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21st December 2016
IMA Antibiotic Policy
 
Preventing Antimicrobial Resistance: Points Every Doctor must know
  • Antibiotics are not required in viral infections (acute small intestinal diarrhea, cough, cold with fever, dengue, chikungunya, mild superficial skin infections).
  • More than 50% use of antibiotics is unnecessary leading to emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
  • Antibiotic should be administered in proper dose, interval, duration or route of administration.
  • Antibiotic regimens should be converted from intravenous to oral administration as soon as is feasible and clinically indicated. Highly bioavailable antibiotics (IV = Oral absorption) are fluoroquinolones, azithromycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, metronidazole and fluconazole.
  • Restrict antibiotic administration to the minimum duration required for maximum efficacy.
  • Use of serum procalcitonin measurements has been demonstrated to provide the clinician with confidence to discontinue therapy in critically ill patients with suspected bacterial infection.
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The benefits of a vegetarian diet in keeping one’s blood pressure under control
 
A vegetarian diet comprises of high amounts of dietary fiber and antioxidants and is
associated with decreased systemic blood pressure
 
New Delhi, Dec 20, 2016: Hypertension is a major public health threat in India. It is a prominent risk factor for chronic diseases like diabetes, strokes and heart disorders. 
 
As per recent studies, The ingestion of a vegetarian diet may reduce systolic blood pressure by 5 mmHg. A 5 mm reduction in blood pressure may reduce the risk of heart disease by 21%. 
 
Padma Shri Awardee Dr. K.K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and National President Elect Indian Medical Association (IMA), stated that, "One major feature of a vegetarian diet that may affect blood pressure is the amount of dietary fiber that it contains.
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