TechAgappe July- September 2018 Edition

I am very pleased to place before you, this 16th issue of TechAgappe, the quarterly review of health and laboratory medicine.  Previous editions were based on Cardiac diseases, Renal illnesses, Hepatic ailments, Pancreatic disorders, Cancer, Neurological disorders, Gastroenterological complaints, Gynecological maladies, Clinical Haematology, Lung diseases, Musculoskeletal malfunctions, Eye diseases, ENT disorders and Skin ailments respectively.  This magazine is now regular in publication at intervals of three months.  I am also happy to report that the laboratory community has warmly welcomed the previous issues of the magazine.

In the first article from the MD's desk, we are highlighting our innovative products and the recent national award we have received from the honorable president of India for the innovation in Mispa I series.
This issue focuses on the complications of Diabetes Mellitus.  We have, as usual, included three scientific articles, three life stories, two interviews and one technical article.

The first scientific article describes the laboratory methods for identifying the complications of diabetes. The second scientific article is from the pen of the great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Anand Gokani, Bombay Hospital and Medical Research Centre on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. His article emphasises awareness sessions, preventive measures including stress management sessions and workshops. The third article is from Dr. K.M. Prasanna Kumar, Consultant Endocrinologist, Centre for Diabetes and Endocrine Care, Bangalore about Type 1 Diabetes and its relevance in the current Indian scenario.

In the life story sessions, we have three young women who are from different parts of the country. We start with Ms. Pranjali Valsangkar who is an IT specialist from Pune, suffering from Type 1 Diabetes for a long time and has been successfully managing it by an artificial pancreatic system. She now helps children who have undergone similar difficulties. Her experiences are tunefully elucidated in the poem session also. The second story is of a professional tailor from Malappuram district of Kerala, Ms. Shabnam, who had undergone pancreas and kidney transplants three years back due to complications arising from Type 1 Diabetes.  Her disease started at the age of 15 and the transplant was performed at the age of 30. What would have been her condition if she had not undergone the transplant! Now she is free from insulin injections or other medications, which are routine for diabetic patients. The third story is from north India, about a young pathologist who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, and is now a member of the International Diabetes Federation.  In this capacity, she serves the juvenile diabetic patients.

In this issue, there are two informative interviews with two eminent doctors, Dr. V. Mohan from Chennai and Dr. Aravind Lal from Delhi.  Both of them have contributed their valuable time to discuss with TechAgappe team about the latest trends in the treatment and laboratory tests for diabetic patients. 

In the technical category, we are presenting a practical article, which will help the laboratory technologists to function more effectively.  This item deals with new trends in HbA1c testing.  I do hope that this article will educate the laboratory professionals about the new trends and interpretations in the glycated hemoglobin test.

I am glad to state that we have received very good feedback and great appreciatory letters for the last issue.  Many of them have expressed that they are eagerly waiting for the next issue.  The participation in the ‘quiz' was also very encouraging. 

I am sure that this issue of the TechAgappe will give useful insights to the Diabetes Mellitus, and different aspects of laboratory practices. I am proud to announce that the ensuing issues of TechAgappe will cover other important topics. Your constructive criticisms to improve the contents will be greatly appreciated.

With warm personal regards

Dr. D.M. Vasudevan MD, FRCPath
Chief Editor - Techagappe

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