Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
21st October 2018
Should seats be fixed for doctors in airplanes and trains?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

"Is there a doctor on board?" This is a very familiar announcement to us all. In-flight medical emergencies are becoming very common as more and more people are now opting for air travel, especially with the advent of many low-cost airlines.

In 2013, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that around 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide every year. Around one in-flight medical emergency will occur in every 604 flights. The top five causes of medical emergencies were found to be syncope...read more

Updated IDSA recommendations on seasonal influenza

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) has released updated recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment, chemoprophylaxis and institutional outbreak management of seasonal influenza.

Some key recommendations from the guidelines published online Dec. 19, 2018 in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases are:...read more

Practice Updates

Saudi Arabia adopts plain packaging on tobacco products

The Saudi Food and Drug Authority has informed manufacturers and importers of tobacco products to get ready for applying plain packaging on all forms of tobacco products. This step was done in close collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, and in line with WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and its guidelines, which Saudi Arabia is Party to.... read more

Plain packaging on tobacco products

A "plain" tobacco package is one that displays brand names and product names in a standard colour and font style, without using logos, colors, brand images or promotional information (inside and/or outside the packaging). This is a ground-breaking step for tobacco control... read more

The lower house of the Indian Parliament passes bill which bans commercial surrogacy

New Delhi: A bill that bars commercial surrogacy and allows only close relatives to act as surrogates to needy infertile couples for "altruistic" reasons was passed by the Lok Sabha Wednesday with Health Minister J P Nadda terming the proposed legislation ... read more

In just six months, exercise may help those with thinking problems

Getting the heart pumping with aerobic exercise, like walking or cycling for 35 minutes three times a week, may improve thinking skills in older adults with cognitive impairments, according to a study published in the December 19, 2018 online issue of Neurology. ... read more

Giving birth associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke

A study published Dec. 20, 2018 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology says that women who had given birth had a 14% higher chance of developing heart disease or stroke than those who had never given birth. Each birth was associated with... read more

HIV-2 is not as benign as though to be

HIV-2 is more pathogenic than previously believed, and both HIV-1-infected and HIV-2-infected individuals have a high probability of developing and dying from AIDS without antiretroviral treatment, suggests a study published online Nov. 1, 2018 in The Lancet HIV.... read more

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ISWD Conference January 2019

A low FODMAP (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols (FODMAPs) diet has potential for improvement of clinical symptoms in non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS). In addition, some evidence suggests an additional benefit to simultaneous adherence to both low FODMAP diet and gluten-free diet (GFD).... read more

The Year in Medicine 2018: News that made a difference

Acute flaccid myelitis

  • Rare paralysis cases in US children has raised concerns
  • Total of 90 confirmed cases in 27 states... read more

The Top Trending Clinical Topics of 2018: Trend 9: Migraine

An important association and several new findings about treatment and prevention options for migraine as presented at the American Headache Society Annual Meeting, led to increased popularity of the ninth overall trending clinical topic of 2018.... read more

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