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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
20th September 2018
Decriminalization of section 377: Much more needs to be done

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

In a historic and unanimous judgment delivered this month on 7th Sept, the Supreme Court of India decriminalized section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as per which homosexuality is a punishable offence, stating that "Section 377 is irrational, arbitrary and incomprehensible" and termed "sexual orientation as biological phenomenon, says any discrimination on this grounds is violative of fundamental rights".

Homosexuality has mostly been perceived in terms of sexuality and sexual relationship with a same sex partner. But, this is not the only or its most relevant aspect. There are several related issues, which need to be dealt with to bring the LGBT community into the mainstream.

While the Supreme Court has protected their sexual rights, there is still a long road ahead before they can enjoy other civil rights as do the heterosexuals including the right to equality (under Article 14 of the constitution of India), right to live with dignity without discrimination (under Article 15), right to life and liberty (under Article 21), right to privacy (under Article 21) and right to freedom of expression (under Article 19) more

Top News

A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world

An estimated 6.3 million children under 15 years of age died in 2017, or 1 every 5 seconds, mostly of preventable causes, according to new mortality estimates released by UNICEF, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Division and the World Bank Group... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 20th September 2018

Dear Colleague Here are two links for videos to watch. Share them with your colleagues and friends.
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Practice Updates

Multiple financial barriers impede patient participation in cancer clinical trials, says ASCO

During the clinical trials development and enrollment process, provide patients with clear, transparent information about potential trial-related patient out-of-pocket costs, and include mechanisms to support patient financial/health literacy. This is among the recommendations included in American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)’s policy statement issued on... read more

Rhinitis in children with asthma is difficult to control

Rhinitis is almost ubiquitous in urban children with asthma, says a study published online September 18, 2018 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Rhinitis was worse in difficult-to-control than in easy-to-control asthma and its seasonal patterns partially corresponded to those of difficult–to-control asthma. Perennial allergic rhinitis with seasonal exacerbations (PARSE) was the most severe phenotype and most likely to be associated with difficult-to-control ... read more

Behavior-based weight loss interventions associated with more weight loss

Behavior-based weight loss interventions with or without weight loss medications were associated with more weight loss and a lower risk of developing diabetes than control conditions. Weight loss medications, but not behavior-based interventions, were associated with higher rates of harms. These conclusions from a systematic review of evidence for the USPSTF on the benefits... read more

Daily low-dose aspirin found to have no effect on disability-free survival in older people

According to the results of the Aspirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial published online September 16, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the daily use of low-dose aspirin in persons aged 70 years or older who did not have cardiovascular disease, did not ... read more

A new classification scheme for idiopathic inflammatory myopathies

A new classification scheme has identified 4 clusters (dermatomyositis, inclusion body myositis, immune-mediated necrotizing myopathy, and anti-synthetase syndrome) in patients with idiopathic inflammatory myositis. An association between the myositis-specific antibodies and the ... read more

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Dengue becomes one of the fastest growing infections around the world
Proactive measures needed to keep the disease at bay
New Delhi, 19 September 2018: About 400 million people globally are infected with the dengue virus every year. Another 100 million get progressively sick and 2.5% of these patients die. Dengue is the fastest growing mosquito borne infection in the world. According to the WHO, about 40% of the world’s population is at risk of being infected due to environmental conditions and burden of disease. Most people who are infected have mild or no symptoms.

Dengue is both preventable and manageable. The risk of complications is in less than 1% of the cases and, if warning signals are known to the public, all deaths from dengue can be avoided.

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