(incorporating IMA News)

January 19 2016, Tuesday



IMA appeals for release of surgeon imprisoned in Egypt

Egyptians authorities have jailed and reportedly tortured an Egyptian vascular surgeon, Dr. Ahmed Said, alongside four others, claiming his involvement in protests that took place four years ago. This has been widely criticized by the international medical community, and would set a dangerous precedent if not dealt with immediately. As a global voice of doctors, the World Medical Association (WMA) has strongly protested this and called for the immediate release of Dr Said. As reported by the WMA the only evidence against the ‘offenders’ was the report of a single National Security officer.

‘The World Medical Association would like to recall that the freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. Egypt ratified the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights in 1982, hereby establishing its consent to be bound by the provisions of the Covenant. We would like to emphasize in particular the Article 19 (2) of the Covenant providing that “Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice,”’ said Sir Michael Marmot WMA president.


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Dr Joseph Heyman
The DOH and IRB Saga
Dear Colleagues
This is what happened to my faith in the Declaration of Helsinki (DOH).  I have spent more than two years on a commercial IRB.  I felt we were doing a good job protecting subjects in clinical trials.  Then two weeks ago, we were going over annual renewals of trials. One large study that includes 70 subjects had one of its sites with only five subjects.  This is a study where certain patients with a type of cancer receive injections of a medication into the actual organ involved (or others receive injections of just saline into the same organ).  A known side effect of the medication injection is fever and chills.  The protocol for the study mentions this risk.  The informed consent form states that patients who have complications will be referred for medical care at either their own expense or that of their insurance company.

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Can’t say

Bioethical issues in medical practice - Appendicitis in a young boy


A great loss for Heart Care Foundation of India – Demise of Shri Qimat Rai Aggarwal, Trustee HCFI 

New Delhi, January 18, 2016: Shri Qimat Rai Aggarwal father of Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and Trustee of the Heart Care Foundation of India passed away peacefully at the age of 96 on January 17, 2016 after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest.

Till the very end he was active, healthy and fully alert. A humble and down-to-earth person, he played an instrumental role in projects of Heart Care Foundation of India including the Perfect Health Mela, Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund and the Hands Only CPR 10 campaign. https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gifA businessman by profession dealing in iron goods, Shri Qimat Rai Aggarwal had dedicated his life to the cause of helping those in need.  

Speaking about the loss, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President HCFI said, "My father went away peacefully without any suffering and he is now in a better place. His commitment towards HCFI was inspiring and he will continue to live in all our hearts and the lives we continue to save and touch through our various projects. I am what I am today because of him and I will forever be grateful."

A warm and ever smiling person, Qimat Ji will be sorely missed by one and all.