Medinews e-Newsletter - July 2009 - A service from the IJCP Group of Publications
Editorial 
In This Issue...
Dr K K Aggarwal
Dear Colleagues
 
Delhi Medical Council elections are on their way and are likely to be conducted on 4th October. There will be 8 open seats, which the DMC members can contest.
 I will be contesting for one of the seats; I look forward to your support and patronage for the same.

You will get more news about DMC elections in our subsequent issues.
The issue of Homosexuality has opened a new debate in the medical practice. Like in the US, we need to incorporate history of "sexual preference" in any clinical case evaluation.
 
MSM (man who have sex with man) are more prone to get HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Herpes anal cancer. They need annual anal Pap smear.
 
And much more to follow in our next Friday?s issue.
 
Regards
 
 

 DMC Election Update
Delhi Medical Council Election is likely to be held on 4th October to elect 8 members. This election is going to be hot. One likely team is Dr. Sanjiv Malik, Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr IP Dhalla, Dr H S Kukreja, Dr Ashwani Dalmia, Dr Naresh Chawla, Dr. Chander Prakash, Dr. Ramesh Dutta and Dr. Vinod Khetarpal.  Keep your dates free.
 
 IOC Heart Check Up Camp

On 16th August, Heart Care Foundation of India will organize the Indian Oil Azadi from Heart Diseases camp at C 599 Defence Colony, Acharya Sushil Muni Ashram, 7am to 1pm.

Free cardiac consultations, ECG, and blood test would be provided including lipid profile, sugar, creatinine, SGPT, uric acid and hemogram. Discounts will be given (50%) on all branded drugs (Helpline Pharmacy Yusuf Sarai) and pathological investigations (Dr Lalchandani Lab Lajpat Nagar) other than the above mentioned.  The event is supported by Omegatone omega 3 fish oils. Fish oils like beta blockers are known to reduce cardiac mortality.

 

Omegatone Heart Check up at BSNL Dil Ka Darbar

The unique BSNL dil ka darbar is all set to be held on 6th September at MAMC auditorium, Being organized on the lines of Mughal Darbar, the event will give opportunity to heart patients to get all their queries answered and get a very highly subsidized treatment. Imagine all branded drugs at 50%, all path labs at 50% pacemakers and stents at 50% of the cost.

 

 MTNL Perfect Health Mela

The 16th MTNL Perfect Health Mela, an annual event, by Heart Care Foundation of India in association with various departments of Delhi Government is being organized from 3rd to 12th October 2009 at NDMC Mini Stadium Laxmibai Nagar.

The major activities of the Mela will be Harmony (inter school festival), Heritage (inter dancing school festival), Karishma (first aid training of trainees for school teachers), Divya Jyoti (inter nursing school festival), Medico Masti (inter medical college and college festival), Anmol (festival for children with special needs), Omegatone Heart Check up Camp, Swasthya Pavilion (general and specialty checkups), Health Darbar (public audience with medical experts), Medline (live video conferencing between doctors in Delhi and Mumbai interacting with patients), Jaago India (media festival), Swagat (inaugural function), Bid adieu (valedictory function), Eco-festival (involving various eco school clubs), Kaviyon Ki Kushti with Ashok Chakradhar (Kavi Sammelan), etc.  The Mela will provide free education, exhibition, general and specialty checkups, ECG, Colour Doppler Echocardiography, competition opportunities, etc. Highly subsidized executive blood test would be available to the general public at a nominal registration fee of Rs. 110/- (market cost 1500/-).

 

 New Roadmap to Cure Diabetes

As per Harvard Medical School researchers over-the-counter allergy drugs can ease Type 2 diabetes in obese mice. this strengthens the theory that inflammation plays a role in this disorder. They used two common over-the-counter allergy drugs, ketotifen fumarate and cromolyn on lab mice that were obese and diabetic. The rodents were divided into four groups: A control group comprised the first group that was given no special treatment, the second group was shifted to a healthy diet, the third group was kept with its usual diet but was given one of the two drugs, and the fourth was given one of the drugs and was also switched to a healthy diet. Symptoms in the second group improved moderately, the third saw dramatic improvements in both body weight and diabetes, while the fourth recovered by nearly 100 percent in all areas.

Source:health.yahoo.com/news/.../healthdiseaseobesitydiabetes_20090726231157.html

 

 Making pneumococcal vaccination part of NIS

The Asian Strategic Alliance for Pneumococcal disease prevention (ASAP) has demanded that vaccination against pneumonia be made part of the national immunization schedule in India. At present, vaccination against diseases such as BCG, polio, DPT, measles and Hepatitis B are included under NIS for new born children upto the age of one, as per WHO India. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death among children under five years of age in India. And some estimated 4-lakh children succumb to pneumonia every year out of 20 lakh children in under-five mortality cases. Almost 40% of these deaths are preventable by use of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in NIS program. There is an urgent need to increase awareness about pneumococcal disease both in the minds of doctors and parents while stressing on PCV mode of tackling the same.

 Source:timesofindia.indiatimes.com/.../Make-pneumococcal-vaccination-part-of-NIS

 

What Triggers inconsolable crying in babies

Constant crying can lead to maternal frustration, postpartum depression and even thoughts of harming the baby. But scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Centre at Houston have identified a gut bacterium - also called colic - that might help explain inconsolable crying in otherwise healthy babies. In a study involving 36 babies, half of whom had colic, researchers found the bacterium and gut inflammation in the intestines of the babies with colic. It is believed that the bacterium may be sparking the inflammatory reaction, causing the gut inflammation. Therefore colic could prove to be a precursor to other gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease and allergic gastroenteropathies. Currently, pediatricians prescribe special hypoallergenic infant formula to try and treat colic, but none of it has been proven in studies to be effective in treating the condition.

Source: www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-80038.html

 

Scientists find new way to fix a broken heart

According to studies in mice and rats by Children's Hospital Boston, scientists have devised a method to coax heart muscle cells into re-entering the cell cycle, allowing the differentiated adult cells to divide and regenerate healthy heart tissue after a heart attack. If the same mechanisms identified by the researchers can be shown to work in the human heart, it opens up real possibilities for new and more efficient ways to treat people with heart disease. If the theory works, it could be used to treat heart attack patients, those with heart failure and children with congenital heart defects. The key ingredient is a growth factor known as neuregulin1 (NRG1).

 Source:news.oneindia.in/.../scientistsfind-new-way-to-fix-a-brokenheart.html

 

 Gates Foundation increases AIDS grants to 338 million dollars

The Gates Foundation has increased its funding commitment to 'Avahan', an initiative to reduce the spread of HIV in India, to a total of 338 million dollars. Launched in 2003 by the Gates Foundation, 'Avahan' provides funding and support to targeted HIV prevention programs in six Indian states and along the national trucking routes. Mr. Bill Gates met Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad and discussed plans to gradually transmit key aspects of Avahan to the government of India and other partners.

Source:www.newkerala.com/nkfullnews-1-79508.html

 

 Indian herb regulates blood sugar, cholesterol

Gymnema sylvestre is an Indian herbal plant, found to help people maintain blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The plant grows in the Indian subcontinent and has been used as a natural folk medicine for maintaining optimal health since 6000 BC. Many tribes have used its leaves for centuries as a folk remedy. It has been clinically proven that the extract helps maintain blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

Source:news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8151199.stm

 

Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are essential for fighting heart diseases

Omega-3 fatty acids are now shown to benefit the heart of healthy people and those at high risk of, or who have cardiovascular disease (CVD). Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids decrease risk of arrhythmias, which can lead to sudden cardiac death; decrease triglyceride levels, decrease growth rate of atherosclerotic plaque and lower blood pressure.

Populations with high omega-3 intakes (such as the Eskimos) have low rates of heart disease. Omega-3 family of fatty acids, include fish oils.1,2 Rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids come from fatty fish. Not all fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids; the examples include salmon, anchovies, sardines, trout, bass, catfish, albacore tuna, herring and mackerel. The long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in fish oil are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5 omega-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6 omega-3).

These omega-3 fatty acids have a smaller effect upon the serum cholesterol than omega-6 fatty acids, but are beneficial in decreasing platelet aggregation and lowering the serum fibrinogen and triglyceride concentration, Therefore they are preferred over omega-6 fatty acids.3,4

The plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids are flaxseed and flaxseed oil, canola, canola oil, soybean oil, olive oil, leafy green vegetable like kale and nuts (English walnuts). They contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a metabolic precursor of EPA and DHA. Though studies have shown that replacing energy intake with ALA  reduces the cardiovascular risk5 and higher tissue levels of ALA are associated with a lower risk of heat attack, the plant based omega-3 fatty acids can not replace fish oil based EPA+DHA. Plant foods contain omega-3 PUFA (ALA), rather than marine omega-3 PUFA (EPA and DHA) that cannot yet be considered a replacement for EPA+DHA.

Hence, eating fish atleast two times a week is recommended (particularly fatty fish like mackerel, sardines, tuna and salmon) which are high in two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). However, CVD patients may not be able to get enough omega-3 by diet alone.  These people may need to talk to their doctor about taking a supplement.  Supplements also could help people with high triglycerides, who need even larger doses.  The availability of high-quality omega-3 fatty acid supplements, free of contaminants, is an important prerequisite to their use.

Healtheries Omegatone is now available in India through Perma Healthcare at a cost of Rs. 1200/- for 100 capsules which equates to Rs. 12/-  per capsule.

Healtheries, a multi-national healthcare company based in New Zealand has launched a natural fish oil supplement in capsule-form under the brand name 'Omegatone'. Each Omegatone capsule contains 1000mg of natural fish oil (containing a blend of mackerel, sardines, tuna, anchovy & salmon oils) sourced from pacific and atlantic oceans and is a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids (providing 300mg of EPA & DHA).

Healtheries is a GMP, Pharmaceutical, and MAF (Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries) registered laboratory and as such is subject to stringent quality control procedures. Healtheries follows the legal testing requirements for all supplements sold worldwide which set out in the British Pharmacopoeia. Hence, the fish oils are tested for Heavy Metals (including Arsenic, Cadmium, Copper, Iron, Mercury, & Lead); Pesticides & Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCB?s).

Perma Healthcare on (0120) 4242444,  www.permahealthcare.com 
 

References

  1. Rissanen T, Voutilainen S, Nyyssonen K, et al. Fish oil-derived fatty acids, docosahexaenoic acid and docosapentaenoic acids, and the risk of acute coronary events. The Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor study. Circulation 2000; 102:2677.
  2. Harper CR, Jacobson TA. The fats of life. The role of omega-3 fatty acids in the prevention of coronary heart disease. Arch Intern Med 2001; 161:2185.
  3. Phillipson BE, Rothrock DW, Connor WE, et al. Reduction of plasma lipids, lipoproteins, and apoproteins by dietary fish oils in patients with hypertriglyceridemia. N Engl J Med 1985; 312:1210.
  4. Lichtenstein AH, Chobanian AV. Effect of fish oil on atherogenesis in Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic rabbits. Arteriosclerosis 1990;10:597.
  5. Ascherio A, Rimm EB, Giovannucci, EL, et al. Dietary fat and risk of coronary heart disease in men: Cohort follow up study in the United States. BMJ 1996; 313:84.
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DMC Election Update

IOC Heart Check Up Camp
Omegatone Heart Check up at BSNL Dil Ka Darbar
MTNL Perfect Health Mela
New Roadmap to Cure Diabetes
Making pneumococcal vaccination part of NIS
What Triggers inconsolable crying in babies 
Scientists find new way to fix a broken heart
Gates Foundation increases AIDS grants to 338 million dollars
Indian herb regulates blood sugar, cholesterol 
Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are essential for fighting heart diseases
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