Journal of Young Medical Researchers

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Journal of Young Medical Researchers is an Open Access Journal which publishes articles related to all fields of medicine. In addition to an online journal, a print version of the journal will be released every 6 months.

The journal aims at nurturing the young scientific mind. The mission is to be a tool for the young mind to harness his/her skills as an author. It also intends at being an educative experience for zealous researchers with a high quality of standards. The journal goals at encouraging young medical researchers to develop the ability and a habit to publish, as well as to demystify the process of publishing an article . The journal ensures that all communication with the author (who is perceived to be a young medical researcher) is made unambiguous and highly comprehensive, so that the young researcher will not only have the opportunity of having his/her article published (in the event that we find such manuscript to be up to the standards with which the journal operates), but will also have the chance to acquire better manuscript writing and researching skills after comments of the review and editorial board. 

 We are strongly committed to quick and high grade publishing of quality articles through our journal. An article would typically get published online within a month of acknowledgement of manuscript submission from author(s), although this is only in the event that we find the manuscript up to the standards with which our journal operates. Therefore, by submitting their articles to the Journal of Young Medical Researchers (JYMR), author(s) have a chance of having their articles published within few weeks of submission (only if such articles meet the required standards, and are found to be publishable).

Any correctly formatted manuscript (with respect to the guidelines laid down for authors) submitted to JYMR will be sent for peer review after initial assessment by the editorial board. The final decision on all manuscripts will be taken by the editorial board, with special reference to the recommendations of the reviewers. All accepted manuscripts and published articles will (as a whole and in part) become the property of JYMR which will own the entirety of the copyright.

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Editor-in-Chief:

Dr. Rohan Khandelwal
Department of Onco-plastic Breast Surgery
Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center
Narayana Hrudalaya Health City
Bangalore – 560100

Email: rohankhandelwal@gmail.com

Celebrating World Photography Day

“ Beauty can be seen in all things, seeing and composing the beauty is what separates the snapshot from the photograph. – Matt Hardy

Shades of Green

Shades of Green

“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt

Celebrating World Photography Day by remembering some of the pictures I have clicked over the years. 

https://docrohan.wordpress.com/category/captured-moments/

https://docrohan.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/in-pursuit-of-happiness/

https://docrohan.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/colors-of-nature/

https://docrohan.wordpress.com/2013/04/22/65/

Our Breast Cancer Counsellor – The Pink Crusader

Our Pink Crusader

Our Pink Crusader

Her true name is Mrs. Meera Raj, an English professor (ma’am – please forgive me for any grammatical errors 😉 ), breast cancer survivor and more importantly, a Breast Cancer Counsellor.

Her battle with cancer started 3 years back, when she was detected with breast cancer. She noticed a lump in her breast and got it evaluated from a surgeon, who confirmed her worst fears after conducting a biopsy. All of a sudden, her perfect life was jolted by this diagnosis and she was clueless about what the future had in store for her. After the initial shock, she came to terms with her diagnosis and outlined a plan for the future.

During her treatment, she felt the need for a person whom she could share her fears and apprehensions with but at that time she had no one to counsel her except her oncologist. Following her treatment, she took it as a challenge to help others suffering from Breast Cancer. She quit her job and did a course in Cancer Counselling in an effort to make a difference in the lives of others. Ever since that, she has not looked back. She joined the Department of Breast Oncology at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center as a Breast Counsellor and has been helping out patients suffering from this dreaded disease.

Her routine starts with interacting with the OPD and in-patients and telling them more about the disease and what to expect in the future. She shares her experience with them and that gives the patients strength to prepare for the battle ahead. She routinely visits the chemotherapy ward to give pep talk to the patients undergoing chemotherapy and also runs a Breast Cancer support group, which is growing day by day.

At Work

At Workin

We had carried out a study at Safdarjang Hospital on “The correlation of anxiety and depression levels with response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer”, which was published in a reputed scientific journal and we had concluded that counselling and family support plays an important role in alleviating the anxiety & depression associated with cancer diagnosis in these patients. After joining the Breast Cancer Unit at Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Center and observing Meera ma’am dealing with the patients, I have come to the conclusion that it makes a huge difference in the patients attitude towards the disease if proper counselling is carried out. Breast counsellors (or Navigators) are a routine part of a Breast Unit in USA and UK but this is relatively new trend in India and only a couple of Breast Units in India currently have dedicated Breast Cancer Counsellors.

Mrs. Meera is an inspiration not only for the patients but also for all the doctors in the Breast Unit. Her enthusiasm towards the patients and her job pushes us further each day to help patients suffering from breast cancer. She is truly a “Pink Crusader.”

 

Natural Protection against Breast Cancer – Breastfeeding

Thanks to public health messages, everyone pretty much knows that breastfeeding is beneficial for baby. But it also benefits the mother in more than one way. Somebody has rightly said that “Breastfeeding is nature’s health plan.” One of the benefits of breastfeeding to the mother is the reduction in the risk of breast cancer.

The major study that supports breastfeeding as a protective factor against breast cancer was published in Lancet in 2002.  The study authors found that the rate of breast cancer diagnoses was slightly lower among women who had breastfed and among women who had breastfed for longer periods of time.

For every 12 months of breastfeeding (either with only 1 child, or as the total period of time for several children), the risk of breast cancer decreased by 4.3%, compared to women who did not breastfeed. Risk decreased by a further 3.4% for each child breastfed, compared to women who did not breastfeed.

Although a 4% lowering of risk does not sound much but with the increasing incidence of breast cancer, if new mothers adhere to the recommended guidelines of breastfeeding their children for one year, they could theoretically prevent up to 5000 cases of breast cancer each year.

In India, where breast cancer incidence is on the rise (especially in the urban areas), breastfeeding could have a greater impact in prevention of breast cancer. Currently, WHO is celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week and educating mothers about the advantages of breastfeeding, not only to the children but to the mothers as well and all of us should make an effort to spread this word around.

Prevention is better than cure!!

Prevention is better than cure!!

Happy friendship day!!

Three musketeers

Three musketeers

“Silence makes the real conversations between friends. Not the saying, but the never needing to say that counts.”  

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

Enjoying the company

Enjoying the company

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.

 – Thomas Aquinas

Serious discussion

Serious discussion

Best friends never have the same nature. They just have the best understanding of their differences.

Happy friendship day!! 🙂 🙂