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Tuberculosis : new challenges

Tuberculosis : new challenges Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the most ancient diseases of mankind
In 1882, Robert Koch discovered bacillus Mycobacterium tuberculosisIt is caused by bacteria termed Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex which includes M tuberculosis,M bovis, M microti and M africanumTB kills 2 million peopleper year. According to WHO, half of all new cases are in six asian countries including India . People with co-infection of HIV and TB are much more likely to develop TB.·Today in India, two deaths occur every three minutes from TB. Indian scenario TB has been mentioned in the Vedas andAyurvedic scriptures as kshaya rog. In 1993, WHO declared TB to be a global emergency and devised DOTS strategy. In 1997, the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP) was launched and adopted this strategy. In year 2005, 0.04% of the TB cases in India were diagnosed and reported as MDR-TB, which rose to 0.15% (~4 times) in 2007.
Multidrug-resistant tuberculos…

How to keep our Heart Healthy

Cardiovascular diseases have now become the leading cause of mortality in India. 25 to 30% mortality in our country is attributable to heart attacks, brain strokes and heart failure. The Global Burden of disease in India is estimated at age-standardized death rate of 272 per 100,000 population. It is higher than the global average of 235 per 100000 populations. The other peculiarities in our country are a younger age at presentation, an accelerated course of disease and high mortality. Preventive strategies are therefore the keys to reduce this alarming trend because once it manifests, most treatment strategies are at best palliative. The World Heart federation and World Health Organization every year has marked last Saturday of September as the “World Heart day”.
This year the theme of the World Heart Day is to make 3 Promises. “Eat more healthily”,get more active” and “say no to Smoking”. These three do’s can go a long way in preventing a heart attack and keep you healthy in general…

Artificial intelligence – the Stethoscope of the 21st century

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the ability of a computer to carry out tasks associated with intelligent beings. Very simply, it means that a computer is functioning and behaving like the human brain, and now possesses intellectual processes characteristic of humans, such as the ability to reason, discover meaning, generalize, logic, or learn from past experiences, and self-correction. Since the development of the digital computer in the 1940s, it has been demonstrated that computers can be programmed to carry out complex taskswhich require human-like cognitive ability like solving mathematical theorems or playing chess with great proficiency. Now due to continuing advances in computer processing and memory capacity, they are, to some extent, able to match human flexibility.
It is logical to deduce that AI will revolutionize medicine and healthcare, but this will happen only if AI is available to the average, mainstream users – and not only to the richest medical institutions. As of no…

Occupational contact dermatitis

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Occupational contact dermatitis is a skin condition caused by work-related exposures. It occurs in workers who are exposed to irritating or allergenic substances or specific physical factors in the workplace. Eliminating or preventing exposure to these agents or conditions can largely prevent the occurrence, and if already present, the severity of OCD. The disease is most common amongst nurses, food handlers, hairdressers and beauty therapists, motor mechanics, cleaners, construction workers and specialized epoxy workers, printers and those within the health care and manufacturing industries.




In most western industrialized countries, OCD is one of the most commonly reported and underestimated occupational disease with international estimates of incidence varying between 50-190 cases per 100, 000 full-time workers per year. Specific OCD prevention activities derived from the literature and analysis of the data suggest that the largest gains are likely to be made by targeting the followi…

Hospital with a Heart

As you enter the gates of Batra Hospital and Medical Research Center (BHMRC) in South Delhi’s Tughlaqabad area, you cannot but notice that it’s different from other Hospitals. This Hospital caters to all segments of the society, and not just the creamy upper class. The Hospital aims to serve all segments of society at all times with humility. It indeed is rightly labeled as “The Hospital with a Heart”.
The Doctors and Nurses are world class; every employee strives to make you more comfortable and tries to attend to you immediately. The billing is rational and is totally bereft of any inflation. This Hospital has been catering to Delhi’s healthcare needs since 1987. It has also catered to numerous patients from other states and countries.
Most of the well recognized Doctors in the country have been trained at BHMRC. Till date the Hospital runs a well recognized DNB Training programme. The Hospital puts in its best to bring out the best possible outcome for your diseases. Our patients …

TALENT trial shows equivalence of Indian stent SUPRAFLEX with the market leader Xiance

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Dr Upendra Kaul, Chairman Cardiology BHMRC co-chairs a path breaking study 

In the first randomized trial of an Indian-made stent versus the best-in-class Xience stent (Abbott) conducted in Europe, the Supraflex sirolimus-eluting stent (SMT; Surat, India) proved itself to be a worthy competitor in results presented here at TCT 2018.

In the TALENT trial, the rate of a device-oriented composite endpoint of cardiac death, target-vessel MI, and clinically indicated TLR at 12 months was 4.9% with Supraflex and 5.3% with Xience, a difference that met criteria for noninferiority (P < 0.001), study chair Patrick Serruys, MD, PhD (Imperial College London, England, and Erasmus University, Rotterdam, the Netherlands), reported.
Though there were no significant differences between groups for any of the components of the composite outcome, a per-protocol analysis suggested that TLR might be lower with Supraflex, which is not available in the United States …