Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                           Dated:19th September,2019

Diseases of unknown origin: Are environmental toxins the cause?

TOI: AIIMS Delhi Toxicology Lab tested patients with serious illnesses whose cause couldn't be established for environmental toxins. Of 216 patients tested, 32 (16%) had high levels of dangerous metals and substances,including arsenic, lead, chromium, fluoride, iron and cadmium. The lab is now testing a set of 17 tests in such cases. Long-term exposure to toxics via air, water or food can increase the risk of diseases such as cancer, CKD, heart diseases, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

CKD of unknown origin (Sri Lanka) and young MIs (Asia) may find the answers.


Heart Care Foundation of India empanelled by Delhi Red Cross Society for cardiac life support training program
The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has been empanelled by Delhi Red Cross Society for cardiac life support training program.

HCFI has been actively engaged in teaching the life-saving skill of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR 10) to the public since 2012 via weekly camps at schools, colleges including government sectors like MCD, NDMC. HCFI trained all operational PCR vans constables in hands-only CPR in 2015 as they are usually the first responders.

To educate the general public, we have created a Formula of 10 for easier recall of the process of CPR after sudden cardiac death. ....read more


Mera Asia Mahan 9: Why do we say Om Shanti Shanti Shanti thrice and its relevance to wellness?
The Vedic shanti mantras or "peace mantras" are prayers for peace (shanti) found in the Upanishads. Generally, they are recited at the beginning and end of religious rituals and discourses.

Peace is the fundamental parameter of happiness and mental cum social wellness.

The mantras are supposed to calm the mind of the person who recites them and also the environment around.

Understanding the meaning of the mantras and then reciting them is believed to remove any obstacles for the task being undertaken. They work like a sankalp and a reminder of the purpose of life. ....read more


Soul does not leave the body immediately after the death
According to Prashna Upanishad, at the time of death, the Prana Vayu (life force and respiration) merges with Udana Vayu (brain stem reflexes) and leaves the body. But this does not happen immediately after clinical death, which is defined as stoppage of heart and respiration. Medically, the term used for clinically dead patients is sudden cardiac arrest.

As per modern medicine, in cardiac arrest, the brain does not die for the next 10 minutes and during this period, if the heart can be revived, life can be brought back. ....read more


Healthcare News Monitor

Health care industry expected to generate 40 million jobs by 2020: Sadananda Gowda
ET Healthworld– ANI

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, DV Sadananda Gowda, said on Tuesday that the health care industry in India has been one of the country's largest economic sectors and is expected to generate 40 million jobs in India by 2020. "With regard to both employment and revenue, the health care industry in India has been one of the country's largest economic sectors. The Indian healthcare sector is expected to record a threefold rise, at a CAGR of 22 per cent during 2016-2022 to reach USD 372 billion in 2022 from USD 110 billion in 2016," Gowda said. The Minister was addressing a gathering after he inaugurated the Annual Health Conference "Pharma Med HD 2019 Transforming the perception of Indian Health Care Industry". India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare. Gowda said there was immense scope for enhancing healthcare services penetration in India, thus presenting ample opportunity for the development of the healthcare industry. “The Indian healthcare industry is one of the most knowledgeable and professional industry in the world. The sector is expected to generate 40 million jobs in India by 2020," he said.

First swine flu case reported in Dehradun
The Times of India- Ishita Mishra

DEHRADUN: A 62-year-old man, from Kaulagarh, diagnosed H1N1 positive was admitted to a city-based private hospital on Tuesday. The health department confirmed that the patient’s condition is critical and he is being monitored by doctors. Speaking to TOI, Dehradun’s chief medical officer Dr SK Gupta said that the patient got the H1N1 test done in New Delhi and was admitted to a hospital in Dehradun on Tuesday. “The doctors and paramedics across the city have been asked to keep track of the suspected cases of H1N1 and inform the health department on daily basis,” added the CMO. Dr Gupta urged people to take preventative measures to combat the disease. “Swine flu is a form of influenza which is curable but the virus can prove fatal for diabetic patients, children, and the elderly. Thus, I advise people to go for treatment as soon as the symptoms of the disease are detected and avoid contact with people to check its spread. One should immediately consult a doctor in case of prolonged fever and breathlessness,” he added.

India Today TV Impact: Centre removes 97 hospitals from govt panel over fraud claims
India Today- Milan Sharma

After India Today TV’s SIT investigation exposed the chinks in the Ayushmaan Bharat scheme, the Centre has removed 97 hospitals from government panel for indulging in fraudulent activities. India Today TV investigation revealed how patients, who were beneficiaries of the PM’s Ayushmaan Bharat scheme, were being denied treatment by certain hospitals. Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said that nearly 1,200 cases of fraud have been confirmed and action has been taken against 338 hospitals. Giving out figures, Harsh Vardhan said 376 hospitals currently are under investigation while the National Health Authority, the apex body responsible for the implementation of the centrally-sponsored scheme, has taken action in terms of issuing showcause notice, suspending, levying penalty and de-empanelling against 338 hospitals. The Union minister said 97 hospitals have been de-empanelled from the scheme while FIRs have been lodged against six hospitals. A total amount of Rs 1.5 crore in penalty has been levied and nearly 1,200 cases of fraud have been confirmed.

With a 12-year-old patient on sling, Odisha doctor walks 5 km through a forest and hill
Hindustan Times- Debabrata Mohanty

In a State where abysmal healthcare systems make news every other day, a 52-year-old doctor in Maoist-affected Malkangiri district of Odisha has gone beyond the call of duty and done what doctors rarely do. On Monday, Shakti Prasad Mishra, a 52-year-old doctor working in a sub-centre-- the lowest rung of government healthcare system-- in Khairput block of Malkangiri district, carried a 12-year-old orphaned boy in a sling and walked for 5 km in hilly and forested terrains so that he could be taken to the health centre. Kamulu Kirshani, a 12-year-old tribal boy of Nuaguda village was suffering from fever over last few days. But with no communication facilities available between his village and the nearest primary health centre, all that the boy and his elder sister could do, was pray. On Monday a villager from Nuaguda gave Mishra a SoS call to save the boy. Though Nauguda doesn’t come under the area served by Mishra’s health centre, he decided to pick up the boy in the centre’s ambulance. After driving a few kilometers they came through a non-motorable terrain and had to walk for 5 km through a forest, nullah and hill to reach the village, according to the ambulance driver named Govind.