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5th July 2018
Understanding the importance of Agni

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

In Hinduism, Agni or fire is worshiped in all rituals like havans, yagnas, ahutis, sankalp or seven pheras of walking around the sacred fire in any wedding.

Externally the fire burns and converts any matter into an ash or bhasma. Ash is the essence, purest form and once formed contains no trace of original matter.

Internally, Agni symbolizes burning of all negative desires, expectations, ego and anger in the fire of knowledge by surrendering ego and egocentric desires into the fire of knowledge or spontaneously let it burn in meditation. The result is a pure mind devoid of negative thoughts and desires. Only a purified mind is able to meditate because while prayer is talking to God, meditation is listening to God. Meditation is the path to self-realization and controlling anger, greed and other negative tendencies.... read more

Top News

Fruit bats were the primary source of Nipah virus in Kerala, says ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has now confirmed that fruit bats were the primary source of the virus that killed 17 persons in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts of the state earlier this year. The delay in identifying the zoonotic virus host occurred because the wrong bat species were trapped and ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 5th July 2018

Nipah Update ICMR has confirmed fruit bats were the primary source of the virus that killed 17 persons in Kozhikodeand Malappuram districts of the state earlier this year. The delay in identifying the zoonotic virus host occurred because the wrong bat species were trapped and tested in May. In the second round, samples from 55 fruit bats were collected and sent to National Institute of Virology in Pune. .... read more

Practice Updates

Adjunct dapagliflozin treatment improves glycemic control in patients with type 1 diabetes

Addition of dapagliflozin to intensive insulin therapy in adults with type 1 diabetes who had suboptimal glycemic control reduced blood glucose, aided in weight loss and led to a reduction in insulin doses. However, it also slightly increased the risk of diabetic ketoacidosis risk. These findings from the DEPICT-2 Study were presented... read more

Exposure to paint, varnish, other solvents increases risk of MS

People who have been exposed to paint, varnish and other solvents and who also carry genes that make them more susceptible to developing multiple sclerosis (MS) may be at much greater risk of developing the disease than people who have only .... read more

Frailty best predicts complications post-adrenalectomy

More than older age, frailty was more strongly associated with a higher rate of 30-day postoperative complications among patients undergoing adrenalectomy, according to a study reported July 3, 2018 in JAMA Surgery. Patients who were most ... read more

HPV test alone detects cervical neoplasia earlier than Pap

Women who undergo cervical cancer screening with only human papillomavirus (HPV) testing have a significantly lower incidence of cervical precancer at 48-month follow-up compared to women who undergo a Papanicolaou (Pap) test alone, according to a study published online in JAMA, which suggests that primary HPV ... read more

Postprandial glycemic response to rice can be blunted by replacing them with lentils

Replacing carbohydrates from rice or potato with lentils reduces the postprandial glycemic response in healthy adults, says a study reported in the April 2018 issue of the Journal of Nutrition. The relative glycemic response of rice and potato were lowered by ~20% and 35%, respectively, when half of ... read more

Undiagnosed celiac disease increases risk of abortions and stillbirths

A study published online June 15, 2018 in Human Reproduction has suggested that women with undiagnosed celiac disease may be more likely to have abortions or stillbirths than women who do not have celiac disease. However, the study also says that once diagnosed and treated with a gluten-free diet, the risks of pregnancy ... read more

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Sonali Bendre diagnosed with cancer highlights the need for timely diagnosis
Most cancers are preventable provided people undertake screening regularly

New Delhi, 4th July 2018: Veteran Bollywood actor Sonali Bendre on Wednesday revealed that she has been diagnosed with a high-grade cancer that has metastasized. With this, she falls in the category of other celebrities such as Manisha Koirala and Irrfan Khan who were also diagnosed with different types of this disease recently. While the latter has recuperated, Irrfan is still undergoing treatment. The need of the hour therefore is to create awareness on the need for timely health checks at every stage of life and taking preventive action.

There are about 2.5 million people living with cancer in India and over 7 lakh new cases get registered every year. Of all the various types of cancer, those of the oral cavity and lungs in males and cervix and breast in females account for about 50% of all related deaths in the country.

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