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Sexually active elderly less prone to prostate cancer
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
Elderly men who lead a sexually active life are less prone to prostate cancer than those who lead more saintly lives. Another effective method of reducing the risk of prostrate cancer is to eat green leafy vegetables, soya foods, tomatoes, fish and to top it all, bask in the sun.

Urology experts from the region who had collected at a private hospital here for a continuing medical education on the problems of the prostate today highlighted that while almost 30 per cent of males above the age of 50 were at a risk of suffering from prostate cancer, recent studies had shown that the incidence was lower among Indian men as compared to the Afro-American and Scandinavian races.

Although lung cancer was the most widespread cancer among men in India, prostate cancer was becoming the second most common problem. “It is alarming to note that the number of those suffering from the cancer is increasing by almost 2.5 per cent each year among the Indian races and 3 per cent among other races. But thankfully the death rate due to this cancer is going down. It is as low as 73 in a population of 10,000 men,” pointed out Dr Kim Mammen, Professor and Head of Urology and Renal Transplantation Surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab.

“Recent published studies have shown that incidence of prostate cancer was lower among those who had an active sexual life. Also scientists have been able to identify certain anti-oxidants that form a part of our diet that are responsible for some protective action against the cancer. These are found in abundance in tomatoes and green leafy vegetables. Other than these, soya products, and certain fish oils found in salmons, mackerels help in prevention of the disease. Also important is vitamin D,” he said.

Dr Mammen said prostate cancer was detected with a simple blood test. “This test is called PSA. The normal values range between 0 to 4. Between 4 to 10 the person has 30 per cent chances of suffering from prostate cancer. Above 10 value means that the person has at least 50 per cent chances of suffering from the cancer. A high PSA value could be indicative of some other disorders. A biopsy guided by an ultrasound can confirm the cancer,” he said.

Surgical intervention or radical prostate removal is done in cases where the cancer is localised.

In cases where the cancer is spread to bones and the lymph nodes, radical surgery does not help. In such cases surgical castration or medical castration is undertaken,” he said, adding that most of the curative procedures of this cancer do not have a negative impact on the potency of the patient. “Castration could lead to a reduced libido but not impotency. Even in radical surgery we try to preserve the potency of the patient,” he specified.

Stating that the enlargement of the prostate is one of the many symptoms of the cancer, Dr Mammen said a slow stream of passing urine, incomplete urination, increase in frequency of urination, occasional bleeding in urine, back ache, loss of sensitivity in lower limbs were some of the other symptoms.



Promoting idea of safe heart
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
Over 25 cyclists participated in a cycle rally organised by the Chandigarh Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD) Prevention Project, PGI, in collaboration with the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association here today. The rally was organised to promote the idea of safe heart through cycling. The cyclists covered a distance of 10 km in the morning starting from the PGI and terminating at the Lake Club.

Dr S.K. Bhandari, nodal officer of the project, flagged off the rally and mentioned that CVDs account for 11 per cent of the global burden of the disease and 33 per cent of the global deaths. About three-fourth of morbidity of these diseases is from developing countries, he added.

“Majority of the estimated 32 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year and are caused by one or more cardio-vascular risk factors such as physical inactivity, smoking, alcohol and high fat and high salt diet,’’ said Dr Bhandari.

The studies have also shown that the hypertension is present in 25 per cent of the urban and 10 per cent rural population in the country. The prevalence of hypertension has almost doubled over 30 years in the city. The rate of hypertension in 1968 was 27 per cent and it had increased to 45 per cent in 1996-97 among males in the age group more than 30 years.

A study carried out in the 1997 has revealed that CVDs is the cause of death in approximately in one-third of deaths in urban Chandigarh.

The PGI has also developed an intervention package, which focuses on the lifestyle changes including smoking cessation, regular increased physical activities and health diet.

The project has associated all concerned agencies in the city in information, education and communication field to disseminate its information and generate public awareness. So far 131 doctors and 103 health workers have been trained for CVD risk assessment and management.

The organisers reiterated their resolve to organise more such cycle rallies in the future to create awareness for promotion of physical activity by associating college and school students.



Cervical spine injuries ‘challenge’ to anaesthetists
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, February 27
If anaesthesia is indispensable for carrying out a successful surgery, then a mismanaged administration of anaesthesia can prove equally fatal as it can cause permanent disability or paralyses and even death of the patient. Emphasising the need for proper management of anaesthesia on patients, Dr Christopher R. Turner from the USA, while delivering a lecture at the 6th annual conference of the Indian Society of Neuroanaesthesiology at the PGI today, said that patients with cervical spine injuries were a challenge to the anaesthetists in the emergencies.

“The problem with any head injury is that the possibility of an injury to the cervical spine cannot be ruled out with certainty, and there is often no time to make a definite diagnosis before emergency support of the patient’s respiration is needed. In such a situation the anaesthesiologist has to be extremely careful in doing procedures to support the patient’s respiration,” explained Dr Turner.

Dr R.P. Mahajan from the UK delivered the Dr Malathi Memorial Oration and spoke on the advantages and disadvantages of the use of nitrous oxide, an agent used for general anaesthesia.

Dr Alan Aitkenhead’s lecture stressed on the use of modern equipment to minimise damage at such a crucial point. This was followed by a lecture on consent for anaesthesia, a subject of great medical significance, said Dr Aitkenhead from the UK.

The lectures were followed by a panel discussion on “brain death”, which was moderated by Prof D. Dasgupta from Mumbai and Prof S. Kaushik from the city. The panelists included Prof S. Prabhakar from the PGI, Prof Tej Kaul from Ludhiana and Prof S M Mathuriya from the PGI.

Brain death is a condition in which the patient’s heart continues to beat, but the brain loses all its function, so that the individual remains in a vegetative state forever. When organ harvesting is planned from such patients, the hospital authorities, the administration and the patient’s relative have to work together and arrive at a decision to harvest organs for donation.

On the concluding day, the faculty and the student delegates from all over the country presented their research papers and posters on various aspects of neuro-anaesthesia at the Advanced Paediatric Centre, Auditorium.



Lecture on molecular biology
Tribune News Service

Mohali, February 27
Dr R.S. Atwal, professor at Cancer Research Institute at Philadelphia University, USA, delivered a lecture on molecular biology at the Shaheed Udham Singh College of Engineering and Technology, Tangori, near here yesterday.

He apprised students of entrepreneurial and research avenues for bio- technology graduates in India and abroad and addressed many queries of students and faculty members in an interactive session.

Dr R.C. Sobti, head of the department of biotechnology, was also present on the occasion. The management, principal and senior faculty attended the lecture. Mr J.S. Sidhu, chairman, proposed the vote of thanks.



Mannat, Sikandar adjudged best athletes
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, February 27
Mannat Dhaliwal of Tagore House in the girls’ section and Sikandar Sharda of Aitchison House in the boys’ section were adjudged best athletes in the below-10 section on the concluding day of the 26th Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, athletics meet.

Earlier, the day began with arrival of chief guest Air Marshal R. S. Bedi (retd). A march past enthralled the audience.

Air Marshal Bedi stressed the need to inculcate discipline and values among students. He said competitive events like these provided a valuable base to the children. He was happy to see the teachers participating in the meet.

Principal Harish Dhillon welcomed the chief guest.

The march-past trophy was won by Patiala House and the gold medal for the best troop leader was won by Haripal of Ranjit House. Patiala House remained on top with 1384 points, Aitchison House was second with 928 points, Ranjit House third with 811 points, Nalagarh House fourth with 751 points while Tagore House got the fifth position with 734 points.

The following are the results.

March past: Patiala1, Ranjit 2, Aitchison 3, Nalagarh 4, Tagore 5.

Best athletes (house wise):

Boys (above 16): Gurvinder Singh Mann (Patiala), under-16: Bharat Bhushan (Aitchison), under-14: Gurpreet Sandhu (Aitchison), under-12: Manmeet Singh (Aitchison), under-10: Sikander Sharda (Aitchison).

Girls (above 15): Jairoop Riar (Patiala), under-15: Aanchal Bajwa (Nalagarh), under-13: Steffi Singh (Nalagarh), under-11: Mannat Dhaliwal (Tagore).

Today’s results: (above16): 4X400 m relay: Ranjit House1, Patiala 2, Tagore 3.

Under-16: 100 m:Bharat Bhushan (Aitchison)1, Harkirat Singh (Aitchison)2, Shivam Gumber (Patiala)3. Under-14: 100 m: Gurpreet (Aitchison)1, Pearl Ranmchal (Patiala) 2, Kabir Singh Dhillon (Nalagarh)3.

Girls (above15): 100 m: Divya (Aitchison) 1, Jairoop (Patiala)2, Manpreet Sandhu (Aitchison)3. Under-15: 100 m: Vasundra (Patiala)1, Ravinderpreet Kaur (Patiala)2, Aanchal Bajwa (Nalagarh)3.

Needle and thread race for former students and parents: Minia and Capt. Maninder Singh 1, Tejinder and Pawaninder 2, Seema Sharda and P. S. Walia 3. Teachers: 4x 50 m relay: Tagore 1, Patiala 2, Aitchison 3.



Kaira fashions Barwala institute victory
Our Sports Reporter

Chandigarh, February 27
A brilliant partnership of 108 runs between Umesh Kaira (unbeaten 71) and Rubal Kapil (45) enabled JR Institute of Cricket Technology, Barwala, to beat Bharat Cricket Club by three wickets in the last league match of the Amartex Cricket Cup played today at Barwala, near Panchkula.

The tournament is being organised by the Panchkula District Cricket Association.

Bharat Cricket Club won the toss. Sunny Sohal played a beautiful innings of 106 runs from 128 deliveries.

In the last 15 overs his partnership with Jagdish Kumar added 42 more runs to the tally.

Jagdish Kumar scored unbeaten 42 runs in just 21 deliveries, which included two huge sixes, in the last five overs.

The club scored 244 runs for nine in the allotted 50 overs.

Manav Asopa and Nitin Mehtani started the chase for JR Institute of Cricket Technology as the first 50 of the innings came in the ninth over.

Sunny Sharma contributed 34 from 44 deliveries with the help of four boundaries before he was caught by Sunny Sohal off the bowling of Kamal Walia.

It was Umesh Kaira whose unbeaten 71runs paved the way for a splendid win over Bharat Cricket Club.

Now JR Institute of Cricket Technology will meet Bedi Cricket Club and Satluj Cricket Club will play Bharat Cricket Club in the semi-final.

Brief scores: Bharat Cricket Club: 244 for 9 in 50 overs (Sunny Sohal 106, Deepak Aggarwal 45, Jagdish Kumar 42 n.o. Surinder Singh 3 for 14, Jitender Billa 3 for 51); JR Institute Cricket Technology:

247 for 7 in 48 overs (Manav Asopa 52, Sunny Sharma 34, Umesh Kaira 71 n.o., Roobal Kapil 45.



HFCL XI lift cricket title
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, February 27
A brilliant 54- run knock by Rahul Joshi helped HFCL XI to score seven-wicket victory over Spice XI in the Punjab Telecom Operators Friendship Cup Cricket Tournament concluded at Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, Sector 3, here today.

Spice XI batted first and scored 136 for 6 in 30 overs. Losing wickets at regular intervals, Spice XI were down six wickets for just 96 runs. After that, the 40-run partnership of Nitin Kumar (37 not out, 2 fours) and Ashish Malhotra (29 not out, 4 fours) carried their score to 136.

In reply, HFCL XI achieved their target in just 24.1 overs with the fine batting by skipper Rahul Joshi and finally Amit Bhardwaj (23 no) and Arun Madan (18 no, 2 fours) steered their team to victory as their unbeaten four - wicket partnership yielded 39 runs.

Rahul Joshi was adjudged man of the match as well as man of the tournament while Deepak Gill was declared best batsman and Manan Dogra of Spice XI was awarded best bowler title.

Brief scores: Spice XI: 136 for 6 in 30 overs (Nitin Kumar 37 no, Ashish Malhotra 29 no, Rajil Sawhney 19, Manan Dogra 21, Baljit 2 for 36); and HFCL XI: 137 for 3 in 24.1 overs (Rahul Joshi 54, Amit Bhardwaj 23 no, Arun Madan 18 no, Vivek Pathania 2 for 22).

PGI sports meet

Dr Edmund Joses in men and Ms Kulbir in women’s section emerged as best athletes in the 33 rd PGI’s Annual Sports meet held at the PGI grounds here on Sunday. The function was inaugurated by Dr K.K. Talwar, Director, PGI.

The PGI staff, including doctors and faculty from all departments, took part enthusiastically in the meet in which 100m race, shot put, basketball, volleyball and tug of war were the main events.

The team, led by Shoba Ram, won the volleyball and basketball matches. The major attraction was the night cricket match, which was won by the Hell Boys’ team under the captainship of Naveen.


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