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19th January, 2018
Sick leave for flu should be made ‘paid’ sick leave

It is the flu season and many parts of the world, including India, are reporting flu cases, both as an outbreak or an epidemic.

The flu virus is highly contagious and one infected person spreads the flu virus to around four more people.

A person with flu is most contagious one day before the onset of symptoms and 5-7 days after becoming sick. After exposure to the virus, symptoms appear within 1 to 4 days.

The flu virus spreads mainly via airborne droplets made when a person with flu sneezes, coughs or even talks. People with flu can spread it to others at a distance of up to 6 feet. Transmission is further facilitated in closed and crowded areas, especially when more number of people share the space and are in close proximity such as schools, offices or healthcare establishments. In such situations, the virus spreads easily and the attack rates are high.... read more

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Most doctors in US feel depressed or burned out, says Medscape Report

The 2018 Medscape National Report on Physician Burnout and Depression involving more than 15,000 practicing physicians responding across 29 specialties has found that almost two-thirds of physicians in the US are either depressed (severe or feeling down) (15%), feel burned out (42%) or both (14%). Burnout was defined as experiencing feelings of physical, emotional or mental exhaustion, frustration or cynicism about work, and doubts about one's experience and the value of one's work.... read more

Glanders spread to new areas; Delhi govt issues advisory

New Delhi, Jan 17 (PTI) Delhi has been notified as a "controlled area" in the wake of spread of glanders, an infectious disease primarily affecting horses, to new areas of the national capital, and an advisory has been issued to owners of equines. The notification declaring the entire Delhi as a "controlled area" was issued on Monday, said divisional commissioner Manisha Saxena.... read more

Practice Updates

Pemafibrate improves dyslipidemia in patients with type 2 diabetes

Pemafibrate, a novel selective PPARa modulator, significantly improved insulin resistance and lipid abnormalities in patients with type 2 diabetes with high triglyceride levels and was well tolerated, according to a study published January... read more

Patients with monoclonal gammopathy need follow up to detect multiple myeloma

Patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance are at risk of progressing to multiple myeloma or a related cancer even after three decades of stable disease, says a study published January 17, 2017... read more

Slower walking speed in the elderly may be explained by loss of muscle strength and mass

A new research published January 17, 2018 in The Journal of Physiology has shown that elderly people walk at a slower speed and tire more quickly because of loss of strength and mass in leg muscles.... read more

WHO position statement on use of delamanid for MDR-TB

The WHO Global Tuberculosis Programme has released a Position Statement on the use of delamanid in treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). WHO is advising national TB programmes and other stakeholders to only add delamanid to a longer MDR-TB regimen... read more

Botulinum toxin may help people with bruxism

In a study reported January 17, 2018 in Neurology, people with bruxism who received onabotulinum toxin-A injections in their chewing muscles were more likely to improve on assessments of their teeth grinding and clenching symptoms than people... read more

Home visits may be an effective intervention in reducing obesity in at-risk children

According to a new study published online January 16, 2018 in Pediatrics, nurse and social worker home visits could be an effective intervention in reducing obesity rates in at-risk populations; 78.3% children who received home visits were at a healthy weight at two years of age compared to 63.6%.... read more

Recent Updates

Embryotoxic cytokines-Potential roles in embryo loss and fetal programming.

Embryotoxic cytokines can be elevated in plasma and reproductive tract tissues in inflammatory conditions including infection, diabetes, obesity.... read more

Whole-Grain Diet Reduces Peripheral Insulin Resistance and Improves Glucose Kinetics in Obese Adults.

A new study published in Metabolism tested the hypothesis that a whole-grain (WG) diet reduces insulin resistance and improves glucose use in individuals at risk for type-2 diabetes.... read more

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Ignoring oral and dental health can cause other complications
Poor dental health can also cause problems for the heart
New Delhi, 18 January 2018: A study has shown that persons with bad oral health have a high risk of developing cancers of lung, colon and pancreas. Those who are edentulous or lacking teeth – a sign of severe periodontitis – had an 80% increase in the risk of developing colon cancer. A low-grade systemic inflammation related to periodontitis facilitates the spreading of oral bacteria and their virulence factors to other parts of the body.
Advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, is caused by bacterial infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. If left unchecked, the resulting inflammation can spread down below the gums and along the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the periodontal ligament and the supporting bone. This ultimately leads to the loosening and potential loss of the teeth.
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