DMC Election for DMC seat tomorrow
The election for the 9th member of DMC, DMA representative will be held tomorror 9am-4pm at DMA hall Daryaganj. Dr Ashwini Dalmiya sitting secretary of DMA in all likely going the win the seat.
Study suggests brain function improves in older adults after short time surfing Internet.
Older adults who started browsing the Web experienced improved brain function after only a few days. In a study presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, researchers asked 24 neurologically normal adults, aged 55 to 78 to surf the Internet while hooked up to an MRI machine. Before the study began, half the participants had used the Internet daily, and the other half had little experience with it. The researchers said that at baseline, those with prior Internet experience showed a much greater extent of brain activation, but after at-home practice those who had just been introduced to the Internet were catching up to those who were old hands. Uptil now the cognitive improving exercises were bridge and chess. Now internet surfing has been added to the same.
Drug based on snake venom being tested as heart failure treatment.
As per Wall Street Journal a drug, currently known as CD-NP, based on venom from the eastern green mamba snake may be used to help very ill patients with heart failure. Early research on the drug indicated that it increased kidney function but did not greatly reduce blood pressure.
FDA approves Glaxo seasonal flu vaccine for children.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the seasonal flu vaccine Fluarix for children. While previously approved for adults, it is now approved for children ages three to 17 years old.
Research indicates dextrose may alleviate some postoperative nausea, vomiting.
As per Yale scientists patients need not fear post-operative nausea and vomiting as much if they take dextrose. Investigators assigned half of 56 surgery patients to receive dextrose immediately after their operations, while the remaining participants received a placebo. All patients were treated with general anesthesia and received an antiemetic, which can prevent some nausea and vomiting. Yet, those who received the dextrose were at much lower risk of developing nausea and vomiting. They were also discharged from a postoperative care unit more quickly than the others.
Letter to the editor
Thanks for lots of good information. Having more medical colleges is a welcome move. Vertical growth is compatible with quality in medical education as long as norms are adhered to. Let the DMC be a help in maintaining the quality of medical education in all possible ways. At least it can serve as whistle blower and advise its members to do so. At least no-member of DMC should be part of the procedure leading to flouting of the rules. Additionally, RTI Act 2005 may be used for the purpose. I am not sure whether the private medical colleges fall under purview of RTI Act 2005, if not so, I suggest DMC can initiate the move to get it done. I am sure it will go a long way in assuring the quality of medical education. Let us maintain the highest quality in medical education, the thing for which Indians are known worldwide. (Dr K K Deepak, Professor of Physiology, AIIMS)
Editors comments: Education falls und the MCI and not under the state councils. The suggestions have been forwarded to MCI.
Thought of the Day
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi
Funny One liner
It is far more impressive when others discover your good qualities without your help.
Q: What do Viagra and Disney World have in common?
A: A one-hour wait for a two-minute ride.
Medinews Doctor of the Year Award
IJCP group will starting 10th Jan 2010 this year, every year on second Sunday of January, will award 20 medinews Doctor of the Year Award to eminent doctors who have done outstanding work in the previous year (2009 for this year). The award will be distributed during a day long CME: MEDINEWS 2009 revisiting the year 2009. This will be a yearly event. The award will carry a citation, shawl, coconut kalash, scenery and a memento.