(incorporating eIMA News)
6th April 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Do CPR and also give IV amiodarone in cardiac arrest
Anti-arrhythmic injections when given by paramedics to patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who had failed electrical shock treatment, improves likelihood of patients surviving transport to the hospital. The study is published online in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The trial shows that amiodarone and lidocaine offer hope for bringing patients back to life and into the hospital after cardiac arrest. There was a significant improvement in survival to hospital discharge with either drug when the cardiac arrest was bystander-witnessed.

A bystander-witnessed cardiac arrest is one that is witnessed by another person.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a condition in which the heart suddenly or unexpectedly stops beating, cutting off blood flow to the brain and other vital organs.
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a. Water and sodium retention secondary to a severe decrease in the glomerular filtration rate. 
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85% Pictorial Health Warnings on both sides of tobacco packs critical: IMA
New Delhi, April 05, 2016: The IMA welcomes the Rajasthan High Court's move directing the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to implement 85% Pictorial Health Warnings on both sides of tobacco packs from April 1, 2016.

The IMA has mobilized lakhs of Indian doctors across India, developed a white paper on the urgent need of large Pictorial health warnings and called upon the President, Prime Minister, Vice President, Health Minister and the Finance Minister to implement the 85% warnings from 1st April 2016. A letter was also sent to the Health Minister from the Padma Awardee Doctors Forum expressing wholehearted support to the timely and undiluted implementation of 85% PHWs from 1st April 2016. An SMS campaign was launched on the health effects of tobacco by IMA. 

The tobacco industry is making an effort to thwart this critical public health measure that can prevent millions of lives and pressurize the Government to delay and dilute the 85% pictorial health warnings. Cigarette manufactures have called for closure of factories as a pressure tactic. 
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The Health Benefits Of Yoga And Exercise

Yoga may be as effective as or better than exercise at improving a variety of health-related outcome measures in both healthy and diseased populations (J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jan;16(1):3-12).
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IMA TB Initiative 
IMA Starts Nodal center for adverse drug reactions

IMA PvPI Initiative has started a nodal center at IMA headquarters. All IMA members can now report adverse reactions to drugs, vaccines, medical devices, Blood products and herbal products at IMA PvPI helpline 9717776514, open Monday to Friday 9-5.30PM
IMA Lybrate Initiative: Ask the Specialist & others 
IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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