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Interactive e-lecture series on clinical medicine
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 18
Christian Medical College (CMC) here has embarked upon an e-lecture series for its faculty to enable them to acquire up to date information on advances in clinical medicine, and at the same time, interact with pioneers in different fields in developed countries.

Similar webcast-based lecture programmes were first initiated by America's leading medical centre - the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre- with great success.

According to CMC principal John Abraham, acclaimed faculty from major university hospitals in the USA would speak on high-yield topics to physicians through weekly live webcasts. The interactive web seminars would focus on the most current, reliable and accurate guidelines for the management of medical conditions that doctors in the CMC commonly encountered in their daily practice. Spanning across all major medical specialities, these seminars would be comprehensive and complete in all respects.

The added advantage of the weekly lecture would be a live interactive session which would follow. "In these sessions, the doctors at CMC will have an opportunity to discuss the related topic with the medical experts in US so as to apprise themselves with latest advances in clinical medicine."

The weekly web seminars will involve the most pragmatic use of technology to transfer state-of-the-art medical expertise to the door-step of of the CMC consultants. The first lecture in this regard, webcast earlier this week, was on 'lipid control and cardiovascular risk' delivered by Dr Daniel Mundowicz, director of preventive cardiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in USA, Dr Abraham added.

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‘Drug side effects major cause of gastric problems’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 18
“Though a lot of research is going for the treatment of acid peptic disease, the medical and nutritional management of peptic ulcer disease calls for reducing the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and antacids along with cutting down the use of tobacco products (smoking) and consumption of alcohol, spices, coffee, etc. At the same time, good dietary and nutritional status helps in decreasing H. pylori infection.”

These observations were made by Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina, professor and head of gastroenterology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, while delivering a lecture on “Recent advances in the management of acid peptic disease and dyspepsia”.

The session, organised by the Physicians Association of Ludhiana, was conducted under the chairmanship of Dr S.B. Khurana, a former principal and head of medicine, DMCH, and coordinated by gastroenterologist Dr Nirmaljit Singh Malhi.

According to Dr Chhina, acute peptic disease is a digestive problem caused by acidity and indigestion. In acute gastritis, the lining of the stomach became inflamed or swelled up when something irritated it. This condition could happen after a bout of serious drinking or after eating stale food. Some illnesses like influenza might also cause acute gastritis. Nausea, abdominal indigestion and loss of appetite are some of the predominant symptoms.

He says commonly used drugs for these digestive problems are associated with significant gastrointestinal side-effects like peptic ulcers and gastrointestinal bleeding, etc. The drugs that included aspirin, brufen and disprin accounted for approximately 20-25 per cent of all reported drug adverse events.

“It has been estimated that from 15 to 40 per cent of patients taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs experience upper gastrointestinal symptoms. The majority of patients develop some gastric problems after each dose of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.”

As per the research survey, approximately 30 million people worldwide benefitted from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs every day. Some 500 million prescriptions were written every year. Around 10 to 20 per cent of individuals aged more than 65 had a current or recent non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs prescription. The use of these drugs rising due to increasing availability of medicines without a prescription, use of aspirin for prevention of thrombotic disorders and the ageing population.

“Prevalence of bacteria which causes stomach ulcer i.e. helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori) in normal population is 0 to 40 per cent, gastritis ulcer 65 per cent, chronic gastritis 80 per cent and non-ulcer dyspepsia nearly 50 per cent. As far as dyspepsia disease is concerned, it is also very common, and most patients who have persisting or intrusive symptoms will eventually require investigations. The most useful investigation to define disease is upper gastrointestinal endoscopy,” he says. 

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Chemists can play key role in asthma control: Doc
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, July 18
Recognising the crucial role of primary physicians that the chemists play in our country, it is important to educate and update their knowledge on diseases such as asthma, said Dr Akashdeep Singh, pulmonologist at Christian Medical College and Hospital here.

He said pollution and other lifestyle-related complications gave rise to allergic respiratory disorders, showing an upward swing across the globe. In India, the estimated burden of asthma was over 15 million, while the prevalence of asthma in Punjab alone was above 3.5 per cent (around 8.5 lakh asthmatic patients).

At a lecture organised for the Chemist Association of Ludhiana, Dr Akashdeep imparted the necessary knowledge and skills. He provided the basic understanding of asthma and its symptoms and treatment, especially the “asthma triggers” - the things which tend to bring or aggravate symptoms of asthma.

He emphasised the importance of regular inhalation medication to keep the inflammatory process under check, which would enable the asthmatics to enjoy a more fulfilling and active life. "The latest asthma treatment technique is simple, effective and safe to a degree. Parents of asthma-prone children will be especially happy to know that their children can enjoy largely symptom-free life."

Dr Akashdeep maintained that with regular, long-term treatment and after good follow-ups, the patients could aim to achieve a complete absence or reduction of asthma symptoms. All this could be achieved without losing out on sleep, studies or other activities with the latest medicines available in the market.

The association members were told about the asthma tool box and were also provided with educational material for patients.

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Hospital organises camp for ex-servicemen
Our Correspondent

Doraha, July 18
As there are a lot of ex-servicemen and their families residing in the rural and semi urban areas of Punjab, who find it difficult to visit cities for the cure of their ailments in the initial stages and seek medical help only when the disease is advanced and has already led to irreversible sequel, a free medical check-up camp was organised especially for them at Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, today where more than 250 patients were examined.

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Inter-school chess tourney from July 21
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 18
The Ludhiana District Chess Association (LDCA) is organising the first Ludhiana District Inter-School Chess Tournament here at Kundan Vidya Mandir School, Civil Lines, on July 21 and 22. Any school student can take part in this championship.

General secretary, LDCA, Arvinder Preet Singh, said that the two-day meet will be conducted following the Swiss league system. Competition in eight categories, which are u-13, u-15, u-17 and u-19 years of age for boys and girls, will be held.

Entries may be sent to Arvinder Preet Singh whose phone number is 98140-84872 or to the LDCA president Vikas Sharma (98157-30066). Interested players are required to bring their own chess sets and proof of age certificates.

The top three position holders will be given prizes. Participation certificates will be given to all the participants. Principal of the host school, S.C. Saxena, will inaugurate the championship, said Singh.

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Satvik wins chess tourney
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, July 18
Satvik came out triumphant in the 11 to 12 year group while Nischay proved his supremacy in the 13 to 16 year group of the second edition of the chess tournament organised for wards of the Life Insurance Corporation of India(LIC) employees which concluded at the LIC divisional office, Dugri road, here.

The tournament was conducted by the LIC Employees and Recreation Club.

In the 11 to 12 year group, Saiyam and Akshit secured the second and third positions, respectively, while Parichay and Ayush got the second and third spot in the 13 to 16 year group.

Ankit got the better of his rivals to emerge champion in the 6 to 8 year group.The second and third positions were grabbed by Setu and Manav, respectively. In the 9 to 10 year section, Parmeet proved too good for his opponents and clinched top honours. Keshav secured the second position while Riya finished at the third spot.

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