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Neurosurgeon shares views on spinal cord tumours
Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Internationally acclaimed pediatric neurosurgeon Dr Rick Abbott brings with him decades of experience in the surgical treatment of brain and spinal cord tumours among children. At the PGI today to deliver the first Bhagwati Oration at the 18th annual conference of Indian Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery, he shared with the attending surgeons his expertise in pediatric spinal cord tumours.

“While spinal cord tumours constitute 10 per cent of the total tumours of the central nervous system, malignant pediatric brain tumours are the second most common cancer in children,” Dr Abbott told The Tribune on the sidelines of the ongoing three-day international CME on pediatric neurosurgery. The incidence of pediatric brain tumours is on the rise, with the Children’s Brain Tumour Foundation reporting that each year about 2,000 children under age 16 are diagnosed with a brain tumour.

For his part, Dr Abbott has for decades been engaged with the surgery of tumours of the central nervous system. Currently working with the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), the top referral site for pediatric neurosurgery in the USA, Dr Abbott is credited with developing techniques to rid the highly complicated tumour surgery of risks. Many of the procedures currently used to map the location of the critical structures of the nervous system and determine their integrity during the tumour surgery have been developed through Dr Abbott’s collaboration with neurophysiologists from other leading institutions.

“The real challenge now is to perform safe spinal cord tumour surgeries. I have demonstrated my techniques here at the PGI. But we are still working on the development of even more sophisticated techniques for guarding the nervous system during an operation,” Dr Abbott said today, underscoring the need for this super-specialty in India as well. He has spent a lot of time developing functional neurosurgery. This is used for the treatment of a condition called hypertonia in which a child suffers stiffness of the body, especially limbs.



Over 5m epliepsy patients in India
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Even with the advance treatment, including surgery, for epilepsy being available in the country at least one million patients were not getting proper medical cure.

This was stated by Dr Mathew Abraham, assistant professor and neurosurgeon, at the Sree Chitra Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Thiruvanathapuram, the leading institution in the country involved in conducting surgeries to treat epilepsy.

While talking to The Tribune on the sidelines of the International CME and Annual Conference of the Indian Society for Paediatric Neurosurgery, being held at the PGI here, Abraham said more than 5 million people suffering from epilepsy were on hospital records in the country.

While at the SCTIMST Thiruvanthapuram, AIIMS, New Delhi, CMC Vellore, and National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHNS), Bangalore, surgery for epilepsy had been conducted successfully. Many other hospitals including the PGI, Chandiagarh, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai and the NIMHNS, New Delhi were emerging as new centers for this surgery, Abraham said.

However, the number of surgeries conducted in the country was not more than 1,500 due to lack of knowledge about the technique and shortage of neurosurgeons, rued Abraham.



Cardiologist to visit city
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Dr H. Sahota, a cardiologist of Indian origin with two dozen of patents to his credit, is scheduled to visit the city next month.

The renowned cardiologist and inventor of heart surgery devices, has performed first coronary angioplasty in North India, Kiev in Ukraine, Guadalajara, Mexico.

Settled in the USA, Dr Sahota plans to visit medical colleges in Punjab during his visit, which is expected in the first week of next month.



CHA defeat PSEB
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Chandigarh Hockey Academy (CHA) defeated the Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB), 6-2, on the opening day of the 37th S.N. Vohra Gurmit Memorial Hockey Tournament at the Sector 42 Hockey Stadium, here, today.

Gurdeep Singh put Punjab State Electricity Board ahead in the eighth minute through a penalty corner.

Sarandeep Singh scored an equaliser for the CHA in the 26th minute. Before the end of the first half both the teams were leveled at 1-1.

CHA were awarded penalty corner in the 43rd minute, Simranjit Singh made no mistake in converting it to give CHA 2-1 lead. Maintaining the winning spree, CHA’s striker Harinder Singh, scored two goals in the 47th and 51st minute to further push the lead to 4-1.

A minute later, Simranjit scored the fifth goal. Manbir Singh reduced the PSEB’s debit with his goal in the 60th minute.

Gurdeep Singh decided the fate of the match in the 69th minute though penalty conversion and the final verdict was given in CHA’s favour 6-2.

In the second match, Ropar Hawks defeated CISF 2-0.

In this other wise a dull match, Praveen Kumar opened the account for Hawks in 43rd minute through field goal and four minutes later, Major Singh converted the penalty corner and the final score stood at 2-0 in favour of the Ropar Hawks.



Holy Child upset hosts
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, November 3
Holy Child School, Panchkula, beat hosts St Xavier’s School, Panchkula, 12-10 in the girls quarterfinal match of the Emily Gosain Junior Girls Basketball Tournament for Schools here on Thursday.

For the winners, Gul and Tanya scored four points each. Both teams were tied at 10-10 at the end of the fourth quarter.

But the spirited Holy Child cagers managed to score two points at the end of the match. Holy Child’s other scorers were Shrishti (2), Bhuvanish (1) and Arunjit (1).

For Xavier’s, Payal was the highest scorer with eight points, while Ravneet contributed two points.

New Public School, Chandigarh, St Xavier’s School, Mohali, Holy Child and St Kabir School, Chandigarh, entered semifinals.


Boys: Chaman Lal DAV School, Panchkula, (Gaurav Dhingra 10, Vikrant 4, Neeraj 8, Vikas 2) b Holy Child, Panchkula, (Pranshu 4, Ayush 3, Deepan 3, Mudit 2, Himanshu 2) 24-15.

St Xavier’s School, Chandigarh, (Gurjot 24, Vishpret 13) b Doon Public School, Panchkula, (Parth 21, Yogesh 10) 50-39.

Girls: Holy Child, Panchkula, (Gul 4, Tanya 4, Arunjit 1, Shrishti 2, Bhuvanesh 1) b St Xavier’s, Panchkula, (Payal 8, Ravnet 2) 12-10.

St Xavier’s, Mohali, b Doon Public International, Panchkula, 12-4.

New Public School, Chandigarh, b Guru Nanak Public School, Chandigarh.



45 vie for city’s chess team

Chandigarh, November 3
Simranjit beat Gauri Chuttani 2-1 in the girls’ under-13 while K. Aditya defeated Abhivav Bansal 3-2, during the boys and girls chess championship 2007, commenced at St Joseph Senior School Sector 44, here, today.

A total of 45 participants are contesting for selection to the Chandigarh team for the Nationals. The under-13 boys National are being held at Delhi in December and under-13 girls Nationals are being held at Mumbai in December. A team of two in each category will be selected to represent Chandigarh in the Nationals.

Results after Round 3: Girls Under-13: Ayooshi Tohki b Ashima 3-2; Arunima b K. Koumudi 3-1; Simranjit b Gauri Chuttani 2-1; Tanya Kaushal b Akshita Singla 2-1; Roopam Bhardwaj b Vomini Rana 2-1. — TNS



Manpreet first in 50 kg class

Chandigarh, November 3
Manpreet Singh of the Wrestling Coaching Centre, Sector 42, secured first place in 50 kg class in the 5th sub-junior boys and 11th junior men championship at Sports Complex, Sector 42, here today.

Rmandeep Singh got second place in the event.

Results: 56 kg: 1 Amrinder Singh, 2 Rajinder Sharma, 3 Yogesh; 62 kg: 1 Gurjant Singh, 2 Gurpret Singh, 3 Varun Bhardwaj; 69 kg: 1 Amandeep Singh, 2 Ankush Gilohtra, 3 Navjeet Singh; 7 kg: 1 Satpal Singh, 2 Amaninder Singh, 3 Sunny Kumar; + 77 kg: 1 Harjit Singh, 2 Harshdeep.

Junior Boys: 56 kg: 1 Jai Chand, 2 Arun Dev Singh, 3 Hardeep Singh; 62 kg: 1 Jagmeet Singh, 2 Sukhdev Singh, 3 Jarnail Singh; 77 kg: 1 Ranbir Singh, 2 Jaginder Singh, 3 Hardeep Singh; 85 kg: 1 Pushpinder Singh. — TNS



SGGS win wrestling championship

Chandigarh, November 3
It was the day for women wrestlers of the SGGS College, Sector 26, during the Panjab University Inter-college wrestling (women) championship, held at the Gymnasium Hall, PU campus here, today.

Sarla Devi (55 kg), Sonia Mor (59 kg), Manjeet (63 kg) and Harsha (72 kg) categories occupied first places.

Results: 48 kg: 1 Sonam, 2 Sapna, 3 Amandeep; 51 kg: 1 Ritu Joshi, 2 Gurpreet, 3 Mandeep Kaur; 55 kg: 1 Sarla Devi, 2 Kamaldeep. — TNS



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