Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
17th August 2019

May you live for 100 years…

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The description of 100-year life comes from Vedic medicine.

कुर्वन्नेवेह कर्माणि जिजीविषेत् सतं समाः
एवं त्वयि नान्यथेतोऽस्ति न कर्म लिप्यते नरे…

kurvanneveha karmāṇi jijīviṣet sataṃ samāḥ
evaṃ tvayi nānyatheto'sti na karma lipyate nare…
(2nd Mantra, Isha Upanishad)

In the world, one should desire to live a hundred years, but only by performing actions. Thus, and in no other way, can man be free from the taint of actions....read more

A new drug for XDR and MDR TB

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Physicians may soon have another drug in their armamentarium to treat highly drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB).

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Pretomanid tablets in combination with bedaquiline and linezolid for the treatment of adult patients with extensively drug resistant (XDR), treatment-intolerant or nonresponsive multidrug-resistant (MDR) pulmonary TB. It is to be taken orally over six months.

Adverse effects: Peripheral neuropathy, acne, anemia, nausea, vomiting, headache, increased liver enzymes (transaminases and gamma-glutamyltransferase), dyspepsia, rash, hyperamylasemia, visual impairment, hypoglycemia and diarrhea....read more

Practice Updates

Burundi launches Ebola vaccination campaign for health and front-line workers

On 13th August, the Ministry of Public Health and AIDS Control kicked off the vaccination campaign for front-line staff against the Ebola virus disease. The campaign started at the Gatumba entry point at the Border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola vaccination campaign is part of Burundi's preparation for a possible case of Ebola. The campaign will be implemented under the leadership of the Ministry... read more

PAHO warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warns of the complex situation of dengue in Latin America and the Caribbean, a Region that is currently experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after two years of low incidence. According to the latest PAHO epidemiological update, published on August 9, during the first 7 months of 2019, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died.... read more

Good Sleep Plus Limits on Screen Time Help with Impulse Control

Adequate sleep paired with limits on screen time helps reduce impulsivity in children, a study suggests. The authors studied the effect of adequate sleep, limited screen time, and physical activity on impulsivity in children. Sleep and screen limits together had a particularly strong association with impulse control.... read more

Air Pollution Can Damage Even Healthy Lungs

The more exposure people have to air pollution, especially ozone, the more lung damage they develop over time, a U.S. study suggests. The new study shows that even among people without lung disease, long-term exposure to air pollution even in relatively 'clean' areas can lead to signs of chronic lung disease, said Dr. Joel Kaufman,... read more

Medical Voice

Asians sleep the least due to higher work and educational demands, says study

A new study indicates that young and middle-aged adults in Asia had the shortest sleep duration, and it may be due to high cultural demands. "Higher work and educational demands in Asian countries compared to the West likely explain the latter's shorter sleep duration," said M Gradisar from Flinders University in Australia....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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