At India's first Pneumonia Congress organised by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), pediatricians across the country emphasised on simple preventive measures such as breastfeeding for first six months, nutritional diet, hygienic surroundings and timely immunisation to build a child's immunity and keep the disease under control. It was also pointed out that many parents forget the dates of impending doses for vaccination for which IAP has introduced a service of SMS alerts to remind the vaccination dates. Doctors said that most assume that vaccination is only to prevent serious health conditions in children not realising that it is an important preventive tool to reduce fatalities among the elderly too. The conference emphasised that a single shot of preventive vaccination is a cost effective investment for healthy ageing.
'USICON 2013' – the 46th Annual Conference of Urological Society of India will get under way from January 17-20 at Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex at Balewadi. Dr Jaydeep Date, Organising Secretary of 'USICON 2013' and Dr Deepak Kirpekar, Chairman of the organising committee said the conference will focus on the impact of technology and research on day-to-day urological practice. Live workshops and interactive sessions will be conducted and about 800 research papers
will be presented. Forty experts from the US, the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia will give expert opinions during the conference, which has been designed with a focus on medicine, innovation, new techniques and methods in surgery. It will also highlight preventive aspects of urological diseases such as stones and cancer.
Cochlea Pune and SWARANAAD Preschool of Young Born Deaf Children conducted their annual gathering recently at Tilak Smarak Mandir. "Though we are deaf by birth, we can speak, we can act and dance too" was the message conveyed by 80-odd congenitally deaf children between the age of two and eight. Dr Avinash Wachasundar, Chief Managing Trustee of Cochlea Pune for Hearing & Speech said the institution started in 1998 and now has almost 100 deaf children being cared for by 30 special teachers at five centres. Mothers of deaf children are made partners in the teaching programme, he added. Principal of SWARANAAD preschool for young deaf born children and Director of Education, Raksha Deshpande spoke about the programmes undertaken for the development of children.