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Union Ministry Bans 32 Medical Colleges

Today at 1:30 PM   The news regarding undergraduate medical studies in India is again in controversy. Union health ministry has banned 32 private medical colleges from admitting students for two years, overruling a Supreme Court panel that had cleared their alleged substandard facilities. In May 2016, the Supreme Court appointed a three-member Oversight Committee […]

Does India have a rational and robust right-wing intellectual class?

Does India have a rational and robust right-wing intellectual class? Does the BJP have intellectual heft? Many of those who do not think of themselves as belonging to the Right have answered the questions with a resounding ‘no’.URA’S BOOK RELEASE ‘HINDUTVA OR HIND SWARAJ Modern historian Ramachandra Guha has done so repeatedly. He said in […]

When Tears Fall at Starbucks

Published on September 10, 2016Featured in: Editor’s Picks, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical, Social Impact, The Weekend Essay LikeWhen Tears Fall at Starbucks799Comment74ShareShare When Tears Fall at Starbucks157 Louis M. Profeta MD Louis M. Profeta MDFollowLouis M. Profeta MD Emergency Physician at St. Emergency Physicians Inc., Author and Public Speaker on the Topic of Spirituality in Medicine I […]

media and doctors 

   If I would not have heard this story on my own, I wouldn’t be ashamed to be a journalist as I was two days ago. A doctor told me this real story and since then I am feeling like I should be ashamed and pity myself for all my life. Sometimes you are not […]

freedom for doctors 

India celebrates its Independence Day every year on 15th August, commemorating its freedom from British rule in 1947. It is the day that all Indians pay homage to our freedom fighters and leaders for their immense contribution that led to freedom of our country. In this democratic country, everyone from a homeless person to the […]

Let Me Heal: The Opportunity to Preserve Excellence in American Medicineby Kenneth M. Ludmerer

Oxford University Press, 431 pp., $34.95 Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University Dr. William Osler (second from left) at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, where, in the 1890s, he created the first residency program for training physicians after medical school In the 1890s, Sir William Osler, now regarded as something of a […]

open letter

Dear Readers, I hope this letter finds you in good health. Apologies for using such an outdated greeting, but being a doctor, I will always be obsessed as well as fascinated by it. It is my first time at writing something so please spare the irregularities and mistakes you come across while reading this. This […]

 Torrent Pharma

Brothers Samir and Sudhir Mehta have taken Torrent Pharma to new heights with a measured approach to business and by showing resilience in adversity        Sudhir Mehta  chairman emeritus of Torrent Pharma, with brother Samir, who is executive chairman “The chemistry works” is a phrase that pops up often as Samir Mehta narrates […]

Kounis syndrome triggered by diclofenac sodium injection which leads to myocardial infarction and cardiac arrest

doi:10.1016/j.jccase.2013.03.002Open Archive, Elsevier user license Case Report Caglar Emre Cagliyan MDMehmet Balli MDKamuran Tekin MDSerdar Turkmen MDİbrahim Halil Tanboga MD Show more Abstract Allergic reactions due to drugs may lead to different clinical conditions. Acute coronary syndromes triggered by Type 1 hypersensitivity reactions due to drug intake are known as “Kounis syndrome.” Vasospasm occurring in […]

ethics*zero=?

Ethics x Zero =?© Dr. Rajas Deshpande An NRI businessman was held with his family on an European airport as his travel agency had used fake credit cards, in spite of him paying them in cash. The airline threatened to have the NRI arrested there. In panic, he called an Indian lawyer through a friend […]

jobs most dangerous to your health  

Read on to find out which jobs have the most potential to damage your health. Max Nisen contributed to an earlier version of this post. . Radiologists Overall unhealthiness score: 52.8 What they do: Examine and diagnose disorders and diseases using X-rays and radioactive materials. Top three health risks: 1. Exposure to radiation: 87 2. […]

virtual life after death.

And they lived virtually ever after Aditi Maithreya |  Imagine getting a what’s up message or a fb greeting after a person in long dead. There’s always some thing unsaid when death comes. But the digital world is slowly changing the perspective of death by piggybacking on the philosophical belief that `one never really dies […]

PPH

Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) accounts for around 28% of maternal deaths in developing countries1—that is, for over 125,000 deaths each year2. There are about 125 million births annually in the developing world3, so the risk of maternal death from PPH is approximately 1 in 1000 deliveries there. Here in Britain the risk of death from obstetric […]

D|D of tremors 

Tremor, an involuntary, rhythmic, oscillatory movement of a body part, is the most common movement disorder encountered in clinical practice. Rest tremors occur in a body part that is relaxed and completely supported against gravity. Action tremors occur with voluntary contraction of a muscle and can be further subdivided into postural, isometric, and kinetic tremors. […]

Nazi Extermination of Mental Illness

 Dr. BlumenfieldAbout the Blog 30Dec2009Year End Reflection on Those Taken From UsThere are certain times of the year such as religious holidays, anniversaries and the New Year where I find myself reflecting on those people who are no longer with us. As we come to a new year and the end of the first decade […]

doctor-heal thyself

ew Delhi: The white coat, those knowing eyes, that reassuring voice when in pain, a mere glimpse of a doctor puts us at ease. Little does one realise that their back-breaking schedule, odd working hours and “emotional labour” during patient care sometimes takes a toll on doctors’ health, pushing them to seek help themselves. Dr […]

old man and the ward!

This i read on a friends fathers blog Mr. J.k Chandana i hope u all read it When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre […]

chat with devi shetty

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone. Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart? Ans: 1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil […]

NET

Serum gastrin levels exceeding 1000pg/ml (normal, <100) usually raise the suspicion for aneuroendocrine tumor (NET) that secretes gastrin. Rarely, such elevated gastrin levels are seen in patients with pernicious anemia which most commonly is associated with autoimmune gastritis (AG). AG can occur concomitantly with other autoimmune disorders including lymphocytic colitis (LC).Gastrin stimulates enterochromaffin-like cells which increase histamine secretion. Histamine excess can cause diarrhea as can bacterial overgrowth or LC. We present a 57-year-old […]

“Is Med School Worth the Dollars, Stress, and Decade Spent in Training?”

“Is Med School Worth the Dollars, Stress, and Decade Spent in Training?” I hear this question a lot. Even some of my most capable and well-adjusted friends and fellow medical students have confided to me that in the midst of medical school, they questioned whether this was the right profession for them and whether medical […]

maternal depression

Back Maternal depressions alter the baby’s brain structure APADec 10, 20130 view No rating Maternal depressions alter the baby’s brain structure According to a study from Singapore, if a pregnant woman is depressive, this affects her baby’s brain structure. The children have a life-long increased risk of developing a mental disease, warn scientists in “Biological […]

Struggling Against Psychiatry’s Human Rights Violations

[AN ANTIPSYCHIATRY PERSPECTIVE] by Don Weitz [*] First do no harm – The Hippocratic Oath I was once tortured for six weeks over 50 years ago — it happened in December 1951 and January 1952 when I was 21. While locked up for 15 months, I was forcibly subjected to a series of 110 sub-coma […]

ibs

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)(Spastic Colon) Share This (See also the American Gastroenterological Association’s technical review and medical position statement on irritable bowel syndrome.) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain that is accompanied by at least two of the following: relief by defecation, change in frequency of stool, or change in consistency of stool. The […]

free medical consultation

“The Free Fetish” © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “I want to treat all patients free all my life, Sir.” I told my most beloved professor on the day that I passed my MD Medicine exams. Always fair to me, my Prof. did not brush away my words as overexcited blabber of a passing student on the […]

 » Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats:

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 Monday, AHPI treasurer […]

“suicide tourists

The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These” are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s […]

treatments for migrain

Recently a systematic review examined the available literature on acute care treatments for migraine for effectiveness and tolerability, graded each medication’s level of available evidence, and gave recommendations regarding its use.1 The review was limited to double-blind prospective RCTs in adults treated in an emergency department or equivalent acute care setting. Only studies that defined […]

indian brand of secularism

Sharing an interesting article below. The bottom line is that the law in India should be proportionate to the crime and not change with the criminal. The version of this article was published on October 15 by Dainik Jagran, India’s largest Hindi-language newspaper under the title “Secular Qabeeley Ke Log”… By Tufail Ahmad Tufail Ahmad […]

should Code of Medical Ethics be modernized

By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD Last month the American Medical Association wrapped up its annual meeting in Chicago, where it has reached the final stages of modernizing its 167-year-old Code of Medical Ethics, last updated more than 50 years ago. The central role of ethics in medicine is reflected in the fact that, at the AMA’s […]

I have to walk my life alone. Always.

I can deceive myself and others by pretending to understand.. Hold hands and falsely reassure myself and someone else of things being shared, but then we both choose to close our eyes to the reality: that no pain ever can be shared. No happiness, no personal achievement, no mental evolution, even peace cannot be shared. […]

We the Great!

When we set out to perform and dazzle the world, we seldom analyse ourselves: a cause of great discomfort and pain to others, and mostly, ourselves! Much as it is impossible to dislike oneself (we cant hate ourselves, all said and done!), it would be worth a try to atleast analyse. On the inside, we […]

The second side of the story of “Unnecessary surgeries and stenting”:

Stop “Doctor Bashing”!! The said firm in this news is said to have conducted research about this. What is its standing in medical research? Has it obtained permission for such research from ICMR/MCI/local medical councils? Has it obtained permission also to publish such studies in the general press/media? Who has verified the statistical/medical authenticity of […]

Do we have a “Parenting IQ” ?

Parenting is the most difficult career, don’t know when it became unfashionable for some who claim success “outside” parenting. However successful one may have been otherwise, if they have neglected growing kids for want of money/ fame / career they have committed a crime. There is no greater insult to childhood than a parent NOT […]

Forced tasks, deadlines and suspension of Govt Servant Doctors.

Doctors, especially surgeons should stop all forced “deadline and ultimatum-based” government programmes unless and until: 1. All the world-class standard equipment and theaters are available for every surgery / procedure, and the number of procedures that can be done without stress and hurry is decided by the treating doctor / operating surgeon. 2. An “All-is-well” […]

Question from a young Indian doctor who just passed out MBBS:

GM Sir. I am pursuing PG after MBBS. I follow your posts regularly. I have a question: Does the passion we have to actually become doctors and serve society and those who need us actually fade away? Many of my friends tell me that there’s nothing like passion, only money matters after a while, and […]

Using Brain Correctly

I can’t ever adequately express the beauty of the neuronal organisation within the Brain, realising once again that it feels far more rewarding to study than to explain it, to understand its poetic yet mathematically perfect logic rather than to describe the names of its components, to know that it functions as beautifully without one’s […]

The Unsafe Pilot / Driver:

We don’t even grasp the threat! (c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Imagine someone without consciousness / awareness of self / self control handling a gun around you or driving a truck / train or flying an airplane with you in it. The recent claim about a pilot “deliberately” downing his plane with many others will make […]

Drug Quality, price and risk: repost

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Sir, What about the responsibility of quality of drugs used for the treatment? These are the only weapons with which we fight a disease. Does it make pharma a share holder of responsibility in case of adverse outcome ? This is another grey zone to elaborate. Dear Dr. Sachin Jaybhaye, Thank […]

The Murdered Angels of India

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande This simple looking girl in her early twenties walks into my OPD with her parents. They all are dressed up typically worker/ lower middle class, just enough to avoid obviously torn clothes. Everything humble, barely touching middle class, but very well behaved. She starts telling her father’s complaints in perfect English, […]

Medical Dream

(c) Dr. Rajas DeshpandeIt was still raining after the college, but that was never an obstacle. We still reached “Mangesh”, our pet tea (plus ahem!) joint, just outside the college campus, a routine religious for many reasons. Ofcourse the steaming hot tea was crucial to rejuvenate brains exhausted by the extensive and complicated knowledge bombarded […]

Plight of of a a common Indian Doctor.

Letter to a beloved Teacher: (c) Rajas Deshpande Respected sir, Yourself and most other teachers are my Gods, I am what I am largely because of teachers like you, and cannot argue with your opinions. Like any normal man, I wanted Porsches and Ferraris, a bungalow by the beach, a calm and quiet life of […]

Doctors under duress: Stop the violence

Make a law against “Interference in patient care” Should the docs leave casualty if they sense hostility / arrogant and threatening relatives? Every doctor cannot make correct decisions under duress, and patients suffer. © Dr. Rajas Deshpande Doctors who work in any emergency ward / hospital in India are exposed to two great risks: violence […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part V

Patients who taught me life. The breathless grandpa. © Dr. Rajas Deshpande This octogenarian Mr. Abaji was admitted for the umpteenth time in the general ward for sudden breathlessness due to a respiratory condition called COPD. In general ward at govt. hospitals, there’s barely three feet distance between beds, without any privacy (No embroidered / […]

Suicide / Homicide of Patients

(c) Dr. Rajas Deshpande Tuesday 3 pm. OPD “She needs urgent admission and treatment.. she may be developing a stroke.” I told the relatives of this 70 some year old lady who was having recurrent episodes of tingling / numbness all over her body, with slurred speech. Otherwise healthy. The disturbed family was displeased: a […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part VII

The Mother Brain © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “Get out of the ward, Rajas!” said Dr. Pravina Shah. Although many of my teachers may have thought of these words school onwards, it was Dr. P. U. Shah who finally said them, in the first month of my joining the D.M. Neurology course at KEM hospital (Seth […]

Medical Gods I met upon Earth: Part VIII

The Messiah of Medicine © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “Sir, many times last night, I felt it was so easy to slip in some wrong drug to that rapist: if that criminal is allowed to go back in the society, he will just continue to rape more women”. Said the devastated intern with tears in her […]

The Guarantee of Life

© Dr. Rajas Deshpande What is the Guarantee, Doctor? Best of the Doctors internally react like metal on sandpaper to this question by the patient or relatives. While surgeons are the most common victims of this question, physicians also often succumb to these innocent words. It’s not that the doctor wants to hide or lie, […]

The new medical villain on the block “Medical Meddler”

The new medical villain on the block “Medical Meddler” © Dr. Rajas Deshpande There are more than one options to choose from in the treatment of most medical conditions. Although doctors may differ on the exact diagnosis in some cases, they usually agree upon the “umbrella” or parent medical condition, and usually prescribe similar molecules […]

violence towards doctors

It was a hot and clammy morning in S. N. Medical College. Agra. India.​.Dr Y Agarwal was on his morning round in the Coronary care Unit.He had to prepare all the details before the visit of the Professor.A old patient with CAD,HT,type 2 DM and other complications who had had a cardiac arrest last night […]

The Hypocrisy Of The Hippocratic Oath

Dr. Mukul C Kapoor Apr 12 2015 Share with Colleagues Career in Medicine Votes(12)   Comments(155)   Viewed 3028 Times Hippocrates wrote an oath for Physicians circa 350-370 BC. Medicine in those times was considered a holy service meant to heal the sick and not a profession. With time medicine became a profession and monetary […]