Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
15th July 2019

Superbugs persist on surgical gowns and surfaces even after decontamination

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The superbug Clostridium difficile persists on surgical gowns and surfaces, even after being treated with the recommended amount of disinfectant, suggests a study from the University of Plymouth, UK.

In the study published July 12, 2019 in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology, researchers examined single-use hospital surgical gowns (made of polypropylene), hospital-grade stainless steel and floor vinyl that had been infected with with 1 × 106 spores/ml of two types of C. difficile spore preparations: crude spores and purified spores of C. difficile. These infected gowns were then treated for 10 minutes with disinfectant containing 1,000 parts per million (ppm) of chlorine-releasing agent sodium dichloroisocyanurate....read more


Moderate calorie restriction improves cardiometabolic risk factors in young adults

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(NIH, July 12, 2019): Moderately reducing caloric intake over a period of 2 years significantly improved cardiometabolic risk factors in young and middle-aged, non-obese adults, according to the Comprehensive Assessment of Long-term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy (CALERIE) trial published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.

A significant improvement in the multiple cardiometabolic risk factors, including waist circumference, blood pressure, HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin sensitivity and fasting glucose, and C-reactive protein was observed in the caloric restriction group vs control group....read more

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To cut doctor shortage, govt adds over 10,500 MBBS seats this year

NEW DELHI: In an attempt to address the shortage of doctors in the country, the government has ramped up MBBS seats by more than 26% over last two years, taking the total number of MBBS seats to around 75000. Besides, nearly 8900 seats have been added to PG medical seats during the period to bolster the number of specialists.... read more


7 Cases of Japanese Encephalitis Detected in Arunachal, Govt Taking Measures to Check Spread of Disease

Itanagar: As many as seven cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) have been detected in Arunachal Pradesh, health department sources said on Friday.

The department has launched a state-wide drive for early detection and cure of Japanese Encephalitis, in the wake of the rising cases of the mosquito-borne disease in neighboring Assam, they said. "The state government has issued an advisory to all districts to contain the spread of the disease and instructed officials to take adequate measures,... read more


UN Secretary-General condemns ongoing airstrikes on Syria's hospitals, medical workers

Reports that airstrikes have hit several health facilities in north-west Syria have been strongly condemned by the UN Secretary-General. In a statement, António Guterres said that one of the damaged facilities included a large hospital in Maarat al Numan whose location was known to the warring parties. Mr. Guterres insisted that civilians and public buildings must be protected, in line with a 2018... read more


Good gut bacteria 'help starving children'

A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas and peanuts improves gut bacteria in malnourished children, helping kick-start their growth, research suggests. These foods were found to be particularly good at boosting healthy microbes in a US study of children in Bangladesh. In a one-month trial, reported in the journal Science,... read more


PRAC Proposes New Measures to Avoid Methotrexate Dosing Errors

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended new measures to reduce the risk of dosing errors with medicines containing methotrexate.

The new measures include restricting who can prescribe these medicines, making warnings on the packaging more prominent, and providing educational materials for patients and healthcare providers.... read more


Even Cleaning Procedures Can't Kill C. difficile in Hospitals, says Study

Clostridium difficile persisted on several surfaces, such as hospital surfaces and surgical gowns, even after appropriate decontamination procedures, researchers found. After recommended treatment with disinfectant, C. difficile spores were found on hospital surgical gowns, as well as on stainless steel and vinyl flooring, reported Lovleen Tina Joshi, PhD,... read more


Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension May Double Cardiovascular Risk

According to new research, idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) in women appears to be associated with an increased cardiovascular risk.

The results suggest that patients with IIH have double the risk of future cardiovascular events compared to controls even after adjusting for body mass index (BMI). This implies that IIH is actually a systemic metabolic condition, and that patients need to have their cardiovascular risk strictly managed,... 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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