Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
14th January 2019
The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill - 2019 passed by the Lok Sabha

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

"The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill - 2019" was passed by the lower house of the Parliament last week. The Bill has been formulated recognizing the need for regulation of the use and application of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) technology, for establishing identity of missing persons, victims, offenders, under trials and unknown deceased persons and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. DNA evidence is considered the gold standard in crime investigations.

The Bill seeks to ensure that the DNA test results are reliable, and that the data remain protected from misuse or abuse in terms of the privacy rights of our citizens....read more

Now an epilepsy smart watch to monitor seizures in children

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Following on the heels of the approval granted to Apple Watch Series 4 for ECG screening, the US FDA has now given the green signal to another wearable mHealth device - the Embrace smart watch.

The Embrace smart watch has been approved to monitor seizure activity in children as young as age 6. Its use in adults had been approved last February.

The watch uses advanced machine learning technology to detect patterns in motion and physiological signals that may be associated with generalized tonic-clonic seizures....read more

Practice Updates

CDC provides first in-season estimates of flu illnesses in the US

According to new data released by CDC, so far during the 2018-2019 season between about 6 and 7 million people have been sick with flu, up to half of those people have sought medical care for their illness, and between 69,000 and 84,000 people have been hospitalized from flu. This is the first time these estimates— which cover the period from October 1, 2018 .... read more

Dr Nila Mohile shares her views on our story “Decapitation of fetus during the delivery process” published on Jan. 12, 2019

She says: “As the patient was brought to PHC at 7 months of pregnancy with baby hanging out of vagina means that the baby must have been dead and cervix had not completely opened. Excessive pull would cause decapitation. This can also cause rupture of uterus. ... read more

Polio-free WHO South-East Asia Region

On 13 January this year WHO South-East Asia Region marks eight years since the last case of wild poliovirus.
The Region continues to be polio-free due to ongoing efforts by member countries, partners and the people themselves to ensure all children are protected with polio vaccines. ... read more

Hospitalization increases risk for cognitive decline in older adults

Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, suggests a study published in the Jan. 11, 2019, online issue of Neurology. Researchers found that those who have non-elective (emergency or urgent) hospitalizations and who have not previously been diagnosed with dementia or...read more

Calcium specks may be prognostic markers for early heart disease in South Asians

Specks of calcium in the walls of coronary arteries could be an important prognostic marker of early cardiovascular disease in South Asians and may help guide treatment in this population, according to findings from the ongoing Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America... read more

Include more dietary fiber and whole grains in your diet to reduce the risk of NCDs

People who eat higher levels of dietary fiber and whole grains have lower rates of non-communicable diseases compared with people who eat lesser amounts. In a series of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published in The Lancet, Jan. 10, 2019, a 15-30% decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality was noted when comparing people who eat the highest amount of fibre to those who eat the least.... read more

USPSTF issues a draft research plan for review of evidence for colorectal cancer screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has posted a Draft Research Plan for Colorectal Cancer screening on its website on Jan. 3, 2019. It is open for public comment till Jan. 30, 2019. The research plan includes a proposed analytic framework, key questions, study approach and a decision mode as a guide for the systematic review of the evidence by researchers..... read more

Diabetes and hyperglycemia associated with thicker central corneal thickness

In a cross-sectional study of 8846 multiethnic Asian adults published online Jan. 4, 2019 in JAMA Network Open, diabetes and hyperglycemia were associated with thicker central corneal thickness (CCT). Diabetes, higher random glucose and A1c levels were associated with thicker CCT. ... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Fat around the abdomen detrimental to life in the long run
Physical activity and healthy eating habits are an imperative with increasing age
Look that you are not suffering from wheat belly
New Delhi, 13th January 2019: Excess belly fat can probably shrink the grey matter volume in your brain, according to a new study. Grey matter contains most of the brain’s 100 billion nerve cells, while the white matter is filled with nerve fibres that connect the brain regions. Excess weight was associated with shrinkage in specific regions of the brain: the pallidum, nucleus accumbens, putamen (linked only to a higher BMI) and caudate (linked only to a higher waist-to-hip ratio). All these brain regions are involved in motivation and reward.

Increasing central adiposity is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. Therefore, in addition to measuring body mass index, waist circumference should be measured to assess abdominal obesity.

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