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Disabled due to osteoarthritis?
Now become mobile
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Those suffering from osteoarthritis can have a date with Dr Vijay Naik, a famous consulting prosthetist and orthotost from the USA, who has to his credit some innovative research and development work in the field.

As inventor of the world famous cross leg prosthesis “Prabha Foot” and “Miracle” electronic upper limb prosthesis, Dr Naik has been helping in setting up prosthetic and orthotic workshops in the developing countries like Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and in training the students from these respective countries at his base workshop in Bhavnagar.

He is now touring India with his mobile team to reach the doorstep of the disabled through camp activities. He arrives in Chandigarh on July 14 and will hold a workshop until July 16 at the Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Sector 26. Timings for the camp will be 9 am to 7 pm.

The camp will be a spot for intense examination of the disabled. Dr Naik's team of engineers will also take measurements and fabricate individualised braces. The registration can be done at the college itself or at the college's peripheral clinics at Sood Bhavan, Sector 10, Panchkula, or at Sector 44, Prachin Shiv Mandir, Sector 8, in Chandigarh and at Sanatan Dharam Mandir in Phase IV at Mohali.

As for Dr Naik and his feats, he developed a technique named “poly centric knee brace” for osteoarthritis. This is a simple weight bearing device consisting of a mechanical joint attached to plastic flaps which in turn are provided with velcro straps. It is to be worn externally from the ventral surface of the lower limb adjusting the mechanical knee joint exactly parallel to our anatomical knee joint.

The technique of this knee brace is to transfer the knee weight from anatomical knee joint to mechanical polycentric knee joint and it prevents further deformity and corrects Genu Varum ( bow leg) of knee joint, which is light in weight and shares the body weight of the patient giving relief. It is cost effective and manufacturing process is fast. The only requirement is a simple x-ray of the knee joints.

Till date Dr Naik has fitted this brace to lakhs of patients with 90 per cent correction all over the country through camp activities and at our base clinic at Bhavnagar. 

All about osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis and approximately one third of India's population suffers from this. This common problem resulting from the breakdown of the cartilage inside the knee joints which is a rough, rubbery tissue protecting the bones from friction. This cartilage serves as a cushion between the bones providing a smooth surface. Osteoarthritis is mainly due to wear and tear of the cartilage and is more common in persons over the age of fifty. Total knee replacement (TKR) is one surgical method to get relief from this problem, however, a common man cannot afford this costly surgery. 



Stem cell transplants offer new hope to cancer patients
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
Dr Jatin Sarin brings with him a rich experience in the field of medical oncology. A distinguished cancer specialist from the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, he has been involved in stem cell transplants which are also being attempted at the PGIMER.

Cancer incidence in India

In India there has been a steady increase in crude incidence rate (CIR) of all cancers in past 15 years.

Increase reported by the cancer registries is nearly 12 per cent from 1985 to 2001.

The total number of new cases has risen from 0.53 millions in 1985 to over 0.83 millions today.

World Cancer Report says cancer rates will rise alarmingly.

At the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer and Research Institute where Dr Sarin was working until recently stem cell transplants have been carried out successfully in some cases. Now Dr Sarin, who has joined the Mohali-based Grecian Super Specialty Hospital set up by renowned surgeon Dr S.S. Samra desires to bring hope to the hopeless cancer cases in the regions north of Delhi.

Speaking to The Tribune today, Dr Sarin said the profile of cancer patients varied from North to South India. In North India, head and neck malignancies was formed a major form of cancer, especially among males. It is mainly caused by tobacco consumption. Also prevalent among males was gastrointestinal malignancy.

As a whole, India has a high incidence of HNN cancer which accounts for 23 per cent of all cancer in males and 6 per cent in females. India also has the dubious distinction of having the world’s highest reported incidence of HNN in women. Specifically in North, females report a high incidence of breast cancer followed by cancer of the cervix.

On prevention and treatment, Dr Sarin said chemotherapy had come of age in India due to the discovery of new agents which have reduced difficulties around the process. “There was a time when chemotherapy was extremely painful but now there are new agents which reduce pain and even vomiting rate, vomiting to 5 per cent sometimes. We also have agents which allow better management of side effects. Also many growth factors can essentially reverse hair fall post chemotherapy.”

Another news which Dr Sarin shared was that more and more Indian companies were now making growth factors for the recovery of blood counts, thus reducing the cost of injections.

Having himself conducted some stem cell transplants, Dr Sarin said the process worked simply, “In autologous stem cell transplant which is more common, we collect stem cells from the patient when his infection is under control. These cells are taken from bone marrow. Once collected, they are preserved at minus 80°C. Later when conventional chemotherapy fails, we give the patient a high dose of chemotherapy, destroying his cancerous and sometimes normal cells. This reduces the patient’s immunity. He is then salvaged by the infusion of stem cells collected earlier from his body.”



Mohali academy beat DP Azad Academy
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
An all round performance by Mayank Sood (42, 2 for 18) and brilliant knocks by Pukhraj (71 not out) helped Mohali Cricket Academy beat Desh Prem Azad Academy by 41 runs in the opening match of the Alchemist Four-Team League (U-12) Cricket Tournament being organised by DP Azad Academy at St Stephen’s School ground, Sector 45, here today.

Batting first, Mohali Cricket Academy batted first and made 140 for two in the in allotted 20 overs. The imposing total was made possible due to a solid unbeaten innings of 71 by Pukhraj. After Mayank Sood joined Pukhraj, the MCA batsmen frustrated the Azad Academy bowlers and were associated in a century partnership.

In reply, DP Azad Academy could muster only 99 and lost five wickets in their stipulated 20 overs. Daksh Aggarwal (25, 3x4s) and Sahil Sharma (25) were the main scorers for DP Azad Academy. Bowling accurately Mayank Sood bagged two wickets for 18 runs.

Brief scores: Mohali Cricket Academy: 142 for 2 in 20 overs (Pukhraj 71 not out, Mayank Sood 42, Ranjot Singh 1 for 16).

DP Azad Academy:99 for 5 in 20 overs (Daksh Aggarwal 25, Sahil Sharma 22, Mayank Sood 2 for 18, Sarthak 1 for 30).

In another match, Guru Nanak Public School Academy of Sector 36 scored a fluent seven-wicket victory of MCM Blue Academy, also of Sector 36.

MCM Blue Academy piled up 102 for 9 in stipulated 20 overs. Shubham Vij was the main scorer with 22 which contained two fours. Abhinav and Harpreet got 12 and 10, respectively. Anubhav (3 for 10) and Ashish (2 for 14) were the main wicket takers for GNPS Academy.

GNPS Academy achieved their target easily as they made 103 for 3 in 19.4 overs. Priyanchu top scored with unbeaten 44 with the help of three fours. Akshay complied 28 with four fours. Inderpreet and Gursevak contributed 10 runs each.

Earlier, Principal Harold Carver inaugurated the tournament.

Brief scores: MCM Blue Academy-36 : 102 for 9 in 20 overs (Shubham Vij 22, Abhinav 12, Harpreet 10, Daksh 1 for 23, Anubhav 3 for 10, Ashish 2 for 14).

Guru Nanak Public School Academy-36: 103 for 3 in 19.4 overs (Akashay 28, Priyanchu 44 not out, Inderpreet 10, Gursevak 10 not out, Angad 1 for 16, Harpreet 1 for 12, Aarush 1 for 11). 



Cricket Academy-37 lift title
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 8
A fiery 154 off 100 balls by Simrat Bawa enabled Cricket Academy 37 to lift the first Himachal Cup by thrashing Himachal Cricket Club by 100 runs in the final of the first Himachal Cup League Cricket Tournament played at Stepping Stones School, Sector 37, here today.

Batting first, CA-37 scored 278 in 35 overs by losing four wickets. The other contributors for the team were Deepak and Ashish, who made unbeaten 60 and 44, respectively. Vikramjit Singh took two wickets for 40 runs.

In reply, HCC innings wrapped up for 179 runs in 29 overs. Vikramjit Singh was the highest scorer with 47 followed by Vijay (32) and Ghan Shayam (28). Amandeep of CA-37 was the most successful bowler who claimed four wickets for 27 runs.

Brief Score: CA-37: 278 for 4 in 35 overs (Simrat Bawa 154, Deepak Sharma 60 n o, Ashish 44, Vikramjit 2 for 40).

HCC: 179 all out in 29 overs (Vikramjit 47, Vijay 32, Ghanshyam 28, Amandeep 4 for 27).



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