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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
10th September 2018
CDC investigates flu-like symptoms on American flights: Lessons to be learnt

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating two American Airlines flights after passengers on board complained of flu-like symptoms, as reported in USA Today on Thursday. Twelve passengers on two different American Airlines flights between Europe and Philadelphia reported flu-like symptoms when they arrived in the US. All 250 passengers from both flights were held at the airport for medical review as a precaution. The 12 sick travelers had sore throat and cough but no fever. The remaining travelers were then allowed to continue with their journey.

This incident came close on the heels of a similar incident when 11 passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York were taken to a New York City hospital with flu-like symptoms - fever, cough and vomiting - on Wednesday. All the passengers including the crew were screened by officials from the CDC. Health officials were at the airport, when the flight landed. The plane was quarantined and the 11 suspected cases were taken to the hospital and tested for flu and other respiratory viruses. They were retested when testing for additional viruses Wednesday proved inconclusive.

Following these incidents, the CDC was quick to issue guidance to all travelers, which said people who "get sick with flu symptoms - fever, cough, sore throat, runny/stuff nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting - should stay home, don’t travel, and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. And, everyone six months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine, preferably by the end of October" more

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Practice Updates

Hypertensive crisis are common in Black adults

Black adults experience hypertensive crisis, defined as blood pressure of or above 200/120 mmHg at a rate that is five times the national average, according to a study presented at the American Heart Association’s Joint Hypertension 2018 Scientific Sessions. Factors that predict organ damage from hypertensive crisis include age... read more

WHO guidelines for treatment intensification in diabetes in low-resource settings

World Health Organization (WHO) has published guidelines on treatment intensification in type 2 diabetes and type of insulin in type 1 and type 2 diabetes in low-resource settings in the Annals of Internal Medicine online September 4, 2018. The guidelines include five key recommendations:... read more

Mindful people feel less pain, says study

According to a study conducted at Wake Forest School of Medicine and published ahead-of-print in the journal Pain, mindful people feel less pain than others. Functional MRI showed higher dispositional mindfulness during painful heat was associated with greater deactivation of the posterior cingulate cortex, a central neural... read more

Study highlights drugs associated with treatment success for MDR-TB

Levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, linezolid, and bedaquiline were associated with treatment success and reduced death in patients with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Clofazimine and the carbapenems were associated with treatment success, but not reduced death. Common drugs currently used to treat MDR-TB,... read more

New updated EURLAR recommendations for hand osteoarthritis

The 2018 update of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) recommendations for the management of hand osteoarthritis highlight shared decision-making and the need to consider multidisciplinary and multimodal treatment approaches. The recommendations cover different non-pharmacological treatment... read more

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World’s largest healthcare scheme to be launched on 25th September 2018
The Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyan (PMJAA) aims to provide cover of Rs 5 lakh per family annually
New Delhi, 09 September 2018: The launch date for the ambitious health insurance scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyan (PMJAA), was announced recently by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. The PMJAA, touted as the world’s largest healthcare scheme, aims to provide a cover of Rs.5 lakh per family annually, benefiting more than 10 crore poor families. It will be launched on 25thSeptember 2018.

Medical expenditure remains one of the primary concerns for people in the country which makes it imperative for further focus on making healthcare affordable for one and all. Apart from PMJAA, the National Health Policy 2017 envisioned ‘health and wellness centres’ as the foundation of India’s health. The idea is to set up 1.5 lakh wellness centres with the hope of bringing health care closer to the homes of the people.

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