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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

 
  Editorial …

24th May 2011, Tuesday                                eMedinewS Present Audio News of the Day

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Illegal abortion: Two–year jail for doctors

Recently, a court in Faridkot, Punjab sentenced two doctors to 2–year imprisonment for indulging in illegal abortion. In this case, both the doctors helped in the termination of a three–month fetus deeming it to be female fetus but after abortion, the fetus was found to be male. The wrong sex determination and its termination led to a lot of protest and uproar by the same family which went for abortion thinking the fetus was a female. The case happened in January 2007 when one of the doctors concluded from an ultrasound examination that the fetus was female and on the request of the family members, it was terminated by another doctor. The case opens a lot of questions:

  • Sex determination is still taking place in Punjab?
  • Termination of pregnancy is still being done if the fetus is female.
  • Ultrasound can often misdiagnose a male fetus as female; not seeing a male organ in the fetus does not mean that the fetus is female.
  • In such cases, the family which also consents for abortion invariably comes out free of blame and it is the doctor who faces the punishment.
  • Action should have been taken not only against the doctors but also against the parents who consented for the abortion.
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    Changing Practice – Evidence which has changed practice in last one year

Peginterferon alfa–2A for chronic hepatitis C infection

Start peginterferon alfa–2a in patients with chronic HCV rather than treatment with peginterferon alfa–2b.

 
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Diabetes Update

Dr Vinod Sanghi Speaks on
‘UKPDS: Effects of tight vs less tight BP control’
 

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

World No Tobacco Day

The Heart Care Foundation of India took out a mock funeral procession carrying Mr. Tobacco & Mrs. Tobacco on on 31st May 2004 to mark World No Tobacco Day to spread the message on the dangers of smoking.

 
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    National News

25p coin soon to be numismatist’s delight

BANGALORE: When was the last time you used a 25–paise coin to buy anything? Come June 30, and you can save the 25–paise coin as a thing of the past, to tell your grandchildren about, like the anna that you never used. The government of India has decided to withdraw coins of 25 paise denomination and below from circulation with effect from June 30, 2011. This development wouldn’t be a major piece of news for GenY. But, for the older crowd, and numismatists, it is the end of an era. Fifty–three year old P Rammurthy reminisces about the time when 25 paisa was very much in use: "I used to have 4 annas or 8 annas (25 paise or 50 paise) in my pocket in my college days and the bus fare was 10 paise." The RBI has instructed banks to arrange for the exchange of coins of denomination 25 paise and below. From June 30, the 50 paise coin will be the minimum legal tender. The RBI has released a list of 45 banks that facilitate the exchange of 25 paise coins for valid currency of equal value. Coins will not be accepted for exchange in these banks post–June. (Source: TOI, May 23, 2011)

Gujarat Vidyapith to have course on non–violence

The Gujarat Vidyapith, founded by Mahatma Gandhi as his alternative to western–style education, would soon start a new course on non–violence. Called the ‘International course on Gandhian non–violence: Theory & Applications", the four–month study would be offered only to foreign students who will have to follow a life–style matching the Mahatma’s philosophy. Asked about the reason behind starting such a course for foreigners, Gujarat Vidyapith Vice Chancellor Sudarshan Iyenger told The Pioneer that there was a renewed global interest in the concept of non–violence and Gandhian thought. The international community’s interest in Gandhian thought has increased especially since 2007 when the United Nations declared Mahatma’s birthday, October 2, as the International Day of Peace & Non–violence, Iyenger added. It would be a small batch of only 30 people who would be required to go vegetarian and adopt very simple life–style during the residential course for which no fees would be charged. Only the participants’ airfares should be paid by the sponsoring institutes in their host countries, the Vice–Chancellor told The Pioneer. The four–month course, beginning mid–September, would have two components, including theory for the first two months. (Source: The Pioneer, May 20, 2011)

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    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Skeletal muscles affected by obesity

Obesity appears to impair normal muscle function in rats, an observation that could have significant implications for humans, according to Penn State researchers."Our findings demonstrate that obesity involves more than accumulating excess fat and carrying excess weight," said Rudolf J. Schilder, American Physiological Society postdoctoral fellow in physiological genomics, Penn State College of Medicine. "We show that, during the development of obesity, skeletal muscles fail to adjust their molecular composition appropriately to the increasing body weight. Consequently, the muscles of obese mammals are not properly ‘tuned’ to the higher body weight they carry."

(Dr GM Singh)

Breast cancer is extremely rare in men

  • A man’s risk of developing breast cancer in his lifetime is just one in 1,000.
  • Every year 44,500 women are diagnosed with the disease compared with 300 men.
  • Of those women 12,000 die, while around 70 of the male sufferers succumb to it.
  • The symptoms, diagnoses and treatment are all similar to female breast cancer. The most common symptom is a firm, non–painful lump just below the nipple.
  • As with women, most cases are 60 to 70–year–olds, although it can affect men of any age.
  • Risk factors include a high estrogen levels, exposure to radiation and a family history of breast cancer. Overall survival rate is the same as with women.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Patients with high normal fasting plasma glucose levels more likely to develop type 2 diabetes

According to a study in April 15 in the journal Diabetes Care, patients whose normal fasting plasma glucose levels are at the upper end of the normal range may be twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as patients whose blood sugar levels fall within the lower range of normal.

Worse glycemic control correlated with slower wound healing in patients with diabetes

According to research presented at an investigative dermatology meeting, worse glycemic control correlated with slower wound healing in patients with diabetes. For every 1% increase in hemoglobin A1c was associated with almost a 0.03 cm2 reduction in daily rate of wound resolution. Diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) were especially susceptible to the impact of glycemic control on wound healing.

Consumption of dairy products may reduce risk for type 2 diabetes

According to a review published online in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consumption of dairy products, especially those with a low fat content, may reduce the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Self–monitoring of urine glucose as effective as blood testing for maintaining good glycemic control

According to a study published online in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, self–monitoring of urine glucose is as effective for maintaining good glycemic control and is more acceptable to patients than blood glucose monitoring.

 
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@4SanjivChopra: The mind is like a parachute – it only works if it is open

 
    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Yam Kuber Digpal Jahan Te
Kabi Kovid Kahin Sake Kahan Te

Meaning: Even Yamraj (God of Death), Kuber (God of Wealth) and the Digpals (Deputies guarding the four corners of the Universe) have been vying with one another in offering homage to your glories. How then, can a mere poet give adequate expression of your super excellence.

Spiritual significance: The powers of Pranayama and Hanumana are endless. One can even win over the fear of death and desires of wealth by regular Pranayama.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr. Prabha Sanghi)

Ten Commandments to be followed in life always

  1. Prayer is not a "spare wheel" that you pull out when in trouble; it is a "steering wheel" that directs us in the right path throughout life.
  2. Do you know why a car’s WINDSHIELD is so large & the rear view mirror is so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, look ahead and move on.
  3. Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes few seconds to burn, but it takes years to write.
  4. All things in life are temporary. If going well enjoy them, they will not last forever. If going wrong don’t worry, they can’t last long either.
  5. Old friends are like Gold! New friends are Diamonds! If you get a Diamond, don't forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a base of Gold!
  6. Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, "Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!
  7. When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.
  8. A blind person asked St. Anthony: "Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?" He replied: "Yes, losing your vision."
  9. When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them; and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.
  10. WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.
 
    Infertility Update

Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation

How is a sperm donor screened?

A semen analysis should show good sperm parameters according to WHO criteria. The donor should preferably have proven fertility. There should be known history of medical or genetic illness. He should not be a thalassemic carrier and should be negative for HIV, HBsAg and VDRL.

 
    Pediatric Update

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

What are the general management considerations in bronchiolitis?

Supportive care is the mainstay of therapy for infants with bronchiolitis. The general management principles include:

  • Oxygen therapy when SpO2 is less than 93% with respiratory distress. Initiation and weaning of oxygen should take into account the clinical context including degree of respiratory distress, presence of comorbidity, feeding difficulty, apnea, and oxygen availability
  • Nasogastric feeds or intravenous fluids should be implemented when the child is dehydrated, safe oral feeding cannot be maintained, or risk of aspiration is high.
  • Nebulized hypertonic (3%) saline should be considered as it may reduce the length of hospital stay and improve the clinical severity.
  • Bronchodilators (alpha–adrenergic or beta–adrenergic agents, ipratropium) and corticosteroids should not be used routinely. Inhaled bronchodilators may be tried under close monitoring in selected individuals such as those with recurrent wheeze, a family history of asthma, or previous response to bronchodilators.
  • A recent trial described reduction in hospitalization in those receiving nebulized adrenaline combined with oral dexamethasone (1 mg/kg on day 1 followed by 0.6 mg/kg daily for 5 days).
  • Chest physiotherapy should not be used as it increases morbidity.
  • Use of palizumab and infection control measures are well described.
  • Antibiotics are not routinely recommended in bronchiolitis but may be used in children suspected of concomitant bacterial pneumonia.
 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with FUO was put on anti–tuberculosis trial.
Dr. Bad: Continue it.
Dr. Good: The trial is not recommended.
Lesson: Patients with FUO should not have empiric antibiotic started solely to treat fever. Rifampin used in therapeutic trial for TB may suppress staph bone infection or diminish the ability to detect organism causing endocarditis.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with LBBB in ECG developed acute pulmonary edema.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was underlying low cardiac function not suspected?
Lesson: Make sure all patients with LBBB (left bundle branch block) undergo Echo to rule out ejection fraction. This may not be true for RBBB.

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    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Postnatal care and follow–up after pregnancy

Obesity is associated with low breastfeeding initiation and maintenance rates. Women with a booking BMI >30 should receive appropriate specialist advice and support antenatally and postnatally regarding the benefits, initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding.

Maternal obesity is associated with reduced breastfeeding rates, both in terms of breastfeeding initiation and duration. This is likely to be multifactorial in origin; women’s perception of breastfeeding; difficulty with correct positioning of the baby and the possibility of an impaired prolactin response to suckling.

 
  SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Cheerfulness is the principle ingredient in the composition of health. Arthur Murphy

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

Exhumation of corpse without legal order is criminal offence – Indian Penal Code

There should be presence of Autopsy Surgeon/Forensic Expert and Magistrate along with concerned police official with the order of court; however, the local police official should be called if exhumation is carried out.

  • It should be conducted preferably in the morning hours after proper sunrise.
  • More than two times of the digging area should be screened off.
  • The grave/place of cremation for which the order has been passed should be identified properly/authentically by police officer; an estimation of number of persons, whether single, double or multiple body/bodies should be made so that adequate arrangements can be done in advance.
  • The burial should be removed in layer of about 10cm and the condition of soil, water, any plantation growth, ants, cockroaches, and smell should be noted.
  • After removal of dirt above the dead body, it should be photographed from all the corners of grave in the original position found.
  • A drawing should be made of graveyard/depth and state of decomposition/skeletal remains of the body.
  • The dead body/its remains should be transferred in a plastic sheet covered with a cloth sheet.
  • Sample of soil, burial cloth, and any material found in grave, loosen hair/teeth/nail/should be collected and photographed.
  • The body should be shown to close relatives for identification.
  • The dug grave should be kept as it is for further burial after autopsy.
  • All the available details should be provided to the doctor with request to conduct the postmortem examination with any specific instruction or query related with forensic/medical examination to find out age, cause of death, details of injury, any poisoning, time since death etc.
  • Video graphs of all procedure must be done.
 
  Gyne Update

(Dr. Maninder Ahuja, Secretary General IMS)

Sensitivity and specificity of VIA

A PubMed search provided original studies on VIA accuracy in which the gold standard for confirmatory testing was histology alone or colposcopy followed by biopsy. The numbers of true–positive, false–positive, false–negative, and true–negative results were extracted from each study. Meta–analyses were then performed with different categories of studies according to confirmatory diagnosis threshold, category of women who received confirmatory testing, and whether a medical condition that could affect VIA accuracy was present at screening. The reference category consisted of 26 studies in which VIA were performed on asymptomatic women who all underwent confirmatory testing and in which the disease threshold was cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade

Results: We report an 80% sensitivity (range, 79%–82%) and a 92% specificity (range, 91%–92%) for VIA. Study region, capacity of screener, or size of the study population did not modify VIA accuracy. The positive predictive value was 10% (range, 9%–10%).

Conclusion: Screening for precancerous and cancerous cervical lesions using VIA is a simple, low–cost, and efficient alternative to cytological testing in low–resource areas.

(Ref: Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2011;113(1):14–24)

 
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Helicobacter pylori and vitamin B12 deficiency

ANKARA, TURKEY. It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of adults in developed countries are infected with the Helicobacter pylori bacterium. H. pylori has been implicated in stomach ulcers, indigestion (dyspepsia), gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining), stomach cancer, and MALT lymphoma. About 10–15 per cent of adults over 60 years of age are affected by a vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency. Researchers at the Turkish Military Medical Academy now provide convincing evidence that the two are linked. A detailed study of 138 patients with vitamin B12 deficiency and anaemia discovered that 77 (58 per cent) of the patients had a H. pylori infection. Eradication of this infection successfully cured the anaemia and reversed the vitamin B12 deficiency in 31 (40 per cent) of the 77 infected patients. The researchers conclude that a H. pylori infection can cause a vitamin B12 deficiency and that this deficiency, in many cases, can be totally eliminated by eradicating the infection.
Editor’s Note: Memory loss, fatigue, and mental confusion are often the first indicators of a vitamin B12 deficiency. (Ref: Arch Int Med 2000;160:1349–53; Arch Int Med 2000;160:1229–30)

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

A body is brought for autopsy with history of poisioning. On postmortem examination, there is staining and garlic odor in stomach. In this case, the poisoning is most likely due to:

A. Hydrocyanic acid
B. Carbon dioxide
C. Aniline dye
D. Phosphorus

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The maker doesn’t need it, the owner doesn’t want it, the user doesn’t know he’s using it. What is it?

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: A Coffin!

Correct answers received from: Dr K Raju, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Uma Gaur, Dr Chandresh Jardosh,
Dr Aaditya, Dr Ravi, Dr Suresh, Dr M Goswami, Dr Trisha, Dr H M Kanik.

Answer for 22nd May Mind Teaser: Cerebral microcirculation.
Correct answers received from: Dr Sandeep, Dr Priyanka Verma, Dr Amit Gupta, Dr Arun, Dr Sanjeev, Dr Kanchan Pathak, Dr Puneet Rai, Dr Indua Jain.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Laboratory testing for alcoholism

  • Gamma–glutamyl transferase (GGT): A liver enzyme that is increased by heavy alcohol intake and by many other conditions that affect the liver.
  • Mean corpuscular volume (MCV): Measures the size of red blood cells; usually measured as part of a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test; the MCV may increase over time in those who are heavy drinkers but may also be affected by many other conditions.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) or liver panel: Groups of tests used to evaluate organ and liver function. Magnesium, can be low in those who are alcoholic due to insufficient dietary intake.
  • Folate test: With alcohol abuse, less B12 and folate are absorbed and more are excreted from the kidneys.
  • Toxicology screen or blood alcohol level (ethanol test): To determine if a person has been drinking alcohol recently, but do not diagnose alcoholism.
 
    Medi Finance Update

To what extent can payment be made by cheque, cash, etc?

As per Section 40 A (3), in case payment is made in excess of Rs. 20,000 other than by cross cheque or bank draft (cross), then of such expense shall be disallowed.

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

Mum: If you wash your face, Sammy, you can have one slice of chocolate cake. But if you wash your neck, too, you can have two slices.
Sammy: What if I have a bath?

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Amoxycillin Oral Suspension 200/400 mg per 5ml
In the treatment of infections due to susceptible strains of the designated micro–organisms in the condition of E.N.T infection, skin & skin structure infection, lower respiratory tract infection, genitourinary tract infection, gonorrhea, acute uncomplicated (anogenital & urethral) infections.
09/08/10
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Agomelatine and Depression

Agomelatine, the first melatonergic antidepressant, is beneficial for depressed patients with sleep disturbance. It has both melatonergic and serotonergic action.

 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Cigar as bad as cigarette

People who smoke four or more cigar per day are exposed to an amount of smoke equivalent to 10 cigarettes, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India. Cigar, therefore, is not safer than cigarette as far as heart disease is concerned.

Cigar smoke contains toxic compounds and cancer–causing chemicals in higher concentrations than cigarette smoke. Even those people who do not smoke are exposed to their environmental smoke as cigars burn for longer time than cigarettes.

Cigar smokers, who inhale, have more chances of atherosclerotic dysfunction compared to those non–smokers those who do not smoke. They also have an increased risk of lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Also, smoking cigars does not decrease the chances of nicotine addiction.

People who smoke cigars and who do not inhale are at a lower risk of cancer of the upper respiratory tract and lungs, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

However, smoking in any form is a hazard to health. Smokers can take greater care of their health if they completely quit smoking.

 
    Readers Responses
  1. IMA should take the lead in constitution or recommendation of members in new MCI. Dr Vivek Kumar, Varanasi.
  2. Post in emedinews dated 23.5.2011: Please check the following links to clear your misconception about Physiotherapist http://www.physiotherapyindia.org/ – an official website of indian association of physiotherapists (check out the public notice) http://bit.ly/iarFPk (Gujarat forms a independent state council, give right to a physiotherapist about diagnosis and treatment). We physio can prefix the Dr. as per rule, no MCI or IMA can interfere in this acc to the public notice, and according to Guj council we can diagnose and treat the patients. From: Paras Joshi

    Comment: We must congratulate the physiotherapy association for getting a regulatory council in Gujarat which makes their vocation move one more step towards a profession. I am not sure if they can practice independently but many of them do practice as such. But if physiotherapists are authorised to practice independently and have a separate system of diagnosis and treatment then it means they no longer work under the supervision of the modern system of medicine. Doctors of modern system then cannot have any clinical liaison with them. In modern system MD–PMR is the speciality to refer your patient to and for paramedical assistant vacancy created by physiotherapist, the modern system need to bring a 1- or 2-year post Higher Secondary Diploma Course to assist the MD–PMR and MS–Orthopedics. PT can only become a new system of medicine if Government of India recognizes it as such otherwise they remain paramedical assistants as they are now. But sooner or later even this recognition will come their way as perseverence pays whether you do hard work before medical entrance exam or u do lobbying to become a doctor after becoming physiotherapist does not matter in our system.
    A similar demand is also being raised by Psychologists, Audiologist, Occupational Therapist and the modern system needs to plan for a short-term 1- to 2-year course after 10+2 to keep on filling these gaps of paramedical assistants who keep on evolving into a so-called new system of medicine by unscrupulous means by ever obiliging politicians who never want to get to the root cause of problem for a solution.
    If all the health clinicians can prefix Dr. then nurses are also clinicians. Should they also prefix doctor.There should be very clear cut policy for all these issues. Right now it is free for all. There is a very good book "Where there is no doctor". It should be distributed in all places where there is no doctor and the problem of shortage or non availability of doctor will hopefully be solved! May be no one told the Gujarat Health Minister about it!
    Regards: Dr. Suman Kumar Sinha, Consultant Psychiatrist.
 
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    Forthcoming Events

FIAGES, 21st – 24th July 2011, Indian Association of Gastrointestinal Endo Surgeons

Venue: Epicenter @ Apparel House, Sec – 44, Gurgaon
17 Fellowship course of IAGES (FIAGES) with live operative workshop on laparoscopic surgery at Gurgaon, the millennium city.
Email: fiages.gurgaon@gmail.com, Website: www.fiagesgurgaon.com

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
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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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