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24th October, 2017
 Should doctors study art and literature?
Dr KK Aggarwal
Emotions make up an important core of the doctor-patient relationship. A patient who comes to the doctor is emotionally vulnerable. He/she is struggling with feelings of anger, sadness, despair, guilt, irritability, anxiety, fear, etc., which may at times manifest as negative behavior. Failure to recognize these emotions of the patients in the rush of the day and accordingly respond in an empathetic manner often result in disputes, which may even manifest as violence against doctors. 
Suppressing emotions or feelings can manifest as disease. The stress of holding in strong feelings can increase blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscle tension. On the other hand, disclosing or expressing deep emotions can boost immune function as well as mood and well-being.
As doctors we need to know and understand humanity. Art and literature are both expressions of emotions or feelings arising from human experiences. This way both help to understand the emotions of a person.
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  • India has been polio-free since the last 5 years
  • Adequate preventive measures and good nutrition can help manage the condition
New Delhi, 23 October 2017: As per recent studies, 14 sewage samples collected from various parts of India, including Hyderabad, between January 2015 and May 2016, have tested positive for vaccine-derived polio virus (VDPV). According to experts, the current immunization programme in India involving the use of Oral Polio vaccine (OPV) can become a risk factor for spread of the disease. However, India was declared polio-free in the year 2014, which was a major public health milestone for the country. 
Polio (also called poliomyelitis) is a highly contagious disease. It is caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. Children below 5 years are more likely to contract the virus than any other group. Even without symptoms, people infected with poliovirus can spread the virus and cause infection in others.
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