Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
16th March 2019

West Nile virus: Another impending outbreak in India?
Health Ministry takes stock of the public health measures for controlling West Nile Virus

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A section of the media has reported that a seven year old boy from Malappuram District of Kerala is suffering from a West Nile Virus (WNV), a mosquito-borne disease, mostly reported in the continental United States.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare is closely monitoring the situation and has spoken to the State Health Minister of Kerala in this regard. He has directed for all support to be extended to Kerala in its prevention and management....read more

ECRI Top 10 list of patient safety concerns for 2019
Diagnostic errors and test results are the topmost safety concern

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The ECRI Institute released its list of Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for 2019 this week. ECRI's list of patient safety concerns does not necessarily represent the issues that occur most frequently or are most severe. It identifies new risks, how existing concerns may be changing because of new technology or care delivery models, and persistent issues that need renewed attention or that might have additional solutions....read more

Medical Voice

Boost your energy

1.Pace yourself. Instead of burning through all your "battery life" in two hours, spread it out among morning tasks, afternoon tasks, and evening activities - with rest and meals in between.

2.Take a walk or a nap. There's nothing more satisfying than a short power nap when you're pooped out. However, if you have trouble sleeping at night, ... read more

Practice Updates

WHO urges governments to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, including in motor sport

WHO is urging governments to enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship at sporting events, including when hosting or receiving broadcasts of Formula 1 and MotoGP events. WHO also urges all sporting bodies, including Formula 1 and MotoGP,.... read more

New WHO study shows more action needed to monitor and limit digital marketing of unhealthy products to children

A new report “Monitoring and restricting the digital marketing of unhealthy products to children and adolescents” from WHO/Europe calls for greater monitoring of the digital marketing of alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy food products, especially those high in salt, sugar and fat.... read more

Interdisciplinary education helps hospital patients better understand their medications

Patients understanding their medications and taking them as instructed are important parts of improving the care and outcomes of heart attack patients, as well as potentially reducing avoidable readmissions, according to research presented March 13, 2019... read more

Having great-grandparents, cousins with Alzheimer's linked to higher risk

New research published March 13, 2019 in the journal Neurology suggests that having second- and third-degree relatives who have had Alzheimer's may also increase risk. Second-degree relatives include grandparents, blood-related aunts and uncles,.... read more

One-month regimen of rifapentine + isoniazid non inferior to daily isoniazid for 9 months

A study published March 14, 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a 1-month regimen of daily rifapentine + isoniazid was noninferior to 9 months of isoniazid alone for preventing tuberculosis in HIV-infected patients.... read more

A new once-daily eye drop for glaucoma

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a once-daily treatment with netarsudil and latanoprost ophthalmic solution (Rocklatan, Aerie Pharmaceuticals) to decrease elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension..... read more

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B. About 20 percent of your daily calories.
C. About 30 percent of your daily calories.
D. About 40 percent of your daily calories.
E. There is no recommended amount of fat; you should strive to eat as little of it as possible.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Get What You Give
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Recurrent eye pain and headache may be symptoms of glaucoma
A majority of people with the condition are unaware of it
New Delhi, 15 March 2019: Statistics indicate that over 11 million people worldwide will become bilaterally blind (blind in both eyes) due to glaucoma by 2020. The condition is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world and accounts for 12% of all blindness worldwide. In India, nearly 12 million people suffer from glaucoma and 1.2 million have been left blind from the disease. On World Glaucoma Week, there is a need to raise awareness on the condition and the importance of regular eye examination in people over 40 years of age.

Glaucoma is a disease of the optic nerve of the eye, which relays the visual images captured by the eye to the brain for interpretation.

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