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29th June 2011, Wednesday

Amaranth Yatra Special

Making a safe visit to mountains

The snow–build Amarnath Shiva Lingam is situated at an altitude of 13700 ft (5486 m) and is regarded as one of the most sacred places in India.

The Yatra demands good health and physical fitness. People with problems of hypertension, diabetes, heart ailments, epilepsy and asthma should consult their doctor before planning for the Yatra. One should start the physical fitness program several weeks before starting the journey. Walking regularly is the best way to prepare. One should take appropriate quantities of the right medicines for a wide variety of ailments.

Preventing mountain sickness

  • An altitude over 3,000 meters (9,843 feet) is usually defined as high altitude.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness depends on the elevation, the rate of ascent and individual susceptibility.
  • Most visitors suffer from some symptoms that will generally disappear through acclimatization in several hours to several days.
  • Symptoms are worse at night and include headache, dizziness, lethargy, loss of appetite, nausea, breathlessness and irritability. Difficulty sleeping is another common symptom, and many travelers have trouble sleeping for the first few days
  • Acute mountain sickness (AMS) can be very serious, with the most serious symptoms being high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be fatal. Symptoms of HAPE include weakness, shortness of breath, even at rest, impending suffocation at night, and a persistent productive cough with white, watery, or frothy fluid. Symptoms of HACE may include headache, ataxia, weakness, hallucinations, psychotic behavior, coma and loss of memory. Both approach and strike at night and can be fatal! Immediate descent is the surest treatment.
  • A gradual ascent allows the body to acclimatize to higher altitudes and the decreased oxygen supply.
  • The formula is to give a night halt between 7000 to 10,000 feet, night halt for every 1500 feet climb and full day halt for every 3000 feet climb thereafter.
  • One should avoid exercise in the first few days. Only attempt to do half of your activities on the first day while your body is working to acclimate to higher altitude oxygen conditions.
  • No alcohol should be consumed in the first few days.
  • No smoking should be done on the journey
  • One should drink enough water each day so that the urine runs clear.
  • One should eat enough calories. Low cal diets at high altitudes can sabotage health. A well–nourished body can adjust to changes better than an undernourished one can. One should take high carbohydrate diet.
  • One should avoid taking tranquilizers and sleeping pills. These will depress the respiratory drive and limit oxygen intake.
  • Some medication also helps to prevent AMS, like acetazolamide and nifedipine.

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    Changing Practice – Resource which has changed practice in last one year

Aldosterone antagonist in mild heart failure

Start aldosterone antagonist therapy to treat heart failure (HF) in patients who have NYHA functional class II HF and an LVEF ≤ 30 percent, or NYHA functional class III to IV HF and an LVEF <35 percent, who can be carefully monitored for serum potassium and renal function.

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Medifinance Conference

A Medifinance conference was organized by eMedinewS in association with Heart Care Foundation of India at TB Association, Lodhi Road on 13th March 2011. The focus was Portfolio management for doctors and the Budget for the year 2011.
In the photo: Experts on the dais with Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India

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    National News

The IMA National Workshop on Medical Ethics is scheduled to be held on July 30th and 31st, 2011at IMA House Cochin.

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New diabetes–diagnosis method boon for pregnant women

VARANASI: How about a simple one–step procedure for screening and diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a condition of diabetes during pregnancy that poses health risks for the mother as well as her foetus? The one–step screening procedure, called Dr Seshias method after a professor from Chennai who devised the method, hogged attention on the concluding day of a two–day CME, jointly organised by Varanasi Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society (VOGS) and Indian College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ICOG) in the city on Sunday. "Dr Seshias method has the potential to address this problem. It has even received accolades from the WHO," said Sanjay Gupte, former president, FOGSI, on Sunday. Saying that the method is not only easy to perform but also cost–effective, the expert emphasised that it is recommended for urban as well as rural areas of the country. The screening and diagnosis take only two hours. Around 75 grams of oral glucose is administered to a pregnant woman, irrespective of her pregnancy stage and prandial state (with or without fasting). A woman with plasma glucose level more than 140 mg per deci litre are diagnosed as GDM cases after two hours, he added on the occasion. (Source: TOI, June 26, 2011)

    International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Why we reach for chocolates during stress

Scientists are a step closer to unravelling why some stressed people reach for chocolate, mashed potatoes, ice cream and other high–calorie comfort foods. A study led by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre suggests that ghrelin – the so–called "hunger hormone" – is involved in triggering this response to high stress situations. "This helps explain certain complex eating behaviours and may be one of the mechanisms by which obesity develops in people exposed to psychosocial stress," said Jeffrey Zigman, assistant professor of internal medicine and psychiatry at the Medical Centre. "We think these findings are not just abstract and relevant only to mice, but likely are also relevant to humans," added Zigman, who led the study, reports the Journal of Clinical Investigation. (Source: TOI, June 24, 2011)

347 million diabetics counted worldwide

The global prevalence of diabetes reached 347 million in 2008, more than doubling the number of people with diabetes worldwide since 1980, researchers said. Using data from some 280 health surveys and epidemiological studies from around the world, Majid Ezzati, PhD, of Imperial College London, and colleagues estimated an average, age–standardized, global prevalence of diabetes of 9.8% in adult men (95% CI 8.6% to 11.2%) and 9.2% in adult women (95% CI 8.0% to 10.5%). Corresponding figures in 1980 were 8.3% in men and 7.5% in women, for a total worldwide diabetic population of 153 million, the researchers reported online in The Lancet. (Source: Medpage Today)

ADA Update

ADA: Antipsychotics change metabolism in kids

Antipsychotics appear to increase body fat and increase the risk of metabolic abnormalities in children and adolescents, researchers said. Those taking atypical antipsychotics for three months had significant increases in body weight and insulin resistance over baseline, John Newcomer, MD, of the University of Washington, and colleagues reported at the American Diabetes Association meeting. (Source: Medpage Today)

    Fitness Update

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC, http://www.isfdistribution.com)

U.S. Govt. releases plan to spur healthier lifestyles

Americans’ life expectancy may be 78 years, but a new report says only 69 of those years tend to be healthy ones — and the problems can start long before people reach a doctor’s office. The Obama administration is releasing a plan Thursday that calls for preventing disease and injury, with a greater emphasis on creating healthier homes, communities, foods, roads and workplaces. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin said the goal is to make "prevention a part of our daily lives." Consider: Heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer. But research shows that if you can reach the age of 50 without any of the biggest risks — high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes or obesity — you have less than a 1 in 10 chance of ever developing heart disease, said Dr. Barry Franklin of the American Heart Association, which supports the government’s effort. But too many people live in communities without sidewalks, where getting physical activity may mean driving to a gym. Under the new prevention plan, communities should consider strategies as simple as building more sidewalks so people can get a start on fitness by merely walking around their neighborhood, Franklin said. (Dr. Barry Franklin of the American Heart Association)

Called the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, the plan is required by President Barack Obama’s health care law. Nationally, it’s a first–ever commitment from 17 federal agencies, including those not traditionally involved in health care, to adopt policies making it easier for people to make healthier everyday choices, said public health expert Jeff Levi, who chairs an advisory group helping to oversee the effort. But it also urges private partnerships to make community–level changes. "A lot of this doesn’t necessarily require new money, but giving appropriate direction to how existing money is spent," he said. The health care law also provided $17 billion for grants to communities that seek to improve public health and prevention, including some of these types of programs. Republicans are trying to repeal the money, so far without success.

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    Spiritual Update

Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

In a meditative state, one achieves the state of "ritam bhara pragya" where the energized web of information (www.god.com) is connected to the internet of the spirit (www.GOD.com) and with the internet of energized information of other souls. In such a situation, transfer of data from soul to spirit, from one soul to another soul is possible.

    An Inspirational Story

(Ritu Sinha)

Give time to your family

After 21 years of marriage, my wife wanted me to take another woman out to dinner and a movie. She said, "I love you, but I know this other woman loves you and would love to spend some time with you." The other woman that my wife wanted me to visit was my MOTHER, who has been a widow for 19 years, but the demands of my work and my three children had made it possible to visit her only occasionally. That night I called to invite her to go out for dinner and a movie. "What’s wrong, are you well?" she asked.

My mother is the type of woman who suspects that a late night call or a surprise invitation is a sign of bad news. "I thought that it would be pleasant to spend some time with you," I responded. "Just the two of us." She thought about it for a moment, and then said, "I would like that very much." That Friday after work, as I drove over to pick her up I was a bit nervous. When I arrived at her house, I noticed that she, too, seemed to be nervous about our date. She waited in the door with her coat on. She had curled her hair and was wearing the dress that she had worn to celebrate her last wedding anniversary. She smiled from a face that was as radiant as an angel’s. "I told my friends that I was going to go out with my son, and they were impressed, "she said, as she got into the car. "They can’t wait to hear about our meeting."

We went to a restaurant that, although not elegant, was very nice and cozy. My mother took my arm as if she were the First Lady. After we sat down, I had to read the menu. Her eyes could only read large print. Half way through the entries, I lifted my eyes and saw Mom sitting there staring at me. A nostalgic smile was on her lips. "It was I who used to have to read the menu when you were small," she said. "Then it’s time that you relax and let me return the favor," I responded. During the dinner, we had an agreeable conversation – nothing extraordinary but catching up on recent events of each other’s life. We talked so much that we missed the movie. As we arrived at her house later, she said, "I’ll go out with you again, but only if you let me invite you." I agreed.

"How was your dinner date?" asked my wife when I got home. "Very nice. Much more so than I could have imagined," I answered.

A few days later, my mother died of a massive heart attack. It happened so suddenly that I didn’t have a chance to do anything for her. Sometime later, I received an envelope with a copy of a restaurant receipt from the same place mother and I had dined. An attached note said: "I paid this bill in advance. I wasn’t sure that I could be there; but nevertheless, I paid for two plates – one for you and the other for your wife. You will never know what that night meant for me. I love you, son."

At that moment, I understood the importance of saying in time: "I LOVE YOU" and to give our loved ones the time that they deserve.

Nothing in life is more important than your family. Give them the time they deserve, because these things cannot be put off till "some other time."

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

What are the symptoms of vitamin A deficiency?

Abnormal visual adaptation to darkness, dry skin, dry hair, broken fingernails, and decreased resistance to infections are among the first signs of vitamin A deficiency.

Subclinical forms of vitamin A deficiency may not cause any symptoms, but the risk of developing respiratory and diarrheal infections is increased, the growth rate is decreased, and bone development is slowed. Patients may have a recent history of increased infections, infertility secondary to impaired spermatogenesis, or recent spontaneous abortion secondary to impaired embryonic development. The patient may also report increased fatigue, as a manifestation of vitamin A deficiency anemia.

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(Dr Uday Kakroo)

Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.

    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

What are your views, including legal aspects, regarding CME credit based 5–yearly renewal/re–registration with the medical council?

Ans. In principle, there is nothing wrong with an expectation on the part of a professional licencing council to insist on minimal professional standards. However, the following points need to be emphasised:

  1. It should focus on ensuring that a physician actually possesses the expected knowledge and skills rather than presuming that he must be in possession of such knowledge and skills on the basis of claiming that he has earned the required no. of credit hours. Attending a session does not ensure learning. Attending can be faked/manufactured. In the circumstances, it is best to administer him an online test as in case of several high quality entrance tests in India now–a–days and also as in the case of USMLE.
  2. The medical council must be clear as to what should be the level of these tests. Since the medical council is concerned only with only primary medical degree and ensuring that a doctor possesses knowledge and skills expected of a primary physician, there is no logic in a medical council trying to impart or test specialist skills. While it is important for every specialist to continuously hone up his knowledge and skills, the responsibility for ensuring the same should be left to specialist associations and groups. It is not the mandate of the state medical councils to venture into postgraduate medical education.
  3. Not clearing the five yearly CME requirement should not render a physician liable to lose his licence to practice medicine. He can be visited with a fine, such as Rs. 2500.– on an yearly basis for every year that the physician remains without meeting the requirement. Delay beyond 5 years should cause the issuance of a show cause notice to be issued to a physician asking him why his licence to practice medicine may not be cancelled.
  4. It may be worth considering granting exemption from 5 yearly renewal to the following:
    a.Senior citizens
    b.Physically disabled persons
    c.Persons living in remote areas, remoteness being defined as places where broadband    connectivity is not available for taking an on line test.
  5. Different SMCs should have broadly a similar policy and rules regarding 5 yearly renewal. The current policy is laid down in Regulation 1.2.3 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, as follows: A Physician should participate in professional meetings as part of Continuing Medical Education programmes, for at least 30 hours every five years, organized by reputed professional academic bodies or any other authorized organisations. The compliance of this requirement shall be informed regularly to Medical Council of India or the State Medical Councils as the case may be.

    If necessary, the above Regulation can be modified. However, SMCs should not have their own rules in this regard not in conformity with the MCI regulations. For example, section 13B of the PMR Act, 1916, as amended in 2010, lays down that the number of credit hours should be 50 hours. As a matter of fact, Section 13B of the PMR Act, 1916, can be challenged on the ground of being violating a central regulation on the same subject.
  6. The web sites of the MCI and SMCs should have adequate information about necessary requirements on the part of physicians in the form of FAQ and also in the form of interactive questions and answers so that physicians have adequate knowledge of various legal provisions and are not left in ignorance. A beginning should, in fact, be made in this regard by the national and state IMAs by having the FAQ and interactive Q–A format discussions on their web sites. All IMAs have their legal cells and this task can be handled by them. Once the IMAs do it themselves, they would be in a position to demand the same from the MCI and the SMCs also.
    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient came with suspected malaria.
Dr. Bad: Make a thin smear.
Dr. Good: Also make a thick smear.
Lesson: An additional thick smear can detect can low levels of parasitemia (Vet Parasit 2006;141:16).

Make Sure

Situation: A patient with chest pain of 3 hour duration developed acute cardiac arrest.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was water–soluble aspirin not given at the time of chest pain?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients with suspected MI are given water–soluble aspirin to reduce chances of death.

  SMS of the Day

(Ritu Sinha)

Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye. Mary Shelley

  GP Pearls

(Dr Pawan Gupta)

Addition of vitamin D3 helps in sputum clearance faster in tubercular patients. Also there may be prevention of activation of latent TB. (Lancet 2011;377:189–90)

    Medicolegal Update

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

What are the ideal containers for viscera preservation?

Each container must be carefully labeled and must be countersigned by the autopsy surgeon. Some jurisdictions will require actual seals on the containers themselves or the package into which they are placed for transport, or both. Accompanying signed ‘exhibit labels’ with serial numbers corresponding exactly with numbers on the jars may be required. The containers must be given by the doctors to the investigating officer. The police officer must hand over the samples personally to a member of the laboratory staff and a record of this chain of evidence must be kept, so that there can be no criticisms leveled at any one when the matter comes to court, raising doubts about the correct identity of the samples.

  • Glass bottles of one liter capacity are used to preserve viscera.
  • Clean, wide–mouthed bottle fitted with glass stoppers should be used for each viscera.
  • Rubber inserts should not be used under caps because they can extract certain poisons such as chloroform and phenols from the contents.
  • Glass containers should be washed with sulphuric acid chromate solution, rinsed with distilled water and dried.
  • Polyethylene bags or containers can be used, but volatile poison may diffuse through plastic.
  • When lungs or other tissues are to be preserved for analysis of volatile substances, nylon bags should be used, as they are not permeable to such substances.
  • Blood should be collected in screw–capped bottle of about 30ml or in plastic capped tubes of 10ml.
  Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Vitamin D from sunlight

Pick up any popular book on vitamins and you will read that ten minutes of daily exposure of the arms and legs to sunlight will supply us with all the vitamin D that we need. Humans do indeed manufacture vitamin D from cholesterol by the action of sunlight on the skin but it is actually very difficult to obtain even a minimal amount of vitamin D with a brief foray into the sunlight.

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Serum lactate dehydrogenase

Lactate dehydrogenase (LDH or LD) is an enzyme found in almost all body tissues, but only in a small amount in the blood. LDH is found in the bloodstream when cells are damaged. Because of this, LDH test can be used as a general marker of cells damage. Level of LDH may be measured either as a total LDH or as LDH isoenzymes. Elevated levels of LDH may be seen with:

  • Cerebrovascular accident (CVA, stroke)
  • Drugs: Anesthetics, aspirin, narcotics, procainamides, alcohol
  • Hemolytic anemias
  • Pernicious anemias (megaloblastic anemias)
  • Infectious mononucleosis (Mono)
  • Intestinal and pulmonary infarction
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Pancreatitis
  • Lymphoma or other cancers
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Preservation is:

1. Persistent and inappropriate repletion of the same thoughts.
2. When a patient feels very distressed about it.
3. Characteristic of schizophrenia.
4. Characteristic of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: One of the following usually differentiates hysterical symptoms from hypochondriacal symptoms:

1. Symptoms do not normally reflect understandable physiological or pathological mechanisms.
2. Physical symptoms are prominent which are not explained by organic factors.
3. Personality traits are significant.
4. Symptoms run a chronic course.

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 1. Symptoms do not normally reflect understandable physiological or pathological mechanisms.

Correct answers received from: Dr KV Sharma, Dr Sandeep, Dr Piyush, Dr Krishan, Dr Rizvi, Dr Aaditya, Dr KAran, Dr Juhi.

Answer for 27th June Mind Teaser: 1. Leave him as normal adolescent problem.
Correct answers received from: Dr KV Sarma, Dr Priya, Dr Kaushal, Dr Ritika, Dr Prachi, Dr Anupama.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

Remember when you are thinking of insuring yourself, it should purely mean protecting your life against any contingent events; and thus given that you should be ideally buying only pure term life insurance plans, which gives due importance to your human life value. It is noteworthy that ULIPs are investment–cum–insurance plans where for the premium paid, the insurance cover offered under these plans is far less (usually 10 times your annual premium) when compared to pure term life insurance plans; where for a lesser premium amount you get a greater life cover – which precisely what a life insurance plan is intended for.

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

This lady was talking in to an envelope. I asked her what she was doing, she said ‘sending voice mail’.

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Paracetamol IP 500mg + Phenylephrine HCL IP 5mg + Caffeine (anhydrous) IP 30mg + Diphenhydramine HCL IP 25mg tablet.

For the treatment of fever associated with cold, nasal congestion in adults


    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Sipuleucel–T (Provenge) vaccine for metastatic prostate cancer

For minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic patients with castration–resistant prostate cancer that is not progressing rapidly, start sipuleucel–T before using cytotoxic chemotherapy.

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Doctors’ Day Special

Children should learn CPR

Children as young as 9 years old should learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

The usefulness of CPR training in schools has been questioned, since young students may not have the physical and cognitive skills needed to perform such complex tasks correctly.

As in the elderly, in children too, the physical strength may limit depth of chest compressions. Now it has been shown that body mass index, not age is the major factor in depth of CPR compressions. A well–built child aged 9 years is just as capable at CPR as an older child. The same is true for the elderly. It is on record that even 85–year–old people have successfully carried out CPR.

Chest compression is much more effective than mouth to mouth breathing. Chest compression alone can save life. CPR should be started when there is no response, breathing or pulse. Victim should be made to lie on a plain surface with no pillow below the head. There should be no crowds around the person for those 10 minutes. He should be given 100 chest compressions per minute as fast and as hard as one can. If the patient is unconscious but alive, he should be transferred to the hospital with a pillow under the head with chin slightly lifted and head pulled down.

The recommendations are:

  • CPR training can be taught and learned by schoolchildren.
  • CPR education can be implemented effectively in primary schools at all levels.
  • CPR should be added into the school syllabus.
    Readers Responses
  1. Rspected Dr KK Aggrawal,to live upto 80, all of us have to spread the message of your Formula of 80. Recently TOI reported a 80 yrs old plastic surgoeon,still repairing congenital cleft lips, after this doc had 3 bypass surgeries and in the process lost upto 80% functional heart, leaving him with only 20% functional heart. We all need inspirations and real heroes especially after a heart operation. This doctor is an Indian, somewhere in Madhya Pradesh. Dr Neelam Nath
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National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues"
Date: Sunday, 10th July, 2011
Venue: Auditorium, Chinmaya Mission, 89, Lodhi Road, New Delhi–110003

eMedinewS and Heart Care Foundation of India are jointly organizing the first-ever National Conference on "Insight on Medico Legal Issues" to commemorate "Doctors’ Day".
The one–day conference will provide total insight into all the medicolegal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. Both medical and legal experts will interact with the delegates on important issues.
You are requested to kindly register in advance as seats are limited. There will be no registration fee. You can register by sending your request at rekhapapola@gmail.com or at 9899974439.

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September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
• Provisional program for Pre Congress CME at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Conference_CME.html
• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
• Congress website at http://www.worldcon2011.org
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
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Congress Secretariat: Rajat Khurana, C–1 / 16, Ashok Vihar – Phase II, Delhi 110 052, INDIA., Phone: + 91–11–2741–9505, Fax: + 91–11–2741–5646, Mobile: + 91 9560188488, 9811911800,
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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
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1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

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