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6th March, 2017
Sedentary time associated with higher waist circumference & increased cardiovascular risk
 

The negative health effects of a sedentary lifestyle are  well known. Yet another study has shown a sedentary lifestyle to be associated with increased risk of heart disease.
 
In a new study from UK published January 31, 2017 in the International Journal of Obesity led by Dr William Tigbe from Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, workers who had desk jobs were found to have higher waist circumference and increased risk of heart disease.
 
The study included 111 healthy non-smoking postal workers from Glasgow and randomized them into two groups: 55 were office workers and 56 walked/delivered post. The waist circumference was 2 cm higher in those who had desk jobs; 97 cm vs 94 cm, respectively. The risk of heart diseases was also higher in the workers who had desk jobs. 2.2% compared to 1.6% over 10 years. With each extra hour of sitting from five hours a day, the LDL 'bad' cholesterol increased and HDL 'good' cholesterol reduced.
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Prevention of retained surgical items: Doobara count karo
As responsible healthcare professionals, we must remain vigilant about such preventable occurrings in routine medical practice.

New Delhi, March 05, 2017: Surgery is a complicated endeavor and requires an arsenal of surgical tools. Now and then we see surgeons charged with leaving a gauge in abdomen during surgery which is the most commonly reported retained item following surgery. While on the other hand, reports of retained needles and instruments are extremely rare. Invariably, the case ends up in the media trial.  

The consequences of retained sponges and gauges include injury, repeated surgery, excess monetary cost and loss of hospital credibility. IMA policy and recommendation therefore, is to count again "before and after surgery".
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