Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
16th January 2019
The approaching Lok Sabha elections and Uttarayana

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

As per Vedic knowledge, there are two seasons in the country: Uttarayana and Dakshinayana.

Uttarayana is from mid-January (starts from Makar Sakranti, which falls on the 14th of January every year) to mid-July. Dakshinayana starts when Uttarayana ends i.e. from mid-July to mid-January.

Dakshinayana is characterized by longer nights and shorter days. In Uttarayana, the sun moves towards the north and days are longer. As per the "Puranas", Dakshinayana is the night of the deities whereas Uttarayana is their day....read more

Use mesalamin in standard dose rather than low dose in patients with extensive mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has published a new clinical guideline for the medical management of patients with mild-to-moderate ulcerative colitis (UC).

According to the guideline, mild-to-moderate UC is characterized by mild or moderate rectal bleeding, < 4-6 bowel movements in a day, absence of constitutional symptoms, low overall inflammatory burden, and absence of features suggestive of high inflammatory activity. However, the guideline also cautions that those who have more frequent bowel movements, more prominent rectal bleeding or greater overall inflammatory burden should be considered to have moderate disease....read more

Practice Updates

New hope with Ebola drug trial

There is no cure for Ebola and the mortality rate in this outbreak is about 60%. However, there is new cause for hope. Since the start of this current outbreak in August 2018 - the tenth to hit the DRC since Ebola was discovered in 1976 - patients have had access to one of four investigational treatments on a compassionate basis. ... read more

Public Health England launches new measles and rubella elimination strategy

Public Health England has published a new strategy for measles and rubella elimination. The strategy focuses on 4 core components required to maintain elimination of measles and rubella:... read more

10 threats to global health in 2019: WHO

1. Air pollution and climate change
2. Noncommunicable diseases
3. Global influenza pandemic
4. Fragile and vulnerable settings... read more

Physical activity reduces mortality in patients with diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes should be prescribed physical activity to control blood sugar and improve heart health, according to a Position Paper of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology “Exercise training for patients with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease:...read more

Women who undergo IVF with frozen embryos at higher risk of preeclampsia

Researchers found that preeclampsia rates reached 12.8% in women receiving frozen embryos under a programmed cycle without a corpus luteum compared with 3.9% among women who had frozen embryo transfers under a modified natural cycle with a corpus luteum, says a study reported in the journal Hypertension.... read more

Clinical trial testing fecal microbiota transplant for recurrent diarrheal disease begins

A research consortium recently began enrolling patients in a clinical trial examining whether fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) by enema—putting stool from a healthy donor in the colon of a recipient-is safe and can prevent recurrent Clostridium difficile-associated disease (CDAD), a potentially life-threatening diarrheal illness. ... read more

Sleeping less than 6 hours a night may increase risk of heart disease

People who sleep less than 6 hours a night may be at increased risk of cardiovascular disease compared with those who sleep for 7-8 hours, suggests a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology online Jan. 14, 2019. Participants who slept less than six hours were.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Inspirational Story 2: Finding happiness
Uttarayana is the period for cleansing the body and mind
Farm fresh produce and natural ingredients aid this process in this season
New Delhi, 15 January 2019: The Indian festivals, heralding the arrival of spring in India, are also distinct in other ways. The food cooked and served at this time around the Indian subcontinent is sourced from the harvest, is at its freshest best, and high in antioxidants and phytochemicals. Apart from several nutritional benefits, it also helps in fighting diseases. Farm-fresh produce scores over cold-storage produce in terms of minimal degeneration of nutrients.

Preparations made in this season are anti-inflammatory in nature. Peanuts and sesame contain biotin and sweet potato is high in choline content.

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