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

Muzaffurpur encephalopathy: A multi-ministry coordination and comprehensive action plan is the answer

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffurpur has claimed 109 lives so far. AES has been occurring every year for the past so many years with no solution in sight.

A visit by the Chief Minister of the state, or the state or central health minister is alone not the answer.

Since this is a local outbreak in Muzaffarpur and adjoining districts, the state should declare a public health emergency and invoke the Essential Commodities Act. This would bring the entire state health services,...read more

HR/June 19/5: Smokers who used non-tobacco-flavored products were more likely to switch from cigarettes than those who used tobacco-flavored products

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Results a study show that adult smokers who primarily used non-tobacco-flavored JUUL products were more likely to have successfully switched from smoking combustible cigarettes over a 6-month period compared to those who primarily used tobacco-flavored JUUL products.

Secondhand vaping emissions are much less toxic than cigarette smoke

The study found about 99% less formaldehyde and carbon monoxide in the air exhaled by e-cigarette users than by traditional smokers. High levels of propylene glycol, a key ingredient in e-liquids,...read more

Practice Updates

WHO offers a new tool and sets a target to accelerate action against antimicrobial resistance

WHO has launched a global campaign urging governments to adopt a tool to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. The AWaRe tool was developed by the WHO Essential Medicines List to contain rising resistance and make antibiotic use safer and more effective. It classifies antibiotics into three groups – Access, Watch and ... read more

UN environment agency tackles climate change one bite at a time

If we all change the way we eat, we can make significant progress in the fight against climate change. This was the message from the UN environment agency (UNEP) on Sustainable Gastronomy Day- June 18, as it launched a new campaign to encourage healthy and sustainable food choices.... read more

Convicted Physicians Receive Message of Support from World's Doctors

On behalf of millions of physicians globally, the World Medical Association delivered an open message of support to all Turkish doctors, and in particular to those sentenced to prison, for declaring in a press release that 'war is a public health problem'.... read more

Kenya tests woman for Ebola, as Congo, Uganda fight outbreak

Kenya has never experienced an Ebola outbreak and some Kenyan doctors have expressed concern about the country's preparedness to manage the deadly virus. The current outbreak in eastern Congo has caused more than 1,400 deaths since August last year.

Kenyan doctors are testing a patient in western Kenya who has Ebola-like symptoms, as eastern Congo is struggling to control the outbreak and Uganda has reported two deaths from the deadly hemorrhagic fever.... read more

Osteoporosis Drugs May Help Oldest, Sickest Women Most

Frail, very elderly women with osteoporosis may benefit the most from osteoporosis drugs, according to a study published online in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Women older than 80 years with osteoporosis and multiple medical problems or poor prognosis had more than triple the risk for hip fracture in the next 5 years, compared with women in the same age group who had increased fracture risk but no osteoporosis. ... read more

Novel Agent Shows Promise as First Possible Therapy for Achondroplasia

The results are preliminary, but a novel investigative agent has shown promise in a small trial in children for the treatment of achondroplasia, the most common form of human dwarfism.

A phase 2, proof of concept study found that treatment with vosoritide (BioMarin Pharmaceutical), a recombinant C-type natriuretic peptide analogue, demonstrated a favorable safety profile and efficacy at a ... read more

Medical Voice

Clinical Case

Does a very low coronary artery calcium CAC score signify very low risk?

A 46 year old female came with atypical chest pain with reported wall motions on echo and questionable CAD on CT angiography. She was put on treatment for the last six months and was now advised EECP and chelation therapy. The patient came for a third opinion. .. 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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