Monday, July 29, 2013

“Men’s Health is mostly neglected”

Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:53 AM
Says European Urologists at CMCH
Men’s Health is often neglected, said Professor Frans MJ Debruyne of Netherlands, formerly, Secretary General of the European Association of Urology [EUA], President of Genito-Urnary Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer [EORTC], President of the European Association of Urological Research [EAUR], Vice President of the Societie Internationale Urologie [SIU], in a lecture delivered at the CMCH. Male Erectile Dysfunction, Chronic Prostatitis, Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms due to Benign Enlargement of the Prostate, Metabolic Syndrome, life style diseases and Andrapause are problems of men’s health. Urologists are the only experts who are experienced to efficiently deal with these issues related to men’s health. Professor Vinod H Nargund, Lead Consultant Urologist at the Bartholomew’s, Royal London and Homartons Hospitals, highlighted that the present day credit crunch and stress are important factors that aggravate problems pertaining to men’s health. Stress at home, work place and inter-personal relationships can aggravate urological problems of men. Dr Kim Mammen, Professor & Head of Urology at CMCH, pointed out that patients with erectile dysfunction have an increased incidence of coronary artery disease, and therefore, it must be treated immediately. A recent study done at CMCH pointed out that there is definite relationship between erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease

Friday, July 26, 2013

Arun Nehru Passes away

9th Lok Sabha
Members Bioprofile
NEHRU, SHRI ARUN KUMAR [Janata Dal—Uttar Pradesh, Bilhaur, 1989]:  s. of Late A.K. Nehru; b. at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, April 24, 1944; ed. at La Martemere College and Lucknow Christian College; m. Subhadra Nehru, March 2, 1967, 2 d.;
Public Offices held:  Union Minister of State, Energy (Deptt. of Power), December 1984—September 1985, Home, September 1985—October 1986; Union Minister, Commerce and Tourism, December 5, 1989—November 10, 1990;

Previous Association with Political Parties:  Member, PCC (I), Uttar Pradesh, 1984, Gen, Secy. AICC (I), 1984; Member, Political Affairs Committee, JD; Member, Parliamentary Board, JD;

Previous Membership:  Seventh Lok Sabha, 1980-84, Eighth Lok Sabha, 1984-89;

Committee Experience:  Member, Railway Convention Committee, 1980-84; Member, Consultative Committee, External Affairs and Science and Technology, 7th Lok Sabha; Member, Consultative Committee, External Affairs, 1987-89;

Favourite Pastime and Recreation:  Reading, games and sports;

Travels Abroad:  East Africa, Europe, South East Asia, U.K., USA, West Asia;

Special Interests:  Agriculture, Hybrid Farming, Literature and History;

Sports and Clubs:  Table Tennis, Cricket; Member, Delhi Golf Club, and Delhi Gymkhana; Executive Member, Board of 9th Asian Games;

Permanent Address:  8, Jagdish Chander Bose Marg, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh-226001.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

SPS Apollo hospital introduces

 Fourth generation knee joint implant in Punjab 
Ludhiana, 18 July 2013 - SPS Apollo hospital today introduced the latest knee replacement implant- the PS 150 and surgical technique in the world with the advantage of near normal knee motion and having less of wear and tear. This knee replacement surgery uses a fourth generation knee implant.

Dr Harpreet S. Gill, Senior Consultant and head of Orthopaedics  and Joint replacement at SPS APOLLO Hospital, Ludhiana, stated that only few centers in India have started this type of knee replacement.
Explaining about this knee replacement surgery, Dr Gill said that Indian knee bones are smaller as compared to the knee bones of the westerner’s. For knee replacement surgery, lot of bone had to be cut to fit the knee prosthesis but with this knee implant, less bone is cut, and hence the fit is better, thus promising more motion and stability in the operated knee. The new design- Sigma PS 150 accommodates upto 150 degrees of knee bending and lasts longer, as the wear rate is quite less. He further stated that this type of surgery would be beneficial in the younger and high demanding patients as this would allow them to indulge in light sporting activities and the patient can possibly even sit on the floor.
 Dr JL Briard from France, who is a world authority in the knee replacement surgery, visited the SPS APOLLO Hospital, Ludhiana to initiate this surgery. He stated that in his 35 years of experience, he has seen lot many advancements in knee replacement surgery. The new age implants could last upto 30 years and with the newer mobile bearing technology, the knee rotates upto 20 degrees as it bends, hence mimicking the natural knee motion. “The new implant offers high level bone preservation and can retain most of the vital natural bone, tissue and ligaments.
A workshop and a continuing medical education program has been planned for the Joint replacement surgeons of the region and for the budding Orthopaedic surgeons, where Dr JL Briard would be discussing the latest happenings in the world of Joint replacement surgery.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Brain injury: innovative ‘CMC-BEDI Turban’ Design

Wed, Jul 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM
Design helps in saving critical patient
Mrs Kuljeet Kaur (name changed) of Sarabha Nagar Ludhiana suffered from a rare disease – a massive swelling (aneurysm) of the arteries in the neck going to her brain and right hand. She had previously suffered a brain attack (stroke). She was now in imminent danger of rupture of the swollen arteries.

She was referred to Dr Harinder Singh Bedi – Head of Cardio Vascular & Thoracic Surgery at the CMC & H Ludhiana. On investigation it was realized that the treatment itself could cause a stroke as the repair of the artery would need a 5 minute time of clamping which would not have been tolerated as the brain was already in jeopardy.  Dr Bedi has trained in advanced cardiovascular techniques at the St Vincents Hospital in Sydney where he has operated upon cases with cooling of the whole body (hypothermia) to preserve organ function. It is a well known fact that any injury is better tolerated if the temperature of the injured organ is lowered. But here the problem was unique as the patient was elderly and the whole body cooling would not have been tolerated. So Dr Bedi then thought of cooling just the brain. He designed a unique cooling turban. This was constructed by Dr Melchi – cardiac anesthetist - and Mr William, Mr Jairus (who are the senior most perfusionists in Punjab) and Mr Mathew. Using their vast experience they were able to put the idea into practice. They made a turban like coil with plastic tubes. These were placed around the patients head after anesthesia. Now cold sterile water was pumped into these coils so that the head alone got cooled. The surgery was now done with the brain temperature low. Additionally Dr Bedi reimplanted a major vessel of the brain – the vertebral artery - so that as much blood as possible was given to the brain – this is a specially tricky and challenging part of the operation and is done very rarely. Mrs   Kaur did well and her brain function was preserved. The other members of the team during the marathon surgery were Dr S Garg, Dr Melchi, Dr Anish, Dr JaiPrakash, Dr Pearl , Dr Amrutha and Dr Rakhi   .

Dr Abraham G Thomas – Director of CMC & H - said that it was with such innovations that Indian surgeons were able to tackle otherwise hopeless cases. Dr Bedi said that they would patent the technique and publish it so that it could be used all over the world to help similar cases.

Dr Bedi can be contacted at 98140-60480 for any clarification

Photo: Dr Harinder Singh  Bedi along with Mr William Prem showing the ‘CMC-Bedi cool turban’  which helped save a patients brain

8 members medical relief team returned from Uttrakhand

 Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM
People are reeling under severe health problems 
The people in the disaster affected areas around Uttarkashi are reeling under severe health problems and they require long term planning for a comprehensive health care. This was the impression gathered by 8 members medical relief team by the joint efforts of  Indian Doctors For Peace & Development (IDPD), IMA Ludhiana, Punjab Medical Representatives Association and Whole Sale Chemists Association which went to several interior villages and gave medicines to the needy. They climbed on difficult terrains for several kilometers carrying medicines and crossed on man pulled trolleys over the overflowing raging Ganges to reach inaccessible areas. In addition to holding camps to examine the patients, they visited serious patients in their home and gave preventive and curative treatment including intravenous infusions. Large no of population particularly women and children were found to be anaemic and poorly nourished. The infectious diseases particularly abdominal, skin and chest were rampant. Women folk, because they have to bear most of the workload including carrying fodder fuel in form of wood, on their back were found to be having backache and other degenerative problems. The female doctors in the team Dr Mrs NEELAM SANDHU and Dr Miss RACHANA BAWA said that women and children were more affected by anaemia & other diseases of poor nourishment. In addition women had lot many gynaecological disorders. Dr. S. K. PRABHAKAR, 
a psychiatrist in the team found that the large no of population in the affected area were suffering from anxiety, post traumatic stress disorders. He gave them psychological counseling and encouraged them to move forward. Dr. SHAKIL-UR-REHMAN, a paediatrician found underdevelopment among the children. Dr. ARUN MITRA, General secretary IDPD and Former President IMA Ludhiana, who led the team said that there is need for a continuity of work on the health care. People have to be given basic health education to improve their hygiene & surroundings and their nutritional status needs to be improved to strengthen immunity. Efforts have to be made for gender equality particularly for the nutritional status of women. The team further expressed feelings from their observation & information that the collateral damage could have been much less if effective steps would have been taken earlier to avoid damage to the ecosystem and environment by the administration and the people. They also demanded long term planning to preserve  ecology by preventing deforestation & adopting development strategy keeping the environment into consideration to avoid any such disaster in future. The team members were anguished at that some political parties, instead of taking it as a  humanitarian cause were using it for their political ends.
The team had left on 7th July 2013 and stayed in the region for almost a week. On their way back they had to wait for 9 hours on the road due to landslides. The medical relief team got logistic support from the Uttarkashi district health authorities, police and several social activists.

A medical relief team left for Uttrakhand today

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Van Mahautsav celebrations

Wed, Jul 10, 2013 at 9:42 AM
Planted and distributed 100 saplings at Kapil Park 
As part of Van Mahautsav celebrations  Bharat Jan Gyan Vigyan Jatha Distt. Ludhiana  in co-ordination with Punjab State Council for Science & Technology, today 10.07.2013 planted and distributed 100 saplings at Kapil Park, Hambran Road.The event was inaugurated by Sh. M.S.Bhatia,Organising Secretay of BJGVJ. In his address Sh. Bhatia stressed the need of planting trees in maximum numbers to save the environment. The residents of the area gathered in good number and pledged to protect these trees. The others who were present included Com.Gurnam Singh Sidhu, Ramadhar Singh, Agya Dass Aggarwal, Randhir Singh Dheera, Babbi Tyagi, Manish Srivastav, Sandeep Kumar,Sonu Kumar, Rohit Gautam, Rajesh Gautam, Raj Singh, Sanjeev Sharma, Narinder Kashyap, Vicky Mehra, Rajinder Kumar, Ravinder Kumar, Varinder Kumar, Manmohan Kumar Bali, Dr. B.C.Kapil, Advocate N.C.Kapil, Jeewan Dass,  Avdesh Kumar, Vijay Kumar, Rahul Mehra,  Golu Mehra Vishal , Deepak and Vipan.
A medical relief team left for Uttrakhand today

Worker on the Bahadarke Road stabbed

Shopkeepers on road

AITUC meeting held at Ludhiana

Sunday, July 7, 2013

A medical relief team left for Uttrakhand today

Sun, Jul 7, 2013 at 11:59 AM
The mission is organized jointly
A medical relief team of doctors and paramedical staff left for Uttrakhand today to give medical care to the needy in the affected areas by the flood which caused unprecedented damage to life and property. The mission is organized jointly by Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD), Indian Medical Association Ludhiana, Punjab Medical Representatives’ Association and Whole Sale Chemists Association Ludhiana. The team which is led by Dr Arun Mitra, General Secretary IDPD and executive member of IMA, Dr S K Prabhaker, Psychiatrist, Dr Rachana Bawa & Dr Neelam Arya General Physicians and Dr Shakeel Ur Rahman–Child Specialist along with Para Medical Staff Kuldip Singh Binder, Anod Kumar and Sanjeet Kumar. The team will stay in the area for 5 days and examine patients in the remote villages. The team was given send off by Dr L S Chawla–President IDPD, Dr Manoj Sobti–President IMA Punjab, Dr Subhash Singla – General Secrretary IMA Ludhiana, Sh.Rajesh Kaul–President Punjab Medical Representatives Association and S.Gurbakash Singh of Wholesale Chemists Association Ludhiana.

8 members medical relief team returned from Uttrakhand

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Save Punjabi

Save Punjabi as Subject of Study in the Colleges of Delhi
Delhi University has recently introduced a new Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP). Under this Program only three colleges of Delhi University are eligible to offer Punjabi from first year as DC-I (major subject).Inother 13 or 14 colleges of Delhi,Punjabi (including Urdu and other Indian languages) will be taught as a minor subjectonly from the second year of admission (Under so called DC-II). In other words there is no provision for Punjabi students to be admitted to this subject in the first year of admission because the University has clearly specified that the admissions will be made on the basis of Discipline I only. The other colleges where Punjabi was being offered as Compulsory Subject of M.I.L from the first year, have been denied to offer Punjabi as DC-I. It means that there will be no admissions to the subject of Punjabi at entry level.
The argument of the DU authorities is that there is a provision of Foundation Course (Language literature and Culture in Modern Indian Languages) and Applied Course (language) in which students can opt for Punjabi in I Semester only. But the fact is that admission cannot be made on the basis of this Foundation/Applied Course. Moreover these FC/AC courses are of purely elementary level as their names suggest.
The other argument of the DU authorities is that there is a provision under this new Program for offering Punjabi as DC-II (Minor Subject) starting from third semester of the second year. Since no admission can be made on the basis of DC-II, the colleges will be left with no student offering Punjabi. Moreover, the students offering DC-II are not required to pursue the subject of their option for all the six semesters. They can change their option after three semesters. In other words Punjabi as DC-II shall remain for three semesters only which is clearly detrimental to the subject. Moreover, Punjabi as DC-II has been clubbed with other subjects like Science, Commerce and Humanities. This clubbing of Punjabi with these subjects isnot at all conducive to Punjabi as a subject. Under this scheme of things the fate of minority languages like Punjabi and Urdu hangs in balance. They will be at the receiving end, without adequate protection. As per previous practice, these languages need weightage for admission, which is being denied by the present authorities.
Before the inception of this new Course, there was a provision for Punjabi as compulsory subject and the students could offer Punjabi for all the three years. I had been associated with the teaching of Punjabi language, literature and culture in Delhi University for 40 years and have never witnessed such a threatening situation for Punjabi Studies.It never happened in the entire history of Delhi University, which has produced some of the eminent scholars and critics inthe field of Punjabi Studies, when the teaching of Punjabi was sought to be marginalized in such a manner. Therefore, under this newly introduced Program no option other than DC-I ensures proper place for Punjabi as a subject of study. All the colleges offering Punjabi should be provided this facility.
As a matter of fact Punjabi and Urdu have been accorded the status of a second language in Delhi. So the teaching and learning of these languages needs more to be encouraged rather than discouraged. Language is not merelya vehicle of communication;it is part of our cultural identity and way of life. All the regional languages represent the rich diversity of our national culture and civilization. Marginalization of these languages under the newly introduced FYUP of the Delhi Universityisa retrogressive step which needs to be opposed.All the right thinking individuals, educationists, teachers and scholars should raise their voice against this unjustified and discriminatory decision of the authorities.
The following relevant portions of the Discipline-I, Discipline-II & Applied Courses as taken from Website of the University of Delhi are given for your ready reference.
Discipline Courses-I (DC-I) (Major Subject)
Under this programme, students will have to study total 20 major subjects at a deep level for Bachelor with Honours in each course which are called Discipline Courses-I (DC-I).
Discipline Courses-II (DC-II) (Minor Subject)
In the 4 Year Undergraduate Programme, students will have to choose total 6 minor subjects of their liking for additional knowledge and building their competencies outside their main subjects of study. These subjects are called Discipline Courses-II (DC-II). This offers a wide variety of courses as minor subjects those will help the students to learn about the national and global scenario of interdisciplinary mode and enhance their knowledge for getting employment or initiating for self-employment and allied areas.
Applied Courses (AC)
Students will have to choose total 4 skill based subjects that will give practical knowledge which are called Applied Courses (AC). The outcomes of these applied courses are very useful for producing well trained manpower on the one hand and getting employment or initiating for self-employment in the concerned subject area and allied areas on the other.

Note: All the students are required to take all the papers of Foundation Courses & IMBH, Discipline Courses-I and all the papers of Applied Courses. In addition, they will be required to take papers from Discipline Courses-II from same subject or other than main subject. 

Monday, July 1, 2013

AITUC meeting held at Ludhiana

Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 3:49 PM
Meeting condemned attack on IAS officer Pannu
The state council meeting of All India Trade Union Congress  (AITUC) was held under the president ship of Com Bant Singh Brar. The meeting started with two minutes salience in the memory of victims of Uttrakhand tragedy. The meeting condemned attack on IAS officer Mr.Kahan Singh Pannu and demanded that the culprit should be brought to book. The meeting decided to hold AITUC state conference in Ludhiana on 29th July to focus the burning demands of the workers. Meeting demanded that the workers should be employed on regular basis and contract system should be abolished in toto. All the service benefits including health, education, pension and promotion etc. should be ensured. The unskilled workers should be paid a minimum of Rs.10000.00 per month. Meeting condemned the enhanced electricity bills and rise in electricity tariff. The meeting also decided to host national council meeting of AITUC in Punjab in October 2013.

Some more links:

CPI rally at Ludhiana

Worker on the Bahadarke Road stabbed

Shopkeepers on road

AITUC meeting held at Ludhiana