Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
15th January 2019
Low gluten food labels to be out with only 'gluten free' label to stay

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A gluten-free diet is one that that does not contain the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye (sometimes in oats).Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease. A gluten-free diet is required by patients with celiac disease (1% population) as it helps to control signs and symptoms and prevent complications.

Earlier in 2016, the FSSAI had notified the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Second Amendment Regulations, 2016 relating to standards for gluten food and low gluten food. Correspondingly it made changes in Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations,...read more

Emergence of MCR-1 gene mediated colistin resistance

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A rare antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection has been found in a Laramie County resident receiving care at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center (CRMC), according to a statement earlier this year by the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) . Recent testing showed the organism infecting the patient, an enterobacteriaceae, also included a rare antibiotic-resistant gene known as MCR-1. It does not appear the infection was acquired at the hospital.

The mcr-1 gene makes bacteria resistant to colistin, which is used for multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Acinetobacter including NDM-1 metallo-ß-lactamase multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae....read more

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Practice Updates

ICMR to undertake a nationwide surveillance of fruit bats to gauge Nipah virus threat

PUNE: The city-based Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-National Institute of Virology (ICMR-NIV) will undertake a nationwide surveillance of fruit bats to gauge Nipah virus threat. The move follows the presence of Nipah virus in fruit bats (Pteropus giganteus) during the recent outbreak in Kerala, following which 17 people succumbed to the pathogen in May-June 2018..... read more

Updated Guidelines for treatment of migraine

The American Headache Society (AHS) has published an updated new position statement for treatment of migraine online Dec. 10, 2018 in the journal Headache. The statement recommends use of evidence-based treatments when possible and appropriate; start with a low dose and titrate slowly;... read more

Health hazards from exposure to cement common in construction workers

Men and women labourers at construction sites who handle cement or are exposed to it are at high risk of contracting skin infections owing to the harmful chemicals it contains, a new study conducted by the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi has found. The study, conducted by the AIIMS Department of Dermatology and... read more

Whole body examination not necessary to diagnose scabies

According to a study published Dec. 27, 201487 in the journal PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases, compared to a full body examination, examination limited to hands, feet and lower legs had 90% sensitivity for detecting scabies. Body regions with highest yield were the hands ...read more

A healthy diet precludes the need of vitamins or nutritional supplements for most people

Most people do not need to take vitamins or nutritional supplements as they can get all the nutrients they need by eating a healthy diet, according to a new patient page “Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements What Do I Need to Know?” published online Jan. 7, 2019 in JAMA Internal Medicine.... read more

Takotsubo syndrome not as benign as thought to be

A systematic review and Meta-Regression Study has shown relatively high rates of life-threatening complications such as acute heart failure (HF) with shock (19%) and malignant arrhythmias (10%), with in-hospital death occurring in 1.8% of cases of Takotsubo syndrome. One percent of the survivors had a recurrent episode.... read more

Romosozumab approved in Japan for osteoporosis patients at high risk for fracture

Romosozumab (Evenity) has been granted marketing authorization in Japan for the treatment of osteoporosis in patients at high risk of fracture. EVENITY is a bone forming agent that both increases bone formation and reduces bone resorption to increase bone mineral density (BMD) and reduce the risk of fracture..... read more

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Maternal physical and mental health should be prioritized together after childbirth
Awareness and understanding of postpartum symptoms among new mothers is imperative
New Delhi, 14th January 2019: The Health Department of Kerala State is integrating mental health with maternal and child health programme to initiate a primary care screening programme for the early detection and treatment of perinatal depression. This is under the light of the latter emerging as a major cause for concern in the Kerala. About 7% of the 187 maternal deaths reported in Kerala in 2017/18 were suicides, making it the third cause of maternal mortality in the state after post-partum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia.

Perinatal depression, which is defined as depression during pregnancy and childbirth, lasting for over a year after delivery, goes mostly undetected and untreated, till something as drastic as a suicide bid occurs.

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