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3rd March 2012, Saturday

An orange a day keeps stroke away

Flavanone in oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruit may modestly reduce stroke risk among women.
Women with the highest levels of flavanone in their diet were 19% less likely to have an ischemic stroke during 14 years of follow–up than those with the least flavanone intake reports Aedín Cassidy, PhD, of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England in April issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Most of the flavanones consumed by women in the study came from orange and grapefruit juice (63%). But eating the whole fruit would likely be a better way to boost intake.

Flavanones are one of six types of commonly consumed flavonoids

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Now, grow healthy veggies on terrace

NEW DELHI: Giving space to five little pots on your balcony can help you cook a colourful and nutritious meal, say agricultural scientists. The ongoing Krishi Vigyan Mela at Pusa campus, Indian Agricultural Research Institute is focusing on farming technologies for urban farmers. The fair is on till March 3. These scientists are promoting ‘container gardening’ that include a variety of seasonal vegetables and exotic herbs that can suffice for the regular needs of a small family. In Delhi, when vegetables grown on the Yamuna flood plain contain toxic metals and are laced with pesticides, growing vegetables at home is a better option, they said. (Source; TOI, Mar 2, 2012)

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OB/GYN group addresses impact of breast cancer treatments

The American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology (ACOG) has released new guidelines on caring for breast cancer patients, covering the effects of breast cancer therapies –– and managing those effects –– along with osteoporosis risk assessment, contraindications to hormonal therapy, contraceptive options, and fertility and reproductive issues. (Source: Medscape)

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Urodynamic data underscore laser efficacy in BPH

In men with symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH,) urodynamic data from Brazil confirm that a potassium–titanyl phosphate laser achieves the same results as transurethal resection of the prostate (TURP). (Source: Medscape)

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Update 2 Strains for Next Year’s Flu Vaccine, FDA Panel Says

Next year’s flu vaccines should retain the current H1N1 strain, but be updated to protect against the newer H3N2 and influenza B virus lines, according to a government advisory panel. The FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products advisory committee unanimously (18–0) approved recommendations on Tuesday for the influenza A components of the 2012–2013 trivalent vaccine, keeping the California H1N1 strain and replacing the H3N2 Perth strain with a Victoria strain. The committee expressed more concerns about which influenza B strain to include, since the "data aren’t terribly clear either way," although it ultimately voted 17–1 to replace the current Brisbane/Victoria strain with the Wisconsin/Yamagata strain. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Asthma remains largely uncontrolled in the United States

Asthma control falls far short of US national asthma management targets, according to a new survey. This study is noteworthy because it takes into account both asthma control and asthma severity, using methods from the Expert Panel Report III (EPR 3). (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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@DeepakChopra: My mother used to say to me "Fall in love with Saraswati, goddess of wisdom, and Lakshmi, goddess of abundance will fall in love with you."

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Removing negativity from the mind

One of the ways to remain healthy is by removing the negativity present in the various layers around the consciousness. Memories and desires do not allow us to be in touch with the consciousness and rather constantly attach us to the worldly objects.

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(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What do you understand by normal menstrual function?

The pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain, controls egg and hormone production by releasing two hormones, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH). As the menstrual 10period begins, FSH stimulates a follicle in the ovary to begin growing. The follicle produces the hormone estrogen and contains a maturing egg. LH stimulates the cells surrounding the follicle to produce significant amounts of androgens. The enlarging ovarian follicle, not to be confused with a hair follicle, appears as a small cyst on the surface of the ovary that can often be detected by ultrasound. About two weeks before the onset of the next menstrual period, the follicle ruptures and releases (ovulates) the egg. After ovulation, the egg is picked up by the fallopian tube. If the egg is fertilized, it remains in the fallopian tube for three or four days and then enters the uterus. The estrogen and progesterone secreted during the luteal phase have caused the lining of the uterus to fill with extra blood in anticipation of receiving a fertilized egg (embryo). If the egg is not fertilized or fails to implant in the uterus, the secretion of estrogen and progesterone declines about two weeks after ovulation and the extra blood in the lining of the uterus is shed. This results in menstruation, and the cycle begins again.

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(Ms Ritu Sinha)

Eternally Grateful

As a young girl I remember a very special doctor name Dr. William R. Vincent. I had been to several doctors as a child, but I have a special place in my heart for Dr. Vincent. He was a Pediatric Cardiologist at UCLA back in 1971 who saved my life. I was eight years old at the time with a severe heart problem and I needed heart surgery. My Mom did not have the money to have it done, and without the surgery there was a real good chance I would not live to be thirteen years old. After contacting several organizations Dr. Vincent was able to get financial help for me through United Way, a Crippled Children’s Organization.

Dr. Vincent was a handsome man; he was also very gentle and caring. I remember being in the hospital for an angiogram test, and during the procedure I was crying hysterically, so the medical staff called in Dr. Vincent to calm me down, and he was able to comfort me when no one else could. Then the time came for me to have heart surgery; there was a fifty– percent chance that I would not make it through the surgery because it was experimental. At the time I was only the second or third person to have this procedure done, they reconstructed the main artery by using an artery from my leg. I was absolutely terrified, and again Dr. Vincent reassured me he would see to it that everything would be all right.

I had a lot of confidence and trust in Dr. Vincent; he was the most caring man I had ever known. He came to see me after the surgery, which was extremely painful but very successful, and brought me a stuffed animal. I was so surprised to get this gift from Dr. Vincent; I gave him a hug. I guess Dr. Vincent must have known I was feeling very lonely and scared because that brightened my day. You see, I had no family or friends visit me while I was in the hospital except for my Mom, and I am not sure why. I do know one thing; I had a wonderful doctor who took the time to help a scared little girl who felt all alone. This was twenty eight years ago, so wherever you are Dr. Vincent, I want to thank you for not only saving my life, but you helped me live a normal productive life, and for showing me that you truly cared, for that I will be eternally grateful to you.

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(Dr AK Gupta, Author of Rabies the Worst Death)

Can rabies be transmitted from man to man?

Man–to–man transmission of rabies is possible. Rabies can be transmitted following bite by a rabies patient.
In 2004, three cases of human rabies were reported in U.S. following liver and kidney transplantation from rabies patients. Transplantation of rabies–infected cornea can cause rabies in the recipient. Therefore a careful neurological history of donor must be taken before cornea transplantation.

Can rabies be transmitted to doctor/assistants conducting postmortem of a person died of rabies?

Rabies cannot be transmitted to doctors/assistants conducting postmortem of a person died of rabies. This is because the virus dies in a dead person within 20-30 minutes in tropical conditions.

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Frequent, Lengthy Dialysis Sessions May Improve Patient Health, Survival. Read More

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Situation: A type 2 diabetic came for lung function test advice.
Dr Bad: Get PFT done.
Dr Good: Get PFT with diffusion studies done.
Lesson: Impairment of pulmonary diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide was common in T2DM Asian Indian patients having microangiopathy. A significant reduction of pulmonary diffusion capacity for carbon monoxide (DLco) was observed in patients with T2DM with any or a combination of microangiopathy(ies) such as retinopathy, nephropathy and peripheral neuropathy (Indian J Med Res 2004;119(2):66–71).

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Situation: A child with sore throat and the large lymph nodes developed rheumatoid fever.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was an antibiotic not given in time?
Lesson: Make sure that all children with sore throat and enlarged lymph nodes are given antibiotics as such sore throats are streptococcal unless proved otherwise.

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‘Better’ things come to those who TRY…


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Hepatitis E Antibody, IgG (Anti–HEV, IgG), Serum

HEV–infected patients develop symptoms of hepatitis with appearance of anti–HEV IgM antibody in serum, followed by detectable anti–HEV IgG antibody within a few days. Anti–HEV IgM remains positive for up to 6 months after onset of symptoms, while anti–HEV IgG levels usually persist for years after infection. Anti–HEV IgG is the serologic marker of choice for diagnosis of past HEV infection.

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(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate & Medico–legal Consultant)

Q. What are your comments about the contempt petition filed before the Delhi High court in February 2012 as regards the BRHC course?


  1. This is a contempt petition filed by the original petitioner Dr. Meenakshi Gautam, a public health specialist, in the earlier Writ Petition (Civil) No.13208 of 2009 in which the Hon’ble court had vide its order dated 10.11.2010 given the Medical Council of India two months’ time to finalize the curriculum and syllabus of the 3.5 year Primary Healthcare Practitioner Course, the implementation of the introduction of which was approved by the Union of India. The course was named ‘Bachelor of Rural Health Care (BRHC)’. A further period of two months was given to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the enforcement of the same. Thus, BRHC should have been introduced by March, 2011 as per the timelines stipulated by the Court in its order.
  2. The facts in brief of the previous Writ Petition No. 13208 of 2009 leading to passing of the order dated 10. 11. 2010 are (as described in the contempt petition) are as follows:
    1. Since 1950, the Govt. has been formulating five year plans and health policies with a view to fulfill its principal duty to provide health care to the citizens. Yet, the existing health care systems are entrenched with inequalities and unable to meet the needs of the people. As per WHO statistics estimates of 2007, around 70%–80% of our country’s population, especially in rural areas is un–served or under–served as there is a health human resource crisis. This situation is particularly acute with respect to essential primary health care. The Petitioners had pointed out that there is an acute shortage of well– trained health care providers who can deliver primary health care in rural areas. The main source of professional primary healthcare in rural areas is through the network of Primary Health Centres (PHCs). However, these are very few and far between: by Government’s own statistics there is 1 doctor for 35,000 people whereas the recommended norm is 2.5 trained health workers (doctors/professional nurses/midwives) per 1000 population. Many of the remote PHCs do not have doctors in position. On the demand side, people living in India’s roughly 600,000 villages need a well- trained health provider within easy walking distance who is available 24 hours and who can take care of the bulk of common illnesses like fevers, diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria etc., who can provide first aid in emergencies, and who can identify and refer complicated cases in a timely manner. In the absence of trained primary health providers, this care at first contact is currently delivered by informally trained and unlicensed practitioners who form the backbone of rural primary health care. The message that we get from this situation is that villages need trained mid–level practitioners at approximately 1000–2000 population. Even if all the PHCs in India were fully staffed with doctors, this primary healthcare need would still not be met with doctors alone.
    2. The gross inequities in availability of health care and skilled health professionals were highlighted by WHO in its 2007 report titled ‘Not Enough Here, Too Many There’.
    3. In 1983, the Govt. formulated a National Health Policy with the goal of ‘Health for all’ by 2000. This policy envisaged overhauling of the existing approaches to education and training of medical personnel. It emphasized that a shift in focus to primary health–care services is essential.
    4. National Health Policy of 2002 made several recommendations including expanding pool of medical practitioners to include a cadre of licentiates of medical practice, use of paramedical manpower of allopathic disciplines, periodic skill updating of public health professionals and establishment of statutory professional councils for paramedical discipline to register practitioners, maintain standards of training, and monitor performance. This policy draws its line of argument from various national five–year plans which have also suggested creating a cadre of professionals for rendering primary health care as opposed to the present system which is not sensitive to the needs of the majority of the people in India.
    5. Various commissions, committees, national five–year plans have repeatedly held that providing a trained health care work force for rendering primary health care is a public health priority. In the high–level 9th Conference of Central Council of Health and Family Welfare chaired by Union Health Minister, where all state health ministers and officials participated, the resolution was passed that all states should introduce a 3–year diploma course in Medicine and Public Health in order to provide man-power to address rural health care needs, on the lines of Chhattisgarh and Assam legislations

      On 13.11.2007, it was resolved in this Conference that "All State Govts. bring out an enabling legislation…so as to introduce a 3–year diploma course in Medicine and Public Health in order to provide manpower to address rural health care needs." In the last 4 years, there has been no forward movement to implement the resolution.
    6. For over 60 years, the fundamental rights to life and equality guaranteed under Articles 21 and 14 of our Constitution have been denied to 80% people in this country who are either poor or situated in rural, remote or tribal regions. Health and medical care are either inadequately provided or completely absent from their lives.
    7. In 2007, a Task Force appointed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Medical Education Reforms for National Rural Health Mission, recommended the introduction of the 3–year Rural Practitioner Course to fill the vacuum of health care providers in rural areas. However, all these proposals had run into opposition from vested interests and in particular MCI. This is despite the fact that MCI’s own sub–committee in 1999 had noted that the existing system of medical education has "utterly failed" the health needs of the majority population in our country.
    8. There is ample evidence of different types of models of mid– level cadres from many countries. We have described this evidence in great detail in our past petitions, and also annexed the said documents. There are both nursing as well as non–nursing types of models of mid- level practitioners. These include health assistants and community medical assistants in Nepal, clinical officers and assistant medical officers in 47 sub–Saharan African countries, Health Officers and Health Assistants in the Western Pacific Region to mention a few.
    9. World Health Organization (WHO) review (2001) of mid–level practitioners in the Western Pacific defines these workers and states that "Mid–level practitioners are front–line health workers in the community, who are not doctors, but who have been trained to diagnose and treat common health problems, to manage emergencies, to refer appropriately and to transfer the seriously ill or injured for further care."
    10. Latest WHO review (2008) of mid–level health workers defines mid–level workers as: "Mid–level workers are health care providers who have received less training and have a more restricted scope of practice than professionals; who, in contrast to community or lay health workers, however, do have a formal certificate and accreditation through their countries’ licensing bodies." The said review notes that "evidence suggests that for over 100 years different categories of mid–level workers have been used successfully to provide health care, particularly to underserved communities, and that the use of MLWs has been widening in both high– and low–income countries."
    11. Thus, the petition 13208/2009 was filed seeking directions to the Government from the Hon’ble Court to introduce a short–term course for training mid–level health workers for primary health care in rural areas and then license and regulate graduates of the said course.
  3. The grounds/facts as listed above make sense and I do not find anything wrong in them.
  4. If the Ministry of Health or the MCI took a stand earlier and have now revised their stand, they should state so in their reply to the court along with the reasons for the change. If they have not changed their stand, they need to follow the court’s orders and apologise for the delay or explain the reasons for delay and give a specific undertaking to the court in a time bound manner to implement the court orders.
  5. The public and the health professionals and the medical community should be grateful to the petitioner Dr. Meenakshi Gautam and to the senior advocate (and son of the former Law Minister Sh. Shanti Bhushan) Sh. Prashant Bhushan, for agitating before the courts an issue which is crucial to the health of the Indian people but has been ignored by those vested with the responsibility for planning and providing for the healthcare of 1.3 billion people.
  6. There is nothing offensive in the proposal for the BRHC course. After all, there used to be an L.S.M.F (Licentiate of State Medical Faculty) course in India which was a four–year course after matriculation. That means 14 years of study. The BRHC course would presumably be a degree course given after fifteen and a half years of study (10+2+3.5) followed by one year internship. If the LSMF doctors after 14 years study could provide good medical care to people, there is no reason why BRHC graduates 16.5 years study cannot provide good health care to people.
  7. The medical community can take a sigh of relief from the fact that the LSMF graduates were qualified medical doctors while the BRHC graduates will be labelled as health care providers. There is no reason why the MBBS fraternity should be alarmed at this.
  8. As a matter of fact, the introduction of the BRHC course will, from the point of view of the modern medicine graduates, have the following beneficial effects:
    1. It will markedly reduce quackery (including quackery in the nature of allopathic practice by Ayush graduates).
    2. It might lead to a situation when Ayush colleges either close down (like the MBA courses/colleges now–a–days) or convert into BRHC colleges.
    3. It will lead to creation of a large number of new jobs for modern medicine graduates who will be needed as faculty in the BRHC colleges.
    4. It will raise the status of MBBS which has been currently reduced to the lowest degree in the medical/health field. With BRHC in place, MBBS doctors may as well act as referral doctors for patients referred by BRHC graduates.
    5. When BRHC graduates are in place, the need for obligatory rural service for MBBS doctors would decrease.
    6. With the BRHC graduates are in place, MBBS doctors posted in rural areas will not find that they are left to fend for themselves with no staff, equipment and facilities in remote areas. It is natural that equipment and facilities will have to improve with BRHC graduates in place. In other words, service in remote and rural areas will be less of an ordeal for MBBS doctors.
    7. MBBS doctors having nursing homes will be able to employ BRHC graduates without any problem instead of employing Ayush graduates which is illegal in terms of the NC decision in Prof. P.N. Thakur v. Hans Charitable Hospital, NC, 16 Aug. 2007— http://ncdrc.nic.in/OP21497.HTML

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    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which is not an indication of splenectomy in idiopathic thrombocytopenia (ITP)?

a) Asymptomatic patients with platelet count between 30000–50000 cu mm
b) Refractory thrombocytopenia
c) Relapse after glucocorticoid therapy
d) Platelet count of 10000 despite management for 6 weeks but no bleeding.

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which of the following is not true regarding wandering spleen?

a) The spleen is attached to a long vascular pedicle without the usual mesenteric attachments.
b) Torsion and infarction of the spleen are common complications.
c) There is congenital atresia of the dorsal mesogastrium in children.
d) Splenectomy is required in all cases.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: d) Splenectomy is required in all cases.

Correct answers received from: yogindra vasavada, Dr Ragavan Sivaramakrishnan, Dr Mrs S Das,
Dr PC Das, Chandra Pal Singh, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Raju Kuppusamy, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai,
Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Anand Narayan Singh, Anil Bairaria.

Answer for 1st March Mind Teaser: Thalassemia
Correct answers received from: Dr KV Sarma.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Teacher: Willy, name one important thing we have today that we didn’t have ten years ago.
Willy: Me!

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

How do drugs influence driving?

If you think drug–taking has little, or even a positive impact on your driving, you are sadly mistaken. It’s also important to bear in mind that it can be hard to determine exactly how a drug will affect your driving ability. Impairment caused by drugs can vary according to the individual, drug type, dosage, the length of time the drug stays in the body, or if the drug has been taken with other drugs or alcohol.

According to road traffic rules in Delhi, driving with blood alcohol levels more than 30 mg is an offence.

But, blood alcohol level is not the only thing that can determine a person’s sobriety.
A driver whose blood alcohol content reading is somewhat less than 0.03%, but shows signs of impairment can be charged with an intoxicated driving. The "legal limit" is simply the number above which a driver is automatically guilty of driving under the influence without any other evidence.

On merely a suspicion of alcohol in the individual’s body, the police may demand the driver to give a sample of his or her breath into an approved screening device, which will determine the driver’s blood–alcohol concentration on a preliminary basis. In many countries there are provisions of penalty for refusing to provide a specimen of breath, blood or urine for analysis is a up to six months’ imprisonment, and a driving ban of at least 12 months.

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, a minimum two–year driving ban and a requirement to pass an extended driving test before the offender is able to drive legally again.

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Heart patients beware of Bhang

Heart patients should avoid bhang or consult their cardiologist before using bhang. Indiscriminate use can increase heart rate and BP. Pretreatment with beta–blocker can help.

Heart patients should not take bhang as it can precipitate increase in heart rate and sudden rise in blood pressure, said Dr. KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee and President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Those who are socially committed should consult their doctor. Pre–treatment with propranolol a beta blocker can block the cardiovascular effects of marijuana. It can prevent the learning impairment and, to a lesser degree, the characteristic subjective experience.

Marijuana is known to induce typical subjective state ("high") with marked increases in heart rate, blood pressure and conjunctival infection. It impairs performance on a learning test without significantly affecting attention.

About Bhang

  • Bhang is a traditional Indian beverage made of cannabis mixed with various herbs and spices, which has been popular in India for ages.
  • Bhang is a less powerful preparation than Ganja, which is prepared from flowering plants for smoking and eating.
  • Charas, more potent than either Bhang or Ganja, consists of cannabis flower tops harvested at full bloom.
  • Dense with sticky resin, Charas is nearly as potent as the concentrated cannabis resin preparations called hashish.
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National Summit on "Stress Management" and Workshop on "How to be happy and Healthy"

Date: Saturday 2PM–Sunday 4PM, 21–22 April 2012
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Center, Bhora Kalan, on Pataudi Road, Manesar
Course Directors: Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and BK sapna
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Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’

16–23 June 2012, Nainital Centre (Van Nivas)

Sri Aurobindo Ashram – Delhi Branch will organize the 5th Study Camp on ‘Mind–Body Medicine and Beyond’ for doctors, medical students and other health professionals at its Nainital Centre (Van Nivas) from 16–23 June 2012. 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 a mind–body medicine clinic at AIIMS, and the author of Back to Health through Yoga 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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Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001

A non stop question answer session between all the top cardiologists of the NCR region and the mass public. Event will be promoted through hoardings, our publications and the press. Public health discussions

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