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New technique to cure epilepsy
Pratibha Chauhan
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
More than half of the one million epilepsy patients in India can be cured and made seizure free with the help of neuroradiological procedures, costing merely Rs 15,000.

"It is estimated that about one million people in India are suffering from epilepsy and 50 per cent of these, who do not respond to medicines, can be successfully cured with neuroradiological procedures," said Dr Shailesh B. Gaikwad, Additional Professor in the Department of Neuroradiology, Neurosciences Centre, AIIMS.

He said the centre at AIIMS had launched an epilepsy surgery programme, under which surgery had been performed on 155 patients, with 80 per cent success rate.

"Patients suffering from intractable epilepsy, who have not benefited from medicines, can be made completely seizure free, or the frequency of seizures can be reduced," he explained.

He said the social stigma and hesitation on the part of parents to approach a doctor made the situation even worse. "In case there is delay in treatment even the normal part of the brain starts getting affected and the secondary effects can be very serious," he informed.

A majority of the patients who came to AIIMS had been suffering for more than 10 years. Even today there were a lot of myths associated with epilepsy, which needed to be dispelled, he stressed. He said there was a need to create awareness that epilepsy was curable and in certain cases it could be treated completely.

On the subject, Dr Anthony James Barkovich from the Neurology and Neurosurgery University of California said the problem was more common in children. "There could be a number of reasons for the problem, including infection, brain injury or birth defects. In a large number of cases it is genetic," he said.

Even in the West, people had a lot of reservations in approaching a doctor or disclosing it to people that their child was suffering from epilepsy. Studies had indicated that more the delay in treatment, more the complications.

Dr Gaikwad said the neuroradiological procedures were being done only at a handful of medical institutes in the country. Since the cost was not an inhibiting factor, the facility should be extended to more places. However, he said, there were a number of hindrances, like a lack of experts, infrastructure, low awareness and the social aspect.

Describing the procedure, he said after imaging the brain with MRI, the affected part was removed and this was called lesionectomi. In case one entire portion of the brain was affected, it was not possible to remove it, but that part was disconnected from the normal brain to prevent further damage, he said.

Like any other surgery, neuroradiological procedures, too, involved an element of risk, but so far the results had been very encouraging.


Steroids can cause glaucoma, cataract
Sarbjit Dhaliwal
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
The use of steroids for eye ailments can lead to serious complications such as cornea ulcer, glaucoma and cataract etc.

A nationwide alert has been sounded in this connection by the Directorate of Health Services of the Union Health Ministry. The directorate has directed the states and the union territories to spread awareness about the harmful effects of steroids and steroid-antibiotic combinations.

Sources said the problems caused by steroids were noticed in large numbers during the recent outbreak of conjunctivitis in the country. Chemists were found on their own selling steroids to those suffering from this ailment. In fact, a few weeks ago when the demand for steroids started shooting up because of conjunctivitis, unscrupulous elements started selling these at double the printed rates.

“While steroids are potent sight-saving drugs in specific serious eye diseases, their use in eye infections without prescription can result into serious complications, including corneal ulcer, glaucoma and cataract etc”, says the union ministry’s directive.

Steroids are being sold illegally violating the rules. As per Rule 96 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act , it is mandatory to put a red vertical line on the labels pasted on the bottles or other containers carrying preparations such as steroids, hormones etc. The objective was to caution the buyer about the adverse effects of such medicines also.

The union ministry’s directive says that even medical practitioners may not be aware of the fact that it was mandatory to draw a red line on the labels of the bottles carrying steroids etc. Interestingly, combination of steroid and antibiotic eye preparations are available at cheaper rates than antibiotics meant for eye ailments.


Strategies to cope with stress discussed
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 1
A talk on stress management by Dr Vidhu Mohan was organised by ODE (Optimising Development in Education) to launch ODEPQ (Optimising Development in Emotional and Personality Quotient) on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of C-FIVE Management Private Limited (catering division) at Oasis Resorts, Zirakpur, last night.

Dr Vidhu Mohan, former Professor and Chairman, Psychology Department Panjab University, and presently Honorary Secretary of ICCW (Indian Council of Child Welfare), was the chief guest. In her talk, she gave a brief introduction about the causes of stress, including developmental crisis and various other situational factors. An overview of the consequences of stress, ranging from psychosomatic disorders to various socio-emotional factors, was given and different coping strategies to overcome stress were discussed.

Ms Bharati Kapoor, director of ODE, in her talk, said a need was felt very strongly to launch ODEPQ since society today was stress-ridden and there were no inbuilt coping mechanisms. She said there was a need to learn skills to optimise our emotional and communicative skills. ODEPQ has planned various programmes for the corporate sector in the areas of effective team building, effective communication and stress management. ODEPQ will be conducting a one-day workshop on “Making stress work for you” on November 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


Mandeep storms into badminton final
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, November 1
Mandeep Singh, a student of DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh, stormed into the final of the boys under-16 event on the penultimate day of the All-India Tara Chand Memorial prize money junior major ranking badminton tournament being played at the Sector 3 sports complex, Panchkula.

Mandeep, who is ranked among first five in the country in his age group and a trainee of the Panjab University coaching centre, disposed of Amay of Maharashtra in straight games. He will now meet Saurav Kapoor of Haryana and son of senior badminton coach Ravinder Kapoor.

In the boys under-13 singles tie, Raj Kumar of Punjab displayed his prowess by overpowering Saurav Verma of MP in three crucial games. He will now cross swords with Nitin Dahiya of Haryana in the final.

In the junior doubles tie, the duo of Sahil Arora of Punjab and Rohit Bhakar of Haryana, who also represented India in the World Deaf and Dumb Badminton meet, surged ahead.

Results: all semi-finals:

Sub Junior Girls singles: Neha Rane (Mah) b Chitra Lekha (Dli) 9-11, 11-7, 11-1; Vaidehi Dave (Guj) b V. Jayoti Sawroopa (AP) 11-2, 13-12.

Girls singles (under-13): Vaishali Baria (Guj) b Komal Preet (Pb) 11-4, 11-2; IRD Shirvani (AP) b P.C. Tulsi (Ker) 7-11, 11-1, 11-4.

Boys singles (under-13): Nitin Dhaiya (Hry) b Pranav Chopra (Pb) 13-15, 15-9, 15-5; Raj Kumar (Pb) b Saurav Verma (MP) 6-15, 15-10, 15-13.

Girls singles (under-10): Vijeta Bhargav (MP) b Staffi Kala, 11-5, 11-1; Sikki Reddy (AP) b Eketa (Hry) 11-1, 11-2.

Boys singles (under-10): Pratul Josh (Utr) b Chirauy Jain (MP) 15-2, 15-2; Sameer Verma (MP) b J. Harsha (AO) 15-3, 15-11.

Boys singles (under-16): Saurav Kapoor (Hry) b Balbeer Rawat (Utr) 15-1, 15-12; Mandeep (Chd) b Amay (Mah) 15-7, 15-8.

All quarter-finals:

Sub Junior Girls single (under16): Neha Rane (Mah) b Anita (Hry) 11-9, 11-8; Chitar Lekha (Dli) b Pallavi (Hry) 11-2, 11-1; Vaidehi Dave (Guj) b Jui Agarkar (Mah) 11-1, 11-7; V. Jayoti Swaroopa (AP) Meenakshi (Dli) 11-1, 11-4

Boys Doubles (under-16): Navin and Lokesh (AP) b Adhiraj and Gaurav Verma (Hry) 15-5, 15-13; Guru Sai Dutt and Tarun (AP b Oscar and Mandeep (Chd) 2-15, 15-0, 15-4; Raj Kumar and Gurbaksh (Pb) b Akshey and Amay (Mah) 12-15, 15-4, 17-14; Nalin Dubey and Vipul b Parteek and Puneet (Hry) 15-1, 15-4.

Mini Girls (under-10): Vijeta (MP) b Ishma Iman (J & K) 11-1, 11-10; Sikki Reddy (AP) b Arzoo Thakur (HP) 6-11, 1-11.

Boys Single (under-10): Chirav Jain (MP) b Rupinder Singh (Pb) 15-6; 15-1; Pratul Joshi (Utr) b Bhya Dawar (Pb) 15-2, 15-4; J. Harsha (AP) b Arpit Verma (MP) 10-15, 15-11, 15-11; Sameer Verma (MP) b Sumitra Shivaker (MP) 15-3, 15-1.

Boys Single (under-13): Raj Kumar (Pb) b Avish Makol (Pb) 15-10, 15-0; Saurav Verma (MP) b P. Navin Kumar (AP) 15-6, 15-1; Nitin Dhaiya (Hry) b K. Nand Gopal (AP) 15-11, 15-5; Pamau Chopra (Pb) b Puneet (Hry) 15-5, 15-4.

Girls Single (under-13): IRD Shravni (AP) b Anuradha (Hry) 11-3, 11-2; PC Tulsi (Ker) b Jayoti Kaur (Mah) 11-3, 11-1; Komal Kaur (Pb) b Jancy James (AP) 6-11, 11-9, 11-4; Vaishali (Guj) b Mohini (Hry) 11-1, 11-1.

Junior Girls doubles (under-19): T. Somya and E. Depthis (AP) b Gauri and Meenakshi (Dli) 15-3, 15-9; Aprana Balan and Vadehi (Ker) b Kannu and Anita (Hry) 15-6, 16-17, 15-13; Sharda and Nivedta (AP) b Neha Rane and Juhi Agarkar (Mah) 3-15, 15-10, 15-6; A.L. Ashwani and Jayoti Sawroopa (AP) b Manju and Meena (Hry) 15-8, 15-5.

Junior Boys doubles (under-19): B. Kiran Kumar and Radha Krishan (AP) b Sumit and Parminder (Dli) 15-6, 15-5; Mayank Bhal and Ramnik Sharma (Rly) b Sumit and Peeyush (Hry) 15-9, 15-10; Rohit Bhakher and Sahil Arora (Hry) b Rajiv and Aman (Dli) 15-9, 10-15, 15-13; Gaurav Kapoor and Parteek Sharma (Hry) b Robin and Vikas (Chd) 15-9, 15-6.

Dev Samaj eves shine

The eves of IS Dev Samaj Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 21, excelled in cricket and kho-kho in two state-level tournaments which concluded today. In the Chandigarh state women’s cricket championship, organised by the Chandigarh Women’s Cricket Association, IS Dev Samaj girls school outplayed Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 35, by 25 runs. The toss was won by Dev Samaj girls and they scored 99 runs for the loss of nine wickets in 20 overs. Satinder scored 28 runs while Tanvi claimed two wickets. In reply, GMSSS-35, were all out for 74 runs in 18 overs. Sonu and Shveta bagged three wickets each. Ms Sumati Kanwar, Principal, IS Dev Samaj School, was the chief guest. The prizes were sponsored by Mr Sanjay Sardana, president of the Lions Club,Chandigarh Central.

In kho-kho, Shri Guru Gobind College, Sector 26, won the title in the Chandigarh open state kho-kho championship while the second place was secured by Dev Samaj girls school.

Aryan Club wins

Aryans Club defeated Uttaranchal Sports, Naya Gaon 25-13, 25-15 in a volleyball tournament organised by Garhwal Sabha, Chandigarh, here today at Sports Complex, Sector 7. Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Mr Bir Singh Gusain, Assistant Commissioner, Provident Fund, Chandigarh. In other matches of the day, Iriyakot ‘A’ beat Mahadev Sports, Dariya 25-12, 25-16, Uttranchal Chetna club, Indira colony beat Uttranchal Sports, Naya Gaon 22-25, 25-17, 15-9, Aryans club beat Tarkeshwar club 25-12, 25-17,Tarkeshwar club beat Uttranchal Sports, Naya gaon 29-27,25-12. In the girls’ section, Sports Club, Sector 46, defeated Dariya club 25—7.

Chess championship 

The Chandigarh Chess Association will hold the UT junior under-19 chess championship at St Xavier’s Senior Secondary School, Sector 44, on November 8 and 9. According to Mr Vipnesh Bhardwaj, secretary of the association, the selection of the UT team for the national junior under-19 chess championship to be held at Bikaner (Rajasthan) will also be made at this meet. Entries close on November 7 at phone No. 98146-15100.

Sports day

Kendriya Vidyalya, 3 BRD, Chandigarh, today organised its annual sports day. The highlights of the day were the fun games, track events, aerobics display and karate show. A bhangra and gidha programme also enthralled the audience. Air Cmde S.P.S Virk, AOC, 3 BRD, and Chairman,VMC, KV2, was the chief guest. Earlier, Principal Sudesh Prakash welcomed the guests and highlighted the achievements of the school.


Baazigars main attraction at sports festival
Our Correspondent

SAS Nagar, November 1
The performance of bazigars was the main attraction on the second day of the Sukhdev Singh Gill Memorial Sports festival at Dasehra Ground here today. A group of bazigars presented some thrilling items. Participants from different parts of Punjab gave individual performances.

The following are the results of today events:

Volleyball: YMC Club, Ambala City (1); Sports Club, Ludhiana (2) Rajpal Sports Club, Faridkot (3).

Kabaddi 57 kg (National style): Jagatpura (1); Chandigarh (2)

Kabaddi 47 kg (Punjab style): Mavi Kallan (1); Kailon (2)

Kabaddi 52 kg (Punjab style): Pannwan (1); Bilga (2)

Tug of war (for schools): Government Senior Secondary School, Sandhwan (1); Government Senior Secondary School, Kotla Bajwara (2).


Kriti, Jai Raj rule the rink
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, November 1
Kriti Puri, a Class XI student of Bhavan Vidyalya, Sector 27, Chandigarh, skated to glory today in the under-19 girls section of the rink race I event on the second day of the fourth CBSE national skating championship at the skating rink of Kailash Bahl DAV Centenary School, Sector 27.In the boys under-19 section, Jai Raj Singh of Emerald Height School, Indore, secured the first place.

Ms Madhu Bahl, Principal of the host school, said the road races would begin tomorrow at Lake Club at 6 am.

The results of the under-19 section are:

Girls: Kriti Puri (Bhavan Vidyalaya, Sector 27, Chandigarh)1, Rupam Vats (DAV Thermal Colony, Panipat) 2, Kangan Mahajan (DAV School, Amritsar) 3,

Boys: Jai Raj Singh (Emerald Height school, Indore) 1, Ankur Bhagwani (Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Vadodara) 2, Vikram Gupta (MHAC, Nagbani, Jammu) 3.

DAV Senior Secondary School, Sector 8, Chandigarh got the better of Guru Nanak Public School, Sector 36, by 45-11 in the fifth SNOSA basketball championship being played here today at Shishu Niketan Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 22. Dilabar scored 17 points while Sukhpal netted 12 points. In another match, Shivalik Public School, sector 41, beat Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 33, by 47-28. Nikhil Chopra was the main scorer with 17 points while Mukesh netted 10 points.

In the third match of the day, PML SD Public School, Sector 32, defeated Moti Ram Arya Senior Secondary School, Sector 27, by 41-18. Manpreet and Ravinder netted 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the winners. In the last match of the day, New Public School, Sector 18, beat SNMSSS, Sector 22, by 38-16. Harinder with 11 points was the main scorer for the winners.

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