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22nd March 2012, Thursday

Red Meat Consumption Linked To Increased Risk Of Early Death.

A study from the Harvard School of Public Health" and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has linked red meat to a higher risk of early death. Eating red meat –– any amount and any type –– appears to significantly increase the risk of premature death, according to" the study.

The researchers found that those who increased consumption of unprocessed red meat by one serving each day had an 18 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease and a 10 percent greater risk of dying from cancer, while those who ate one more daily serving of processed red meat had a 21 percent higher risk of dying from heart disease and a 16 percent increased risk of dying from cancer.

The increased risks linked to processed meat, like bacon, were even greater: 20 percent over all, 21 percent for cardiovascular disease and 16 percent for cancer."

The researchers estimate that substituting one daily serving of red meat with fish, poultry, nuts, legumes, whole grains, or low–fat dairy products would reduce the risk of dying in this stage of life by 7% to 19%.

If people ate less than half a serving of red meat a day, deaths during the 28 years of follow–up could have been reduced by 9.3 percent for men and 7.6 percent for women.

About three years ago, a study by the National Cancer Institute found that people who ate the equivalent of a quarter–pound burger or small steak each day had about a 30% greater risk of dying over 10 years than people who only ate red meat occasionally.

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10–15% rise in H1N1 cases in March; Mexico, US affected too

PUNE: Scientists at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) have seen 10 to 15% rise in swine flu cases in March. Incidentally, Mexico which reported the first case of swine flu infection in the world is also seeing an increase during this period since a pandemic shut down much of the country three years ago. "There is a ‘sudden and sharp’ rise in the transmissibility of the swine flu virus this month. Usually, the virus transmission is not more than 1 or 2% during March. It is something unusual," A C Mishra, director, NIV told TOI on Monday. "Cases of swine flu infection are also being reported from other parts of the world like Mexico and US during the same time as in Pune," Mishra said, adding, "This means that it is too early to write off the swine flu virus," Mishra said. (Source: TOI, Mar 20, 2012)

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    International News

Aerobics may ease menopause symptoms: Study

In a small study of Finnish women who had recently entered menopause, those who stuck to an aerobic exercise program for six months were less likely to report night sweats, mood swings and irritability than women who didn’t exercise. The researchers say the results suggest exercise could serve as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy for easing menopause symptoms. (Source: Medscape)

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Tacrolimus allows early steroid taper in noninfectious uveitis

In some patients with noninfectious uveitis, prednisone can be withdrawn and remission maintained on tacrolimus monotherapy, UK researchers report. (Source: Medscape)

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Index predicts regurgitation, death post–TAVI

Measuring hemodynamic data during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) provides a simple way to assess peri–prosthetic aortic regurgitation at the point of care, researchers found. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Early exposure to smoking may predict COPD

Exposure to tobacco smoke may predispose girls to developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as adults, a Norwegian study showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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    Spiritual Update

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

Gangaur Festival: A Time To Start Cultivating Barley And Wheat Grass

Gangaur Festival is observed in March/April, in and around Rajasthan and lasts for 16 days. It is especially meant for the women.

The word Gangaur is derived from two words, ‘Gan’ and ‘Gauri’ which are synonyms of ‘Shiva’ and his consort ‘Parvati’ respectively.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is abnormal menstrual function?

The ovulatory cycle is easily affected by hormonal abnormalities. Excess LH or insulin may cause the ovaries to overproduce androgens. Ongoing high levels of androgens may result in hirsutism, acne, lack of menstruation, an ovulation (lack of ovulation), and in extreme cases, virilization. Ultrasound picture of polycystic ovary. The dark circular areas are cysts on the ovary. Insufficient FSH may impair ovarian follicle development and prevent ovulation, resulting in infertility. Eventually, the multiple small cysts formed in the ovary from follicles that failed to mature and ovulate result in PCOS. Lack of ovulation in PCOS results in continuous high levels of estrogen and insufficient progesterone. Unopposed by progesterone, ongoing estrogen exposure may cause the endometrium to become excessively thickened, which can lead to heavy and/or irregular bleeding.

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    Tat Tvam Asi………and the Life Continues……

(Dr N K Bhatia, Medical Director, Mission Jan Jagriti Blood Bank)

Blood Donation – Gift Of Liquid Love

Developments over the last three decades in the field of renal dialysis, cancer therapy, cardio–vascular surgery, transplantation surgery, treatment of hemophilia and related disorders have put enormous burden on the blood transfusion services, not just for whole blood, but for products not available earlier, namely blood components or blood selectively depleted of specific cellular components.

As a consequence three major changes have taken place in the blood transfusion services throughout the globe.

  • Blood Donors
    • There has been increasing change in donors being accepted from professional donors to the voluntary donors.
    • It is due to the increased awareness of the risk of transfusion transmitted diseases especially through that of the professional donors.
    • Another important factor is the awareness that the blood of professional donors is under–haemoglobinised and, therefore, does not serve the real purpose.

The trend for Autologous Transfusion has opened a much better arena both from safety as also disease transmission.

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

How Would You Like To Be Remembered?

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The news papers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him.

The obituary read, "Dynamite King Dies." And also "He was the merchant of death." This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words "merchant of death," he asked himself a question, "Is this how I am going to be remembered?"

He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Just as Alfred Nobel got in touch with his feelings and redefined his values, we should step back and do the same.

What is your legacy? How would you like to be remembered? Will you be spoken well of? Will you be remembered with love and respect? Will you be missed?

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    Fitness Update

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

Predicting Achievement or Maintenance of Healthy Weight in Children: The Impact of Changes in Physical Fitness

Across many populations, physical inactivity is associated with overweight and obesity. Studies have shown that physical fitness is inversely related to fatness in children, but no study to date has looked at the changes in fitness and weight status of children over time. A recent study at Tufts University followed changes over 1–4 years in BMI and physical fitness of children in 1st–7th grade. Children were measured for height, weight, and physical fitness based on endurance, agility, flexibility, upper body strength, and abdominal strength. Of the children who were overweight/obese at the start of the study, 81.9% were physically unfit. As time progressed, these unfit, overweight children were more likely to achieve normal weight if they became fit. Fit, overweight children at baseline were more likely to achieve normal weight if they maintained fitness, and fit, normal weight children were more likely to maintain normal weight if they also maintained fitness.

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You Need Not Have Chest Pain For Heart Attack Read More

AHA Urges Partnership In Treating HF Patients Read More

Caffeine Can Disrupt Sleep For Morning People. Read More

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Food Challenge Reactions Are Not Respiratory In Asthmatics Read More

Pre–and Postnatal Immune Dysfunction May Influence Autism Risk
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SCAD In Younger Women May Not Be As Rare As Previously Thought.
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Dr Good Dr Bad

Sitaution: A patient of acidity had hoarseness of voice.
Dr. Bad: It is due to laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Dr. Good: I need to rule out laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Lesson: Laryngopharyngeal reflux is the retrograde movement of gastric contents (acid and enzymes such as pepsin) into the laryngopharynx leading to symptoms referable to the larynx/hypopharynx. (Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2002;127:32.)

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Make Sure

Situation: A terminally ill patient who develops bed sores, is prescribed only systemic antibiotics.
Reaction: Please change the position of the patient frequently and keep the skin clean and dry.
Lesson: Make sure that good nursing care and maintenance of skin hygiene is advised first to patients with bed sores, along with topical antibiotics.

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True about Ulcerative Colitis with malignancy

a) It has a better prognosis
b) Is related to disease activity
c) Is related to duration of ulcerative colitis
d) Malignancy is more in anorectal ulcerative colitis

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which of the following is not fermented by colonic bacteria?

a) Lignin
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c) Cellulose

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The Thirsty Crow

One hot day, a thirsty crow flew all over the fields looking for water. For a long time, she could not find any. She felt very weak, almost giving up hope. Suddenly, she saw a water jug below her. She flew straight down to see if there was any water inside. Yes, she could see some water inside the jug! The crow tried to push her head into the jug. Sadly, she found that the neck of the jug was too narrow. Then she tried to push the jug down for the water to flow out. She found that the jug was too heavy. The crow thought hard for a while. Then looking around her, she saw some pebbles. She suddenly had a good idea. She started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the crow to drink. Her plan had worked!

If you try hard enough, you may soon find an answer to your problem.

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

The greatest unsolved murder mysteries of all time was "How was Napoleon murdered"?

We know for a certainty where and when the famous French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte died: in exile on the island of St. Helena on May 5, 1821. And we know that he had been suffering a bladder infection for years and was prone to fainting. The official cause of death was listed as cancerous stomach ulcer? Yet nearly two century later opinion remains wildly split on what killed Napoleon. In 2001, the Strasbourg Forensic Institute examined strands of Napoleon hairs and showed that Napoleon had been exposed to major doses of arsenic and that raised a question, Was Napoleon assassinated? Will we ever know?

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Point of use water filtration may be the answer

Only 2% water is used for drinking and cooking foods. Over 45% water is wasted during transport. The answer may be point of use filtration for drinking water and decentralizing water purification and sewage managing facilities.

This was suggested by Dr Sadhna Women Empowerment Awardees who met the city Mayor Rajni Abbi in a social meeting led by Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

The delegation included Mrs. Meenakshi Lekhi, Mrs. Ratan Kaul, Ms Suchi Khanna, Ms Aarti Upadhaya, Dr U Kakroo, Mr Satish Upadhaya, Ms Abheeta Khanna, Ms Sunita Godara and Ms Rita Khanna.

Following were the main points

  1. Delhi must improve the functions toilet to public ration in the slum areas
  2. MCD school children must be involved in sanitation drives
  3. Train track areas must be made litter free
  4. We must start the concept of dry latrines and water free toilets
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  1. Question from a Reader: May I know the conclusion of this finding – antibiotic resistance gene mutation:

    Is the classical teaching false that ‘the usage of antibiotics (esp. many drugs/frequent change) cause antibiotic resistance’ – as the resistance occurs even otherwise at a random pattern. Dr. B.V.Sai Chandran

    Answer form Dr Sunil Sharma: Many drugs/frequent change doesn’t cause but selects resistance. The basic principle is still the selection of resistant mutants or resistant strains through horizontal transfer of resistant gene (by plasmids or transposons). We shall take up these in subsequent columns.
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Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’

16–23 June 2012, Nainital Centre (Van Nivas)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch will organize the 5th Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’ for doctors, medical students and other health professionals at its Nainital Centre (Van Nivas) from 16–23 June 2012. The camp, consisting of lectures, practice, and participatory and experiential sessions, will help the participants get better, feel better, and bring elements of mind–body medicine into their practice. The camp will be conducted by Prof. Ramesh Bijlani, M.D., former Professor, AIIMS, founder of a mind–body medicine clinic at AIIMS, and the author of Back to Health through Yoga and Essays on Yoga. For more details, send an e–mail to the Ashram (aurobindo@vsnl.com) or to Dr. Bijlani (rambij@gmail.com).

BSNL Dil Ka Darbar

September 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001

A non stop question answer session between all the top cardiologists of the NCR region and the mass public. Event will be promoted through hoardings, our publications and the press. Public health discussions

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