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Just when you thought it was safe to go into the 30’s. From this morning’s Times Of India.


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Stress warning in this morning’s Times Of India.


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Living alone is risky for heart patients


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For people with heart disease, the risk of dying is higher if they live alone, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found that people who have arterial vascular disease (which includes peripheral vascular disease and coronary disease) and live alone have a higher risk of dying over a four-year period than people who live with others.

The study is published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine.

Researchers said past evidence suggests living alone may affect stress, health behaviors and health-care access.

“Living alone may be a marker of a stressful situation, such as social isolation due to work or personal reasons, which can influence biological effects on the cardiovascular system,” Dr. Jacob Udell, MD, of the Brigham and Women’s Department of Medicine, said in a statement. “Also, patients who live alone may delay seeking medical attention for concerning symptoms, which can increase their risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke.”

The study was based on 44,573 people who were part of the REduction of Atherothrombosis for Continued Health (REACH) Registry. REACH is sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies sanofi-aventis and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Specifically, researchers found that people who lived alone had a 14.1 percent risk of dying over four years, while people who didn’t live alone had a 11.1 percent risk of dying. And 8.6 percent of people who live alone had a risk of dying from heart-related reasons, compared with 6.8 percent of people who live with others.

Going by age, researchers found that the risk of death for 45- to 65-year-olds who live alone with heart disease is 7.7 percent, compared with 5.7 percent for those who don’t live alone. For 66- to 80-year-olds, the risk is 13.2 percent for those who live alone compared with 12.3 percent for those who don’t.

Interestingly, the risk of dying was actually lower for people ages 80 and older with heart disease who lived alone — 24.7 percent, versus 28.4 percent for those who didn’t live alone.

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Dr. Ramakanta Panda wins inaugural Medscape India Awards


The first ever edition of the Medscape India Awards 2012, was announced in the city. Dr. Ramakanta Panda, Baba Amte’s son Vikas Amte, and Alkem Pharmaceuticals and Tata Memorial were among the winners.

Hosted by Founder President of Medscape India, philanthropist Dr.Sunita Dube, the awards were given in 20 categories. The grand jury, as well as other doctors were present in large numbers to cheer their fraternity.

Opening the day’s celebrations, State Health Minister Suresh Shetty spoke straight away about the Beed crisis and challenges facing the fraternity.

The doctors led by Dr.Sunita Dube, Founder, President Medscape India, Dr. Kishore Taori, President Maharashtra Medical Council, Dr. Lekha Pathak, HOD Cardiology, Nanavati Hospital, Dr. H R Jhunjhunwala, President Orthopaedic Society of Mumbai, Dr. Himanshu Mehta, Member Indian Opthalmology Association, and Dr. K H Sancheti, Founder Sancheti Institute took a pledge to spread awareness about gender neutrality thru a stronger ” save the girl child campaign.”

“The Medscape Awards have been a dream come true for me,” said Dr.Sunita. It has been six exacting months of preparation and support from the medical, pharmaceutical and paramedical fraternity. I hope that future generations of doctors aspire to win these awards.”

The award consists of a beautiful ebony and gold trophy that symbolises the ‘international symbol of healthcare.’

While Dr.Vikas Amte won in the category of social contribution in healthcare, Dr.Ramakanta Panda won in the category excellence in Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery and Tata Memorial won in the category of excellence in hospital administration. Awards were given away by eminent dignitaries such as Dr. TP Lahane , the dean of JJ Hospital.

The other awardees included

1. EXCELLENCE IN MEDICINE- Dr. Farokh Erach Udwadia, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Grant Medical College & JJ Group of Hospitals,

2. EXCELLENCE IN SURGERY- Dr. Snehalata Deshmukh, Former Dean, L.T.M.G. Hospital & .T.M. Medical College, Ex. Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai

3. EXCELLENCE IN NEUROSURGERY- DrParesh K.Doshi, In charge of the Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery program at Jaslok Hospital

4. EXCELLENCE IN DERMATOLOGY-Dr Hemangi R Jerajani, President of IADVL (Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists) 2010-2011, Professor & Head, Department of Dermatology, MGM Medical College & Hospital, Navi Mumbai, India.

5. EXCELLENCE IN OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGYDr C. N. Purandare- Purandare Hospital, President, FOGSI 2009 – 10, Honorary Consultant – Obstretrics / Gynaecology to the Mumbai Police.

6. EXCELLENCE IN OPHTHALMOLOGY- Dr Ragini Hasmukhray Parekh: Professor and Head, Dept. of Ophthalmology, Grant Medical College, Sir J.J. Hospital, Mumbai.

7.EXCELLENCE IN RADIOLOGY- Dr Mukund Joshi: Consultant radiologist at Jaslok Hospital & Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai

8. EXCELLENCE IN WELLNESS AND HEALTH CARE- Shelly Khera, M.D. & Founder, Slim Sutra, Slimming Expert & Yogacharya

9. EXCELLENCE IN HOMEOPATHY- Dr Jawahar Shah, ex-Member of the Central Council of Homoeopathy, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India.

10. EXCELLENCE IN AYURVEDA-Shri Ramji Girijashankar Jyotishi- Mentor Institute of Ayurved and Integrative Medicines, Bengaluru.

11. EXCELLENCE IN PHYSIOTHERAPY- Dr D H Dastoor, HOD, Physiotherapy Department at Asha Parekh Hosp & Research Centre

12. EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH EQUIPMENT- Manman Indigenous Equipment-Manman is a renowned name in the field of Surgical Power Tools used by Cardiac, Neurological & Orthopaedic Surgeons.

13. EXCELLENCE IN DENTISTRY- Dr Mansingh G. Pawar, Dean Govt. Dental College & Hospital, Mumbai.

14. EXCELLENCE IN ORTHOPEDICS- Dr Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti-Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2003, Founder Sancheti Institute.

15. EXCELLENCE IN GENERAL PRACTICE-Dr Jitendra Trivedi- Member IMA and Head of Shri Vile Parle Seva Samaj.

16. EXCELLENCE IN MEDICAL TOURISM-SEVEN HILLS GROUP- Hospital based out of Andheri East, Mumbai.

ABOUT MEDSCAPE INDIA

For the first time ever, Indian doctors & the healthcare community have united come together , for dialogue and consensus, MedscapeIndia.

Medscape India is supported by 21 separate councils and associations such as the Maharashtra Medical Council, Maharashtra State Homeopathic Council, Maharashtra State Dental Council, Federation of Obstetric and Gynecological Societies, Neurological Society of India, Association of Pharmaceutical, Indian Dental Association, Indian Association of Physiotherapists, Indian Dental Association etc; Medscapeindia was established in 2010 with a socio-scientific aim.

The President of Medscape India is Dr.Sunita Dube, philanthropist and radiologist, and she has been instrumental in bringing all these federations together.

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Oral Hygiene. More than just your teeth.


Yes. Contrary to popular belief, oral hygiene is more than just brushing your teeth twice a day and avoiding cavities. Hygienic oral habits can help you avoid some very serious diseases in the future, in addition to strong gums and fresh breath.

Find out how healthier teeth and gums can help your body fight eight different problems.

  1. Teeth – Sensitive teeth, a signal that you may need to take a second look at what you’re eating. Your stomach secretes acidic juices that break down the food that you eat. Sometimes these acids move upward through the esophagus (acid reflux) causing heartburn. If it moves into your mouth, it can damage the enamel and make your teeth sensitive. Why this should be of a great concern is, that chronic heartburn has the tendency to lead to esophageal cancer.
    Avoid any sodas and other carbonated beverages. Pick up a bottle of water or fresh fruit juices instead. Carbonated drinks cause the stomach to expand, forcing the esophageal sphincter to open up, allowing the acidic juices to flow out of the stomach.
  1. Gums – Plaque, a common gum problem observed at dentists, roots from the bacteria from your food which is allowed to settle on the teeth. This can lead to gingivitis which is linked to tooth-loss, heart disease and pancreatic cancer, which research claims is caused when bacteria reacts with the digestive chemicals setting up conditions growth of cancer cells.
    Tackling this problem involves reducing your sugar intake, as sugar tends to aggravate gingivitis. Replacing sugar with an artificial sweetener is a viable option.
  1. Lips – Skin cancer. Not a sweet sight. According to the Skjin Cancer Foundation, your lower lip is one of the most common sites for squamous-cell carcinoma to set in. What’s worse is that the cancer is more likely to spread if it roots in your mouth.
    Protecting your lips is the obvious answer. But an ordinary lip balm mat not be good enough. You need a lip balm with an SPF value of 30. Cover your lips with a layer of this protective whenever you step out of your home for protection from UV rays.
    Studies also show that green tea anti-oxidants help reduce the risk of skin cancer by nearly 70%. Try sipping on three to four cups of green tea everyday.
  1. Cold Sores – Ugly and painful. But that’s not the least of the problems the Herpes virus cause. The Herpes Simple 1 lies dormant in the nervous system until it causes a cold sore. And when the virus reactivates, it may trigger a response in the coronary artery which can lead to a clot.
    Consider yoga or other ways to fight your stress, as stress is capable of bringing forward a cold sore and a heart attack.
  1. Breath – It’s not always your mouth that is to be blamed. More often than not, it is your sinuses that play the role of the villain. Inflamed nasal passages can lead to bad breath in two ways. One, a stuffy nose forces you to breathe through the mouth, drying the saliva which would otherwise kill the bacteria which causes bad breath. Two, the mucous that slides down the back of your nose, onto the back of your tongue, feeds the bacteria that breed the compounds causing bad breath.
    Gargling with a mouthwash before going to bed can kill the bacteria in your mouth that cause bad breath. Or you can benefit by visiting an ENBT specialist if the problem persists.
  1. Painless bump – No pain, no problem. Right? Absolutely not! Look at your tongue for any signs of a red or white patch or an ulcer or any thickening of tissue. IT can be a signal of oral cancer.
    Make an appointment with your dentist and get the bump screened as soon as possible.
  1. Patches – Possible colonies of bacteria, stained by coffee, tea or tobacco.
    Use a tongue scrapper/cleaner to remove these patches and prevent further growth. Antibiotics prescribed by your doctor/dentist can help.
  1. Redness and pain – If your tongue suddenly looks as red as a cherry, it is not something to be taken lightly. Glossitis (a painful; or swollen tongue) could be the cause. More common among men as compared to women. Major causes are vitamin deficiency, infection, smoking and drinking or even an allergy to certain food products.
    Visit your doctor to identify the root cause of the problem. He may prescribe certain antibiotics or vitamin supplements to help.

Now you know that a visit to a dentist or looking after your oral hygiene does more than just make your teeth and gums healthy.

A healthy smile can so often mean a healthy body.

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Dog Strangled by Phone Cord Saves His Own Life by Dialing Emergency Number

By Laura Cross | March 28, 2012
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A Basset Hound named George (actual dog not pictured) saved his life by dialing 999 as he choked on a telephone cord.

George, a 2-year-old Basset Hound from South Heindley, West Yorkshire, U.K., was strangled by a phone cord — and miraculously saved his own life by calling 999, the British equivalent of 911, reports The Sun .

George knocked over a heavy-duty, old-fashioned phone in owner Steve Brown’s home; he became tangled in the cord and wound up with it wrapped around his neck. Somehow, George — in the midst of choking — managed to dial 999 with his paw.

The emergency operator heard heavy breathing and gasping on the other end and alerted the authorities, who entered the house with the help of a neighbor, Paul Walker, who had a key.

Walker saw the dog choking and ripped the cord free from the phone to save him.

He told The Sun: “Incredibly you could see where his paw print was on the phone to ring 999 — he literally saved his own life.”

Lydia Brown, the daughter of George’s owner, expressed equal amazement at the Basset’s lifesaving feat, telling The Sun, “He’s really dopey and just likes to chew socks.”

George isn’t sounding quite so dopey now, though.

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