Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
12th January 2019
Decapitation of fetus during the delivery process

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

JAISALMER (TNN, Jan 11, 2019): The Rajasthan health minister Raghu Sharma ordered an inquiry into an incident in which the nursing staff of a health centre in Jaisalmer pulled out a baby with brutal force, severing its head.

Two male nurses have also been suspended. The incident occurred on Monday at Ramgarh primary health centre (PHC) in Jaisalmer. The compounder allegedly pulled out the baby during delivery using force, leaving the baby’s head in the womb.

Late on Thursday night, the department sent Dr Nikhil Sharma, in-charge of the Ramgarh PHC, to awaiting posting order. Health minister Raghu Sharma said,...read more


For HIV, undetectable is equal to untransmittable

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has said that the Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) concept for HIV is a scientifically sound concept. Officials from NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have reviewed results from large clinical trials and cohort studies for U=U, which validate the concept, in an article published in JAMA, Jan. 10, 2019.

U=U means that people living with HIV who have achieved and maintained an undetectable viral load (less than 40 copies in one ml of blood)) by taking and adhering to antiretroviral therapy (ART) as prescribed cannot sexually transmit the virus to others. The U=U initiative was launched in 2016 by the Prevention Access Campaign with the goal of ending the HIV/AIDS pandemic as well as HIV-related stigma....read more

Practice Updates

MCI takeover by Board of Governors: Union Cabinet approves re-issuance of Ordinance

The Union Cabinet has approved re-issuance of an ordinance on Thursday to allow a committee to run the Medical Council of India (MCI). On the eve of the last day of 2018, the Lok Sabha gave approval to the Indian Medical Council (Ordinance) Bill that hands over the powers of the MCI to a Board of Governors..... read more


Dr AC Dhariwal, Advisor NVBDCP responds to our story "Govt. asks CDC to "withdraw or modify" its Zika alert: Can we afford to do the same?"

Dr Dhariwal writes:
"Reference news item in today's medical voice titled "Govt. asks CDC to "withdraw or modify" its Zika alert: Can we afford to do the same?"
As former Directors, NVBDCP and NCDC and part of the teams that investigated Zika virus disease (ZVD) in Gujarat and Rajasthan, .... read more


Government launches National Clean Air Programme

A time bound national level strategy for pan India implementation to tackle the increasing air pollution problem across the country in a comprehensive manner in the form of National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched by Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi.... read more


Final CDC update on E. coli O157:H7 infection outbreak linked to Romaine lettuce

The CDC has said that as of January 9, 2019, this outbreak appears to be over. Contaminated lettuce that made people sick in this outbreak should no longer be available....read more


Uganda’s Ebola preparedness 'will go a long way' says WHO chief

In the wake of an ongoing Ebola outbreak affecting the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), neighboring Uganda is implementing a series of preventative response measures to keep the deadly disease at bay..... read more


Reduced NREM sleep is associated with tau pathology in early Alzheimer's disease

A study of older adults reported in the journal Science Translational Medicine Jan. 9, 2019 has shown that non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep slow wave activity was inversely related to Alzheimer's pathology, especially tauopathy. The authors say that changes in NREM slow wave activity,... read more


Statins reduce risk of diabetic retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia

In a cohort study conducted among 37 894 Taiwanese patients with type 2 diabetes and dyslipidemia, those taking statins had a lower rate of diabetic retinopathy and need for treatments for vision-threatening diabetic retinopathy than those not taking statins.... read more


Increased risk for VTE with oral HRT formulations

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) was overall associated with an increased risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) compared with not taking it in a study published online Jan. 9, 2019 in BMJ. The risk was 58% higher with oral preparations.... read more


Higher muscle mass during childhood associated with better lung function

Findings from the ALSPAC study published online Jan. 10, 2019 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, higher muscle mass was associated with higher levels and lung growth rates of Forced Vital Capacity (FVC) in both boys and girls..... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
 
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Maintaining basic hygiene and hand washing are also ways of harm reduction
Vegetables should be cooked well before consumption
 
New Delhi, 11th January 2019: Recent research has revealed that washing tomatoes thoroughly will not get rid of Salmonella typhimurium bacteria, which cause gastroenteritis.

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru have found that infection with S. typhimurium is a pre-harvest phenomenon and not a post-harvest problem as commonly thought.

Investigation has revealed that the bacteria enter the plants through tiny openings that form on the main root for the lateral roots to emerge. Contaminated irrigation water and open defecation are the main sources of this bacterial strain in the soil. This brings into light another aspect of applying harm reduction methodology at the source itself.

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