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Saturday, 11 September 2010


(An autonomous organization under the Department of AYUSH)
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Government of India
Sarita Vihar, New Delhi - 110076
Date: 07.09.2010
The All India Institute of Ayurveda proposes to have a suitable logo to be selected through public competition.  Accordingly, all Resident Indians are hereby invited to participate in a Competition for design of the ‘Logo for AIIA’.

Interested persons may send their entries to The Director, All India Institute of Ayurveda, Room No. 215, Department of AYUSH, Indian Red Cross Building, Red Cross Road, New Delhi – 110 001 to reach him latest by 30th September 2010.

The details of the competition, guidelines for preparing entries, other conditions and selection process are available on the website of the Department of AYUSH. or

Budding docs may get a jab of arts

Literature,painting, music and other art forms could soon be a part of medical education curriculum as educationists slowly wake up to need of teaching humanities to budding doctors. The civic-run hospitals could be the first to usher in this change once the Medical Council of India (MCI) approves of the plan. 

A day after the MCI incorporated a special module-Communication and Ethics-in the syllabus of the six upcoming AIIMS-like institutions, nearly 200 students and faculty from Seth GS Medical College, attached to KEM Hospital, attended an introductory lecture on medical humanities on Monday. "Humanities and ethics could soon be part of the national MBBS curriculum," said Ranjit Roy Chaudhury, member of the MCI's board of governors. "Indian doctors excel technically, but we need to work on the doctor-patient relationship," he said. 

Academicians are gradually realizing that many medical students lose their sensitivity towards patients' woes by the time they finish their course. Many feel that aspiring doctors must also be trained on how to communicate better with patients, especially how to break the news of a patient's demise to his/her loved ones. 

Director of medical education Dr Sanjay Oak said that he strongly supported inclusion of humanities and ethics in the curriculum. "I believe that three things- humanities and ethics, research methodology and health economy-should be taught to students over three years," he said, adding that a proposal has already been floated. "The final decision has to come from the MCI." 

Chaudhary is optimistic that linking humanities with medical education will go a long way in curbing patient-doctor conflict. "The MCI is working on this issue seriously," he said. 

Meanwhile, Dr Ravi Shankar, from Nepal-based KIST medical college, who addressed students on Monday, volunteered to help the BMC-run colleges conduct special exercises in humanities for budding doctors. 

 Source:Times of India

Friday, 10 September 2010

NRI plans ayurveda medical college in UAE

Middle East-settled non-resident Indian industrialist B.R. Shetty Friday announced plans to start an ayurveda medical college at the upcoming Herbal City in Abu Dhabi in the UAE in collaboration with Santhigiri Ashram in Kerala.
Shetty said this while inaugurating a one-day conference on 'Health and Research in The Middle East Asian Countries', organized as part of the Parnasala Dedication Celebrations at Santhigiri Ashram here.
'The healthcare model practiced by Santhigiri is an exemplary one and the people in the Arab countries should also get the benefit of this system. The preliminary talks in this connection with the promoters of the Herbal City has been concluded and the response was a positive one,' said Shetty.
Santhigiri Healthcare Division is running a chain of ayurveda hospitals and panchakarma centres all over India besides two medical colleges, one for ayurveda and the other for siddha in Kerala.
Shetty is the CEO and MD of Abu Dhabi-based New Medical Centre Group of companies.
The company established in 1973 was in the health care sector initially and since then diversified into sectors including pharmaceuticals, financial services, retail, real estate and IT.
Shetty is a Padma Shri awardee.

Yoga Superior to Other Forms of Exercise in Managing Mood

Feeling down in the dumps? Try Yoga, for it is superior to other forms of exercise in its positive effect on mood and anxiety, says a new study.
Researchers from Boston University School of 
Medicine (BUSM) compared the brain gamma-aminobutyric (GABA) levels of yoga subjects with those of participants who spent time walking
 Low GABA levels are associated with depression and other widespread 
anxiety disorders.
In the study, one group practiced yoga three times a week for one hour, while the remaining subjects walked for the same period of time.
Those who practiced yoga reported a more significant decrease in anxiety and greater improvements in mood than those who walked.
"Over time, positive changes in these reports were associated with climbing 
GABA levels," said lead author Chris Streeter. According to Streeter, the practice of yoga should be considered as a potential therapy for certain mental disorders.
The findings appear on-line at Journal of Alternative and 
Complementary Medicine.

Common Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer as Effective as Chemotherapy Drug Dose Following Resection Drug Dose Following Resection

Using the drug gemcitabine in advanced and resected pancreatic cancer, did not result in improved overall survival after pancreatic cancer resection compared to patients who received fluorouracil and folinic acid. 

These are the findings of a study in the September 8 issue of JAMA.

"Pancreatic cancer is one of the major causes of cancer death globally, with a 5-year survival rate of less than 5 percent. The outlook for those patients who can undergo surgical resection is better, and in specialized centers, resection rates greater than 15 percent can be achieved. Although surgery cannot guarantee a cure, the 5-year survival does improve to around 10 percent following resection. There is a clear need to improve long-term survival in these patients," the authors write. 

John P. Neoptolemos, M.D., of the University of Liverpool, U.K., and colleagues conducted a study to determine whether fluorouracil or gemcitabine is superior in terms of overall survival as adjuvant (supplemental) chemotherapy treatment following resection of pancreatic cancer. The European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC)-3 trial was conducted in 159 pancreatic cancer centers in Europe, Australasia, Japan, and Canada. Included in ESPAC-3 version 2 (the trial was modified) were 1,088 patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma who had undergone cancer resection; patients were randomized between July 2000 and January 2007 and underwent at least 2 years of follow-up. Patients received either fluorouracil plus folinic acid (leucovorin, an active metabolite of folic acid, which counteracts some of the toxic effects of some chemotherapy drugs) (n = 551) or gemcitabine (n = 537) for 6 months.


GANJA YOGA:For Canadians

Yoga is an ancient art of Indian Traditional system.The Great Yogi Patanjalee 's Yogic art is popular throughout the world .It is a technique to relax the body and  mind and connects our soul to  supernatural divine power .But News are coming from Toronto that Canadian's has practicing  a new form of YOGA i.e. GANJA YOGA (cannabis-enhanced yoga classes). It's unclear whether it will become a global down-low speakeasy-type yoga trend, though it is unlikely that large gyms (Equinox, Fitness First) will be adding Ganja Yoga to  group fitness class schedules.In this Yoga classes peoples are smoking marijuana.A class includes "a vaporizer café and chat (approximately 30 minutes), followed by a profoundly trippy yoga class, set to mystical music (approximately 75 minutes).Please write your comments on this.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Vitamin D may Offer Relief to Asthma Sufferers

Vitamin D may offer relief to those suffering from asthma, according to experts. 
"There is a possible cause-and-effect relationship between vitamin D deficiency and uncontrolled asthma," said allergist Manbir Sandhu, lead author and ACAAI member.
"Evidence suggests that vitamin D has a number of biologic factors that are important in regulating key mechanisms in asthma." 
Authors conducted a review of almost 60 years of literature on vitamin D and asthma. According to the article, vitamin D deficiency is associated with increased airway hyperresponsiveness, lower lung functions, and inferior asthma control. 
Vitamin D deficiency is more common with obesity, in African American ethnicity and westernization of countries reflecting a higher-risk population for asthma. The authors recommend that long-term interventional trials be conducted in asthma patients. 
Co-author: "Vitamin D can complement your prescribed asthma treatment plan as it has been shown to have some anti-inflammatory properties, but should never be used as an alternative to prescribed medication."


New Incisionless Robotic Head and Neck Cancer Surgery Without Scarring

A new incisionless robotic surgical procedure has been developed by Doctors which will allow the removal of head and neck cancer tumours without visible scarring or affecting speech.
Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is one of the first in the country to perform TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci Surgical System.
Unlike traditional surgical approaches to head and neck cancer, TORS patients are able to return to their normal lives only a few days after surgery without significant pain and disfigurement. 
"TORS offers shorter post-operative recovery than standard open surgical approaches, giving patients the opportunity to quickly and successfully return to their normal lives," said Tamer A. Ghanem of the Henry Ford Hospital. 
"TORS allows surgeons to completely remove tumours of the head and neck while preserving speech, swallowing, and other key quality of life issues such as eating. There also is no visible scaring or disfigurement," he said. 
The hospital has performed more than a dozen TORS procedures since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved it in January. 
"So far it has been used to remove malignant and benign tumours of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, and parts of the throat. 
"Surgeons operate with greater precision and control using the TORS approach minimizing the pain, and reducing the risk of possible nerve and tissue damage associated with large incisions," said Ghanem.


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