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Dr KK Aggarwal
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Nobility of medical profession: Aamir Khan Controversy (Video 1 to Video 9)
Health and Religion: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan and Heart Care Foundation of India(Video 1 to Video 7)
Take Care Holistically, DD India health series, Anchor Dr KK Aggarwal (Video 1–2)
Chat with Dr KK On life Style Disorders

Health Update (Video 1 to 15)

  Editorial …

25th July 2012, Wednesday

Oral immunotherapy shows promise as treatment for egg allergy

NIH-funded study suggests that egg therapy helps children overcome their allergies

Giving children and adolescents with egg allergy small but increasing daily doses of egg white powder holds the possibility of developing into a way to enable some of them to eat egg–containing foods without having allergic reactions, according to a study supported by the National Institutes of Health. The study results will appear online in the July 19th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Heart Care Foundation organizes seminar on the role of God Particle in health

Heart Care Foundation of India in association with International Centre for Spirituality and eMedinewS organized a seminar on "Higgs Boson Science and Health", the first of its kind on 24th July 2012 at PHD Chamber

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    National News

More must be done to stop smoking

Union health ministry is planning to push for plain packaging for tobacco products, making pictorial warning more prominent. According to the ministry, this will help reduce tobacco consumption in the country. The ministry’s plan is influenced by a policy document by Australia–India Institute Taskforce on Tobacco Control released on Monday. According to the plain packaging legislation in Australia, packaging of cigarettse and beedis cannot have colours, embossing, logos, brand images and promotional information. Doctors suggest stronger and stricter measures for reducing tobacco consumption. "There are no studies in India, but from my experience, I do not think impressions and pictures on cigarette packets make much difference. People smoke because it acts as a stimulant," said Dr Kishore Arya, psychiatrist, Safdarjung Hospital. "When there is an urge, they do not care about what is there on the packets," added Dr Arya. He added that people mostly buy single cigarette sticks instead of packets and that there is a very small percentage of smokers whom warnings affect. "Audio–visual appeals make larger difference. There should be campaigns on radio and television prompting people to quit tobacco products," he added. According to Global Adult Tobacco survey, 274.9 million Indians consume tobacco. India is the world’s third largest producer of tobacco. Of 5.5 million tobacco–related deaths worldwide a year, India accounts for nearly 0.9 million. According to estimates, if nothing is done to curb the rate of increase in tobacco users, by 2015, world will have 10 million deaths a year due to tobacco consumption. (Source: Deccan Herald, Jul 23, 2012)

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My Profession My Concern

No freebies for docs, Govt. okays code of ethics for drug makers

(Based on a story by Aditi Tandon in TNS)

Pharma industry will no longer be able to induce doctors to promote their drugs. The government has come up with first–ever voluntary code of ethics, "Uniform Code for Pharmaceuticals Marketing Practices" for enforcement on drug makers. Such a code already exists for doctors and the MCI enforces it.

The code bars pharma firms from offering gifts, travel facilities, hospitality and monetary grants to doctors and their families in return for expansion of business through drug prescription. The Code provides punitive measures for errant firms.

Despite Health Ministry’s objections that a voluntary code would not work, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has decided to enforce a voluntary code to begin with.

As per the ministry they will monitor the voluntary code for six months. If it is not being implemented effectively, they will consider making it statutory.

The code requires drug makers

  1. Not to term drugs as "safe" and without any toxic effects.
  2. Not to supply free samples of anti depressant, hypnotic, sedative and tranquilising drugs.
  3. No gifts, pecuniary advantages to be supplied to doctors or their families by pharma companies, their distributors, wholesalers or retailers. Tickets to entertainment events are not to be offered. Companies, their representatives won’t extend travel facility inside India or outside including rail, air, ship, cruise, paid vacations to healthcare professionals and families to attend workshops as delegates. Firms will not offer hotel accommodations nor pay cash. Funding for medical research will only be extended through approved institutions by modalities laid down by the law.
  4. The code will be enforced through an ombudsman the industry will appoint for monitoring complaints against unethical practices.

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Medical mistakes in Indian movies

Dear all, eMedinewS is starting a special series on ‘Medical mistakes in Indian movies’. We invite all our readers to share with us the following information:

  1. Scene/s where the image of the medical profession has been maligned in an unrealistic manner, or
  2. Scene/s where medical care and approach has been depicted incorrectly, or
  3. Scenes where the medical profession has been portrayed correctly.

Send us the clippings or description of the scenes. This would be a start to a special campaign to rebuild the image of the medical profession.

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    International News

(Contributed by Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

HIV guidelines expand treatment eligibility

Every person infected with HIV should be offered combination therapy, regardless of the state of his or her immune system, according to new treatment guidelines. The recommendation, from the International Antiviral Society–USA, is based on increasing evidence that all patients benefit from triple–drug therapy, even if their immune systems remain relatively strong and they have no symptoms of disease, according to Melanie Thompson, MD, of the AIDS Research Consortium of Atlanta, and colleagues. It’s also based on public health evidence that treating infected people dramatically reduces the risk of viral transmission, Thompson and colleagues reported in the July 25 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, and at a media conference here before the opening of the International AIDS Conference. (Source: Medpage Today)

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FDA approves Aclidinium for COPD maintenance

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved aclidinium bromide 400 µg (Tudorza Pressair, Forest Laboratories) for maintenance treatment of bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, the agency announced. A dry powder inhaler taken twice a day, aclidinium bromide is a long–acting muscarinic receptor agonist that helps relax muscles around the large airways of the lungs. (Source: Medscape)

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Cervical cancer risk no higher in women with HIV

The 5–year risk of developing cervical cancer was similar in women with and without HIV infection as long as they were HPV negative and had normal cervical cytology, researchers said at the International AIDS Conference. (Source: Medpage Today)

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FDA OKs Kyprolis for myeloma

The FDA has approved the proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib (Kyprolis) for patients with previously treated multiple myeloma. The approval covers patients who have relapsed or refractory myeloma that has not responded to at least two prior regimens, one of which must be bortezomib (Velcade). Accepted into the FDA’s accelerated approval process, carfilzomib received a thumbs–up from the agency 1 month to the day after the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) voted 11–0, with one abstention, to recommend approval. (Source: Medpage Today)

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@DeepakChopra: The key to Ayurvedic eating is to balance the six tastes.

    Spiritual Update

(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

How To Handle Hindu Patient?

Most Hindus are vegetarians and avoid non–vegetarian items like meat and fish. They believe that taking somebody’s life creates bad Karma. Some Hindus will not even eat onion and garlic because as per them, these things are against spiritual health.

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    4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course (APVIC)

4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course–Excerpts from a Panel discussion Read More

The 4th Asia Pacific Vascular Interventional Course begins Read More

Excerpts of a talk and interview with Dr. Jacques Busquet by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Editor–in–Chief Cardiology eMedinewS Read More

4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course – Dr KK Aggarwal with Faculty Read More

Press Conference on 4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course – Dr KK Aggarwal with Faculty
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(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What are the duration of multiple pregnancies?

The duration of a normal singleton pregnancy ranges from 37 weeks to 42 weeks from the time of the last menstrual period. Twin pregnancies occasionally progress to 40 weeks but almost always deliver early. As the number of fetuses increases, the expected duration of the pregnancy decreases. The average duration is 35 weeks for twins, 33 weeks for triplets, and 29 weeks for quadruplets.

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    Tat Tvam Asi………and the Life Continues……

(Dr N K Bhatia, Medical Director, Mission Jan Jagriti Blood Bank)

Blood Grouping systems & Principles, Blood Group Discrepancies & their possible solutions

Examples of Blood Group Antigens:

  • ABO – A, B,
  • Rh (Rhesus) – D, C, E, c, e
  • K (Kell) – K, k
  • Fy (Duffy) – Fya, Fyb
  • Jk (Kidd) – Jka, Jkb
  • Le (Lewis) – Lea, Leb
  • MNS
  • P1

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    An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)

A Wise Donkey

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They each grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.

As every shovel of dirt hit his back, the donkey did something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed, as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of a hole is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest holes just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up!

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PCP Focus On Stroke Risk Pays Off For Patients Read More

Stressful Jobs May Hurt The Female Heart Read More

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Clinical Trials Credited For Increased Pediatric Cancer Survival Read More

Risk Factors For 2 Types Of Preterm Birth Vary Greatly Read More

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient developed asthma within a year of menopause.
Dr. Bad: It is not asthma.
Dr. Good: It is associated with menopause.
Lesson: The onset of asthma within a year of menopause is a separate asthma phenotype.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient with chest pain with normal ECG died half an hour later.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was acute MI not suspected?
Lesson: Make sure all patients of chest pain are observed for 12 hours. ECG can be normal in acute heart attack for up to six hours.

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    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta)

I am a BAMS. Why can’t I practice allopathy?

Q. I have a BAMS degree. I don’t know why Ayurvedic doctors are told not to prescribe allopathic drugs. After all, learnt both Ayurveda and modern medicine during my BAMS course. I want everybody’s opinion in this regard.


  1. All practitioners of medicine, whether allopathic or others, are Indian citizens.
  2. All Indian citizens are bound by Indian laws.
  3. The Indian law is clear that cross pathy is against law. Supreme Court judgments have considered and rejected the plea of learning modern medicine during BAMS and other similar courses. You need to read up those judgments.
  4. There is no use trying to get everybody’s opinion. It will remain illegal even if 100% opinion givers say that BAMS graduates can practice allopathy. Let those 100% opinion givers or the BAMS graduates themselves do one of the two things:
    1. Challenge the SC judgment.
    2. Get the parliament to amend the statutes to allow AYUSH practitioners to practice allopathy. After all, the Bharat Ratna husband of the present Congress supremo had gone as far ahead as to create a new law in "the interest of secularism". He acted against the SC judgment given in favour of Shah Bano, a 62 years old divorced Muslim woman.

      (FROM WIKIPEDIA––The orthodox Muslims in India felt threatened by what they perceived as an encroachment of the Muslim Personal Law, and protested loudly at the judgement. Their spokesmen were Muslim community leaders Obaidullah Khan Azmi and Syed Shahabuddin. They formed an organization known as the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and threatened to agitate in large numbers in all major cities. The then Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi, agreed to their demands and cited the gesture as an example of "secularism".

      In 1986, the Congress (I) party, which had an absolute majority in Parliament at the time, passed an act, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986, that nullified the Supreme Court’s judgment in the Shah Bano case.)

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  • Increase in serum chloride is seen in dehydration, renal tubular acidosis, acute renal failure, diabetes insipidus, prolonged diarrhea, salicylate toxicity, respiratory alkalosis, hypothalamic lesions, and adrenocortical hyperfunction.
  • Decrease in serum chloride is seen in excessive sweating, prolonged vomiting, salt–losing nephropathy, adrenocortical deficiency, various acid base disturbances, conditions characterized by expansion of extracellular fluid volume, acute intermittent porphyria, SIADH, etc.
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

A nurse at the weight loss clinic assesses a client who has a large abdomen and a rounded face. Which additional assessment finding would lead the nurse to suspect that the client has Cushing’s syndrome rather than obesity?

A. large thighs and upper arms
B. pendulous abdomen and large hips
C. abdominal striae and ankle enlargement
D. posterior neck fat pad and thin extremities

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: A client, who is suspected of having Pheochromocytoma, complains of sweating, palpitation and headache. Which assessment is essential for the nurse to make first?

A. Pupil reaction
B. Hand grips
C. Blood pressure
D. Blood glucose

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: C. Blood pressure

Correct answers received from: Dr Sushma Chawla, Dr PC Das, Dr Thakor Hitendrsinh G, Dr Mohit Sharma, Dr BB Aggarwal, Anil Bairaria, Dr Kanta Jain, Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Prabodh Kumar Gupta, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Avtar Krishan, Dr LC Dhoka, Dr Shashi Saini, Niraj Gupta, Dr KV Sarma.

Answer for 23rd July Mind Teaser:C. Impaired gas exchange

Correct answers received from: Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Sushma Chawla, Dr Prabodh Kumar Gupta.

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Law of Physical Surfaces: The chances of an open–faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug.

    Medicolegal Update

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

What is Dissociative identity disorder?

Dissociative identity occurs due to chronic mental trauma or stress. The affected person fails to integrate the various aspects of his personality. As a result, he has a different self–identity at different time, place and situation, which he again forgets in another place or time or situation where he presents with another identity. In the course of such shifting of personality, there are concurrent vague complaints of disease or trauma due to assault.

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    Public Forum

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Heart Care Foundation organizes seminar on the role of God Particle in health

Heart Care Foundation of India in association with International Centre for Spirituality and eMedinewS organized a seminar on "Higgs Boson Science and Health", the first of its kind, in the city here today.

Physics scholars, religious experts and doctors participated in the seminar. The program was moderated by Dr K K Aggarwal, Er Anuj Sinha former Director Vigyan Prasar and Mr A R Mehta.

The eminent faculty included Dr RK Dutta, Dr TV Venkateswaran, Prof CK Ghosh, Prof Amitabh Mukherjee, Prof Ashok Lal, Shri Nitin Srivastava, Ms Anjali Rai Mehta, Dr Rumesh Chandra, Shri Matiur Rahman, Dr Ram Singh Yadav, Dr HK Chopra, B K Veda Vyas, Dr ML Chawla, Dr K Kanwar, Prof Yogesh Kumar, Prof. Mohd Mohsin, Dr BK Singh, Shri Hemant Shah, Ms Jyoti Arora, Head Science Resource Centre, Amity International, New Delhi, Ms Kinkini Dasgupta Misra, Scientist, Vigyan Prasar, NOIDA, Dr D Bhowmik, Addl Prof Nephrology AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr BK Singh, AAI, New Delhi, Dr SK Verma, Shri Biman Basu Popular Science Author, New Delhi, Ms Puneeta Malhotra, Science Teacher KR Mangalam World School, New Delhi, Shri Ved Prakash Sharma, Radium Videomatics, New Delhi, Prof N Jaimini, Director CIE, Delhi University, Delhi, Shri RK Anthwal, Editor Aavishkar, NRDC, New Delhi and Dr Amita Chauhan, Chairperson Amity International, New Delhi.

In his introductory remarks Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that as per Vedic philosophy, the body is made up of non matter and the substance which converts the non–matter into matter has been identified as Higgs Boson.

In India, we have different pathies working at different atomic levels. Classical Homeopathy and Bhasma therapy in Ayurveda both work at the level of non–matter. Yoga and meditation also work at the level of consciousness. The identification of Higgs Boson in future may help in dealing with health care in a more positive and productive way.

The key points of the seminar were as below:

  • The Large Hadron Collider has produced the Higgs Boson Particle and this observation has stirred the imagination of scientists and philosophers. The confirmation of the observation will provide the missing links in the Standard Model theory.
  • The Higgs Boson has been the focus of great scientific speculation since it can account for the mass of key components of the universe–planets, stars and humans.
  • Typical ‘candidate’ events, when two high energy photons collide have been observed and this has been a great success of this international experiment at CERN.
  • The grand unified theory that will unite three of the four fundamental forces (weak force, electromagnetic force and strong force) will get a significant support now.
  • Dr Peter Higgs had hypothesized the existence of the Higgs field and the Higgs Boson about 50 years ago and experiments have now verified his theory.
  • The origin of the universe and the few moments after the ‘Big Bang’ has been the subject of intense research and there is excitement because of the data now being generated.
  • Indian scientists and engineers have contributed to the facility in terms of vital equipment, designing experiments and analyzing the data. This is a significant achievement.
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  1. KK, Regarding eating onion, garlic etc the Jains do not eat all roots which include onion, garlic, turmeric, carrots, ginger etc because while digging these out of the dirt, many insects, earth worms are killed. Many Jains use mask all the time to prevent breathing in of microorganisms and also do not eat after sun set with the belief that microorganism settle on many things at sun set. Please correct me if I am wrong. Kanta Nanda

    A: you are right. There teaching is based on Leshyas which is the state of mind. As per Jainism there are six Leshyas. These six friends’ state of mind represent six types of leshyas. They are krishna (black) leshya; neel (blue) leshya; kapot (brown) leshya; tejo (red) leshya; padma (yellow) leshya and shukla (white) leshya. Jainism teaches the concept of white shukla white leshya in which any harm to any organism is considered bad.
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All are cordially invited for the 2nd National Conference of IYCF Chapter of IAP. This conference is organized by: IYCF Chapter, MOH&FW GOI, MOWCD GOI, WHO, UNICEF, IMLEA, SDHE Trust.
The theme of the conference is: "Proper Nutrition: Defeat Malnutrition – Investing in the Future"
Venue: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi – 110 003.
Date: 5th Aug 2012
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September 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001

A non stop question answer session between all the top cardiologists of the NCR region and the mass public. Event will be promoted through hoardings, our publications and the press. Public health discussions

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