Monthly Archives: June 2017

Olive Oil Key Ingredient in Alzheimer’s Prevention?

Pam Harrison June 27, 2017 Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) appears to protect memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of beta amyloid (Aβ) plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain — the classic hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) — new animal research shows. The study, conducted by investigators at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, […]

Digital image manipulation is a growing problem in science.

Nico De Pasquale Photography/Getty Seven years ago, a cover of The Economist showed Barack Obama, head down on a Louisiana beach in front of an oil rig — the picture of lonely despair. The image perfectly encapsulated the news magazine’s story about the massive pollution caused when BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform exploded, and what the […]

*Maharashtra govt to introduce ‘Prevention of Cut practices in Medical Services Act’…!!*

*Pharmabiz,* *By Laxmi Yadav,* *Mumbai,* *Friday, June 30, 2017.* *With an aim to curtail the ‘cut practice’ in medical profession, the Maharashtra government has decided to introduce Prevention of “Cut practices in Medical Services Act, 2017” soon.* *A 9-member committee has been formed by the government to study other countries’ regulations for preventing cut practices […]

Part 3 of doctor patient relationship

Clinical Journals Latest Picks“Doctor is not god. He is also human and can make mistakes.” Understanding Doctor-Patient Disputes [Part 3] M3 India Newsdesk | Jun 29, 2017 Trends     If you want to check part 1 or 2, please click here. Part 1 “Threatened to kill us” Part 2 What is the biggest reason […]

Part2 of doctor patient relationship 

In the next part of our survey, we attempted to understand what the doctors thought about the reasons for doctor -patient disputes. From the responses that we gathered, an often-cited reason was inadequate understanding of the disease on the patient’s part which leads to avoidable dispute situations. Doctors also reported that disputes often arose when the […]

“Threatened to kill us” Doctor-Patient Disputes – Causes and Remedies [

Part1]M3 India Newsdesk | Jun 29, 2017 Trends     The doctor -patient relationship is being increasingly highlighted. Nasty disputes between doctors and patients or patient’s relatives have been making headlines recently. With this background, we attempted to understand the Indian doctor’s views of this situation through an online survey. Objective To explore the views […]

 The Power of the Doctors

 Arnold Relman MARCH 29, The Social Transformation of American Medicine by Paul Starr  Social scientists have been perplexed by the remarkably favored position of doctors in American society. Few other professions conduct their affairs with so much autonomy and receive in return such generous economic benefits. In a country historically suspicious of privilege and authority […]


 Financial interests are eroding the trust between doctors and the community. Brooks Elliott  – Welcome to a new series in which we’ll showcase an array of articles examining issues from ethics to the evidence in evidence-based medicine, the influence of medical journals to the role of Big Pharma in our present and future health. Here […]

Doctors in society. Medical professionalism in a changing world.

Working Party of the Royal College of Physicians, Clin Med (Lond). 2005 Nov-Dec. Medicine bridges the gap between science and society. Indeed, the application of scientific knowledge to human health is a crucial aspect of clinical practice. Doctors are one important agent through which that scientific understanding is expressed. But medicine is more than the […]

The professional status of physicians is at risk

  RICHARD A. FOULLON, MD | PHYSICIAN | JULY 12, 2011 According to Wikipedia, up to the beginning of the 19th century there had been only 3 occupations that were considered to be professions, Divinity, Medicine and Law. A profession is considered a trade or occupation that transforms itself through “the development of formal qualifications […]

Occupational prestige

Occupational prestige (also known as job prestige) is a way for sociologists to describe the relative social class positions people have. It refers to the consensual nature of rating a job based on the belief of its worthiness. The term prestige itself refers to the admiration and respect that a particular occupation holds in a […]


for someone in her 30s, I’ve spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices and hospitals, shivering on exam tables in my open-to-the-front gown, recording my medical history on multiple forms, having enough blood drawn in little glass tubes to satisfy a thirsty vampire. In my early 20s, I contracted a disease that doctors were […]

Many Depressed Doctors Avoid Professional Help

Physicians face unique circumstances during their careers that may lead to depression; these include bullying, hazing, sleep deprivation, overwork, and medical board investigations—plus the repeated near-daily exposure to suffering and death. However, doctors also experience depression for the same reasons the general public does, says Pamela Wible, MD, Ideal Medical Care, Eugene, Oregon. Dr Wible […]

Kedarnath shrine: Four years after the tragedy, The Indian Express visited at least 15 disaster-hit villages and towns near Kedarnath.

  kedarnath tragedy, kedarnath disaster, kedarnath flood, psychiatrists, mental truma, kedarnath shrine, uttarakhand, himalayas, kedarnath valley, indian express On June 12, the search for 23-year-old Prahlad Singh ended. Villagers found him tightening a rope around his neck. “He was about to kill himself,” says Prahlad’s mother Rajeshwari Devi. That day, he had run away from home, […]

Mental health india 

by The MINDS Foundation   In 1948, the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized health to have two crucial dimensions – physical and mental. Since then, as stated in the definition, health is considered as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or […]

Do you have anxiety?

Do you have anxiety? Have you tried just about everything to get over it, but it just keeps coming back? Perhaps you thought you had got over it, only for the symptoms to return with a vengeance? Whatever your circumstances, science can help you to beat anxiety for good.Anxiety can present as fear, restlessness, an […]

Value of Opioid Antagonists for Withdrawal Uncertain

Pauline Anderson June 22, 2017 1   Combining an opioid antagonist such as naloxone with an alpha2-adrenergic agonist is a feasible approach for managing opioid withdrawal, results of a new Cochrane review suggest. However, it is unclear whether this approach reduces the duration of withdrawal or facilitates transfer to naltrexone treatment to a greater extent […]

A Touching Moment In The Life Of A Doctor

Dr. S. K. Thakur Professor Of Surgery  May 29 2017      Share on WhatsApp Share on Email Flag inappropriate    +59 votes  views (1.6k) I have been in the medical profession for nearly 35 years and have not done anything extraordinary in the field that may make people curious about this special day for […]

Lithium and Antihypertensive Medication: A Potentially Dangerous Interaction

Authors Joel Handler MD First published: 31 August 2009Full publication history DOI: 10.1111/j.1751-7176.2009.00181.x View/save citation Cited by (CrossRef): 13 articles Check for updates Citation tools Joel Handler, MD, Kaiser Permanente, 411 Lakeview Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92807 E-mail: A 62-year-old woman with hypertensive stage 3 chronic kidney disease and a long history of bipolar II […]


COPENHAGEN, Denmark ― Probiotics may be effective in reducing core depressive symptoms in treatment-naive patients with a mild to moderate form of the disorder, results of a new pilot study suggest. Investigators led by Caroline Wallace, PhD candidate, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, found that symptoms of mood, anhedonia, and sleep disturbance were significantly reduced […]


The Karnataka Private Medical Establishments (Amendment) Bill, which was introduced by the Siddaramaiah government in the Assembly, has been referred to a joint select committee of the legislature but the threat posed by it still remains. It is intended to regulate private hospitals but the draconian measures proposed in the bill will badly hurt the […]


TWO WEEKS INTO Ted Kaptchuk’s first randomized clinical drug trial, nearly a third of his 270 subjects complained of awful side effects. All the patients had joined the study hoping to alleviate severe arm pain: carpal tunnel, tendinitis, chronic pain in the elbow, shoulder, wrist. In one part of the study, half the subjects received […]

Ayur allo pathy

It is a common pattern all over India particularly in Delhi NCR and in all metro and big cities and town of India. Big or mediocre or small private hospital although run by very renowned educated leader doctors usually employ Ayush Doctors after passing BAMS, BUMS, BHMS or RMPs. They are the care providers. Most […]


Leonardo Tondo, MD, a prominent researcher on lithium and affective illness, who is on the faculty of McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of Cagliari, Italy, reviewed studies on lithium’s effects for suicide prevention. Ecological studies in this field have found an association between higher amounts of lithium in the drinking water and lower […]

Can you spot the narcissist in your life?

dating a narcissist Is he a narcissist? Being in a relationship with a narcissist can result in long-term emotional damage. Much has been written about the consequences of relationships with narcissists. There are books about healing from the damage narcissists can do. Some people report having had multiple relationships with narcissistic others. How do narcissists […]

Medical Conferences In India, A Critical Analysis

Dr. Lakshmanan Prakash Orthopedic, Plastic Surgery  Yesterday at 4:13 PM      Share on WhatsApp Share on Email Flag inappropriate    +46 votes  views (1.4k) There are three types of medical conference/ workshops. A. Organised by Associations and societies of doctors, These conferences are highly political, scientific content is low, speakers are chosen more for […]


 MCI de-recognizes two M.D courses MCI,  TOP NEWS, Medical Education, NewsJune 16, 2017 1024 A+A- Share this: inShare EmailPrint Share this on WhatsApp With a recent gazette notification, the Apex Medical Council has de-recognized two PG Medical Qualifications by deleting them from the relevant schedule of Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations, 2000. In Schedule of the […]

India is no country for doctors

 Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images   Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times via Getty Images A file photo of doctors protesting violence against medical practitioners Doctors are either treated as gods or are beaten up if they fail to save lives. Courts say they cannot strike as they aren’t factory workers. But, surely, […]

α-Synuclein in gut endocrine cells and its implications for Parkinson’s disease

Rashmi Chandra,1 Annie Hiniker,2 Yien-Ming Kuo,3 Robert L. Nussbaum,3,4 and Rodger A. Liddle1,5 First published June 15, 2017 – More info Abstract Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease with devastating clinical manifestations. In PD, neuronal death is associated with intracellular aggregates of the neuronal protein α-synuclein known as Lewy bodies. Although the cause […]

Rohan Sabharwal

Updated: Jun 09, 2017 22:41 IST By Rohan Sabharwal, Hindustan Times Last week, as I began to co-write this piece with clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Prachi Vaish, I called my father. I needed answers to questions I’d never dared to ask. Specifically, what was it like dealing with the police each of the three times […]

Doctor (title)

This article is about the title. For professionals frequently referred to as “doctor”, see Physician, Surgeon, Dentist, and Veterinarian. For other uses, see Doctor (disambiguation). “Dr.” redirects here. For other uses, see DR (disambiguation). Doctor is an academic title that originates from the Latin word of the same spelling and meaning.[1] The word is originally […]

Is India at war with its Doctors ?

  Having been in clinical practice for 28 years I have had the opportunity to have witnessed the ‘glory days’ of medicine when a patient with normal gall bladder operated erroneously with diagnosis of acute cholecystitis / cholelithiasis would still touch the surgeons feet on discharge. Those were the days when ultrasound was science fiction […]

    ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes

Scientists at the University of Cambridge in the UK conducted a test of cognitive empathy called the ‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’ Test on 89,000 people across the world. Women are more likely to have a ‘mind-reading’ gene mutation that gives them the ability to read a person’s thoughts and emotions by looking at […]

Consequences of hospital bill

Our Bureau March 2: The West Bengal Clinical Establishments (Registration, Regulation and Transparency) Bill, 2017, drawn up by the Mamata Banerjee government contains stringent norms for the functioning of hospitals and proposes hefty penalties for possible lapses. Metro highlights the key provisions of the bill, copies of which were distributed to the MLAs on the […]

Routine blood glucose testing may not be of value to some patients with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes: Blood glucose testing of little value to some patientsBy Honor WhitemanPublished Sun 11 Jun 2017blood glucose testing Many patients with type 2 diabetes consider finger-prick blood tests key for keeping blood glucose levels under control. But according to a new study, they are unlikely to be beneficial for patients who are not […]

Pathological Narcissism.

Proud peacock. Narcissist? Photo courtesy of When certain patterns of behavior, or your inner experience, become continuing, pervasive, and inflexible and deviates from what your culture expects, you may have a personality disorder. Narcissistic personality disorder involves an extreme need for admiration, delusions of grandeur or grandiosity, and a lack of empathy. This particular […]

How Being a Doctor Became the Most Miserable Profession

BAD MEDICINE DANIELA DRAKE 04.14.14 5:45 AM ET 133117414DR027_HEALTH_WORKE DAVID RAMOS/GETTY By the end of this year, it’s estimated that 300 physicians will commit suicide. While depression amongst physicians is not new—a few years back, it was named the second-most suicidal occupation—the level of sheer unhappiness amongst physicians is on the rise. Simply put, being […]

The Upshot

Teaching Hospitals Cost More, but Could Save Your Life 72 JUNE 5, 2017 Austin Frakt Austin Frakt THE NEW HEALTH CARE Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals — teaching and nonteaching — and a raging debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training […]


ADD ANOTHER HIGH-PROFILE departure to the list of people leaving Verily, the Google-spawned health science company: Thomas Insel, a neuroscientist and former head of the National Institutes of Mental Health who was leading Verily’s mental health initiatives. After barely a year and a half, Insel is joining a startup called Mindstrong, aiming to come up […]

BROKEN HOME/A special report.; For Mentally Ill, Chaos in an Intended Refuge

By CLIFFORD J. LEVY and SARAH KERSHAW APRIL 18, 2001 In the early 1970’s, New York was casting mentally ill people out of its grim psychiatric hospitals and hoping to find more humane settings for them. Some were directed to a new residence in Queens called the Leben Home for Adults, where they were supposed […]




The Union Cabinet Minister of Women Welfare & Child Development has asked the Union Health Ministry to make it mandatory for hospitals to display the number of caesarian deliveries being conducted with a perceived idea in public that Obstetricians perform caesarian sections unnecessarily as they don’t have enough time to monitor a pregnant woman during […]

What Are Pheromones? Do Humans Have Pheromones?

EndocrinologyWritten by Christian NordqvistLast updated: Thu 14 Apr 2016A pheromone is a chemical an animal produces which changes the behavior of another animal of the same species (animals include insects). Some describe pheromones as behavior-altering agents. Many people do not know that pheromones trigger other behaviors in the animal of the same species, apart from […]

10 ways

No doctor goes to work anticipating that something violent is going happen to them. But sometimes, tragedy strikes when we least expect it. For doctors, dealing with a violent situation is not something that happens on a daily basis; however when it does happen, it is important to be prepared on how to face the […]

Stop violence against doctors

Stop Violence Against Doctors India India 707 Supporters The Recent spurt of attacks on Doctors and on hospitals and clinics is alarming. If people start taking the law into their own hands and mobs start administering justice as they deem fit then it is a sorry state for a country like India. It means anarchy […]

Violence against doctors in the Indian subcontinent: A rising bane

Paurush Ambesh. Author links open the author workspace.Opens the author workspace Department of Internal Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center, New York City 11219, USA Show more Get rights and content Open Access funded by Cardiological Society of India Under a Creative Commons licenseopen access Abstract Incidents of violence against doctors in the Indian subcontinent have […]

Stop violence against medical workers in China

Shukun Yao, Qing Zeng, […], and Jiangjun Wang Additional article information Abstract The incidence of patient-doctor disputes are alarmingly increasing in China, this article reviews the current status and causes of violence against medical workers in China, six strategies to tackle the daily worrying problems have been proposed and hopefully could improve the medical working […]

Violence Against Doctors

“Allow us to treat you without fear. Allow us to save lives without fear of losing ours.” — Dr Pillai Vishnu Violence against doctors has reached such an extreme in India that the medical staff is afraid to come to work and they need a police presence in the hospitals where they work. More than […]

*Evolution of medical practice!**Do we need to introspect?*

*Mind,Moods and Magic Dr Harish Shetty:* *4 JUN* *DR YESHWANT AMDEKAR* [Dr Yeshwant Amdekar a Pediatrician and a legend in the field of Medicine spoke on the ‘evolution of medical practice’ at the INDIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Margao Branch Goa yesterday. The talk that will be soon on the ‘You tube’ was Wisdom Personified. Drawing on […]

Changing scenario in Medical field. Worth a read and introspection!

Doctors are not a sociable lot. They have one or two close friends, and they’re usually other doctors. They’re cut off from the non-physician world. The only feedback they get is from other doctors who think like them. Doctors do not travel out of their cities to attend weddings of their close friend’s son or […]