Monthly Archives: July 2018


A stepwise approach involving dietary and lifestyle changes along with medication(s) is recommended for the management of patients with type 2 diabetes.4,6 Metformin is the medication recommended first-line in most patients, unless contraindicated.4,6 After metformin, medication selection is determined by a variety of factors including glucose control, presence of cardiovascular disease, other patient-specific factors, (e.g., […]

Professional attire

 Figure 3 Preference for white coat by clinical care setting and physician gender. ED, emergency department. Doctors should wear a white coat when seeing patients in the hospital, the majority of respondents (62%) agreed or strongly agreed with this statement (table 3). Variations in patient preferences of physician attire Important variations in patient preferences […]

Excessive use of social media

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT PATHANAMTHITTA, JULY 25, 2018 UPDATED: JULY 25, 2018 04:06 IST Excessive use of social media by children could seriously impair their language learning abilities, M.S. Alexander, consultant psychiatrist at Leeds and Fellow of the Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom, has said. Dr. Alexander was […]

Dr Bharat Vatwani

नई दिल्ली, जेएनएन। डॉ. भरत वतवानी के प्रयासों को मैग्सेसे पुरस्कार से सम्मानित किया जाना न केवल भारत बल्कि विश्व में मानसिक स्वास्थ्य की गंभीर होती चुनौती और इसके सापेक्ष अपेक्षित समाधान को दुनिया के सामने प्रस्तुत करने का सबब है। डॉ. वतवानी ने अपने सार्थक प्रयास से एक राह दिखाई है। दैनिक जागरण से […]

25 points for clinicians

👏 👏👏 Dear friends posting 25 points which I feel every clinician should follow; 1. Do not prescribe medicines for more then 30 days even for out station patients. Out station patients demanding late follow up should be referred to a fellow consultant based at new address or nearby Medical College specialty Dept 2. For […]


Just Released: Much awaited report from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the National Medical Commission, 2017 Committee proposes to move forward with the NMC Bill, 2017 with substantial recommendations on the Constitution of the NMC, regulation of fees in Medical colleges, the National exit exam and role of States in approving medical colleges The Department-related […]

Ultrasound and dementia

Japanese scientists have found that applying ultrasound waves to the brain can improve cognitive dysfunction – and possibly combat dementia. The research found that applying low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) to the brains of mice improved blood vessel formation and nerve cell regeneration without having obvious side effects. The research, which was conducted by scientists at Tohoku […]

Deception in research

Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Marcia Angell is the author of The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It. But more to the point, she’s also the former Editor-in-Chief at the New England Journal of Medicine, arguably one of the most respected medical journals on earth. But after reading […]


To, Shri. Ram Gopal Yadav Chairman, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health, Government of India, New Delhi. Subject: Suggestions/Objections to National Medical Council Bill, 2017 (hereinafter referred to as “NMC Bill”) Introduction:- The idea of reforming and revamping the MCI took root in the Independence Day speech of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. The […]

Banned drugs

Complete list of 344 drugs banned by the Ministry of Health Family welfare Complete list of 344 drugs banned from today in the market A gazette notification by Ministry of Health and d drugsFamily Welfare has banned 344 medicines of fixed drug combinations. The Health Ministry banned 344 fixed drug combinations through a gazette notification. […]

Opioid Receptors Methods and Protocols

 Methods in MolecularBiology 1230    SantiM.Spampinato Editor Opioid Receptors Methods and Protocols                           METHODS IN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY Series Editor John M. Walker School of Life Sciences University […]

The Cannabinoid Receptors

 The Cannabinoid Receptors THE RECEPTORS KIM A. NEVE, SERIES EDITOR The Cannabinoid Receptors, EDITED BY Patricia H. Reggio, 2009 The Glutamate Receptors, EDITED BY Robert W. Gereau, IV, and Geoffrey T. Swanson, 2008 The Chemokine Receptors, EDITED BY Jeffrey K. Harrison, 2007 TheGABAReceptors,ThirdEdition,EDITEDBYS.J.EnnaandHannsMo ̈hler, 2007 The Serotonin Receptors: From Molecular Pharmacology to Human Therapeutics, […]

The receptors

The Receptors Series Editor: Giuseppe di Giovanni For further volumes: Mary E. Abood Roger G. Sorensen Nephi Stella Editors endoCANNABINOIDS Actions at Non-CB1/CB2 Cannabinoid Receptors   Editors Mary E. Abood Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology Temple University School of Medicine Philadelphia, PA, USA Roger G. Sorensen Division of Basic Neuroscience and Behavioral […]

Sabarimala Case:

Sai Deepak, Counsel for People for Dharma Snapshot • People for Dharma makes its case on day six of the Sabarimala hearing. • Counsel Sai Deepak’s arguments are explained here: The petition in the Supreme Court of India seeking entry of women of all ages in the Sabarimala Temple is in the final stages of […]

Practical Protocol for Prescribing Baclofen in Alcohol Addiction

SECTION 1: INTRODUCTION: This is a practical guide to Prescribing Baclofen in Alcohol Addiction. All the information in this module is available in written form including protocols for prescribing and dose adjustment and an information pack to give patients (link). We’ll go through 1  The key effects of baclofen in alcohol addiction 2 The important […]

ALC 1: Baclofen for relapse prevention and management among people with alcohol dependence. [New 2015]

 [New 2015] SCOPING QUESTION: In people with alcohol dependence post-detoxification, is baclofen effective for relapse prevention management of alcohol dependence? BACKGROUND Medications registered for the management of alcohol dependence include acamprosate, naltrexone and disulfiram; however, these medications are often not available in many settings and are also not effective for all patients. Baclofen is […]

Study helps clarify how gut bacteria affect host metabolism

Mice colonized with an altered gut bacterium had less fat accumulation in the liver (right) than mice with a normal gut bacterium (left). Image: Devlin lab Researchers studying the human microbiome—the bacteria that live in our bodies—face a chicken-and-egg problem. Say they collect data from a group of healthy subjects and a group of diseased […]

a tale of Two Hugs

a tale of Two Hugs

Mental Health in data

world mental health data

Mental Health – Our World in Data

In this entry we present the latest estimates of mental health disorder prevalence, disease burden rates, and mortality impacts across a number of disorders. We address substance use disorders (alcohol and drug use disorders) in separate entries on Substance Use and Alcohol Consumption. — Read on

Medical negligence. Lawyers point of view

When India opened her doors for foreign investment in the post-1991 liberalization era, businessmen of all hues sensed opportunity. Among them, were those who identified healthcare as a space where India had lagged behind for decades – but was now ready to catch up. At the time, barring Government facilities with certified doctors and good […]

The things that divide us

Race issues

Sushruta Sushruta was an ancient Indian surgeon (who was possibly born in 7th century BC) and is the author of the book Sushruta Samhita, in which he describes over 120 surgical instruments, 300 surgical procedures and classifies human surgery in 8 categories. In the Sushruta school, the first person to expound yurvedic knowledge was Dhanvantari […]

The race issue

This story is part of The Race Issue, a special issue of National Geographic that explores how race defines, separates, and unites us. Tell us your story with #IDefineMe. IN THE FIRST half of the 19th century, one of America’s most prominent scientists was a doctor named Samuel Morton. Morton lived in Philadelphia, and he […]

Black and white

WHEN AMANDA WANKLIN and Michael Biggs fell in love, they “didn’t give a toss” about the challenges they might face as a biracial couple, Amanda says. “What was more important was what we wanted together.” They settled down in Birmingham, England, eager to start a family. On July 3, 2006, Amanda gave birth to fraternal […]

A book that’s deeply disturbing – The Missionary Position

by Bindu Krishnan I bought the book “The Missionary Position – Mother Teresa in theory and practice” by Christopher Hitchens almost two months back but kept putting off reading it. I knew that it would disturb me and well, it did. By the time Mother Teresa was made into a saint, my adulation had run […]

When We Say ‘Physician Burnout,’ We Really Mean Depression

Irvin Schonfeld, PhD, MPH July 03, 2018 In a recent commentary on Medscape (“Is Burnout a Form of Depression?”), Michael R. Privitera, MD, MS, cited a review article on which I served as one of the coauthors.[1] This review, the conclusions of which Dr Privitera disputes, finds that there is substantial overlap in what some writers call […]



Biomedical waste is a misnomer and thrust on medical professionals to harass them and extract money illegally. Take a scenario  a pt with open tuberculosis with diabetic foot admitted in a hospital, pt foot ambutated and marked as biomedical waste and all precautions are required to disposed in a dedicated team in a dedicated incinerator. […]

Stem cell therapy in humans

Stem cell therapy in humans


LEGAL COLUMN Medicolegal Tip 1 : Do not issue false medical certificate. Enter the identities of the individual if Certificates in issued. Keep a copy of all the certificates issued by you. – IMA TAMILNADU Medicolegal Tip 2 : Never issue death certificate if you have not treated the patient or witnessed at the time […]


* Sections in IPC in defence of Medical Practice to avoid Criminal Litigation *Section 80* – Accident in doing a lawful act Nothing is an offense, which is done by accident or misfortune and without any criminal intention or knowledge in the doing of a lawful manner by lawful means and with proper care and […]

*The Flip Side of being a Doctor in India*

*LONELINESS* Profound loneliness ~ You can be surrounded by friends, family and colleagues, but in reality, you are quite alone. If your family does not consist of doctors, they hardly understand the difficulties that you go through. They sympathize with you, yet are unable to grasp the reality of your training and career. Why you […]

Public  Perception & State  Propaganda  against  Doctors in India

Public  Perception & State  Propaganda  against  Doctors in India


As a medical doctor who has been in practice for more than 45 years and as part of honouring ‘Doctors’ Day’, it gives me great pleasure to pen a few thoughts and offer some advice to my younger colleagues in the profession who are starting their career. The medical profession is one of the noblest […]

Family physician

Family physician

Mixed use regulations

Mixed use regulations