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  From the Desk of Editor–in–Chief
Dr KK Aggarwal

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

 
  Editorial …

25th April, 2011, Monday                                eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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Aldosterone antagonist in mild heart failure: New evidence

Aldosterone antagonist therapy reduces mortality in patients with moderate to severe heart failure. The EMPHASIS-HF trial demonstrated the efficacy of eplerenone in reducing mortality as well as risk of hospitalization in patients with systolic heart failure and mild symptoms.
 
One should use aldosterone antagonist therapy to treat heart failure in patients with NYHA functional class II HF and LVEF ≤30 percent, or NYHA functional class III to IV heart failure and LVEF <35 percent, if they can be carefully monitored for serum potassium and renal function.

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

Prevention of HIV transmission through breastfeeding in resource–limited settings

  • For HIV–infected mothers in resource–limited settings who are breastfeeding, give postnatal antiretroviral medications for the mother or infant during the breastfeeding period, rather than no drug intervention (Grade 1A). (October 8, 2010)
  • While replacement feeding rather than breastfeeding is recommended for HIV–infected mothers in the United States and other developed countries, breastfeeding is the preferred option in resource–limited developing countries, where replacement feeding has been associated with increased infant morbidity and mortality from diarrheal and other infectious illnesses.
  • Antiretroviral medications significantly decrease the risk of mother–to–child transmission of HIV during the antepartum, intrapartum, and early postpartum periods. However, an excess risk of HIV transmission occurs if antiretroviral medications are discontinued during the breastfeeding period. Observational and randomized trials in resource–limited settings have shown that administration of antiretroviral medications to the mother or infant during the postpartum period reduce rates of HIV transmission to the breastfeeding infant to less than 3 percent.
  • The preferred interventional strategy will depend on the mother’s CD4 cell count and HIV clinical status.

References

  1. deVincenzi I. Triple–antiretroviral (ARV) prophylaxis during pregnancy and breastfeeding compared to short–ARV prophylaxis to prevent mother–to–child transmission of HIV–1 (MTCT): the Kesho Bora randomized controlled clinical trial in five sites in Burkina Faso, Kenya; International AIDS Society, Capetown 2009.
  2. Marazzi MC, Nielsen–Saines K, Buonomo E, et al. Increased infant human immunodeficiency virus–type one free survival at one year of age in sub–Saharan Africa with maternal use of highly active antiretroviral therapy during breast-feeding. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2009;28:4.
  3. Shapiro RL, Hughes MD, Ogwu A, et al. Antiretroviral regimens in pregnancy and breast–feeding in Botswana. N Engl J Med 2010;362:2282.
 
  eMedinewS Audio PostCard

Rheumatoid arthritis Update

Dr Harvinder S Luthra Speaks on
Nodules in rheumatoid arthritis

Audio PostCard
 
    Photo Feature (From The HCFI Photo Gallery)

Seminar on Corruption-Free India

In a Seminar on ‘Making India Corruption-Free’, Padma Shri & Dr B C Roy National Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, presenting Distinguished Service Award to Sh. Buta Singh Ji Former Union Home Minister Govt. of India. Also in the Photo Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj

 
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    National News

Paediatricians to track infectious diseases in children

Parents can now expect planned long–term health management for their children. The Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) are starting a surveillance project to track childhood diseases that can be prevented through vaccinations. The Infectious Disease Surveillance project will serve as a platform for paediatricians across India to report cases of children diagnosed with diseases such as pneumonia, chicken pox, mumps and dengue. "It will help us to generate data on the spread of a disease and also help us to analyse the impact of existing vaccines on reducing the spread of a disease," said Dr Vijay Yewale, paediatrician and convener, IAP committee on immunisation. "For instance, there are vaccines for measles and pertussis — a highly contagious bacterial disease. Through the surveillance model, we can analyse the impact of the vaccine on reducing these diseases." The project will target 9 diseases. The doctors can report cases either by logging onto the official website, sending an SMS or by calling up the integrated voice recognition system. It can help collect data on immunisation status of the patients. The reporting paediatrician will be sent a report on the cases reported by him on every week. (Source: Hindustan Times, Apr 21, 2011)

Iron rich salt to fight malnutrition

With high prevalence of anaemia in the country, the government has decided to promote iron fortified iodised salt as a measure to deal with malnutrition. The decision was taken at a meeting held in the Prime Minister’s Office on promoting consumption of iron fortified iodised salt. The meeting attended by various ministries called for the urgent measures to tackle anaemia in India’s population, particularly among adolescent girls, women and children. Anaemia is caused by inadequate intake and poor absorption of iron. It can be prevented and cured by promoting consumption of iron rich foods and iron supplements. The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, has developed technologies for the double fortification of salt with iodine and iron. (Source: TOI, Apr 21, 2011)

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

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

Building muscle is possible regardless of age

You’ve heard it before: people lose muscle mass as they age. In fact, adults age 50 and older can experience muscle loss of as much as 0.4 pounds a year if they remain sedentary. Many experts cite that it is impossible to combat this loss of muscle, however, researchers at the University of Michigan’s Physical Activity and Exercise Intervention Research Laboratory beg to differ. They recently published a study in the American Journal of Medicine that shows that older adults are just as capable of maintaining and even gaining muscle mass, as young people are. This research study was comprised of 1,079 adults over the age of 50, and researchers found that after an average of 18–20 weeks of progressive resistance training, an adults added an average of 2.42 pounds of lean muscle and increase overall strength by 25 percent to 30 percent. Authors of the study point out that the key to preserving muscle mass is to progressively increase the amount of weight that is used by switching to heavier free weights or changing the setting on weight machines. Additionally, they found that it is important to vary one's strength routine by varying types of exercises, the total number of sets performed per exercise, and the number of training sessions per week.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Lifestyle changes may help reduce triglycerides

In new guidelines published in Circulation, the American Heart Association said that substituting healthy, unsaturated dietary fats for saturated ones, exercising, and losing weight, could reduce triglycerides by 20% to 50%. The new guidelines recommend lowering optimal triglyceride levels to less than 100 mg/dL and using non–fasting triglyceride testing as an initial screen.

Duration, quality of sleep may be linked to CVD risk

People who sleep badly, and not for long, have a 65% increased risk of cardiovascular disease and an even greater risk of coronary heart disease, compared with normal sleepers, according to new research presented at the EuroPRevent 2011 meeting.

(Dr Vivek Chhabra)

Girl, 11, defeats phone giants in mast battle

A schoolgirl has won a battle to protect her family from radiation from a mobile phone mast planned yards from her home. Vodafone and O2 wanted to erect the 50 ft structure at the end of her road – within half a mile of four primary schools in Hazel Grove, Stockport, Manchester. Her campaign succeeded when the planning committee rejected the application on Friday after hearing there were 180 objections from residents. (Source: Daily Express, Presswatch)

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with an HIV–positive status came to the OPD with complaints of persistent cough, expectoration and fever.
Dr Bad: Admit him and start antibiotics, expectorants and antipyretics.
Dr Good: Screen him for tuberculosis, perform a blood test and a sputum culture–sensitivity before starting any treatment.
Lesson: Tuberculosis is the commonest opportunistic infection with which an HIV–positive patient presents in the OPD.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with unexplained syncope after PPI developed lead infection.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was PPI (Permanent pacemaker implantation) done?
Lesson: Make sure that PPI is not implanted in patients with syncope of undetermined etiology.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

The horse that wanted more beauty

A cosmic god had a horse. The horse was beautiful and also it had many good qualities. But it wanted to be more perfect in every way. It especially wanted to become beauty unparalleled. One day the horse said to the cosmic god, "O Lord, you have given me beauty. You have given me other good qualities. I am so grateful to you. But how I wish you could make me more beautiful. I would be extremely, extremely grateful if you could make me more beautiful." The cosmic god said, "I am more than ready to make you more beautiful. Tell me in what way you want to be changed."

The horse said, "It seems to me that I am not well proportioned. My neck is too short. If you can make my neck a little longer, my upper body will be infinitely more beautiful. And if you can make my legs much longer and thinner, then I will look infinitely more beautiful in my lower body." The cosmic god said, "Amen!"

Then immediately he made a camel appear in place of the horse. The horse was so disheartened that it started to cry, "O Lord, I wanted to become more beautiful. In what way is this kind of outer form more beautiful?" The cosmic god said, "This is exactly what you asked for. You have become a camel." The horse cried, "Oh no, I do not want to become a camel I wish to remain a horse. As a horse, everybody appreciated my good qualities. Nobody will appreciate me as a camel."

The cosmic god said, "Never try to achieve or receive more than I have given you. If you want to lead a desire–life, then at every moment you will want more and more. But you have no idea what the outcome will be. If you cry for a longer neck and legs, this is what will happen. Each thing in my creation has its own good qualities. The camel is not as beautiful as you are, but it carries heavy loads and has a tremendous sense of responsibility.

 
    Pediatric Update

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

What is the etiology of appendicitis in neonates?

Most cases occur in premature neonates. Appendiceal inflammation follows distal colonic obstruction (e.g., Hirschsprung’s disease), blockage from an internal or external hernia, cardiac anomalies (causing emboli), or mesenteric infarction (similar to a localized area of necrotizing enterocolitis).

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    Gyne Update

(Dr Maninder Ahuja, Secretary General IMS)

At what speed do we have degenerative changes in mid life ?

Starting from age 35 onwards, we lose our bone mass and muscle mass at an accelerated rate of 0.5% to 0.75% per year and this rate of degeneration increases to about 4–5% per year within 4–5 years of menopause and loss of bone mass and muscle mass go hand in hand. We cannot see these changes and by the time backache and loss of vitality and feeling of well-being become apparent, we have already lost more than 15–20% of our BMD and sarcopenia has settled in. That is why lifestyle modifications should be started early to prevent these changes. Sarcopenia is loss of muscle mass; as we age we gain more of fat and lose our muscle mass.

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

What does the counsel say in Aruna case?

"Life is not mere living but living in health. Health is not the absence of illness but a glowing vitality."

  • Protagonism of euthanasia justified on the view that existence in persistent vegetative state (PVS) is not a benefit to the patient of a terminal illness being unrelated to the principle of ‘sanctity of life’ or the ‘right to live with dignity’ is of no assistance to determine the scope of Article 21 for deciding whether the guarantee of ‘right to life’ therein includes the ‘right to die’. The ‘right to life’ under Article 21 includes the right to live with human dignity would mean the existence of such a right up to the end of natural life. This also includes the right to a dignified life up to the point of death including a dignified procedure of death. In other words, this may include the right of a dying man to also die with dignity when his life is ebbing out. But the ‘right to die’ with dignity at the end of life is not to be confused or equated with the ‘right to die’ an unnatural death curtailing the natural span of life.
  • A question may arise, in the context of a dying man, who is, terminally ill or in a persistent vegetative state that he may be permitted to terminate it by a premature extinction of his life in those circumstances. This category of cases may fall within the ambit of the ‘right to die’ with dignity as a part of right to live with dignity, when death due to termination of natural life is certain and imminent and the process of natural death has commenced. These are not cases of extinguishing life but only of accelerating conclusion of the process of natural death which has already commenced. The debate even in such cases to permit physician assisted termination of life is inconclusive. It is sufficient to reiterate that the argument to support the view of permitting termination of life in such cases to reduce the period of suffering during the process of certain natural death is not available to interpret Article 21 to include therein the right to curtail the natural span of life."

The Counsel for the petitioner particularly emphasized paragraph 25 of the said judgment (Gian Kaur vs. State of Punjab (1996) 2 SCC 648) in support of his submission that Aruna Shanbaug should be allowed to die.

 
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Management of obesity in diabetics

The goal of the management of type 2 diabetes is glucose control at a level that prevents the sugar in the blood from damaging organs including the kidneys. Lifestyle modifications including adequate physical activity, nutrition therapy, and anti–diabetic drugs form the cornerstones of diabetes management.

  • The goals of lifestyle modifications and nutrition therapy are to achieve and maintain optimal metabolic status with respect to the levels of blood glucose, lipids and blood pressure to prevent and treat complications of diabetes. When weight reduction by lifestyle modifications is not adequate, weight loss drugs can be considered.
  • When considering pharmacotherapy, weight loss drugs should always be used in concert with diet regulation, exercise and behavior modifications.
  • Pharmacotherapy in combination with diet and lifestyle modifications is much more efficacious in inducing weight loss as compared to drugs alone.

A guide for deciding the initial level of intervention to discuss with patients based on BMI, waist circumference and presence of comorbidities

WHO classification* [BMI]
Waist circumference
Comorbidities present
 
Low
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(Men < 94 cm;
women < 80 cm)
(Men ≥ 94 cm; women ≥ 80 cm)
 
Overweight
(BMI: 25–29.9 kg/m2)
0
1
2
Obesity class I
(BMI: 30–34.9 kg/m2)
1
2
2
Obesity class II
(BMI: 35–39.9 kg/m2)
2
2
3
Obesity class III
(BMI: ≥ 40 kg/m2)
3
3
3

0: General advice on healthy weight and lifestyle
1: Lifestyle intervention; diet and physical activity for weight loss
2: Lifestyle intervention; consider pharmacotherapy for weight loss
3: Lifestyle intervention; consider pharmacotherapy for weight loss; consider bariatric surgery

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

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Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which of the following is not true regarding wandering spleen?
a. The spleen is attached to a long vascular pedicle without the usual mesenteric attachments.
b. Torsion and infarction of the spleen are common complications.
c. There is congenital atresia of the dorsal mesogastrium in children.
d. Splenectomy is required in all cases.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: d.

Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr.K.Raju, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr U Gaur, Dr Anil Bairaria

Answer for 23rd April Mind Teaser: Highway underpass
Correct answers received from: Dr Rakesh Bhasin, Dr Shweta

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
   Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Some universal laws

Doctors’ Law: If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there you’ll feel better. But don’t make an appointment, and you’ll stay sick.

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Creatinine clearance

Creatinine clearance test measures the amount of creatinine in the blood and urine to help evaluate the kidneys’ filtering ability. Since the amount of creatinine produced depends on muscle mass, some calculations also use a correction factor in order to take into account the patient’s height and weight. This test helps evaluate kidney function in kidney diseases, or other diseases, such as congestive heart failure.

  • High creatinine in blood levels means decreased kidneys’ ability to clear creatinine and other wastes out of the blood. Then creatinine clearance will be decreased in the urine. Low creatinine clearance rate can also occur when there is decreased blood flow to the kidneys: as may occur with congestive heart failure, obstruction within the kidney, or acute or chronic kidney failure.
  • Increased creatinine clearance rates may occasionally be seen during pregnancy, exercise, and with diets high in meat.
  • Patients with only one functional kidney will usually have normal creatinine clearance rates as the functional kidney will increase its rate of filtration.
 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

Joint holding in a folio will take precedence over nomination. If the folio has joint holders, then on the death of the first holder, the units will pass on to the other holders, in order of holding, and not to the nominee.

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Ferrous ascorbate 100mg + Folic acid 1.1 mg tablet and Omega–3–fatty acid 200mg capsules combikit
For iron, folic acid and omega–3–fatty acid deficiency
08/01/2010
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Obese children and kidney disease

A study comparing obese and nonobese children concluded that renal involvement is not an early clinically evident manifestation of adiposity in childhood, since no overt changes in eGFR and only a mild albuminuria were detected. A longer exposure to obesity is probably needed before renal function impairment appears.

(Ref: Savino A, Pelliccia P, Giannini C, et al. Implications for kidney disease in obese children and adolescents. Pediatr Nephrol 2011 May;26(5):749–58. Epub 2011 Feb 11).

 
    Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

God gives every bird its food, but he does not throw it into its nest.

 
    Readers Responses
  1. Dear Dr Aggarwal, we should discuss this under two different categories: medical care to poor and medical aids to rich people. The basic infrastructure is lacking at rural level, we have to provide them with bare minimum care. Imposing rules on doctors in such conditions means no care at all. Now coming to riches, you can charge adequately and in return you have to provide standard treatment. Corporate hospitals are not meant for lower middle class and the poorer section, going there and then protesting against high bills is just needless neta giri. A lower middle class person entering a corporate hospital for simple diseases and expecting charity is a far cry. We should concentrate on poorer section, give them basic treatment with honesty and sincerity. Let us face the facts and reality. Dr Vivek Kumar, Varanasi.
  2. Dear Dr Aggarwal, I was very much impressed by the observation you made that while eating one should not argue or fight, especially with spouse because the stomach listens. I have treated many patients who were referred by gastroenterologist for dyspesia refractory to treatment. They get upset when they are referred to me. I always tell them stomach has ears and they communicate with brain to send command to secrete more acid (HCl) in the case of hyperacidity and also send command for hypermotility in cases of IBS. I also tell my patient the first symptom of depression is constipation. It is better to handle the GI tract through mind rather than drugs. Dr Ramadurai Mani.
 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Seminar on Corruption–Free India

Inaugurating a seminar on ‘Making India Corruption–Free’, Mr. Joginder Singh, Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation said that clapping cannot be done with one hand. To remove the corruption from the society, it is equally the duty of the citizens not to accept and indulge in bribe or any form of corruption. He said that giving bribe is as much an offence as accepting bribe.

Mr. Vijay Dutt, Former Editor Hindustan Times UK Edition, while delivering a key note address, said that truth always prevails and honesty always wins. One may gain temporary benefits in the short run with illegal or corrupt means but in the longer run, that person would always be a loser.

Mr. Kunnikrishna, noted Vedic Scholar, said that one should not accept corruption as a part and parcel of the society. It is unfortunate that only corruption news make headlines. There are a large number of honest people in the society and unfortunately, their honest work does not make headlines.

Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj, a Jain scholar, said that truthfulness should be taught in childhood during school and anti–corruption measures should be inculcated in the school curriculum.

Padma Shri & Dr BC Roy National Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that medical profession is a noble profession. It is only a handful of doctors who indulge in corruption practices, who bring a bad name to the entire noble medical profession. Doctors and patients should communicate better amongst themselves so as to avoid future inconvenience. Quoting Chanakya Neeti, Dr. Aggarwal further said that money earned the corrupt way does not last with a person for more than 9 years. He said that purpose of our life should be to follow the Vedic path of Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha which means earning righteously to fulfill the desires of inner happiness.

Others who spoke in the conference were Sh Buta Singh Ji Former Union Home Minister Govt. of India; Swami Sushil Goswami Ji and Sh H T Sangliana Vice Chairman National Commission for Minority.

The seminar was organised to observe the 17th Death Anniversary of Acharya Sushil Kumarji Maharaj as a part of 16th Environment Protection and Ethnic Consciousness Conference. Over 400 members of public attended the seminar.

Concluding the seminar Acharya Dr. Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj said that we should all take an oath to start an anti–corruption program for school children at an early age so that they learn to grow up as responsible citizens.

 
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    Forthcoming Events

May 7–8, 2011, National Seminar On Stress Prevention

A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris.
Co–organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch, IMSA (Delhi Chapter)
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: Saturday 7th May (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 8th May (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9899974439, emedinews@gmail.com, rekhapapola@gmail.com; BK Sapna: 9811796962, bksapna@hotmail.com.

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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 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.

For details contact: Dr KK Aggarwal/Dr Kailash Kumar Mishra/Mr M Malik at
medifilmfestinhealthmela@gmail.com

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