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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
11th November 2018
Take pre-emptive measures voluntarily to tackle air pollution

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

An emergency plan called the Graded Response Action Plan has been notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change for implementation under different Air Quality Index (AQI) categories.

The different AQI categories are Severe, Very poor and Moderate & Poor. The cut-off levels of PM2.5 or PM10 have been defined for each category as have been the actions to be implemented and the agency responsible for implementing the specified actions.

The actions to be implemented under the Severe or Emergency category defined as “ambient PM 2.5 or PM 10 concentration values of 300µg/m3 or 500 µg/m3 respectively persist for 48 hours or more” are:...read more

Top News

Living on a noisy street is harming your health: WHO

Residents who live on busy streets, near railways or under a flight path are at greater risk of a range of health problems, according to the “Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region” published by the WHO... read more

Know Diabetes by Heart TM, a new AHA-ADA initiative

AHA and ADA launch landmark health initiative "Know Diabetes by HeartTM”, a multi-year awareness and education initiative to reduce cardiovascular deaths, heart attacks and strokes in people living with type 2 diabetes. The program is designed to educate, empower and motivate people with type 2 diabetes to make practical, step-by-step changes to improve... read more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 11th November 2018

Residents who live on busy streets, near railways or under a flight path are at greater risk of a range of health problems, according to the “Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region” published by the WHO. ... read more

Practice Updates

Serum uric acid may predict conversion of MDD to bipolar disorder

In a study published online October 30 in Bipolar Disorders, patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), who convert to bipolar disorder (BD) had higher levels of UA during their first depressive episodes in inpatient setting, when compared to individuals with unipolar ... read more


Chronic exposure to excess noise may increase risk for heart disease and stroke

People with the highest levels of chronic noise exposure – such as highway and airport noise – had an increased risk of suffering cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes, regardless of other risk factors known to increase cardiovascular risk in a study to be.... read more


Hypertonic saline may help babies with cystic fibrosis breathe better

Babies with cystic fibrosis may breathe better by inhaling hypertonic saline, according to a randomized controlled trial published Nov. 9, 2018 in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. After one year, the ... read more


Fluoxetine ineffective as treatment for patients with acute flaccid myelitis

As per a study reported Nov. 9, 2018 online in the journal Neurology, fluoxetine was ineffective as treatment for patients with acute flaccid myelitis. The enterovirus D68, or EV-D68 has been suggested as a possible cause of acute flaccid myelitis and fluoxetine has been ... read more


A negative HPV test + cytology correlates with a low lifetime cervical cancer risk in older, unvaccinated, HPV-negative women

A new modeling study suggests that cervical cancer risk reductions might be achieved by screening with cytology up to age 75 years, although with diminishing returns. A negative exit oncogenic HPV test or negative HPV test plus cytology correlates with a low remaining... read more

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Ten key interventions needed to reduce under-five mortality due to pneumonia by 2030
Health systems in countries like India should make concerted efforts
 
New Delhi, 10th November 2018: A recent report has found that, which looked at progress in fighting pneumonia and diarrhea in 15 countries with the greatest number of deaths from these illnesses, has revealed startling details. It has indicated that health systems are falling woefully short of ensuring that the most vulnerable children have access to prevention and treatment services for these diseases. India continues to have the highest burden of pneumonia and diarrhea child deaths in the world.

Ten key interventions including breastfeeding, vaccination, access to care, use of antibiotics, oral rehydration solution (ORS), and zinc supplementation have been termed as the cornerstones. These can protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and diarrhea. It will further help achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal target of reducing under-five mortality to at least as low as 25 per 1,000 live births by 2030.

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