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21st January 2017
 
"Koi Dekh to Nahi Raha": Doctors are brand ambassadors of health
 
Doctors in India have been equated to God since ancient times. This has continued even today even after modern medicine has taken over. No other profession perhaps enjoys the same exalted status as that of the medical doctors.
 
A common man usually perceives God as a force for whom nothing is impossible, as the one who is the final decision maker, whose decisions cannot be challenged, who can provide instant relief and who overcomes miseries. He can also answer the unknown as He is omniscient i.e. all-knowing.
 
A doctor is a healer and helps the patient overcomes his problems, and at times, saves the life of a patient. Most of us have faith in God and trust that He will do right by us. Similarly, during illness or during any acute emergency, patients and/or their families repose the same faith and trust in their doctor.
 
Doctors are different, they are role models and icons. They are expected to act in a manner befitting their position in the society. Regulation 1.1.1 of the MCI Code of Ethics also requires a physician to “uphold the dignity and honour of his profession”.
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Tobacco, drug use in pregnancy can double risk of stillbirth

New Delhi, Jan 20, 2017: Smoking tobacco or marijuana, taking prescription painkillers, or using illegal drugs during pregnancy is associated with double or even triple the risk of stillbirth, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Researchers based their findings on measurements of the chemical by products of nicotine in maternal blood samples; and cannabis, prescription painkillers and other drugs in umbilical cords. 

The calculated increased risk of stillbirth for each of the substances examined were: 
  • Tobacco use - 1.8 to 2.8 times greater risk of stillbirth, with the highest risk found among the heaviest smokers
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