|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
An enriching journey
Meeta Meeta1, Vishal R Tandon2
1 Gynaecologist, Departments of Gynaecology, Tanvir Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Pharmacology GMC, Jammu, J&K, India
|Date of Submission||01-Apr-2022|
|Date of Decision||03-Apr-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||05-Apr-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||2-May-2022|
Gynaecologist, Departments of Gynaecology, Tanvir Hospital, Hyderabad, Telangana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Meeta M, Tandon VR. An enriching journey. J Mid-life Health 2022;13:1-2
“It is good to have an end to journey forward; but it is the journey that matters in the end.” - Ernest Hemingway
The editorial tenure has been an enriching journey with many opportunities to connect with innovative and articulate thinkers about the fine nuances of publishing, peer review, and journal metrics. Each issue is like a painting filled with a riot of colors and masterstrokes done with the passion to enrich the mind and soul.
Since the Journal's inception in 2010, under the dynamic team of founder Editors Sunila Khandelwal, Rama Vaidya, Rashmi Shah, and the Editorial teams to date have seen a growth in the Journal's performance. The submissions have increased from 46 in 2010 to 223 in 2020 and the rejections are 16 in 2010 to 149 in 2021. The Journal of Mid-Life Health (JMH) impact factor is increased by a factor of 0.13 and approximate percentage change is 15.66% when compared to the preceding year 2019, which shows a rising trend. JMH moves forward under the enthusiastic guidance of Maninder Ahuja and Yashodhara Pradeep, best wishes to them.
COVID has pushed the use of technology and aided in imparting education and sharing knowledge at one's comfort and pace. The Indian Menopause Society (IMS) rolled out web-based prescription modules (initiated in 2016 with physical meetings wherein the outreach was limited) on the basics and use of hormone therapy to the primary care physicians, undergraduates, postgraduates, and specialists. The prescription modules are available for download from the IMS website www.indianmenopause.org. Books on the history of IMS, guidelines on menopause management, guidelines on postmenopausal osteoporosis, and multiple-choice questions are available on the web portal. Interest in menopausal medicine is triggered and we envisage a much-needed increase in “menopause clinics” akin to prenatal and infertility clinics translating to standard care of the women in the reproductive phase.
To recapitulate, we have tried to maintain the flavor of the journal by publishing articles related to holistic approach to the health of midlife women. In the past 2 years, under the aegis of IMS, an executive summary of the two guidelines on menopause and postmenopausal osteoporosis is published in the JMH. In this issue, we present to you a guideline on overweight and menopause by Naval Vikram and Piyush from All India Institute of Medicine-Department of Science and Technology with the endorsement of number of societies including IMS. The guideline brings to attention the need to include the stepwise weight management recommendations to screen opportunistically and manage obesity in midlife women across healthcare settings. This month, a supplement on menopause management for primary care physicians is under publication.
This issue brings articles to stimulate your academic interest. A parting gift of the last editorial is the article “A Thought Leadership” by the Founder, President Dr Rama Vaidya and the brain behind the inception of the IMS, Dr Ashok Vaidya. A legendary researcher, Dr. Ashok Vaidya is well known for his passion, concept, and work on “reverse pharmacology,” a novel approach for drug development from traditional Ayurvedic medicine. In his words, “the aim is renaissance to build a Golden Triangle Partnership consisting of modern medicine, traditional medicine, and life science.” This is now accepted by apex bodies such as the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and the Central Council for Research in Siddha (Ayush).
Physics of the cause of vasomotor symptoms is an interesting read. The concept of the interrelation of the changes at the intestinal level (vascularity and perhaps microbiota? the second human genome), estrogen, and the neuromuscular connection may explain the ethnic, environmental, and individualized response of a woman to menopause. This issue has three review articles explaining the gender bias of diseases. Thanks to Madhukar Reddy, Padma, and Nilay Reddy for bringing out the salient features of ocular diseases affecting women disproportionately.
Vishal R. Tandon and Sudhaa Sharma's elaborate review on sleep describe the gender differences and change in the sleep pattern during menopause transition and management.
The Commentary on How Much Calcium Does An Indian Postmenopausal Woman Need? is the deliberation and views of experts on the ICMR Committee 2020 recommendations of an increase of Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of calcium to 1200 mg/day. The IMS guidelines 2020 continue to recommend the ICMR 2010 RDA of 800 mg/day. We have the original articles and case reports for you. We welcome readers to send their viewpoints on the articles published.
Before I say goodbye on behalf of Tandon and myself, the IMS invites members to be a part of the new initiative “IMS-Mid-life Health Registry.”
“Data is the soul of research: Never fades
Study design and methodology is the heart of research: Changes over a period of time” - Meeta
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Vaidya R, Agashe S. 'The Journey Eternal' A Festschrift in Honour of Dr Ashok Vaidya, Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society. 1st
ed. Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society. Mumbai; 2016.
Meeta M, Harinarayan CV, Marwah R, Sahay R, Kalra S, Babhulkar S. Clinical practice guidelines on postmenopausal osteoporosis: *An executive summary and recommendations – Update 2019-2020. J Midlife Health 2020;11:96-112.