Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
13th January 2019
Hospitals to be an industry under Ayushman Bharat

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The present government has announced plans to make hospitals into an "industry" under the Ayushman Bharat health insurance scheme and also give help to private hospitals such as land and funding. The government has issued broad guidelines for private investments into setting up hospitals in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities. Three categories of hospitals have been defined under these guidelines:...read more

Minimally invasive esophagectomy non-inferior to open surgery: Can this be practice changing?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Hybrid minimally invasive esophagectomy may be preferred over open surgery for patients with esophageal carcinoma amenable to surgery, suggests a latest study.

Data from the MIRO study has shown that patients who underwent hybrid minimally invasive esophagectomy in patients with resectable cancer of the middle or lower third of the esophagus had fewer intraoperative and postoperative major complications, specifically pulmonary complications as compared to open esophagectomy. No adverse effects on the overall and disease-free survival were observed over the 3-year study period....read more

Practice Updates

FDA cautions about possible hepatitis A contamination of candies

In December, the US FDA had alerting consumers to possible hepatitis A contamination of Bauer's Candies Modjeskas, an individually wrapped marshmallow candy dipped in chocolate or caramel. We are advising consumers not to eat and to throw away any Bauer’s Candies Chocolate or Caramel Modjeskas, purchased after November 14, 2018 because a worker in the facility tested positive for hepatitis A..... read more

2019 is The International Year of the Periodic Table

The Periodic Table of Chemical Elements is one of the most significant achievements in science, capturing the essence not only of chemistry, but also of physics and biology. 1869 is considered as the year of discovery of the Periodic System by Dmitri Mendeleev.... read more

Physicians Rate Happiness High in Life Outside Work: Survey

Most physicians who were surveyed about their lives outside work rated their personal happiness high in the Medscape Lifestyle & Happiness Report 2019. The survey includes responses from 15,069 Medscape member and nonmember physicians across 29 specialties recruited between July 27 and October 16, 2018... read more

Bihar govt comes out with draft Medical Laboratory Technician Council Bill 2018

With an aim to improve quality of diagnostic services in the state, the Bihar government has come out with draft Medical Laboratory Technician Council Bill 2018. The Bill paves the way for establishment of Bihar Medical Laboratory Technician Council to regulate profession and education of medical laboratory technician (MLT) practitioners....read more

Ethnicity a 'risk-enhancing' factor under new cholesterol guidelines

In a recent update of cholesterol guidelines, a national panel of scientists and health experts stressed a more personalized approach to risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment. But for the first time, the guidelines also described race and ethnic backgrounds as "risk-enhancing factors" for specific U.S. populations. Each ethnicity has some clusters of risk factors specific to that ethnic group..... read more

Aspirin use associated with fewer COPD exacerbations

Daily aspirin use appears to reduce the risk of exacerbations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to an observational study reported online Dec. 26, 2018 in the journal Chest. It is also associated with less dyspnea,... read more

AI approach outperformed human experts in identifying cervical precancer

A research team led by investigators from the National Institutes of Health and Global Good has developed a computer algorithm that can analyze digital images of a woman’s cervix and accurately identify precancerous changes that require medical attention. This artificial intelligence (AI) approach, called automated visual evaluation,... read more

Study shows faster normalization of platelet count with caplacizumab acquired TTP

According to results from the HERCULEs trial published online Jan. 9, 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine, treatment with caplacizumab was associated with faster normalization of the platelet count in patients with acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), a lower incidence of a composite of TTP-related death, recurrence of TTP,... read more

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Vaccination efforts need to be intensified in India
Vegetables should be cooked well before consumption
New Delhi,12 January 2019: Delhi will witness the roll out of its largest immunization drives offering 55 lakh children in the age group of 9 months to less than 15 years measles-rubella (MR) vaccination additional cover. Starting on 16 January 2019, the five-week MR campaign aims to offer vaccination to children in the 11 districts of Delhi covering all pre-school children, school students (government and private) and out-of-school children.
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