Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee


Dated: 28th April, 2019

WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION WARNING ON VACCINE HESITANCY

The World Medical Association has expressed its alarm about increasing reports of measles outbreaks in many parts of the world.

Misconceptions about vaccinations and reduced vaccination rates posed a significant challenge for health authorities of all nations.

Increasing global travel by ‘less than appropriately protected individuals’ as well as misconceptions posed a challenge.

The WMA resolution strongly reaffirms the WMA’s 2012 Statement on the Prioritisation of Immunisation, denouncing unfounded and inaccurate claims about the possible dangers of vaccine administration.

Vaccine hesitancy has become a top global health threat.

Measles is not a trivial disease and vaccination should be regarded as a public duty and not an individual choice. The risk to herd immunity from vaccine hesitancy based on false data must be confronted.

WMA policy clearly states that vaccination and immunisation have been acknowledged as an effective and safe preventive strategy for several communicable diseases. And vaccine development and administration have been the most significant intervention to eradicate infectious diseases and influence global health in modern times.


Why IVF in India?

IVF in India has been popular across the globe and is considered as one of the most affordable destinations in the world for seeking medical attention.

  • Affordable IVF treatment compared to other countries
  • Higher success rate with minimum expense
  • Qualified doctors and experienced staff
  • Advanced artificial reproductive techniques
  • Availability of latest equipment
  • Modern infrastructure to comfort patients
  • Experienced ART consultants


Good posture

  • Pay attention to your body's position when you're standing or sitting.
  • To prevent slouching, pull your shoulders down and back. Imagine your shoulder blades touching.
  • If you work at a computer, take frequent breaks. Position your monitor so you can see it without bending your head down or tilting it back.


WMA URGES PHYSICIANS NOT TO IMPLEMENT IAAF RULES ON CLASSIFYING WOMEN ATHLETES

The World Medical Association has called on physicians around the world to take no part in implementing new eligibility regulations for classifying female athletes.

The regulations from the International Association of Athletics Federations require women athletes with specific differences in sex development to medically reduce their natural blood testosterone level if they wish to continue racing as women in a few restricted events.

The DSD (Differences of Sexual Development) rule, introduced last year, followed the case of South African runner Caster Semenya, the world and Olympic champion, who has had to undergo gender verification testing to confirm her eligibility to compete in the women’s division.

Next week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport is due to issue a decision on the IAAF regulations.

WMA demanded the immediate withdrawal of the regulations. It said they constitute a flagrant discrimination based on the genetic variation of female athletes and are contrary to international medical ethics and human rights standards.

WMA fears the regulations would constrain the athletes concerned to take unjustified medication, not based on medical need, in order for them to be allowed to compete, and accordingly require physicians to prescribe such medication.

It is unethical for physicians to prescribe treatment for excessive endogenous testosterone if the condition is not recognized as pathological.


What is Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana:

It is a yearly renewable accident insurance scheme, for 18-70 years with saving bank account offering cover for death or disability on account of an accident. A death benefit of Rs 2 lakh will be given in case death on account of an accident. Similarly, a benefit Rs 2 lakh will be given in case of total and irrecoverable loss of both eyes or loss of use of both hands or feet or loss of sight of one eye and loss of use of hand or foot of the insured. However, the insured will be given a sum of Rs 1 lakh in case of total and irrecoverable loss of sight of one eye or loss of use of one hand or foot. (Annual premium 12 Rs). Insurer can avail deduction under Section 80C for the premium paid. Under section 10 (10D) of Income Tax Act, PMSBY sum received up to Rs.1 lakh is tax-free.

Atal Pension Yojana:Pension between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5,000 a month. For a monthly pension of Rs 1,000, a 40-year-old subscriber will have to invest Rs 291 per month for 20 years, while an 18-year-old will have to contribute Rs 42 per month for 40 years. All individuals between 18 and 40, who will have to contribute till they turn 60. Best for domestic staff.

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana:At an annual premium of Rs 330/- it provides Rs 2 lakh to dependents in the event of the policyholder's death. Anybody 18-70 years with a saving account can participate. This is best for sole breadwinner in his or her family.

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana:Any one can open savings account with no minimum balance. The Rupay ATM-cum-debit card comes with in-built accident and life covers of Rs 1 lakh and Rs 30,000 respectively. It costs Nil. Always transfer salaries directly into the accounts of your domestic staff to inculcate a banking habit in them.

Post office time deposits and bank FDs:Time deposits with tenures of one to four years yield 8.4%, while five-year deposits will earn 8.5%. Bank fixed deposits in the name of your employees' senior citizen parents will earn 9-9.25%. The minimum investment for post office time deposits is Rs 200 and there is no cap. Anyone with a bank account or Aadhar card is eligible.

Kisan Vikas Patra:A secure interest rate of 8.7% and doubling the investment in 100 months. The minimum investment is Rs 1,000. No maximum limit. All are eligible. All domestic workers, vendors and neighbourhood workers should do it.

Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme:Guaranteed annual returns of 9.2%. Minimum contribution is Rs 1,000 a year and the maximum is Rs 1.5 lakh. Girl child below the age of 10 is eligible

Health insurance:Rs 700-800 a year for a cover of Rs 50,000 for individuals aged between 18 and 40 years. All are eligible.

HOW IT STACKS UP

Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojan = NIL + Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana = Rs 330 + Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana = Rs 12 + Atal Pension Yojana = Rs 3,492* + Health Insurance = Rs 800* + Sukanya Samriddhi Scheme = Rs 1,000# + Kisan Vikas Patra = Rs 1,000# + Post Office Time Deposits = Rs 200#

All this adds up to = Rs 6,834 (The total amount you need to spend on staff welfare measures in a year)

*Assuming your employee is 40 years old and monthly pension chosen is Rs 1,000 in case of APY. #If minimum requirement is invested


Current Temperature Status and Warning for next five days

Heat Wave and Temperature Observed Yesterday (Past 24 hours from 0830 hrs IST of 26 April to 0830 hrs IST 27 April, 2019)

Heat Wave:

Yesterday, heat wave conditions were observed at few places over Vidarbha and at isolated places over West Madhya Pradesh (Annexure 1 & 2).

Maximum Temperature

Maximum temperatures were markedly above normal (5.1°C or more) at a few places over Assam & Meghalaya; at isolated places over Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat Region; appreciably above normal (3.1°C to 5.0°C) at most places over Vidarbha and Marathwada; at a few places over Saurashtra & Kutch, Madhya Maharashtra, Jharkhand and North Interior Karnataka; at isolated places over West Uttar Pradesh; above normal (1.6°C to 3.0°C) at most places over Uttarakhand, East Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh; at many places over Telangana and Kerala; at a few places over Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Sub-Himalayan West Bengal & Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Tamilnadu & Puducherry and South Interior Karnataka; at isolated places over Bihar and Gangetic West Bengal.Yesterday, the highest maximum temperature of 46.6°C was recorded at Khargone (West Madhya Pradesh) (Annexure 1 & 2).

Temperatures Recorded at 1430 Hours IST of Today, the 27 th April, 2019

  • Akola (Vidarbha) recorded the maximum temperature of 46.0°C each (Annexure 3).
  • Temperatures recorded at 1430 hours IST of today have risen by 1-3°C at most parts of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand; at many places over Saurashtra & Kutch; at a few places over Bihar and Gangetic West Bengal and at one or two pockets of West Rajasthan, Gujarat region, Haryana, Punjab, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalseema, Kerala, south Interior Karnataka, Vidarbha and Madhya Maharashtra (Annexure 4).


Syrup furosemide shortage: Will the DCGI Intervene?

Few days back I visited Satya Sai Heart Hospital in Ahmedabad. The hospital is doing a wonderful job of providing free heart surgeries to children. During the visit I came across a genuine issue: shortage of Furoped (syrup furosemide) in the market.

For children with heart failure, Furoped is a life-saving diuretic.

In an order in November 2017, the price of Furoped was reduced by 92% with the MRP coming down from Rs 106 to Rs 10/-. Then in June 2018, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) increased the per unit price of Furoped from 29 p per ml to Rs 2.60 p.....read more


Stroke survivors should be screened and treated for osteoporosis

Results from the Ontario Stroke Registry suggest that recent stroke survivors are not always screened and treated for osteoporosis, which puts them at increased risk of fractures.

The study examined data from more than 16,000 stroke survivors aged 65 years and older who either had visited the emergency department or had been hospitalized for strokes between 2003 and 2013 in Ontario, Canada.....read more


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