As I release this December issue, I would like to wish a happy and prosperous new year to all of you. I also wish you all the best in your research investigations.
Between the last release of IGIB Pulse and this one, several events have happened including new advances in research, receiving awards by our scientists, and interaction with children enthusiastic about science. Updating all these information in IGIB Pulse has filled me with immense pleasure. In this release we have new articles on research advances, which are a shade different from those described in the previous issue. The current articles are about factors affecting our health. This is quite timely considering that the whole Delhi City has woken up to the dwindling air quality and debates about the suitable measures to be taken with minimal discomfort.In this issue I am having the pleasure of initiating three new arms of IGIB Pulse: Pulsating voices, Pictures-Speak and Technical Tips. The saying that "one picture is worth a thousand words" is a driving force to use pictures to communicate. Our colleague Dr. Mitali Mukerji has been clicking silently and collecting pictures and adding noteworthy captions in them. In this issue a glimpse of these is given.