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18h May 2018
National Commission of Homeopathy to replace the existing Central Council of Homoeopathy

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to replace the existing Central Council of Homoeopathy with a National Commission of Homeopathy to regulate and standardize homeopathy education and treatment in the country, as reported in the TOI, May 16, 2018. The ordinance is yet to receive the approval of the President.

Along the lines of the National Medical Commission, the National Commission of Homeopathy will include seven eminent homeopaths and administrators (VCs) nominated by the government. A bill to back up the executive order is proposed to come up in the Monsoon session of Parliament.

The Central Council of Homoeopathy (CCH) is a statutory body under the Ministry of Ayush. It was established in 1973 by the government as the apex body to regulate homeopathy education in India. Any institution desiring to grant a qualification in homeopathy is required to apply to the Council, which prescribes course curriculum and maintains central registers of homoeopaths...read more


How to start your own medical practice?

According to the World Health Organization, India needs 80,000 more hospital beds every year. Currently, the ratio between hospital beds and patients is 1:879. In such a scenario, starting a self-owned practice that bridges the gaps in patient care while using the latest technologies would be the ideal way of creating a niche for yourself in the healthcare sector..... read more

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Investing in NCD control generates major financial and health gains, says WHO

A new WHO report "Saving lives, spending less: a strategic response to NCDs" has shown that the world’s poorest countries can gain US$350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, like heart disease and cancer, that cost an additional US$1.27 per person annually. Such actions would save more than 8 million lives over the same period..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 18th May 2018

Clinical Practice Changing News: Avoid western diet: A research team led by Dr. Lisa Mosconi from Weill Cornell Medicine has found differences in brain imaging scans between people who reported eating a Mediterranean diet and those who ate a standard Western diet. A Mediterranean diet is high in foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. In contrast, a standard Western diet contains an excess of red meat, saturated fats, and refined sugar. The differences that the research team found may signal early Alzheimer's disease. .... read more

Practice Updates

Resistance exercise reduces symptoms of depression

A meta-analysis of 33 clinical trials published online May 9, 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry has shown that resistance exercise training significantly reduces the symptoms of depression regardless of the duration, frequency of the sessions and amount of exercise. .... read more

US FDA approves Daratumumab + VMP for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients

The US FDA has approved the use of daratumumab (Darzalex, Genmab) in combination with bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (VMP) for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are ineligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT)... read more

Shorter treatment duration of trastuzumab for HER2+ breast cancer as effective as standard duration

Taking trastuzumab (Herceptin) for 6 months was non-inferior to the current standard of 12 months in women with HER2-positive, early-stage breast cancer. The disease-free survival rate at four years was 89.4% with 6 months of therapy and 89.8% with 12 months of therapy. Cardiac side effects were fewer with shorter duration as only 4% of women in the 6-month arm stopped trastuzumab early because of cardiac problems, compared with 8% in the 12-month arm. These results will be presented at the upcoming 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago...... read more

Disruptions in circadian rhythms increase risk for bipolar disorder and depression

Poor sleep and disruptions in circadian rhythms are associated with a higher risk for bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder, according to a study published May 15, 2018 in The Lancet Psychiatry. Circadian rhythm disruption was also linked to a higher risk for greater mood ..... read more

A better diet may prevent brain shrinkage in older adults

People who eat a diet rich in vegetables, fruit, nuts and fish may have bigger brains, according to a study published in the May 16, 2018 online in Neurology. Those who consumed a better diet had an average of 2 ml more total brain volume as compared to those who did not. Having a brain volume that is 3.6 mL smaller is equivalent to one year of aging... read more

The first non-opioid treatment for management of opioid withdrawal symptoms in adults

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Lucemyra (lofexidine hydrochloride) for the mitigation of withdrawal symptoms to facilitate abrupt discontinuation of opioids in adults. While Lucemyra may lessen the severity of withdrawal symptoms, it may not completely prevent ... read more

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Pediatric asthma affects a large number of urban school-going children in India
Preventive action and right medication can help in controlling symptoms
New Delhi, 17 May 2018: As per a recent study, about 35% of preschoolers exhibit the symptoms of asthma in India. While two-thirds outgrow the symptoms in later years, about 16.67% continue to suffer. While environmental factors such as pollution may be at play here, lifestyle also can contribute to asthma in childhood. About 1 in 10 Indian children suffer from asthma.

Although childhood or pediatric asthma is the most common serious chronic disease in infants and children, it is often difficult to diagnose. Some children get symptoms only when exercising or playing a sport. This is called exercise-induced bronchospasm. Childhood asthma cannot be cured but with the right medications and treatment plan, it is possible to control the symptoms.

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