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Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
Dr KK Aggarwal
President, Heart Care Foundation of India; Sr Consultant Physician, Cardiologist and Dean Medical Education Moolchand Medcity; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council; Chairman (Delhi Chapter) International Medical Sciences Academy; Hony Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08–09); Hony Finance Secretary National IMA (07–08); Chairman IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (06–07); President Delhi Medical Association (05–06), President IMA New Delhi Branch (94–95, 02–04); Editor in Chief IJCP Group of Publications & Hony. Visiting Professor (Clinical Research) DIPSAR

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Cilostazol for prevention of ischemic stroke

The antiplatelet agent cilostazol is a phosphodiesterase 3 inhibitor that is used mainly to treat intermittent claudication in patients with peripheral artery disease. Several controlled trials in Asia have found that cilostazol is effective for the secondary prevention of cerebral infarction.

In the largest such trial (CSPS II), cilostazol (100 mg twice daily) was not inferior to aspirin (81 mg daily) in preventing recurrent stroke (infarction or hemorrhage) at a mean follow–up of 29 months in 2757 patients in Japan with a recent noncardioembolic cerebral infarction.

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

Initial chemotherapy for metastatic pancreatic cancer

Start Folfirinox rather than gemcitabine for patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer who have a good ECOG performance status and a serum total bilirubin level that is <1.5 times the upper limit of normal. (October 8, 2010)


  1. Conroy T, Desseigne F, Ychou Y, et al. Randomized phase III trial comparing Folfirinox (F: 5FU/leucovorin (LV), irinotecan (I), and oxaliplatin (O)) versus gemcitabine (G) as first–line treatment for metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (MPA): Preplanned interim analysis results of the PRODIGE 4/ACCORD 11 trial (abstract 4010). J Clin Oncol 2010; 28:303s. (abstract available online at
    ractID=41562, accessed August 18, 2010).
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 Diabetes Update

Dr Vinod Sanghi Speaks on
‘Estimated prevalence of diabetes in global adult population’

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

World Earth Day 2011 Observed

Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal presented Awards to winning students (Slogan writing competition) of Delhi Public School, Mathura Road Earth Day 2011 at a function organized by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with World Fellowship of Religions on 21st April 2011.

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    National News

Don’t support those who cheat you

Dr K M Abdulla, Chairman, Anti Quackery Committee IMA KSB

Modern Medicine is the one and only system accepted universally all over the world. It could accommodate various scientific developments in the field of technology and nuclear science. Any discovery that takes place in Modern Medicine is made available in our country and in all interested countries with in no time in this modern era. The curriculum is almost same in all countries and hence any graduate in Modern Medicine and Post graduates from our country are able to hold key posts in various specialties in many developed countries.

For proper execution, implementation, investigation and treatment in modern medicine support of various categories of paramedics are essential. It is a team work. We require X–ray & laboratory technicians, staff nurses, pharmacists, audiologists, radiology technicians, optometrists, physiotherapists etc; Teaching these categories of paramedics are carried out based on the principles of Modern Medicine.

Since last few years physiotherapists have made a self declaration that they are doctors and unanimously decided to prefix "Dr" to their names. Later they started independent clinics, started consultation prescribing treatments including prescription of drugs. In addition they started talking ill of doctors using indecent words which cannot be allowed to continue.

This form of quackery was taken to the court as a PIL and Hon’ble Patna High Court & Hon’ble Supreme court came out with a verdict with the following observations:

  1. As per Section 15 (2) b of Medical Council of India Act, only Registered Medical Practitioner registered under Medical Council of India (in Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani) can be called as Doctor and only doctors of Modern Medicine, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani are eligible to use "Dr" as prefix to their name
  2. Physiotherapists is an extended medical technician to carry out treatments using physical agents like heat, cold, electricity, massage etc; prescribed by a Qualified Medical Practitioner in Modern Medicine and should be carried out under medical supervision.
  3. No clinics can be set up by anybody other than a Registered Medical Practitioner in our country
  4. The practice of using the word "Dr" as prefix to the name of Physiotherapists will create confusion among the public and is a form of cheating the patients. Some Private hospitals are doing this type of malpractice in order to levy more charges from the patients which are illegal and criminal.
  5. If anybody is acting against these rules they should be punished under the law of the land.

In spite of all this the physiotherapists have decided to resist any action from any source, irrespective of MCI, Court, IMA etc; and will continue to use the prefix "Dr." to their name. This trend is slowly spreading to other paramedics like clinical psychologist, audiologist and others.

They flimsy arguments put forth by them are that they study for four years and do a six month internship. Hence they should be considered as Doctor. Secondly the syllabus of BPT and that of MBBS are same; which is definitely not. They do not study Pharmacology, Bacteriology, Medicine, Pathology, and Surgery. They have to study some potion of anatomy of limbs and spine, some portion of orthopedics and some portion of neurology. I was the Chairman of Board of Studies of Physiotherapy at Calicut University for four years and the present syllabus was prepared by my team under my supervision in 2005. The same syllabus is followed by Kannur University with few changes in hours of some examinations. The other claim is that their association, IAP (Indian Association of Physiotherapists) have given them the license to practice and to use the word "Dr" as prefix to their names. IAP has also allotted them Registration Numbers. IAP is an NGO registered as per Societies Act XXI of 1860 as No. 3376 at Mumbai in 2007. It is not a statutory body.

I wish to bring to your notice that none of them are registered under any council for physiotherapy or as per Rehabilitation Council Act 1992. No one is authorized to take history of patient, perform physical examination and give any sort of treatment without a registration in any appropriate council. The Rehabilitation Council has accepted them as paramedics which they are not ready to accept, since they have already decided to be doctors.

It is brought to our attention that they are using political pressure to have a separate physiotherapy council identifying them as "Dr" and this council will have members from physiotherapists only. This is pointing to a wrong track and we the custodians of modern medicine should rise to the occasion and act promptly; otherwise next generation will not excuse us.

If any physiotherapist is using the prefix "Dr", please don’t cooperate with him/her, even if he is attached to the hospital you are working. Referring a case for physiotherapy to independent clinics is illegal amounting to quackery. If any complications or unexpected medical emergencies occur during the course of physiotherapy without the supervision of a doctor there is every possibility of death or morbidity occurring for which the referring doctor will be held liable. Moreover PP Scheme will not be able to deal with such cases as per the Bye–law.

In Kasargod District three cases have been registered against few physiotherapists who have violated the rules. FIR has been filed in the magistrate court. They are liable for punishment under section 336, 417, 418, 419, 425, 469 read with section 471 of Indian Penal code. Similar actions have to be carried out in all other district.

Hence as the Chairman of Anti–Quackery Committee (AQC) of IMA, KSB I request you to kindly collect details of those physiotherapists working in your area, who violate the rules of Medical Council of India and orders of the Hon’ble and Supreme Court & High Court and forward them to the Chairman of District Task Force of your district with copy to the Chairman, Anti Quackery Committee. Details should contain name of father and permanent address – and not hospital address. DTF meeting can be arranged in all districts and AQC will come and explain in detail.

Use of iodised salt increases in rural India

Loose or rock salt is becoming a passé in rural India. For, the consumption of iodised salt has not only increased by 20 per cent over the last five years in rural households, but also more than half of the total surveyed preferred packaged crushed salt. "At present 47.3 per cent of rural households are using ‘adequately iodised’ salt. This is against the figure of 27 per cent recorded in the national family health survey (NFHS) 2005-06. The increase of 20 per cent reflects success of our Iodised salt immunisation programme across the country," Salt Commissioner S Sundaresan said after releasing the report on ‘Iodised Salt Coverage Study 2010’. The present study was the first–ever largest survey done in India, where iodometric titration was used for measuring Iodine content of salt.

The consumption of iodised salt is considered essential for people of all ages, especially for mothers and children under five years of age. Iodine deficiency in mothers can result in miscarriage and low birth weights of newborns. Children born with iodine deficiency suffer from low Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and congenital abnormalities like deafness, dumbness and stunted growth, among others. "Unfortunately, in India, iodine deficiency is a significant public health problem. It is estimated that 200 million people in India are exposed to the risk of Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) and more than 71 million suffer from goitre and other forms of IDD," Canada–based Micronutrient Initiative’s regional director for India, Melanie Galvin added. (Source: The Pioneer, April 26, 2011)

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    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Health of US workforce declining and driving up employer costs

The unhealthy behaviors of the US workforce cost employers an average of $670 per employee annually, according to the new Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index. The Thomson Reuters Workforce Wellness Index gauges six behavioral risk factors to track the collective health of working Americans with employer–sponsored health insurance – and the costs associated with less–than–optimal health. In 2009, about 14 percent of direct healthcare costs for the employed, privately insured population were associated with these six behavioral risk factors, according to Thomson Reuters’ analysis. That amounts to $670 per employee, with $400 of the overall cost attributed to high body mass index, which is used to measure obesity. Elevated blood glucose was the second most significant factor, accounting for nearly $150 per employee per year.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Medicare to pay for MRIs in patients with pacemakers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has determined that the evidence is strong enough to reimburse for MRI exams in Medicare patients who have permanent pacemakers.

Treating depression may augment diabetes patients’ overall health

Treating diabetes patients’ depression boosts their overall health, according to study in the journal Medical Care, which included 145 people with type 2 diabetes and depression who received a year–long depression intervention that included 12 weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy over the phone, followed by nine monthly booster sessions, which included a walking program.

Global threat: 60% of deaths caused by chronic diseases

Three out of every five deaths in 2008 were caused by non–communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, stroke, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. What’s worse, deaths caused by these diseases are expected to increase by 15% in the next decade – from 36 million in 2008 to 44 million in 2020. In 2030, it will cross the 50 million mark. The region projected to have the greatest total number of NCD deaths in 2020 is South–East Asia – 10.4 million deaths. These stats are bound to bother India since 80% of these deaths occurred and will occur in low and middle income countries, according to the first global status report on NCDs launched on Wednesday by the World Health Organization. According to the report, of the 57 million global deaths in 2008, 36 million, or 63%, were due to NCDs. Each year, NCDs are estimated to cause more than 9 million deaths before the age of 60 years. Over 80% of cardiovascular and diabetes deaths, almost 90% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and more than two thirds of all cancer deaths occur in lowand middle–income countries. NCDs also kill at a younger age in countries like India where 29% of NCD deaths occur among people under the age of 60, compared to 13% in high–income countries. CVDs, cancer, respiratory disease and diabetes account for around 80% of all NCD deaths, and share four common risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and poor diets. (Source: The Economic Times, 28 Apr, 2011)

    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

“Shree Guru Charan Saroj Raj, Nij Man Mukar Sudhari
Barnau Raghuvar Bimal Jasu, Jo dayaku Phal Chari”

Meaning: Having cleaned the mirror of my mind with the dust from the lotus feet of my Guru, I sing the pure glories of Lord Rama Chandra, who bestows the four fruits of life: Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha.

Spiritual Significance: One can be in touch with one’s consciousness (Rama) and take benefits of all the knowledge only by bypassing the mind, intellect and ego. The same is only possible by looking at any situation not from the eyes of physical body but from the eyes of mind and the soul.
One can remove the darkness of the mirror of one’s mind with the help of conscious based decisions and acquire all the knowledge about Dharma Arth Kaam Mokhsa.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A 1–year–old child is brought with a complaint of "not gaining weight", vague symptoms and with positive Mantoux test.
Dr Bad: Start this tonic.
Dr Good: Start anti–TB drugs.
Lesson: Any child below 2 years of age with positive Mantoux test has active TB unless proved otherwise and is at high risk for developing TBM and miliary TB.

Make Sure

Situation: An asthmatic with respiratory rate of 37 developed respiratory arrest.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the patient not put on the ventilator in time?
Lesson: Make sure to remember that a respiratory rate of > 35 is a warning signal to start ventilation therapy.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

Stop thinking and Start Living

When you feel bad, you will have the tendency to come up with a theory as to why you feel the way you do. Without knowing the actual cause, it makes sense to create a reason. As long as you can create reasons for your depression – your marital status, your job, your children, your genes, your financial situation, your future, and so forth – you can maintain the false hope that things will get better when… But you can probably see that, in actuality, this is not true. The mindset that says ‘Life will be better when…’ will create further conditions that must be met as soon as the initial conditions are satisfied. You need only to look at the countless times in your life that you received what you wanted – and happiness still eluded you – to realize that changing your circumstances isn’t the answer to your problems. If it were, you’d already be happy! You wanted to graduate, you graduated.

You wanted a mate, you got one. You wanted a pet, you got one. You wanted a pay–cheque, you got one. And so on.

Tens of thousands of times in your life you got exactly what you wanted and yet you’re still unhappy! The solution is to have the humility to admit that all along you have been creating your own pain through your own thinking. Don’t worry; almost everyone else is doing the same thing. The good news is that as soon as you see that this is true, you’ll be on your way to a far better life. No matter how depressed you have been, or how long you have been depressed, the moment you can see that it’s only your thinking that is holding your depression in place, you’re on your way to freedom."

(Source: From "Stop thinking and Start Living" by Richard Carlson)

    Pediatric Update

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

Atypical antipsychotics

A clinical trial of 272 children ages 5 to 19 years found that children receiving the atypical antipsychotic medications olanzapine, quetiapine, or risperidone had average weight gains of 18.7, 13.4, and 11.7 pounds, respectively, after 12 weeks of treatment. Participants in an untreated comparison group gained an average of 0.4 pounds.

(Ref: Correll CU, et al. Cardiometabolic risk of second–generation antipsychotic medications during first–time use in children and adolescents. JAMA 2009;302:1765)

    Medicolegal Update

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

Decision to withdraw life support is taken in the best interests of the patient by a body of medical persons

It is not the function of the Court to evaluate the situation and form an opinion on its own.

  • This is not a question whether it is in the best interest of the patient that he should die. The question is whether it is in the best interest of the patient that his life should be prolonged by the continuance of the life support treatment. This opinion must be formed by a responsible and competent body of medical persons in charge of the patient.
  • The withdrawal of life support by the doctors is by law considered as an omission and not a positive step to terminate life. The latter would be euthanasia, a criminal offence under the present law in UK, USA and India.
  • In such a situation, generally the wishes of the patient’s immediate family will be given due weight, though their views cannot determine carrying on of treatment as they cannot dictate to responsible and competent doctors as to what is in the best interest of the patient.
  • However, experience shows that in most cases the opinions of the doctors and the immediate relatives coincide. Whilst this Court has held that there is no right to die (suicide) under Article 21 of the Constitution and attempt to suicide is a crime vide Section 309 IPC, the Court has held that the right to life includes the right to live with human dignity, and a dying person who is terminally ill or in a permanent vegetative state may be permitted to terminate it by a premature extinction of his life in these circumstances and it is not a crime vide Gian Kaur’s case (supra).
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

Diabesity A deadly new cocktail of sugar and fat

International Diabetes Federation (IDF) clinical meeting held in New York on 04th April, 2011 announced that bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes who are obese. The surgery, the IDF explains, often normalizes blood glucose levels and reduces or avoids the need for medication and also reduces healthcare expenditures in the long run.

In addition, curbing diabetes can stave off costly complications such as blindness, limb amputations, and dialysis, said Francesco Rubino, MD, director of the IDF’s 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes. The IDF puts the lifetime cost of diabetes in the United States at $172,000 for a person diagnosed at age 50 years and $305,000 at age 30 years. More than 60% of this amount is incurred in the first 10 years after diagnosis.

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which of the following is not an indication for admission in a case of burns?

a. Full thickness burns more than 5% of total body surface area (TBSA)
b. Partial thickness burns more than 10% in adults
c. Partial thickness burns more than 10% in children
d. Inhalational burns

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which word is the odd one out: First Second Third Forth Fifth Sixth Seventh Eighth?

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Forth; it is incorrectly spelt, it should be fourth!

Correct answers received from: Dr Ramesh Gugnani, Dr Sudipto Samaddar, Dr Rakesh Bhasin, Dr Shashi Saini, Dr Rashmi Chhibber, Dr Amol R Hartalkar

Answer for 28th April Mind Teaser: It is an electric train there is no smoke!
Correct answers received from: Dr Vijay Kansal, Dr Bharti Bhandari

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)

A little boy asked his father, "Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?" Father replied, "I don’t know son, I’m still paying."

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Rheumatoid Factor

To help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren’s syndrome, when a patient presents with fatigue, joint pain, weakness, or dry eyes or dry mouth

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

What is certificate of deposit?

The certificates of deposit (CD) are promissory notes offered by commercial banks, financial institutions, and credit unions. Sometimes, they can be purchased from brokerages. The brokerage companies may negotiate higher interest by promising to the issuing institution an increased number of holders. This type certificate represents time or fixed deposit that cannot be withdrawn without penalty.

    Drug Update

List of Approved Drug From 01.01.2010 TO 31.8.2010

Drug Name


DCI Approval Date

Ibuprofen 400mg + Chlorzoxazone 500mg Tablets

For the short term treatment of musculoskeletal pain associated with inflammation and spasm in adults only


    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

A systematic review of 10 randomized trials showed no difference in abstinence rates between those who reduced smoking before the quit date and those who quit abruptly, regardless of using pharmacologic and/or behavioral treatments.

  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

When the game is over, the king and the pawn go into the same box. Italian Proverb

    Readers Response
  1. Dear Sir, start from Ferozepur and follow the rail track to Mumbai, you will find increasing trend of corruption in doctors as train moves, i.e. doctor at Ludhiana is more bad than at Moga and at Delhi more than ldh. Manvir Gupta.
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Negative stress is an important cause of heart attack and lifestyle disorder

Conducting an interactive workshop on Stress Management– New Perceptive organized by All Indian Management Association held at Lok Kala Manch Auditorium, Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal who is also President of Heart Care Foundation of India said that negative stress is an important cause of heart attacks and lifestyle disorders.

Relational disharmony and job dissatisfaction are the two main factors responsible for development of heart and brain blockages leading to heart attack and paralysis.

Explaining further, Dr. Aggarwal said that stress is nothing but a reaction of mind and the body to the interpretation of a situation. To reduce stress one needs to either change the situation, change the interpretation or prepare the body through yoga in such a way the stress does not bother a person. If not controlled, stress can lead to acute rise in pulse rate and blood pressure.

Dr. Aggarwal said that stress should not be suppressed or expressed. Giving an example, he said that if anger is expressed it can lead to rupture of heart blockages leading to heart attack and if suppressed it can lead to formation of blockages leading to future heart attack. The answer is to manage the stress by acting on it and not reacting to it.

While delivering another lecture on 'Prevention of Heart Attack' organized by Nehru Homeopathic College and Hospital, Defence Colony, Dr. Aggarwal said that heart attack cannot be accepted or given as a gift. One has to work against the laws of nature for over a decade to get the process of heart attack initiated. Prevention is the best answer.

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May 7–8, 2011, National Seminar On Stress Prevention

A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris.
Co–organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch, IMSA (Delhi Chapter)
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: Saturday 7th May (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 8th May (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9899974439, emedinews@gmail.com, rekhapapola@gmail.com; BK Sapna: 9811796962, bksapna@hotmail.com


September 30 – October 02, 2011; XVIth World Congress on Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques

Venue: The Leela Kempinski, Delhi (NCR), September 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.

Dr (Col) S.K. Parashar, President, e–mail: drparashar@yahoo.com, Mob:09810146231
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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 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.

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