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Asthma awareness programme at DMCH
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
The chest unit of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise an asthma awareness programme to observe Asthma Day, here tomorrow.

Under the programme, demonstration of inhalation devices and information regarding management of asthma will be given to OPD patients through various programmes. The aim behind organising the programme is to clear myths about the disease and to spread awareness regarding its right diagnosis and treatment.

The department will also hold a seminar for asthma management for the faculty and medical students. Discussions on different aspects of asthma will also be held. There will also be an asthma awareness quiz, according to Dr Jagdeep Whig, Vice-Principal and Professor and Head of the Chest Unit of DMCH.

According to Dr J. Whig, incidences of asthma are increasing due to various environmental factors. Ludhiana, being the industrial hub, has a large number of children and young adults afflicted with the trouble.

“In children, if asthma is not treated in time it can retard their growth and can lead to serious consequences. The incidences of asthma are higher in children than in adults, which signifies that many children grow out of this ailment by their teenage,” said Dr Daljit Singh, Principal and Professor, Department of Paediatrics and in charge of the Paediatric Chest Disease Speciality OPD.

Dr Whig said a study by the Global Institute of Asthma (USA) had shown that a sudden rise had been found in the incidences of asthma all over the world and the death rate had also increased. It persisted in all age groups and it was more common in blacks and females. He said almost 50 per cent patients visiting the chest OPD of the DMCH were found suffering from asthma.

Dr Whig said asthma was basically an allergic disorder that could be controlled. It could be caused by various factors like stress and changing weather. But the commonest causes were infections, smoke, pollen grains, falling hair of pets like dogs and cats, tobacco, cigarettes, eatables, harvesting, burning of husk and some medicines.

The symptoms of asthma included cough, mucus, breathing difficulty and pain in the chest. “However, if the attack occurs by doing some strenuous physical activity, the person concerned should not give up that activity. In fact, he should take the right treatment side by side and live like a normal person,” he added.

He said some of the best Olympians of the world were asthmatic. “Actor Amitabh Bachchan, is also an asthmatic, but such persons have proved that with right treatment of asthma, a person can achieve his goals in life,” he added. Fabrics weavers, factory workers, smokers and sweepers were more prone to the disease, he said.


CMCH doctors’ poster nominated for award
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, May 3
A poster on “Prostatic Intra-Epithelial Neoplasia” presented by four doctors of Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) has been nominated for the Vijaywada Best Poster Award. Made by Dr Kim Mammen, Dr Mini Verghese, Dr Sunita Jacob and Dr Joseph K. Mathew it was presented at the annual conference of the Urological Society of India held in Kochi in January.

Dr John Abraham, Medical Superintendent, CMCH, said the poster was based on the year-long study conducted by the team for the early detection of prostate cancer. A total of 18 podiums and posters were presented by a team of six delegates from the Department of Surgery and Urology, CMCH.

Giving details, Dr Mammen, Head and Professor, Department of Urology, CMCH, said prostate cancer was the second most common cancer found among the male population. On an average, one in every four males can develop the cancer of prostate gland and the incidence rate increases with age.

Giving information about the concerned poster and the study, Dr Mammen said, “Prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia is a condition before the cancerous changes are seen in the prostate. It is the earliest form of abnormality of the cells before the proliferation.” During the study we had screened all males attending the urological out-patient department with urinary problems and with abnormal prostate specific antigen (PSA) value. We subjected them to either trans rectal ultrasound of the prostrate (TRUS) and prostate biopsy. It was found that 10 per cent of these patients had prostatic intra-epithelial neoplasia (PIN) a precursor to prostrate cancer. Patients with low-grade PIN have 50 per cent chances of developing cancer and that with high grade PIN have over 70 per cent chances of developing it.”

Talking about the management of prostate cancer, he added that being a referral centre the CMCH received about 75 new cases of cancer every year. With early diagnosis and appropriate treatment there were very good chances of survival in case of prostate cancer, said Dr Mammen.


Jalandhar score 239 in first innings
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, May 3
Powered by useful innings by Pawan (73 n.o.) and Sarabjeet (49), Jalandhar scored 239 runs against Ludhiana on the first day of their match in the Punjab State Inter-District Cricket Tournament (under-17) for the ML Markan Trophy at the Satish Chander Dhawan Government College for Boys ground here today.

At stumps, Ludhiana were struggling at two wickets down with only 15 runs on the board.

Brief scores: Jalandhar — 239 all out in 86.2 overs (Ishan 38, Sarabjeet 49, Pawan 73 n.o. and Sumit 20; Sukhmeet Singh 3 for 60, Yogesh 1 for 43, Gagandeep Dhand 1 for 31 and Mukul Gupta 1 for 37)

Ludhiana — 15 for 2 in 6 overs (Sumit 1 for 1).

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