Monthly Archives: September 2014

Cholesterol Drugs

#55908505 / gettyimages.com #55908505 / gettyimages.com Thousands Sue for Damages Against Cholesterol Drugs as Big Pharma Defends Billion Dollar Industry Brian Shilhavy Health Impact News The $100 billion dollar cholesterol-lowering statin drug industry is under attack, as thousands of Americans are filing lawsuits against the manufacturers of cholesterol-lowering drugs such as Lipitor. Research continues to confirm […]

Hyperammonemia

Hyperammonemia is a metabolic condition characterized by elevated levels of ammonia in the blood. Increased entry of ammonia to the brain is a primary cause of neurologic disorders, such as congenital deficiencies of urea cycle enzymes, hepatic encephalopathies, Reye syndrome, several other metabolic disorders, and some toxic encephalopathies. Signs and symptoms Signs and symptoms of […]

Persistent genital arousal disorder

Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD), originally called persistent sexual arousal syndrome (PSAS) and also known as restless genital syndrome (ReGS or RGS), results in a spontaneous, persistent, and uncontrollable genital arousal in women, with or without orgasm or genital engorgement, unrelated to any feelings of sexual desire. It was first documented by Dr. Sandra Leiblum and […]

Here are some treatments for depression that are not antidepressants

Depression is a tricky disease to treat, in part because it manifests so differently in those it afflicts. But promising new research shows there may be options outside the pill bottle and off the couch at a therapist’s office. That’s not to say you should stop taking prescribed antidepressants or break up with your therapist, […]

Dr NN Wig

Around seven decades back, he wanted to study medicine in King Edward’s College at Lahore. But the dream was lost in Partition.Perhaps that city paid eminent psychiatrist Dr NN Wig his due a decade back by naming occupational centre at Lahore’s Fountain House Psychiatric Centre’s after him. 84-year-old, Dr  NN Wig has served as head, […]

Re: Medico legal Judgement in favour of doctors

Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:54 pm . Finally a Loud Voice in favor of Doctors. Most medicolegalcomplaints are personality based rather than issue based.‎While we do our technical and moral best to treat ourpatients, we must develop the art of sympathetic and defthandling of patients’ relatives so that they are constantlyinformed and should see that we are doing […]

A Practical Guide to Avoiding Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion

by TENGLISH on APRIL 22, 2013 · 0 COMMENTS in NUTRITION REVIEW ARCHIVE By Hyla Cass, M.D. A little known, but potentially life-saving fact is that common medications deplete your body of a host of vital nutrients essential to your health. In this practical guide I’ll show you how to avoid drug-induced nutrient depletion and […]

Proton Pump Inhibitors & B12 Deficiency

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2013 | By Esther Sherry Vitamin B12 deficiency can be caused by the chronic use of proton pump inhibitors. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images Vitamin B12, also known cobalamin, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that is necessary for the production of energy from consumed foods, maintenance of healthy nerve cells and manufacture […]

A Nobel Laureate on ‘Successful Aging’ – Dr. Eric Kandel’s Epic Search for the Biological Basis of Memory

Eric R. Kandel, M.D. From The Quarterly, Winter 2012 Imagine that you are standing on a busy city street corner and you gather together the first 100 passersby who are precisely 70 years old. “In this randomly selected group, let’s assume that men and women are equally represented and that none of them appears to […]

Fundamentals Of Medical Ethics

During our MBBS days, the topic of Medical Ethics was probably included in Forensic Medicine and was never stressed. In these days of Consumer Awareness and doctors having been brought under the purview of Consumer Forums, there is a need for every practicing doctor to be aware of the basics of medical ethics. A common […]

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What Bipolar Disorder Really Feels Like

The Huffington Post  | By Sarah Klein http://www.facebook.com/plugins/like.php? About 2.6 percent of American adults — nearly 6 million people — have bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). But the disease, characterized by significant and severe mood changes, is still dangerously misunderstood. Bipolar disorder is vastly different from the normal ups and […]

Don’t force doctors to perform charity

    by Dr Kamal Mahawar Now that I have read the whole transcript of the Medical Consultancy and Other Services (Rationalisation of Fees) Bill tabled by Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury in the Rajya Sabha on August 8, I have to say I have mixed feelings towards it. I will leave it to the political analysts to examine […]

a blood test to diagnose depression in adults

A group of Northwestern University professors and researchers have developed a blood test to diagnose depression in adults, the school revealed in a study set to be published today. But the discovery does not mean the test can be offered to the public just yet, officials said. Depression is one of the most difficult mental […]

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

Liz Szabo, USA TODAY1:06 p.m. EDT September 15, 2014 (Photo: PhotoDisc) New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to […]

A Tale of 2 Countries

A Tale of 2 Countries: The Cost of My Mother’s Cardiac Care in the United States and India Sowmya R. Rao, PhD⇑ +Author Affiliations Department of Quantitative Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, Massachusetts CORRESPONDING AUTHOR: Sowmya R. Rao, […]

Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty

#88926355 / gettyimages.com Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty Bangalore, Jul 29, 2013, DHNS : The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) have written to the Ministry of Health demanding equalisation of medical seats in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. At a press conference on […]

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Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder: A New Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Irritability in Youth

An 8-year-old boy with frequent temper outbursts is evaluated. ”Dillon,” an 8-year-old boy living with his parents and his younger brother, was evaluated because his parents were at their “wits’ end” regarding how to handle his explosive outbursts, which were occurring several times a day. Ms. A, Dillon’s mother, stated, “It has gotten to the […]

Direct Effect of Sunshine on Suicide

Benjamin Vyssoki, MD1; Nestor D. Kapusta, MD, PhD2; Nicole Praschak-Rieder, MD, PhD1; Georg Dorffner, PhD3; Matthaeus Willeit, MD, PhD1 [+] Author Affiliations JAMA Psychiatry. Published online September 10, 2014. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.1198 Importance  It has been observed that suicidal behavior is influenced by sunshine and follows a seasonal pattern. However, seasons bring about changes in several other meteorological factors and a seasonal rhythm in social behavior may […]

The Wonderful Dr Devi Shetty

Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 4:51 pm   Yet again I have come across another compassionate and amazing man known as ‘The King of Hearts’. I watched a documentary on his hospital that runs at a profit, and had to learn more about him, so here is his story. Dr Devi Prasad Shetty was born […]

‘Production line’ heart surgery

By Chris Morris BBC News, Delhi Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Inside India‘s ‘production line’ heart hospital The chest of a thirteen-year-old boy Uday Kumar has been sliced open and a team of doctors are operating on his heart. “This is for patients who have a single ventricle,” says […]

A LETTER TO 4000 CHILDREN WITH A SCAR ON THE CHEST

Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty June 23, 2013 To understand Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty’s heart, read this>>>> (He wrote this letter to the children he preformed cardiac surgery on.) A LETTER TO 4000 CHILDREN WITH A SCAR ON THE CHEST My Dear Children: I have been planning to write this letter for quite some time. Maybe […]

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Body blow to the medical profession

May 13, 2014 09:08 PM , By DEVI SHETTY | That’s enough Penalties are necessary, but so is   sense of balance Compensation for medical malpractice should be capped. Else, there will be no doctors left to perform surgeriesThe recent Supreme Court ruling on medical compensation of ₹11 crore in Kolkata has raised several issues related […]

‘noose’ will tighten on private clinics and Nursing Homes

In response to the newspaper article published in the Times of India, I wish we could give a rejoinder paragraph by paragraph as below.  It is not likely to get published because our thoughts won’t make Masala  for publication. Read the news item first and then this. Readers in the IMA group may add more […]

Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

August 29, 2014 11:16 AM American physicians are increasingly unhappy with their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for their patients By SANDEEP JAUHAR All too often these days, I find myself fidgeting by the doorway to my exam room, trying to conclude an office visit with one of my patients. When I look […]