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

A Vedic interpretation of floods

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

According to the 100th monkey phenomenon, 1% of the collective consciousness of people decides what 99% will do. It only takes 1% of the society, which is the critical mass required for anything to materialize or happen.

If 1% of the society thinks positively about any issue in a particular direction, it happens. "Rang de Basanti" was not just a very successful movie, it had a profound impact on the society and secured justice in the high-profile Jessica Lall murder case.

If 1% of the city meditates, the crime rate goes down.

If 1% of people wish you well, good things will happen to you. The classical example of the effect of mass prayer on a person's health is the case of Amitabh Bachchan. The entire country prayed as one for his recovery after he met with a near-fatal accident during the shooting of his film "Coolie"...read more

Monitoring BP over 24 hours best predicts heart disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Compared to an isolated BP reading taken in the office, BP should be monitored over 24 hours out-of-office to best predict the risk of heart disease, suggests a new study conducted in 12 countries published August 6, 2019 in JAMA.

The study included more than 11,000 individuals from 12 countries in Europe, East Asia and Latin America and followed them for 14 years from May 1988 to May 2010. BP was also recorded over a 24-hour period using automated portable BP monitors in an office setting, with repeated blood pressure measurements recorded during the day, at night during sleep and over 24 hours.

The results showed the higher 24-hour and nighttime blood pressure measurements were significantly associated with greater risks of death and a composite CV outcome, even after adjusting for other office-based or ambulatory blood pressure measurements....read more

Practice Updates

New measles surveillance data from WHO

Measles outbreaks continue to spread rapidly around the world, according to the latest preliminary reports provided to the World Health Organization (WHO), with millions of people globally at risk of the disease. In the first six months of 2019, reported measles cases are the highest they have been in any year since 2006, with outbreaks straining health care systems, and leading to serious illness,... read more

FDA warns consumers about dangerous and potentially life-threating side effects of Miracle Mineral Solution

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase or drink a product sold online as a medical treatment due to a recent rise in reported health issues. Since 2010, the FDA has warned consumers about the dangers of Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide (CD) Protocol, Water Purification Solution (WPS) and other similar products... read more

Scientists hail promise of first effective Ebola treatments in Congo trial

Scientists are a step closer to finding the first effective treatments for the deadly Ebola hemorrhagic fever after two potential drugs showed survival rate of as much as 90% in a clinical trial in Congo. Two experimental drugs - Regeneron's REGN-EB3 and a monoclonal antibody called mAb114 - were both developed using antibodies harvested from survivors of Ebola infection.... read more

Little Progress Seen in Diabetes Care in Past 15 Years

There have been few improvements in diabetes diagnosis, linkage of patients to care, or achievement of treatment targets in the United States since 2005 despite advances in care, new research suggests. The findings, from 2488 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) cycles covering 2005 to 2016, were published online August 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine.... read more

New Data on Antidepressants and Stroke Risk

Use of antidepressants that strongly inhibit serotonin is associated with a somewhat lower risk for ischemic stroke compared to agents that weakly inhibit the neurotransmitter, suggests a large, population-based study. Investigators found a 12% reduced risk for ischemic stroke among study participants who were currently taking a stronger selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)... read more

Medical Voice

Birth defects registries expanding in Latin America

Twelve Latin American countries already monitor children who are born with congenital birth defects in order to better understand why and how often they occur, and how the survival and quality of life of these children can be improved. Birth defects are the second leading cause of neonatal and child mortality worldwide. In the Americas, approximately one out of every ten deaths of children under the age of five is due to these anomalies. However,...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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