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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 …

22th June 2011, Wednesday

Don’t discard diabetic drug Pioglitazone even after the
FDA’s Safety Announcement

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the use of the popular diabetic drug pioglitazone for more than one year may be associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. According to the FDA’s Safety Announcement, information about this risk will be added to the Warnings and Precautions section of the label for pioglitazone-containing medicines.

However the Endocrine Society, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists and American Diabetes Association inspite of the FDA announcement have urged diabetes patients not to panic and stop the drug without their doctor’s advice. Stopping diabetic drug can result in higher levels of blood glucose that may cause serious short term health problems and could increase the risk of diabetes-related complications in the long term.

As per the advice all diabetics should adhere to the following guidance provided by the FDA:

1. All diabetics should be told that there may be an increased chance of having bladder cancer when taking pioglitazone.
2. One should not take pioglitazone if receiving treatment for bladder cancer;
3. One should consult right away if one has any of the symptoms of bladder cancer including blood or red color in urine; urgent need to urinate or pain while urinating; pain in back or lower abdomen.

According to the FDA Safety Announcement, the five-year interim analysis of an ongoing ten-year study showed that although there was no overall increased risk of bladder cancer with pioglitazone use, an increased risk of bladder cancer was noted among patients who had been on pioglitazone the longest and had been on higher doses over time.

Large number of diabetics are on pioglitazone, which reduces insulin resistance and is useful in metabolic syndrome. The drug is already in criticism for gaining weight and possible heart failure.

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    Changing Practice – Resource which has changed practice in last one year

Bicarbonate therapy in very low birth weight infants with metabolic acidosis

It is recommended that sodium bicarbonate NOT be used routinely to correct acidosis in preterm infants.

 
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11th Perfect Health Parade

The 11th Perfect Health Parade was organized to mark the World Health Day. In the photo: Tableaus in the parade moving around the city to create awareness about various health issues such as 'Save Girl Child'..

 

 
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    National News

IIT medical courses: Institute to submit report to HRD ministry

KOLKATA: After churning out successful technocrats, the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, is in the process of starting MBBS, MS and MD courses on its campus. The institution will submit a detailed project report to the Union human resource development (MHRD) ministry next month in this regard. "We believe that the ministry is all set to table a bill to amend the existing statute of the IITs to allow them to introduce medical studies as well as to allow us set up a hospital. Till now, we had churned out efficient engineers. Now, we will also be committed to producing world-class doctors," said IIT Kharagpur's deputy director AN Mazumdar. If Parliament passes the bill in the monsoon session, IIT Kharagpur will be the first among the six IITs to set up a medical school. The draft proposal submitted to MHRD speaks about introducing postgraduate courses in technology oriented medical education. (Source: TOI, Jun 20, 2011)

Moolchand offers International Post Graduate Program in Emergency Medicine

Moolchand Medcity in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Institute of Emergency Medicine (RRIEM) at the George Washington University, USA will offer 3-year Post Graduate Program in Emergency Medicine. It is amongst the most prestigious international post graduate training programs available in emergency medicine in India. “It is a 3-year Post Graduate Program in Emergency Medicine where we prepare fellows to practice in the complex and challenging arena of emergency medicine at the highest levels. With regular theory classes, students are posted in the emergency department of Moolchand Medcity as well as in the various critical care areas of the hospital” said Mr. Vibhu Talwar, Chief Operating Officer, Moolchand Medcity. The faculty will provide lectures, seminars, simulations and clinical teaching to the fellows. The quality of the education programs will be maintained through continuous assessments of the fellows and the overall fellowship program.

Course details of Masters in Emergency Medicine: Duration: 3 years, Eligibility criteria: MBBS with internship, registration with Delhi Medical Council; Fee: Rs. 6.75 lakhs (for 3 years). Last date for application: June 23, 2011. On completion, Fellows get a Post Graduate Degree in Emergency Medicine from George Washington University, USA and a certificate in proficiency in healthcare quality standards from Moolchand. Download the prospectus form from www.moolchandhealthcare.com or call at +91 99589 97293.

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology: Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

 
    International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Sunscreen labels can claim to protect against cancer

Sunscreens that are at least 15 SPF and offer protection from UVA and UVB rays can carry new labels stating they protect against sunburn, early signs of aging, and skin cancer, the FDA has announced. Sunscreens that don't provide sun protection that meets the FDA's new standards will have to carry a warning about the product's shortcomings so consumers don't think they're getting greater sun protection than they are. And the term sunblock -- a misnomer according to an FDA official who said no lotion or spray can totally protect skin from the sun's harmful rays -- will become a thing of the past. Also off sunscreen labels will be the words "waterproof" or "sweatproof" -- claims that the FDA says overstate a suncreen's abilities. (Source: Medpage Today)

VAM: DVT in calf less risky with anticoagulation

Anticoagulation for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the calf reduces risk that the clot will propagate and may improve other clinical outcomes as well, according to a meta-analysis. (Society for Vascular Surgery's Vascular Annual Meeting in Chicago) (Source: Medpage Today)

VAM: HRT cuts PAD in some postmenopausal women

Postmenopausal women who used hormone replacement therapy (HRT) had a decreased prevalence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), even when they had known atherosclerotic risk factors, a large study showed. (Annual Meeting of the Society for Vascular Surgery in Chicago) (Source: Medpage Today)

Prenatal syphilis screen cuts stillbirths

Screening pregnant women for syphilis could reduce by more than half the persistent toll of the disease in stillbirths and perinatal deaths, a meta-analysis suggested.(Source: Medpage Today)

 
    Fitness Update

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

Running outside vs. the treadmill - which is better?

The debate continues! Much research shows that more intense exercise is beneficial for weight loss and greater health benefits, which favors the treadmill. However, a large body of research also points to the idea that a positive response to exercise increases adherence; these findings favor running outside as it is often rated as more enjoyable. A new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise further addresses this question by examining the psychological and physical effects of running inside on a treadmill versus running outdoors at a self-selected pace. This study is unique as it is the first study to evaluate running in an outdoor setting instead of a laboratory.

Researchers from Brazil, Italy and the University of Pittsburg collaborated to conduct this study. Thirty-four individuals (17 men and 17 women) between 18 and 30 years old volunteered to participate. Each study subject had an initial screening with weight and BMI measurements before undergoing a maximal treadmill test to measure physical fitness. Afterwards, participants performed 20-min bouts of treadmill and outdoor walking - both at a self-selected pace. Each 20-minute bout was separated by 48 hours. Researchers measured intensity, perceived exhaustion and mood. While they found that the outdoor walking improved mood, the treadmill exercise lead to the highest intensity workout.

 
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    Spiritual Update

Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

By doing spiritual rituals one can acquire many spiritual powers. The Hindu text has mentioned these powers either in Yoga Sutras Patanjali, Primary Ashta Siddhi in Hanumana Chalisa, 5 Siddhis in Bhagwat Puran and 10 secondary Siddhis by Lord Krishna again in Bhagwat Puran.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Ritu Sinha)

A box of kisses

Some time ago, a man punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree.

Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, “This is for you, Daddy.” He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found the box was empty.

He yelled at her, “Don’t you know that when you give someone a present, there’s supposed to be something inside it?” The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, “Oh, Daddy, it is not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you Daddy.”The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged for her forgiveness.

It is told that the man kept that gold box by his bed for years and whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there.

In a very real sense, each of us as humans have been given a gold container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our children, friends, family and God. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

 
    Pediatric Update

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

How do we diagnose galactosemia?

Diagnosis is made by demonstration of reduced or absent activity of the enzyme galactose–1–phosphate uridyl transferase (GAL–1–PUT), which is central to galactose metabolism. This test is invalid if the child has received a blood transfusion within previous 2 months. Parents’ samples should be sent instead for carrier testing.

 
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(Dr Uday Kakroo)

The word Google originated from a misspelling of the word "googol" which is the name for a number with a million zeros.

 
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Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A type 1 diabetic came with A1c of 7.2%.
Dr Bad: It’s ok.
Dr Good: You need better control.
Lesson: Blood sugar control can minimize risks for retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetes.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient developed fainting attack after sublingual nitrate. Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the systolic murmur missed on auscultation? Lesson: Make sure that patient with left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction are not given sublingual nitrates.

 
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GFR of kidney has same value as ejection fraction of heart.

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

What is the Jon Benet Ramsey Case cleared by Touch DNA?

Results of Touch DNA depend on recognizing items by Forensic Expert, which may be suitable for Touch DNA analysis and using the sampling technique or collection method that will recover the highest number of skin cells.

  • John and Patricia Ramsey found their daughter's body in the basement of the family's home in Boulder, Colorado, on Dec. 26, 1996. The child beauty queen was six and had been murdered by strangulation, neck of the victim had a ligature mark and death was certified as asphyxia as a result of strangulation.
  • The parents, John and Patricia Ramsey, were key suspects in the murder.
  • In Jon Benet Ramsey Case, the new DNA was recovered by guessing where Jon Benet’s killer might have handled the clothings and belongings she was wearing and using.
  • In addition to the commonly used swabbing and cutting methods, Bode Technologies has recently started using the “Scraping” and “Tape Lift” methods, in which the surface of soft items such as clothing are either scraped with a blade, or sampled with a small piece of tape, to collect possible cells.
  • DNA from two sites on the long johns matched genetic material from the same unknown male that had previously been recovered from blood in Jon Benet’s underpants.
  • The matching DNA from three places on two articles of Jon Benet’s clothing convinced the district attorney that it belonged to the killer, and hadn't been left accidentally by a third party.
  • On the basis of touch DNA result, the key suspects of murder i.e. the parents and brother were cleared by the Prosecutors in the 1996 killing of the 6-year-old beauty queen and they told the family they were "deeply sorry" for putting the Ramseys under a cloud of suspicion for more than a decade.
 
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

The battle of the obesity bulge

Did you ever wonder why some people can eat all they want and not get fat, while others are constantly battling extra pounds? The answer may have to do with vitamin D and calcium status. Sunlight, UV-B, and vitamin D normalize food intake and normalize blood sugar. Weight normalization is associated with higher levels of vitamin D and adequate calcium. Obesity is associated with vitamin-D deficiency. In fact, obese persons have impaired production of UV-B-stimulated D and impaired absorption of food source and supplemental D.

When the diet lacks calcium, whether from D or calcium deficiency, there is an increase in fatty acid synthase, an enzyme that converts calories into fat. Higher levels of calcium with adequate vitamin D inhibit fatty acid synthase while diets low in calcium increase fatty acid synthase by as much as five-fold. In one study, genetically obese rats lost 60 percent of their body fat in six weeks on a diet that had moderate calorie reduction but was high in calcium. All rats supplemented with calcium showed increased body temperature indicating a shift from calorie storage to calorie burning (thermogenesis).

References

  1. Zemel MB, Shi H, Greer B, et al. Regulation of adiposity by dietary calcium. FASEB J 2000;14:1132-8.
  2. Wortsman J, et al. Decreased bioavailability of vitamin D in obesity. Am J Clin Nutr 2000;72:690-3.
  3. Buffington C, Walker B, Cowan GS, Jr., et al. Vitamin D deficiency in the morbidly obese. Obes Surg 1993;3:421-4.
 
  Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

The Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a frequently ordered panel of tests that gives your doctor important information about the current status of your kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as of your blood sugar and blood proteins. Abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

Test includes: Alanine aminotransferase (ALT/SGPT); albumin:globulin (A:G) ratio; albumin (serum); alkaline phosphatase (serum); aspartate aminotransferase (AST/SGOT); bilirubin (total); BUN; BUN:creatinine ratio; calcium (serum); carbon dioxide (total); chloride (serum); creatinine (serum); globulin (total); glucose (serum); potassium (serum); serum protein (total) and sodium (serum).

 
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Read this…………………

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Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: A 45-year-old male with a history of alcohol dependence presents with confusion, nystagmus and ataxia. Examination reveals 6th cranial nerve weakness. He is most likely to be suffering from:

1. Korsakoff’s psychosis
2. Wernicke’s encephalopathy
3. De Clerambault syndrome
4. Delirium tremens

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 2. Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

Correct answers received from: Dr. BN Ganagdhar, Dr Shikha Jain, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Doraisami Sundaram, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr U Gaur.

Answer for 20th June Mind Teaser: 2. Delirium tremens.
Correct answers received from: Dr U Gaur, Dr. KV Sarma, Dr. Jayashree Sen, Dr. Bitan Sen, Dr Prabha Sanghi.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is Alpha?

It is a mathematical measure of price volatility that attempts to isolate the price movements of a stock from those of the market. A stock with a high alpha is expected to perform well regardless of what happens to the market as a whole.

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

In the front yard of a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully. We'll wait."

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name

Indication

DCI Approval Date

Etodolac USP 400mg + Tolperisone HCL 150mg tablet

For the treatment of acute inflammation conditions associated with spasm in adults only

11.10.10

 
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

How does the gastric bypass work?

The mechanism in which the gastric bypass works is complex. After surgery, patients often experience significant changes in their behavior. Most state that they do not get hungry frequently and that their hunger is fleeting. Patients often state that they enjoy healthy foods and lose many of their food cravings. Rarely, do people feel deprived of foods.

These complex behavioral changes are partially due to poorly understood alterations in the hormones and neural signals produced in the GI track that communicates with the hunger centers in the brain. One interesting hormone that has recently been studied is ghrelin. Certainly the small size of the stomach pouch restricts the volume of food people eat as well. Thus, the decrease in hunger and the rapid feeling of fullness accounts for most of the weight loss after a gastric bypass.

 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

In a 12–week study, atorvastatin (20 mg/day) significantly increased regulatory T cells (Treg) numbers and restored their suppressive function in the rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, and this may be relevant in the modulation of uncontrolled inflammation in this disorder.

(Ref: Tang TT, Song Y, Ding YJ, et al. Atorvastatin up–regulates regulatory T–cell and improves clinical disease activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. J Lipid Res 2011 Mar 2. Epub ahead of print)

 
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Do not get body parts shaved before surgery to prevent surgical site infections

Hair removal is commonly performed before any surgery to provide the surgeon with a "clean" field and to prevent hair from falling into the surgical site, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India. Many reports have however indicated an increased risk for surgical site infections in patients undergoing preoperative hair removal.

Dr Ajay Kumar, Senior Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, said that scanning electron micrographs show that razors cause gross skin cuts while clippers cause less injury, and depilatory agents cause no injury to the skin surface. The rates of surgical site infections are higher when shaving is performed (6%) compared with clipping (1.7%) the hair or use of depilatory creams (0.6%). The lowest rates of surgical site infections are reported when hair is removed just prior to the surgical incision. Neurosurgeons question the need for hair shaving in brain surgery. Those who do not remove the hair follow the following:

  • Patients wash their hair with shampoo and 4% chlorhexidine within 24 hours of their operation.
  • In the operating room, the surgical site is scrubbed for 8 to 10 minutes with 4% chlorhexidine diluted with water, and then cleansed with 10% povidone-iodine solution.
  • Prophylactic antibiotics are administered for three days.

The current view is that there is no difference in rate of surgical site infections among patients who have their hair removed prior to surgery and those who have not. If hair needs to be removed, it should be clipped rather than shaved, as patients who are shaved were more likely to develop surgical site infections.

 
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  1. A very interesting mode of malpractice is seen-- in a pvt. medical college of patiala, they invite all local quacks-ANMs-dai or anybody who can bring pregnant lady in hospital for delivery. They let that person conduct delivery in medical college, pay her full fees and incentive too, net result--- full beds in obs gyn-- to show to MCI for pg etc--- a very innovative mode of malpractice: Dr Manvir Gupta.
  2. "Can a doctor disclose his patient’s information to...": Sure not to disclose patient's information to others inspite of its need. Dr Verma
 
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September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

For details contact: Dr KK Aggarwal/Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra/Mr M Malik at
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