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12th June 2018
Affordable Healthcare: I am proud to be a doctor

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Article 18 of our constitution has abolished titles of distinction and honor like Diwan, Raja, Maharaja, Rai Bahadur as being against the principle of equality for all as propagated by the constitution. Article 18 states as follows: "No title, not being a military or academic distinction, shall be conferred by the State No citizen of India shall accept any title from any foreign State No person who is not a citizen of India shall, while he holds any office of profit or trust under the State, accept without the consent of the President any title from any foreign State No person holding any office of profit or trust under the State shall, without the consent of the President, accept any present, emolument, or office of any kind from or under any foreign State Right to Freedom."

But doctors are allowed to prefix ‘Dr’ to their names. It’s a privilege accorded to us not by law, but as a practice that has been accepted by the society. It is presumed that a person who writes ‘Dr’ before his/her name will not refuse help in any medical emergency... read more

Top News

At one-month mark in Ebola outbreak, the focus shifts to remote areas

One month into the response to an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the focus has moved from urban areas to some of the most remote places on earth. The shift comes after a series of unprecedented actions that have led to cautious optimism about the effectiveness of the response..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 12th June

Dear Colleague, Mind's Vision: Decide while others are delaying, time is the main factor that ensures success. Should we remove tonsils in children? And now it has been shown in June 7 issue of JAMA Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery that children who have their tonsils or adenoids removed before age 9 years are at higher risk for respiratory, infectious, and allergic diseases up to the age of 30 years. Tonsillectomy was associated with a nearly tripled risk of upper respiratory tract diseases, and that adenoidectomy was associated with doubled risk of [chronic obstructive pulmonary disease] and upper respiratory tract diseases and nearly... read more

Practice Updates

Feeling of loneliness, and not living alone, is bad for the heart

Feeling lonely rather than living alone is bad for the heart and a strong predictor of premature death, according to a study presented June 9, 2018 at EuroHeartCare 2018, the European Society of Cardiology’s annual nursing congress. Feeling lonely was associated with poor outcomes in all patients regardless of their type of heart disease, and even after adjusting for age, level of education, other diseases, body mass index, smoking, and alcohol intake. ... read more

US FDA approves pegfilgrastim biosimilar for cancer infection risk

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first biosimilar to pegfilgrastim (Neulasta, Amgen) - pegfilgrastim-jmdb - a granulocyte colony-stimulating factor used to reduce infection risk in patients with nonmyeloid cancer who are receiving myelosuppressive chemotherapy that has a clinically significant incidence of febrile neutropenia.... read more

Breastfeeding modifies gut microbiome to prevent overweight

New data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) study published online June 4 in JAMA Pediatrics show that breastfeeding may protect infants from becoming overweight in the first year of life by altering the gut microbiome, while formula feeding may stimulate changes in gut microbiota that are associated with overweight..... read more

Progressive loss of visual field impairs driving skills in glaucoma patients

With progressive loss of visual field, patients with glaucoma lose the ability to negotiate curves and show greater mean reaction time on the divided-attention task, suggests a study presented May 2, 2018 at ARVO 2018, the annual meeting of The Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology, in Honolulu, Hawaii. .... read more

Kitchen towels are a source of bacteria that may cause food poisoning

A study from Mauritius presented June 9, 2018 at the ASM Microbe meeting in Atlanta has suggested kitchen towels as an important source of bacteria that may cause food poisoning. Bacterial growth was found in 49% of the kitchen towels and the chances of bacterial growth increased in proportion to a large family size, more children in the study and extended family. Multipurpose towels ... read more

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Loneliness and isolation are just two side effects of constant smartphone usage
Take a social media holiday and keep phones away unless absolutely needed
New Delhi, 11th June 2018: Overuse of smartphones is akin to substance abuse and addiction, as per a recent study. People who use phones a lot seem to suffer from increased levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious. People who are extreme smartphone users constantly switch between activities and find it hard to focus. There is a need to create awareness that such an addiction can leave us with little time to relax and rejuvenate, particularly mentally.

Addiction to social media technology can have a negative effect on social connections. The accompanying loneliness is partly a consequence of replacing face-to-face interaction with a form of communication where body language and other signals cannot be interpreted.

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