Monthly Archives: October 2015

hyperintensities in basal ganglia

The basal ganglia are most noted for their involvement in Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. While the two conditions share certain signs and symptoms, they are notably different. For example, Parkinson’s disease primarily affects the substantia nigra resulting in decreased production of the inhibitory neurotransmitter dopamine. One of the characteristic signs of Parkinson’s disease is that patients have a hard time initiating movement […]

chat with devi shetty

A chat with Dr.Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore was arranged by WIPRO for its employees. The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone. Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart? Ans: 1. Diet – Less of carbohydrate, more of protein, less oil […]

doctor-heal thyself

ew Delhi: The white coat, those knowing eyes, that reassuring voice when in pain, a mere glimpse of a doctor puts us at ease. Little does one realise that their back-breaking schedule, odd working hours and “emotional labour” during patient care sometimes takes a toll on doctors’ health, pushing them to seek help themselves. Dr […]

old man and the ward!

This i read on a friends fathers blog Mr. J.k Chandana i hope u all read it When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre […]


Serum gastrin levels exceeding 1000pg/ml (normal, <100) usually raise the suspicion for aneuroendocrine tumor (NET) that secretes gastrin. Rarely, such elevated gastrin levels are seen in patients with pernicious anemia which most commonly is associated with autoimmune gastritis (AG). AG can occur concomitantly with other autoimmune disorders including lymphocytic colitis (LC).Gastrin stimulates enterochromaffin-like cells which increase histamine secretion. Histamine excess can cause diarrhea as can bacterial overgrowth or LC. We present a 57-year-old […]

“Is Med School Worth the Dollars, Stress, and Decade Spent in Training?”

“Is Med School Worth the Dollars, Stress, and Decade Spent in Training?” I hear this question a lot. Even some of my most capable and well-adjusted friends and fellow medical students have confided to me that in the midst of medical school, they questioned whether this was the right profession for them and whether medical […]

maternal depression

Back Maternal depressions alter the baby’s brain structure APADec 10, 20130 view No rating Maternal depressions alter the baby’s brain structure According to a study from Singapore, if a pregnant woman is depressive, this affects her baby’s brain structure. The children have a life-long increased risk of developing a mental disease, warn scientists in “Biological […]

Struggling Against Psychiatry’s Human Rights Violations

[AN ANTIPSYCHIATRY PERSPECTIVE] by Don Weitz [*] First do no harm – The Hippocratic Oath I was once tortured for six weeks over 50 years ago — it happened in December 1951 and January 1952 when I was 21. While locked up for 15 months, I was forcibly subjected to a series of 110 sub-coma […]


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)(Spastic Colon) Share This (See also the American Gastroenterological Association’s technical review and medical position statement on irritable bowel syndrome.) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain that is accompanied by at least two of the following: relief by defecation, change in frequency of stool, or change in consistency of stool. The […]

free medical consultation

“The Free Fetish” © Dr. Rajas Deshpande “I want to treat all patients free all my life, Sir.” I told my most beloved professor on the day that I passed my MD Medicine exams. Always fair to me, my Prof. did not brush away my words as overexcited blabber of a passing student on the […]

treatments for migrain

Recently a systematic review examined the available literature on acute care treatments for migraine for effectiveness and tolerability, graded each medication’s level of available evidence, and gave recommendations regarding its use.1 The review was limited to double-blind prospective RCTs in adults treated in an emergency department or equivalent acute care setting. Only studies that defined […]

 » Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats:

Equalise number of UG, PG medical seats: Devi Shetty Bangalore, Jul 29, 2013, DHNS : The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and the Association of Healthcare Providers India (AHPI) have written to the Ministry of Health demanding equalisation of medical seats in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) courses. At a press conference on Monday, AHPI treasurer […]

“suicide tourists

The number of people traveling to Switzerland to commit suicide has doubled since 2009, a new study shows. These” are largely from Germany and the United Kingdom, although they also come from other countries including the United States and Canada, and nearly half suffer from nonfatal neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s […]

indian brand of secularism

Sharing an interesting article below. The bottom line is that the law in India should be proportionate to the crime and not change with the criminal. The version of this article was published on October 15 by Dainik Jagran, India’s largest Hindi-language newspaper under the title “Secular Qabeeley Ke Log”… By Tufail Ahmad Tufail Ahmad […]

should Code of Medical Ethics be modernized

By RICHARD GUNDERMAN, MD Last month the American Medical Association wrapped up its annual meeting in Chicago, where it has reached the final stages of modernizing its 167-year-old Code of Medical Ethics, last updated more than 50 years ago. The central role of ethics in medicine is reflected in the fact that, at the AMA’s […]


Provocation by colleagues- professional jousting-frequent cause of malpractice litigation.  A Surgeon had to convert a Lap Cholecystectomy into open surgery because of difficulties. Post-surgery, after a couple of months, recurrence of abdominal pain led to further investigations including CT scan abdomen and a retained abdominal mop was diagnosed. Patient was unwilling to continue treatment with […]

prenatal sex determination hassles

THE NEW ‘QUIT INDIA’ MOVEMENT ? As a law abiding doctor in medical profession for 22 years now, sometimes I really doubt that where exactly is this nation and its healthcare heading to. 1. An honest highly qualified Radiologist who is willing to co-operate with the silly law like PCPNDT is liable to go to […]


Prediction 1: Religion, truthfulness, cleanliness, tolerance, mercy, duration of life, physical strength and memory will all diminish day by day because of the powerful influence of the age of Kali. Source: Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1 Prediction 2: In Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be considered the sign of a man’s good birth, proper behaviour and fine qualities. […]

A Small Indiana Town Scarred by a Trusted Doctor

By JULIE CRESWELLOCT. 17, 2015 Debra Davidson had been treated by Dr. Arvind Gandhi for over three decades and had open-heart surgery in 2011. She now questions the need for the procedure.CreditJoshua Lott for The New York Times MUNSTER, Ind. — On a spring evening last year, Debra Davidson flipped on the television to watch […]

Hippocratic oath

Hippocrates wrote an oath for Physicians circa 350-370 BC. Medicine in those times was considered a holy service meant to heal the sick and not a profession. With time medicine became a profession and monetary benefit for the work done became an accepted norm. Doctors came under normal laws of the land. The application of […]

patients safety

This is a Chapter from my forthcoming book, Patient Safety – Protect yourself from Medical Errors. Diagnosis plays a central role in medicine, and making the right diagnosis is pivotal in helping the patient to get the right care. Making a diagnosis is a complex exercise, because patients don’t come with labels saying I suffer […]

 Spark for a Stagnant Search

One day in 1988, a college dropout named Jonathan Stanley was visiting New York City when he became convinced that government agents were closing in on him. He bolted, and for three days and nights raced through the city streets and subway tunnels. His flight ended in a deli, where he climbed a plastic crate […]

IMA, HCFI & Indian Oil Corporation release guidelines on dengue

Press release: IMA, HCFI & Indian Oil Corporation release guidelines on dengue management  In an attempt to dispel myths and create awareness about the ongoing dengue outbreak in the city, IMA, HCFI and Indian Oil Corporation have released a set of guidelines for the management of the disease.  Simple Dengue Fever: Over ninety-five percent people […]