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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 …

21st September 2011, Wednesday

Do not ignore yellow plaques on the eyelids

Xanthelasma are soft, cholesterol–filled plaques that develop under the skin, usually on or around the eyelids and most often near the nose. They occur mainly in middle–aged and older adults and in women more often than in men. They are always benign and rarely impair vision. But they can be a sign of hyperlipidemia—elevated blood–fat levels in 50% of the people.

The presence of xanthelasma on the eyelids is an independent predictor of future heart blockages. In a large prospective study By Dr Anne Tybjærg–Hansen, of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen published in BMJ during a mean follow–up of 22 years, adults participating in a long–term Danish heart study who had xanthelasmata at baseline had an adjusted hazard ratio for acute heart attack of 1.48. In the study those with the eyelid lesions had lower levels of apolipoprotein A1 and HDL cholesterol as against those who had arcus corneae they had higher levels of lipoprotein (a).

The plaques are especially common in people with inherited disorders of low–density lipoprotein (LDL) metabolism. They occur in 75% of older people with familial hypercholesterolemia (very high cholesterol levels) and in 10% of people with high levels of apolipoprotein B.

Treating any underlying lipid condition may reduce the size of xanthelasma. If no lipid abnormality is present then xanthelasma is largely a cosmetic problem.

There are several ways to remove xanthelasma. These include cryotherapy (freezing the lesions with liquid nitrogen), laser ablation, surgical excision, electrodesiccation (destruction of the lesion with an electric needle), and chemical cauterization (application of a topical agent such as trichloroacetic acid to dissolve the plaques).

Take home message

  • All patients with xanthelasmas should get lipid profile done.
  • Look for low HDL and low Apo A1 levels.
  • Look of high Apo B levels.
  • Get LP(a) levels it will usually be normal.

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela to be
Multi-Locational

Addressing a press conference, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Perfect Health Mela, Chief Guest Ms. Rajni Abbi, Mayor of Delhi, released health messages. In the Photo: Dr. N.K. Yadav, Team of Dharna Unlimited, and other senior officers.

 
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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

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Personalised treatment most effective cancer cure

NAGPUR: Genetics play a deciding role in people acquiring diseases. Though they all seem similar, cancers of the same organ behave differently in different individuals. This necessitates personalized treatment of the disease, a trend that is catching up as a more effective treatment methodology. However, some doctors advise caution and dissuade random use of the therapy. Individualized treatment to cure a disease that affects the cells and so the genes of a person, seems logical to most doctors. Yet, assessing whether a person really has the presence of a particular triggering agent in their cells is also important. If that is not done, not just the treatment goes waste but there may be harmful side–effects, too. For many others, it is the high cost of the treatment that makes it unfeasible for India. Doctors from all over the world who had come to the city to attend the ongoing international cancer conference, ICON, spoke at length about the efficiency of treatment using ‘biomarkers’. (Source: TOI, Sep 18, 2011)

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    International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

EASD: Novel drug BRIGHTENs diabetes research

The investigational drug ipragliflozin improved glycemic control and decreased body weight and blood pressure, according to the phase III BRIGHTEN study. n the BRIGHTEN study, patients treated with ipragliflozin achieved a mean decrease of 1.23% in glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) compared with placebo (P<0.001), said Atsunori Kashiwagi, MD, director of medical affairs at Shiga University of Medical Science, in his oral presentation at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. In addition, "fasting plasma glucose was reduced by 45.8 mg/dL compared with placebo and body weight was decreased by 1.47 kg compared with placebo –– both significant findings at P<0.001," Kashiwagi said. (Source: Medpage Today)

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EASD: Intensive glucose control cuts renal risks

Intensive glucose–lowering may protect against end–stage renal disease in diabetic patients, according to research presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting.

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Millennium Development Goals on health ‘will not be met’

Researchers say just nine of 137 developing countries will achieve ambitious targets to improve the health of women and children. The analysis in The Lancet updates previous estimates of progress on the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The experts predict that no country in sub–Saharan Africa will meet the goals to dramatically reduce deaths by 2015. But they say progress is speeding up in most countries. The targets were set by world leaders in 2000. MDG4 aims to reduce the death rate for children aged under five by two–thirds between 1990 and 2015. MDG5 states an ambition to cut deaths among pregnant women and new mothers by three–quarters during the same timescale. (Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health–14974145)

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Expanding flu shots to older kids cuts flu ER visits

Vaccinating older children against seasonal influenza results in a 34% drop in the number of children aged 2 to 4 years who show up at emergency departments with flu–like symptoms, according to findings of a large study appearing in the current issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. (Medscape Medical News)

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    Fitness Update

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

Naturally–rich in omega–3, Chia Seeds offer important health benefits

Consumption of chia seeds as a source of alpha–linolenic acid (ALA) may provide protection for the heart and liver, according to new research. The study, published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, reports that laboratory subjects fed chia seed supplements were protected from heart and liver problems associated with a high–fat diet, including improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance, reduced visceral adiposity, decreased liver fat, and lower cardiac and hepatic inflammation and fibrosis. The research, from the University of Queensland, Australia, demonstrated that the chia seeds brought about lipid redistribution in the subjects, with lipids lured away from the visceral fat and the liver. "To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of lipid redistribution with a rich dietary source of any omega–3 fatty acid associated with cardioprotection and hepatoprotection," said the University of Queensland researchers.

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    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal: MTNL Perfect Health Mela to be multi locational 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela being held from October 14 to 23, (cont) http://tl.gd/d66qsk

@DeepakChopra: #CosmicConsciousness Intelligence, creativity, and organizing power are embedded in the cosmos

 
    Dr KK Answers

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

How common is sexual dysfunction after acute heart attack?

DrKKAnswers

  1. Sexual dysfunction is common due to concern about risks, side effects of drugs (diuretics, beta blockers, lipid–lowering drugs) and due to risk factors like high lipids, diabetes, smoking, hypertension and psychologic factors.(1)
  2. Erectile dysfunction after a heart attack occurs in one–half to three–quarters of patients. (2,3)
  3. ED is also seen after bypass surgery (though less common).
  4. Both men and women have less sexual activity and less satisfaction with sexual act after a heart attack.(1)
  5. Psychologic causes for sexual dysfunction are due to perceptions of their illness.(4)
  6. Worries about triggering a heart attack or sudden death and depression and anxiety of the disease especially the occurrence of a heart attack contribute. (5,6)
  7. The fear can be in the mind of the patient or the spouse.
  8. Most doctors do not discuss this issue of sexual act with post–heart attack patients or their spouses (7,8).
  9. Counseling may improve sexual function.(9)
  10. Exercise stress testing is used to measure exercise tolerance and tolerance for sex.

References

  1. Am J Cardiol 2000;85:1283.
  2. Arch Sex Behav 1986;15:499.
  3. Chest 1986;90:681.
  4. BMJ 1996;312:1191.
  5. Am J Cardiol 2000;86:41F.
  6. Am J Cardiol 2000;86:46F.
  7. Am J Cardiol 2000;86:38F.
  8. Arch Intern Med 1980;140:38.
  9. J Behav Med 1984;7:61.

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    Spiritual Update

How to deal with stress

Stress may be broadly defined as comprising of 3 components, namely a "known situation, interpretation of a situation and the physical and mental reaction to that interpretation of the situation".

Stress is a situation: There cannot be a stress without a situation. One cannot be stressed about some event occurring in USA without knowing the person or the situation. The situation requires familiarity with the particular sensory object (known situation)

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    Legal Question of the Day

(Contributed by Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

I think the MLC report is a personal document and hence a copy can be handed over to the patient himself or for legal purpose. That being so, can a copy be given to anyone who applies for it under the RTI Act, 2005?

Ans.
1. It is not correct that an MLC report is a personal document. It is an official document. There need not be a privity of contract between the person examined by a doctor during the court of preparing an MLC report and treated for any injury found. The person may be a total stranger whom the doctor may never have seen earlier. The doctor may not even like to have him as a patient due to a variety of reasons within law. The person may have been brought to the doctor by the police for preparing an MLC as a requirement under law. Thus it is clear that an MLC report is not a personal document. It is an official document prepared at prior or deemed prior request made by the police to the doctor. That is why the original is to be given to the police and the copy is kept by the hospital/doctor. If it were a personal document, the original would have been given to the person upon whom the MLC was done. The MLC report is an official document between two offices—the hospital and the police.

2. For the reasons stated above, a copy of the MLC report cannot be and should not be and is not handed over to the person upon whom the medico–legal examination has been done.

3. The question of the hospital giving a copy of the RTI to anybody asking for it under the RTI Act does not arise because of the following reasons:

  1. It is simple logic that a copy can and should be given only by the person who has the right over the original. The right to possess the original rests with the police.
  2. However, the exception to the above would be in a situation where the court orders the hospital to provide a copy to anybody.
  3. The MLC report is a crucial document affecting that contains information pertaining to a person’s health and the information gained by a doctor during medical examination is personal information gained by a doctor as professional privilege and such professional privilege cannot be breached by making the information public.
  4. Even if the hospital is covered under the RTI Act, the application for information regarding a patient made by a third party cannot be revealed without the permission of the person concerned, as laid down in the RTI Act itself.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Dr.Anil Kumar Jain)

Her Struggle…Part 2

That was the first night after our married life when we slept in separate rooms. All the night I could not sleep as only one thing, my fate if Sultan was HIV–positive, was churning my brain. I was also sure that Sultan too remained restless all that night. Next day when we reached to the ICTC, I was asked to sit outside while Sultan went inside the doctor’s chamber. When I went inside, one glimpse of his face was enough to tell me that his test for HIV was positive. Suddenly I felt that I was about to faint. But I had to face that cruel disclosure so I sat near Sultan silently. The Doctor told me that AIDS had treatment and the quality of life and survival could be improved with treatment. Doctor advised me too to give a blood sample. After my signing of an ‘Informed Consent’. Doctor told me if I was HIV negative in the first test then my next test would be done after three months. We both did as doctor advised to do.

After reaching home I blamed Sultan that he knew about his disease even before our marriage but he politely refused it. We quarreled on this issue for some time. And reached office separately, a rare incident after marriage. I could not work properly that day. Suddenly my happy married life had turned into a hell and at least I was feeling the wrath of it. No argument of Sultan could convince me that he was innocent and infection entered his body through blood transfusion.

Next day I was declared negative to the test. It was a surprise. How it was possible? We regularly had sexual contact without the protection of Nirodh. I asked the doctor about this. She told me that it was Possible, as the chances of HIV transmission through sexual contact was only one percent. It meant that if an HIV–positive person would make contact with one hundred persons the chances are that HE or SHE will transmit it to one person. The doctor told me that there are 95 percent chances of HIV transmission through infected blood transfusion. Doctor counseled us (post test counseling). She said that I could safely live with Sultan. We could use same utensils, share same bed and same toilets. We can hug each other, kiss each other……but practice safe sex. Doctor advised Sultan for CD4 count to be performed for the treatment of the disease. She advised him to take more nutritious food, exercise regularly. She advised Sultan to visit ICTC at least every month. Then the doctor requested Sultan to wait outside and told me that now it was my responsibility to keep Sultan cheerful and out of ‘intrinsic’ stigma (stigma which arises from inside and it is like inferiority complex) as he feels guilty complex. I asked her how could we have a baby when we have to use some protection now. She said IVF (in vitro fertilization) could solve our problem or we could adopt a baby.

I asked the doctor how was the infected blood transfused to Sultan. She told that five years back there were no provisions for screening blood for HIV. Later it became necessary. Moreover if donor of blood or body tissues or organs has a recent infection of HIV he or she might be in window period i.e. His or Her blood would test negative for HIV but HE or SHE still might transmit HIV infection to the recipient of blood.

After reaching home that day I was a little relaxed as I did not have the infection. But another big question was for our future life and Sultan’s life. But, first I had to investigate whether Sultan was telling a truth that he was transfused blood five years back. Only then it was to be decided that we were going to live under same roof.

Next day I took a leave from my office and reached the hospital where Sultan told me that he was transfused blood. After one hour of study of their old records one of the hospital people told me that Sultan was right. He actually was transfused blood as he was bleeding profusely from his nostrils. His nasal bone was fractured. From there I reached to my mother’s home. I told her each and every thing in detail. She immediately advised me for a divorce. She blamed Sultan that he knew about his disease before marriage and on this basis I could get divorce. But I was mentally not in a position to take a decision.

I returned home and started thinking with a very cool brain. I could live with Sultan but How it was possible to make sexual contact with a person which was having HIV infection even when we were using condom? How long he was going to live? Should we adopt a baby? In IVF technique doctors will use the sperms of a person other than Sultan? Maa was advising about divorce? But how could I do that when to marry Sultan was my decision? Nobody forced me to marry Sultan. And if I had been HIV–positive and Sultan was HIV–negative then would Sultan be correct in divorcing me? How could I leave Sultan now when he needed me most? But I was still HIV negative and young and could marry again easily. Sultan returned from office. I told him that I went to the hospital and he was telling a truth. Sultan sat near me and hugged me and said that he was going to a lawyer next day and was asking him to prepare papers of divorce. Then I told him about the same advice of my Maa. Sultan advised me to think over it peacefully and to take appropriate time for it.

I thought it peacefully several days and reached on the decision that I was not going for divorce to Sultan. More over we would have our own baby, No IVF no adoption. In the process if I got the HIV infection it hardly matters to me. When I and Sultan decided to marry we took an oath that we would remain inseparable there after whatever might be the circumstances. This tiny virus should not dent our promises made to each other.

Next day we went to the ICTC center. CD4 count was 410/cubic cc and there was no need to start ‘antiretroviral’ treatment immediately. I told the doctor that we planned to have a baby of our own , and no IVF no adoption. What are the chances of baby being HIV–negative or positive. She told us that if we took every precaution even there are about 2 percent chances of the baby acquiring the infection. Though Sultan opposed it, he agreed to have sexual relations without condom till I became pregnant. We had unprotected sex up to three months when my next test for HIV was scheduled. I went to the ICTC center for HIV test. My blood sample was taken after ‘Informed Consent’. On the way to home I also gave a urine sample for pregnancy test as I missed my period.

Next day I went alone to collect my both test reports as Sultan had to go to a nearby city for official work. Both my reports were positive, I was pregnant as well as HIV–positive. It was shocking to me. But the decision had been mine. I had to live with this infection lifelong. But what about the baby? Let Sultan come. I waited eagerly for Sultan. But he did not come. The news of his death came. His car met with an accident when he was returning home. He died on the spot.

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    Medicine Update

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

What are the common manifestations of lactose intolerance?

Lactose intolerance is a constellation of signs and symptoms that develop after ingesting a certain quantity of lactose or lactose containing food; this quantity can vary in different individuals depending upon the amount of lactase enzyme available to digest the lactose. For lactose to be absorbed into the body it has to be broken down into glucose and galactose. This breakdown occurs in the small intestine by an enzyme called lactase. Lactase enzyme is found in the intestinal epithelium mostly in the ‘tips’ of the villi. When the lactase enzyme is overwhelmed the lactose is not broken down and instead used by bacteria in the small and mostly large intestine to produce excessive gas and acid. Hence after the ingestion of lactose the symptoms don’t appear for some time and include abdominal pain, diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and even nausea. These symptoms begin within 1/2 hour to a few hours after ingestion of lactose, and usually resolve in a few hours. The hallmark of lactose intolerance is that in the absence of excessive lactose ingestion (not dairy exclusion), there are no symptoms. Clinical examination of the patient is normal. If the individual has recently ingested lactose, bloating and increased bowel sounds may be heard. Lactose intolerance can be present at any age.

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  Infertility Update

(Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Infertility and IVF Specialist, Max Hospital)

Infertility is still an enigma to us. The most advanced technique gives a pregnancy rate of at best 50–60% per attempt. Definitely there is lot more to be understood. We are hosting a Conference on 8th – 9th of October at Le’ Meridian, New Delhi on Current Practices and Recent Advances in ART (CUPART 2011). We have invited a very respectable panel of International and National faculty whose experiences will be a wealth of knowledge to us.

Under the aegis on AOGD

Organizing Chairperson – Dr Kaberi Banerjee

Day – 1 Interesting Highlights

Session 3 – Common Gynaecological Problems and Infertility – Effective Treatment Options

This session highlights effective treatment options for women suffering from infertility and associated gynaecological disorders like endometriosis, polycystic ovaries, fibroids and tubal factor.

Speakers: Dr Neeta Singh (AIIMS), Dr Abha Majumdar (New Delhi), Dr Yakoub Khalaf (UK), Dr Sohani Verma (New Delhi)

Inauguration & Welcome Address by Chief ICMR New Delhi at 7.00pm followed by Shaan – e – Hindustan – Sufi Night with Adil Hussaini, Hyderabad & Fellowship Dinner

For Registration Please Contact: Address: E –23 Ayurvigyan Nagar New Delhi – 110049

For details contact +91 9871250235

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  Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Serum urea nitrogen (BUN)

Serum urea nitrogen (BUN) is increased in acute and chronic intrinsic renal disease, in states characterized by decreased effective circulating blood volume with decreased renal perfusion, in postrenal obstruction of urine flow, and in high protein intake states.

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    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A 36–year–old executive used to take 5 pegs of alcohol once a week.
Dr Bad: Continue it.
Dr Good: Take only one peg a day or stop it.
Lesson: The French habit of drinking wine almost daily is less taxing to the heart than the Irish custom of downing an equivalent amount of beer on one or two nights a week, according to a study published Nov. 23 in the British Medical Journal.

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Make Sure

Situation: A 40–year–old hypertensive complains of head reeling in spite of being on antihypertensive. Reaction: Oh my God! Her blood pressure is still high. Why didn’t you advise lifestyle modification? Lesson: Make sure to first advise lifestyle modifications like exercise, low salt diet, high fiber diet, decreasing stress etc. before advising antihypertensive medication, in essential hypertensives.

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  Quote of the Day

(Dr. GM Singh)

The evil you do, remains with you, the good you do, comes back to you.

 
  IDIOMS

Let the cat out of the bag: To share a secret that wasn't supposed to be shared.

 
  Sri Chanakya Niti-Sastra: The Political Ethics of Chanakya Pandit

(Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

Chapter One

2. That man who by the study of these maxims from the sutras acquires a knowledge of the most celebrated principles of duty, and understands what ought and what ought not to be followed, and what is good and what is bad, is most excellent.

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

Hair and fiber in forensic cases

  • Hair and fiber are commonly used in investigation in cases of assaults, sexual offences, bestiality– found on human body or at the scene of crime.
  • Hair comprises mainly two parts: shaft is the part above the skin, and root lies below the skin. The root has a bulb as a base, embedded in hair follicle. The cuticular scales cover the shaft. The shaft has two layers: outer one is called cortex, and the inner one medulla.
  • Pigment of hair is present in the cortex. The cuticular scales present around the cortex are non-nucleated cells originating from follicle, and are keratinized.
  • The medulla consists of cylinder–like cells produced by matrix cells. The ratio of medullar diameter to that of the shaft is known as medullar index.
  • The medullary column is present in the center of the cortex. The pigment granules present in the cortex consist of melanin. It is made up of several units of monomer, consisting of indole and quinone. It contains amino acids like dihydroxy phenylalanine and tyrosine.
  • The medullar cells contain large amount of glycogen.
  • Macroscopic and microscopic examination of hair is done in the forensic laboratory, to distinguish it from fiber and to ascertain whether the hair is of a human hair or an animal and to fix the individual identity

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    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which of the following hormones are not released in duodenum?

a) Gastrins
b) Motilin
c) Somatostatin
d) Pancreatic YY

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: T M
A U
H S
W T

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: What comes up must come down

Correct answers received from: Bina Sawhney, Dr KV Sarma, Rakesh Bhasin, Dr YJ Vasavada,
Dr K Raju, Dr (Maj. Gen.) Anil Bairaria, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Neelam Nath.

Answer for 19th September Mind Teaser: Turned inside out
Correct answers received from: Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Vijay Kansal,
Dr yJ Vasavada.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Hi–Tech Products

Bill Gates, Andrew Grove from Intel and Jerry Sanders from AMD are having a conference. Suddenly Bill Gates starts to talk to his watch. Grove and Sanders are surprised. "That’s the new telephone feature from Microsoft at Work it comes with Windows 96" describes Bill Gates. Five minutes later Andy Groves interrupts the conference. "Sorry, it is a call" and starts to talk very silently. "That is the newest Intel–Product. A satellite–telephone in my tooth." Just a few seconds lets out a loud fart: "Give me some paper! I am receiving a fax!

 
    Drug Update

List of Approved Drug From 01–01–2011 to 30–06–2011

Drug Name

Indication

DCI Approval Date

Tioconazole Vaginal Gel 65mg per gm

For the local treatment of vulvo vaginal candidiasis in adult patients.

22.03.11

 
    Public Forum

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MTNL Perfect Health Mela to be Multi–Locational

18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela scheduled from October 14 to 23, 2011, for the first time will be held at multiple locations. The main Mela with competitions, checkups and exhibitions will be held from 19th to 23rd October, 2011 at NDMC Grounds, Laxmibai Nagar, New Delhi. Other events will be held at Delhi Haat, Siri Fort Auditorium, Ansal Plaza, India International Centre and Acharya Sushil Muni Ashram. Addressing a press conference, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Perfect Health Mela said that one day of the Mela would be dedicated to breast cancer awareness. A live drum jam show will be held on Monday, 17th October, 2011 at Ansal Plaza, Amphi Theatre by International Oncology Group. Lively cultural function including a Kavi Sammellan by Ashok Chakradhar will be held at Siri Fort Auditorium on Tuesday 18th October and will be dedicated to the subject “Science Behind Rituals.

Chief Guest for the Press Conference Ms. Rajni Abbi, Mayor of Delhi, released health messages

1. Women are not immune from heart disease.
2. Be Breast Aware, Breast Cancer is curable if detected early.

Special Guests at the conference upcoming lead actors Mr Saurabh Malik and Mr Sachin Dhanda of movies Dharna Unlimited and Someone Waiting along and Producer Director of Dharna Unlimited Mr Deepak Tanwar present on the occasion also released a health message "Longer the Waistline shorter the Lifeline".

Co–addressing the conference Sh. Deepak Chanduka, GM Marketing MTNL, Sh. B.K. Badola, GM (OP & Marketing), Dr. N.K. Yadav, MHO, MCD, Dr. P.K. Sharma, MOH, NDMC, Dr. K.S. Baghotia, CMO, DHS, and Sr representatives from LIC and Coca Cola India Ltd. in a joint statement said that Mela will be a perfect picnic spot for the family and will provide opportunities to people from all walks of life, from all sections of the society to know about preventions and how to live young in old age.

The entry to the Mela will be free.

Ms. Abbi also released health messages for the forthcoming World Heart Day falling on 29th September 2011.

  1. The Theme of World Heart Day this year One World, One Home, One Heart.
  2. Healthy eating is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables and avoid saturated fats and processed foods.
  3. Other steps that one should take include being sensible about alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco, exercising every day and avoiding stressful situations as much as possible.
  4. Heart attacks and strokes are major–but preventable–killers worldwide.
  5. High blood pressure has no symptoms, but can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
  6. Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. If you have diabetes, control your blood pressure and blood sugar to minimize your risk.
  7. Being overweight increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. To maintain an ideal body weight, take regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet.
  8. Heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly and can be fatal if assistance is not sought immediately.
  9. Heart disease is preventable and the easiest way to learn it is to remember A to G of Cardiovascular prevention. Here ABC represents safe parameters and DEFG represent what to do to achieve these parameters.

A stands for abdominal girth which should be kept lower than 8o cm
B stands for the lower blood pressure which should be kept lower than 80 mm Hg
C stands for bad LDL cholesterol which should be kept less than 80 mg%

The prevention strategies include:

D stands for diet which should be in moderation and variety, eating less than 8–0 gm or ml of caloric food at one time.
E stands for exercise which should be walking 80 minutes a day and 80 minutes a week with a speed of 80 steps per minute.
F stands for fun or taking life differently and spending 80 minutes a day thinking differently
G stands for God which is a parasympathetic state of mind achieved by Pranayama, yoga and relaxation techniques. This is done by doing 80 cycles of pranayama a day.

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