Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
20th February 2019

Nida, a success story: Addressing social determinants of health to improve health equity

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Nida came to us, at Samir Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund, in 2014, with complaints of breathlessness on exertion. She was born with an atrial septal defect (ASD), which had been diagnosed four years back during a routine health checkup in school. Her parents took her to a hospital, where she was advised open heart surgery to correct the condition at an estimated cost of around Rs 1.5 lakh. Her father, a welder, was the sole earning member of his family, which had six dependent family members. He had no insurance cover, ESI or CGHS. So, clearly, he could not afford the surgery.

He was then referred to us by the doctor who had first diagnosed the child....read more

Beware of fluoroquinolone antibiotics if your patient has high BP or …

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Avoid using fluoroquinolones (ciprofloxacin and levofloxacin) in patients with hypertension, Marfan syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome or a history of arterial blockages or aneurysms.

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) review found that fluoroquinolones can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the aorta, which can cause serious, sometimes fatal bleeding. Aortic dissections or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm can occur in people taking these antibiotics orally or by injection....read more

Practice Updates

Swine flu cases in Delhi mount to 1,965

New Delhi, Feb 18 (PTI) Over 700 cases of swine flu have been recorded in Delhi in the last 10 days, taking the total number of people affected by the HINI virus in the city this year to 1,965, according to a senior official.... read more

Race for 7, a multi-city run/walk to raise awareness about rare diseases

Bangalore, February 18, 2019:The Organization For Rare Diseases India (ORDI), a not for profit organization committed to addressing the challenges of the rare disease community in India, today announced Race for 7, a multi-city run/walk to raise funds and awareness for rare disease patients in India.... read more

Communication with patients may impact outcomes in management of hypertension

In a survey of providers working in small primary care practices, use of communication techniques such as active listening was associated with a higher proportion of patients who kept their blood pressure under control, compared with clinicians who did not use these methods,... read more

EMA recommends fenspiride suspension because of heart risks

EMA's safety committee (PRAC) has recommended an EU-wide suspension of fenspiride medicines, used in children and adults to relieve cough caused by lung diseases. The suspension is a precautionary measure to protect patients... read more

Study shows poor hand hygiene compliance among EMS providers

A study published online Jan. 28, 2018 in Emergency Medicine Journal fond that hand hygiene compliance among Emergency medical service (EMS) providers was remarkably low, with higher compliance after patient contacts compared with before patient contacts, and an over-reliance on gloves.... read more

Medical Voice

Is body fat percentage a good way to determine a healthy weight?

A 14% body fat is considered excellent for a healthy male, but it may not indicate a "healthy" weight. Body fat percentage, just like weight, depends on multiple factors that can vary per person, such as overall health, metabolism (how your body burns excess calories for energy or stores them as fat), amount of activity, and musculature.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: The Whale Rescuing Experience
Inspirational Story 2: The Cross Room
HCFI wishes all students best of luck for the upcoming examinations
It is imperative to avoid undue stress by not setting unrealistic expectations and following a healthy routine
New Delhi, 19th Feb 2019: As per statistics, during examinations, the prescriptions for anti-depressant drugs (or the so-called happy drugs) witness an increase. This is especially among teenagers in the age group of 16 to 19 years, in full-time education. The figure crosses 20% in schools in the West. The fear of failure and that of letting down parents are two of the most common factors leading to suicide and depression in this age group.

With boards and other exams around the corner, both students and parents are under immense stress. The expectation to excel in various subjects is a deterrent in preparation and puts undue pressure on students.

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