Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
14th March 2019
World Kidney Day: Same serum creatinine value may mean different eGFR for persons of different body weight

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Serum creatinine is a commonly used test to evaluate kidney function. And, if the creatinine value falls within the lab reference range, then all is considered well. However, this is not so because the creatinine level is affected by age, race, gender and also the body weight. Hence, serum creatinine level alone is an unreliable marker for impaired kidney function or chronic kidney disease.

The GFR or glomerular filtration rate is the best measure to assess the function of the kidneys.

There are several ways to calculate the GFR.....read more

Every Breath You Take: Delhi continues to be most polluted capital
She sneezes. Her throat scratches. Her nose runs. From the moment her husband returns from work, the symptoms hit her.

Anu Jain Rohatgi

Knock knock
Who's there?
Chicken, who?
Chicken allergy.

Renu has it. Forty years old, living in Delhi that has just been declared the most polluted capital in the world, Renu has problem breathing. She sneezes. Her throat scratches. Her nose runs. From the moment her husband returns from work, the symptoms hit her. They spent a lot of money on tests and visits to experts. Renu is no great believer in coincidences. Until she consulted Dr Bharat Gopal, HoD of the Department of Respiratory Medicine at the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, Delhi....read more

Medical Voice

Most acute liver failure is caused by drugs

DILI is the leading reason for a medication approved by the Drug Administration to subsequently be withdrawn from the market. DILI can result from both prescribed and over-the-counter agents, including some herbal and dietary supplements. It is both difficult to predict and challenging to recognize. ... read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Kidney Day: "Kidney Health for Everyone Everywhere"

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys to our overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide..... read more

When compared to firecrackers, vehicles appear to cause more pollution: SC

New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI) The Supreme Court Tuesday asked why people were "running after" the firecracker industry when it seems vehicles are a "bigger" source of pollution. The top court has asked the Centre if there is any comparative study on the "proportion of pollution" caused by firecrackers and automobiles..... read more

8 Things to know about pandemic influenza

1. Another influenza pandemic will happen – it's a question of when. We know there will be another influenza pandemic at some point. In 1918, we had the most devastating infectious disease event in recorded history: the 1918 influenza pandemic. Since 1918 three influenza pandemics have occurred - in 1957, 1968 and 2009 (H1N1).... read more

Air pollution causes 800,000 extra deaths a year in Europe and 8.8 million worldwide

Air pollution could be causing double the number of excess deaths a year in Europe than has been estimated previously, according to a study published March 12, 2019 in the European Heart Journal. It caused an estimated 790,000 extra deaths in the whole of Europe in 2015 and 659,000 deaths in the 28 Member States...read more

FDA approves Dupixent for atopic dermatitis in teenagers

The FDA has expanded the approval of dupilumab (Dupixent) to include treatment of moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis in patients ages 12 to 17. Dupilumab, which was already approved for atopic dermatitis in adults,... read more

Low-carb diet may increase risk of atrial fibrillation

The restriction of carbohydrate intake increases atrial fibrillation (AF) in individuals with low and moderate carbohydrate intake. The authors of the study published in the March 2019 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) suggest that low carbohydrate diet as a popular way to lose weight may not be extensively recommended... read more

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Tailor-made influenza prevention programmes needed across the world
New influenza strains emerge each year in India
New Delhi, 13 March 2019: The World Health Organization (WHO) recently launched a strategy to protect people worldwide over the next decade against the threat of influenza, warning that new pandemics are 'inevitable'. WHO's new strategy, for 2019 through 2030, aims to prevent seasonal influenza, control the virus's spread from animals to humans and prepare for the next pandemic, WHO said.

Influenza epidemics, largely seasonal, affect around one billion people and kill hundreds of thousands annually, according to WHO, which describes it as one of the world's greatest public health challenges.

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