Public health - mainly on tobacco eradication and on screening
Click here to read some of the inspiring Publications of my father Dr Sharad G Vaidya
Report of UICC Tobacco Control Advocacy Training Workshop: 12-14 February, 1995:
Sharad G Vaidya, Jayant S Vaidya,
Tobacco Control SAARC Edition, Mar 1995 1:180
(Letter) Merchants of Death (tobacco traders)
Jayant S Vaidya.
Times of India 3 Nov 1995.158 (260): p14. Editorial, PDF.
Tobacco traders are responsible for many more deaths than gun-traders
(Letter) Cost of human life for Wills (a tobacco company) sponsorship (of World Cup)
Jayant S Vaidya.
Economic Times 21 Dec 1995. 35 (295) PDF: p6;
quoted in Business India (15-31 Jan, p14, a bi-weekly)
under “For your information--Making a killing”, a picture of a batsman holding a cigarette and spectator’s stands full of skulls. PDF
(Letter) Smokeless World Cup
Jayant S Vaidya.
Times of India 12 Jan 1996.159 (11): p14. PDF
(Letter) Wills (the tobacco giant) makes Confession
Jayant S Vaidya.
Economic Times 9 Feb 1996. 35 (339): p 7 PDF
(Letter) HIV-Tobacco Theorem
Natl Med J Ind. May-Jun 1996, 9 (3):144.
Quoted in Minerva, BMJ, 24 Aug 1996; 313: 502.
A smoker faces the same risk of death as a person who pricks himslef 3 times a year with a HIV +ve needle- 50% over 40 years.
Effect of sports sponsorship by tobacco companies on children’s experimentation with tobacco:
SG Vaidya, UD Naik, and JS Vaidya.
BMJ 17 Aug 1996; 313: 400. (+ a BMJ editorial).
Interviewed on BBC radio (South County and Channel 5, ABC radio (Australia)
and New Scientist (an editorial and ¾ page report: 24 August 1996 pp 3 & 6). WWW, HTML
Sports sponsorship by tobacco companies is highly successful in recruiting children into smoking even in the presence of a high level of education
(Letter) Does CARET reduce lung cancer and heart disease?
J S Vaidya.
Natl Med J Ind. Jan 1997; 10(1):47.
Green tea and leukoplakia
SG Vaidya, Balentine D, W Blot, RB Bhonsle, FL Chung, K Chigurupati, PC Gupta, D Harris, AG Huvos, UD Naik, JP Shah, AR Shaha, NS Vaidya, JS Vaidya, CS Yang, GPYu, SP Schantz
American Journal of Surgery October 1997;174(5):552-555 PubMed, Abstract, PDF.
It is feasible to administer green tea for chemoprevention to rural population in Indian villages.
Tamoxifen breast cancer prevention: the UK trials.
M Baum. JS Vaidya.
Forum: Trends in Clin Exper Med 1997; 7.1 (suppl 2):107-11.
(Letter) Benefits and risks of screening mammography in women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.
Jayant S Vaidya, Michael Baum
JAMA, 23-30 Jul 1997; 278(4):290 HTML,
BRCA genes are involved in DNA repair so a person lacking functional BRCA genes would be exquisitely sensitive to even small amounts of ionizing radiation. Is mammography safe in these women?
(Letter) Tobacco sponsorship of Formula One motor racing
Sharad G Vaidya, Jayant S Vaidya
The Lancet 7 February 1998;351:452. , HTML, PDF
Clever manipulation of the government by the tobacco industry PDF
(Letter) US Tobacco Settlement:
Jayant S Vaidya, Sharad G Vaidya.
New Engl J Med 5 Mar 1998;338(10):690-691 WWW, HTML It would be very wrong to allow the tobacco industry to bypass U.S. laws and make money in less privileged countries.
(Letter) Interpretation of the Thrombosis Prevention Trial:
Jayant S Vaidya
The Lancet 18 Apr 1998;351:1204 HTML, PDF.
If the risk is 100 for a smoker, it would be 80 for a smoker taking aspirin but only 20-30 for a non-smoker …abolition of the tobacco industry will pay the highest dividends for the health of the nation
Sports sponsorship by cigarette companies influences the adolescent children’s mind and initiates smoking: Results of a National Study in India.
Sharad G. Vaidya, Jayant S. Vaidya, U. D. Naik.
Journal of Indian Medical Association. Sep 1999;97:354-359. PubMed, Abstract
Sports sponsorship by tobacco companies is modifies the perceptions about tobacco in a child’s mind.
(Letter) Does screening really reduce mortality?
Jayant S Vaidya, Michael Baum,
BMJ 4 Sep 1999; 319:642; HTML
Using the same figures, one can also conclude that screening may have caused up to 2900 extra deaths due to cervival cancer in 1997.
Success Story Goa :A Comprehensive Approach To Tobacco Control 30 Year Saga
Vaidya SG, Naik UD, Vaidya JS.
11th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Chicago, USA. August 2000. PDF
Doctors In Goa: An Invaluable Resource For Tobacco Eradication Assess The Motivation, Perceptions And Involvement In Cessation
Vaidya SG, Naik UD1, Vaidya JS
11th World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Chicago, USA. August 2000.
(Letter) India’s new smoking laws.
Jayant Sharad Vaidya
Lancet Oncology April 2001;2(4):198 WWW, HTML, PDF
(Letter) Screening for breast cancer with mammography.
The Lancet 22/29 Dec 2001;358:2166, WWW, HTML, PDF
If we believe Olsen and Gøtzsche, failure of screening to save lives is a sad fact that we might need to accept, and a plausible explanation may make it easier. Absence of benefit from screening may actually point to a very fundamental hidden biological clue - think away from the dogma of killing ‘early cancer’ and start thinking about living with dormant cancer.
Tobacco: Quit India
Vaidya NS, Vaidya JS.
published for Tobacco Control Advocacy Training Workshop, Goa, India. April 2001,
by National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication, NOTE, India, sponsored by- XI World Conference on Tobacco or Health, Chicago, Aug 2000.
PDF (text only)
(Letter) Screening for breast cancer
Jayant S Vaidya
New Engl J Med 7 August, 2003;349:6:611
This review overestimates the effect of screening- it is actually 5 per 10,000 women screened and not 5 per 1000. WWW, WWWPDF, PDF
(Letter) Passive smoking: Study was flawed from outset:
J S Vaidya
BMJ 30 August 2003;327:501 WWW, WWWPDF, PDF
This tobacco sponsored study set out with a wrong assumption that there would be a difference between spouses of smokers and spouses of non-smokers in the 30 year period when public smoking was so common that this difference would small anyway- so it is not right to say that absence of difference is equal to no difference.
(News) Chocolate cigarettes “recruit” children to smoking
in BMJ News Roundup 8 Feb 2003;326:302 PDF
Screening for disease: the good, the bad and the thoughtful.
Int J Surgery, 2005 (3): 107-112 PDF.
Does screening mammography cause cancers? True unless we accept that we are over-diagnosing invasive cancers by a factor of 2.
BMJ 16 May 2005 http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/eletters/330/7497/936#106627 and under review