(incorporating eIMA News)

January 26 2016, Tuesday


IMA, eMedinewS and eMediNexus congratulate all Padma
Awardee Doctors for the year 2016

Padma Awards, one of the highest civilian Awards of the country, are conferred in three categories, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri. These awards are conferred by the President of India at ceremonial functions held at Rashtrapati Bhawan usually around March/ April every year.
Padma Vibhushan

1. Dr Viswanathan Shanta Medicine- Oncology Tamil Nadu
Padma Bhushan
1. Prof. D. Nageshwar Reddy Medicine-Gastroenterology Telangana
Padma Shri 
1. Dr. Mannam Gopi Chand Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery Telangana
2. Prof. Ravi Kant Medicine-Surgery Uttar Pradesh
3. Prof. Ram Harsh Singh Medicine- Ayurveda Uttar Pradesh
4. Prof. Shiv Narain Kureel Medicine- Paediatric Surgery Uttar Pradesh
5. Dr. Sabyasachi Sarkar Medicine –Radiology Uttar Pradesh
6. Dr. Alla Gopala Krishna Gokhale Medicine-Cardiac Surgery Andhra Pradesh
7. Prof. T.K. Lahiri Medicine-Cardio Thoracic Surgery Uttar Pradesh
8. Dr. Praveen Chandra Medicine-Cardiology Delhi
9. Prof. (Dr) Daljeet Singh Gambhir Medicine-Cardiology Uttar Pradesh
10. Dr.Chandrasekar  Shesadri  Thoguluva Medicine-Gastroenterology Tamil Nadu
11. Dr. (Mrs.) Anil Kumari Malhotra Medicine-Homeopathy Delhi
12. Prof. M.V. Padma Srivastava Medicine-Neurology Delhi
13. Dr. Sudhir V. Shah Medicine-Neurology Gujarat
14. Dr. M. M. Joshi Medicine-Ophthalmology Karnataka
15. Prof. (Dr) John Ebnezar Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery Karnataka
16. Dr. Nayudamma Yarlagadda Medicine-Paediatric Surgery Andhra Pradesh

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Healthcare in India: Republic Day Coverage

The Positives

On this Republic Day, we bring to you some of the important milestones that Indian Healthcare has crossed ever since it became a Republic. The following reportage is mined from important features that have appeared on the subject.

Healthcare in India: An Overview - By Professor B M Hegde

India’s Record since Independence - By Preetika Rana and Joanna Sugden

Healthcare achievements of post-independent India - By Dr Poonam Kuruganti 

Healthcare in India – Vision 2020 By R Srinivasan

The Negatives 

Amartya Sen: Never been optimistic about India. But today, I’m more pessimistic

Experts say extensive universal health coverage policy need of the hour

Doctors Who Were Freedom Fighters

Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

Dr Lakshmi Sahgal 


Hyperpigmented macules and thin papules mostly on upper body and proximal extremities with fine telangiectasias. What is the most likely diagnosis?

A. Actinic prurigo
B. Langerhans cell histiocytosis
C. LEOPARD syndrome
D. Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE)
E. Urticaria pigmentosa (adult mastocytosis)


What tree does aspirin come from?

1. Ash
2. Oak
3. Willow
4. Beech


India is a big republic now. Where do you think healthcare should have 


IMA Polio Dates:

  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but 
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eWellness - Hookah as bad as smoking

eSpiritual - What is the significance of a Tilak?

Inspirational Story - Sympathetic oneness


HUMOR -  Bosses vs Workers 

Legal Quote - Jacob Mathew vs State of Punjab and Anr: 5th day of August 2005: 334/2005/SCI/ 144-145 of 2004

Bioethical issues in medical practice - Blood transfusion to a Jehovah’s Witness follower


IMA supports the recent amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act

Believes that judicial action must be continually reinforced to protect the rights and health of children and minors

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 relates to children requiring protection and care, and was launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development and initiated on January 15, 2016.

An amendment has just been passed of the Act modifying section 77 and 78, relating to drugs and children. The amendment to section 77 clearly states that anyone giving or a child to receive any intoxicating liquor, psychotropic substance, narcotic drug, or tobacco products, unless on the explicit instructions of a qualified medical practitioner, will be punishable with imprisonment of up to seven years and would be liable to fines which may extend up to one lakh rupees.

Modifications to section 78 mention that anyone using a child for peddling, carrying, vending, smuggling, or supplying any intoxicating liquor, psychotropic substance, or narcotic drugs could be liable to similar punitive action.

The amendments reinforce the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Product (Proposition of Advertisement & Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 forbids cigarette or tobacco product sale to anyone below the age of 18 years in areas within a 100-meter radius of school areas. This act didn’t work as intended as the fine imposed was not significant at only Rs. 200.

Speaking on the issue, Dr S S Agarwal, National President, IMA and Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, Hony. Secretary General, IMA in a joint statement said, “Minors are increasingly being found consuming tobacco, alcohol and even narcotic drugs in our country. The high stress levels faced by the 21st century teenager is to blame for this dangerous and worrying trend. Cigarettes are openly sold close to educational institutions due to the nominal fine it is associated with. It is the responsibility of parents, teachers and the medical fraternity to counsel children about the serious implications teenage smoking and drinking has on their future health and well being”.

Provision of drugs or psychotropic substances is an offence under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Act. Overall it is critical that judicial action be continually reinforced to protect the rights and health of children and minors. The Amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act are a further step in this direction.