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8th January, 2018
Objections of K Sujatha Rao, Former Union Health Secretary to NMC

Objections of K Sujatha Rao, Former Union Health Secretary, to NMC are as follows:

  • Over centralization: The over centralization of the NMC and the near control over it by the central government, ranging from appointing all the 77 members for the various bodies; being the appellate for a variety of routine technical matters rejected by the autonomous bodies and the whole NMC such as, granting permission to set up colleges; granting exemptions to criteria; approving courses; setting aside any punishment against a doctor found negligent; allowing doctors trained abroad to do surgery and practice without having to go through any screening or taking the licentiate examination; recognizing degrees and qualifications; and finally having powers to issue directions to state governments and the NMC to comply with any orders it seeks to issue, not to speak of setting the Commission itself aside.
    Such wide-ranging powers that will be exercised by the central ministry robs not just the federal nature of the law and reduce the NMC to an advisory role. In fact, the whole nine-year battle
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ICMR draft guidelines on management of myelodysplastic syndrome

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has published draft guidelines on the diagnosis and management of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). All suggestions/comments can be posted to Dr. Tanvir Kaur, Scientist 'F' at by 11th January 2018... read more

Making warning labels on fast food compulsory

FSSAI has decided to revise its labeling regulations to include mandatory declaration of total fat, added sugar, salt, trans fat and energy per serving along with its contribution to Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) on front of pack label.. read more

Practice Updates
Mental health disorder common in children with chronic diseases

Researchers from the University of Waterloo report in BMJ Open that children with chronic diseases such as asthma, food allergy, epilepsy, diabetes or juvenile arthritis usually show signs of a mental disorder soon after diagnosis. Around 58% of children screened positive for at least one mental disorder in the more

Study identifies characteristics of “very-low-risk” bladder cancer

A study published December 23, 2017, in BJU International has described characteristics of “very-low-risk” bladder cancer as younger patient age, smaller tumors less than 1 cm, and a lower recurrence rate than patients with larger more

Treating acute chest syndrome in children with sickle cell disease

An article published January 5, 2018 in the journal Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology discusses preventive and therapeutic strategies in the management of acute chest syndrome (ACS), a potentially severe lung complication of sickle cell more

Eating fish once in a week improves sleep quality in children

According to findings reported December 21, 2017 in the journal Scientific Reports, eating fish at least once per week at least improves sleep quality in children as well as IQ test scores compared with children who consumed fish less more

Facial exercise may improve skin appearance

A new study published online January 3, 2018 in JAMA Dermatology has shown that exercising our faces for 30 minutes daily or alternate days can tone up facial muscles and reduce the visible signs of more

Recent Updates
Rehbein procedure for secondary megacolon in children.

A recent study published in Khirurgiia evaluated the results of Rehbein procedure with extraperitoneal colorectal anastomosis combined with complex conservative treatment in children with secondary megacolon due to chronic constipation. This study entailed surgical interventions in 78 children aged 7-12 years with chronic colostasis, who were resistant to conservative treatment. These patients were divided into 3... read more

Opioid misuse in gastroenterology and non-opioid management of abdominal pain.

A recent article published in Nature Reviews reported that despite its adverse effects, chronic opioid use is increasing worldwide, especially in the USA and Canada. The article discussed that chronic opioid use for non-cancer pain can have negative effects in the gastrointestinal and central nervous systems in particular.... read more

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Seasonal affective disorder can affect women more
Light therapy can help, but it is also important to get sufficient sunlight and exercise
New Delhi, 07 January 2018: As per statistics, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) occurs four times more often in women than in men. The age of onset is estimated to be between 18 and 30 years with those living farthest from the equator in northern latitudes being most susceptible. Studies have also indicated that many people with SAD have insufficient levels of Vitamin D. Sunlight plays a critical role in the decreased serotonin activity, increased melatonin production, and disrupted circadian rhythms that are associated with symptoms of SAD.
SAD is a type of depression that comes and goes with the seasons, typically starting in the late fall and early winter and going away during the spring and summer. Depressive episodes linked to the summer can occur, but are much less common than winter episodes of SAD.
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