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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor-in-Chief eIMANews - Dr Ravi Wankhedkar
13th February, 2018
If we don’t self-regulate, then the govt. will

There has always been a dispute whether healthcare is a commercial business or a social business. The first step in regulation of the medical profession was taken when the medical profession was brought under the Consumer Protection Act (CPA). Consequently, any medical service provided to the patient in the form of consultation, diagnosis and treatment came to be under the ambit of ‘service’ as defined in the CPA.

In several of its judgements, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has stated that costs/charges in the medical profession must be reasonable. In the matter of Samira Kohli vs Dr. Prabha Manchanda & Anr on 16 January, 2008, the Apex Court said, “28. But unfortunately not all doctors in government hospitals are paragons of service, nor fortunately, all private hospitals/doctors are commercial minded. There are many a doctor in government hospitals who do not care about patients and unscrupulously insist upon 'unofficial' payment for free treatment or insist upon private consultations.... read more

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Low uptake of seasonal influenza vaccination in Europe may jeopardize capacity to protect people in next pandemic

Influenza vaccination coverage among high-risk groups has dropped in the European Region over the last seven years, and half the countries report a decrease in the number of vaccine doses available. These are the results of the first comprehensive overview of seasonal influenza vaccine coverage in the European Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) between 2008/09 and 2014/15, conducted by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).... read more


More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, says UNICEF

More than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, a new child every half second, according to a UNICEF report “The State of the World’s Children 2017: Children in a digital world”. Digital access exposes these children to a wealth of benefits and opportunities, but also to a host of risks and harms, including access to harmful content, sexual exploitation and abuse, cyberbullying, and misuse of their private information, the children’s agency warned.... read more

Practice Updates

Duloxetine improves joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment for early-stage breast cancer

According to a study reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, treatment with duloxetine for aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal symptoms of joint pain, joint stiffness, functioning was superior to placebo among postmenopausal women with early-stage breast cancer..... read more


Combination of axitinib and pembrolizumab safe and effective in patients with advanced renal cell cancer

Findings of a study presented February 10, 2018 at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in San Francisco demonstrate the safety and efficacy of axitinib in combination with pembrolizumab in treatment-naive patients with advanced renal cell cancer ... read more


AGA guideline on initial management of acute pancreatitis

A new clinical guideline from the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA), published February 9, 2018 in Gastroenterology focuses on the critical decisions made during initial management of acute pancreatitis. Key recommendations include goal-directed therapy for fluid management, early (within 24 hours) oral feeding as tolerated rather than .... read more


Tumor-targeted fluorescence imaging helps intraoperative detection of colorectal cancer

As per a study reported online January 17, 2018 in The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology, SGM-101, a fluorescent antibody targeting carcinoembryonic antigen helps intraoperative detection of colorectal cancer and can influence clinical decision making during the surgery..... read more


Treatment of periodontitis can improve glycemic control in diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes and periodontitis who received intensive treatment for their gum disease with oral hygiene instructions + scaling and root planing using ultrasound and Gracey curettes showed significant improvements in fasting blood glucose and HbA1c, despite already receiving diabetes treatment.... read more


Mediterranean diet increases chances of successful pregnancy in IVF

Eating a Mediterranean diet, high in vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, olive oil and oily fish, and low in meat and dairy foods may significantly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy and delivering a live baby for women undergoing IVF treatment, according to the results of a study published January 30, 2018... read more

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Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
a. Agglutination testing of maternal serum
b. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) screening of maternal serum
c. Western blot testing of maternal serum
d. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing of maternal serum
Lifestyle Updates
 
Inspirational Story 2: Temper Control
Quackery must be tackled in an urgent manner
Have faith in registered practitioners; the need of the hour is to restore trust in doctors
 
New Delhi, 12th February 2018: An unlicensed doctor from Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district was arrested earlier this month on charges of infecting at least 46 people with HIV by re-using a syringe. He apparently provided cheap door-to-door medical services to poor villagers. A criminal case was filed against him over the spread of the infection in the said district. This is the most recent case highlighting the paucity of healthcare in the country of 1.25 billion and the spread of quackery.
 
Recent government screenings in the district uncovered a high concentration of HIV cases in the district thereby triggering suspicion. The limited public healthcare services in India, combined with lack of regulation, have made it easy for unlicensed doctors (read quacks) to thrive, more so in rural areas where people trust anyone who they think can cure them of their suffering.
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