Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
13th February 2019
Are chocolates the right gift for Valentine's Day?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Chocolates have been forever associated with love and romance. Come Valentine's Day, chocolates are much in demand. Beautifully packaged, they are a popular Valentine's Day gift.

So, why are chocolates gifted as an expression of love?

To understand the reason for this is to know the chemistry of love because the neurochemistry of eating chocolates is the same as that occurs when a person falls in love....read more

Stepping-down treatment in stable asthma should be individualized, ACAAI

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) has published a new guideline "Asthma Controller Step Down Yardstick" to help physicians decide when and how to step down asthma controller therapy according to guideline-defined control levels after the asthma symptoms improve and asthma is stable. The guideline outlines both reasons for, and reasons not to consider stepping down treatment, which should be "individualized according to the patient's current treatment, risk factors, values, and preferences"....read more

Practice Updates

Atta whole wheat flour and maida refined wheat flour, says FSSAI

FSSAI, the country's apex food regulator, has directed FBOs (food business operators) to use the English nomenclature of whole-wheat flour for atta and refined wheat flour for maida in the labelling of such products, where the same is used either singly or as an ingredient in the food items.... read more

EXTEND trial shows feasibility of thrombolysis beyond 4.5-hour window in selected patients

Thrombolysis for acute ischemic stroke is currently restricted to 4.5 hours from onset. But, the results of the EXTEND trial presented at the American Heart Association International Stroke Conference (ISC) has shown that ischemic stroke patients with salvageable brain tissue presenting 4.5-9 hours from onset or with WUS who received alteplase achieved better functional outcomes, .... read more

Children with autism spectrum disorder experience poor sleep habits

Children with autism spectrum disorder, and those with other types of developmental delays who have symptoms of the disorder, often have a harder time getting to sleep and staying asleep, according a study published online... read more

Ultraprocessed foods increase mortality risk

Eating higher amounts of ultraprocessed foods increases mortality risk, according to a study published online Feb. 11, 2019 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The risk for all-cause death increased by 14% for every 10% increase in the amount of dietary ultraprocessed foods consumed....read more

Managing young women at high risk of heart disease: CMAJ

A new review based on the latest, high-quality evidence published from 2008 to 2018 published Feb. 11, 2019 in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides guidance for physicians to identify and manage premenopausal women at high risk of heart disease. Some key observations are:... read more

Updated ACCP guidelines on pulmonary arterial hypertension

The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has published updates to the evidence-based guidelines on therapy for pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The new guideline published in the journal Chest includes 78 evidence-based recommendations for appropriate use in treating patients with PAH. There are two new recommendations about pharmacologic therapy for PAH:... read more

Medical Voice

14th Feb is Valentine's Day: Beware of date rape drugs

We often hear of cases of alleged rapes. The girl was given some drink following which she had no recall of what happened. Once caught, often the defense of the accused is that the girl was a party to the sexual act. Such cases are the result of date rape drugs, used to spike soft drinks or alcoholic drinks. Their use is common.... read more

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Limiting trans fats in the diet can contribute to harm reduction
Majority of the packaged foods we buy are rich in trans fats and a gateway to several health issues
New Delhi, 12th February 2019: The World Health Organization recently urged governments across the world to eliminate the use of trans fats from global food supplies by 2023. In India, the FSSAI has proposed to limit the maximum amount of trans fat content in vegetable oils, vegetable fat and hydrogenated vegetable oil to 2% by weight. This is part of the country's mission towards making India trans-fat-free
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