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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
20th August 2018
Kerala battles its worst floods in 100 years: Long-term health effects of floods

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Continuing with our discussion on the health effects of floods, today we talk about the long-term health effects of flood.

It’s not just the sick, who are vulnerable to these health effects, the healthy people too are at risk of adverse health effects due to polluted air, contaminated water, infected wounds, mold, infectious diseases, carbon monoxide and mosquitoes.

Mold in the walls of homes damaged by water is common and is a potential irritant to people who suffer from asthma or COPD or respiratory problems. Exposure to molds causes allergic reactions leading to nasal stuffiness, throat irritation, coughing or wheezing....read more

Top News

Research demonstrates higher alcohol taxes help reduce alcohol consumption

"Tax increases may not sound the most attractive of policy options, but are the single most cost-effective way of diminishing demand and reining back consumption," says Dr Daniel Chisholm, Programme Manager in the Division of Noncommunicable Diseases and Promoting Health through the Life-course at WHO/Europe and co-author of a new study on alcohol control policies... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 20th August 2018

Around the globe· Heartburn: The fastest treatment is to neutralize the acid by taking an over-the-counter antacid. While antacids work within minutes, they often don't last, so you may have to take repeated doses until symptoms subside. - For longer-lasting relief, you can try an H2 blocker, which stops stomach cells from making acid. H2 blockers begin to act within an hour and last for another 10 to 12 hours (If you still need the occasional antacid, wait 30 to 60 minutes after taking one before adding an H2 blocker). - Proton-pump inhibitors are even stronger acid blockers. If your heartburn doesn't respond to these drugs or lasts for more than 10 days, see your doctor.... read more

Practice Updates

A new treatment for dry eye

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved cyclosporine A ophthalmic solution 0.09% (Cequa) to increase tear production in patients with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye). Cequa is a patented, novel, proprietary nanomicellar formulation of cyclosporine... read more


One in 15 Americans smell odors that are not there

A new study published in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery shows that one in 15 Americans over the age of 40 experiences phantom odors. Prevalence was higher in people aged between 40 and 60 years. Twice as many women as men reported phantom... read more


Excess mortality higher after all proximal and lower leg fractures

A study evaluating persistence of excess mortality following individual non-hip fractures observed excess mortality following all proximal and lower leg fractures at 10 years of follow up. One-year excess mortality was 20-25% after femur or pelvis, 10% following vertebral,... read more


Hydrus Microstent approved for primary open-angle glaucomat

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Hydrus (Ivantis) microstent to treat mild-to-moderate, primary open-angle glaucoma in conjunction with cataract surgery. The microstent is a next-generation device designed to reduce eye pressure... read more


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FSSAI to limit trans fats in edible vegetable oils and fats to 2% by weight in a phased manner
The decision comes after HCFI’s request for banning use of trans fats in restaurants and grocery items
 
New Delhi, 19 August 2018: In a much-welcome move, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is in the process of notifying the limits of trans-fat in all edible vegetable oil and fats to be not more than 2% by weight in a phased manner by 2022.

The decision comes in view of a request by HCFI to the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Hon’ble Minister of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and Hon’ble Minister of Ministry of Law and Justice on 21st June 2018.

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