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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
19th May 2016
Do not use Fluoroquinolones​
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said in an advisory that unless they lack other treatment options, patients with uncomplicated infections should not receive fluoroquinolones, given the risk for disabling and potentially permanent adverse events like tendonitis, tendon rupture, central nervous system effects, peripheral neuropathy, myasthenia gravis exacerbation, QT prolongation and torsades de pointes, phototoxicity, and hypersensitivity. These adverse events can occur together.

These serious risks posed by fluoroquinolones generally outweigh their benefits for patients with sinusitis, bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections that are treatable by other means. The FDA advisory stated “The US Food and Drug Administration is advising that the serious side effects associated with fluoroquinolone antibacterial drugs generally outweigh the benefits for patients with acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis, and uncomplicated urinary tract infections who have other treatment options. For patients with these conditions, fluoroquinolone should be reserved for those who do not have alternative treatment options.”
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How to prevent heat related illnesses
New Delhi: May 18th 2016:  Today was one of the hottest days of the season with the temperature reaching above 45 degrees Celsius. Heat can cause several health complications especially for those with existing lifestyle diseases. It is thus crucial that awareness is raised about ways to prevent heat exhaustion, heat strokes and dehydration.

When the temperature rises, the human body cools itself mainly by sweating. The evaporation of your sweat regulates your body temperature. However, when you exercise strenuously or otherwise overexert yourself in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently. Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating. It’s one of three heat-related syndromes, with heat cramps being the mildest and heatstroke being the most severe.
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