricide i.e. phased out globally.
  2. It has acute toxicity with a potential for bioaccumulation and endocrine disruptor.
  3. It is made with the most toxic pesticide available today.
  4. It is also a xenoestrogen synthetic substance with affect of estrogen.
  5. It can cause reproductive and developmental damage for humans.
  6. It is acutely neurotoxic to humans
  7. It can delay sexual maturity amongst the boys.
  8. India is the world’s largest user of endosulfane.
  9. It is like turpentine but it does not burn.
  10. It is also used as wood preservative.

Supreme Court of India recently banned production and sale widely used in the country seeing its affect on humans. A pesticide which causes nerve damage is already banned in 80 countries while others have announced phasing out over the next few years. India produces 70% of such pests for fruit, vegetables, tea, coffee and other crops. Supreme Court ordered a two month ban. Representatives of 127 countries who met in Geneva last month agreed to set 2012 deadline to end use of these pesticides.

Eco–sensitive zones around 4 Guj sanctuaries get nod

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat’s wildlife just got a new lease of life. The Central government on Thursday declared the setting up of eco–sensitive zones in a five–km radius around four important sanctuaries — Gir, Purna in the Dangs, Vansda National Park in Navsari and Narayan Sarovar in Kutch. The Supreme Court had directed the state governments to identify eco–sensitive zones around wildlife reserves. The Centre’s stamp of approval came on Thursday. The new guidelines on eco–sensitive zones ban construction, mining, other industrial activities and some tourism activities in these areas. Felling of trees, change in agriculture systems, commercial use of natural water resources, setting up of hotels and resorts, flying over in an aircraft or hot air balloon, discharge of effluents and solid waste in natural water bodies will be regulated. (Source: TOI, May 13, 2011)

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

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Study: Lower salt intake could be riskier than thought

The American Heart Association encourages people to consume no more than 1,500 milligrams a day of sodium to reduce their risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, stroke and kidney disease. This is less than half of what people consume now. One reason for this advice: Elevated blood pressure is a major public health problem approximately 90% of all Americans will develop hypertension over their lifetime, the heart association says. But a new European population study coordinated in Belgium raises questions about sodium and its effect on the heart.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Botox injected in head ‘trigger point’ shown to reduce migraine crises

Scientists at the University of Granada have confirmed that injecting a local anesthetic or botulinum toxin (botox) into certain points named "trigger points" of the pericranial and neck muscles reduce migraine frequency among migraine sufferers. University of Granada researchers have identified the location of these trigger points – which activation results in migraine – and their relationship with the duration and severity of this condition.

Dr K K Aggarwal

Most common locations of trigger points in migraine sufferers (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Granada)

High physical activity associated with lower healthcare costs in people with type 2 diabetes

According to a study published May 4 in the journal BMC Public Health, type 2 diabetic patients with increased participation in physical activity have lower healthcare costs than their peers who do less exercise.

HIV therapy cuts transmission dramatically

Treatment with highly active antiretroviral therapy reduced transmission of HIV by 96% in heterosexual couples where one partner was infected and the other was not, according to a randomized trial.

 
    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Sankadik Brahmadi Muneesa
Narad Sarad Sahit Aheesa


Meaning: When prophets like Sanka, even the Sage like Lord Brahma, the great hermit Narad himself, Goddess Saraswati and Ahisha, one of immeasurable dimensions, they fail to sing your glories correctly.
Spiritual Significance: By getting the powers of Hanumana one automatically gets the powers of all others including Saraswati the Goddess of Knowledge.

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with PUO was still undiagnosed at 4 weeks.
Dr Bad: Start antibiotic trial.
Dr Good: Wait.
Lesson: Therapeutic trials of antimicrobials or glucocorticoids, while tempting in the effort to "do something," rarely establish a diagnosis. In addition, the diagnostic yield of blood cultures and cultures of biopsy material will be reduced following the initiation of antibiotics.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient on ACE inhibitor developed angioneurotic edema.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was ACE inhibitor continued?
Lesson: Make sure that patients on ACE inhibitors are advised to watch for symptoms of urticaria and stop the drug immediately in case swelling of lip, face or tongue develops. (Br J Clin Pharmacol 1999;48(6):861–5)

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

The stonecutter

There was once a stonecutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life. One day, he passed a wealthy merchant’s house and through the open gateway saw many fine possessions and important visitors. "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stonecutter. He became very envious, and wished that he could be like the merchant. Then he would no longer have to live the life of a mere stonecutter.

To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever dreamed of, envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself. But soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants, and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession. "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!"

Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around, who had to bow down before him as he passed. It was a hot summer day, and the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence. "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!"

Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers. But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below. "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a cloud!"

Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone. But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind. "How powerful it is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the wind!"

Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, hated and feared by all below him. But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it –– a huge, towering stone. "How powerful that stone is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a stone!"

Then he became the stone, more powerful than anything else on earth. But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the solid rock and felt himself being changed. "What could be more powerful than I, the stone?" he thought. He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stonecutter.

(Benjamin Hoff from The Tao Of Pooh)

Lesson: We don’t know the extent of our own personal power. And, sometimes, the most insignificant seeming people among us are those most able to effect great change.

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    Pediatric Update

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

What are the symptoms of hereditary fructose intolerance?

Symptoms include:

Hepatic manifestations

  • Diaphoresis, irritability, tremors, seizures (hypoglycemia)
  • Lethargy > coma
  • Jaundice, hepatomegaly,
  • Progressive liver disease

Fanconi syndrome

  • Episodes of vomiting, dehydration, weakness and unexplained fever
  • Anorexia, constipation
  • Polydipsia and polyuria
  • Failure to thrive and growth failure
  • Rickets
 
    Infertility Update

(Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation)

How is a sperm donor selected?

The following guidelines may be recommended:

  • The main qualities to seek in selecting a donor for TDI are an assurance of good health status and the absence of genetic abnormalities.
  • The donor should be of legal age and, ideally, less than 40 years of age, because increased male age is associated with a progressive increase in the prevalence of aneuploid sperm.
  • Selection of donors with established fertility is desirable but not required.
  • Psychological evaluation and counseling by a qualified mental health professional is recommended strongly for all sperm donors.
  • No owner, operator, laboratory director, or employee of a facility performing TDI may serve as
  • a donor in that practice.
  • Neither the patient’s physician nor the individual performing the actual insemination can be the sperm donor.
 
    Medicolegal Update

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

Autopsy in death due to adverse events following immunization (AEFI)

The doctor conducting the autopsy is duty bound to take samples for toxicological screening and send them to Forensic Laboratory for toxicological/chemical examination

  • The injection site and the tissues underneath up to 2–3 cms (button size) with dermis and epidermis of the sight of injection prick should be excised out. It should be preserved in a glass jar which should be filled two–thirds with saturated saline water. The specimens should be sealed, signed, labeled by the doctor/autopsy surgeon and should be handed over to police/investigating officer for further toxicological/chemical examination.
  • Viscera for toxicological/chemical examination: The following viscera specimen/biological samples should be collected for toxicological/chemical examination (80 to 100 gms of liver, 80 to 100 gms of brain with meninges, whole of the stomach with gastric contents). If there are no gastric contents, a section of stomach should be sent. The upper part of small intestine about 30cm long with its contents Fragments from both adrenal glands, half of transverse section of kidneys, half of spleen, blood (100 ml ideal/minimum 10 ml) and urine (100 ml/minimum 10 ml).
  • All the visceral specimens should be collected in separate container a wide–mouthed bottle as prescribed and saturated saline should be added as preservatives. The quantitative of the saline should be sufficient to cover all the pieces of specimen viscera in bottle.
  • The specimens should be sealed, signed, labeled by the doctor/autopsy surgeon and should be handed over to police/investigating officer for further chemical examination in a forensic lab.
 
    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal:India’s first bloodless kidney transplant successfully done at Moolchand Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi, May 3, 2011

@DeepakChopra:Each of us is a unique strand in the intricate web of life and here to make a contribution.

 
    Gyne Update

(Dr Maninder Ahuja, Secretary General IMS)

What is VIA?

Cervical cancer, the second most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide, can be a preventable disease. Although Pap smear remains the most common screening test for cervical cancer, many less developed countries do not have adequate resources to implement cytology–based prevention programs. An alternative, low–cost test, visual inspection using acetic acid (VIA), has emerged for use in low–resource settings where it can be performed by auxiliary health professionals. VIA is similar to colposcopy in that acetic acid is applied and any acetowhite lesion is visualized, although with VIA there is no magnification.

Apply 3–5% acetic acid to the cervix with cotton swab or spray with syringe and wait for 1 minute. Then observe with naked eye for any white lesion. If there is a positive finding, then we can either do targeted biopsy or colposcopy depending on the facilities available or if done by ANM can be referred for follow up to a higher centre.

 
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Obesity in Pregnancy - National Health Service Guidelines

All pregnant women with a booking BMI >30 should be screened for gestational diabetes

Maternal obesity is known to be an important risk factor for GDM with a number of large cohort studies reporting a three–fold increased risk compared to women with a healthy weight. The NICE clinical guideline recommends that women with a BMI >30 should have a 2–hour 75g oral glucose tolerance test at 24–28 weeks, using the criteria defined by the World Health Organization.

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

An anesthetist orders a new attendant to bring the oxygen cylinder. He will ask the attendant to identify the correct cylinder by following color code:

1. Black cylinder with white shoulders
2. Black cylinder with gray shoulders
3. White cylinder with black shoulders
4. Grey cylinder with white shoulders

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: What is not true about blind loop syndrome?

a. It manifests as diarrhea, weight loss and deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins.
b. Megaloblastic anemia is commonly seen.
c. Surgery is almost always required to correct small bowel syndrome.
d. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are the treatment of choice.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: c.

Correct answers received from: Dr Binit Sureka, Dr K.Raju, Dr B.B. Aggarwal, Dr Abdul Hai, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Priya, Dr Keshav, Dr Srikanth.

Answer for 14th May Mind Teaser: c.
Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Anupam, Dr Prachi, Dr Feiza, Dr Shreyesh.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
   Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

Looking back on Photos

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. "Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, ‘There’s Jennifer; she’s a lawyer,’ or ‘That’s Michael, he’s a doctor."

A small voice from the back of the room rang out, "And there’s the teacher; she’s still old, nasty, and wrinkled"

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Iron deficiency anemia

In iron deficiency anemia, the serum iron concentration is reduced, and the level of transferrin, also measured as total iron binding capacity (TIBC), is elevated; the latter finding reflects the reciprocal relationship between serum iron and transferrin gene expression in most nonerythroid cells.

 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

Personal Accident - Individual

During the first year of the operation of insurance cover, the expenses on treatment of diseases such as cataract, benign prostatic hypertrophy, hysterectomy for menorrhagia or fibromyoma, hernia, hydrocele, congenital internal diseases, fistula in anus, piles, sinusitis and related disorders are not payable if these diseases (other than congenital internal diseases/defects) are pre existing at the time of proposal that will not be covered even during subsequent period of renewal too. If insured is aware of the existence of congenital internal diseases/defects before inception of policy it will be treated as preexisting.

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Methylparaben 0.15%w/w + Propyl paraben 0.05%w/w + Glycerin 20%w/w + CMC 1.74%w/w + Allantoin 0.5%w/w + Benzyl alcohol 0.5%w/w.
For short term treatment of chronic wounds including stage III & IV pressure sores, leg ulcers
06/07/10
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Biomarkers of ovarian carcinoma

As a single marker, HE4 had the highest sensitivity for detecting ovarian carcinoma specially early stage disease. Combined CA125 and HE4 was a more accurate predictor of ovarian malignancy than either alone.

 
    Thought of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision. Peter Drucker

 
    Readers Responses

Dear Dr. Aggarwal, Thanks for including me in your list of recipients of daily emedinews – it is truly a treasure house of information – much appreciated. I wish to make a quick point regarding a short article in one of the previous issues on febrile seizure which maintained that febrile seizures are always generalized and never focal – actually, the they are "typically" generalized but may be atypical, including focal (Nelson’s). When they are focal in nature they have prognostic and diagnostic implications and my warrant further investigations. Anil Shukla, Allahabad.

 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

May 17th is World Hypertension Day

If you change the oil in your car regularly, and don’t wait until it’s performing poorly to change it, then why treat the body any differently.

On the occasion of World Hypertension Day on May 17th, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal and President, Heart Care Foundation of India, said that cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and hypertension is the most common, reversible risk factor for CVD.

High blood pressure goes hand-in-hand with heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, overweight/obesity and diabetes.

Worldwide, an estimated 97.2 crore people had hypertension in the year 2000. By 2025, an estimated 156 crore people will have it. In the United States alone, 7.2 crores people aged 20 and older have high blood pressure. Of those with high blood pressure, nearly 30 percent don’t know they have it, and 65 percent don’t have it under control. In India, the number is over 10 crores.

High blood pressure is easily detected and usually controllable. Normal blood pressure is systolic below 120 and diastolic below 80. Hypertension is systolic blood pressure at or above 140 mm Hg and/or diastolic blood pressure at 90 mm Hg or higher. "Prehypertension" is systolic pressure of 120–139 mm Hg, and/or diastolic pressure of 80–89 mm Hg. This is the point at which lifestyle changes are recommended to reduce blood pressure.

There are dramatic benefits from small decreases in blood pressure, even in people without hypertension by current definitions.

  • A 3–4 mm Hg systolic increase in blood pressure would translate into a 20 percent higher stroke death rate and a 12 percent higher death rate from ischemic heart disease.
  • In patients with obesity, diabetes and hyperlipidemia, the impact of these small changes in blood pressure on CVD is even greater.
  • Hypertension “does not typically cause symptoms” that’s why it’s called the ‘silent killer.’
  • There is a long lag period from the beginning of the problem to the time when patients are aware of the damage it’s caused.
  • Have your blood pressure checked routinely.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle to prevent hypertension.
  • Keep weight in a good range.
  • Be physically active.
  • Eat a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fat and sodium.
  • Avoid tobacco.
  • If you choose to drink, do so in moderate amounts (no more than an average of one drink a day for women or two for men).
  • If you already have high blood pressure, keep it controlled under a physician’s care.
 
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    Forthcoming Events

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.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
• Provisional program for Pre Congress CME at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Conference_CME.html
• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
• Congress website at http://www.worldcon2011.org
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, + 91 9811013246

Congress Secretariat: Rajat Khurana, C–1 / 16, Ashok Vihar – Phase II, Delhi 110 052, INDIA., Phone: + 91–11–2741–9505, Fax: + 91–11–2741–5646, Mobile: + 91 9560188488, 9811911800,
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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 Hamdarad 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.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

For details contact: Dr KK Aggarwal/Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra/Mr M Malik at
medifilmfestinhealthmela@gmail.com

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