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13th January 2012, Friday

Lohri: Adieu to winters: TIL TADAKE; DIN JHATAKE

Unlike the other Indian festivals, Lohri reflects less of religion than culture. Lohri marks the culmination of winter, and is celebrated each year on the 13th of January. The festival also celebrates fertility and the spark of life.

The focus of Lohri is on bonfire. People gather around the bonfire and do parikrima, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames, sing popular songs and exchange greetings. The significance of throwing "til (sesame), gajak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn" in the fire re–emphasizes symbolically the faith in eating natural seasonal foods. Since sesame, jaggery, peanuts, etc., are not recommended in summer, their consumption needs to be reduced from Lohri onwards. Any excess amount is given as gifts to others in the form of ‘daan’ or charity. It also signifies that from the day of lohri, these items are for worship and should be taken in lesser amounts like a ‘prasadam’ and not as major part of the meals. Sesame is worshiped for the next one magh month and is to be taken daily as prasadam.

The bonfire or ‘the artificial source of heat’ is embarked with festivity and supposedly the last need for heat for the season after which the warmth would come from the sun most naturally. The ritual of ‘parikrama’ around the fire also symbolizes a prayer to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity in the future.

The lohri ritual starts at sunset when people circle around (parikrama) the bonfire and throw puffed rice, popcorn and other munchies into the fire, shouting "Aadar aye dilather jaye" (May honor come and poverty vanish!). This slogan coincides with the start of the harvesting season in North India. After the parikrama, people exchange greetings and gifts, and distribute prasadam comprising of five items: "til, gajak, jaggery, peanuts, and popcorn" followed by the traditional dinner of makki–ki–roti (multi–millet hand–rolled bread) and sarson–ka–saag (cooked mustard herbs).

All across India, people celebrate this month in the form of – Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bihu in Assam, Bhogi in Andhra Pradesh and Sankranti in Karnataka, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun’s entry in to the ‘Makar Rashi’. The next day after lohri is Makar Sankranti. One can remember lohri as end of winter and Makar Sankranti as the first day of summer.

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eMedinewS revisiting the year 2011

In a press Conference Padma Shri and Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal announce that the Emedinews, the first national daily emedical newspaper is organizing a daylong medical conference ‘eMedinewS –Revisiting 2011’, on 22nd January at Maulana Azad Medical College Auditorium. Renowned medical professionals will discuss major advances in medicine in 2011 at the conference. In the Photo: Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Dr N K Bhatia, Cricketer: Mr Bhasker Pillai, Mr Sanjeev Sharma, Sr Officials from Central bank of India, Life Insurance of India

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    National News

High Court gives Health ministry six months time to frame guidelines

The Central government cannot prohibit or restrict "junk food" or "proprietary food" such as samosas, jalebis, pizzas and burgers, but will come up with guidelines to make available only healthy food in schools. The Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave six months’ time to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, to hold deliberations with the experts and frame necessary guidelines to make healthy food available in school canteens. The court has sought a report from FSAAI, along with the guidelines, in July. According to experts, most junk food have high quantity of trans–fat acids and are low in minerals, vitamins and other essential food nutrients. They are also cited as a reason behind obesity among children. (Source: Indian Express, Jan 12, 2012)

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FDA warns of opioid drug mix-up

The FDA has issued a warning that pills, tablets, or caplets of Percocet and eight other opioid products packaged by Novartis for Endo Pharmaceuticals may have been mixed up, with one drug being packaged as another. The other products include Opana ER CII, Opana CII, Percodan CII, Oxymorphone hydrochloride CII, Endocet CII, Endodan CII, Morphine sulfate ER CII, and Zydone CIII. A listing on the FDA website is augmented by a more complete list of strength and a guide to colors, shapes, and markings of the affected products on the Endo website. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Miscarriages lower after IVF with fresh blastocysts

Women who become pregnant with in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with the transfer of fresh blastocysts have lower rates of miscarriage than those whose pregnancies start with the transfer of fresh cleavage–stage embryos, according to the authors of a large, population–based study published online September 12, 2011, and in the December issue of Reproductive BioMedicine Online. (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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Hospital noise results in significant patient sleep loss

Higher than recommended noise levels in patient rooms is associated with clinically significant sleep loss among hospitalized patients, and may impede patient recovery, according to results of a new study published online January 9, 2012, in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (Source: Medscape Medical News)

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

What Keeps the Politicians Alive?

What keeps the politicians alive? Undoubtedly it’s the luck that saves him from the militant’s bullet and the wonder of POWER.

It’s power that makes the heart of these aged politicians beat. The love for limelight and not VIAGRA, gives them that extra horsepower.

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    Infertility Update

(Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is IVF? What are the basic steps in IVF?

IVF is a method of assisted reproduction in which a man’s sperm and a woman’s eggs are combined outside of the body in a laboratory dish. One or more fertilized eggs (embryos) may be transferred into the woman’s uterus, where they may implant in the uterine lining and develop. Excess embryos may be cryopreserved (frozen) for future use. The basic steps in an IVF treatment cycle are ovarian stimulation, egg retrieval, fertilization, embryo culture and embryo transfer.

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   An Inspirational Story

(Ms Ritu Sinha)


Nothing is as painful, as unforgiveness to the soul; a heart that’s torn asunder, with forgiveness becomes whole.

A single kind word spoken means more than countless words; the three words, "I forgive you," Are all that need be heard.

To a soul that has been wounded, like a healing, cooling balm; Forgiveness soothes and comforts, till at last the soul is calm.

For the soul that seeks forgiveness, when forgiveness can’t be found; it struggles vainly every day, to hear that simple sound.

The power in those three kind words can heal a heart that’s broken; But that heart cannot begin to heal, As long as words remain unspoken.

Compassion in its purest sense, Reside in those three words; the three words, "I forgive you," Are all that need be heard.

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

Activity may lower MI risk, owning a car may raise it

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Grief raises heart attack risk

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Pulmonary pressure prognostic in heart failure

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Revisiting 2011: Intravenous dosing of acetaminophen

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Revisiting 2011: Transcutaneous bilirubin testing in the outpatient setting

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Revisiting 2011: Attenuated human rotavirus vaccine and intussusceptions

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    Fitness Update

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

Obesity–induced brain changes may be reason weight control is so hard

The biggest obstacle to the successful treatment of obesity is the tendency to regain weight lost through diet and exercise, and evidence is increasing that this could be due to physiological causes. Recently, an Australian study reported that after large weight loss, appetite–regulating hormones appear to reset to levels that increase appetite. Now a new study reported online on 27 December in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, offers further evidence. Senior author Dr. Michael W. Schwartz, professor of medicine at the University of Washington, and colleagues, report how rodents and humans with diet-induced obesity have structural changes in an area of the brain that regulates weight control.

The hypothalamus is a small, pearl–sized area of the brain that controls a large number of body functions, including body weight, which is regulated by a complex set of interactions between hormones and neurons or brain cells. There is a growing belief among scientists that these interactions, in most obese people, "conspire" to prevent permanent weight loss, and the underlying mechanisms are increasingly becoming the object of intense investigation by neuroendocrinologists.

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    Healthy Driving

(Conceptualized by Heart Care Foundation of India and Supported by Transport Department; Govt. of NCT of Delhi)

Diabetes and driving

Patients who refuse to comply with treatment should avoid driving.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient came with heart failure.
Dr Bad: Start statins.
Dr Good: No statins are needed.
Lesson: Despite strong evidence of benefit for statins in most subsets of patients with established cardiovascular disease, two large randomized trials (CORONA and GISSI–HF) found no benefit from initiating statin therapy in patients with symptomatic systolic heart failure (ischemic or nonischemic) and a mean left ventricular ejection fraction ≤33%.

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Make Sure

Situation: A diabetic hypertensive was denied a beta–blocker because of traditional teaching.
Reaction: Oh my God! You should have used nebivolol.
Lesson: Make sure that diabetics are not denied beta–blockers when indicated. Nebivolol has no effect on glucose metabolism unlike atenolol. (Source: Am J Hypertens 2005;18 (12, pt. 2):169S–176S)

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  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

There is always a way, You just have to find it. Paul Briganti

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Renal Biopsy, Light Microscopy

Kidney biopsy has proven to be of value in the clinical evaluation and management of patients with undiagnosed kidney disease. The clinical setting may include acute renal failure, nephrotic syndrome, asymptomatic proteinuria and hematuria. Biopsy of the transplanted kidney is important in the determination of the presence of acute rejection, infection, or recurrent disease. Optimal interpretation of a kidney biopsy requires integration of clinical and laboratory results with light microscopic, immunofluorescent histology and electron microscopy findings.

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Read this…………………


Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: When should you have your first colonoscopy to screen for colon cancer?

a. At age 35
b. At age 40
c. At age 45
d. At age 50
e. At age 55

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: At age 50

Correct answers received from: Dr Mrs S Das, Prabha Luhadia, Dr PC Das, Dr Rakesh Bhasin, yogindra vasavada, Anil Bairaria, Dr Thakor Hitendrasinh G, Dr Harkanwaljit Singh Saini, Raju Kuppusamy, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Neelam Nath, Valluri Ramarao, Dr Niraj kumar Gupta.

Answer for 11th January Mind Teaser: The development of IRIS does not seem to be with associated with any particular drug class or antiretroviral regimen.
Correct answers received from: Dr Valluri Ramaro, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Neelam Nath, Valluri Ramarao, Dr Niraj kumar Gupta.

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(Dr GM Singh)

Why are wives more dangerous than the Mafia? The mafia wants either ur money or life… The wives want both!

    Medicolegal Update

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

Medical examination of a person accused of firing a firearm

It may be necessary to examine a person suspected of shooting by doctor and the investigating agency; measures should be taken for the medical examination as many corroborative scientific evidences may be collected in medical examination.

  • Any scuffle injuries, intoxication will be revealed in medical examination
  • The firearm discharge residues on the hands and face may be present for some time, although they may remain on clothing for several days which may be clinching evidence.
  • If a revolver is fired, the escaping powder pressure between the cylinder and barrel may be expected to fall upon the hands that grasp the weapon and pull the trigger. This material, which may deposit upon the hand, consists of: powder particles in various stages of decomposition; bits of bullet material, if the cylinder and bore are not correctly aligned; ignition products of the primer; combustion products of propellant, primer, and cartridge case.

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eMedinewS revisiting the year 2011

Emedinews, the first national daily emedical newspaper distributed to 50,000 healthcare professionals all over the country is organizing a daylong medical conference ‘eMedinewS–Revisiting 2011’, on 22nd January at Maulana Azad Medical College Auditorium. Renowned medical professionals will discuss major advances in medicine in 2011 at the conference.

eMedinewS Doctor of the Year Awards will also be given to medical professionals for their contributions in the field of medicine in the year 2011. The conference would end with a lively cultural function, which would be a tribute to Jagjit Singh and Dev Anand. These songs would be performed by eminent doctors who are also singers.

Addressing a press conference, Dr KK Aggarwal, Editor–in–Chief, eMedinewS who is also the President of Heart Care Foundation of India said that as on date, there is no system in India which provides doctors with latest information on a daily basis. Most of the drugs that are introduced are communicated to doctors through pharmaceutical companies, who may not always give a true picture of the drug. Also, banned drugs may not be communicated to doctors for months together.

eMedinewS fills this gap by providing doctors with easy and daily access to updated information on various topics related to health.

Dr Kaberi Banerjee, Dr Ajay Kriplani, Dr N K Bhatia and S N Khanna also addressed the press conference.

Sr Officials from Central bank of India, Life Insurance of India present at the press meet, said that making people aware about health is the only way for creating a disease–free healthy society.

Former Indian Medium Pacer, Mr Sanjeev Sharma and Former Delhi Captain and Rajasthan Coach, Mr Bhasker Pillai were the special guests at the conference.

The conference will have a live webcast at www.emedinews.in. More than 1200 doctors from over the city will be attending the conference. People from all over the world will be able to view the conference live on the website.

The conference will have eminent speakers like Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr Praveen Chandra, Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Dr Neelam Mohan, Dr Ambrish Mithal, Dr N K Bhatia, Dr Sanjay Chaudhary, Dr Ajay Kriplani, Dr G K Mani, Dr Dinesh Bhurani, Dr I M Chugh, Dr Pramod Kumar, Dr Kailash Singla, Dr Sujit Jha, Dr S K Rawal, Dr Amit Bhargava, Dr Surender Kumar, Dr S N Khanna and Dr Ravi Kasliwal.

The eminent singers will include Dr. Praveen Khilnani, Dr N Subramanian, Dr Arti Pathak, Dr Lalita Subramanian, Dr Yash Gulati, Dr U K Sadhoo, Dr Padma Dua and Lata Tandon.

    Letter to the Editor

Dear Dr KK, I would like to ask our health minister after the recent declaration made in Jaipur:

Where are the vacancies for the doctors to apply for positions in the government medical colleges. Only 48 vacancies are advertised for new 6 AIIMS on 28th Dec when it should have been at least 48 faculty positions for one new AIIMS. Out of these 48 positions 50% are for reserved category and I really wonder why any NRI doctor would come to work in an understaffed and under resourced department and for less salary.The form for the above application was uploaded after 7 days of advertisement on MoHFW website shows the attitude and approach of ministry officials towards the qualified doctors who our leaders are wanting us to join new AIIMS–not realising the value of time wasted for searching this form for 7 days by qualified people across the country who are already short by 6 lacs as per statistics. It is high time to reflect and check the advisors of health ministry whose capacities are now getting openly depicted by proofs given above.

If the words in Jaipur declaration are honest and sincere then the same needs to be reflected in the work on the ground to gain the trust of doctors who will leave India otherwise more in the future and not come back from overseas by the kind of quality advertising of small amount of positions. Regards: Vivek
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3rd eMedinewS Revisiting 2011

The 3rd eMedinewS – revisiting 2011 conference will be held at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on Sunday January 22nd 2012.

The one–day conference will revisit and cover all the new advances in the year 2011. There will also be a webcast of the event. An eminent faculty is being invited to speak.

There will be no registration fee. All delegates to get registration kit, Attractive gifts, Conference Newsletter, certificates, Morning Snacks, lunch will be provided. The event will end with a live cultural evening, Doctor of the Year award, cocktails and dinner. Kindly register at www.emedinews.in/ rekhapapola@gmail.com/drpawangupta2006@yahoo.com

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Dear Colleague, The Third eMedinews "Doctor of the Year Award" function will be held on 22nd January, 2012 at Maulana Azad Medical College at 5 pm. It will be a part of the entertainment programme being organized at the venue. If you know of any medical doctor who you feel has made significance achievement in the year 2011, send his/her biodata: emedinews@gmail.com

3rd eMedinewS Revisiting 2011




8.00–8.30 AM

Dr K K Aggarwal

Revisiting the year 2011

8.30–8.45 AM

LIC India

Life Insurance Schemes

8.45–9.00 AM

Dr G K Mani

Cardiac surgery in 2012

9.00–9.10 AM

Mr M K Doogar

Health Insurance

9.10–9.30 AM

Central Bank of India

Financial Health

9.30–9.45 AM

Dr Dinesh Bhurani

Hemato Oncology Update

9.45–10.00 AM

Dr Kailash Singla

Gastro Update

10.00–10.15 AM

Dr Pramod Kumar

Beyond Coronaries

10.15–10.45 AM

Dr N K Bhatia

Whats New in Transfusion Medicine

10.45–11.30 AM

Dr Praveen Chandra

Dual Anti Platelet Therapy in ACS, Interventions in Diabetes

11.30–12.00 PM

Dr Ambrish Mithal

Obesity as a Precursor for Diabetes

12.00–12.30 PM

Dr Ajay Kriplani

Surgery in diabetes

12.30 – 1.00 PM

Dr Kaberi Banerjee

Infertility Update

1.00–1.10 PM

Dr I M Chugh

Chest Medicine Update

1.10–1.25 PM

Dr Rajneesh Kapoor

Understanding Stents (A Journey from Bare Metal to Biodegradable Stents)

1.25–1.40 PM

U Kaul

DES for the Future- Is India Ready to Take the Challenge

1.40–2.00 PM



2.00–2.30 PM

Dr Surit Jha

High Risk Diabetes

2.30–3.00 PM

Dr Sudhir Kumar Rawal

Robotic Surgery in India

3.00–3.30 PM

Dr Amit Bhargava


3.30–3.45 PM

Dr Sanjay Chaudhary

Automation in Cataract Surgery with Femto-second

3.45–4.00 PM



4.00–4.15 PM

Dr Neelam Mohan

Liver Transplantation

4.15–4.30 PM

Dr Surender Kumar

Diabetes in 2012

4.30-4.45 PM

Dr S N Khanna

Valve Surgery Update

4.45-5.00 PM

Dr Ravi Kasliwal

Markers for Cardiovascular Prevention

5.00-8.00 PM


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