Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
20th January 2019
Another scare in Mizoram: Porcine Reproductive & Respiratory Syndrome

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Aizawl, Jan 17 (PTI) Mizoram government has banned import of pigs and piglets to prevent outbreak of a disease that has cost the lives of thousands of swines in the state. The Mizoram government has instructed deputy commissioners of all the eight districts to issue prohibitory orders banning the import from other countries to stop, Animal Husbandry and veterinary Minister Dr K Beichhua said Thursday.

The porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) has cost the lives of over 10,000 swines in Mizoram since 2013 and it is believed that it happened due to import of pigs and piglets from Myanmar where the disease was known to be prevalent, officials said. Beichhua said the ban of import of pigs from other countries was the only way to prevent outbreak of the PRRS in the state...read more

Improvement in air quality also means improved sleep quality

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Study shows association between ambient air pollution and sleep apnea

As per data from the World Health Organization (WHO), nine out of ten people breathe polluted air every day; every year 7 million people every year caused by ambient (outdoor) and household air pollution. Because of the rising levels of air pollution, WHO has listed air pollution as the greatest environmental risk to health in 2019.

The association of air pollution with respiratory and lung diseases is well-known. Air pollution also increases the risk of an acute event such as stroke, acute myocardial infarction, acute asthma attack, exacerbation of COPD...read more

Practice Updates

Health Ministry bans 80 more fixed-dose combination drugs

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry has banned 80 more fixed-dose combination (FDC) drugs which include antibiotics, painkillers, medicines used for treating fungal and bacterial infections, hypertension and anxiety, officials said Thursday. A notification was issued by the government, stating that the ban has come into force since January 11, they said... read more

Heart patients should avoid oral decongestants and NSAIDs

The American Heart Association (AHA) has cautioned about the use of oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine and NSAIDs. People with uncontrolled high blood pressure or heart disease should avoid taking oral decongestants like pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine. NSAIDs, which carry a warning label about the... read more

Gene sequencing approach may help tailor treatments for pediatric kidney transplant recipients

Whole-exome sequencing of blood or saliva revealed a genetic diagnosis of kidney disease in 32.7% of pediatric kidney transplant recipients in a study published online Jan. 17, 2019 in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. The findings indicate that such a sequencing strategy may help individualize pre- and post-transplant care for... read more

Single-dose tafenoquine prevents Plasmodium vivax malaria relapse

Single-dose tafenoquine resulted in a significantly lower risk of P. vivax recurrence than placebo in patients with phenotypically normal G6PD activity in a study published online Jan. 17, 2019 in the New England Journal of Medicine. The hazard ratio for the risk of...read more

Confidentiality discussions may help young patients open up about sensitive topics

Fewer than half of young people reported having discussed 10 of 11 specific topics recommended by national medical guidelines at their last visit in a study published online Jan. 16, 2019 in the journal Pediatrics. On average, young women discussed 3.7 of the ... read more

Serum cryptococcal antigen titers predict mortality in HIV-infected patients with cryptococcal meningitis

Serum cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) titres ≥ 1:1024 not only were associated with concurrent cryptococcal meningitis but also predicted mortality, says a study published in the January 2019 issue of HIV Medicine. The study further suggests that HIV-infected... read more

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Intermittent fasting done right can even improve symptoms of health conditions
It is imperative to observe a ‘medical vrat’ every once in a week
New Delhi, 19 January 2019: Fasting can boost the body’s metabolism and help protect against age-related diseases, a study has found. The circadian clock operates within the body and its organs as intrinsic time-keeping machinery to preserve homeostasis in response to the changing environment. Optimal fasting in a timed manner would be strategic to positively affect cellular functions and ultimately benefiting health and protecting against ageing-associated diseases.

Intermittent fasting can help in improving a person’s blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and insulin sensitivity. It has also been found that longer periods of fasting (2 to 4 days) aids in rebooting the immune system, clearing out old immune cells, and regenerating new ones.

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