Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
18th January 2019
Moderation and variety is the mantra for a balanced diet

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Food intolerance and food allergy are common terms that are often used interchangeably. But the two are not the same. Symptoms are generally benign in food intolerance and often limited to digestive signs and symptoms. An allergic food reaction, however, may be severe or even life-threatening and may occur even by eating a microscopic amount, touching or inhaling the food

There are IgG food tests to detect insensitivities to various foods. Based on the results, individuals are advised to either omit these foods from their diet or reduce the ingestion of these foods or to consume them on some sort of rotating diet....read more

Doctors are role models and should uphold the dignity of their profession

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The story of a video clip showing Ujjain district hospital civil surgeon kissing a woman, possibly a staff nurse was recently reported. The video was reportedly shot inside an operation theatre of the hospital. He has been removed from his post for 'behaviour unbecoming of an officer' and a notice seeking explanation from the senior doctor has also been issued (Source: https://www.indiatoday.in/india/story/ujjain-civil-surgeon-sacked-kissing-video-nurse-1430111-2019-01-13).

The medical profession is regarded as a noble profession and no other profession has been given a similar high status. “Doctors treat, but God heals” is a well-known saying....read more

Practice Updates

ACP releases new edition of its Ethics Manual

The American College of Physicians (ACP) today released the seventh edition of its Ethics Manual, published as a supplement to the current issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. New or significantly expanded sections of the ACP Ethics Manual include precision medicine and genetic testing, research and protection of human subjects, telemedicine, electronic communications, social media and online professionalism, electronic health records, and physician volunteerism. .... read more

Union Cabinet approves draft bill for National Commission for Homeopathy

PUNE: The Union Cabinet has approved the draft National Commission for Homeopathy Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency.... read more

WHO launches awareness campaign on social inclusion for people with mental disabilities in Turkey

People with mental disabilities can face high levels of discrimination in society if the stigma that surrounds mental illness is not addressed and challenged. WHO is committed to ensuring that such people are socially included. A project, co-funded by the European Union and WHO, is set to break down the barriers against inclusion of people with mental disabilities in Turkey..... read more

New British Nutrition Foundation portion-size guidelines

The British Nutrition Foundation has released new portion-size guidelines designed to help people eat the right amounts of each food group -- and possibly help them avoid overeating. The portion sizes are averages for healthy adults, based on a daily calorie allowance of 2000kcal - the amount estimated for an average, healthy weight, adult woman....read more

Air pollution is the greatest environment risk to health, says WHO

Nine out of ten people breathe polluted air every day. In 2019, air pollution is considered by WHO as the greatest environmental risk to health. Microscopic pollutants in the air can penetrate respiratory and circulatory systems, damaging the lungs, heart and brain, killing 7 million people prematurely every year from diseases such as cancer, stroke, heart and lung disease. Around 90% of these deaths are in low- and middle-income countries,.... read more

TAVR patients on DAPT at higher risk of bleeding events

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who are discharged with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) may have a significantly higher risk of major bleeding events vs. patients who are discharged with antiplatelet monotherapy, according to a study published in the American Heart Journal. Rates of death, stroke and myocardial infarction at one year were similar between patients on DAPT and those on monotherapy..... read more

Vaccine-preventable infections are common in children post solid organ transplants

In a multicenter cohort study of 6980 pediatric solid organ transplant recipients at a Pediatric Health Information System center, 16% of individuals had at least 1 hospitalization for a vaccine-preventable infection in the first 5 years after transplant. Children who received transplants when they were younger than 2 years and transplant recipients of lung,... read more

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Controlling excess eating and a balanced diet are key to a long life
Red meat and sugar consumption should be cut by 50%
New Delhi, 17 January 2019: A special report released by the journal Lancet has indicated that cutting the consumption of sugar and red meat by 50%, and increasing the intake of fruits, vegetables, and nuts can improve lifespan greatly. This is also one of the top recommendations of a worldwide diet plan as per the report. Such a diet would not only be healthier but also more environment-friendly. Unhealthy diets are the leading cause of ill-health worldwide and altering this can avoid approximately 11 million premature deaths a year.

The average adult, whose daily requirement is about 2,500 calories, must strive to source around 800 calories from whole grain (rice, wheat or corn), 204 calories from fruits and vegetables, and not more than 30 calories from red meat (beef, lamb or pork).

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