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Why Indian doctors fear for their lives

First he skipped breakfast, and then found there was no time for lunch. As afternoon stretched into evening, the famished young doctor considered slipping away for a bite, but there were too many patients turning up at the emergency ward. At 7.30pm, he thought he might take a breather after just one more case. It seemed easy enough. No question of life or death -- just one 10-year-old boy, sobbing loudly over a fractured leg. The child was riding an autorickshaw when it hit a divider and the leg got caught.  
Suresh Sana, the 28-year-old postgraduate doctor on duty at MS Ramaiah teaching hospital in Bangalore, explained to the parents that a clear X-ray could be obtained only if the boy calmed down and stopped crying and shaking. But the child proved difficult to soothe. Eventually, Sana dispatched the family to the X-ray unit. When he met them there to get the results, however, Sana suddenly found himself a target of the relatives’ wrath. It was a bewildering turn in the course of hi…

UPSC CMS 2014 Notification

UPSC CMS on June 22, 2014.

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MBBS doctors get clearer rules for sonography

A recent amendment in the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostics Techniques (PCPNDT) Act allows medical practitioners (MBBS doctors) to conduct sonography tests on pregnant women, provided they undergo six months' training imparted within the well-defined syllabus prescribed by the act at accredited institutions.
In addition to addressing the shortage of radiologists, the move will also help authorities shut down unauthorized training centres mushrooming across the country that offer training in obstetric sonography.
Government hospitals in rural areas will also get the trained staff to conduct obstetric sonography as medical officers at these hospitals will be imparted the six months' training on priority.
The syllabus and clear-cut guidelines on who will undergo training and who will be exempt will help appropriate authorities enforce the act effectively, thereby curbing malpractices in the field.
"The Union ministry of health and family welfare issued a gazette notif…

New routine for PG med counselling

To contain the yearly phenomenon of all-India quota post-graduate medical seats lapsing to states, the Supreme Court on Friday accepted the Union health ministry's proposal and directed Medical Council of India to notify a new counseling schedule.
Under the new schedule, which reverses the earlier process, the states will first hold counseling to fill their PG seats quota in state government medical colleges from the coming academic year (2014-15). It will be followed by the all-India quota counseling.
Appearing for the health ministry, additional solicitor general Sidharth Luthra informed a bench of Justices A K Patnaik and F M I Kalifulla that every year, many all-India quota seats used to lapse to the states because of the deliberate suppression of vacancy position in PG seats by the states.
The bench saw merit in the health ministry's proposal and ordered its implementation after MCI agreed to it.
Under the new proposal, the first round of counseling by the states will get ove…

Doctors' stir turns serious, 300 medical college teachers quit

The tussle between the police and medicos took a serious turn on Saturday with nearly 300 teachers of Ganesh Shankar Vidhyarthi Memorial Medical College here tendering resignations in protest against the arrest of around three dozen resident doctors for alleged clash with Samajwadi Party MLA's supporters in Swaroop Nagar late on Friday night. As reports that seven patients died due to the doctors' strike in city hospitals came in, the administration ordered a magisterial probe into the entire episode.
"We submitted our resignation to GSVM principal Prof Navneet Kumar on Saturday evening. Prof Kumar has assured us to forward it to the state government on Monday," said Dr Aarti Lal Chandani, president of the Indian Medical Association (Kanpur) and senior faculty member of GSVM.
"We are into a very noble profession but when our voices are not heard, we have no other option but to go on strike," added Dr Chandani. Demanding that doctors arrested in fake cases be …

Docs bear the brunt of UP's 'gunda raj'

A very shameful incident occured on 28th Feb 2014 in GSVM, Kanpur. After a road accident near the college with the car of Samajwadi Party MLA from Sisamau Irfan Solanki he started beating the students as it hurted his ego even after repeated apologies by the medical students. Soon a huge crowd gathered and opposed the MLA. He ordered open firing at the students. Two final year students have been shot. They also called his supporters and with the help of police started beating all the students of college. The 'gunda raj' didn't end there, their supporters and police enetered hostel and started beating students. They damaged all the hostels, vehicles, hospital, etc and were still chasing students. Students have suffered massive injuries and many have been admitted at the LLR hospital, the condition of some of whom are critical. 
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FDA Approved Drugs - Jan-Feb 2014

1. Dapagliflozin: For the treatment of type II diabetes, January of 2014
2. Metreleptin : For the treatment of congenital or acquired generalized lipodystrophy.
3. Droxidopa : For the treatment of neurogenic orthostatic hypotension
4. Elosulfase alfa : For the treatment of Mucopolysaccharidosis type IVA, Approved February 2014
5.Ibrutinib : For the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia
6.Tasimelteon : For the treatment of non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder in the totally blind.
P.s Note : Miposmersen is an antisense therapeutic that targets the messenger RNA for apolipoprotein B and it is used for Homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia ( Once Weekly SC Injection , T1/2 30 days ) approved in JAN 2013 : Most Probable Question

MBBS course duration can be reduced: Ved Prakash Mishra

Ved Prakash Mishra is chairman, academic council, Medical Council of India. Speaking with PG Times, Mishra discussed stepping up the quality of Indian medical education, reducing the duration of the MBBS course — and how students' practical exposure can be improved:
What is the first step towards improving Indian medical education?
Well, my first aim is to bring our curriculum and clinical education at par with world standards, especially the five major English-speaking countries, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Singapore. Their students have entry to PG or super-specialisation in our country, but it's not vice-versa since 2009.
So, i want to bring the Indian curriculum to world-level and ensure our students too can take up post-graduation or super-specialisation in any of these countries after their MBBS.
How can this be done?
We have identified four areas . These are restructuring the undergraduate curriculum on a competency-based model, adopting an integrated mode…