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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 …

27th May 2011, Friday                                eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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6 simple steps to keep your mind sharp at any age
(Harvard Health Beat Excerpts)

1. Keep learning: Challenging your brain with mental exercise is believed to activate processes that help maintain individual brain cells and stimulate communication among them.

2. Use all your senses: The more senses you use in learning something, the more of your brain will be involved in retaining the memory.

3. Believe in yourself: Middle–aged and older learners do worse on memory tasks when they’re exposed to negative stereotypes about aging and memory, and better when the messages are positive about memory preservation into old age.

4. Prioritize your brain use: Take advantage of calendars and planners, maps, shopping lists, file folders, and address books to keep routine information accessible. Designate a place at home for your glasses, purse, keys, and other items you use often.

5. Repeat what you want to know: When you want to remember something you’ve just heard, read, or thought about, repeat it out loud or write it down.

6. Space it out: Repetition is most potent as a learning tool when it’s properly timed. It’s best not to repeat something many times in a short period, as if you were cramming for an exam. Instead, re–study the essentials after increasingly longer periods of time — once an hour, then every few hours, then every day. Spacing out periods of study is particularly valuable when you are trying to master complicated information, such as the details of a new work assignment.

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

Treatment of HIV and tuberculosis

For patients with a CD4 count <500 cells/mm3, start integrated treatment of tuberculosis and HIV infection rather than sequential therapy.

 
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CKD Update

Dr KK Aggarwal Speaks on
‘Additional Lab tests: eGFR < 50’

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    Photo Feature (From HCFI Photo Gallery)

World No Tobacco Day – HCFI campaign through hoardings

‘No Tobacco’ Campaign was an unique initiative of Heart Care Foundation on India (HCFI) in 2004 using carricatures ‘Mr & Mrs Tobacco’ to sensitize the general public about the ill-effects of tobacco usage in any form.

 
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    National News

Air ambulance crashes near Delhi, 10 killed

Ten persons, including all seven onboard a small civil chartered aircraft were killed when the medical ambulance flight to Delhi from Patna crashed into a densely–populated residential area in bad weather near Faridabad on Wednesday. Faridabad’s SDM Pradeep said three persons on ground were among the dead when the P–12 turboprop aircraft belonging to Delhi-based Air Chartered Services India Pvt Limted crashed in Jawaharnagar locality near the IAF station at around 10:35 PM shortly before landing at IGI airport in Delhi. Two persons were also injured in the crash. The persons who lost their lives on the ground are believed to be residents of the houses hit by the plane. According to Delhi airport sources, the airplane lost control and nosedived from a height of about 8,000 feet fifteen minutes before landing. There was strong gusty winds due to a duststorm at the time of the crash. The plane caught fire as soon as it crashed on two houses sending up plumes of smoke. The airplane was ferrying a critically ill patient Rahul Raj, a young Patna–based businessman, to be taken to Apollo Hospital in New Delhi for further medical management. Raj, who was in coma, was undergoing treatment in Patna’s Jagdish Memorial hospital. The airplane was arranged by Apollo Hospital.

Besides the two pilots, two doctors and two medical attendants accompanying the patient were on board the ill–fated aircraft. The plane was piloted by Harpreeet with Manjeet Kataria as the co–pilot. Dr Arshad and Dr Rajesh were the doctors while Ratnesh Kumar and Shiril the medical attendants. The bodies of all the 10 victims were charred beyond recognition, according to Faridabad Police Commissioner P K Agarwal.

TOI adds: A small aircraft with seven on board crashed into a colony in Faridabad’s sector 22 around 10.45 pm on Wednesday, killing all on board. They included the 22–year–old patient, Rahul Raj, an attendant, two doctors, one male nurse, the pilot and co–pilot. Those killed were Dr Rajesh, Dr Arshad, Captain Harpreet, co–pilot Manpreet Kataria, Ratnesh Kumar and male nurse Cyril.

Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, Editor eMedinewS comments: This is a typical professional hazard with both doctors and the patients losing their life. There should be guidelines for the safety of doctors and the nurses who travel to transport patients.

Once restricted, malaria now spreads wings all year round

MUMBAI: Malaria is no longer restricted to just monsoon months as in the past. Spurred on by widespread construction activity and the resulting poor sanitation, the disease has becomes a round–the–year feature in Mumbai, killing less people but afflicting more. Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) figures show that 14,814 people fell victim to malaria between the months of June and September last year. The number for the rest of the year, however, was four times higher–61,941. In all, 76,755 contracted the ailment in 2010, 74% more than the 2009’s figure of 44,035. During the same period, the fatalities from malaria decreased from 198 to 145. Doctors and experts blame Mumbai’s ever–growing population and endless construction activity for malaria’s year–round survival. Of course, what adds to the problem is the malarial parasite’s increased resistance. (Source: TOI, May 23, 2011)

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    International News

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

Set your own pace

A recently published study shows that setting one’s pace when exercising helps people progress better, helps them meet the American College of Sports Medicine recommendations, and may contribute to exercise adherence. In this study, which was conducted in Taiwan, researchers were curious to learn more about "self–selected intensity"– in short, what speed and intensity individuals chose to exercise at (without any specific requirements). They allowed people with different exercise levels to exercise at their own pace and examined the outcome. Researchers studied a group of 26 men with varying degrees of exercise experience and fitness. They separated the subjects into two groups: experienced (regular) exercisers and non–experienced exercisers. They had each group do a 30 minute running exercise on two occasions, once in an outdoor setting and once on a treadmill; each time, participants selected their own pace. They found that there was a heightened heart rate response in non–experienced exercisers, which was to be expected. However, they also found that there was a higher heart rate response in the outdoor setting, meaning individuals tended to push themselves more when they weren’t controlling their speed on a treadmill.

While this may seem counterintuitive, several important lessons can be learned from the study. If you are a new exerciser, it may be best to stick to a treadmill workout until you become more experienced.
However, seasoned athletes are encouraged to run outside from time to time to test their athleticism. Either way, don't forget the importance of weight training, which is essential to any workout regimen.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

BP control in elderly safe and beneficial

For patients older than 70, a reduction in blood pressure is associated with a mortality reduction, an observational study of military veterans showed. For these patients, the lowest mortality rate during an eight–year period was found in those who achieved a systolic blood pressure between 130 and 139 mm Hg (16.7%), according to Vasilios Papademetriou, MD, of the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Inexpensive dietary supplement may prevent preeclampsia in high–risk women

An inexpensive dietary supplement appears to help prevent the serious pregnancy complication preeclampsia in high–risk women, according to a study published May 19 in BMJ Online First.

(Dr GM Singh)

Drugs that are commonly abused

Narcotic – Painkillers (opioids)

• Oxycodone
• Hydrocodone
• Meperidine

Medical uses: Opioids are used to treat pain or relieve cough or diarrhea. They attach to opioid receptors in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and prevent the brain from receiving pain messages.

CNS depressants
• Pentobarbital sodium
• Diazepam
• Alprazolam

Medical uses: CNS depessants are used to treat anxiety, tension, panic attack, sleep disorders. They slow down brain activity by increasing the ativity of a neurotransmitter called GABA. The result is a drowsy or calming effect.

Stimulants
• Methylphenidate
• Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine

Medical uses: Stimulants can be used to treat narcolepsy and ADHD. They increase brain activity, resulting in greater alertness, attention and energy. Most people who take prescription medications, use them responsibly. But, when abused i.e. taken by someone other then the patient for whom the medications are prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other then what was prescribed – these medications can provide serious adverse health effects and can lead to addiction.

 
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@PritishNandy: The solution for our healthcare problems starts with our children. We need to get them moving!

 
    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Nasei Rog Hare Sab Peera
Japat Nirantar Hanumanat Beera

Meaning: All diseases and sufferings are destroyed by the constant repetition of the name of Hanumana.

Spiritual Significance: By regularly doing Pranayama, one can get rid of diseases and sufferings.

 
    An Inspirational Story

The world united

Once the commander in chief of an army was on his way back to his kingdom after a bloody war and chanced to meet a monk who was in deep meditation. He waited for the monk to open his eyes and when the monk did so bowed to him and asked, "Sir, which is the way to heaven and which is the way to hell?" The monk laughed at him and asked "Who appointed a fool like you as the Commander?" Stung by this taunt, the commander drew his sword and the monk said "The gates of hell are about to open". Stunned by the reply from the monk the commander pushed the sword back into the scabbard and the monk said "The gates of heaven are now open."

 
    Infertility Update

(Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Director Precious Baby Foundation)

Is there anything women should beware of?

Beware of "fertility specialists" who deliver babies. Beware of doctors who dismiss your concerns or take the attitude that he/she knows best what’s best for you. Beware of doctors who don’t respond to your questions or return your calls. Beware of doctors who focus on the services offered their clinics even though your reading has alerted you to a treatment appropriate for your diagnosis that isn’t mentioned. Most of all, beware of being complacent. You are your own best advocate, and it is your responsibility to educate yourself. There are so many sources of good information about the treatment and prevention of infertility, use them. Ask your doctor questions. Participate in your own treatment plan. Be in charge of your own fertility.

 
    Pediatric Update

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

How is pneumonia classified according to severity?

Definitions of severity

Non–severe pneumonia: Symptoms and signs of pneumonia plus no chest in–drawing, grunting, or "danger signs."

Severe pneumonia: Difficult breathing, plus any general danger sign or chest in–drawing or grunting in a calm child.

 
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with FUO was advised CT scan of abdomen.
Dr. Bad: It is not required.
Dr. Good: Go ahead.
Lesson: The usefulness of CT scan has resulted in this examination being used in nearly all patients with FUO. In fact, both CT abdomen and CT chest are invariably done as part of FUO evaluation.

Make Sure

Situation: A 62–year–old diabetic with coronary artery disease, on treatment for the same, comes for follow up.
Rection: Oh my God! Why was he not put on antioxidants?
Lasson: Make Sure to add antioxidants to the prescription because of their free radical scavenging and other beneficial effects.

 
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    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Why should we know about metabolic syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is worth caring about because it is a condition that can pave the way to both diabetes and heart disease, two of the most common and important chronic diseases today.
Metabolic syndrome increases the risk of type 2 diabetes (the common type of diabetes) anywhere from 9–30 times over the normal population. That’s a huge increase. As to the risk of heart disease, studies vary, but the metabolic syndrome appears to increase the risk 2–4 times that of the normal population.

There are other concerns as well that should be mentioned. Metabolic syndrome is associated with fat accumulation in the liver (fatty liver), resulting in inflammation and the potential for cirrhosis. The kidneys can also be affected, as there is an association with microalbuminuria –– the leaking of protein into the urine, a subtle but clear indication of kidney damage.

Other problems associated with metabolic syndrome include obstructive sleep apnea, polycystic ovary syndrome, increased risk of dementia with aging, and cognitive decline in the elderly

 
  SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

A real diplomat is one who can cut his neighbor's throat without having his neighbor notice it. Trygve Lie

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

What is Dangerous Weapon or Means – Indian Penal Code

The Section 324 of IPC states that any instrument for shooting, stabbing, cutting or any instrument used as a weapon of offence likely to cause death or by means of fire or any heated substance or by means of poison or any corrosive substance or by means of any explosive or by means of any substance which is deleterious to the human body to inhale, to swallow, or to receive into the blood or by means of any animal. These are all considered as dangerous weapons. The duty of the attending doctor is to record all the injuries, its dimension as far as possible, and the body parts where the injuries are located the nature of injury, whether simple or grievous, caused by sharp/blunt object, age or duration of injury alongwith the vital parameters like blood pressure, pulse, respiration and the mental status of the patient. When an investigating officer comes to the hospital, he needs some specific answers for his legal investigation and to book a case under law of the land.

  • The injuries present could be a self–inflicted or fabricated one? If yes, please mention the forensic justification
  • Is there any sign, symptom or smell of alcohol or any drug intoxication? If yes, please opine about his mental status due the influence of intoxication; also preserve a blood sample.
  • Please opine if the injured or intoxicated patient is fit to record his statement? If no, please give due reasons and an approximate time interval for medical evaluation for his/her fitness for statement.
  • Is the condition of patient is critical, severe or serious? If so, the dying declaration must be recorded by the attending doctor in the presence of one or two witnesses.
 
  Rabies Update

(Dr AK Gupta, Author of "RABIES – the worst death")

Can rabies be transmitted through sexual intercourse?

Rabies virus is present in the semen and to some extent in vaginal secretions. Priapism, increased sexual libido and indulgence are seen both in men and women patients. Hence, in the exposed person, a full course of rabies post–exposure vaccination either by Intramuscular (IM) or Intradermal (ID) route should be given. If there is any doubt of category 3 exposures, that is, abrasion on penis or in vagina, then even serum or HRIG must also be given by IM route.

Does kissing a rabies patient call for anti–rabies vaccination?

Kissing a patient with rabies may transmit disease as there may be contact with the patient’s saliva. Full post–exposure immunization must be given either by Intramuscular (IM) or Intradermal (ID) route. If there are ulcers in the mouth of the exposed person, then RIGs must be given by IM route.

 
  Gyne Update

(Dr Maninder Ahuja, Secretary General IMS)

Physical activity and breast cancer risk in Japanese women

Although the underlying mechanisms remain unclear, physical activity has been consistently shown to reduce breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women. More recently, there is evidence that the risk reduction is even seen in premenopausal women. However, it is still unknown whether the reduction in risk of breast cancer is similar in Asian women, as most of the previous studies were performed in Western people. Suzuki and colleagues have recently conducted a hospital–based, case–control study in Japanese women that considered age and intensity of physical activity. They found that strenuous but not moderate physical activity at the age of 12 years was inversely associated with both pre– and postmenopausal breast cancer risk across estrogen receptor (ER) and progestogen receptor (PR) subtypes (overall odds ratio 0.24; 95% confidence interval 0.14–0.43), and that moderate physical activity in the preceding 5 years was associated with a decrease in risk for postmenopausal breast cancer, but only for ER+ and PR+ tumors, suggesting that the time and optimal intensity of physical activity are involved in the reduction in risk of breast cancer. They also showed that physical activity at the age of 20 years was weakly associated with breast cancer risk, but only when the physical activity was of moderate intensity.

Physical activity increases serum levels of sex hormone binding globulin, decreases the level of insulin and bioactive IGF–I and causes positive effects on non–estrogen–related mechanisms such as immune function and antioxidant enzymes. It is also interesting to consider the effect of physical activity on risks of malignancies in other organs. Convincing evidence exists that physical activity is associated with colorectal cancer and possibly with endometrial cancer.

(Source: As reported in Menopause live, IMS Updates, 13th Sept.2010)

 
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamins may help prevent strokes in lupus patients

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients have an increased risk of suffering strokes, heart attacks, and other arterial thrombotic events such as gangrene of the fingers. It is believed that this higher risk is at least partially related to a greater propensity among SLE patients to develop premature atherosclerosis. High concentrations of homocysteine (a sulphur–containing amino acid) have previously been linked to an increased risk of stroke and coronary artery disease. Now researchers at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions report that many SLE patients have high homocysteine levels and that these higher levels correspond to a significantly increased risk for stroke and other thrombotic events. The study involved 337 SLE patients who were followed for an average of 4.8 years. The average age of the patients was 35 years and 93 per cent of them were women. The researchers found that 15 per cent of the patients had raised homocysteine levels (greater than 14.1 micromol/liter). They also noted a strong inverse correlation between homocysteine levels and the levels of folic acid and vitamin B–6 in the blood. After adjusting for other relevant risk factors the researchers conclude that SLE patients with elevated homocysteine levels have a 2.4 times higher risk of having a stroke and a 3.5 times higher risk of having an arterial thrombotic event. The researchers suggest that supplementation with folic acid and vitamin B–6 may help prevent thrombotic events in SLE patients. Other studies have found a clear inverse correlation between homocysteine levels and vitamin B–12 levels. This correlation was not observed in the present study – most likely because the patients were relatively young and therefore less likely to be deficient in vitamin B–12.

(Ref: Petri M, et al. Plasma homocysteine as a risk factor for atherothrombotic events in systemic lupus erythematosus. The Lancet 1996;348:1120–24)

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………
(Dr GM Singh)

In which of the following, does a reduction in arterial oxygen tension occur?

1. Anemia
2. CO poisoning
3. Moderate exercise
4. Hypoventilation

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 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

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser:
A. Cataract

Correct answers received from: Dr BB Aggarwal, Dr U Gaur, Dr Surendra Bahadur Mathur,
Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay.

Answer for 25th May Mind Teaser: 4. Generates impulses at the highest rate.
Correct answers received from: Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai,
Dr Manjesha, Dr Anjani.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH)

To help diagnose adrenal and pituitary diseases such as Cushing’s syndrome, Cushing’s disease, Addison’s disease, adrenal tumors, and pituitary tumors.

 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is Alpha?

Alpha is a mathematical measure of price volatility that attempts to isolate the price movements of a stock from those of the market. A stock with a high alpha is expected to perform well regardless of what happens to the market as a whole.

 
    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Pharmacist to customer: in order to buy migraine pills, sir, you need a proper prescrition. A picture of your ‘wife’ is just not enough!

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Ondansetron Rapid Film Oral Strip 4/8 mg
For chemotherapeutic induced nausea and vomiting.
16.11.10
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Seasonal influenza vaccine

Vaccination with recent seasonal influenza vaccines induced little or no cross–reactive antibody response to 2009 H1N1 in any age group.

 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

World No Tobacco Day–31st May

Smoking – the no. 1 heart killer

Smoking has a major link with blockages in the heart, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

Smoking is an independent major risk factor for coronary heart diseases, brain vascular disease and total atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Incidence of heart attack is increased 6–fold in women and 3–fold in men who smoke at least 20 cigarettes per day compared to those who have never smoked.

The INTERHEART study, which examined the effect of potentially modifiable risk factors associated with heart attack in 52 countries, found that current smoking amounts to 36% of the risk for first heart attack. Cigarette smoking also increases cardiovascular mortality by 1 ½ times. Patients of established heart diseases who continue to smoke have more chances of significant heart attack, sudden cardiac death and more chances of dying prematurely.

After bypass surgery, patients who continue smoking have more chances of relapse, second bypass and premature death. Even after angioplasty, people who continue smoking have more chances of second heart attack and death compared to those who quit smoking at least for one year after angioplasty. Even patients with heart functioning less than 35% who continue smoking, their chance of premature death is increased.

The benefits of quitting smoking on the heart start the day you quit smoking with the risk of heart attack reducing by 50% in the first 24 hours and over 98% by the end of second year.

 
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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 rekhapapola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

Programme
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
          Medico legal record keeping

Session: Medical Consent (10.30 am to 11 am)
Topics: Types of consent
            Ideal consent
            Extended consent

Session: Fallacies in acts applicable to medical profession (11 am to 11.30 am)
Topic: MTP, PNDT Act
          Organ Transplant Act
          State Medical Councils & Medical Council of India Acts

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)

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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
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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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