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Draft Policy on Rare Diseases and the Role Played by IMA and HCFI

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
16th January 2020
The Indian government has come up with a new draft National Policy for Rare Diseases, 2020, which highlights “scarce resources” to provide financial support for treatment of rare diseases. The draft policy proposes to set up a registry under ICMR to create a database and provide financial assistance of up to Rs 15 lakh to Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries for rare diseases ... Read more »


Draft policy on rare diseases: Part 2

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
16th January 2020
HCFI Recommendations : A petition in the Delhi High Court regarding directions that government provide free treatment for rare diseases - the Delhi High Court in W.P. (C) No. 4444/2016, W.P. (C) No. 7730/2016, and W.P. (C) No. 7729/2013 directed the Ministry of Health to frame... Read more »

News From All Specialities

WHO says new China coronavirus could spread, warns hospitals worldwide

16th January 2020Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of a new coronavirus in China within families, and it is possible there could be a wider outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.... Read more »
Practice Updates

Panel looks at surrogacy through docs, mothers

16th January 2020 Business and Medicine Obstetrics and Gynaecology
NEW DELHI: Members of a select committee of Rajya Sabha, examining the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019, will visit Anand in Gujarat, Hyderabad and Mumbai from January 21 to 24 to examine if surrogacy should be allowed for live-in couples and single intending parents...Read more »
Practice Updates

New form of insulin may improve diabetes treatment, says study

16th January 2020 Pharmacists Diabetes and Endocrinology
Scientists have developed a new form of insulin that could improve the clinical delivery of the drug for people living with diabetes. The researchers, including those from The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health in Australia,... Read more »

Delaying Revascularization Based on Fractional Flow Reserve Seems Effective

16th January 2020 Cardiology Pharmacists
Delaying revascularization for up to two years based on fractional flow reserve (FFR) seems both safe and appropriate in real-world practice, according to researchers in Japan. The researchers examined registry data from 28 Japanese centers....Read more »  

Chinese Herbal May Be Chemoprotective against Colorectal Cancer

16th January 2020 OncologyPharmacists
The herbal-based supplement berberine reduced the recurrence risk of colorectal adenomas and polypoid lesions after polypectomy versus placebo, a Chinese randomized trial found. With median follow-up of 2 years, 36% of berberine recipients... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Is there a law for curbing noise pollution in hospitals?

16th January 2020
Yes. The Noise Pollution (Regulation and Control) Rules, 2000 (hereinafter referred to as “Noise Rules, 2000) have been enacted and enforced in India with the object to regulate and control noise producing and generating sources...Read more »

eMedi Humor

A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer

16th January 2020
A mathematician, a physicist, and an engineer were traveling through Scotland when they saw a black sheep through the window of the train.
"Aha," says the engineer, "I see that Scottish sheep are black."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A 74-year-old male presents with recurrent episodes of dull abdominal pain. What would be your first two guesses?

16th January 2020
1. Intraductal papillary mucinous tumor
2. Pseudocyst..Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Reduce liquids to reduce weight

16th January 2020
When it comes to losing weight, cut down on liquid calories rather than food. Body is able to self-regulate its intake of solid food. If you eat too much solid food at lunch, you'll tend to eat less at dinner.... Read more »

eSpiritual: Why do We Ring the Bell in a Temple?

16th January 2020
The vibrations of the ringing bell produce the auspicious primordial sound ‘Om’, thus creating a connection between the deity and the mind. As we start the daily ritualistic worship (pooja), we ring the bell, chanting:...Read more »

Inspirational: Anyway…

16th January 2020
1. People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway.
2. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Do good anyway.... Read more »

Medical Voice

Medical voice

Ambient Particulate Air Pollution and Daily Mortality in 652 Cities

An increase of 10 µg per cubic meter in the two days moving average of PM10 concentration (average over the current and previous day) was associated with increases of 0.44% in daily all-cause mortality, 0.36% in daily cardiovascular mortality,...Read more »


From Other Newsletter



Exercises to increase bone density in osteoporotic patients

Physical exercise is known to stimulate bone osteogenesis in patients with osteoporosis. However, all types of exercise do not have the same beneficial effect on bone mineral density (BMD). Two types of exercises have emerged as being appropriate for patients with osteoporosis.... Read more »


Individual Characteristics and Blood Eosinophil Counts in Adults with Asthma or COPD.

Elevated blood eosinophil (bEOS) counts are markers of inflammation associated with poorer outcomes in individuals with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A new study published in The Journal of Allergy ...Read more »


Vitamin A intake linked with lower skin cancer risk: Study

Intake of vitamin A may be associated with a lower risk of a common type of skin cancer, a study claims. The study of about 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer by around 15 per cent.... Read more »

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