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28th June 2011, Tuesday

The spiritual significance of Ashad month

Ashad (Ashada) Maas ki mahima

Ashad (Ashada) month, mausam, maas or mahina is the fourth month in traditional lunar Hindu calendar and consists of continuing summer with added humidity. It’s a part of dakshinayana with the start of longer nights compared to days.

From Ayurveda context it is a period of Pitta or metabolism predominance with Vata or movement accumulation. Chaturmas starts in Ashad month (14th July). The Chaturmas months are Sawan, Bhado, Ashwin and Kartik. The months of Sawan and Bhado fall in rainy season with air or Vata aggravation in the environment and in the body, especially in the mind.

In the month of Ashad with continuing Pitta aggravation (though reducing) diseases like typhoid, jaundice, and diarrhea continue to occur but due to start of rainy season, monsoon diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya and electrical accidents begin to occur.

With falling heat but increasing humidity, the heat index will rise and hence cases of heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke continue.

In terms of diet, Vata or movement gets aggravated by bitter, astringent and pungent foods; Pitta or metabolism gets aggravated by pungent, sour and salty foods. Pungent food being in common should be eaten less in this month of Ashad.

With the start of Sawan months, one needs to avoid bitter, astringent and pungent foods, especially the leafy vegetables.

The festivals in Ashad months are Devshyani Ekadashi or the start of Chaturmas, Gupta Navratra, Jagannath Yatra, Guru Purnima etc.

There are two Gupt (hidden) Navratras in a year. One is observed in the month of Magh (January–February) and the other is observed in the month of Ashad (June–July). Ashad Navratra is also known as Shakambhari or Gayatri Navratra. This year, the Ashad Navratras are from 2nd July to 9th July. It is observed during the Shukla paksha (waxing moon phase) of the month. The main two famous Navratras fall in the months of Chaitra and Ashwin. There is another Navratra festival known as "Poushya navratra." It is celebrated in the months of December and January. Navratra means a 9-day detoxification or purification period of the mind, body and soul and is observed whenever there is a season change. The two main navratras are observed at the start of the summer and the winter. Ashad Navratra is observed to prepare the body to bear the negativity observed during the Chaturmas period.

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Tdap vaccination

The US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted to recommend that a single dose of Tdap vaccine may be given in place of Td for adults aged 65 years and older who have not previously received Tdap.

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Goa becomes first state to have diabetes registry

Panaji, Jun 24 (PTI) Goa today became the first Indian state to have a diabetes registry, which was launched here in association with Denmark’s Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (NNEF).The registry will aim to capture details of every individual diabetic in Goa and will further assist Government health services to monitor each patient based on a unique identification number, officials said.Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat launched the registry at a function here. Denmark’s Ambassador to India Freddy Svane and State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane were also present on the occasion. The registry will augment efforts in reaching out to thousands of people in Goa and thereby make a significant impact in the way diabetes is perceived, treated and managed in the state, Kamat said.Svane said in a fast–growing and vibrant economy like India, diabetes and its complications can lead to huge human and economic loss. "The initiative undertaken by the Goa Government to tackle diabetes is commendable." India has 50.8 million people who have diabetes and the economic cost of the disease is estimated to be 2.1 per cent of the GDP, the officials said.
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    International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

ACIP: Give Tdap during pregnancy

Pregnant women should receive the tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) during the late second trimester or third trimester rather than immediately after delivery, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended on Wednesday. The recommendation –– adopted at one of ACIP’s regular meetings at CDC headquarters in Atlanta –– applies to women who previously have not received this vaccine. (Source: Medpage Today)

ACIP: Egg allergy no problem with flu vaccine

Having an egg allergy is no longer a contraindication to influenza vaccination, according to new guidance for the upcoming flu season from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). Under the new recommendation –– which was adopted with 14 Yes votes and one abstention at one of ACIP's regular meetings at CDC headquarters in Atlanta –– individuals with a history of allergic reactions to eating egg can receive the vaccine, with certain conditions. (Source: Medpage Today)

Resident work–hour rule falls short, Group says

New rules that go into effect on July 1 to limit first–year resident physicians from working more than 16 hours straight without sleep "stop considerably short" of what’s necessary to prevent medical errors and improve patient safety, a group of experts said. The group––which includes physicians and health policy experts who have pushed for shorter hospital shifts––published a white paper in the June 24 issue of the online journal Nature & Science of Sleep outlining recommendations to reduce fatigue among doctors and decrease medical errors. The recommendations are the product of a conference held at Harvard in the summer of 2010 which brought together 26 experts in medicine, physician training, sleep, and workforce issues to discuss how to implement Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommendations from 2008. (Source: Medpage Today)

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

Brookline eye doctor charged with tax evasion

Federal prosecutors Wednesday charged a Brookline ophthalmologist with scheming to avoid paying what would have been $800,000 in taxes. Mark S. Hughes, 50, of Brookline, was charged in a criminal information with tax evasion and obstruction of a tax audit. Prosecutors in the office of U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz allege Hughes took steps to funnel money into a retirement account without paying required taxes and then misled auditors examining the matter. Hughes could face penalties including prison time and a half million dollars in fines. That Hughes was charged with an information rather than an indictment suggests a certain level of cooperation with authorities.

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    Spiritual Update

Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

Spirituality incorporates increasing bandwidth of this connection by controlling the mind, intellect and ego or by bypassing the mind, intellect and ego through the process of breathing meditation, Pranayam.

    An Inspirational Story

(Ritu Sinha)

Power of thought: Hitting unseen target

The yogi Raman was a true master of the art of archery. One morning, he invited his favorite disciple to watch a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this more than a hundred times before, but he nevertheless obeyed his teacher. They went into the wood beside the monastery and when they reached a magnificent oak tree, Raman took a flower which he had tucked in his collar and placed it on one of the branches.

He then opened his bag and took out three objects: his splendid bow made of precious wood, an arrow and a white handkerchief embroidered with lilacs.

The yogi positioned himself one hundred paces from the spot where he had placed the flower. Facing his target, he asked his disciple to blindfold him with the embroidered handkerchief. The disciple did as his teacher requested.

‘How often have you seen me practice the noble and ancient sport of archery?’ Raman asked him. ‘Every day,’ replied his disciple. ‘And you have always managed to hit the rose from three hundred paces away.’

With his eyes covered by the handkerchief, the yogi Raman placed his feet firmly on the ground, drew back the bowstring with all his might – aiming at the rose placed on one of the branches of the oak tree – and then released the arrow.

The arrow whistled through the air, but it did not even hit the tree, missing the target by an embarrassingly wide margin. ‘Did I hit it?’ said Raman, removing the handkerchief from his eyes.

‘No, you missed completely,’ replied the disciple. ‘I thought you were going to demonstrate to me the power of thought and your ability to perform magic.’

‘I have just taught you the most important lesson about the power of thought,’ replied Raman. ‘When you want something, concentrate only on that: no one will ever hit a target they cannot see.’

    Pediatric Update

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

What is the role of vitamin A?

Vitamin A is essential for vision (especially dark adaptation), immune response, bone growth, reproduction, the maintenance of the surface linings of the eyes, epithelial cell growth and repair, and the epithelial integrity of the respiratory, urinary, and intestinal tracts. Vitamin A is also important for embryonic development and the regulation of adult genes. It functions as an activator of gene expression

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  Urology Update

(Dr Narmada P Gupta, Chairman, Academic & Research Urology, Medanta Kidney and Urology Institute, Medanta – The Medicity)

First robotic surgery in Asia for testicular cancer

Robotic surgery in Urology in India started in the year 2006 and is commonly performed for the cancer of the prostate, urinary bladder and kidney.

Testicular Cancer is not a common cancer, but it effects males between the age of 20–40 years which is a productive age for men and is a cause of great concern. Testicular cancer spread to retroperitoneal lymph nodes in abdomen. For complete treatment, management is removal of lymph nodes which is known as retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND). RPLND is the most challenging operation in urology as lymph nodes surrounds the great vessels aorta and vena cava. Previously, this operation was done by open surgery in which the entire abdomen had to be opened up and had significant operation related complications. Recently, in few centers in world, this operation was done by key hole surgery
(laparoscopic) and few cases were done robotically in Europe and America.

In Medanta - The Medicity, Gurgaon, the first robotic RPLND was done on 21st June on a 29-year-old man diagnosed to have testicular cancer in 2008. After removal of testis, he was treated by anticancer drugs. After 2 years, his tumor in retroperitoneum started increasing. His tumor and lymph nodes were completely removed. Surgery was completed in 3 hours. Patient recovered well and was discharged in 3 days. The advantages of robotics are minimal invasive surgery, less complications, quick recovery, shorter hospital stay and early return to work.

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(Dr Uday Kakroo)

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.

  Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

Can a hospital withhold a test report because of unpaid bill?

Ans. The question is a bit vague. I will try to analyse and answer it. I can think of only three instances where a hospital having its own laboratory gives out lab reports in respect of:

  • Its own patients under treatment: Withholding of test reports can be construed as deficiency in treatment of a patient under the care of the hospital. Hence, the hospital should not withhold report.
  • Persons who are not the patients of the hospital but get the tests done under a health check–up scheme offered to public in general: Withholding the test report may not be construed as deficiency in treatment of a patient under the care of the hospital. However, if the report is grossly abnormal or indicative of the need for urgent danger or treatment, it is better for the hospital to disclose the report. Non–disclosure may be actionable under various legal provisions, including the CPA because, after all, the person is a consumer.
  • Persons who are not the patients of the hospital but whose samples are collected by some other doctor/hospital against payment received directly and in their own name by the doctor/hospital concerned, but the samples are later sent to the testing hospital by the collecting doctor/hospital under terms of payment settled between the sender and the tester: The testing hospital owes no responsibility/liability to the patient concerned.
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Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A pregnant lady developed hypotension with repiratory distress immediately after delivery.
Dr Bad: This is an internal bleed.
Dr Good: It looks like AFES.
Lesson: Amniotic fluid embolism syndrome (AFES) is a catastrophic condition that occurs during pregnancy or shortly after delivery. It is characterized by abrupt and fulminant onset of hypotension due to cardiogenic shock, hypoxemia, respiratory failure, and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Clinicians should suspect AFES whenever shock or respiratory compromise develops during labor and delivery, or immediately postpartum. Other causes of sudden intrapartum or postpartum cardiorespiratory failure must be excluded.

Make Sure

Situation: An elderly patient with unstable angina presented with URTI and was found to be positive for Chlamydia pneumoniae infection.
Reaction: Remember to start macrolides immediately.
Lesson: Make sure to remember that macrolides may reverse the increased risk of atherosclerosis.

  SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Losers submit passively to surroundings and events; winners make choices based on what they want to do, have and become winners.

  GP Pearls

(Dr Pawan Gupta)

Periprocedural MI is reported in 5–30 % cases, under going PCI, CKMB and Troponin–1 estimation during and after PCI were done. Any value above 5 times the normal upper limit (recent amendment up to 3 times the upper reference limit) is indicative of periprocedural MI. (Ref: NEJM 2011;364:453–4)

    Medicolegal Update

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

What are the ideal preservatives for viscera?

The investigation of a death from suspected poisoning may depend upon the accuracy or otherwise of the sampling of fluids and tissues from the body. Unsuitable samples, inadequate amounts, incorrect sampling sites, poor containers, inadequate preservation methods, and delayed or unsatisfactory storage and transport to the laboratory may frustrate or distort proper analysis.

  • Saturated sodium chloride solution means common salt.
  • Rectified spirit, except in cases of suspected poisoning by (a) alcohol, (b) acetic acid, (c) phenol, (d) phosphorus, and (e) paraldehyde, the organic acids and paraldehyde are soluble in alcohol and the phosphorescence of phosphorus is diminished in alcohol.
  • Glycol solution is used for preservation of brain for virological examination.
  • Heart is preserved in case of strychnine and digitalis poisoning.
  • 10mg / ml of sodium or potassium fluoride should be used for preserving blood.
  • Fluoride should be added to urine and vitreous humor, if alcohol estimation is required.
  • Blood samples for analysis for cocaine, cyanide and CO should be preserved with potassium oxalate.
  • Thymol blue is used to preserve urine.
  • Preservative quantity should be equal to the weight of viscera.
  • Preservative solution should be filled only up to two-thirds of jar.
  • Sample of preservative, 100ml spirit, 25g salt should be sealed separately.
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamin D Therapy

Patients on vitamin–D therapy report a wide range of beneficial results including increased energy and strength, resolution of hormonal problems, weight loss, an end to sugar cravings, blood sugar normalization and improvement of nervous system disorders. If you have symptoms of vitamin–D insufficiency or are unable to spend time in the sun (as is the case with most of patients) due to season or lifestyle, consider adding a Calcium with Vitamin D supplement of 1,000 – 2,000 IU daily. Supplementation is safe as long as diet contains adequate calcium, magnesium and other minerals. For those who have been diagnosed with deficiency of Vitamin D, such patients might be put on Vitamin D sachet (60000 IU) once every week for 4 week followed by maintenance dose. Although, literature differs in regards to Vitamin D mega dose to be used for prophylactic purpose, single dose of Vit D 60000 IU every month may be adequate prophylactic dose for most of the adult patients.

Adequate calcium and magnesium, as well as other minerals, are critical parts of vitamin D therapy. Without calcium and magnesium in sufficient quantities, vitamin–D supplementation will withdraw calcium from the bone and will allow the uptake of toxic minerals. Weston Price suggested a minimum of 1,200–2,400 mg of calcium daily.1 Research suggests that 1,200–1,500 mg is adequate as a supplement for most adults, both men and women. Higher amounts of calcium are important for anyone diagnosed with bone loss.

Total daily calcium as a supplement may range from 1,500 mg to 2,000 mg depending on current bone status and your body size. Make the effort to split up your daily dose. Do not take all your calcium and magnesium once a day. A higher percentage of the calcium dose is absorbed if delivered in smaller, more frequent amounts. 2

A word of caution: Taking calcium without sufficient Vitamin D may cause other problems such as increase in Cardiovascular events.3 This phenomenon has been documented recently. The ideal middle path would be to never take Calcium without Vitamin D and do not take Vit D without Calcium!


  1. Weston Price. Characteristics of Primitive and Modernized Dietaries. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. New Canaan, Connecticut: Keats Publishing, Inc 1989:256–81.
  2. Heaney RP, et al. J Bone Min Res 1990;5(11):1135–7.
  3. Bolland MJ, Avenell A, Baron JA, et al. Effect of calcium supplements on risk of myocardial infarction and cardiovascular events: meta–analysis. BMJ 2010;DOI:10.1136/bmj.c3691. Available at: http://www.bmj.com
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Hemoglobin A1c

The glycohemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test checks the long–term control of blood glucose levels in people with diabetes. Most doctors think the glycohemoglobin A1c level is the best way to check how well a person is controlling diabetes. Glucose binds to hemoglobin in red blood cells at steady rate. Since RBCs last 3 to 4 months, HbA1c shows how much glucose is in plasma part of blood. Some medical conditions can increase A1c levels, but the results may still be within normal level. Conditions include Cushing’s syndrome, pheochromocytoma, and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

One of the following usually differentiates hysterical symptoms from hypochondriacal symptoms:

1. Symptoms do not normally reflect understandable physiological or pathological mechanisms.
2. Physical symptoms are prominent which are not explained by organic factors.
3. Personality traits are significant.
4. Symptoms run a chronic course.

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: An 18–year–old student complains of lack of interest in studies for last 6 months. He has frequent quarrels with his parents and has frequent headaches. The most appropriate clinical approach would be to:

1. Leave him as normal adolescent problem.
2. Rule out depression.
3. Rule out migraine.
4. Rule out an oppositional defiant disorder.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 1. Leave him as normal adolescent problem.

Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr U Gaur, Dr Shalini, Dr Prem, Dr Suresh,
Dr MK Sinha.

Answer for 26th June Mind Teaser: 4. Methylphenidate.
Correct answers received from: Dr Maneesh Gupta, Dr U Gaur, Dr YJ Vasavada.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What can I do if I am unable to get the TDS certificate (Form–16 or 16A)?

It is the duty of every person deducting tax to issue TDS certificate. In spite of your asking if you are denied the certificate then there is a chance that the tax deducted has not been deposited by the deductor to the government account. Please inform the department (PRO or TDS section) which will then do the needful.

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

A Short History of Medicine

"Doctor, I have an ear ache."

2000 B.C. "Here, eat this root."

1000 B.C. "That root is heathen, say this prayer."

1850 A.D. "That prayer is superstition, drink this option."

1940 A.D. "That option is snake oil, swallow this pill."

1985 A.D. "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."

2004 A.D. "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!".

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
DCI Approval Date
Amitriptyline Hydrochloride IP 4%w/w + Ketamine HCL eq. to Ketamine 2% w/w per gm cream.
For the treatment of patients suffering from neuralgia
    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.

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Doctors’ Day Special

Right communication at the right time saves patients

Right communication at the right time can prevent most doctor–patient mishaps, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

To express gratitude to doctors and acknowledge their dedication and commitment towards society, Doctors’ Day is celebrated in India on 1st July every year. First of July is both the birth and the death anniversary of late Dr B C Roy.

The unique thing of medical profession compared to other professions is its commitment towards the weaker sections of the society. All doctors are morally expected to spend 10 percent of their time for charity. This also has been the basis of the government allotting charitable lands to hospitals at subsidized rates.

Most medical mishaps in the society are medical accidents and not medical negligence. Difference of opinion and error of judgment are not negligence. A doctor is required to possess an average degree of skill and knowledge and not the maximum degree of skill and knowledge. Between doctor and patient there is a duty. Only if there is a breach of this duty resulting into damage can it be called as negligence in the Civil Court.

The medical profession today is facing many challenges as many new epidemics have come up in the society. These epidemics include those of diastolic heart failure, atrial fibrillation, enlarged left atrium, sudden cardiac death, obesity, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome and uncontrolled diabetes.

There have also been new advancements in cardiology like biventricular pacing, atrial devices, implantable cardiac defibrillators, etc which are now available in the country and awareness needs to be created both amongst the public as well as the doctors regarding the same.

The public should also reinforce their faith in the doctors and every case of medical mishap should not be projected to the media without having gone through a proper enquiry.

    Readers Responses
  1. Respected KK ji, Article on Secrets of Vitamins is indeed an eye–opener. Sir, which University is the Best in the field of Nutrition Research? Thanking you, With Regards: Dr. Ashok Gupta.
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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

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Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
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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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