Monthly Archives: August 2019

*The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly*

Such a nice read not just for senior citizens but for all of us. Getting old is a reality that we need to embrace and prepare for 😊 Mao Dun literary prize winner Zhou Daxin’s latest novel to be published, “The Sky Gets Dark, Slowly”, is a sensitive exploration of old age and the complex, […]

Jadoo ki japfi

As a mental health professional i see people day in and day out with mental health issues.A very common presentation to us Psychiatrists is Depression.A huge chunk of the population suffers from it be it youngsters,the elderly to even children. Common symptoms of depression are inadequate sleep,lack of concentration,attention,inability to enjoy,feelings of sadness etc. A […]

Diagnosis and management of metabolic acidosis:

Jung et al. Ann. Intensive Care (2019) 9:92 REVIEW Open Access                          guidelines from a French expert panel Boris Jung1,2*, Mikaël Martinez3,4, Yann‐Erick Claessens5, Michaël Darmon6,7,8, Kada Klouche2,9, Alexandre Lautrette10,11, […]

End of life

       Improving End-of-Life Care & Decision-Making Information guide to facilitate execution of End-of-Life Decisions – For Doctors and Hospital Administrators   Foreword “Indians die badly”- This was brought home by the Quality of Death reports of The Economist in 2010 and 2015. This does not seem to depend […]

Psychiatric patient

A young cachexic man lay on the streets, with legs half immersed in the dirty stinking drain water outside a psychiatry ward in a busy Government hospital. He smelt of urine and faeces. Probably he hadn’t eaten properly in days except for some tit bits that passersby had left for him. He was dehydrated and […]

God, Doctor and The Killer Snake.

© Dr. Rajas Deshpande Dattaram started breathing fast and coughing. Red skin, rashes. Pulse 140. BP not recordable. This unfortunate young labourer, bitten by a cobra only a few hours ago, had now developed severe dangerous reaction or ‘anaphylaxis’ to the only medicine that could have saved him: the injection of anti snake venom. I […]

“Bottle of Lies”

A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us CreditAdam Maida By David Dobbs May 13, 2019 BOTTLE OF LIES The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom By Katherine Eban Who would ever guess that Gandhi helped start an industry whose corruption now plagues us all? Yet here he is, early in Katherine […]


 To, Mr. Richard Horton Editor-in-Chief The Lancet Dear Mr. Horton, Greetings from Indian Psychiatric Society. Letter No. LANCET/19-20/01 Dated: August 19th, 2019 This is regarding the editorial “Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future” published in “The Lancet, Vol394 on August 17th, 2019” It is painful to see that the reputed medical journal The Lancet […]

An open letter for the people in Gaza

Correspondence    We are doctors and scientists, who spend our lives developing means to care and protect health and lives. We are also informed people; we teach the ethics of our professions, together with the knowledge and practice of it. We all have worked in and known the situation of Gaza for years. […]


********************************* Making simple adjustments in your life style can decrease the extra stress on your knee joints and will decrease joint pain by protecting cartilage degeneration. Prevention is the best & most important part of the treatment. Don’ts ——— • No unnecessary standing, walking and stair climbing. Sit rather than stand for daily house hold […]

Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir’s future

Last week in a controversial move, India revoked the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir, allowing India greater authority over the state’s affairs. The announcement fanned tension with Pakistan, which also claims the region and has fought India over it for more than seven decades. At least 28 000 Indian security forces have been deployed; in […]

7 Ways Doctors Can Increase Patient Footfall

The medical profession is noble  yet a sort of money driven. Money driven could be taken into context as hospitals or even small clinics require funds to enhance their treatment facilities. In this highly competitive healthcare industry, it is extremely difficult for doctors and hospitals to make a credible image of themselves due to various […]

Consumer protection act

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12 Common First Aid Mistakes Everyone Makes

Lisa Lombardi From what not to do if you get a nosebleed to old wives’ tales that make a burn worse, these are the first aid mistakes ER doctors want you to avoid. Tipping your head back during a nosebleed JAROMIR CHALABALA/SHUTTERSTOCK “Never do this,” says Christopher Sampson, MD, an emergency physician at University of […]

Management of antipsychotic†- induced hyperprolactinaemia

BJPsych Advances (2017), vol. 23, 278–286 doi: 10.1192/apt.bp.115.014928 ARTICLE Sumeet Gupta is a consultant psychiatrist in a community mental health team in Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV). His research interests include management of affective disorder, evidence-based medicine and clinical trials of psychotropic drugs. Dev A. M. Lakshmanan is a consultant psychiatrist […]

370 and zukerberg !

My ex colleague from US messaged me today and asked “What is this article 370 & Kashmir controversy all newspapers are talking about and why is Pakistan so upset? Will this result in war with Pakistan now?” I told him “Look, 5 years ago, Facebook acquired instagram. Isn’t it? Now, if Mark Zuckerberg announces that […]

Retiring soon? Here are 6 ways to ensure you’re not a burden on your children

By Uma Shashikant My American friend was describing her dilemma. Her 92-year old mother had fallen and broken her hip. The family was struggling to figure how to take care of her. It did not help that the four children lived in four corners of the country, and all were over 60. But the old […]

NMC assurances

IMA MSN AND JDN MET HEALTH MINISTER. The representatives of IMA MSN and JDN met the health minister under the leadership of National President Dr Santanu Sen at his office. The following assurances were given and he has agreed to include them in the NMC bill while detail drafting of rules and regulations of bill. […]


Now for the most beautiful story I always tell at every training program for Health and Policy Planners/Makers: Sushma and Bency/Benson You may not know but the first case of HIV was detected in Chennai in 1986.There was great amount of denial to the initial news of the infection, but very soon the reality about […]


How personalized medicine is transforming your health care PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG CUTLER (HAND WITH CHIP); SAMUEL SANCES, CEDARS-SINAI (BACKGROUND) READ CAPTION PRECISION-MEDICINE-MICRO-CHIP-STEM-CELLS On this chip, researchers Clive Svendsen and Samuel Sances at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles… Read More PHOTOGRAPH BY CRAIG CUTLER (HAND WITH CHIP); SAMUEL SANCES, CEDARS-SINAI (BACKGROUND) Stunning advances in gene research and […]

NMC Bill

© Dr. Rajas Deshpande Sweet Poison, Gorgeous Vamp, Philanthropist Criminal or NMC. All of these have one thing in common: the taste, the appearance is deceptive. Just a while ago, doctors had complete autonomy and freedom to elect the best to the medical councils. They failed. Doctors had chances to unite and rectify glaring obvious […]


Some lessons to learn from VG Siddharth s sad demise: 1. No matter how stressed you are, find some time for better emotional well being. 2. The pressure of success is so high in the society that one needs to find a coping mechanism using Emotional Intelligence. It’s a must. 3. We all live in […]


When the National Health and Medical Research Council report on homeopathy concluded that “There was no reliable evidence from research in humans that homeopathy was effective for treating the range of health conditions considered” few in conventional medicine were surprised, but the homeopathy community were outraged. As chair of the working party which produced the […]

Highlights and Benefits of NMC bill- 2019,

As someone closely related to medical education for more than a decade, I believe NMC bill will bring a lot of improvement in Medical education. Of course, Modi bashers will always oppose any move by NDA government and Modi supporters will always support every action. Let me present some neutral logical facts based upon my […]

The NMC Bill change

…. single entrance exam for MBBS ( all entrance exam including AIIMS entrance scrapped ) 2.Final Professional Examination all over the country will be one . The Exam will provide for A.MBBS Degree B.Registration and License to practice C. Post Graduate entrance merit . If you fail you will have to write supplementary.If you […]

*नेशनल मेडीकल कमीशन बिल* ।

मेडीकल कॉउंसिल ऑफ़ इंडिया, MCI, को सरकार नेशनल मेडीकल कमीशन से प्रतिस्थापित करना चाहती है। MCI के द्वारा चिकित्सा शिक्षा और मेडीकल कॉलेजों का नियमन होता है। आज देश में चिकित्सको की संख्या , देश की आवश्यकतानुसार नहीं है, विशेषग्यो की कमी है। विश्व में 800 से 1000 जनसँख्या पर एक चिकित्सक है, और भारत […]

क्या है एनएमसी बिल :

बिल की मुख्‍य विशेषताएं बिल राष्ट्रीय मेडिकल कमीशन (एनएमसी) की स्थापना करता है। एनएमसी मेडिकल शिक्षा और प्रैक्टिस को रेगुलेट करेगा। साथ ही निजी मेडिकल संस्थानों और मानद (डीम्ड) विश्वविद्यालयों की अधिकतम 40% सीटों के लिए फीस निर्धारित करेगा। एनएमसी में 25 सदस्य होंगे। एक सर्च कमिटी केंद्र सरकार को चेयरपर्सन के पद और पार्ट […]