Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
12th November 2019

World Pneumonia Day: Deaths due to pneumonia are largely preventable

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Today is World Pneumonia Day. And this year too, the day reiterates our commitment to the fight against pneumonia, which is treatable in most cases. Hence, deaths due to pneumonia are largely preventable.

Immunization for at-risk individuals and/or early and accurate diagnosis followed by appropriate antibiotic treatment can save lives.

Here are some quick facts about pneumonia...read more

Five points to remember when suspecting pneumonia

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The gold standard for diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia is the presence of an infiltrate on plain chest x-ray in a patient who presents with signs and symptoms that are clinically suggestive of pneumonia (cough, fever, pleuritic chest pain, dyspnea, sputum, crackles, decreased or bronchial breath sounds on auscultation).

Here are five points to remember when suspecting pneumonia:...read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Pneumonia Day

World Pneumonia Day is observed every year on November 12 to:

  • Raise awareness about pneumonia, the world's leading infectious killer of children under the age of 5
  • Promote interventions to protect against, prevent, and treat pneumonia and highlight proven approaches and solutions in need of additional resources and attention .. read more

Municipalities from Brazil, Guatemala, and Honduras receive the 2019 PAHO Malaria Champions Award

Three projects have been recognized as "Malaria Champions of the Americas" for 2019 for their work in reducing malaria cases in Brazil, Guatemala and Honduras. The awards were presented at a Malaria Day in the Americas event by the Pan American Health Organization... read more

Advice ignored repeatedly, plan afoot to ban junk food at schools

New Delhi: Soon, junk food will go completely off the menu at school canteens with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) proposing to ban food items like burgers, pizzas, chowmein and french fries from December.... read more

Only children are more likely to be obese, says study

Only children may be at a higher risk for obesity than children who have siblings, according to a new study. The study looked at the eating habits and body weight of only children -- called "singletons" by researchers... read more

Biologics Offer Hope as Peanut Allergy Immunotherapy

The experimental agent etokimab appeared to boost the tolerance to oral peanut challenge among peanut-allergic adults, according to a proof-of-concept study. In 20 adults with confirmed allergy to peanuts by standardized food challenge, 67% treated with a single 300 mg/100 mL dose of etokimab passed a blind oral food challenge 15 days after treatment... read more

Left Atrial Implant Appears to Curb Stroke Risk in Some With Atrial Fibrillation

Older patients with atrial fibrillation show a reduced risk of stroke following left-atrial-appendage closure (LAAC) with an implanted device, according to a retrospective study. Investigators examined Medicare data on more than 13,000 patients with AF who underwent LACC with the Watchman device between 2015 and 2017... read more

Medical Voice

WHO long-term health risks of female genital mutilation

Pain. Due to tissue damage and scarring that may result in trapped or unprotected nerve endings.
Infections: Chronic genital infections, chronic reproductive tract infections, urinary tract infections, including recurrent UTIs... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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