Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
19th June 2019

Supreme Court defers hearing of petition seeking protection for Doctors

Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta

The Supreme Court has deferred the hearing in the petition seeking protection for Doctors in the government hospitals.

The Court was of the view that while the larger question of protection for Doctors needs consideration, the matter is not urgent anymore given the fact that the strike by the Doctors in West Bengal, as well as other States, has now been called off.

The Vacation Bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant thus directed that the petition be listed before an appropriate Bench after vacation....read more

HR/June 19/4: E-cigarettes for smoking cessation in adults

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(Excerpts from February 2019 Uptodate): There is a growing appreciation that use of e-cigarettes poses fewer risks compared to smoking traditional cigarettes in adults.

A randomized trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine investigating interventions for cessation from combustible tobacco smoking compared three months of e-cigarettes with nicotine replacement therapy (NRT, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for smoking cessation); both groups received at least four behavioral support sessions (N Engl J Med. 2019;380(7):629)....read more

Practice Updates

Nipah patient's condition remains satisfactory

KOCHI: The condition of the patient, who was diagnosed with Nipah fever, continues to be satisfactory, said a medical bulletin. There are 274 people under observation. No patient has been admitted to Government Medical College, Ernakulam, for observation,... read more

1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water – UNICEF, WHO

Billions of people around the world are continuing to suffer from poor access to water, sanitation and hygiene, according to a new report by UNICEF and the World Health Organization. Some 2.2 billion people around the world do not have safely managed drinking water services, 4.2 billion people do not have safely managed sanitation services, and 3 billion lack basic handwashing facilities.... read more

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict

On 19 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (A/RES/69/293) proclaimed 19 June of each year the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, in order to raise awareness of the need to put an end to conflict-related sexual violence, to honor the victims and survivors of sexual violence around the world and to pay tribute to all those who have courageously devoted their lives to and lost their lives in standing up for the eradication of these crimes.... read more

FDA approves new treatment for pediatric patients with type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Victoza (liraglutide) injection for treatment of pediatric patients 10 years or older with type 2 diabetes. Victoza is the first non-insulin drug approved to treat type 2 diabetes in pediatric patients since metformin was approved for pediatric use in 2000. ... read more

Researchers Find Way to Convert Type A Blood to Type O

Researchers have found a way to use a pair of enzymes from a human gut bacterium to convert type A to the universal donor type O blood, according to a report published in Nature Microbiology.

The researchers say the high activity and specificity of these enzymes "make these very promising candidates for cost-efficient implementation into the already existing automated routines of blood collection,... read more

Necrotizing Infections Rise With Warming Oceans, Study Shows

As ocean temperatures increase, serious Vibrio vulnificus infections are on the rise in previously nonendemic areas, according to a case series published online in Annals of Internal Medicine.

This emerging Vibrio risk in nonendemic areas means clinicians need to be aware of the infection, especially if they have never seen a case in their practice.... read more

Medical Voice

More than a hundred deaths in Bihar Muzaffarpur

In the last few weeks over 120 deaths have been reported in children in Muzaffarpur Bihar because of encephalopathy syndrome mostly associated in malnourished children.

Common features
1. Encephalopathy like presentation
2. In most cases virus is not detected
3. Malnourished children... 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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