Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
18th November 2019

A new treatment for anemia in adults with beta-thalassemia?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved luspatercept-aamt (Reblozyl) for treatment of anemia in adult patients with beta thalassemia, also called “Cooley’s anemia, who require regular red blood cell transfusions.

Dose: The recommended starting dose is 1 mg/kg once every 3 weeks by subcutaneous injection.

Adverse effects: Headache, bone pain, arthralgia, fatigue, cough, abdominal pain, diarrhea and dizziness...read more

Osteoporosis screening should be part of preventive care of women with ESRD on maintenance hemodialysis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Women with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on maintenance hemodialysis (HD) are rarely screened for osteoporosis, despite the fact that they are at heightened risk for a variety of bone diseases. The rates of osteoporosis screening were found to be even lower than the general population (i.e. 25%) in this cohort. These findings were presented at Kidney Week 2019, the annual meeting of the American Society of Nephrology.

The study was a cross-sectional survey of adult patients with ESRD undergoing HD in two outpatient dialysis centers at the University of Florida...read more

Practice Updates

Vertebral fractures represent an underrecognized health risk for people with diabetes

People with type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop spinal fractures (vertebral fractures) in comparison to their healthy counterparts. According to a research, people with both diabetes and vertebral fractures are more than twice as likely as others to experience broken bones elsewhere in the body. Moreover,... read more

Genetic predisposition may be responsible for hatred for heart-healthy veggies

People with the "bitter gene" are 2.6 times more likely to eat fewer vegetables than people who do not have this gene. Some individuals are extremely sensitive to bitter taste, a common characteristic of many dark green, leafy vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts. There are more than 25 different taste receptors in our mouth,... read more

Mental health experts give thumbs-up to the move of making Instagram like counts private

According to the mental health experts, making Instagram like counts private is a good step to alleviate psychological distress in social media users. The change will still enable Instagram users to see who liked their post but “like” counts will not be visible to followers. It has been reported that some young Instagram users feel like a failure... read more

Increase in severe allergic reactions in England over the last 5 years

A rise in the number of children being admitted to hospital in England for severe allergic reactions every year from the past 5 years has been reported. Scientists have proposed that various factors such as dietary changes, exposure to microbes and pollution may be responsible for this rise, especially for Western lifestyles... read more

ADA announces co-management of type 2 diabetes and CVD or CKD

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recently announced an update to its Standard of Care Guidelines for medical co-management of type 2 diabetes mellitus and established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or chronic kidney disease. Two newer classes of medications, glucagon-like peptide-1 analogues and sodium-glucose co-transporter-2... read more

Even mild hearing loss is linked to mental decline in the elderly

A recent study suggests that slight declines in hearing, smaller than the usual cut-off for diagnosing hearing loss, are associated with measurable mental decline in seniors. Some scientists suspect that brain has to redirect so much attention to hearing that it does not get to exercise other mental functions as much. As a consequence, hearing issues may lead to thinking problems.... 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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