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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
15th July 2018
Sonic attacks: Is this a new weapon of modern warfare?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Wars have been fought since ancient times and with time, the weapons of warfare have also evolved from spears, swords, daggers to more sophisticated weapons like rifles, machine guns, cannons, mines tanks, bombs, missiles, etc. to the advanced technology weapons of warfare of today.

Nuclear, biological (anthrax), radiological (Polonium-210) and chemical (sarin, chlorine, phosgene, mustard gas) weapons are collectively called as weapons of mass destruction as they have the capacity to cause death and destruction on a huge scale. These are used to either create selective terror or targeted attacks or cause mass casualty. ....read more

Top News

New Zealand scientists preform the first-ever 3D color X-ray on a human

Scientists from New Zealand have performed the first-ever 3-D color X-ray on a human, using a using a color medical scanner using the particle-based Medipix3 technology provided by the CERN physics lab. Medipix works like a camera detecting and counting individual subatomic particles as they collide with pixels while its shutter is open. The small pixels and accurate... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 15th July 2018

The current study by Lennerz and colleagues published online April 24 in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that electric cars do not promote clinically significant EMI among patients with CIEDs (cardiac implantable electronic devices) The study of 108 patients with CIEDs and one of Europe's 4 most popular electric cars showed no evidence of EMI with the CIEDs under a variety of different conditions. In the study participants had their CIED optimized to detect EMI. They were then exposed to one of ... read more

Practice Updates

Athletes more prone to depression and anxiety post-concussion

Athletes who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be at greater risk for experiencing persistent anxiety and depression after a concussion vs people who do not have ADHD, according to findings of a study to be presented at the upcoming American ... read more


A new CDC website on ME/CFS for healthcare providers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an updated website "https://www.cdc.gov/me-cfs/index.html" about myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) specifically for healthcare providers. The website includes information... read more


FDA approves tecovirimat as treatment of smallpox

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved TPOXX (tecovirimat), the first drug with an indication for treatment of smallpox. Although, small pox was declared as eradicated in 1980 by the WHO, there have been longstanding concerns that smallpox could be used .... read more


Direct oral anticoagulants linked with higher bleeding risk in CKD patients

Compared with warfarin use, direct oral anticoagulant use was linked with a 23% higher risk of bleeding in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to the results of a study published July 12, 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology ... read more


Asian Indians increase their risk of developing diabetes by adopting poor lifestyle habits

Adopting American habits by Asian Indians who had been living in the United States was found to be bad for cardiometabolic health, suggests a study presented June 22, 2018 at the recent American Diabetes Association 2018 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida. The study.... read more


Once-weekly ciprofloxacin comparable to daily norfloxacin for preventing spontaneous bacterial peritonitis

Once weekly ciprofloxacin was as effective as norfloxacin 400 mg daily for the prevention of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in patients with cirrhosis and ascites suggesting its benefits as a more convenient and cost-effective treatment option. SBP developed in four patients... read more


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1. Progressive, fairly symmetric muscle weakness accompanied by absent or depressed deep tendon reflexes.
2. Patients usually present a few days to a week after onset of symptoms.
3. The weakness can vary from mild difficulty with walking to nearly complete paralysis of all extremity, facial, respiratory, and bulbar muscles.
4. Weakness never begins in the arms or facial muscles
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Heart diseases are steadily rising in India
Most people with known risk factors take neither preventive action nor prescribed medication
 
New Delhi, 14th July 2018: Deaths due to cardiovascular diseases are on the rise in India, causing more than one quarter of all deaths in the country and affecting rural populations and young adults the most, says a new study published in The Lancet Global Health.

What is alarming is the finding that even though most deaths were among people with previously known cardiac disease, at least half were not taking any regular medications for the condition. In India, most deaths occur at home and without medical attention.

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