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T o w n, S An interaction with Michael Reiter
411 By Dr Saurabh Bhatia, Editor

Michael Waldbrenner,
Michael Reiter, M.A. is the Edi- him a charity hospital
tor-in-chief of Hospital Post which works on very different
care &
Europe. He lives in Germany. His Welfare, financial equations and a com-
publications are extensively read mercial hospital so as to give
by hospitals all over Europe. I tor, to see an overview. Michael was
had the chance to meet him and highly impressed with the fa-
S a d h u
take him around while he was cilities
Vasvani Mission
touring India on a personal visit. Cardiology av ailable
Michael Institute and the Inlaks & here and
was keen to know Budhrani where Dr Ritu expressed
how was the Indian Bhatia and Dr Sanjay his keen-
health sector react- Salunkhe had kindly ar- ness to do
ing to the call of ranged a guided tour of the an article
automation and facility. about our healthcare set up.
c ompu te ri zation . S u bs equ en tl y Photos Clockwise from right top:
We discussed the M. Reiter, Dr Bhatia, Dr Prasad
we also visited
Indian situation with the perspec- (Jehangir), Monica, Dr Salunkhe,
Jeh an g ir Ho sp it al
tive of an infant health insurance where Ms. Monica from Dr Ritu Bhatia (SVM) & ICCU
sector which is, as yet, unable to Snap of SVM cardiac centre with
the PR division showed
drive computerization. us the various aspects of care that Ms. Lachchmi.
I took Michael Reiter and they provide. The idea was to show

Upcoming DOUBLE
Inside this issue
CMEs Bonanza Website revamped for better user experience 2
∗ August 22nd 2008
∗ Sept 05th 2008
Back Upcoming CME Details 3

Venue: 2 CME report May 2008 4

Hotel Coronet Elegance Medical Myths Shattered 5

Opp Shivarkar Garden, Back Smoking in Movies linked to smoking in children 6
Fatima Nagar, Pune Brushing teeth may cause endocarditis in suscep- 6
2130 Hrs
CMEs tible?

Details inside
Page 2 KWMPA Newsletter

Website Revamped for better user experience

By which were available in the earlier form from the revamped site
site are also available on this site. ( to let me know about
Dr Saurabh Bhatia
So you may easily contact us, choose this.
It was felt that your CME, fill peer NEW FEATURE:
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haps a little too website completely. Ask your problems.
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GPCON 2008
NERS ASSOCIATION, PUNE Cordially invite you to

GPCON 2008

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7thDecember 2008, TILAK SMARAK MANDIR

Enjoy an Academic Feast served by family physicians for family physicians.
Delegate fees Rs.600/- Payable by cash or cheque to GPCON.
For further details contact Organizing Chairman DR.VIVEK BILLAMPELlY at
9822894963 or IMA PUNE office at 020-24464771 between 3 & 6pm
2008 3rd Edition Page 3

Maternal Weight Gain Appears to Raise Risk of Cleft Palate

As reported in the June issue of the leagues studied data on more than ciation between isolated cleft palate
American Journal of 220,000 Swedish risk and longer inter-pregnancy in-
Epidemiology. Sub- women. In women whose terval. Dr. Villamor added that
stantial weight gain In women whose BMI BMI rose by 3 or more "although the mechanisms to ex-
between pregnancies rose by 3 or more units in this interval, plain this association are still uncer-
seems to be a factor the adjusted risk of iso- tain, this finding contributes addi-
units in inter- tional evidence to the importance of
increasing the risk lated cleft palate was 2.3
of oral clefts in off- pregnancy interval, times higher than in keeping a healthy weight through-
out life."
spring, according to the risk of isolated those who had no sub-
US and Swedish re- stantial BMI change.
cleft palate was 2.3 Re ad t his articl e fully at
searchers. However, change in BMI
times higher.
Dr. Villamor of the was not related to the
Harvard School of risk of cleft lip.
Public Health, Boston and col- An unexpected finding was an asso-

Upcoming CME details

22nd Aug 2008
Speaker: Achievements
Dr Shashi Apte Pooja Gandhi, Daughter of Dr Ravindra Gandhi has
cleared Professional Competence Course Examination
Topic: Management of patients who
Of the Chartered Accountants Course. She stood 47th
are on anticoagulants and/
in All India Merit List.
or immunosuppressant, coming to
GPs & physicians for unrelated KWMPA Congratulates her and their family.

Dr. Shashi is a hematologist with an

in house BMT in the private sector. Watch out for an ar-
He has huge experience in manage-
ment of patients with coagulopathy ticle on KWMPA in
& immunosuppression the upcoming edi-
tion of Street
5th September 2008 Guardian
Speaker: Dr Romesh Joshi; the
Medical Specialist, Pfizer.

Topic: New challenges in smoking

Page 4 KWMPA Newsletter

CME May 2008 Report

The KWMPA concluded its second CME
of 2008 on 17th May 2008 at the same
The CME in May was
old location of Hotel Coronet Elegance, designed to co-incide with
Fat Nag, Pune.
the World Asthma day
The topic was "Asthma-COPD overlap"
and the speaker was Dr Nitin Abhyankar.
The event was sponsored by CIPLA
It was heartening to see
Dr Abhyankar laid stress on that the members had re-
alised from our previous
spirometry & expected it to way of working that CME
would start bang on time
be done more regularly on and no delays would be
done. So by 2130 hrs, we
respiratory patients. had the quorum to begin
on time.

Dr Abhyankar gave a lucid talk which was

made interesting by some very good slides
and video. Subsequently, the animated au-
dience asked questions for over twenty min-
utes which Dr. Abhyankar ans wered pa-

This was followed by Dinner.

Clockwise from top: Dr Abhyankar, Audience, Dr A Peer review report is given below. Please fill up the peer
Vivek, Dr Salunkhe & Dr Bhatia review form for the CME directly from the website.

Peer Review
Contributed by Dr G V Jog gram as a routine investigation larly, so as to prevent/ delay the
( most of which are redundant!), transition of a reversible to an irre-
“The take home message of his Dr Abhyankar’s message of per- versible condition.”
talk was to MEASURE i.e. Per- forming Spirometry more often on
form spirometry regularly to diag- patients of Bronchial asthma and
nose and detect improvement/ de- COPD, should be taken seriously.
terioration and transition from All attempts should be made at the
bronchial asthma to COPD. primary care level, to follow up
patients of Bronchial Asthma regu-
When we perform a haemo-
2008 3rd Edition Page 5

Shattering Medical Myths

Research ref to all the points herein can be temperature measured at the rectum Myth: Insulin must be injected using
seen at to be relied on in clinical situations sterile technique.
where accurate measurement is im-
portant. Truth: It is safe and convenient to
Myth: Academic review articles are a inject insulin through clothing.
reliable source of unbiased informa- Myth: Oral antihistamines are the
tion. first-line treatment for allergic rhinitis. Myth: Serum iron is the best diagnos-
tic test for iron deficiency anemia.
Truth: The conclusions of review arti- Truth: Intranasal corticoster-
cles are strongly associated with the oids produce signifi- Truth: The serum ferritin performed
affiliations of their authors. Clinical cantly greater Thi dramatically better than any other
s a
trials with positive results are pub- relief than oral
of t r ticl diagnostic test or combination
antihista- he e w
lished more frequently and more
the pop ill b tests for iron deficiency.
quickly than are those with negative mines of
ular u s t so
Doc myt me
results. nasal
tors hs
Myth: Corneal abra-
blockage, let h a t hat
the ve; sions should be cov-
Myth: Practice guidelines provide nasal ir p an d t
aff rac h
ered by an eye patch
well-developed, high quality recom- dis- ect t ice e y to improve healing and
charge, ed ge
mendations for practice. b y th t decrease pain.
sneezing, nasal
itch, postnasal drip,
Truth: Guidelines published in the Truth: Eye patching was
and total nasal symptoms in
peer-reviewed medical literature dur- allergic rhinitis. not found to improve heal-
ing the past decade do not adhere ing rates or reduce pain in
well to established methodological patients with corneal abrasions.
standards. While all areas of guideline Myth: Short courses of prednisolone
development need improvement, must be tapered and not stopped Myth: "Figure-of-Eight" dressings or
greatest improvement is needed in abruptly. is
the identification, evaluation, and syn- uc ation r similar appliances are the preferred
g ed h avi o treatment for clavicle fractures.
thesis of the scientific evidence.
o n tinuin sician be Truth:
l c hy
tiona hange p
A 10 day
v e n c of Truth: No statistical difference was
Myth: Bedrest : C on ay to as course
th . h found in the speed of recovery when
is a useful ad- My fective w utcome ie s, suc ma- 40mg/d clavicle fractures were treated by ei-
f o g
junctive therapy. an e atient c rate ted
ly st unsolici ges in
n d p - o n ther a figure-of-eight bandage or
a a tion iling of o chan out-
i n broad arm sling.
Truth: A meta- :D issem r the ma tle or n r health
analysis of 39 stud- Tru rences
o e lit r o
nf e o n strat behavio Myth: In acute asthma, a nebulizer is
ies of the use of bed co s , dem sional
l a more effective way to deliver medi-
rest versus early mo- teria
h p rofes
bilization for preven- heal
t cation than is a metered dose inhaler
. prednisolone may (MDI) with spacer.
tion and treatment of a com e
be stopped abruptly in asth-
variety of medical con- matics. Tapering is unnecessary.
ditions showed bed rest t o
Truth: MDIs with accessory devices
be at best not beneficial and at worst Myth: Hypertensive urgency (diastolic
are at least as effective as nebulizers
harmful BP>120 without evidence of CNS, for treating acute asthma in children.
cardiac, pulmonary, vascular or renal A MDI with a spacer for the admini-
Myth: Rectal temperature can be end-organ damage) requires rapid BP
stration of albuterol was an effective
accurately estimated by adding 1°C to reduction, preferably by sublingual
alternative to a nebuliser in children
the temperature measured at the nifedipine.
with acute asthma and resulted in
both shorter treatment time spent in
Truth: Hypertensive urgency is gen- the emergency department and fewer
Truth: Temperature measured at the erally treated over 24 to 48 hours in a
side effects.
axilla does not agree sufficiently with closely monitored outpatient setting.
Page 6 KWMPA Newsletter

Antibiotic Prophylaxis of Endocarditis During Dental Procedures Questioned

June 13, 2008 — The practice of giv- Dr Peter Lockhart (Carolinas bacteremia and the associated risk
ing antibiotics to prevent infective Medical Center, Charlotte, NC). of endocarditis,". Antibiotics Not
endocarditis in susceptible 100% Effective
individuals undergoing inva- Don't Stop Brushing.
sive dental procedures has Lockhart said the uninten- The authors point out that although
been called into question by tional message from this amoxicillin has a significant impact
the results of a new study paper is that brushing teeth on bacteremia from a dental extrac-
showing that the risk of is bad, but actually the op- tion, a notable number of the extrac-
bacteremia over the long posite is true. "We need to tion patients who received prophy-
te r m i s h igh er w i th focus our efforts more to- laxis in this study nonetheless
toothbrushing than with ward better dental hygiene. showed evidence of bacteremia; this
tooth extraction . The study, Shall I brush at If the teeth and gums are lack of 100% efficacy alters the per-
published online June 9, nite? kept clean with regular dose risk/benefit ratio, increasing
2008 in Circulation, was brushing and the dentist the number needed to treat to avert
conducted by a group led by dentist fixes any problems, this will reduce a distant site infection.

Smoking in Movies Linked to Smoking in Children?

William T. Basco, Jr., MD, FAAP mentary school and to update movie does exposure nearer the outcome.
smoking exposure longitudinally, Overall, movie smoking may be re-
This study evaluated the effect of sponsible for at least one third of
tobacco use in movies on smoking smoking initiation for children in
“Shah Rukh Khan v/s
behavior in a younger age group of this age group.
children than has been previously Ramadoss war may have some
evaluated in the literature. basis, after all” The abstract can be read at
CONCLUSION: Our study, which is bstract/18166552
the first to enroll children in ele- indicates that early exposure has as
much influence on smoking risk as

Biomarkers Linked to Severe Falciparum Malaria

By C. Vidya interferon inducible protein (IP- eleven biomarkers selected from an
Shankar, MD 10), soluble tumor necrosis factor initial panel of thirty were meas-
receptor 2 (sTNF-R2) and soluble ured in all the patients and corre-
CHENNAI, Fas (sFas) are associated with lated with the severity of disease.
I n d i a increased mortality in cerebral The plasma levels of sTNF-R2,
( R e u t e r s malaria, while vascular endothe- IP-10 and sFAS were signifi-
Health) Jun lial growth factor (VEGF) is pro- cantly elevated among cerebral
12 - High lev- tective, according to the results of malaria non-survivors.
els of inflam- Let’s have a higher a study from India. More at http://www.medscape .com/
matory media- vascular endothelial After a pilot study, the levels of viewarticle/575994
tors including growth factor (VEGF)
Management Committ
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