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30th December 2011, Friday

Top health happenings in 2011 in India

January 24: Eminent Hindustani classical vocalist Pandit Bhimsen Joshi died of old age related ailments.

January 26th: Renowned gynecologist Indira Hinduja, cardiologist Jose Chacko Periappuram, orthopedican S P Mandal, cardiologist Mansoor Hasan, endrocrinologist Sivapatham Vittal, gastroenterologist Madanaur Ahmed Ali and A Marthanda Pillai, a neurologist from Kerala were awarded Padma awards.

April 5: Anna Hazare did a fast from 5 April 2011 to 9 April 2011.

April 24: In Prashanti Nilayam Specialty Hospital Sri Sathya Sai Baba died at 7.40 a.m. due to cardiorespiratory failure and multi organ failure. He was terminally on prolonged ventilator.

May 16: The Union Health Ministry reconstituted the Board of Governors for the Medical Council of India with Professor K.K. Talwar former Director, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh as the Chairman.

June 1: 44–year–old Sunita got a heart transplant at Ganga Ram Hospital.

June 9: MF Hussain, one of India's best-known artists, died of a heart attack at the Royal Brampton Hospital in London.

June 12: Baba Ram Dev was in the news because of failure of continuing Satya Graha for more than seven days despite being a Yogi. He broke his fast over black money on June 12 in Haridwar.

June 15: In Dehradun, Swami Nigamananda, an ascetic who valiantly fought against the stone quarries and pollution of River Ganga, by observing a fast for 114 days, died at Himalayan Institute of Medical Science.

August 4: Sonia Gandhi got treated in US for an unknown illness.

August 14: Shammi Kapoor died of chronic renal failure at age 79. He was on ventilator.

August 20–28: Anna Hazare did his fast at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi. He lost 7.5 kg and was very dehydrated after the 288 hour long fast.

August 20–28: Dr Naresh Trehan in the news for treating Anna Hazare.

September 7: Amar Singh, a kidney transplant patient, was sent to jail.

September 7: Eleven people were killed and 62 injured in a powerful blast outside Delhi High Court gate.

September 23: Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, who overcame an impaired eye to become a visionary and pioneering captain of the Indian Test team, has died in Delhi at the age of 70.

October: Perfect Health Mela this year was organized at multiple locations.

November 5: Celebrated Indian folk singer and composer Bhupen Hazarika, known as the Bard of Brahmaputra, died at the age of 86.

November 11: Fourteen persons died and 40 others suffered injuries when a major fire engulfed a congregation of eunuchs at a community centre in an east Delhi.

November 16: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gave birth to a baby girl at age 38.

November 26: Yuvraj in the news for NHL, chest tumor.

December 1: Aamir Khan and his wife Kiran Rao became parents to a baby boy born to a surrogate mother.

December 3: Dev Anand died in his room at the Washington Mayfair Hotel in London at the age of 88 (4 December 2011 by Indian Standard Time) of a cardiac arrest.

December 8–11th: Emedinews brought out daily newsletter for cardiological society of India 63rd annual conference in Mumbai.

December 9: 89 people, most of them patients, died when fire swept through a Kolkata AMRI hospital.

December 13: Government postponed the NEET UG test by another year after opposition from several states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Goa etc.

December 21: A decision to implement the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Bill, 2010 in Delhi was taken.

December 21: Delhi to have three more new medical colleges.

December 23: The National Commission for Human Resources for Health Bill, 2011, to bring all independent bodies such as Medical Council of India (MCI), Dental Council of India (DCI), Pharmacy Council of India and Nursing Council of India under one umbrella, was passed.

December 24th: The fear of Japanese Encephalitis was in the news. On Dec 24th the government announced a national programme to the tune of nearly Rs 2,000 crore to combat Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the upcoming Union budget.

December 27: Anna Hazare began a 3–day hunger strike at MMRDA ground

December 27: Sachin Tendulkar was in the news for his nervous nineties.

December 28: Anna Hazare called off his 3–day fast due to ill health.

The winter this year was the coldest winter in the last 10 years.

Nothing happened in the sector of Anti–Quackery Bill.

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Lecture on New Frontiers in Astronomy

Lecture on New Frontiers in Astronomy was delivered by UNESCO Kalinga Awardee 2009 and Kalinga Chair awardee for popularization of science in the world, Prof. Trinh X Thuan, Professor of Astronomy, University of Virginia, USA, UNESCO at National Science Centre Pragati Maidan in New Delhi on 28th December 2011.

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    National News

Bio–diversity heritage status for Tirumala, Srisailam soon

HYDERABAD: In what could cheer up heritage conservationists and temple protection samithi activists, the famed hill shrines of Tirumala and Srisailam will be declared as biodiversity heritage sites by June next year. Preparations are under way to complete the modalities and an announcement in this regard is likely to be made in next year’s convention on biodiversity in Hyderabad. As a consequence of being declared as a biodiversity heritage site, taking up any construction in the vicinity of temple area or carrying out any other activity will not be easy. (Source: TOI, Dec 29, 2011)

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ICU care may be too intensive, survey finds

Care for the critically ill may go too far for nearly a quarter of the patients in intensive care units, according to the physicians and nurses who care for them. (Source: Medpage Today)

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New swine-origin flu cases reported

Since the middle of August, the CDC has received 12 reports of human infections with a swine–origin influenza A (H3N2) virus, the agency announced. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Bevacizumab delays progression of ovarian cancer

Bevacizumab (Avastin) modestly improves progression–free survival in ovarian cancer, two large randomized trials found. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Adult asthma tied to recent infections

Recent respiratory infections may be linked to adult–onset asthma according to the results of a population–based incident case–control study. (Source: Medpage Today)

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(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

Bradycardia: When to Pause and Not Pace

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Cardiac MRI better

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Can a Hospital Refuse to Give the Angiography Film to the Patient?

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@DeepakChopra: Rewire your brain for higher consciousness by paying attention to love, compassion, and joy.

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(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

Vedic Science behind Managing Post–traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a stress disorder, which lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled after an acute stress. This can be a serious disorder.

The reference to the grieved mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is a custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.

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   An Inspirational Story

(Dr Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

Only 5% of Stanford University graduates figured it out! Answer all seven of the following questions with the same word?

1. The word has seven letters
2. Preceded God
3. Greater than God
4. More Evil than the devil
5. All poor people have it
6. Wealthy people need it.
7. If you eat it, you will die

Did you figure it out?

The Answer is:
NOTHING has 7 letters.
NOTHING preceded God.
NOTHING is greater than God.
NOTHING is more Evil than the devil.
Poor people have NOTHING.
Wealthy people need NOTHING.
If you eat NOTHING, you will die

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    Fitness Update

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

A map of world alcohol consumption

The world drank the equivalent of 6.1 litres of pure alcohol per person in 2005, according to a report from the World Health Organisation published on February 11th. The biggest boozers are mostly found in Europe and in the former Soviet states. Moldovans are the most bibulous, getting through 18.2 litres each, nearly 2 litres more than the Czechs in second place. Over 10 litres of a Moldovan’s annual intake is reckoned to be ‘unrecorded’ home–brewed liquor, making it particularly harmful to health. Such moonshine accounts for almost 30% of the world’s drinking. The WHO estimates that alcohol results in 2.5m deaths a year, more than AIDS or tuberculosis. In Russia and its former satellite states one in five male deaths is caused by drink.

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(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate & Medico–legal Consultant)

Q. I think that regulations 1.3.1 and 1.3.2 are mandatory for both the Government as well as the Private Hospitals. Do you agree?

Ans. No. I do not agree. The correct interpretation of the 2002 regulations as regards maintenance and supply of records is as follows:

  1. The concerned Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, are reproduced below:

    1.3.1 Every physician shall maintain the medical records pertaining to his/her indoor patients for a period of 3 years from the date of commencement of the treatment in a standard proforma laid down by the Medical Council of India and attached as Appendix 3.

    1.3.2. If any request is made for medical records either by the patients/authorised attendant or legal authorities involved, the same may be duly acknowledged and documents shall be issued within the period of 72 hours.
  2. Their correct interpretation is as follows:
    1. Every RMP has to maintain his own personal record of his indoor patients seen by him in a hospital. This is a simple record to be maintained as per the given proforma. This record has nothing to do with the medical case sheet maintained by the hospital.
    2. If a request is made by a patient, the RMP will provide within 72 hours a copy of the above record, which would ordinarily be a single or, at the most, 2–page record.
    3. Even otherwise, the above regulations cannot apply to hospitals or hospital records because the MCI Regulations apply only to RMPs, not to hospitals.

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Can a patient with epilepsy drive?

In sleep epilepsy, seizure/s may occur while the person is awake.

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

Fasting blood sugar

Even mild elevations in fasting blood sugar values during childhood predict a risk for developing type 2 diabetes mellitus. In the Bogalusa heart study, children with fasting blood sugar values in the upper half of the normal range (between 86 and 99 mg/dL (4.8 to 5.5 mmol/L) have 2.1 times the risk for developing diabetes during adulthood, and 3.4 times the risk for developing pre–diabetes, independent of the child’s weight status (Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2010;164:124).

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What do you understand by ovarian reserves?

Ovarian reserve refers to your fertility potential in the absence of any problems in your reproductive tract (fallopian tubes, uterus, vagina). It mainly depends on the number and quality of eggs in your ovaries and how well the ovarian follicles are responding to the hormonal signals from your brain.

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    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with stroke was to be put on aspirin.
Dr. Bad: Start 150 mg.
Dr. Good: Start 75 mg.
Lesson: Higher doses of aspirin have no additional benefit but do increase risk of GI bleed.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient with UTI with culture report showing resistance to all bacteria developed sepsis.
Reaction: Oh my God! why was a cocktail of antibiotics not given?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients of UTI infected with resistant bacteria are treated with a cocktail of antibiotics.

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  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragement, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin

MCH (pg/red cell) = Hemoglobin (g/dL) × 10 / RBC count (millions/μL)

MCH measures the average amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell. Reference values are 27–30 pg

Interpretation: Value of 27 is normochromia; Value <27±3, indicates hypochromia.

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Read this…………………

Which of the following activities might increase the risk of developing schizophrenia?

a) Smoking cigarettes
b) Smoking marijuana
c) Drinking caffeinated beverages
d) All of the above
e) None of the above

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Math The

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: The aftermath

Correct answers received from: Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Rajshree Aggarwal, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Thakor Hitendrasinh G, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Anil Bairaria, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Neelam Nath, Rajiv Sridharan.

Answer for 29th December Mind Teaser: 2. Herpes simplex keratitis
Correct answers received from: Dr PC Das, Dr Rabin Sharan, yogindra vasavada.

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

The Narcoanalysis test

  • The most exhausting/frustrating and laborious part of a criminal investigation is extracting information from an uncooperative alleged accused and suspects by investigators in India as well as the West. No individual should be forcibly subjected to any technique/method of interrogation in question, whether in the context of investigation in any criminal cases or otherwise.
  • The narcoanalysis test began to be used with a presumption that it provides a simply, nonviolent method of finding out the truth. In a world where until quite recently, torture was employed in criminal cases, perhaps narcoanalysis is a simple, civilized way of conducting criminal investigation.
  • The Supreme Court of India said that narcoanalysis, brain mapping and polygraph tests cannot be conducted on any person without their consent.
  • The apex court further said the confession of guilt during the course of the tests cannot be treated as evidence in court.
  • The results of narco test provided clues and did not have any evidentiary value.
  • There is no scientific literature to prove truth serum works, human rights groups have held the tests to be mental torture.
  • "The compulsory administration of any of these techniques is an unjustified intrusion into the mental privacy of an individual. It would also amount to ‘cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment’ with regard to the language of evolving international human rights norms," said a Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices R V Raveendran and J M Panchal.
  • The police, instead of collecting real evidence, relied on these tests to spread rumours about the suspect," said Colin Gonsalves, Supreme Court advocate and director of Human Rights Law Network. "Selective leaks were made to the media that a particular suspect has made confession during the tests."

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Finish your pending work by 31st

Finish your pending work by 31st so that you cans start the year afresh said Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal President Heart Care Foundation of India.

The New Year should be taken as a new life all together. Most people forget their new year’s resolution in one day. New Year’s resolution has only value if one is starting afresh with no backlog of the last year.

To stay healthy physically and mentally one need to be happy all the time, this can only be achieved by controlling the negative thoughts in the mind. One of the best ways of doing so is to send the greetings to everyone we know in a manner that one forgets and forgives the past and starts afresh.

Dr Aggarwal to start afresh the best New Year’s slogan is:

"Knowingly or unknowingly in my actions, thoughts or words if I have done anything to hurt your consciousness in the last one year please forgive me"…Happy New Year.

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