Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
14th July 2019

Sri Lanka is measles-free: Will India achieve its target of eliminating measles by 2020?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Last week, Sri Lanka was declared free of measles by the World Health Organization (WHO). The country reported its last case of measles caused by an indigenous virus in May 2016. Sporadic cases, reported in the last three years have all been importations that were quickly detected, investigated and rapidly responded to, said the WHO.

Measles is a notifiable disease in Sri Lanka, which has a strong surveillance system in place and all vaccine-preventable diseases are an integral part of the communicable disease surveillance system.

In contrast, there has been a resurgence of measles in the United States. This year 1,109 individual cases of measles have been confirmed in the US from January 1 to July 3, as per CDC. This is the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1992 and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000. Two factors have been identified as contributing to the outbreaks of measles; firstly, measles is being imported into the US via travelers with measles who bring the disease from other countries such as Israel, Ukraine, and the Philippines, where large measles outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases) are occurring and secondly,...read more

A new treatment for refractory multiple myeloma

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Selinexor (Xpovio) tablet in combination with dexamethasone has received FDA approval as treatment option for the adult patients with multiple myeloma with no available therapy.

Indication: Treatment of adult patients with relapsed refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior therapies and whose disease is resistant to several other forms of treatment, including at least two proteasome inhibitors, at least two immunomodulatory agents, and an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody

Side effects: Leukopenia, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia, vomiting, nausea, fatigue, diarrhea, fever, decreased appetite and weight, constipation, upper respiratory tract infections and hyponatremia....read more

Practice Updates

Alert in North Tripura to prevent spread of Japanese Encephalitis from Assam

Agartala: Tripura health department on Thursday issued an alert in areas of North Tripura which share a border with Assam and Mizoram following the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) outbreak in Assam. The health officials said that the department has undertaken special steps to prevent all possibility of the killer disease from spreading in Tripura. North Tripura district health department circulated special instructions... read more

A "One WHO approach" for Malaria elimination in the African Region

“One WHO approach to malaria in Africa” was the focus of the 2019 coordination meeting between WHO in the African Region and The Global Malaria Programme which took place in Brazzaville from 2 – 5 July and aimed to build synergies between operations in the different levels of the organization. The meeting brought together 30 WHO malaria experts from ten countries in Africa with a high malaria burden, together with WHO headquarters, regional and inter-country Support Teams.... read more

Cutting about 300 calories a day might benefit your heart, study finds

Cutting just 300 calories from your daily diet could significantly benefit your cardiovascular health, even if you're already at a healthy weight, suggests a new study. During the course of two years, participants in the study who were on a calorie restriction diet lowered their blood pressure and levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol,... read more

Cutting MCI Risk: The More Mental Activities, the Better

Engaging in mentally stimulating activities, such as playing games, using a computer, and crafting - whether individually or in combination - is associated with a lower risk for mild cognitive impairment (MCI), suggests new research. A large population-based study showed that using a computer in middle age was associated ... read more

Combining breast, lung cancer drugs to treat cancer yields better results, says study

According to a new study, if the drugs used to treat breast and lung cancer are combined, they overcome resistance to treatment and induce senescence - a state in which cells are thought to stop growing and dividing but without undergoing cell death, thus, yielding better results in cancer treatment.... read more

Medical Voice

MCI makes 8-week research methods course must for PG

(The Tribune, July 11, 2019): In a significant step that acknowledges the importance of research in learning along the lines of western countries, the Medical Council of India (MCI) Board of Governors introduced a compulsory online course in basic research methods for all postgraduate students in the country and for faculty with no prior research training. The 8-week course will be mandatory for medical PG students being admitted from academic year 2019-20 onwards. The course would have to be completed by the end of the 2nd semester.... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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