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Vrukshayurveda 2013, an exhibition of medicinal plants with a lecture series, will be held from January 25-27 at Indradhanush hall near Mhatre bridge. The exhibition is being organised by Maharashtra State Horticulture and Medicinal Plants Board with Swapnanagri herbal farms. It will provide a platform for farmers to directly interact with ayurvedic pharmacies. Experts such as Dr Hema Sane and Dr R N Shukla will explain the concept of Nakshtra Vruksha.

Beat back pain

Hectic life, constant travel and lifestyle changes coupled with long hours of sitting at work have given rise to waist, back and spine problems. Dr Manish Sabnis (DNB Neurosurgery), brain and spine specialist, will give a health talk on dealing with low back pain and spinal problems at Sahyadri Speciality Hospital- Deccan Gymkhana on January 23 between 4 to 6 pm.

Award for excellence in eye care

The International Council of Ophthalmology, global umbrella organisation for all national and regional ophthalmological societies of the world, felicitated Dr Gullapalli N Rao, founder and chairman of LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI), with its “GOH Naumann Award”. Named after former president of the council and internationally renowned German ophthalmologist, this award recognises outstanding

global leadership in eye care. Dr Rao received the award at the council’s annual meeting. Dr Rao’s institute provides comprehensive eye care, sight enhancement and rehabilitation services.

Hernia conference in Berlin

Dr Mohan Desarda, hernia surgeon, will visit Germany to demonstrate a new operation technique at the international Berlin Hernia Day conference. More than 500 surgeons from Europe, the UK and the US will participate in the conference to learn advanced operation techniques. Desarda has been invited as faculty teacher and speaker for the conference to be held on January 25 and 26.

A healthy step

Birth defects in India and other South East Asian countries, its causes and preventive measures, will be the focus of the annual Pune Public Health Conference to be held at the School of Health Sciences, University of Pune. The conference — to be held on February 11 and 12 — will feature experts from the fields of public health, maternal and child health, genetics, ethics and nutrition among others.

“Delegates will discuss capacity building for genetic services in the health system, ethical and regulatory guidelines for these services, best available patient care and the essential components of a birth defects programme that can be developed in the country,” said Dr Anita Kar, chairman, Board of Studies Health Sciences and Director at Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences University of Pune. Kar added that birth defects that cause physical and mental disability or a chronic medical condition affect about three per cent births in India. Some examples are Down Syndrome, thalassemia and neural tube defects. Registration is open till January 25.

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