Diet can go a long way in preventing cancer

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There is a need to create awareness that any type of cancer can be symptomless

New Delhi, 19 May 2018: The incidence of multiple myeloma (MM) varies from 1.2 to 1.8 per 100,000 in India. Approximately, 50,000 new MM cases are diagnosed each year. Men are more likely to develop this condition than women. The signs and symptoms of MM vary and in the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms at all.

MM is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Although the definitive cause of MM is not known, there may be several factors contributing factors such as a genetic abnormality (c-Myc oncogenes). It is not a hereditary disease as nothing conclusive has been established thus far. Environmental exposures to herbicides, insecticides, benzene, hair dyes, and radiation may also be responsible. Apart from this, inflammation and certain infections may also be triggers. The condition almost always starts out as a relatively benign condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). As myeloma cells crowd out normal blood cells, multiple myeloma can also cause anemia and other blood problems.”

Some signs and symptoms of this condition include bone pain (especially in the spine or chest), nausea, constipation, lack of appetite, confusion, fatigue, frequent infections, weight loss, weakness or numbness in your legs, and excessive thirst.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Vice President of CMAAO, said, “The combination of treatments for MM depends upon to whether a person is a good candidate for bone marrow transplant. This depends on the risk of the disease progressing, a person’s age, and overall health. MM also causes a number of complications, and therefore, one may need treatment for those specific conditions as well. This includes kidney problems and eventually anemia.”

Some tips from HCFI
An anti-cancer diet can go a long way link preventing not just MM but other types too. Some tips one can follow are given below. Eating fruits and vegetables at every meal.
• Choosing whole grains instead of foods containing processed or refined grains.
• Limiting processed and red meats.
• Practicing eating habits that allow you to maintain a healthy weight.
• If you drink, limiting alcohol to two drinks daily if you’re a man and one if you’re a woman.

Kerala High Court rules that talking on a mobile phone while driving is not illegal

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On Wednesday i.e. on 16.05.2018, the Honble Kerala High Court ruled that talking on a mobile phone while driving is not illegal. It ordered that the police cannot register a case against those who talk on the mobile phone while driving, unless the act causes a danger to the public.

The police had registered a case under and Section 118(e) of Kerala Police Act.

Section 118(e) of Kerala Police Act states that any person who knowingly does any act which causes danger to public or failure in public safety shall on conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend up to three years or with a fine not exceeding Rs 10,000/- or with both.

The Honble Division Bench of the High Court said that the police can’t register case as there are no provisions in the law to book a person for this.

The court said that police action is possible only if the Act of talking over phone causes danger to public. “Also, there is no provision in the police act that bans people from talking over the mobile phone while driving. Hence a person doing the act cannot be assumed as one who causes danger to the public,” the court said. The Honble High Court expounded that if a case should be registered, the law should be amended and should be passed in the Legislative Assembly.

The Honble Division Bench’s ruling was in response to a petition filed by MJ Santhosh, a native of Kakkanad in Ernakulam questioning the police for registering a case against him using the provisions of the Act. (Source: Latestlaws.com)

This judgement is applicable only to the state of Kerala. However, it may set an unhealthy precedent.

It is dangerous to talk on mobile phones, whether hand-held or hands-free while driving as it distracts the driver. Distracted driving has now become a leading cause of road traffic accidents. Using a radio or navigation system, looking at people on the road side or billboards, eating or drinking, texting, reaching for any object etc. while driving are other examples of distracted driving.

As stated in the ‘Road Accidents in India-2016’ report of the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, talking on mobile phones while driving resulted in 4, 976 road accidents, 2,138 road accident deaths and injuries to 4,746 number of persons during the year 2016 (PIB, September 6, 2017).

Drivers who use a mobile phone are about four times more likely to be involved in a crash compared to those not using a phone, according to a 2011 World Health Organization (WHO) report on the impact of mobile phone use on driving. And this increased risk is similar for both hand-held and hands-free phones.

Evidence shows that use of mobile phones impairs driving by longer reaction times (braking reaction time, reaction to traffic signals), impaired ability to keep in the correct lane, shorter following distances, and an overall decline in awareness of the driving situation.

So, drive safe…

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

Vice President CMAAO

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA