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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

  Editorial ...

17th September, 2010, Friday

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New antiretroviral recommendations

The International AIDS Society-USA guidelines (July 21 Journal of the American Medical Association).

  1. Patients must be told to undertake lifelong ART.
  2. Start treatment for symptomatic patients regardless of CD4 cell count.
  3. Start drugs for asymptomatic individuals with CD4 cell counts <500/L.
  4. Do risk reduction counseling at each patient–clinician interaction.
  5. Regimen: Consider resistance–testing results and predicted virologic efficacy, toxicity and tolerability, pill burden, dosing frequency, drug–drug interactions, comorbidities, patient and practitioner preference, and cost and affordability.
  6. Combine two nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors and a potent third agent from another class.
  7. Prefer a fixed–dose formulations and once–daily regimen.
  8. Suppress HIV to less than 50 copies/mL (polymerase chain reaction) or 75 copies/μL (branched DNA) by 24 weeks.
  9. To detect Failure: repeat testing of HIV–1 RNA 2 to 8 weeks after initiation, every four to eight weeks until suppressed, and then every 3 to 4 months for at least the first year.
  10. Monitor CD4 cell counts at least every 3 to 4 months after starting therapy, especially in patients with counts <200/μL, to assess whether prophylaxis is needed for opportunistic infections.
  11. Do more frequent monitoring in patients who have changed therapy because of virologic failure.
  12. Even if one or more regimens have failed, the therapeutic goal should still be undetectable plasma HIV–1 RNA levels.
  13. Achieve this goal with new drugs and regimens.
  14. If an elevation in viral load occurs after complete suppression is achieved, consider poor adherence, drug–drug interactions, concurrent infections and recent vaccinations as possible causes before changing regimens.
  15. Repeat testing for an isolated detectable viral load to exclude errors or self–resolving low–level viremia.
  16. When changing regimens after first– or multiple–regimen failure, consider the stage of HIV, nadir and current CD4 cell count, comorbidities, treatment history, current and previous drug resistance tests, and drug interactions.
  17. Include at least two drugs, and preferably three fully active drugs or drugs from new classes.
  18. Single–agent switches to decrease toxicity, avoid drug interactions, or improve convenience and adherence are possible, provided the potency of the regimen is maintained and drug interactions are managed.
  19. Boosted protease inhibitor monotherapy is not recommended, except when other drugs raise issues of toxicity or tolerability.
  20. Delaying such switches may affect adherence and risk development of resistance.

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  Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

The 10th Perfect Health Mela organized by the Heart Care Foundation of India in 2003 was based on the theme ATTENtion, Hypertension and Safe syringe practices. In the photo: Mr Romesh Bhandari, Ex-governor of Goa, Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President HCFI.

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  IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Parasitological measures of artemisinin susceptibility

Artemisinin resistance is highly unlikely if the proportion of patients with parasite density <100,000 parasites/microL following a 3–day course of therapy with an artemisinin combination regimen is <3 %.

(Reference: Stepniewska K, Ashley E, Lee SJ, et al. In vivo parasitological measures of artemisinin susceptibility. J Infect Dis 2010;201:570).

  National News

COURT RESTRAINS Election Commission to permit candidates to contest IMA Elections who have paid their nomination fee by cheque till next date

The Election Commission on 6th August 2010, issued a notification vide No.IMA/EC/2010/19 under the signatures of Dr. P. Vijaya Chander Reddy, Chief Election Commissioner, informing the candidates of the receipt of their nomination and to deposit their nomination fee and consent for the post for which their name was nominated. The relevant part that pertains to the mode of payment of Nomination fee by every candidate, which reads as under: " The last date for receipt of consent/withdrawal along with nomination fee by Demand Draft in the name of 'Indian Medical Association', payable at New Delhi as mentioned above is 31st August, 2010 by 5.00 p.m." This is for your information and necessary action.” While all candidates deposited their nomination fee by Demand Drafts, the following deposited their nomination fees by cheque: Dr Vinay Aggarwal candidate for President Elect 2010-11; Dr. Dharam Prakash candidate for National Vice President Elect2010-11; Dr D.R. Rai candidate for Hony. Secretary General 2010-12; Dr V.K. Narang candidate for Hony. Finance Secretary; Dr Ajay Gambhir, Dr. H.R.Satija, Dr. R.N. Tandon; All 3 as candidates for Hony. Joint Secretary 2010-12; Dr Atul Arora, Dr Ravi Mallick candidates for Hony. Asst. Secretary 2010-12 and Dr Anil Bansal candidate for Hony. Joint Finance Secretary (Delhi).  A complaint was lodged with the Election commission to cancel the nominations of the above candidates as they had deposited cheques in direct contravention to the notification issued by the EC.  
Dr Premanand Ambali approached a court of law in Bijapur, Karnataka and filed a case against the Election Commission. The Hon'ble Court directs as under: Issue ad interim exparte Temporary Injunction restraining the Defendant from permitting the candidates to contest IMA Elections who have paid their nomination fee by cheque till next date.

Despite 59% drop, India tops maternal mortality list

Though India has seen a dramatic fall in maternal mortality rate (MMR) by 59% between 1990 and 2008, the country is still home to the highest number of women dying during childbirth across the world. India's MMR stood at 570 in 1990, which fell to 470 per 100,000 live births in 1995, 390 in 2000, 280 in 2005 and 230 in 2008. India, which has seen an annual decrease of MMR by 4.9% since 1990, now records 63,000 maternal deaths a year. For instance, the lifetime risk of maternal death (the probability that a 15-year-old female will die eventually from a maternal cause) is 1 in 140 - inarguably a shamefully high figure. According to the latest report, "Trends in Maternal Mortality", released jointly by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA and World Bank, just days before Who's Who of the Planet meet at New York for the all-important Millennium Development Goals (MDG) meeting, the number of women dying due to complications during pregnancy and childbirth has decreased by 34% from an estimated 5.46 lakhs in 1990 to 3.58 lakhs in 2008. Even though the progress is notable, the annual rate of decline is less than half of what is needed to achieve the MDG target of reducing the MMR by 75% between 1990 and 2015. (Source: The Times of India)

  International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm vasudev)

Low–carb diets heavy on meat may raise health risks

A low–carbohydrate diet that obtains its fats and proteins from vegetable sources rather than meats is in all probability healthier. A comparison of the two diets for over two decades showed that the low–carb, vegetable–based plan resulted in reduced rates of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer, and a lower rate of all–cause death overall. The study is published in the Sept. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine)

First prototype model of artificial kidney

Researchers at the University of California-San Francisco have unveiled the first prototype model of an artificial kidney device. The device relies on the blood pressure of the body to perform filtration without needing pumps or an electrical power supply. They have established the feasibility of an implantable model in animal models and anticipate clinical trials in 5 to 7 years.

Better personalize treatment for high blood pressure

Some drug combinations work better for certain populations and raises the possibility that measuring blood levels of rennin might help optimize care in some people.

Increased levels of cortisol in the hair shaft may increase risk of heart attack

According to a study published online in the journal Stress, increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the hair shaft may increase the risk of heart attack.

  Nutrition Update

Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta Medicity

Complimentary feeding practices between 6 and 24 months

Practice responsive feeding

  • Feed infants directly and assist older children when they feed themselves.
  • Offer favorite foods and encourage children to eat when they lose interest or have depressed appetites.
  • If children refuse many foods, experiment with different food combinations, tastes, textures, and methods for encouragement.
  • Talk to children during feeding.
  • Feed slowly and patiently and minimize distractions during meals.
  • Do not force children to eat.


  1. Brown KH, Dewey KG, Allen LH. Complementary feeding of young children in developing countries: a review of current scientific knowledge. WHO/ UNICEF, 1998.
  2. Dewey KG. Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child. PAHO/ WHO, 2003.
  3. WHO. Complementary Feeding: Family Foods for Breastfed Children. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2000.
  Infertility Update

Dr. Kaberi Banerjee, Infertility and IVF Specialist Max Hospital; Director Precious Baby Foundation

How is infertility diagnosed?

Couples are generally advised to visit a gynecologist if they do not conceive after a year of unprotected intercourse. It also depends on the age. The doctor will assess what could be causative factor and guide the couple accordingly. The initial tests include a semen analysis, a few blood tests to assess for ovulation and the Tubal patency Test (HSG).

What are the causes of infertility in men?

Male infertility could be erectile problems or problem in the sperm count. The causes of sperm production problems can exist from birth or develop later as a result of severe medical illnesses, including mumps and some sexually transmitted diseases, or from a severe testicle injury, tumor, or other problem. Inability to ejaculate normally can prevent conception, too, and can be caused by many factors, including diabetes, surgery of the prostate gland or urethra, blood pressure medication, or impotence.

  Obstetrics Update: Question of the Day

Can Ultrasonography produce major anatomic malformations in the fetus? (Dr Sujata Kanhere)

Diagnostic ultrasonography is routinely performed in pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration (USA) has expressed concerns about the safety of this procedure. Very high intensity ultrasound can have biologic effects in experimental animals. (Baker ML, et al. Biological effects of diagnostic ultrasound. A review. Radiology 1978;126:479). Whether these changes apply to human tissue cells is not known. Furthermore, even assuming there is small biologic risk from ultrasound, the benefits far outweigh any such risk.

  Medicolegal Update

Dr Sudhir Gupta, Associate Professor, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS

What is the Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen murder case?

Most notorious and famous murder case in British history

Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged to death in London in one of the most notorious and famous murder cases in British history for the murder of his wife Cora Henrietta Crippenin, on 23 November 1910 on the basis of forensic evidence. For nearly a century, Crippen, a doctor, was thought to have poisoned his wife with an obscure toxin, and buried. He was labeled "one of the most dangerous and remarkable men who have lived in this century." Researchers have now cast doubts on this conviction. Now forensic science at Michigan State University is producing evidence that his execution was a mistake. David Foran, a forensic expert and director of MSU’s forensic science program, partnering with clinical and forensic toxicologist John Harris Trestrail the managing director of the regional poison center in Grand Rapids, is combining state–of–the–art DNA analysis with solid sleuthing to show the remains buried in Crippen’s basement couldn’t have been his wife.

  Medi Finance Update

Gift Tax

A woman can receive gifts from anyone except her husband, mother–in–law and father–in–law.

  Drug Update

Drugs prohibited for manufacture, sale and distribution from subsequent date

Drug Formulation

Effective date


Fixed dose combination of Nalidixic Acid with any anti–amoebic including Metronidazole.

Jan 1, 2002

GSR 170(E)

  Lab Update

Prostate specific antigen (PSA)

Prostate biopsy may elevate PSA levels by a median of 7.9 ng/mL within 4 to 24 hours following the procedure. Levels will remain elevated for 2 to 4 weeks.

  IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient came with first–onset atrial fibrillation.
Dr Bad: Get an Echo done.
Dr Good: Also get T3 T4 and TSH done.
Lesson: Subclinical hyperthyroidism is also associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation. (N Engl J Med 1994; 331:1249)

Make Sure

Situation: A patient after receiving 40 units of insulin developed severe hypoglycemia.
Reaction: Oh My God! The order was for 4 units.
Lesson: Make sure that 4 unit is not written as 4.0 units.

Quote of the Day

Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. - Buddha
(Contributed by Dr. G.M. Singh)

Hypertension Alert

Hypertensive urgency

There is no proven benefit from rapid reduction of the blood pressure in patients with severe asymptomatic hypertension, and myocardial or cerebral ischemia can be precipitated by overly rapid blood pressure lowering.


Read this…………………

What 15-letter word contains the letter 'E' five times and no other vowels?

The answer for yesterday’s eQuiz  : "The correct answer is B"
Explanation: The most likely scenario is that this octogenarian developed a urinary tract infection with acute delirium. She was unable to access fluids over the next several hours and developed hypovolemic hypernatremia. Her free water deficit is as follows: Total body water × (Current serum sodium/140 – 1). Total body water is 0.6 × wt in kg for adult male and 0.5 × wt in kg for an adult female. For elderly patients, it is 0.5 × wt in kg for males and 0.45 × wt in kg for females. Thus this patient’s total body water is 0.45 × 60 = 26 liters. Her free water deficit is 26 × (160/140 – 1) = 4.3 liters. The ideal rate of correction of hypernatremia is 0.5 mEq/l/hr and 10 – 12 mEq/l/day. Too rapid correction with free water can have adverse outcomes. Half normal saline is the best fluid for adequate replacement and D5 may cause too rapid correction. 0.9% NaCl will help volume depletion but may worsen hyperchloremic acidosis. Sodium bicarbonate would be useful if patient had significant acidosis. It is important to check electrolytes frequently.

Correct answers received from: Dr.G.Padmanabhan, Dr.H.P.Miglani, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr. B N Gangadhar, Dr Prabha Sanghi

Answer for 15th September Mind Teaser: "you are out of control".

Correct answer received from: Dr. Ashok Kumar, Dr Girish Kelly, Dr Anurag Jain, Dr. J.P.Manocha, Dr KV Sarma, DR.C H. Srilatha, Dr S. Upadhyaya, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Vijay Kansal, Dr Manjeesha, Dr Akshat Bhargawa, Dr Aditya Rattan, Dr Virender Prakash Gautam
Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

  Humor Section

Interesting aspect of mathematical calculation in human life

General Equations & Statistics
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.
(Contributed by Dr Dewat Ram Nakipuria)

Funny one liner

Santa in an antique shop, 'Do you have anything new?'

  An Inspirational Story

The Rock
An old farmer had plowed around a large rock in one of his fields for years. He had broken several plowshares and a cultivator on it and had grown rather morbid about the rock.
After breaking another plowshare one day, and remembering all the trouble the rock had caused him through the years, he finally decided to do something about it.

When he put the crowbar under the rock, he was surprised to discover that it was only about six inches thick and that he could break it up easily with a sledgehammer. As he was carting the pieces away he had to smile, remembering all the trouble that the rock had caused him over the years and how easy it would have been to ged rid of it sooner.

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  Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Blood sugar goals

Correction and prevention of low blood sugar is beneficial to hospitalized patients, said Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, BSNL Dil Ka Darbar & MTNL Perfect Health Mela.

For most non–critically ill hospitalized patients with diabetes, one should have a target blood sugar of <180 mg/dL. In non–critically ill hospitalized patients, lower blood glucose levels may decrease the risk of poor clinical outcomes, but also increase the risk of hypoglycemia. A reasonable sugar goal to avoid low blood sugar is to achieve fasting blood glucose levels no lower than 90 to 100 mg/dL.

Preventing a Peptic Ulcer
An ulcer is a breakdown in the lining of the stomach or the first part of the small intestine. A type of bacterial infection is the most frequent cause, but lifestyle factors may also raise the risk said Dr Aggarwal.
One may follow these preventive steps that may ward off a peptic ulcer:

  1. Limit alcohol to no more than two drinks daily.
  2. Stop smoking or chewing tobacco.
  3. If you need to take painkillers, avoid anti–inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as naproxen, ibuprofen or aspirin.
  4. Consider, with your doctor’s approval, paracetamol instead.
  Forthcoming Events
Launching of First Website on Kidney Diseases in Hindi
www.kidneyinhindi.com by Dr Vidya Acharya
18 September 2010, Saturday
Venue: Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Nephrology- Western Chapter, Daman

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26th September: Sunday–BSNL Dil ka Darbar A daylong interaction with top cardiologists of the city. 8 AM  5 PM at MAMC Auditorium, Delhi Gate.

17th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2010 Events: Venue: NDMC Ground Laxmi Bai Nagar, New Delhi

24th October, Sunday: Perfect Health Darbar, Interaction with top Medical experts of the city from 8 AM to 5 PM
30th October, Saturday: eMedinewS Update from 8 AM to 5 PM
29th October, Friday: Divya Jyoti Inter Nursing College/ School Competitions/ Culture Hungama
30th October, Saturday: Medico Masti Inter Medical College Cultural festival from 4 PM to
10 PM
31st October, 2010, Sunday: Perfect Health Darbar, An interaction with top Cardiologists

eMedinews Revisiting 2010

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