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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
17th July 2018
Extending OPD timings to 12 hours: Will this mean a shift to better health care?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The union health ministry is contemplating a 12-hour OPD from 8am to 8pm. Safdarjung Hospital will be the first amongst all hospitals run by the Central govt. to start this, although no timeline for the execution of this project has not yet been defined. If successful, this could be replicated in other hospitals run by the central govt., reports TOI. Presently, OPD timings are 8am-1pm, with specialty clinics like Diabetes in the afternoon.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act was enacted by the Parliament in 2009. To fulfill this right, there must be increased access to education, which could mean a need to increase the number of schools. Shift schools were started to increase the number of schools. This reduces the infrastructure costs to an extent, but requires planning for efficient and effective operations. There are differing viewpoints on this too; there is a concern that shift schools will reduce quality of education.....read more

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17 picked Nipah virus from 1st victim: Kerala govt report

Thiruvananthapuram, Jul 15 (PTI) A detailed study by the Kerala government in the recent outbreak of Nipah virus has suggested that 17 of the 19 infected people might have contracted the deadly virus from the first victim, 26-year-old Mohammed Sabith, who died on May 5. He was among the 17 people who lost their lives after they contracted the virus. Two people had recovered.... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 17th July 2018

Baby dies in mother's womb The family members of a pregnant woman staged a protest demonstration at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital on Saturday night alleging that their baby died in her womb due to medical negligence of the doctors. ... read more

Practice Updates

C. difficile infection rates higher in intermediate levels of hospital occupancy

A study published online first June 27, 2018 in the Journal of Hospital Medicine has found an inverse association of Clostridium difficile infection with hospital occupancy. Higher hospital occupancy rates were not related to higher risk of .. read more


Prevalence of depression is higher in pregnant women today

In the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children examining the prevalence of prenatal depression among two generations of pregnant mothers, 25% of the current generation of mothers included in the study, whose pregnancies occurred between 2012 and 2016 suffered high levels of depressive symptoms vs only 17% ... read more


Healthy diet associated with fewer asthma symptoms and better asthma control

According to a study published online in the European Respiratory Journal, eating a healthy diet rich in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains reduced asthma symptoms by 30% in men and 20% in women, compared to a diet high in red... read more


Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke increases risk of habitual snoring in children

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, in particularly prenatal tobacco smoke exposure and maternal smoking, is associated with an increased risk of habitual snoring, suggests a meta-analysis of 24 studies involving more than ... read more


Classic MS is preceded by a prodrome, says study

A study published in Multiple Sclerosis Journal says that multiple sclerosis can be preceded by a prodrome comprising of symptoms like blurred vision or numbness or weakness in the limbs, pain or sleep problems which are not the ... read more


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Genetic counselling and testing should be given a serious push in the country
This practice can help save many children from dying and prevent birth defects
 
New Delhi, 16 July 2018: Hundreds of children are born with birth defects every day in India, which lead to disability and death. Genetic disorders are a very serious health issue in our country. There is an urgent need to work towards making available informed choices to parents to reduce the number of children being born with disability.

In genetic counselling, unlike psychological counselling, parents and their families are informed about inheritance pattern and the risk of their recurrence. It guides the parents through testing and management options. Genetic counsellors not only offer support and guidance to parents but also become a bridge between the patient and the doctor.

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