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23rd June 2011, Thursday

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

Revised HIV treatment guidelines for the US

For patients with a CD4 cell count between 350 and 500 cells/mm3 who are motivated to be treated, start ART.

 
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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

Medifinance Conference 2011

Medifinance Conference on Portfolio Management for Doctors and update on Budget 2011 was organized on 13th March 2011.

 
Dr K K Aggarwal
 
    National News

Fuel-efficiency stars on cars from Apr 2012

The star-labelling of cars is likely to be made mandatory from April 1, 2012. The labelling is similar to that in appliances like refrigerators, air-conditioners and transformers. While the labelling programme would be notified by the Power Ministry, the labelling regulations would be notified by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The labelling follows the standard BEE approach of providing consumers with information about the fuel consumption of a particular model, and also, through a star rating, on a scale of one-star to five-stars, to provide information on the relative fuel consumption of the model compared to other models in the same weight class. Since mandatory labelling would enable these high fuel-consumption models to get a one-star label, in contrast to other BEE labels, also features an arrow which indicates where exactly the model lies in the star band. The standards are, therefore, being specified for the sales that occur in the fiscal years 2015-16 and 2020-21. The Government has anticipated that the 2015-16 standards could be met through fine-tuning and optimisation of current designs, whereas the 2020-21 standard would require complete redesigning and retooling. (Source: The Pioneer, June 13, 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)

Voicebox transplant trials in UK get go-ahead

The UK's first voicebox transplant may be less than a year away, after the Royal College of Surgeons gave its seal of approval for trials to take place. A report by the college said the pioneering procedure could help people who had cancer of the larynx to speak and breathe normally again. The decision gives support to Martin Birchall, professor of laryngology at the University College London Ear Institute, who was the lead scientist involved in the ground-breaking 18-hour operation on a woman in the US last October. Brenda Charett Jensen had been able to communicate only with a handheld electronic device for 11 years and breathed through a tracheotomy tube. Two weeks after the operation, she was able to speak her first words and can now talk normally.
(Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/jun/20/voicebox-transplant-trials-uk-go-ahead, 20 June 2011)

Eye lens is more vulnerable to radiation: new studies

The professionals who are constantly exposed to radiation, especially the 'interventional' cardiologists, must take utmost care to protect their eyes as the new studies have shown that lens of the human eye is more ionizing radiation sensitive, than thought before. Till now, the lens of the eye was considered to be a moderately radiation sensitive tissue in the body. But several new scientific studies show that it is among the most sensitive tissues, said Dr K S Parthasarathy, Raja Ramanna Fellow of the Department of Atomic Energy and former Secretary of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. Recently, the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) reduced the safe dose limit for the lens of the eye to 20mSv (millisievert) a year, averaged over five years, with no single year exceeding 50 mSv, Parthasarathy said on Monday. "The earlier dose limit was 150mSv a year," he said. (Source: Indian Express, Jun 20 2011)

Cocaine inflicts 'silent' damage to the heart

Despite being asymptomatic, heavy cocaine users have a high prevalence of cardiac damage as seen by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Italian researchers found. (Source: Medpage Today)

Crow's feet faceoff yields clear winner

Crow's feet responded significantly better to treatment with abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport) than with onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox), according to results of the first-ever randomized comparison of the two botulinum toxin compounds. Physicians and patients alike rated the cosmetic results of Dysport superior to those of the comparator (P=0.01, P=0.03, respectively). (Source: Medpage Today)

Nasal spray may cut inflammation in sleep apnea

In children who have obstructive sleep apnea, fluticasone furoate (Veramyst) won't boost levels of regulatory T cells, but it appears to reduce at least one marker of inflammation, researchers found. (Source: Medpage Today)

 
    Fitness Update

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

Physically fit doctors are more likely to advise patients to exercise

Although exercise has numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of countless chronic diseases and other conditions, some physicians do not mention it during appointments. Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) set out to understand the differing attitudes around prescribing physical activity amongst doctors, and their findings were novel, but not surprising. According to their research, which was presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's 58th Annual Meeting, active doctors are more likely to prescribe exercise to their patients.

Over a period of five years (2005 to 2010), researchers assessed cardio-metabolic health as well as attitudes towards health and fitness in a total of 577 medical students. Participants' fitness levels were measured by waist circumference, body mass index, fasting glucose levels and lipid profiles, in addition to fitness tests, which included a 20-meter shuttle run test. A questionnaire was also given to evaluate attitudes prescribing exercise to patients. Those students who valued exercise prescription were 1.7 times more likely to exhibit healthy levels of cardiorespiratory fitness and 3.2 times more likely to have normal triglycerides levels than their peers who did not believe that physical activity prescription and/or counseling was important for patient care.

 
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    Spiritual Update

Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

In a parasympathetic state of mind, it is possible to achieve most of spiritual powers. Today except in the computer language, it is difficult to understand these powers. To put in terms of computer language, human body is the hardware, Prana Vayu is the electricity, Soul is the operational software, Mind is the application Word software, intellect is the application Excel software and Ego is the application ppt software and Sanskar is the retrievable energized data. This web of information consisting of Sanskar, operational and application softwares, collectively is called consciousness, which has no inner dimensions, is weightless and cannot be affected by wind, fire, weapons or water. It is the soul in the body.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

The Greatest General

Let tell you about a man who died and met Saint Peter at the pearly gates. Realizing Saint Peter was a wise and knowledgeable person, he said, "Saint Peter, I have been interested in military history for many years. Tell me who was the greatest general of all times?" Saint Peter quickly responded, "Oh, that's a simple question. It is that man right over there," as he pointed nearby.

The man said, "You must be mistaken, Saint Peter. I knew that man on earth. He was just a common laborer." "That's right, my friend," replied Saint Peter. "But he would have been the greatest general of all time -- if he had been a general."

You were created with natural abilities and an internal compass that guides you toward a particular focus for your life. That's only the starting point; the next step is yours. You have an obligation to expand that potential to its ultimate destiny.

Michelangelo said, "It is only well with me when I have a chisel in my hand."

Discover what you are supposed to do and do it!

 
    Pediatric Update

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

NEW 2010 AHA Guidelines: The ABCs of CPR are rearranged to CAB

The 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC now recommend a CAB sequence (Chest compressions, Airway, Breathing/ventilations), which are documented in the 2010 American Heart Association Guidelines for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care, published in the November 2 supplemental issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, and represent an update to previous guidelines issued in 2005; which earlier recommended sequence of CPR, previously known by the initials "ABC": Airway, Breathing/ventilation, and Chest compressions (or Circulation).

The changes: starting CPR with 30 compressions followed by 2 ventilations, which should theoretically delay ventilations by only about 18 seconds for the lone rescuer and by an even a shorter interval for 2 rescuers. The CAB sequence for infants and children is recommended in order to simplify training with the hope that more victims of sudden cardiac arrest will receive bystander CPR. It offers the advantage of consistency in teaching rescuers, whether their patients are infants, children, or adults.

The new guidelines also discuss resuscitation of infants and children with various congenital heart diseases and pulmonary hypertension.

 
    Infertility Update

Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation

What are assisted reproductive techniques?

Assisted reproductive techniques are commonly used for the treatment of the female partners of men with moderate or severe oligospermia and/or azoospermia.

 
    Did You Know

(Dr Uday Kakroo)

It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with low BMD wanted to know if he could take potassium citrate.
Dr. Bad: It is of no use.
Dr. Good: Take it.
Lesson: According to results of a 2-year placebo-controlled study, daily supplementation with potassium citrate significantly increases BMD (bone mineral density) in the elderly. With daily supplementation of 60 mmol potassium citrate, BMD increased significantly as compared to those who were given a placebo. (Renal Week 2010: American Society of Nephrology 43rd Annual Meeting)

Make Sure

Situation: A patient of gross ascites presents with complaints of difficulty in breathing on lying down.
Reaction:
Oh my God! Why did you drain so much ascitic fluid?
Lesson: Make sure, to only moderately tap ascitic fluid as overenthusiastic tapping can be life–threatening.

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  SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

 
  GP Pearls

(Dr Pawan Gupta)

Procalcitonin: Blood levels are markedly elevated in bacterial infections. Test is useful in hospital practice.

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

The finger test by doctor in rape victims

Recently the Supreme Court of India has ruled that finger test is one of the most archaic forensic tests, a humiliating and unnecessary procedure and its results cannot be used against a rape survivor, and that a survivor’s ‘habituation to sexual intercourse’ is immaterial.

  • Forensic examination and procedure in a case of medical examination of rape victim is not supposed to assess whether the victims are ‘virgins’ or ‘habituated to sexual intercourse. The finger test should not be done by doctor when examining rape victims without their specific explained consent and its unavoidable medical indication because the finger test itself can result in further trauma to the survivor, whose dignity is already ignored and under assault.
  • "The humiliation which a rape victim suffers in the court on account of existing procedures is impermissible. This court is of the view that the existing medical and legal procedures which are irrelevant to the trial of the rape cases are required to be reviewed and stopped forthwith," the court said. The manner in which the PV test was carried out by inserting a finger inside a woman’s vagina irrespective of age or marital status was violation of her body and Right to Life.
  • Secondly, the test, which permits a doctor to state whether a woman is "habituated to sex" or "used to sex" in a public proceeding without having due regards for confidentiality, is against the woman’s Right of Privacy regarding her sexual life in as much as it tends to expose her private sexual life. The court also said once the character evidence of a rape victim is no longer admissible in evidence, the PV test is irrelevant. The court pointed out that the PV test only shifted the focus of the investigations and trial in sexual offences cases from the accused to the victim.
  • The test was being routinely conducted by doctors on victims of sexual abuse and rape, be it a minor, unmarried girl or married woman, without having any regards to the fact that the opinion of the doctors rendered after conducting such a test has no bearing with regard to the guilt or otherwise of the accused. in case the victim is unmarried, the hymen test is conducted to check if the cord is intact and in case of use of force, any signs of tearing or bruising off near the vagina are noted and having conducted that test, no further examination is required.
  • The Delhi court in October 2010 directed that a copy of the judgment be forwarded to the Delhi Police Commissioner. In my opinion the finger test is obsolete and violates the female privacy/fundamental rights and the same should be kept only optional/ minimally to be used by doctor in rape cases while collecting forensic evidence.
 
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Effectiveness of vitamin B12 supplementation

It is estimated that about 16% of older adults are vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficient. This deficiency is mostly related to an inability to absorb cobalamin bound to food. Several experiments have shown that this problem does not affect people's ability to absorb free or synthetic cobalamin. A lack of vitamin-B12 can lead to megaloblastic anemia and, if untreated, to irreversible neurological damage that may mimic Alzheimer's disease.

There is ample evidence that injections of cobalamin can quickly correct a deficiency as can oral supplementation with 1-2 mg/day. It is not clear, however, whether smaller amounts, such as the 25 mcg or so found in multivitamins, are sufficient to correct a deficiency.

A team of researchers from the universities of Washington and Colorado has just released a study designed to determine just how much oral cobalamin supplementation is required to reverse a deficiency. The study involved 23 older patients who had been diagnosed as being vitamin B12 deficient (serum cobalamin level less than 221 pmol/L and serum methylmalonic acid [MMA] level greater than 271 nmol/l). All participants received 25 mcg/day of cobalamin during the first 6 weeks, 100 mcg/day during the next 6 weeks, and 1000 mcg/day during the final 6 weeks of the study. Two participants achieved normal MMA levels with the 25 mcg/day dose, an additional 5 with the 100 mcg/day dose, but it took 1000 mcg/day (1 mg/day) before an additional 12 regained normal MMA levels. Thus 19 out of 23 patients (83%) normalized their MMA level and eliminated their vitamin B12 deficiency at a daily intake of 1000 mcg/day. The 1000 mcg/day dose was also effective in lowering homocysteine level in 75% of the patients, but folic acid supplementation was required in 4 of the patients in order to bring homocysteine concentrations down to an acceptable level. The researchers conclude that most cobalamin-deficient older people require more than 100 mcg/day of oral cobalamin to correct their deficiency.

(Ref: Rajan S, et al. Response of elevated methylmalonic acid to three dose levels of oral cobalamin in older adults. J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Nov;50(11):1789-95)

 
  Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Insulin-like Growth Factor I (IGF-I)

Also known as: Somatomedin C

The IGF-1 test is an indirect measure of the average amount of growth hormone (GH). IGF-1 and GH are peptide hormones vital for normal bone and tissue growth and development. GH is produced by the pituitary gland, a grape-sized gland located at the base of the brain behind the bridge of your nose.

  • To identify diseases caused by deficiencies and overproduction of growth hormone (GH)
  • To evaluate pituitary function
  • To monitor the effectiveness of treatment of GH deficiencies and excesses
 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

An 18-year-old boy came to the Psychiatry OPD with a complaint of feeling changed from inside. He described himself as feeling strange as if he is different from his normal self. He was very tense and anxious yet could not point out the precise change in him. This phenomena is best called as:

1. Delusional mood
2. Depersonalization
3. Autochthonous delusion
4. Over valued idea

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: B B
U U
R R
N N

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Sideburns

Correct answers received from: : Dr. BB Aggarwal, Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr YJ Vasavada,
Dr. G Padmanabhan, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr. TH Saherwala, Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr. K Raju.

Answer for 20th June Mind Teaser
: 2. Wernicke’s encephalopathy
Correct answers received from: Dr Bharat Aggarwal, Dr Dhiraj Mehra, Dr Nishi Singh, Dr Bina Sawhney, Dr Arnav Bansal, Dr YJ Vasavada, Dr. Deepali Chatterjee.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What are call and put options?

A call gives the holder the right to buy (but not the obligation) an asset at a certain price within a specific period of time. Calls are similar to having a long position on a stock. Buyers of calls hope that the stock will increase substantially before the option expires.

A put gives the holder the right to sell an asset at a certain price within a specific period of time. Puts are very similar to having a short position on a stock. Buyers of puts hope that the price of the stock will fall before the option expires.

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Going out in style

Unable to attend the funeral after his father died, a son who lived far away called his brother and told him, "Do something nice for Dad and send me the bill." Later, he got a bill for $200.00, which he paid. The next month, he got another bill for $200.00, which he also paid, figuring it was some incidental expense. Bills for $200.00 kept arriving every month, and finally the man called his brother again to find out what was going on.

"Well," said the other brother, "you said to do something nice for Dad. So I rented him a tuxedo."

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Eberconazole 1% w/w + Mometasone Furate USP 0.1% w/w cream
For the treatment of mild to moderate inflamed cutaneous mycoses
13.10.10
 
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

How does the gastric bypass work

Another mechanism of weight loss after the gastric bypass is called ‘dumping syndrome’. Dumping syndrome causes the intolerance to sweets after surgery. Dumping may result in lightheadedness, flushing, heart palpitations, diarrhea and other symptoms immediately after eating desserts. Some people are extremely sensitive to sweets for the rest of their lives; other patients lose some or all of their sweet sensitivity over time. The exact mechanism of dumping syndrome is not entirely understood.

 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

New challenges in central venous catheter-related infections

Nowadays, comprehensive unit-based improvement programs are effective to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSIs). Rates of CR-BSI higher than 2 per 1000 catheter-days are no longer acceptable. A locally adapted checklist of preventive measures should include cutaneous antisepsis with alcoholic preparation, maximal barrier precaution, strict policy of catheter maintenance, and ablation of useless catheters. Antiseptic dressings and, to a lesser extent, antimicrobial-coated catheters, might be added to the prevention strategies if the level of infections remains high despite implementation of a prevention program. (Semin Respir Crit Care Med 2011 Apr;32(2):139-50)

 
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Non Reimbursable Medical Errors

In the US, the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services do not reimburse hospitals for the treatment of eight major preventable errors. The hospitals cannot bill a patient for the cost of fixing these mistakes, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal President, Heart Care Foundation of India and Dr Vijay Viswanathan, MD, MV Hospital for Diabetes, Issue editor - The Asian Journal of Diabetology

These are:

  1. Falls
  2. Mediastinitis (an infection that can develop after heart surgery)
  3. Urinary tract infections resulting from catheters
  4. Bed sores
  5. Bloodstream infections resulting from catheters
  6. Objects left in the body during surgery
  7. Air embolisms
  8. Blood incompatibility
 
    Readers Responses
  1. Respected Dr. Aggarwal and Dr. Das, I thank you for your article in public forum. I narrate my true experience of 25 years ago in support of your article: My wife had 1st miscarriage 2nd full term normal delivery (female child who is now a gynecologist in Australia with her gynec husband), 3rd full term male child who died at 15 months age. Thereafter secondary sterility for 11 years. We consulted fertility specialist at Ahmedabad who diagnosed bilateral fallopian blockage and advised artificial tubes. We met a national fame gynecologist at Mumbai, I specifically told her that semen comes out completely after coitus. She said NAD. After some time we consulted international fame gynecologist having 12 gynecs in family at Mumbai. I did not introduce myself as doctor, deposited his consulting fee of Rs 50/- and waited for my turn. From our conversation he found out that I am a medical man, he saw x-rays of Ahmedabad and advised to put plastic fallopian tubes. We said that as we have come to Mahabaleswar-Panchgani, we will come later. Then we went to a senior gynec at Baroda who diagnosed as Prolapse uterus and operated. My wife conceived in 1986 at age of 37. I narrated this story in a Gujarat state medical conference on topic "Doctor should charge doctor or not?”. There was an overwhelming response from a packed audience. I concluded that doctors are neglected by doctors as they cannot charge doctors. I was neglected. My wife would have sacrificed natural and functioning fallopian tubes. Another gynec did not consider prolapse of uterus, because I was a doctor. Since then I never introduce myself as doctor. Dr. Taiyab H Saherwala, Australia.
 
    Forthcoming Events

National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues"
Date: Sunday, 10th July, 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodhi Road, New Delhi–110003

eMedinewS and Heart Care Foundation of India are jointly organizing the first-ever National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues" to commemorate "Doctors’ Day".
The one–day conference will provide total insight into all the medicolegal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. Both medical and legal experts will interact with the delegates on important issues.
You are requested to kindly register in advance as seats are limited. There will be no registration fee. You can register by sending your request at rekhapapola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

For Programme
Details <Click here>

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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
• Provisional program for Pre Congress CME at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Conference_CME.html
• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
• Congress website at http://www.worldcon2011.org
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, + 91 9811013246

Congress Secretariat: Rajat Khurana, C–1 / 16, Ashok Vihar – Phase II, Delhi 110 052, INDIA., Phone: + 91–11–2741–9505, Fax: + 91–11–2741–5646, Mobile: + 91 9560188488, 9811911800,
Email: worldcon2011@gmail.com, jrop2001@yahoo.com, worldcon2011@in.kuoni.com

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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
medifilmfestinhealthmela@gmail.com

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