(incorporating eIMA News)
22nd March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Shri JP Nadda launches new initiatives to combat TB 
“The Government of India stands committed to accelerating its efforts to combat tuberculosis in the country”, stated Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare. He was speaking on the eve of ‘World TB Day’, on Monday. He stated that the process of fighting TB is continuous, hence there can be no dilution and do diversion. Our attention needs to steadfast and aggressive, stated the Health Minister. 
At the event, Shri J P Nadda, launched Bedaquiline – new anti-TB drug for Drug Resistant TB as part of the RNTCP. The drug is a new anti-TB drug for treatment of MDR-TB. Bedaquiline is being introduced at six identified tertiary care centres across India. These sites have advanced facilities for laboratory testing and intensive care for patients. Bedaquiline will be given to multi-drug resistant TB patients with resistance to either all fluoroquinolone and/or all second line injectables and extensive drug resistant TB. 
Shri Nadda also inducted over 500 Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) machines in the programme. The CBNAAT is a revolutionary rapid molecular test which detects Mycobacterium tuberculosis and rifampicin drug resistance, simultaneously. This test is fully automated and provides results within two hours. It is a highly sensitive diagnostic tool and can be used in remote and rural areas without sophisticated infrastructure or specialized training.
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1. Esophagus 
2. Stomach 
3. Small bowel 
4. Appendix 
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Lifestyle Updates
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Press Release
Heart Burn – its causes, management and prevention
New Delhi, March 21, 2016: Heartburn is a painful condition that’s caused when stomach acid flows up into your esophagus. It is the burning feeling in the lower chest, along with a sour or bitter taste in the throat and mouth. It usually occurs after eating a big meal or while lying down. The feeling can last for a few minutes or a few hours.

The lining of your esophagus simply doesn’t have the same protective layers that allow your stomach to stand up to powerful digestive acids. So when acid flows up into your esophagus, a process called Acid Reflux, it causes a nagging pain in your chest and possibly even your throat called heartburn. Heartburn is quite common and affects a large section of the population on a weekly basis. 

Speaking about the same, Dr SS Agarwal – National President IMA & Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA and President HCFI said, “Despite its name, heartburn doesn't affect the heart. It can however be extremely painful and distressing. Thus raising awareness about its prevention and treatment is key. There are several causes of the condition including eating 
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Yoga for Health
Sudarshan Kriya improves working memory 

A study published in Int J Yoga. 2016 Jan-Jun;9(1):72-6 concluded that Sudarshan Kriya yoga, a rhythmic breathing activity, can improve working memory capacity by changing the brain rhythms such that energy is utilized efficiently in performing the task....more
Forbes Quote of the Day
“Whatever task you undertake, do it with all your heart and soul. Always be courteous, never be discouraged. Beware of him who promises something for nothing. Do not blame anybody for your mistakes and failures. Do not look for approval except the consciousness of doing your best.” Bernard M. Baruch 
IMA Updates
IMA Starts Nodal center for adverse drug reactions

IMA PvPI Initiative has started a nodal center at IMA headquarters. All IMA members can now report adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, medical devices, Blood products and herbal products at IMA PvPI helpline 9717776514, open Monday to Friday 9-5.30PM
IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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