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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
13th May 2016
New guidelines on diabetes and Ramadan
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has issued comprehensive guidelines to address diabetes and Ramadan, including religious as well as medical guidance. These guidelines are available on the IDF website and were developed and written by the Diabetes and Ramadan (DAR) International Alliance.Few recommendations are:
  • Healthcare professionals must be conscious of the risks associated with fasting and should quantify and stratify the risks for every patient individually in order to provide the best possible care.
  • The new risk categorizations as defined by the IDF and Diabetes and Ramadan International Alliance (IDF-DAR) are very high risk (Category 1), high risk (Category 2) and moderate/low risk (Category 3). Patients who are in the two highest categories of risk are advised not to fast; however, many of these patients will choose to do so and this must be respected.
  • Older people should not be categorized as high risk based on a specific age but rather on health status and social circumstances.
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My urine has been very yellowish for the last four days. What are symptoms of jaundice and why my urine yellow. And also I am suffering from cold and cough.
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Revival of the nursing profession, the need of the hour: Indian Medical Association
New Delhi, May 12, 2016: It is estimated that India has a phenomenal 2.4 million shortage of nurses and this number is expected to continue to increase given the high rate of migration.  According to estimates available, India was the source of the highest number of nurses recruited from non-EU countries into Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) between 2009 and 2015. A 2015 report on the nursing brain drain in India reveals that up to one-fifth of the nursing labour force may be lost to wealthier states due to migration.

These are several reasons for this decision made by Indian nurses including job insecurity for the contractual staff, low pay in both the government and private sectors, lack of a conducive work environment and infrastructure and training facilities.
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