Category Archive: Editorial

Jun
15

Why do doctors not live long?

When I was the President of Delhi Medical Association in 2005, we wanted to make a list of doctors who were 80 years old and above. We had a hard time finding them.  We could collect only 22 doctors.  Today, we have 40000 members in Delhi Medical Council and the picture has still not changed. …

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Jun
13

About Thyroid gland

Low functioning thyroid is a new epidemic of the society affecting more than 3% of people. If thyroid function is low, it causes weight gain, loss of energy, cold intolerance and menstrual irregularities in women. All people who are aged 50 and above should have their thyroid profile (TSH test) done to look for thyroid …

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Jun
12

Fish Medicine for asthma

The fish cure for asthma is back in the news. The Bathini Goud family, living in Hyderabad, claim that they can cure asthma by making people swallow a 2-inch live fish filled with medicine. They claim that they have been using this treatment for over 160 years. As per their claim the medicine is stuffed inside …

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Jun
11

All about tea

When we speak of tea, it is commonly assumed to be black tea with milk and sugar. However, the word ‘Tea’ means any herb. This means even hot Tulsi water is Tulsi tea or hot mint water is Mint tea. Herbs which can be converted into tea are jasmine tea, lemon tea, lemon grass tea, …

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Jun
10

Checklist for a doctor’s consultation

When you go to a doctor, make sure that you have reviewed your checklist. 1.      You know the credentials of your doctor and his name. 2.      Write down the history of your illness and a brief summary of your illness before you plan a visit to the doctor, so that you don’t miss anything when …

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Jun
08

All about depression

1.      Depression is a major public health problem as a leading predictor of functional disability and mortality. 2.      Optimal depression treatment improves outcome for most patients. 3.      Most adults with clinical significant depression never see a mental health professional but they often see a primary care physician. 4.      A non-psychiatric physician 50% of times misses the diagnosis of the …

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Jun
08

All about death by hanging

  Hanging is the simplest and yet highly effective method used by people who commit suicide. It is the most common cause of suicide after poisoning in women and after gunshot injury in men. Hanging accounts for 53% of suicides in males and 39% in females. It has a high mortality rate up to 70%. …

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Jun
07

Preventing suicides in film industry

Jiah Khan’s death has sparked a debate on “how suicides in film fraternity can be prevented? Our survey has shown that at the same level of stress, suicides are more common in film industry compared to the equally glamorous IPL. Similarly, there are more suicides in the medical profession than in the nursing profession. In …

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Jun
05

Beware of sting operations

Many news channels are looking to carry out sting operations against medical doctors. The possible areas are: Giving and taking commissions Manipulating insurance data before admission Admitting patient when not required to avoid court dates Giving false certificates In a public school in Delhi, when I was talking to principal, he said that 10% of …

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May
31

Heart disease starts in youth

Autopsy studies of young people who died in accidents have shown that by the late teens, the heart blockages, the kind of lesions cause heart attacks and strokes are in the process of developing The best opportunity to prevent heart disease is to look at children and adolescents and start the preventive process early. More than …

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