Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
11th January 2019
Govt. asks CDC to "withdraw or modify" its Zika alert: Can we afford to do the same?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Following the Zika outbreak in Rajasthan last year, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hasissued a Level 2 travel Alert "Practice enhanced precautions" saying that “an outbreak of Zika has been reported in India. Zika is endemic (regularly found) in India. However, there is an unusual increase in the number of Zika cases in Rajasthan and surrounding states. Pregnant women should NOT travel to areas with risk of Zika saying that Zika is endemic in India".

The Union Health Ministry has asked the CDC to "withdraw or modify" its Zika alert issued against travel to India because the outbreak was localized unlike the 2015-16 Zika virus epidemic in Brazil, which had been declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) because of evidence that Zika can cause birth defects as well as neurological problems....read more


59 new drugs approved by US FDA in 2018

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Last year, the US FDA approved a record 59 new drugs, which included 19 first-in-class agents, 34 novel drugs for rare diseases, and a record seven biosimilars.

In 2017, 46 new drugs had been approved; in 2016, 22 drugs received the FDA green signal and in between 2009 and 2017, on an average 33 new drugs were accorded FDA approval.

Here is a list of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2018....read more

Practice Updates

Parliament passes Constitution 124th Amendment Bill, 2019

Parliament has passed the Constitution 124th (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it last night. The Lok Sabha has already passed it. The legislation provides for 10% reservation in government jobs and admission in educational institutions to economically backward... read more


New York City launches $100 million universal health insurance program

NEW YORK - New York City on Tuesday launched a $100 million health insurance program to cover 600,000 uninsured city residents, including those unable to afford coverage and those living in the United States illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.... read more


All pregnant women should be screened for hepatitis B at their first prenatal visit, says USPSTF

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has recommended screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in pregnant women at their first prenatal visit in its draft recommendation statement on screening for hepatitis B virus infection in pregnant women....read more


Swachh Bharat Mission well on track to achieve ODF India

Under the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen), over 5.4 lakh villages and 585 districts have been declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). 27 States and Union Territories have declared themselves ODF so far... read more


Delhi High Court dismisses pleas against Centre's ban on anti-diabetic FDC medicines

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has rejected a batch of pleas challenging the Centre's notification banning manufacture and sale of fixed dose combination (FDC) drugs used for treatment of Type-II diabetes.... read more


Top ESC stories in the news in 2018

1. Weight loss drug does not increase Cardiovascular Events- CAMELLIA study (ESC Congress 2018)
2. Take a vacation, it could prolong your life (ESC Congress 2018)... read more


First appropriate use criteria for peripheral artery intervention

For the first time, appropriate use criteria (AUC) have been issued to provide guidance as to which interventions and devices to use along with those which should be avoided in the management of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD)..... read more


Intravenous thrombolysis beneficial in wake-up stroke

Intravenous thrombolysis appears to be as beneficial in patients with wake-up stroke as in patients with known-onset stroke, according to results from the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry reported in the European Journal of Neurology,... read more


Excessive body fat around the middle linked to smaller brain size

Carrying extra body fat, especially around the middle, may be linked to brain shrinkage, according to a study published in the January 9, 2019, online issue of Neurology. While a high BMI alone was linked to slightly lower brain volumes, those with high BMI and waist-to-hip ratios had lower gray... read more

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Press Release
Prevention is the first step towards reducing the burden of cancer-related deaths
Being aware of the symptoms and making lifestyle changes is imperative
 
New Delhi ,10 January 2019: The global cancer burden is estimated to have risen to 18.1 million new cases and 9.6 million deaths in 2018, according to a recently released report by the WHO. One in 5 men and one in 6 women worldwide develop cancer during their lifetime, and one in 8 men and one in 11 women die from the disease. Worldwide, the total number of people who are alive within 5 years of a cancer diagnosis, called the 5-year prevalence, is estimated to be 43.8 million.

Cancers of the lung, female breast, and colorectum are the top three cancer types in terms of incidence and are ranked within the top five in terms of mortality (first, fifth, and second, respectively).

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