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

Cyber Attacks: Lives at Risk

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Reproduced from India Legal, http://www.indialegallive.com/health/cyber-attacks-lives-at-risk-68579, published July 14, 2019

An alert by India’s drug regulatory agency about some insulin pumps posing a "cyber security risk" shows the increasing vulnerability of medical instruments to online warfare

Medical devices are increasingly connected to the internet, hospital networks and other medical instruments, to provide features that improve healthcare and increase the ability of such providers to treat patients....read more

European drug regulatory authority proposes new recommendations to prevent dosing errors with methotrexate

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), the safety committee of European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended new measures to avoid dosing errors with methotrexate that have led to some patients incorrectly taking methotrexate-containing medicines.

Methotrexate is used to treat both inflammatory diseases and cancer. When used as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of diseases such as arthritis and psoriasis, it is taken once a week. For the treatment of some types of cancer, a much higher dosage is needed and the medicine is taken more frequently.

The proposed measures to prevent dosing errors with methotrexate are:...read more

Practice Updates

Health Ministry bill proposes scrapping NEET-PG; MBBS final exam enough for admission to MD/MS programmes

NEW DELHI: In a relief to medical students seeking to pursue post-graduate courses, the Union Health Ministry has proposed to do away with NEET-PG and instead the final MBBS examination would be enough for admission to MD and MS programmes. The amendment has been incorporated in the revised draft National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill which would be sent to the Cabinet soon, official sources stated.... read more

Ebola in DR Congo: Case confirmed in Goma

The Democratic Republic of Congo has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the eastern city of Goma, home to more than a million people. The health ministry confirmed that a pastor tested positive for the virus in a centre in Goma after arriving there by bus on Sunday. The pastor travelled 200 km (125 miles) to Goma by bus from Butembo, where he had been with people with Ebola. ... read more

Early risers may have lower breast cancer risk

Women who like to wake up early every day may be less likely to develop breast cancer than women who prefer to sleep in, a recent study suggests. Researchers looked at data on 180,216 women in the UK Biobank study and 228,951 women in the Breast Cancer Association Consortium (BCAC) study.... read more

Galcanezumab Cuts Frequency of Disabling Cluster Headaches

A once-monthly subcutaneous injection of the calcitonin gene–related peptide (CGRP) antagonist galcanezumab significantly cuts the frequency of episodic cluster headache attacks, suggests a randomized controlled trial. During the 3-week period, patients who took galcanezumab experienced 8.7 fewer weekly cluster headache attacks... read more

Suicide Risk in Nurses Higher Than General Population

In the first national investigation of nurse suicide in more than 20 years, researchers found significantly higher rates of suicide among both women and men working in nursing when compared with non-nurses. Suicide incidence was 11.97 per 100,000 person-years among female nurses and 39.8 per 100,000 among male nurses,... read more

Medical Voice

WHO updates its List of Essential Diagnostics

The WHO has updated its Essential Diagnostics List, in recognition of the critical, life-saving importance of finding out what is wrong with patients before it is too late. The updated List contains 46 general tests that can be used for routine patient care as well as for the detection and diagnosis of a wide array of disease conditions, and 69 tests for specific diseases. The List is divided into two sections depending on the user and setting: one for community settings, which includes self-testing; and a second one for clinical laboratories,... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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