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19th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: Some more IMA Initiatives - A yearly roundup

IMA Hour: Every Friday 4-5 PM, IMA started the concept of community service under IMA Swachh Bharat Swastha Bharat initiative. All members participate in cleanliness drive.

IMA Days: IMA stated the following two New IMA days: 24th March IMA Telemedicine Day, 14th November IMA Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Day, 1st July: Blood Components Donation day

IMA Doctors Day: IMA started the concept of naming a theme for the Doctor’s Day.

Every Sunday, IMA Sunshine Day: IMA branches conduct CMEs in sunshine. Over 80% doctors are vitamin D deficient.
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Top News

PAHO/WHO launches Regional movement for universal health

A regional movement for universal health has been launched by representatives of government, academia, civil society and experts from some thirty countries and territories of the Americas to identify obstacles and generate alliances to help countries reach the goal of health for all by 2030, without leaving anyone behind.... read more

Number of people with dementia to triple in next three decades

As the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple from 50 million to 152 million by 2050. "Nearly 10 million people develop dementia each year, 6 million of them in low- and middle-income countries".... read more

Practice Updates
Children with congenital Zika virus infection face serious health and developmental challenges

Most children born with microcephaly and evidence of congenital Zika virus infection face severe health and developmental challenges at ages 19-24 months such as an inability to sit independently, difficulties with sleeping and feeding, seizures and hearing, says a study published December 14, 2017 in Morbidity and more

Cardiac parasympathetic autonomic dysfunction common in inflammatory joint disorders

Patients with inflammatory joint disorders have cardiac parasympathetic autonomic dysfunction, which is related to inflammation. In a meta-analysis study published December 2, 2017 in the journal Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, more

BP variability predicts TOD in elderly hypertensive patients

Blood pressure variability may be an important predictor of target organ damage in elderly patients with essential hypertension, says a study reported in the December 2017 issue of the journal European Review for Medical and Pharmacological more

Study finds association of relative glycemia with insulin treatment with adverse outcomes post MI

Relative hyperglycemia during insulin treatment, but not absolute, is associated with mortality, heart failure, arrhythmia, cardiogenic shock following an acute myocardial infarction, according to a post-hoc analysis of HI-5 study published December 12, 2017 in the journal Cardiovascular more

Younger newly-diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes at high risk of complications

A new study published in the journal Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews online December 12, 2017 has shown that younger persons newly-diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are at a high risk of delayed complications vs type 2 diabetes patients who first contract the disease two decades later in more

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Lifestyle Updates
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More than half of the allopathic doctors in India lack medical qualification
IMA urges people to beware of quacks and have faith in qualified doctors
New Delhi, 18 December 2017: As per a study published by the WHO, only 58.4% of doctors have a medical qualification in urban India. The condition is worse in rural areas with only 18.8% having a proper medical qualification. India has lakhs of quacks and about 60,000 work out of Delhi alone. Additionally, the study also indicates that 57.3% allopathic doctors do not have a medical qualification and another 31.4% are educated only up to the secondary school level.
A quack or charlatan, as defined by the Supreme Court in 1996,is anyone practicing modern medicine without proper training in the discipline. The large number of quacks in both the rural and urban areas of India are a threat to the people and society at large. What exacerbates the situation is that if anything goes wrong, only few have the resources to file a complaint against them. Many just accept it as fate, particularly in the rural areas.
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