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Bengal Medical Society 21st Annual Conference and Scientific Meeting


Bengal Medical Society UK


Dates - 2nd and 3rd July

Venue - Village Hotel, Shaw Ridge Leisure Park,

Whitehill Way, Swindon SN5 7DW, UK

Tel : +441793279470


2nd July 2016 Saturday

2pm - Registration

3pm - Hot snack and Tea

7pm - Champagne Reception

7.30 to Midnight - Live music and Entertainment

8pm to 10pm - Gala Dinner

3rd July 2016 Sunday

7 to 10am - English Breakfast

9am to 12 noon - Scientific Meeting

11am - Coffee Break

12 noon to 1pm - Annual General Meeting

1pm to 2pm - Variety Performance

2pm to 3pm - Lunch

4pm - Tea and Departure

Bengal Medical Society Secretary:

Dr Gautam Ghosh Tel : 07956895045


Village Hotel, Swindon.

Obstruction to the blood flow in the coronary arteries lead to angina and heart attack.


BBC ealth news:

Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - Korean researchers believe.


They studied more than 25,000 male and female employees who underwent routine health checks at their workplace.


Employees who drank a moderate amount of coffee - three to five cups a day - were less likely to have early signs of heart disease on their medical scans...


Comment: Protective effect of coffee on heart is not proven yet. I would not suggest regular drinking of coffee to unclog your coronary arteries. Insted I would suggest adopting a Healthy lifestyle so that coronaries do not become clogged in the first place.

Hormone replacent therapy(HRT) alleviates the symptoms of the menopause.

About 1 million women take HRT in the UK. HRT has both positive and negative health benefits.


BBC health news 13 Feb 2015
Hormone replacement therapy increases the risk of ovarian cancer, analysis of 52 separate studies has found.


The University of Oxford research, in the Lancet, found an extra case for every 1,000 women taking the drugs for five years from the age of 50...


Comment: Risk and benefit of taking HRT should be weighed individually and decision taken. In severe menopausal symptoms some will choose to take the risk and will go on HRT to make their life worth living.

People with morbid obesity (BMI >40) have a very high risk of developing type2 diabetes. Their only option may be Weight loss surgery to be able to lose weight.

Study finds that weight loss surgery leading to weight loss in these people with morbid obesity, the risk of type2 diabetes is reduced by about 80%.

Health news BBC:
Weight loss surgery reduces diabetes risk


Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a major study.


Doctors followed nearly 5,000 people as part of a trial to assess the health impact of the procedure.


The results, published in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, showed an 80% reduction in type 2 diabetes in those having surgery.


The UK NHS is considering offering the procedure to tens of thousands of people to prevent diabetes.


Obesity and type 2 diabetes are closely tied - the bigger someone is, the greater the risk of the condition.


The inability to control blood sugar levels can result in blindness, amputations and nerve damage...


Comment: Obese need to lose weight. To reduce or avoid risks associated with obesity, one should sincerely try to lose weight.

Losing weight can be quite difficult for the obese, mainly because of lack of real will to lose weight and continue diet and exercise for long enough.


Recent health news of 26 October 2014
Lord Falconer has lost five stone 'on regime of apples and Diet Coke'


The 62-year-old Labour peer has come down from 16st 6lb two years ago to 11st 5lb now, The Sunday Times reported.


Lord Falconer told the newspaper: "I go without breakfast and lunch. I live on apples during the day and then have a normal dinner."


He manages a five-mile jog in just 45 minutes most days and has also given up alcohol, plus coffee and tea.


He said: "The big downside consequence is that I have become addicted to Diet Coke. I might drink eight or nine of them a day...


Comment: You have to Diet Sweat and Wait to lose weight. Appropriate medications may be added if the condition warrants. See your doctor if necessary.


Read Ideas on slimming

Recent Health news in Telegraph:
Grapefruit juice 'could be the key to weight loss'

Drinking grapefruit juice instead of water could result in major weight loss when combined with a high-fat diet, University of California study finds.

The research published in Plos One, found that mice put on the same high-fat diet gained far less weight if they were given the juice to drink instead of water.

The study also found improved levels of blood sugar and insulin among those given the juice, protecting against diabetes.

Scientists said the juice appeared to work as well as the prescription drug metformin which is used to treat diabetes...

Mouse and man share 99% genetic similarity. So, the same may be applicable to humans.


Comment: There is no harm in taking grapefruit juice as a part of healthy diet. If it aids weight loss it is even better. Don't like the idea of eating high fat diet and replacing water with grapefruit juice! Basic way to lose weight is with diet and exercise. Metformin tablets may be used in special situations of weight gain.

Bengal Medical Society UK - a brief introduction

Posted on 21st September, 2014

Just recently I heard about BENGAL MEDICAL SOCIETY(BMS) - UK and found out a little about the organisation from one of the important members. Apparently it existed for about 20 yrs!


It sounds interesting to me as it is a Bengali doctors' organisation in the UK. They hold a scientific conference and a tour of a new place follows each year.

In january 2015, they are planning a tour of Sri Lanka.


I enjoy travelling. I retired in January this year. I was a Consultant Physician with a special interest in Endocrinology and Diabetes working in the NHS. I do not practice Medicine any more. All my clinical interaction is via my website Health ideas.


20th Annual conference and Scientific meeting will take place in THE VILLAGE HOTEL COVENTRY on 27th and 28th June 2015.


Next year BENGAL MEDICAL SOCIETY will complete 20 years. Today BMS is one of the most established doctors organisation in U.K. consisting of doctors from Bengal and surrounding Bengal.


In January 2016, this conference is likely to take place in Taj Bengal Kolkata followed by a tour of Burma.


Bengal Medical Society

Source: BMS newsletter September 2014.

A study claims that if over 50s take aspirin every day for ten years, then it could save more than 6,000 lives a year by preventing cancer and heart disease.


The Telegraph Health news:

Aspirin should be taken by all over 50s to cut thousands of cancer deaths: study

Every middle aged person should take aspirin daily for ten years, experts have said, as a comprehensive study has found it could save 6,000 lives a year by preventing cancer and heart disease...


Comment: Aspirin has side effects as well. So, see your doctor before you start taking it yourself regarding safety and the correct dose.


Suggestion: Adopt a healthy lifestyle by taking a healthy diet, regular exercise and quit smoking - these will reduce your chance of getting heart disease stroke and some cancers as well. However, some will be taking daily aspirin given by doctor to prevent heart attack and stroke already. They will get extra benefit of reducing stomach and bowel cancer as a bonus!

Apparently, e-cigarette smokers are called 'vapers' and the act is called 'vaping'.

I disagree. I think they should be called 'e-smokers' and the act as 'e-smoking'. Otherwise vaping would be percieved as a completely harmless activity.. It is not, as e-cigs contain nicotine which damages health and is addictive.


News in Metro - 30.07.14 page 9:


GPs get the vapers over e-cigs craze

40% call for crackdown


E-CIGARETTES should be available only over the counter at pharmacies, say 40% of GPs.

But 16 per cent say they should not be on the market at all. A similar number have called for 'vapers', users of e-cigarettes, to be able to buy them only with a prescription.


'E-cigarettes need to be regulated like a medicine and then be available as a pharmacy-only product'..


...The devices will be classed as medicines in Britain from 2016 to make them more 'safe and effective', health regulators say.


Comment: e-cigarettes should only be used temporarily to help smokers quit smoking altogether in those who cannot give up themselves - similar to other nicotine replacement methods.


Apparently, shift workers like those in emergency services, health profession etc are at an increased risk of developing type2 diabetes. If they are obese and have a positive family history of type2 diabetes, then the risk is even higher.


Health news - BBC:


Shift workers 'face type 2 diabetes risk'


Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests.


The findings, published in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, indicated men and those doing rotating shifts were at highest risk.


It is thought that disruption to the body clock affects waistlines, hormones and sleep - which could increase the risk.


Diabetes UK said shift workers should eat a healthy balanced diet...


Suggestion: If you cannot come out of shift duties, then adopt a healthy lifestyle and find a consitent healthy eating, exercising and sleeping pattern. Do not smoke eithr.