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15th February 2013, Friday

This year 14th February is unique as both Indian and Western Valentine Days are falling on this day.

Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrating Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge (Wisdom, learning, music and art) and is celebrated every year on the 5th day (panchami of the Indian calendar) of the Magh month, the first day of spring. On this day, children are taught to read their first word.

On this day, God of Love, Kamdev, is also worshiped. The festival is celebrated to invoke wisdom, consciousness to human beings. Basant Panchami is the Indian Valentine day and was started much earlier than the western people thought of 14th February as Valentine’s Day. (eMedinewS)

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    Constipation Update

Do not ignore chronic constipation

A study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's (ACG) 77th Annual Scientific meeting in Las Vegas in October has observed that patients with chronic constipation may be at increased risk of developing colorectal cancer and benign neoplasms. The risk of developing colorectal cancer was found to be 1.78 times higher for patients with chronic constipation and the risk of developing benign neoplasms was 2.70 times higher.

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4th eMedinewS Revisiting 2013

A daylong conference, eMedinewS Revisiting 2012, was organized by eMedinewS, Heart Care Foundation of India and World Fellowship of Religions.

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    National News

We must prove mettle of herbal medicine, better standards: Azad

To place Indian herbal drugs on global map, there is a need for re-establishing the safety and efficacy of the medicines as well as to develop their standards on the basis of accepted scientific parameters, Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said on Tuesday. Though there is an emerging desire among people to adopt natural practices for health care and use natural remedies for treatment of diseases, traditional medicine faces challenges in terms of its wider acceptability, accessibility and evidence-based usage. Hence, quality has to be assured, Azad said after the inauguration of a three-day international conference on traditional medicine for South East Asian Countries being held in Delhi. Taking note of the global developments in the area of drug control, S Gandhiselvan, Minister of State for Health said that there are plans to set up a separate Central Drug Controller of AYUSH to oversee and strengthen the regulatory regime of traditional Indian medicines and homeopathic drugs. The conference is being attended by experts and delegation from countries including Sri Lanka, Korea, Maynamar, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Korea, Thailand and China. (Source: The Pioneer, 13 February 2013)

First Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' Day celebrated

Kolkata, Feb 13 (PTI) The first Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons' Day was celebrated here today to spread awareness about this lesser known surgical speciality. The Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons of India (AOMSI) observe February 13 as the day of oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to commemorate its first meeting held on this date in 1969.

Medical mistakes in Indian movies

Dear all, eMedinewS is starting a special series on ‘Medical mistakes in Indian movies’. We invite all our readers to share with us the following information:

  1. Scene/s where the image of the medical profession has been maligned in an unrealistic manner, or
  2. Scene/s where medical care and approach has been depicted incorrectly, or
  3. Scenes where the medical profession has been portrayed correctly.

Send us the clippings or description of the scenes. This would be a start to a special campaign to rebuild the image of the medical profession.

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

    Be Human Stop Child Abuse (Team IMA for CMAAO)


Categories of emotional or psychological abuse.

  • Rejecting– Refusing to acknowledge the child's worth and the legitimacy of his/her needs; refusing to show affection
  • Isolating– Denying the child normal social experiences and peer/familial relationships, creating a sense in the child that he/she is "alone in the world"; some parents may lock the child in a bedroom, closet, basement, or attic away from normal familial interaction
  • Terrorizing– Verbal assault/threatening of the child or his or her loved ones or objects; making the child feel unsafe; creating a climate of fear; convincing the child that "the world is capricious and hostile." Weapons may be used to further terrorize the child.
  • Ignoring– Psychological unavailability to the child, depriving him or her of essential stimulation and interaction; emotional starvation; lack of protection from danger

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    Valvular Heart Disease Update

When can bypass surgery be combined with aortic valve replacement?

There are two settings in which aortic valve replacement and coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) intersect:

  • Patients who are candidates for aortic valve replacement in whom coronary angiography demonstrates significant coronary artery disease that could be corrected at the time of valve replacement.
  • Patients who are candidates for CABG who also have AS that might be corrected at the same surgery.

(Experts: Dr Ganesh K Mani, Dr Yugal Mishra, Dr Deepak Khurana, Dr Rajesh Kaushish, Dr K S Rathor, Dr Sandeep Singh and Dr KK Aggarwal)

    International News

(Contributed by Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Lowering BP may cut risk of recurrent stroke

Treating patients with lacunar strokes to a systolic blood pressure target of less then 130 mm Hg was feasible and safe and may have prevented recurrent strokes, a randomized trial showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

Obesity can cause vitamin D deficiency, genetic study shows

Obesity is a causal factor in vitamin D deficiency, but vitamin D deficiency does not lead to any significant weight gain, according to a multicenter, genetic study published online February 5 in PLoS Medicine. (Source: Medscape)

BP in pregnancy tied to cardiac health later

Hypertension in pregnancy appears independently linked to heart, kidney, and metabolic problems later in life, even when it doesn't reach the level of preeclampsia, a population-based study showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

Vitamin C for colds shows limited benefit: Meta-analysis

A meta-analysis of 72 trials examining the benefits of regular vitamin C supplementation concludes that although vitamin C may have a modest yet consistent effect on the duration of colds, it has no effect on the incidence of colds, except in people exposed to short periods of extreme physical stress. (Source: Medscape)

Short-course ADT passes test in high-risk prostate Ca

Men with node-negative high-risk prostate cancer lived just as long with a 50% shorter duration of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) compared with standard duration therapy, results of a randomized clinical trial showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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@DeepakChopra: Realize that your world is a reflection of yourself & then stop fighting with the reflection #CosmicConsciousness

    Spiritual Update

(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

Unconditional Love

There are a number of scientific studies that show the power of love to heal, to renew, to rejuvenate and actually change the biological age. There is no doubt that love heals, renews, makes one feel safe, inspires, empowers and brings one closer to God.

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    Infertility Update (Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is prolactin?

Prolactin is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland, the gland that sits at the bottom of the brain. Though prolactin plays a role in the growth and development of your breasts, its primary function is in milk production after a child is born. It is present in small amounts throughout your bloodstream (including in men), kept under control by another hormone called a prolactin inhibiting factor (dopamine). When you become pregnant, however, prolactin levels increase significantly.

    Tat Tvam Asi………and the Life Continues……

(Dr N K Bhatia, Medical Director, Mission Jan Jagriti Blood Bank)

Does donor need any rest after donating blood?

Yes. The donor should rest for about 20–30 minutes before resuming his routine work; it takes only 3–8 minutes to take blood from a donor.

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   An Inspirational Story

It only takes a second

A few days ago I got a call from my old college mate whom I haven't seen for a very long time. The topic, which was about all the good old times that we had and about his recent graduation, changed to a touching story when he started talking about his father.

His father's declining health made him to stay at the hospital. Because of his illness, his father suffered from insomnia and often talked to himself. My friend, who had not been able to sleep for a few days as he had to keep watch of his father's condition, became irritated and told his father to keep silence and try to get some sleep. His father said that he really wanted to sleep well because he was very tired and told my friend to leave him alone in the hospital if he did not want to keep him company.

After his father finished talking he fell unconscious and had to be rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). My friend was very sorry for he had spoken ill words towards his father.

My friend, whom I knew as a tough person, cried like a baby on the other end of the telephone. He said that from that moment on he prayed every day asking God to let his father woke up from his coma. He promised himself that whatever words came out from his father's mouth after he regained his conscious would be gladly taken. His only hope was for God to give him a chance to rectify his past mistake, a mistake that he might not forget for the rest of his life...

Often we complain when we have to accompany or to watch over our parents for years, months, days, hours or even minutes. But do we realize that our parents keep us companied and watch over us for as long as we (or they) live? Since the day we were born to our adulthood, and even when death comes to greet us, they are always at our side. When it's time for them to return to God, their memory lingers for the rest of our life.

Imagine how broken-hearted our parents will be to a seemingly innocent word of "no" which comes out from our mouth when they try to embrace us in their tender loving care, but which we often consider as something that bind us and hold us from flying the blue sky. What other words will replace the word "crying" when there are no more tears to shed from their eyes as the tears are wasted to shower our days so that our life would grow and produce fruits and flowers to liven up the dark days of the rotating wheel of life.

We can make promises to ourselves that from now on there will be no more complaints come out from our mouths when we have to watch and accompany our parents. No more complaints come out from our mouths when we feel that our parents have treated us like little children. Have faith, out there are so many unlucky ones who have neither fathers nor mothers, who long to have the things that we most complain about, but never have them.

Actually, it takes only a second to contemplate and light the lamp that will bring us to where peace is dwelling. Now it's all up to us whether we want to spare our short time for a great and meaningful life ahead of our lives.

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Seizures common in pediatric stroke Read More

Southern diet has tight grip on 'stroke belt' Read More

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Folic acid may ward off autism Read More

Cesarean birth linked to differences in gut microbiome Read More

    Rabies Update

Dr. A K Gupta, Author of "RABIES - the worst death", Joint Secretary, Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI)

What is a fixed virus?

Fixed virus is a rabies virus that has been passed in tissue culture or animals. The term fixed indicates only that the incubation period and virulence have been stabilized. It is least virulent, and has a fixed short incubation period of 5-9 days. It is used as seed virus for manufacturing rabies vaccines.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with burns came with severe pain.
Dr Bad: It is bad sign.
Dr Good: It is a good sign.
Lesson: Pain indicates that the nerves are intact.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with rheumatic arthritis was not given penicillin prophylaxis, and subsequently developed another attack.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the prophylaxis not started?
Lesson: Make sure that one administers secondary prophylaxis in the setting of suspected poststreptococcal reactive arthritis for up to one year after the onset of symptoms. Evidence of valvular disease after one year should prompt continued prophylaxis; otherwise, antibiotic prophylaxis may be discontinued.

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Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success.

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

When assessing a patient for possible side effects related to acetaminophen (Tylenol), the pain management nurse asks the patient about the use of:

1. Alcohol
2. Marijuana
3. Opioids
4. Tobacco

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: When assessing a patient's cultural beliefs about pain, the pain management nurse asks about:

1. A family history of pain
2. Home remedies used to treat pain
3. The frequency of visits to health care facilities
4. The patient's dietary preferences

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: b. Home remedies used to treat pain

Correct answers received from: Dr Shashi Saini, Dr PC Das, Dr KV Sarma, Dr Kanta Jain, Dr K Raju,
Dr (Maj. Gen.) Anil Bairaria, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Avtar Krishan, Dr Arpan Gandhi, Dr Jella, Dr AK Pandey, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Thakor Hitendrsinh G, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Jayashree Sen & Dr Bitaan Sen.

Answer for 13th February Mind Teaser: Allodynia

Correct answers received from: Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Jayashree Sen & Dr Bitaan Sen.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Laugh a While (Dr GM Singh)

Stupid Criminal

Police in Radnor, Pennsylvania, interrogated a suspect by placing a metal colander on his head and connecting it with wires to a photocopy machine. The message "He’s lying" was placed in the copier, and police pressed the copy button each time they thought the suspect wasn’t telling the truth. Believing the "lie detector" was working, the suspect confessed.

    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

Medical Testimony of Doctor in the Court of Law

Do not misrepresent documents/medical literature in the Court of Law

When evidence is read into the record of a trial, only that portion of the document, which validates the information being discussed needs to be read aloud. One paragraph or even one part of a paragraph may be all that is necessary to substantiate the point you are making. Documents must be presented in the words of the author. When you paraphrase evidence, you argue in a circle. Reading the remainder of the document, even if it establishes a context for the evidence, is unnecessary and time–consuming. When a document is cut in a manner, which lends the quoted passage a meaning other than what would be derived from a more complete reading, you are misrepresenting the document. This does not mean, however, that you are responsible for drawing the same conclusions from information as the author of the document.

Drawing a contrary conclusion from passages accurately interpreted does not constitute misrepresentation. The fact that the author of the document reached a different conclusion from the information argues perhaps persuasively against your conclusion. However, you have not misused the evidence.

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Drinking coffee prevents Parkinson’s disease

Nicotine present in the tobacco has been used for its medicinal value for quite some time for diseases like Parkinson’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A study from University of Miami School of Medicine, USA, now has shown that people from families prone to Parkinson’s disease are less likely to develop the disease if they drink coffee on a regular basis.

Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India & National Vice President-Elect IMA, commenting on the study said that both coffee and nicotine have a link with dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that decreases in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

It is possible that people who are going to have Parkinson's disease have lower levels of dopamine. Those with low levels of dopamine may be more likely to enjoy caffeine.

Parkinson's disease is caused when brain cells that produce dopamine die. The disease is progressive, affecting about one percent of people older than 65.

Symptoms start out with shaking and can progress to paralysis. There is no cure, although a number of drugs can make symptoms better for a time.

About HCFI: The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 29199 people since 1st November 2012.

The CPR 10 Mantra is – “within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10x10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

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OPEN HOUSE consultation on

“Accessibility to Safe and Quality Medicines in the Supply Chain in India”
Amaltas/Rudraksha Halls, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, India
Friday, February 15, 2013

09.00 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 11:00 Inaugural Session
  Welcome Address: Mr. Bejon Misra, Founder, Partnership for Safe Medicines (PSM) India Initiative
  • Setting the Agenda & Objectives: Mr. Praful D. Sheth, Vice President, International Pharmaceutical Federation
  • Role of Medical Practitioners on Accessibility to Safe & Quality Medicines to Patients: Padmashri Awardee Dr. K. K. Aggarwal, National Vice President Elect, Indian Medical Association (IMA)
  • Campaign Against Counterfeit Products in India: Mr. Anil Rajput, Chairman, FICCI CASCADE
  • Special Address: Dr. G. N. Singh, Drug Controller General India (DCGI), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Special address: Padma Shree Dr (Prof.) Ranjit Roy Chaudhary, Founder Delhi Society for Promotion of Rational Use of Drugs
  • Special Address: Mr. C. P. Singh, Chairman, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, Government of India
  • Keynote Address: Mr. Rajeev Kher, Additional Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Commerce
  • Inaugural Address: Mr. Keshav Desiraju, Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Vote of Thanks: Ms. Reena George, Lawyer Supreme Court of India, Board Member PSM India, New Delhi


Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch will organize the 6th Study Camp on ‘Mind-Body Medicine and Beyond’ for doctors, medical students and other health professionals at its Nainital Centre (Van Nivas) from June 8-14, 2013. The camp, consisting of lectures, practice, and participatory and experiential sessions, will help the participants get better, feel better, and bring elements of mind-body medicine into their practice. The camp will be conducted by Prof. Ramesh Bijlani, M.D., former Professor, AIIMS, founder of the Mind-Body Medicine Clinic at AIIMS, and the author of Back to Health through Yoga, Eating Wisely and Well and Essays on Yoga. For more details, send an e-mail to the Ashram (aurobindo@vsnl.com) or to Dr. Bijlani (rambij@gmail.com).

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