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Bid Adieu…… 17th Perfect Health Mela

The 17th Perfect Health Mela comes to a successful end today. The 10-day Mela, an annual event of the Heart Care Foundation of India saw a huge turnout of the public, including participants from schools, colleges of Delhi and NCR. The focus this year was on ‘Lifestyle disorders’. Since its inception in 1993, this mega community service event has been a time-tested health awareness module not only for the public but also the participating students.

Health Model Display, Poster cum Slogan making, Skit, Debate and Collage making on various Health Topics were few such activities.

This 10-day journey started with Swagat (inaugural function) followed by ‘Anmol’, a festival for children with special needs. In this journey, several other events Harmony (inter school festival), Heritage (inter dancing school festival), Divya Jyoti (inter nursing school festival), Medico Masti (inter medical college and college festival), Health Darbar (public audience with medical experts) were our major milestones.

The last session of the Mela ‘eMedinewS Update’ will see participation of top doctors of the city. Various health topics that are relevant today will be discussed.

Bid Adieu, the valedictory function will be held today evening to mark the closing of the Mela. Prizes for the ‘Best Stall’ would be awarded.

I thank all the participants Depts. of Govt. of Delhi, NGOs, Public Sector Undertakings, Schools and Colleges for their wholehearted efforts and contribution in making this Mela informative and entertaining.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief

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CDC study predicts increase in Diabetes Incidence in the U.S.

A study from the CDC has forecast a rise in incidence of diabetes in the US. It states that up to one-third of US. adults could have diabetes by 2050 assuming that current trends continue.

Theodore J. Thompson, of the agency’s Division of Diabetes Translation, and colleagues report in the journal Population Health Metrics that if the recent increases in the incidence of diabetes persist and diabetes mortality is relatively low, prevalence will increase to 33% by 2050. A middle-ground scenario projects a prevalence of 25% to 28% by the year 2050. They also suggest that with low incidence and comparatively high mortality, total prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes could be no more than 21% by 2050, up from 14% in 2010. However, the incidence will go up sharply over the next 40 years due to an aging population more prone to develop type 2 diabetes, increases in minority groups that are at high risk for type 2 diabetes, and increase in life expectancy of people with diabetes.

According to the researchers, the previous lower estimates were outdated probably as they used 1990 census projections that did not account for the increasing size of the Hispanic and foreign-born U.S. populations at higher risk for developing diabetes. These data also did not take into consideration undiagnosed cases and assumed that there would be no increase in incidence of the disease. In the present study, the authors used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the CDC. The census data were based on numbers from the 2000 census and include estimates of the 2007 population and estimates of mortality rates, net migration, and births from 2008 through 2050. The CDC data included estimates of diagnosed diabetes for the U.S. adult population (ages 18 to 79 years) from 1980 through 2007.

Dr KK Aggarwal
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New variant of H1N1 virus reported

Researchers have reported that the H1N1 flu virus is beginning to show mutation, with a slightly new form of the virus becoming predominant in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.

Ian Barr of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia and co researchers have described a number of genetically distinct changes in the pandemic H1N1 influenza virus. This new form of the virus has been found to be associated with several vaccine breakthroughs in teenagers and adults vaccinated in 2010 with monovalent pandemic influenza vaccine (protecting against only H1N1) as well as a number of fatal cases from whom the variant virus was isolated. It was first detected in Singapore in early 2010 and then subsequently spread through Australia and New Zealand.

They further state that further study is required to determine if the new strain could be life-threatening and whether the present vaccine could provide complete protection against this new form of the virus. The authors report in the online publication Eurosurveillance that it may represent the start of more dramatic antigenic drift of the pandemic influenza A (H1N1) viruses that may require a vaccine update sooner than might have been expected.

It is likely that the variant virus is more lethal and may also infect people who have been vaccinated. But there is insufficient data to identify if other factors were also at play in making the patient more susceptible. According to the authors, it remains to be seen whether this variant will continue to predominate for the rest of the influenza season in Oceania and in other parts of the southern hemisphere and then spread to the northern hemisphere or merely die out.

The H1N1 pandemic was declared to have ended in August by the WHO. H1N1 has now taken over as the main seasonal flu strain circulating almost everywhere but South Africa, where H3N2 and influenza B are more common. The current seasonal flu vaccine protects against H1N1, H3N2 and the B strain.

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