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

Untreated white-coat hypertension increases risk of cardiac events and mortality

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(ACP Internist excerpts): Untreated white-coat hypertension, but not treated white-coat effect, was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in June 11 by Annals of Internal Medicine.

Twenty-seven observational studies with at least three years of follow-up were included. They evaluated 25,786 participants with untreated white-coat hypertension or treated white coat effect and 38,487 participants with normal blood pressure followed for a mean of 3 to 19 years....read more

Diuretic withdrawal is safe for stable heart failure patients: ReBIC-1 trial

Dr KK Aggarwal

Drug therapy for patients with stable heart failure can be simplified by stopping diuretics, according to late breaking results from the ReBIC-1 trial presented at Heart Failure 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). The trial was conducted by the Brazilian Research Network in Heart Failure (ReBIC), which includes 11 tertiary care university hospitals in Brazil.

The eligibility criteria included no or mild symptoms (defined as New York Heart Association functional class I to II), reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (45% or below), no heart failure-related hospital admission within the last six months, and receiving low-dose furosemide (40 to 80 mg per day) for at least six months....read more

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Practice Updates

Nipah virus: Patient who tested positive progressing well

The patient who tested positive for the Nipah virus, recuperating in a private hospital, is progressing well. The patient was able to walk without help on Monday, said a health bulletin. The condition of all patients admitted to the isolation ward in the Government Medical College, Ernakulam is said to be stable. On Monday, another patient from Varapuzha was admitted to this ward, taking the number of patients to eight.... read more

Future food systems centre stage at Rome symposium

The food systems of the future must deliver healthy and quality food for all, while preserving the environment, the UN agriculture chief said on Monday, kicking off an international Future of Food symposium in Rome. José Graziano da Silva, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO), called for a transformation of food systems to improve people's diets.... read more

FDA approves first chemoimmunotherapy regimen for patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to Polivy (polatuzumab vedotin-piiq), in combination with the chemotherapy bendamustine and a rituximab product (a combination known as "BR"), to treat adult patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) that has progressed or returned after at least two prior therapies. Polivy is a novel antibody-drug conjugate, and DLBCL is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.... read more

Sleeping with lights on and weight gain in women linked in new study

Keeping a lot of light on while you snooze -- such as from a television or bright nightlight -- has been linked with an increased risk of weight gain and obesity. Specifically, sleeping with a television or light on in the room was positively associated with gaining five kilograms, or 11 pounds, over a five-year period among women in a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday.... read more

Blood transfusions infected 1,342 with HIV in 2018-19, says NACO

The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), in an RTI, has said that around 1,342 people across India have contracted the HIV infection due to blood transfusion in 2018-19, giving rise to serious safety and quality concerns. Maharashtra accounted for 13% of these cases with 169 infections.... read more

Medical Voice

Change the way you live and eat to prevent stroke: HCFI

A recent study has found that people at high genetic risk of stroke can still reduce their chance of getting it by sticking to a healthy lifestyle. This includes quitting smoking and maintaining an ideal weight. The need of the hour is to raise awareness on the importance of adopting a balanced lifestyle right from a young age and for elders in the family to set precedence for kids on these lines.... 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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