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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

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Making the Kailash–Mansarovar Yatra safe
Preventing mountain sickness

  1. An altitude over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) is usually defined as high altitude.
  2. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) depends on the elevation, the rate of ascent and individual susceptibility.
  3. Most visitors suffer from some symptoms that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days.
  4. Symptoms are worse at night and include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom, and many travelers have trouble sleeping for the first few days.
  5. AMS can be very serious, with the most serious symptoms being High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE) and High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE), which can be fatal. Symptoms of HAPE include weakness, shortness of breath, even at rest, impending suffocation at night, and a persistent productive cough with white, watery, or frothy fluid. Symptoms of HPCE may include headache, ataxia, weakness, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, coma and loss of memory. Both approach and strike at night and can be fatal! Immediate descent is the surest treatment.
  6. A gradual ascent allows the body to acclimatize to higher altitudes and the decreased oxygen supply.
  7. The formula is to give a night halt between 7000 to 10,000 feet; night halt for every 1500 feet climb and full day halt for every 3000 feet climb thereafter.
  8. Medication also helps to prevent AMS.
  9. One should avoid exercise in the first few days. Attempt to do only half of your activities on the first day while your body is working to acclimatize to higher altitude oxygen conditions.
  10. No alcohol in the first few days.
  11. No smoking.
  12. Drink enough water each day so that your urine runs clear.
  13. Make sure you get enough calories. Low cal diets at high altitudes can sabotage health. A well nourished body can adjust to changes better than an undernourished one can. One should take high carb diet.
  14. One should avoid taking tranquilizers and sleeping pills. These will depress the respiratory drive and limit oxygen intake.
  15. Prophylactic drugs are acetazolamide, nifedipine etc.

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

Sipuleucel–T (Provenge) vaccine for metastatic prostate cancer

For minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic patients with castration–resistant prostate cancer that is not progressing rapidly, start sipuleucel–T before using cytotoxic chemotherapy.

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Rheumatoid arthritis Update

Dr Harvinder S Luthra Speaks on
‘Approach to medical treatment of RA’

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

World No Tobacco Day – HCFI campaign

‘Mr Tobacco is dead’ was a campaign of Heart Care Foundation on India (HCFI) to educate the public about the dangers of smoking. In the photo: A tableau carrying messages.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

Watch Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal Live on ‘Making travel safe to Kailash Mansarovaron’ Zee UP, 6.30am, 30th May.

Free healthcare for pregnant women, infants

In a bid to improve the maternal and infant mortality in the country, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has decided to provide free nutritious food, treatment, and transportation to all pregnant women who go to government facilities for delivery. Free healthcare services will also be provided to the newborns, as and when required. To be launched on June 1 from Mewat, Haryana, the scheme will be applicable for all women from the sub–centre to the district hospital levels which are covered under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). Expenses for diagnostics, any surgical interventions, and nutritious food will be provided up to seven days, if need be. The Centre would undertake the costs involved in transporting pregnant women to and from medical centres, including dropping her back home, said Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad.
(Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2048962.ece, May 26, 2011)

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology: Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

    International News

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

As summer heats up, we have to prepare for physical activity in warmer weather

  • Acclimate. Gradually build up your tolerance for physical activity in warmer weather.
  • Do your activity early in the morning or late in the evening when it is coolest.
  • Wear bright, breathable fabrics that are loose–fitting.
  • Maintain hydration by drinking fluids before, during, and after activity.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

New tool makes it easier to figure fetal weight

A customizable fetal–weight and birth–weight tool may predict adverse perinatal outcomes more accurately and simply than other generic models, according to the tool’s developers. The spreadsheet–based application can be used to create a global fetal–weight and birth–weight reference based on country, geographic area, or ethnic origin, wrote Rafael Mikolajczyk, MD, of the Bremen Institute for Prevention Research and Social Medicine in Germany, and colleagues in The Lancet. (Source: Medpage Today)

Needless antibiotics often doled out to asthmatic kids

Pediatric asthma patients are nearly twice as likely to be prescribed an unnecessary antibiotic, compared with other pediatric patients, during an office or emergency department visit, recent studies revealed. Two studies, one conducted in the U.S. over a 10–year period, and one in Belgium done over a two–year period, examined pediatric asthma encounters, with results published in the June issue of Pediatrics. (Source: Medpage Today)

1 in 5 young adults may have hypertension

Hypertension may be much more common than expected among young adults, researchers found. In the NIH–funded National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), the prevalence of hypertension in 24– to 32–year–olds was 19% in 2008, according to Quynh Nguyen, MSPH, a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health in Chapel Hill, and colleagues. That compares with a rate of 4% among young adults participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for a similar time period, the researchers reported online in Epidemiology. (Source: Medpage Today)

Less sweat, more fat as work becomes easier

Overeating may not be the only culprit in the obesity epidemic; the changed landscape of the American workforce may have lent a hand, researchers say. As jobs drifted from agriculture and manufacturing into service–based careers, the average workday energy expenditure sagged by more than 100 calories, Timothy Church, MD, PhD, MPH, of Louisiana State University, and colleagues reported in PLoS One. "This reduction in occupational energy expenditure accounts for a large portion of the observed increase in mean U.S. weight over the last five decades," they wrote. (Source: Medpage Today)

EULAR: Novel drug effective for refractory gout

Patients with refractory gout had rapid and sustained lowering of serum urate after a month of treatment with the investigational agent lesinurad along with allopurinol, a researcher said here. A total of 87% of patients receiving 600 mg per day of lesinurad, which works by increasing the urinary excretion of uric acid, reached the therapeutic target of serum urate below 6 mg/dL, compared with 28% of patients on allopurinol alone (P<0.001), according to Fernando Perez–Ruiz, MD, PhD, of Hospital de Cruces in Vizcaya, Spain, and colleagues. In addition, 76% of patients receiving 400 mg and 71% of those on a 200–mg dose also reached the target (P<0.001 for both), Perez–Ruiz reported here at the annual meeting of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR).

    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal:We are God’s candle. Our job is to keep on shining. The success of our work is in His hands.

@DeepakChopra:My Health Tip this week is about how to motivate our kids, how to get them healthy:

   Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Sub Par Ram Tapasvee Raaja
Tinke Kaaj Sakal Tum Saaja

Meaning: Oh Hanumanaji! You are the caretaker of even Lord Rama, who has been hailed as the Supreme Lord and the Monarch of all those devoted in penances.

Spiritual Significance: Breath control is essential to achieve a silent state of consciousness. Taking conscious–based decisions is also the basis of Gayatri Mantra. Rama is the beej mantra associated with Hanumana or breathing meditation. In addition, all the actions should be directed towards consciousness.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

Double Time!

Les Brown, a noted inspirational speaker, tells the story of one of his friends, a salesman, who was in financial trouble because sales were down. Les asked him, "How many phone calls are you making a day?" His friend answered, "Twenty five." Les didn’t hesitate with his advice. "Double them," he said. "Make fifty. Or seventy–five. Or one hundred." The salesman answered, "Aw, man. that’s too much."

"Too much!" replied Les. "You tell me that you are behind on your bills and then you say it’s too much. You know, one way to get back on your feet real quick is to miss two car payments. How can you say anything is too much when you have everything at stake?"

The advice Les Brown gave his friend needs to be heard by people everywhere. It’s amazing what we can do when we’re "hungry" for success. Most people who say "I’ve tried," haven’t scratched the surface of their potential.

Today, why not make a commitment to achieve your personal best?

    Pediatric Update

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

What are the clinical features of croup?

Initially, patients have a 1– to 2–day prodrome of nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, and cough. Often frightening to the caregiver, the patient will have the onset of a harsh barky cough often described as sounding similar to a seal or a bark. The patient may also have stridor, which is typically inspiratory, but it may also be biphasic. In addition to nasal flaring, suprasternal and intercostal retractions, and tachypnea and hypoxia, the presence of biphasic stridor indicates severe respiratory compromise.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with fever had no localizing symptoms.
Dr. Bad: It cannot be malaria.
Dr. Good: It can be malaria.
Lesson: The most predictive findings of the malaria are: fever with or without localizing symptoms, enlarged spleen, platelet count less than 1.5 lakhs and bilirubin ≥ 1.3 mg/dl (Medicine (Baltimore) 2007;86:18–25).

Make Sure

Situation: A patient who had 106 degree fever with dry axillae died.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was aggressive management not done?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients with high fever and dry axillae are treated on the lines of heat stroke.

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    Medicolegal Update

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

What is medicolegal autopsy?

Autopsia cadaverum or an autopsy is the post–mortem examination of corpse by a registered doctor. It is a specialized surgical procedure that consists of a thorough examination of a corpse to determine the identity of corpse, the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present. The autopsy must be performed by a specialized experienced medical doctor; however it should preferably be done by only forensic medicine qualified/experienced doctor.

  • A medicolegal autopsy means an examination of the body after death which is conducted in cases where the circumstances of the death suggest that the death was caused by homicide, suicide or accident or suspicious in nature where criminal investigation is instituted.
  • The designated–area Police/Magistrate is empowered by law in India to request/order the doctor to perform a Forensic/Medicolegal autopsy hence no consent from the family/legal heir is required for forensic autopsy.
  • The autopsy ideally includes both a thorough external examination of the body and a probing examination of the internal organs of the body. During the external examination, the doctor examines the body searching for wounds and injuries, noting deformities, absence of limbs, state of nutrition, and unusual features.
  • The doctor should examine the hands, fingers, fingernails, feet, teeth, scalp, tattoos, scars, hair, skeleton remains, hair fibers, jewelry, and clothing.
  • The doctor conducting the internal examination, the autopsy surgeon should remove the deceased’s chest plate, lungs, heart, liver, intestines, etc. and, with the use of a scalpel, examine these organs for wounds, disease, and deformities.
  • Arrangements should be made to videotape the autopsy; a report detailing its findings, including the cause of death should be released to the police as early as possible. It is best and most transparent if postmortem report is handed over along with the dead body.
  • Autopsies, as well as the reports released by the medical examiner, vary in quality.
  • Once an autopsy is complete, the body must be well reconstituted by sewing/suturing it back together with cosmetic care of deceased body. Suture from chin to pubic prominence should be masked by a skin color paste.
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Folic acid helps prevent coronary heart disease

A high level of homocysteine in the blood has been clearly implicated in heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Homocysteine is an amino acid that is not found in protein as such, but is involved in the metabolism of other amino acids (methionine and cysteine). The average blood level of total homocysteine in male adults is about 10 micromol/L.

Researchers at the University of Washington confirm that people with a higher than normal level of homocysteine have a greater risk of developing vascular disease. The researchers evaluated 17 studies dealing with the link between homocysteine levels and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). They found that men with a level of 15 micromol/L had a 60 per cent greater risk of developing CAD while the increased risk for women was 80 per cent. The risk for cerebrovascular disease (stroke) was found to be almost twice as high in men and women with elevated (15 micromol/L) homocysteine levels. The risk of developing peripheral vascular disease (e.g. intermittent claudication) was found to be almost seven times higher among people with elevated homocysteine levels. The researchers conclude that a high homocysteine level is an independent risk factor for vascular disease and that a 5 micromol/L elevation results in the same increase in CAD risk as a cholesterol increase of 0.5 mmol/L (20 mg/dL). The researchers also evaluated 12 studies concerning the connection between dietary intake of folic acid and homocysteine level. They found that folic acid is very effective in lowering homocysteine levels. An intake of 400 micrograms per day (the level found in most supplements) lowers the homocysteine level by about 6 micromol/L. The researchers conclude that over 44,000 lives could be saved every year if just half the population of the United States were to supplement with 400 micrograms per day of folic acid.

Unfortunately, recent surveys have shown that 88 per cent of American adults have a daily intake of folic acid below 400 micrograms. The researchers warn that an increased intake of folic acid may mask a vitamin B–12 deficiency and recommend that 1 mg of vitamin B–12 be added to all supplements containing 400 micrograms of folic acid. They also recommend that consideration be given to fortifying grain products with 350 micrograms of folic acid per 100 grams of grains. This strategy would have the added advantage of making it easier to prevent neural tube defects in newborn babies.

(Ref: Boushey CJ, et al. A quantitative assessment of plasma homocysteine as a risk factor for vascular disease. JAMA 1995;274(13):1049–57)

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

age minus story

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The first physiological response to high environmental temperature is:

1. Sweating
2. Vasodilation
3. Decreased heat production
4. Non–shivering thermogenesis

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser:
2. Vasodilation

Correct answers received from: Dr B B Aggarwal, Dr K.Raju, Dr D.Chatterjee, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Shirish Singhal.

Answer for 27th May Mind Teaser: 3. Moderate exercise
Correct answers received from: Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr K.V.Sarma, Dr Manjesha,
Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Y J Vasavada.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Assessment of atherosclerosis risk: Triglycerides, Cholesterol, HDL–Cholesterol, LDL–Cholesterol, Chol/HDL ratio

All of these studies find greatest utility in assessing the risk of atherosclerosis in the patient. Increased risks based on lipid studies are independent of other risk factors, such as cigarette smoking.

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr. GM Singh)

What is Automatic Investment Plan?

Under this plan, the investor mandates the mutual fund to allot fresh units at specified intervals (monthly, quarterly, etc.) against which the investor provides post–dated cheques. On the specified dates, the cheques are realized by the mutual fund and on realization; additional units are allotted to the investor at the prevailing NAV.

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)


The Day I started my construction job, I was in the office filling out an employee form when I came to: Single__, Married__, Divorced___ .

I marked single. Glancing at the man next to me who was also filling out the form, I noticed he hadn’t marked any of the blanks. Instead he’d written, "Yes, in that order."

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Metformin 500/500mg + Repaglinide 1/2mg

Indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus who are already treated with a meglitinide & metformin or who have inadequate glycemic control on a meglitinide alone or metformin


    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Bone mineral density and metabolic syndrome

In a cross–sectional study of 2,265 women, In the premenopausal group, women with MS had a lower BMD at the lumbar spine, but not at the femoral neck. In stepwise linear regression analysis, predictive variables for BMD of the lumbar spine were systolic blood pressure in the premenopausal group and HDL–cholesterol and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) in the postmenopausal group.

    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers )

Doctors should quit smoking

Even doctors find it hard to quit smoking. Therefore, in the first place, the answer is not to start smoking or quitting as early as possible before it becomes a hard hitting habit, said Padma Shri and Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee. Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

Doctors are a role model for the society and should not smoke at all and even if they do, it should not be before patients or at social gatherings. A doctor cannot advise quitting smoking if he/she himself/herself smokes.

Most doctors start smoking before they enter medical colleges and continue to do so because of the hardships one goes through during the medical college education. For quitting smoking, these doctors can set an example in the society. It is easier for doctors to quit smoking than patients or general public as counseling a doctor is much easier than a non–doctor. However, doctors cannot counsel themselves and therefore, they need a counselor and help from another doctor.

    Readers Responses
  1. Dear Dr Aggarwal, With the constitution of new executive body of MCI under the leadership of Dr KK Talwar, the debate has once again started about the working of MCI and Ministry of Health. We all know the turn of events in the last few years that led to all these things. Medical education deserves the effort and respect. The quality of medical graduates that the country is going to have in the next decade is very important. Already the imbalance of doctors in rural vs urban areas is widely being seen. What is the remedy? That should be debated. Emedinews is a good forum and I wish MCI should regularly update us through this site about its thinking. Maybe many of the members can give few good suggestions. MCI worked well in the last 45 years since independence. The aberration is the last couple of years. Being a constitutional body, it has its own place and that place should remain. The only thing that is required is more transparency and less discretion. One individual may commit something wrong if given unlimited powers. My suggestion is to make MCI a 3–member body: One of the members should be directly elected, one member should be from AIIMS or any premier institute and one member should be from civil society –be a retired judge or eminent person who can vouch for fair play. Sincerely: Dr R S Bajaj.
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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.

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)


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.
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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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