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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
16th June 2018
Ground level ozone is a harmful air pollutant

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

In addition to particulate matter due to dust storms, the rising ozone levels have added to the pollution burden in Delhi-NCR.

PM2.5 and tropospheric ozone are the two indicators used to quantify exposure to outdoor, or ambient, air pollution in the GBD project as stated in the WHO report "State of Global Air 2018".

Ozone in the upper atmosphere or stratospheric ozone is good ozone and protects from the harmful UVB rays of the sun. The thinning of this layer due to destruction by chemicals is seen as a hole, called ‘ozone hole’ through which the harmful UV rays reach the earth. A depleted ozone layer in the stratosphere allows the ultraviolet rays of the sun to reach the earth exposing mankind, flora and fauna to its harmful effects. .... read more

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How to start your own medical practice?

According to the World Health Organization, India needs 80,000 more hospital beds every year. Currently, the ratio between hospital beds and patients is 1:879. In such a scenario, starting a self-owned practice that bridges the gaps in patient care while using the latest technologies would be the ideal way of creating a niche for yourself in the healthcare sector..... read more

Top News

Health payments are pushing people into poverty, even in high-income countries

A new WHO study shows evidence that health payments (paying for medicines and health services) are unaffordable for many people and cause financial hardship across the WHO European Region, including in high-income countries. The estimates prepared with data from 25 countries show that up to 8% of households cannot afford to pay for basic needs - food, rent, utility bills - after ... read more

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Will we ever get dengue vaccine? May be not.

An analysis of data on Sanofi's dengue vaccine, given to over 800,000 school children in the Philippines, confirms it increases the risk of hospitalization and severe dengue in those who had never previously been infected with the mosquito-borne virus... read more

Practice Updates

First generic versions of Suboxone sublingual film for treatment for opioid dependence

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first generic versions of Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone) sublingual film (applied under the tongue) for the treatment of opioid dependence. ... read more


Flavor additives used in e-cigarette may harm blood vessels

Flavoring chemicals widely used in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products may be toxic to the endothelial cells that line and regulate blood vessel function and impair function and are an early warning signs of future heart disease, according to a new laboratory research published June 14, 2018 in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology..... read more


Taking esomeprazole with aspirin may reduce risk of dysplasia in patients with Barrett’s esophagus

Taking a high dose of esomeprazole with low dose aspirin for at least seven years can moderately reduce the risk of developing high grade dysplasia or esophageal cancer, or delay death from any cause in people with Barrett’s esophagus, according to findings presented at the recent 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting... read more


NIH launches early-stage Respiratory Syncytial virus vaccine trial

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched a clinical trial of an investigational vaccine designed to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The Phase 1 study will enroll a small group of healthy adult volunteers to examine the safety of an experimental intranasal vaccine and its ability to induce an immune response. ... read more


Testosterone associated with increased risk for heart disease in women

A higher testosterone/estradiol ratio was associated with an elevated risk for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease and heart failure events in postmenopausal women. Also, higher levels of testosterone were associated with increased CVD and CHD, while higher estradiol levels were associated with a lower risk for coronary heart disease. These findings from a study were .... read more


High anxiety levels may increase risk of fracture in postmenopausal women

A study reported online May 9, 2018 in the journal Menopause has linked high anxiety levels to increased risk of fracture in postmenopausal women. Women with the lowest anxiety levels had a 10-year fracture risk of about 20%, compared with a 25% risk among women with the highest anxiety levels..... read more

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Respiratory ailments increase as a cloud of dust and haze envelops Delhi and surrounding areas
Some precautions to be taken include staying indoors as much as possible and wearing masks outside
 
New Delhi, 15 June 2018: Doctors across Delhi have reported an increase in the number of patients of respiratory ailments coming in with aggravated symptoms. The number has almost doubled in the last five days largely due to the dust pollution the city has been experiencing. A thick blanket of dust and haze has enveloped Delhi’s skyline since last week causing people without respiratory ailments also to run amok.

PM10 level, which is the presence of particles with diameter less than 10mm, was beyond severe at 796 in Delhi-NCR on Thursday and 830 in Delhi on Thursday. For PM2.5, microscopic particles that lodge deep into the lungs and cause the most harm, levels were recorded at 320, a "very unhealthy" score.

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