Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                                  Dated:06 October,2019

Health Minister launches FSSAI’s ‘Trans-Fat Free’ logo

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the “Trans Fat Free” logo of Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), at the 8th International Chefs’ Conference (ICC VII), here today. This marked an important milestone in the movement against Trans-Fats and also provided a momentum to accelerate the ‘Eat Right India’ movement of FSSAI.
At the event, Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that: “The ‘Eat Right India’ movement of FSSAI takes inspiration from the vision of the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modji ji of giving to the people of this country a ‘New India’ by 2022 that includes health, social security and nutrition.
The Union Health Minister said that “Trans fats are the worst type of fats with known health risks. India is committed to eliminating it from the food supply and is progressing towards its objective of trans fat elimination by 2022; a year ahead of the global target by WHO. As part of our collective vision, FSSAI is committed to reducing the industrially produced trans fatty acids to less than 2% by the year 2022 in a phased manner and is geared up to get freedom from trans fats with the motto ‘India@75; Freedom from Trans Fats’.

Timely diagnosis and management is critical to preventing diabetes complications
1000 people will be tested for HbA1c in the forthcoming 26th Perfect Health Mela in memory of Shri Arun Jaitley

The A1c or glycosylated haemoglobin test is recommended as a diagnostic test for diabetes by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

In a 2009 consensus report, an International Expert Committee recommended that A1c level =6.5% be used to diagnose diabetes. This cut-off has been affirmed by the ADA. A1c level ranging between 5.7 and 6.4%, along with a repeat A1c test has been confirmed by the ADA as indicative of increased risk for developing diabetes

A1c offers several advantages over glucose testing such as increased patient convenience since it requires no special preparation or timing (or fasting); less daily variability and correlation of A1c levels with retinopathy. ....read more

Eight types of Lakshmi or Wealth
Wealth means all assets owned by an individual. Money is commonly used to define or measure wealth, but all wealth is not money alone. Knowledge, good health, strength, children also constitute our wealth.

Our wealth or assets can be described by “Ashta Lakshmi”, the eight forms of Goddess Lakshmi, which denote different aspects of wealth.

Dhana Lakshmi: represents wealth in the form of money or bank balance.

Dhanya Lakshmi: ‘Dhanya’ literally means food grains. Dhanya Lakshmi represents agricultural assets and your role in plant environment. How many trees do you own? ....read more

Astik Vs Nastik
Traditionally, people believe that Nastik are people who do not go to temples or related places of worship. They also do not believe in God.

To differentiate between Astik and Nastik, we need to first understand the concept of Sanatan Dharma and Arya Samaj Dharma. People who believe in Sanatan Dharma consider God as separate from the self and worship him in the form of an idol. They believe in Dualism theory.

Arya Samaj followers do not do idol worship and believe in non-dualism and treat God and self as one. ....read more

Healthcare News Monitor

Jaipur: Pay Rs 25 lakh relief to kin of deceased, blood bank told
TNN-Joychen Joseph

Jaipur: The State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission has ordered a blood bank to pay compensation of Rs 25 lakh to the kith and kin of a patient who died of ‘septic shock’ post transfusion of contaminated blood. The commission asked the blood bank to pay the amount with 9% interest on the amount from the September 8, 2016 from the date of the filing of the petition. The commission order followed Sitaram Saini, the father of the diseased 25-year-old Rahul, approached the commission with compensation for medical negligence by the blood bank. The petition said, Rahul was an employee of the Jaipur Vidut Vitaran Nigam Ltd (JVVNL) as a technical assistant posted at Chomu. Rahul admitted at the MJM Hospital Chomu for the treatment of piles in July 7, 2015. The doctors at the hospital asked for three units of blood on July 10 and the relatives procured the blood units from Life Care Blood Bank, Balaji Hospital, Murlipura in Jaipur at Rs 3,933. But the health of the patient began to deteriorate with the transfusion of the blood. He complained of diarrhoea and vomiting, and his body turned red. The doctors stopped the blood transfusion after 50 ML saying the blood was contaminated. He was referred to C K Birla hospital and later to Santoba Durlabhji hospital in Jaipur. The blood test at these hospitals showed that Rahul was administered wrong group of blood which contaminated his blood. Rahul died on July 22 2015 of septic shock due to the negligence of the blood bank and the doctors of the hospital which administered the blood without verifying the blood group. The commission said though the MJM hospital where the patient first admitted was equally guilty of medical negligence by not verifying the quality of the blood, it was let free as the petitioner had not made it a party to the petition.

Coimbatore: Pharmacists told not to sell drugs without prescription
The Times of India

COIMBATORE: The deputy director of public health on Thursday instructed a group of pharmacists not to sell any medicines for viral infections without prescriptions, especially dengue. Pharmacists were instructed to recommend patients go to hospitals and inform the health department if they come across a dengue patient. Speaking to 110 pharmacists in the city, she said not to sell any over the counter medication that pertains to cold, cough and fever without a prescription. “We are mainly targeting this instruction at pharmacists from rural areas, because it is patients there who sometimes come to hospitals late for treatment,” Dr Bhanumathi said. “We have also requested them to carefully study prescriptions and ascertain if it has the doctor’s register number, and if it was issued by a real doctor or a quack,” she said.

Siachen healer hospital gets oxygen plant
The New Indian Express- PTI

Nicknamed “Siachen healer”, a hospital that serves soldiers working in the world’s highest battlefield got its first oxygen plant on Friday, officials said. The Siachen hospital which is located at Hunder near Pratappur provides medical cover not only to the soldiers deployed on the glacier but also to the local population and a large number of tourists travelling through the Nubra Valley, a senior Army officer said. As it is a high-altitude area with extreme weather conditions, ailments such as high altitude pulmonary odema (HAPO), high altitude cerebral odema (HACO), strokes, cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT), deep vein thrombosis (DVT) are common among locals. Administration of supplemental oxygen is the mainstay of treatment in high-altitude illnesses.

SPARC gets orphan drug designation for Phenobarbital from USFDA
EET Healthworld- PTI

New Delhi: Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company (SPARC) on Friday said it has received orphan drug designation from the US health regulator for Phenobarbital used for the treatment of patients with neonatal seizures. Orphan Drug Designation will grant seven years of US market exclusivity upon approval of Phenobarbital for the treatment of patients with neonatal seizures, SPARC said in a filing to the BSE. Incentives include waiver of user fee by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) and assistance in clinical trial design by the regulator, it added. The Orphan Drug Act provides economic incentives to encourage the development of drugs for diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the United States, SPARC said. Shares of Sun Pharma Advanced Research Company closed at Rs 122.65 per scrip on BSE, up 1.32 per cent from its previous close.