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29th August, 2017
IMA Campaigns to build up the image of the medical profession
Dr KK Aggarwal, National President IMA
Dear Colleague
To build up a strong image of the medical profession, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) is starting the following campaigns:
  • MDR TB now a public health emergency as it is now a threat to community as well as health care providers. IMA: 2nd freedom struggle to end TB IMA TB Initiative: GTN, where G stands for sputum GeneXpert test for all suspected cases, T stands for trace and treat all contacts and N stands for notify (mandatory) at Nikshay 
  • Doctors are brand ambassadors for the society and unless they pledge their organs, the society will not follow. All doctors are requested to pledge their organs at:
  • Charity begins at home. The general public will not follow preventive health advice unless doctors themselves follow the same. All IMA members are requested to get their annual checkup done once a year under the IMA campaign: Physician's Health first. All doctors should get themselves get fully vaccinated.
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It is imperative to prevent triggers to avoid the symptoms from becoming worse

New Delhi, 28 August 2017: A study that followed over half a million people for about 5 years has indicated that psoriasis may increase the chances of getting a heart attack. The risk of a heart attack was related to the severity of psoriasis in people. The overactive immune system that triggers psoriasis can cause inflammation which can further infiltrate the arteries of the heart. As per the IMA, patients with one illness may be stricken by another condition which may seem unrelated and sometimes more serious. This is known as a 'shadow disease'.
Psoriasis is an immune-mediated condition affecting the skin and causes red, flaky, crusty patches of covered with silvery scales. The condition occurs when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that cause overproduction of new skin cells.
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