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Vegetarian diet may lower risk for developing metabolic syndrome

Individuals who consume a vegetarian diet have a lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than those who do not, according to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care.

After examining the diets of some 773 people, researchers found those adhering to a vegetarian dietary pattern were at a 56% lower risk for developing the metabolic syndrome than nonvegetarians, and that triglycerides, glucose, blood pressure, waist circumference, and body mass index (BMI) were all significantly lower in vegetarians than in non–vegetarians, even after adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, and dietary intake.

The incidence of metabolic syndrome was low in Vedic era. The weekly fast with no carbohydrate intake and vegetarian diet were all preventive.

The only example of probable metabolic syndrome in mythology was of Lord Ganesha with increased abdominal circumference with preference for eating sweets or laddoos. But Ganesha pooja is incomplete without the use of durva grass, consumption of bel, katha (cathechu) and jamun. In Ayurveda, these are known to posses anti-metabolic syndrome properties (insulin sensitizers).

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Influenza vaccination in individuals with egg allergy

For the patient who is six months of age or older and has known egg allergy of any severity, administer an age–appropriate, approved vaccine that contains the lowest ovalbumin per dose without prior vaccine skin testing, followed by a 30 minute observation period in a facility prepared to recognize and treat anaphylaxis.

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Evidence–based Management of Hirsutism

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‘Hirsutism: Introduction’

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World No Tobacco Day – HCFI Crusade

Vote for No Tobacco Campaign was an unique initiative of Heart Care Foundation on India (HCFI) in 2004 on the eve of World No Tobacco Day in which tobacco was depicted as carricatures Mr & Mrs Tobacco to sensitize the general public about the ill effects of tobacco usage in any form (cigrettes, Hooka, gutka, tobacco chewing etc.).The campaign was through hoardings, public meetings, exhibition etc.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

Fall from heights second largest cause of spinal injuries: Study

NEW DELHI: After road accidents, fall from electric poles and heights (roofs/balconies) is the second largest cause of spinal cord injuries, an epidemiological study conducted by the Indian Spinal Injuries Centre (ISIC) has revealed. The study was undertaken to gauge the demographic profile of spinal cord injury patients treated at the ISIC in over a decade. It revealed that after road accidents, fall from balconies, roofs and electric poles account for the largest number of spinal cord injuries and disabilities in the country. The study, which analysed 1,138 patients, covers the largest geographical distribution of population from both rural and urban areas. According to it, road traffic accidents and fall from height account for 45 per cent and 39.63 per cent respectively of the total cases. A telephonic survey involving 150 of the patients who sustained injury due to a fall revealed that fall from roof and balcony (38.67 per cent) was more common than fall from an electric pole (15.33 per cent). The study noted that fall from electric poles took place while the patients were at work or trying to steal electricity. Electric shocks lead to loss of balance, causing the person to fall backwards. Associated electric burns also need to be managed. Assault, fall of overhead load, sports and others accounted for 5.27 per cent, 2.4 per cent, 2.28 per cent and 1.23 per cent respectively of all spinal cord injuries. (Source: The Hindu, May 23, 2011)

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    International News

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

Fidgeting to stay fit?

According to a new study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The study, conducted at the department of Kinesiology and Health Science at Queens University in Ontario, Canada, shows that people who are more active throughout the day by fidgeting, walking, cooking, gardening or performing household chores happen to have a higher level of cardiovascular fitness than those who do not. Researchers studied a group of 135 sedentary men and women who were overweight. Each person wore an accelerometer for seven days, over the course of which researchers measured their incidental physical activity (such as walking, fidgeting or any other low intensity movement). They then measured each participant’s cardiorespiratory fitness with a maximal treadmill exercise test. Results showed that even though they did not exercise, participants performed an average of 300 minutes (or five hours) per day of low–intensity activity. Those who performed more activity were significantly more likely to have a high level of cardiovascular fitness.

Don’t get the wrong idea – this study is not an excuse to skip the gym. However, it shows that every bit of movement counts toward your goal to stay active, so remember to keep moving no matter how low the intensity is!

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Real–world study confirms cervical cancer screening guidelines

Screening for cervical cancer using Pap or HPV testing can safely take place every three years for women over 30. And the more recent test for human papillomavirus (HPV) may be more accurate than the standard Pap smear in determining cancer risk, according to Hormuzd Katki, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md. The findings, based on medical records of more than 300,000 women, are a real–world confirmation of what has been seen in studies, Katki told reporters in an advance press conference for the June American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Katki’s group is scheduled to present the results at ASCO 2011.

FDA finalizes new restrictions on Rosiglitazone

Rosiglitazone will no longer be available in retail pharmacies after Nov. 18, according to a new risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS) document released Wednesday by the FDA.

Higher heart rate acts as prognostic marker

A rapid heart rate in chronic heart failure patients carries a higher mortality risk regardless of ejection fraction status, but also predicts a modest survival benefit from candesartan, researcher Davide Castagno, MD, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and colleagues reported.

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@PritishNandy: Cheese is free in a mouse trap. (Old Chinese proverb)

    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Bhoot Pisaach Nikat Nahi Avei
Mahabir Jab Naam Sunavei

Meaning: You are the supreme brahmachari, conserving your energy.

Spiritual Significance: By repeating the name of Hanumana, all the ghosts and demons are chased away. By practicing regular Pranayama, you can also keep Bhoot, Pishach and bad thoughts at bay. They are the memories of people in the dreams. Bhoot is someone known and Pret is memories of someone unknown. If someone unknown gives us dreadful feeling in our dreams, he or she is Pishach. These dreams comes in the REM phase of sleep. Regular Pranayama reduces the REM sleep duration and gets rid of these dreadful dreams.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr. Anupama Sethi Malhotra)

Mind the genie in the lamp

There once was a very poor man, who woke up hungry with only one rupee left in his pocket. He decides to go to the market and see if his rupee could buy him some left over fruit. At the market he meets a fancy clothed man behind a table with a beautiful oil lamp on it, and a sign that reads "1 rupee".
The poor man can’t believe his eyes, and asks the man what the catch is.
It’s true, the lamp only costs 1 rupee, the man says. And he explains that in the lamp there lives a genie, who fulfills all your desires."Then why do you sell it?", the poor man wants to know.

"Well, the genie is always active and rather impatient", it is explained. "And if you don’t pay attention to him, he’ll start taking things away again". "Well OK", the poor man says. "Since I don’t have much to lose I will buy it from you".
When he arrives back home, he rubs the lamp and the genie appears. "How can I serve you, master?", he asks. "Prepare me a meal worthy of a king", the poor man commands. Within a second the genie serves an opulent meal with 87 courses. The poor man is delighted, but when he wants to start eating, the genie asks again – "And how can I serve you master?"

Keeping in mind that the genie can also take away all the goodies, the poor man commands: "Build me a beautiful castle, suitable for a maharaja!" Only a few seconds pass by, and the man now finds himself in a beautiful palace. He likes to explore it, but there comes the genie again, asking "How can I serve you, master?" Every wish is immediately fulfilled, and when ignored, the genie takes away everything.

The poor man is annoyed and goes to the village sage, where he explains his problem. After a silent conversation, the poor man steps to the genie and says: ‘Genie, build me a large pole and stick it in the ground". The genie immediately builds a pole and sticks it in the ground. "Now genie, I want you to climb up and down the pole, over and over again". The genie starts climbing right away. And now the man has time to eat his meal, explore his palace and do other things. When he and the sage go to see what the genie is doing, they see that he has fallen asleep next to the pole.

"And so it is with the thinking genie of every man", explains the sage. "It is restless in its desire to satisfy every desire, and fragments our being. The pole is a tool called a ‘mantra’. By repeating it over and over again, our restless mind is kept busy until it gets so bored that it falls asleep. And this way our true self can enjoy the world."

Lesson: You are more than your mind – don’t worry and enjoy yourself.

    Infertility Update

(Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation)

What are the psychological assessment of gamete donors and recipients?

A psychosocial history should include:

  1. Family history
  2. Educational background
  3. Assessment of stability
  4. Motivation to donate
  5. Current life stressors and coping skills
  6. Difficult or traumatic reproductive history
  7. Interpersonal relationships
  8. Sexual history
  9. Travel history
  10. History of major psychiatric and personality disorders
  11. Substance abuse in donor or first–degree relatives
  12. Legal history
  13. History of abuse or neglect

The donor should be informed about all relevant aspects of the medical treatment. The FDA requires that records pertaining to each donor (Screening and test results) be maintained for at least 10 years.

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    Pediatric Update

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

What is the clinical definition of pneumonia?

Pneumonia kills more children globally than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined, yet little attention is given to pneumonia. The clinical definition of pneumonia is:

Symptoms: Fever (>38.5 axilla) and cough or difficult breathing

Signs: Breathing >50/min for infants age 2 months up to 1 year; breathing >40/min for children age 1 to 5 years

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with pneumonia came with mild breathlessness.
Dr Bad: Admit in ICU.
Dr Good: Admit in ward.
Lesson: The 2007 IDSA/ATS consensus guidelines identified two major criteria for direct admission to an intensive care unit: septic shock requiring vasopressor support and requirement for mechanical ventilation. The presence of either criterion requires ICU care. (Clin Infect Dis 2007;44 Suppl 2:S27).

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with dengue after platelet transfusion developed acute lung injury.
Reaction: Oh my God! why were platelets transfused?
Lesson: Make sure that no platelets are transfused unless there is significant spontaneous bleeding.

    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

What should the diet be just before bariatric surgery?

There are some general guidelines that should be followed before the surgery:

  • Take your time while eating or drinking. Allow plenty of time to eat your meal (20–45 minutes).
  • Stop eating at the FIRST sign of fullness. You may not feel fullness or hunger for the first few weeks after the surgery. Follow the prescribed portions.
  • Sip at least 48–64 oz. of calorie free non–carbonated beverages.
  • Wait at least one hour between eating and drinking.
  • Take small bites and CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL.
  • Avoid concentrated sweets and sugar.
  • Take your vitamins and minerals through fruits and vegetables daily.
  SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Worries & tensions are like birds. We can’t stop them from flying near us but we can certainly stop them from making a nest in our minds.

    Medicolegal Update

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

What is a Grievous Hurt/injury–Indian law?

It is very difficult for doctor to draw a line between those bodily hurts which are serious and those which are slight. To make out the offence of voluntarily causing grievous hurt there must be some specific hurt, voluntarily inflicted and coming within the scope of following as per Indian law: As per 320 Indian Penal Code the following kinds of hurt only are designated as "grievous";

  1. Emasculation: It means depriving a male of masculine power.
  2. Permanent privation of sight of either eye: The gravity lies in the permanency because it deprives a person the use of the organ of sight.
  3. Permanent privation of the hearing of either ear: It deprives a man of his sense of hearing. Injury to the tympanum or auditory nerve or by thrusting something into the ear which causes deafness.
  4. Privation of any member or joint: The term ‘member’ means an organ or a limb being part of man capable of performing a distinct function. It includes, nose, mouth, hands, feet, phalanges etc.
  5. Destruction or permanent impairing of the powers of any member or joint: the use of limbs and joints of body are essential to the discharge of the normal functions of the body. Their deprivation causes lifelong crippling and makes the person defenseless and miserable.
  6. Permanent disfiguration of the head or face: The word ‘disfigure’ means to cause some external injuries which detracts from his personal appearance but does not weaken him
  7. Fracture or dislocation of a bone or tooth: It is not necessary that a bone should be cut through and through, the cut should be up to the medulla. If there is a break by cutting or splintering of the bone or there is a rupture or fissure in it, it would amount to a fracture but the doctor must document the dimensions of fracture and duration/age correlation with age of injury. Dislocation means displacement. Mere looseness of teeth will not amount to dislocation. It has to be proved that the tooth was originally not loose and that there was fracture or dislocation by the injury.
  8. Any hurt which endangers life or which causes the victim to be in severe bodily pain or unable to follow his ordinary pursuits for a period of 20 days: A wound may cause intense pain, prolonged disease or long lasting body injury but does not fall under any of the seven clauses. A body injury/beating may not mutilate the sufferer or fracture his bones but may be so harsh and painful may cause even death. The eighth clause provides for such hurts. Under this, three different clauses of hurt are included. These are:
    • Any hurt which endangers life
    • Any hurt which causes the victim to be in severe bodily pain for a period of 20 days
    • Any hurt which prevents the victim from following his ordinary pursuits for a period of 20 days
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

B12 deficiency requires high supplement doses

Vitamin B12 deficiency is fairly common among older people and can cause anemia, pain and depression. Supplementation with cobalamin may reverse the deficiency, however, the ideal dose when given orally is yet to be determined. A team from the University of Wageningen undertook a study in which 120 participants were given either 2.5, 100, 250, 500 or 1,000μg (micrograms) of cyanocobalamin in capsules per day. These doses cover the full range from recommended dietary allowance in the Netherlands to the normal dose used in injections for B12 deficiency. The participants were aged 70 to 94, with an average age of 80. They were all mildly deficient in vitamin B12, with serum concentrations of 100 to 300 picomoles per liter. Their levels of methylmalonic acid (MMA, a marker for vitamin B12 deficiency) were above 0.26μmol per liter, showing a deficiency. All of the participants received each of the experimental doses for 16 weeks, in a random order. Compliance with the medication was very high, at 98 per cent. Overall, levels of MMA and serum vitamin B12 improved with increasing doses of cobalamin. Elevated MMA was significantly reduced after 8 weeks, and remained so after 16 weeks. The percentages of participants whose MMA reduced to below 0.26μmol per liter when taking 2.5, 100, 250, 500 or 1,000μg cobalamin were 21, 38, 52, 62 and 76 per cent respectively.

The researchers explain that a major knowledge gap existed over the lowest oral cobalamin dose required to normalize elevated MMA. They state that in this study, a daily dose of 647–1032μg was the lowest dose to give 80–90 per cent of the maximum reduction in MMA. These doses led to an average reduction in MMA of 33 per cent. However, they add that diagnosing vitamin B12 deficiency is complicated due to the limitations of current techniques. The authors conclude that the lowest dose needed to normalize vitamin B12 deficiency is more than 200 times higher than the recommended dietary allowance. They add that the relevance of treating vitamin B12 deficiency in older people could be substantial, were further trials able to show benefits to cognitive functioning and depression.
(Ref: Eussen SJ, et al. Oral cyanocobalamin supplementation in older people with vitamin B12 deficiency. Arch Intern Med 2005;165:1167–72)

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………
(Dr GM Singh)

A 35 year old insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) patient on Insulin for the past 10 years complains of gradually progressive painless loss of vision. Most likely he has?

A) Cataract
B) Vitreous hemorrhage
C) Total rhegmatogenous retinal detachment
D) Tractional retinal detachment not involving the macula

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The SA node acts as a pacemaker of the heart because of the fact that it:

1. Is capable of generating impulses spontaneously
2. Has rich sympathetic innervations
3. Has poor cholinergic innervations
4. Generates impulses at the highest rate

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 4. Generates impulses at the highest rate.

Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr. Surendra Bahadur Mathur, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr K.Raju, Dr Anil Bairaria.

Answer for 24th May Mind Teaser
: D. Phosphorus
Correct answers received from: Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr U Gaur, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Aliza Mittal, Dr Y J Vasavada.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Tests for Adrenal insufficiency & Addison’s disease

Serum electrolytes (Sodium, Potassium, Chloride and Carbon dioxide): To help detect and evaluate the severity of an existing electrolyte imbalance and to monitor the effectiveness of treatment. Electrolytes may be affected by many conditions; with Addison’s disease the sodium, chloride, and carbon dioxide levels are often low, while the potassium level may be very high.

BUN and Creatinine are also done.

    Medi Finance Update

Is there any provision in case a doctor fails to file the return within the time limit?

Ans. A doctor can file a belated return within a year from the assessment year or before the assessment is completed, whichever is earlier.

    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Large family

The mother of a large family was explaining why she dresses her children alike, right down to the youngest baby. "When we had just four children, I dressed them alike so we wouldn’t lose any of them." "Now," she added, looking around at her brood of nine, "I dress them alike so we won’t pick up any that don’t belong to us."

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
DCI Approval Date
S(+) Etodolac 5/10%w/w + Camphor 4%w/w + Menthol 10%w/w + Methyl salicylate 5%w/w + Linseed oil 3%w/w
For the painful & inflammatory conditions associated with joint, tendons, ligaments and muscles
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Ankylosing spondylitis and interleukins

The increased serum IL–17 and IL–23 levels in ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients found in a preliminary study suggest that these two cytokines may play critical roles in the pathogenesis of AS.

    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

World No Tobacco Day–31st May

Pregnant ladies beware of smoking

Women who smoke or are exposed to second hand smoking during pregnancy are at greater risk for spontaneous pregnancy loss, preterm delivery, low birth weight, premature rupture of membrane, bleeding during pregnancy, low lying placenta and death of fetus within the uterus.

Most of these risk factors can be reduced by smoking cessation, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India. He further said that quitting smoking during pregnancy is of maximum benefit if it occurs early in the pregnancy, specifically, in the first three months of pregnancy but quitting at any time has benefits. Women who are unable to quit smoking should be encouraged to reduce the number of cigarettes for better maternal and fetus benefits. In most cases, quitting is possible by behavioural and educational interventions, but some, specifically heavy smokers will require drugs for the cessation of smoking.

Counseling of smoking should continue after pregnancy as post pregnancy relapse is common and most smokers resume smoking post delivery in the first year of delivery itself.

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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 have total insight into all the medico legal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. The conference will be organised at the Auditorium of Chinmaya Mission Lodhi Road and will have both medical and legal experts interacting 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 us request at rekhapopola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

Session: Ethical Issues in Medical Research (8 am to 8.30 am)
Topics: Rights of a patient in a clinical trial
           Ethical Issues in a clinical trial
           Statutory permits required for conducting a clinical trial

Session: Medical ethics and organ donations (8.30 am to 9.00 am)
Topics: Ethical issues in IVF practice
           100% voluntary blood donation
           Need for do not resuscitate law in India
           Ethical issues in organ transplantation

Session: Handling death (9.00 am to 9.30 am)
Topics: How to declare death?
           Spiritual considerations in a dying patient
           Medico legal and ethical issues in post mortem

Session: Medical Insurance (9.30 am to 10 am)
Topic: Indemnity Insurance
          Engaging a lawyer
          Understanding various court procedures

Session: How to handle medico legal case? (10 am to 10.30 am)
Topic: When to do the MLC?
          Checklist of a MLC case
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Session: Medical consent (10.30 am to 11 am)
Topics: Types of consent
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Session: Fallacies in acts applicable to medical profession (11 am to 11.30 am)
Topic: MTP, PNDT Act
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Inauguration (11.30 am – 12 noon)

Session: Professional misconduct and professional ethics (12 noon – 1 pm)
Session: When It is not a negligence (1 pm – 2 pm)


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
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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

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