Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
17th May 2019
Hips Don't Lie

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Reproduced from http://www.indialegallive.com/health/hips-dont-lie-65357, published May 12, 2019

J&J has been told to pay Rs 25 lakh to each patient who underwent surgery due to its faulty implants. Is this enough and how are compensations calculated?

The Delhi High Court recently directed pharma major Johnson and Johnson (J&J) to make an interim payment of Rs 25 lakh each to four patients who had undergone revision surgeries after receiving faulty hip implants of the company. The direction was issued without prejudice to the rights and contention of the parties" in the matter. Justice Vibhu Bakhru said the interim payment should be made before May 29, the next date of hearing. The interim order came after J&J volunteered to pay Rs 25 lakh as compensation to the affected patients.....read more

Physician leaders reaffirm opposition to IAAF rules

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The World Medical Association has reaffirmed its opposition to IAAF gender rules for classifying female athletes as 'contrary to medical ethics'.

In a letter to the International Association of Athletic Federations, the WMA says 'we stand firm against any practice requiring physicians to use their competence and skills for any other purpose than providing medical care in the best interest of their patients and in respect of their dignity'.

The IAAF rules require women athletes with specific differences in sex development to medically reduce their natural blood testosterone....read more

Video Of The Day : Unity in diversity
Practice Updates

World Hypertension Day 2019

World Hypertension Day is observed every year on May 17th in order to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. The theme for this year is "Know your numbers". Its purpose is to raise awareness globally about the importance of knowing what is your blood pressure measurement..... read more

CDC Updates Guidelines for Cancer Cluster Investigations

CDC is seeking public comment on updating federal guidelines used by public health agencies to assess and respond to potential cancer clusters in communities. The request for comment was posted on May 15, 2019 in the Federal Register and will be available for public comment through July 15, 2019..... read more

Countries must take greater action to reduce low birth weights, warns UN-backed report

Many countries need to invest more and take greater action to reduce the number of babies born with low birth weight which puts their health at risk, urges a United Nations-backed report released on Wednesday.

Around 1 in 7 babies globally weighed less than 5.5 pounds, or 2.5 kg at birth, suggest latest data from 2015. .... read more

Benzodiazepines in Early Pregnancy Increase Miscarriage Risk

Use of benzodiazepines in early pregnancy is associated with increased risk of spontaneous abortion, revealed a nested case-control study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

Women who started using benzodiazepines in pregnancy were at an increased risk for miscarriage from the 6th through 19th gestational week compared to women not exposed to benzodiazepines.... read more

New AHA/ACC/AACVPR Statement on Home-based Cardiac Rehab

For patients who need cardiac rehabilitation (CR) but find it difficult to go to a clinic that offers it, home-based, medically supervised CR may be an alternative, suggests a joint scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA), American College of Cardiology (ACC), and the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).....read more

New Tool to Predict Childhood Asthma

Jocelyn Biagini Myers and colleagues have developed the Pediatric Asthma Risk Score (PARS), a free online tool to assess the risk for asthma in young children.

“Asthma-prediction tools to date have, by and large, been binary," said Myers, PhD, from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.....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

Medical Voice

Antibacterial Envelope to Prevent Cardiac Implantable Device Infection

NEJM ABSTRACT: Infections after placement of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) are associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. There is limited evidence on prophylactic strategies, other than the use of preoperative antibiotics, to prevent such infections.

A NEJM PUBLISHED, MEDTRONIC SUPPORTED STUDY conducted a randomized, controlled clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of an absorbable, antibiotic-eluting envelope in reducing the incidence of infection associated.... read more

eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
1. C enteritis is an important cause of acute diarrhea
2. It is never seen in India
3. It is typically caused by Campylobacter jejuni or Campylobacter coli, and is largely a foodborne disease.
4. Campylobacter infection can also be transmitted via water-borne outbreaks and direct contact with animals or animal products.
Lifestyle Updates
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Weather variations can affect and alter body functions: HCFI
Drinking adequate water and consumption of food according to the weather are imperative

New Delhi, 16th May 2019: Recent statistics indicate that between 2030 and 2050, weather extremes are expected to cause around 250,000 additional annual deaths from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and heat stress. Extreme heat can make a person feel hot and sweaty and further cause dehydration and heat stroke particularly in people at risk. This includes young children, people over 65 years of age, and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

The need of the hour is to raise awareness on importance of drinking adequate water and staying out of the heat as much as possible. This can help in preventing dehydration and other heat-related problems.

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