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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 …

30th May 2011, Monday                                eMedinewS Presents Audio News of the Day

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NIH stops clinical trial on combination cholesterol treatment

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health has stopped a clinical trial studying a blood lipid treatment 18 months earlier than planned. The trial found that adding high dose, extended–release niacin to statin treatment in people with heart and vascular disease, did not reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, including heart attacks and stroke.

Participants were selected for AIM–HIGH because they were at risk for cardiovascular events despite well–controlled low–density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol). Their increased risk was due to a history of cardiovascular disease and a combination of low high–density lipoprotein (HDL or good cholesterol) and high triglycerides, another form of fat in the blood. Low HDL and elevated triglycerides are associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. While lowering LDL decreases the risk of cardiovascular events, it has not been shown that raising HDL similarly reduces the risk of cardiovascular events. During the study’s 32 months of follow–up, participants who took high dose, extended–release niacin and statin treatment had increased HDL cholesterol and lowered triglyceride levels compared to participants who took a statin alone. However, the combination treatment did not reduce fatal or non–fatal heart attacks, strokes, hospitalizations for acute coronary syndrome, or revascularization procedures to improve blood flow in the arteries of the heart and brain.

The AIM–HIGH trial, which stands for Atherothrombosis Intervention in Metabolic Syndrome with Low HDL/High Triglycerides: Impact on Global Health, enrolled 3,414 participants in the United States and Canada with a history of cardiovascular disease who were taking a statin drug to keep their LDL cholesterol low. Study participants also had low HDL cholesterol and high triglycerides, which meant that they were at significant risk of experiencing future cardiovascular events. Niacin, also known as Vitamin B3, has long been known to raise HDL and lower triglycerides. Eligible participants were randomly assigned to either high dose, extended–release niacin (Niaspan) in gradually increasing doses up to 2,000 mg per day (1,718 people) or a placebo treatment (1,696 people). All participants were prescribed simvastatin (Zocor), and 515 participants were given a second LDL cholesterol–lowering drug, ezetimibe (Zetia), in order to maintain LDL cholesterol levels at the target range between 40–80 mg/dL.
Researchers began recruiting participants in early 2006. The study was scheduled to finish in 2012. The average age of the participants was 64 years. Pre-existing medical conditions included coronary artery disease (92 percent); metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of risk factors for heart disease (81 percent); high blood pressure (71 percent); and diabetes (34 percent). More than half of participants reported having a heart attack prior to entering the study.

The rationale for the AIM–HIGH study was based in part on a large number of observational studies that consistently showed that low HDL cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular events in men and women, independent of high LDL cholesterol. In addition, previous small clinical studies showed that relatively high residual cardiovascular risk exists among patients with cardiovascular disease, low HDL cholesterol, and high triglycerides despite intensive management of LDL cholesterol.

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

13–valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)

The 13–valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar 13) has replaced the 7–valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) in the routine childhood immunization schedule.

 
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Diabetes Update

Dr Vinod Sanghi Speaks on
‘The 4S Diabetes substudy’

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

Mr & Mrs Tobacco – An antismoking campaign of Heart Care Foundation of India

Cremation of Mr Tobacco on the eve of World No Tobacco Day on 30th May 2004

 
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    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.

Centre to expand cancer control programme

NEW DELHI: The Centre intends to expand its ambitious integrated National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS) across the country in the 12th Five Year Plan. This is being done keeping in mind the increasing incidence of non–communicable diseases in India. "We will focus on early detection and treatment of cancer right up to the district level through our cancer control initiatives and want the State governments to be pro–active in implementing these initiatives," Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told The Hindu here. The Centre launched the NPCDCS in July last year in 100 districts on an experimental basis. As far as cancer control programme is concerned, common diagnostic services, basic surgery, chemotherapy and palliative care for cancer patients are being made available in these districts. Support for chemotherapy is being provided for 100 patients at district hospitals at a cost of Rs. 1 crore per annum. (Source: The Hindu, May 28, 2011)

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    International News

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

Weight loss leads to improved cognitive capacity

New research from Kent State University in Ohio suggests that weight loss can have a powerful impact on cognitive function, including memory, reasoning, learning and attention. They measured these skills with a series of tasks and exercises in a group of 150 obese subjects and found that 24 percent of the patients showed impaired learning and 23 percent showed signs of impaired memory and recall. After these tests, two–thirds of the obese participants underwent weight loss surgery. Those who underwent surgery lost an average 50 pounds (on average about 17 percent of their initial body weight) in three months whereas those who did not have surgery either gained weight or remained at the same weight. After a three month period, a second round of cognitive tests was conducted. The group that underwent surgery and lost weight increased all of their cognitive scores significantly, boosting scores to average or above average scores. However, those who did not lose weight had the same scores, or even lower scores than before. Researchers plan to conduct a new study to determine if the same effects occur when subjects lose weight by eating healthier and getting more active; they anticipate that the results will be the same.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Nearly one in five young adults may have high blood pressure

The number of young adults in the United States with high blood pressure may be much higher than previously reported, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ultrasound–guided microwaves effectively ablate renal tumors

One of the numerous examples of how therapeutic ultrasound is making inroads into oncology was seen in the results of a study that showed both safety and efficacy for a method of using ultrasound–guided percutaneous microwave ablation to treat renal tumors, presented at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine convention.

Researchers blame declining physical activity during workday for bulk of increase in obesity

Shifts in the labor force since 1960 suggests that a sizable portion of the national weight gain can be explained by declining physical activity during the workday. Jobs requiring moderate physical activity, which accounted for 50 percent of the labor market in 1960, have plummeted to just 20 percent. The other 80 percent, Timothy Church, director of preventive medicine research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and colleagues, report in a study in the journal PLoS One, are sedentary or require only light activity.

 
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    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Aur Manorath Jo Koi Lave
Soi Amit Jivan Phal Pave


Meaning: Oh Hanumanaji! You fulfill the desires of those who come to you and bestow the eternal nectar the highest fruit of life.

Spiritual Significance: By acquiring the Hanumana powers, one can achieve the powers to spontaneously fulfill all the desires.

 
    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

I am Thankful

I am thankful for the wife who says it’s hot dogs tonight because she is home with me and not with someone else.

For the husband who is on the sofa who is being a couch potato because he is home with me and not out at the bars.

For the teenager who is complaining about doing dishes, because that he or she is at home, not on the streets.

For the taxes that I pay, because it means that I, am employed.

For the mess to clean after a party, because it means that I have been surrounded by friends.

For the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.

For my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am in the sunshine.

For a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning, and gutters that need fixing, because it means I have a home.

For all the complaining I hear about the government, because it means that we have freedom of speech.

For the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means
I am able to walk and that I have been blessed with transportation.

For my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.

For the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means that
I can hear.

For the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.

For weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means
I have been capable of working hard.

For the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means that
I am alive.

Finally, for too much email, because it means I have friends who are thinking of me.

 
    Pediatric Update

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

How is croup diagnosed?

The diagnosis of croup is a clinical one, because complete blood counts tend to be normal. Radiographs may be helpful in differentiation of other disease entities such as epiglottitis, retropharyngeal abscess, congenital abnormalities, a foreign body, or hemangioma. The classic radiographic finding in a patient with croup is the steeple sign. Distension of the hypopharynx and of the laryngeal ventricle and haziness or narrowing of the subglottic space may be seen on a lateral neck radiograph; however, the absence of this finding does not rule out croup, because almost half of patients have normal radiographs.

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    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A 69 year–old–male with pneumonia was admitted with confusion and urea of 44 mg/dL.
Dr Bad: This has a good prognosis.
Dr Good: This has bad prognosis.
Lesson: The CURB–65 score is based upon five easily measurable factors from which its name is derived: Confusion (based upon a specific mental test or new disorientation to person, place, or time), Urea (blood urea nitrogen in the United States) >7 mmol/L (20 mg/dL), Respiratory rate >30 breaths/minute, Blood pressure (BP) (systolic <90 mmHg or diastolic <60 mmHg) and Age >65 years. The 30–day mortality is 0.7, 2.1, 9.2, 14.5, and 40 percent for presence of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 factors (Thorax 2003; 58:377).

Make Sure

Situation: A patient who had blood in the urine one month back was found to have large bladder cancer.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why he was not investigated one month back?
Lesson: Make sure all painless bleeding in the urine are investigated for cancer at the first presentation.

 
    SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

A man’s own good breeding is the best security against other people’s ill manners. Lord Chesterfield

 

 
    Principles of Quantum Mechanics

(Dr Deepak Chopra)

Poetic interlude "We come spinning out of nothingness scattering stars like dust" –Rumi

 
    Medicolegal Update

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

How is the postmortem interval determined during autopsy?

Rate of cooling /hypostasis and rigor mortis

  • The normal temperature of a living person is 98.6°. During first hour following death, the body temperature will drop 2° to 3° F. Thereafter, the body temperature will fall 1° to 1.5° per hour, for up to 16–18 hours. Naturally, the rate of cooling will be influenced by many factors, including the temperature of the air surrounding the body, the amount and weight of the clothing worn by the deceased, and the age and size of the deceased.
  • The distributional pooling of the blood is determined by the position of the body following death. Once the blood has pooled, blood clots form preventing the blood from re–pooling elsewhere if the body is moved. Therefore, discoloration caused by the pooled blood may reveal whether a body has been moved following hypostasis. Because the rate of hypostasis varies from body to body, it is not considered, by most autopsy surgeon, as an accurate methodology for calculating the time of death.
  • The stiffening of the muscles caused by chemical changes occurring in the body following death is called rigor mortis; every muscle in the body undergoes rigor mortis. Stiffening begins within 2 to 5 hours after death. The entire body will be rigid within 12 to 18 hours of death. Thereafter, rigor mortis begins to dissipate and, within another 18 hours, the rigor mortis will disappear and the body will, again, resume a relaxed state. Rigor mortis should not be confused with cadaver spasms, which may cause stiffening of the body immediately following death.
 
    Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamin B12 and elderly patients

Many elderly people suffer from a deficiency of vitamin B12 (cobalamin). A low intake of animal protein, the use of medications to reduce stomach acid, a Helicobacter pylori infection, an inflammation of the stomach lining, and problems with the pancreas can all contribute to the development of a deficiency.

Medical researchers at Queen’s University report that daily supplementation with a multivitamin containing 2.6 – 37.5 micrograms of vitamin B12 is enough to prevent a cobalamin deficiency in most older healthy people. Their study involved 242 active, relatively healthy men and women aged 65 years or older. Sixty–six (27.3 per cent) of the volunteers had been taking a daily multivitamin containing 2.6 – 37.5 micrograms of vitamin–B12 for at least six months. All volunteers had blood samples drawn for the measurement of cobalamin level as well as the levels of the related metabolites methylmalonic acid (MMA), homocysteine (HCYS) and methylcitric acid (MCTR). Thirty– seven (15.3 per cent) of the 242 participants were deficient in cobalamin (level below 165 pmol/L). Of these 37 only 2 were taking multivitamins. An elevated level of MMA was found in 53 participants of whom 46 (87 per cent) were not taking multivitamins. An elevated level of homocysteine was found in 17 participants of whom 16 were not supplementing. The researchers concluded that oral supplementation with 25 micrograms/day or higher may be sufficient to prevent vitamin B12 deficiency in a large proportion of older people. They caution though that their findings cannot be extrapolated to frail or sick old people who may require larger doses to avoid deficiency.

(Reference: Garcia A, et al. Is low–dose oral cobalamin enough to normalize cobalamin function in older people? J Am Geriatr Soc 2002 Aug;50(8):1401–4)

 
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………
(Dr GM Singh)

A 43–year–old man is evaluated in the emergency department because of dyspnea. He was one of several people exposed to an unknown gas released in a subway station. Immediately following exposure to the gas, the victim complained of headache, nausea and vomiting, diaphoresis, and shortness of breath. The patient is drenched in sweat, drooling and tearing, and sitting upright, gasping for air. Vital signs are: BP 90/60 mmHg, pulse 45/min, and respiratory rate 24/minute. Pupils are 2 mm and non–reactive. Lung examination reveals diffuse wheezing, and heart sounds are slow but regular. He suddenly becomes too weak to remain sitting, falls back in bed, and appears ashen. Which of the following interventions should be instituted first?

A. Intravenous atropine and 2–pralidoxime chloride (2–PAM)
B. Albuterol and ipratropium via nebulizer
C. Intravenous cyanide antidote kit
D. Subcutaneous scopolamine

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: age minus story

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: ageless story

Correct answers received from: Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr Neelam Ohri, Dr. Anupam Sethi Malhotra, Dr Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr.U Gaur, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Lalit, Dr Jyoti, Dr Anu, Dr Pradeep

Answer for 21st May Mind Teaser: 2. Vasodilation
Correct answers received from: Dr Varesh Nagrath, Dr.U Gaur, Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Shreysh, Dr Deepak, Dr Sanjiv, Dr Prem, Dr Sujata, Dr Hema, Dr Sanjini, Dr KS Mishra

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

 
    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Stool Examination

Diarrhea is a common symptom of a gastrointestinal disturbance.
O & P (Ova and Parasite) testing: A microscopic evaluation of stool for parasites and the ova (eggs, cysts) of parasites. A basic test but very important!!

 
    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is the rate of standard deduction on the net annual value of income from house property?

30% of net annual value shall be allowed as deduction from net annual value of income from house property.

 
   Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

Letter from mom

When the man came home, his wife was crying. "Your mother insulted me," she sobbed. "My mother? How could she do that when she is on vacation on the other side of the world?" the man asked. "I know. But this morning a letter addressed to you arrived. I opened it because I was curious." "And?" "At the end of the letter it was written: PS. Dear Diane, when you have finished reading this letter, don’t forget to give it to my son."

 
    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
Indication
DCI Approval Date
Paracetamol 500mg/500mg + Thiocolchicoside 4mg/8mg tablet
For the treatment of acute inflammation conditions associated with spasm in adults only
21.09.10
 
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Blood pressure control in children with chronic kidney disease

Intensified blood pressure control with a targeted goal of a 24–hour mean arterial pressure (MAP) below the 50th percentile, compared with conventional blood pressure control, results in slower progression of chronic kidney disease in children.

 
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Smoking can cause Erectile Dysfunction

One reason for a man or a woman not to smoke is that a man is likely to end up with erectile dysfunction and the woman with premature aging with wrinkles on face, said Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India.

It has been shown that men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day have 60% higher risk of erectile dysfunction as compared to those who never smoke. Fifteen percent of past and present smokers experience erectile dysfunction. Men, who are current smokers or are former smokers, are 30% more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. Among men who never smoke, only 12% end up with erectile dysfunction.

Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction by more than 50% in men in the 30–40 year age group. Diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are other important risk factors for erectile dysfunction.

Apart from erectile dysfunction, smoking also causes reduced volume of ejaculation, low sperm count, sperm shape etc.

In women, smoking leads to premature aging with formation of wrinkles on the face.

 
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  1. Warm regards Dr. Aggarwal, You are doing a fantastic job for the medical fraternity: Dr. Vijendra Tripathi.
  2. To, The Editor, your views on the Haryana air ambulance crash, and the work related risks that doctors have to brave was very timely. Right now doctors in Jodhpur are on strike following the assault on the Superintendent of the hospital where a patient expired. Perhaps, also important is to adopt safer practices. For example, if the patient had been air lifted during the day, instead of at night, in the dark in unfavorable weather, such tragedies can be reduced: Dr Rozario Menezes
 
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    Forthcoming Events

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
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, + 91 9811013246

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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