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20th February 2012, Monday

State Medical Councils opposes the “Proposed NCHR Bill"


In the National conference of State Medical Councils held on 18-19th Feb 2012 at India Habitat Center New Delhi, the following was unanimously resolved

Resolved that

“The proposed  THE NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RESOURCES: FOR HEALTH BILL, 2011 being proposed by the Ministry of Health Govt. of India and presently with the parliamentary standing committee is unanimously opposed in its present format, as the council members felt that the present MCI and State Medical Councils  needs to be strengthened and implemented effectively  preserving the present MCI  and State Medical councils with democratic norms instead of  taking their  autonomy”.

This has significant implications as the India Medical association has already opposed this bill.

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    National News

India to develop vaccines for encephalitis, chikungunya

Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), Hyderabad, is on its way to develop vaccines for chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis. "We are the first to attempt developing a vaccine for chikungunya. The pre–clinical trials on animals have been very promising. If we develop Japanese encephalitis vaccine in India, it will work out much cheaper for the consumer," said Dr Ramesh Mathur, general manager, Research and Development, IIL. The company hopes to conduct human trials in the next six to 12 months, and commercialisation of the vaccine within two to three years. The vaccine was developed after the company acquired the chikungunya virus strain from US. "Once approved, IIL intends to manufacture the vaccines in Hyderabad," said N Anand, general manager, marketing, IIL. (Source: Hindustan Times, February 11, 2012)

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Icy bath may help sore muscles recover

A cold bath after working out may help ease muscle pain and fatigue, although there’s little evidence it works better than a hot water bath, according to a Cochrane review. Compared with not taking any action to recover after exercise, immersion in water colder than 60° F significantly reduced muscle soreness the day after and out to four days, Chris Bleakley, of the University of Ulster in Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, and colleagues found. Muscle fatigue lessened significantly after a cold bath as well, by 1.7 on a 10–point scale, Bleakley’s group reported in the Cochrane Library. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Tapeworms new consideration for U.S. docs

Refugees settling in the U.S. from certain parts of Africa and Asia endemic for Taenia solium –– the larval stage of the pork tapeworm –– have a high prevalence of antibodies against the parasite, researchers reported. (Source: Medpage Today)

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FDA elevates recall of leaky humidifier

The FDA has raised the recall of a humidifier for supplemental oxygen therapy to class I –– the agency’s strictest –– because of a defect that may delay therapy. The affected product is the 7600 Bubble Humidifier, 350 cc volume with a 6 PSI safety valve. In defective units, the humidifier lid may fail to pop off at the intended pressure. If the lid does pop off, a brass slug may not return to its proper position and re–seal, which can cause the humidifier to leak. The leak may interrupt supplemental oxygen flow, which can cause hypoxemia that may result in death or serious adverse events. (Source: Medpage Today)

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@DrKKAggarwal: #AJOR Stem cells show promise for meniscal tears Allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), injected into knee…

@DrKKAggarwal: Non–judgment quiets the internal dialogue, and this opens up the doorway to creativity.

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

Period of Holy Baths (Makar Sankranti to Maha Shivaratri)

Vitamin D deficiency causes severe bone loss in adults across northern India despite abundant sunlight in the region. The factors are inadequate exposure to sunlight and poor nutrition. The resultant disease is Osteomalacia, the loss of calcium from bones brought about by vitamin D deficiency.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What happens in an egg donation cycle?

In an egg donation cycle, the donor receives fertility medications to stimulate the production of multiple eggs in her ovaries. At the same time, you are given hormone therapy to prepare your uterus to receive the fertilized eggs (embryos). After the eggs are obtained from the donor, they are fertilized in the laboratory with your partner’s sperm. Several days after fertilization, the embryos are transferred to your uterus. Any embryos which are not transferred may be frozen (cryopreserved) for a future cycle

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    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

The Empty Soap Box

One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soap box, which happened in one of Japan’s biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soap box that was empty.

Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soap box went through the assembly line empty.

Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post–haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X–ray machine with high–resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soap boxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty.

No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so. But when a workman was posed with the same problem, did not get into complications of X–rays, etc but instead came out with another solution.

He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soap box passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.

Moral of the story: Always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problem. So, learn to focus on solutions not on problems. "If you look at what you do not have in life, you don’t have anything; if you look at what you have in life, you have everything.

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Dr K K Talwar on Cardiorenal Syndrome

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Arsenic Found In Infant Formula, Energy Bars

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Preemie Gets Pacemaker

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The eyesight screen check cannot check drivers who have monocular vision (sight in one eye only). Such drivers should go to their optometrist, ophthalmologist or GP for an eyesight certificate.

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(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

Can I hold out as an MD even when the MD degree is not recognized by the MCI?

QUESTION—I am an MBBS having my name on the IMR. I have a PG degree MD, medicine) from abroad but it is not recognized by the MCI. I hope to get soon my DNB (Family Medicine). After that, can I write my name on my visiting card etc. as follows—

MBBS. MD (Medicine). DNB (Family Medicine)
Reg. no xyz


  1. It would be better and legally safer to write as follows:

    Dr. ABC
    MD (Medicine), ………University
    DNB (Family Medicine)
    Reg. no xyz (………Medical Council)
  2. If you do as above, nobody can blame you of misrepresenting your MD as being from a university recognized by the MCI.

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Situation: A patient wanted to know if he could buy Vigor–25 from the net.
Dr Bad: Go ahead.
Dr Good: It can be harmful.
Lesson: The US FDA has warned that Vigor–25, a product marketed as a natural dietary supplement to enhance male sexual performance, should not be purchased or used because it contains sildenafil which may interact with nitrates and can dangerously lower blood pressure. Vigor–25, distributed by Piston Corp., is sold on Internet sites.

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Situation: A patient with diabetes shows deteriorating kidney function.
Reaction: Oh my God! His HbA1c is very high?
Lesson: Make sure that strict glycemic control is maintained in patients with type 2 diabetes in order to delay vascular complications.

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(Dr GM Singh)

The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives ~ William James

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Serum chloride

  • Increase in serum chloride is seen in dehydration, renal tubular acidosis, acute renal failure, diabetes insipidus, prolonged diarrhea, salicylate toxicity, respiratory alkalosis, hypothalamic lesions, and adrenocortical hyperfunction.
  • Drugs causing increased chloride: Acetazolamide, androgens, corticosteroids, cholestyramine, diazoxide, estrogens, guanethidine, methyldopa, oxyphenbutazone, phenylbutazone, thiazides, and triamterene.
  • Bromides in serum will not be distinguished from chloride in routine testing, so intoxication may show spuriously increased chloride
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Read this…………………

Which of the following weight loss technique for morbid obesity is obsolete

a) Gastric Bypass
b) Jejuno ileal bypass
c) Vertical band gastroplasty
d) Bilio Pancreatic Diversion

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser:  Most common site for carcinoid tumor is

a) Duodenum
b) Jejunum
c) Ileum
d) Appendix

Answer for Yesterday’s  Mind Teaser: d) Appendix

Correct answers received from: Dr. P. C. Das, Dr. Mrs. S. Das, Chandra Pal Singh, yogindra vasavada, Dr Prafull Arya, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr.Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Valluri Ramarao, Raju Kuppusamy, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Avtar Krishan

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High Blood Pressure

When a physician remarked on a new patient’s extraordinarily ruddy complexion, he said, "High blood pressure, Doc. It comes from my family." "Your mother’s side or your father’s?" I asked.
"Neither," he replied. "It’s from my wife’s family." "Oh, come now," I said. "How could your wife’s family give you high blood pressure?"
He sighed. "You oughta meet ‘em sometime, Doc!"

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

How should biological samples and medical evidences be collected in a medicolegal case?

The analyst/doctor has a legal responsibility to retain untested biological specimen in legal cases so that another person can test it and come to an independent conclusion as to its origin.

The observation of scenes of crime, collection of human body fluids, weapons of the offence and medical examination of victim, accused, or both is required in any investigation of crime against human body such as injury, rape, murder.

The medical examination is carried out in emergency ward of hospitals and treatment of injured and dying patient remains the major focus of the treating doctor. But, in cases of crime against the human body, the medical examination and collection of biological sample/s, its documentation, packaging, and analysis have an important role and should be done by the doctor very meticulously with the high standards of science and the law in mind. These biological materials include: Blood, seminal stains, vaginal smears/slides gastric lavage, chemical substances, poison, hair, fiber, broken glasses, knives, blunt instruments/objects, fire arms, bullet, live and empty cartridge cases, wads, clothing etc. This scientific biological evidence becomes legal evidence in prosecution/acquittal of case if collected correctly.

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High BP in Pregnancy Increases Risk for Future Atherosclerosis

Women who have hypertension during pregnancy are at increased risk of developing atherosclerosis when they are older said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

In a study Published in Hypertension Dr. Siamak Sabour, of the University Medical Center in Utrecht, the Netherlands, said that hypertension in pregnancy acts as a kind of "nature’s cardiovascular stress test" showing proneness to future disease. Gestational Hypertension Leads to 57% Increased Risk of Calcification

Gestational hypertension normally resolves following birth, and blood pressure returns to normal. But women with elevated blood pressure during pregnancy are at higher risk of hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease later in life. Sabour and colleagues evaluated 491 healthy postmenopausal women selected from participants enrolled in the PROSPECT (Predictors of Response to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy) study from 1993–1997. Women with a history of gestational hypertension had an almost 60% increased risk of having coronary calcification several decades later compared with women who had normal blood pressure during pregnancy.

The relationship held for women who had mild elevations in blood pressure during pregnancy as well as for those who developed preeclampsia — a more serious complication of pregnancy characterized by very high blood pressure, edema, and risk of organ damage.

Hypertension during pregnancy should be an alert for women.

"Up until now it has been assumed that high blood pressure subsides after pregnancy, and there was no structured follow–up of the women who experienced it.

Hypertensive disorders are common in pregnancy, affecting 2% to 35% of all pregnancies, and ranking among the leading causes of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Preeclampsia or gestational hypertension associated with proteinuria is particularly linked with an increased risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and the fetus.

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