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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
20th May 2018
This has been an unusual summer so far in North

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The early summer season or ‘grishma ritu’ is hot and dry, while the later part of summer, when rains are on the horizon is hot and moist.

Rains are not usual in early summer in North India. But, this year, early summer has been marked by an unusually increased frequency of dust storms, thunder storms and rains. In Vedas this is termed vikruti (vitiation) of ritu (season), when the weather forgets its dharma and behaves abnormally.

When this happens, all body circadian rhythms also behave abnormally and every function of the body is exaggerated. In such weather conditions, wind-sensitive individuals with no evidence of target organ damage can have accelerated hypertension. Such individuals are sensitive to changes in atmospheric pressure. ....read more

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Top 6 Tips for Better Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is defined as the actions taken by the healthcare provider to improve the decision-making process, which ultimately contributes to a better patient experience and reduce care costs..... read more

Top News

WHO "triple billion" targets

After one year in office, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus will open the Seventy-first World Health Assembly next week in Geneva with an ambitious agenda for change that aims to save 29 million lives by 2023. Ministers of Health and other delegates from WHO’s 194 Member States will meet to discuss a range of issues, including the 13th General Programme of Work, .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal May 20th 2018

Practicing Changing Update: Certain patients who experience ischemic stroke while asleep, so that the time of onset is unknown, now have the chance to benefit from thrombolysis treatment after the results of the WAKE-UP trial. The trial used new MRI technology to identify patients who had less brain tissue damage, suggesting the stroke had occurred more recently (approximately within... read more

Practice Updates

Most heavy smokers are not screened for lung cancer despite recommendations

The United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) and ASCO recommend screening current or former heavy smokers for lung cancer. However, a new analysis of 1,800 lung cancer screening sites across the US has found that only 1.9% of more than 7 million current and former .... read more


US FDA approves Lokelma for hyperkalemia

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved sodium zirconium cyclosilicate (Lokelma), a highly-selective, oral potassium-removing agent for adults with hyperkalemia. The drug has been shown to reduce potassium levels in patients with chronic kidney disease, heart failure, diabetes and those taking renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors.... read more


ACOG recommends individualized approach to postpartum pain management

A new guideline released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends an individualized ‘stepwise’ approach to postpartum pain management that would first employ nonopioid therapies such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs in addition to non-pharmacologic approaches.... read more


Heart attacks are more common in winters than in summers

A study presented May 18, 2018 at the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC) Congress 2018 has found that the number of heart attacks fluctuated with the seasons, with more attacks occurring in winter compared to summer. Heart attacks increased dramatically when the temperature dropped below 15°C..... read more


Cerebral microbleeds are indicative of risk of intracranial hemorrhage in AFib patients on anticoagulation

In patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib), who are on anticoagulation after recent ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack, cerebral microbleed presence is independently associated with symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage risk and could be used to inform anticoagulation decisions, according to results of the Clinical Relevance of Microbleeds in Stroke (CROMIS-2) observational... read more


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New Delhi, 19 May 2018: The incidence of multiple myeloma (MM) varies from 1.2 to 1.8 per 100,000 in India. Approximately, 50,000 new MM cases are diagnosed each year. Men are more likely to develop this condition than women. The signs and symptoms of MM vary and in the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms at all.

MM is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

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