Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
16th February 2019
Jiska Koi Nahi Uska Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Today, Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) is observing the Annual Day of the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund.

The Fund is dedicated to the memory of Sameer Malik, who passed away today, at a young age, due to sudden cardiac death.

The Fund is an initiative of the HCFI to assist heart patients belonging to economically weaker sections of the society in getting affordable and quality treatment.

Since it was first established in 2014, the Fund has successfully sponsored 279 heart surgeries such as valvular heart surgery, pacemaker implantation, surgeries for congenital heart diseases, bypass surgery and stents. It has also helped more than 1788 patients, both children and adults....read more

Physiological age is a better predictor of longevity than actual age: Exercise more to live longer

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

New research from the Cleveland Clinic has found that estimated "physiological" age based on exercise stress testing performance i.e. "how well you respond to exercise" is a better predictor of mortality when compared to chronological (actual) age.

And, you can now calculate your physiological age based on your exercise performance during an exercise stress test using the formula "A-BEST" (Age Based on Exercise Stress Testing).....read more

Medical Voice

New NICE guidelines on antibiotic prescribing for pneumonia

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) have published draft guidance on antimicrobial prescribing for hospital-acquired and community-acquired pneumonia.... read more

Practice Updates

Measles cases nearly doubled in a year, says WHO

A projected near-doubling of measles infections has been identified amid rising severe and protracted outbreaks all over the planet, in poor and rich countries alike, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.... read more

Latest PAHO "Basic Indicators" show NCDs as the main cause of death in the Americas

The Americas region is home to more than one billion people. Every year, 15 million babies are born, and nearly 7 million people die. Life expectancy is 80.2 years for women and 74.6 for men. More than 8 in 10 people live in urban areas. These are some of the key statistics presented in the new "2018 Basic Indicators," published by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).... read more

Glyphosate herbicide linked to Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Exposure to Glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide has been found to increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) by 41% in a new meta-analysis by researchers from the University of Washington. The study is published online Feb. ... read more

First interoperable insulin pump that allows patients to customize treatment through their individual diabetes management devices gets FDA go ahead

The US Food and Drug Administration has permitted marketing of the Tandem Diabetes Care t:Slim X2 insulin pump with interoperable technology (interoperable t:Slim X2) for delivering insulin under the skin for children and adults with diabetes. This new type of insulin pump, referred to as an alternate controller enabled (ACE) infusion pump, or ACE insulin pump, is the first interoperable pump,...read more

Cognition declines with chronic inflammation in middle age

According to a new study published in the February 13, 2019, online issue of Neurology, people who have chronic inflammation in middle-age may develop problems with thinking and memory in the decades leading up to old age. Those with the highest levels of inflammation biomarkers had an 8% steeper decline in thinking and memory skills over the course of the study than the group... read more

Low cardiorespiratory fitness + obesity in adolescents increases their likelihood of future chronic disability

Low cardiorespiratory fitness, obesity, and the combination of the two in adolescence were strongly associated with chronic disability due to a wide range of diseases and causes in adulthood, says a study published online Feb.... read more

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Harm reduction through physical activity can ward off diseases
Indians lack adequate exercise and need to get a little more active
New Delhi, 15 February 2019: A published in The Lancet found that 4 out of 10 Indians were not sufficiently active. Some studies have even said that 52% of Indians are physically inactive. Another study has indicated that sedentary lifestyle is worse than smoking, diabetes and heart disease. While it is common knowledge that physical inactivity is a leading cause of disease and disability, the study emphasizes the extent to which it can impact health.

Any activity is better than none. It is recommended that people get 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week, but some researchers argue that this recommendation may set the bar too high for some people.

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