Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
21st February 2019

Dial 112 in any emergency
Is it really a Pan-India single emergency helpline number?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Sixteen states and Union territories have joined a pan-India network of the single emergency helpline number "112" on which immediate assistance can be sought by people.

The 16 states and UTs are Andhra Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Andaman, Dadar Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Jammu and Kashmir, a home ministry statement said.

The ERSS is an integration of police (100), fire (101), health (108) and women (1090) helpline numbers to provide emergency services through the single number "112"....read more

A new protocol to diagnose life-threatening bacterial infections in infants: Will this change medical practice?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A new protocol, which measures the levels of bacteria in urine, serum procalcitonin and absolute neutrophil count may help to rule out life-threatening bacterial infections among infants up to 2 months of age who have fevers, potentially eliminating the need for spinal taps, unnecessary antibiotic treatments or expensive hospital stays, according to new research published online Feb. 18, 2019 in JAMA Pediatrics.

Researchers from the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) developed the protocol from a prospective, observational study of 1821 infants seen at 26 emergency departments across the US. ...read more

Practice Updates

Cabinet approves proposal for promulgation of the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved two proposals: Promulgation of an Ordinance, namely "the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance, 2019"; and to bring in necessary official amendments in the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 pending in Parliament for replacing the said Ordinance.... read more

Today is International Mother Language Day: "Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation"

The International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet.... read more

One Health India Conference inaugurated in New Delhi

Two day long One Health India Conference, 2019 was inaugurated in New Delhi. The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science and Technology in partnership with the Departments of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) and Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries (DAHDF),... read more

USPSTF Draft Statement recommends against genetic testing for all women

The USPSTF has published draft recommendations on "BRCA-Related Cancer: Risk Assessment, Genetic Counseling, and Genetic Testing" on its website. It recommends against routine screening, genetic counseling, or genetic testing for women whose family or personal history or ethnicity or ancestry is not associated with an increased risk for potentially harmful mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes.... read more

Living near convenience stores could increase risk of atherosclerosis

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown a 34% increase in the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis with each 10% increase in nearby convenience stores.... read more

Medical Voice

EXTEND: More Evidence of Clot Dissolving Therapy Benefit 9 Hours After Paralysis

Treat the brain and not the time. Extending the time window for clot dissolving thrombolytic therapy to 9 hours for patients selected using automated computed tomography perfusion imaging can result in excellent functional outcomes..... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Substance abuse releases up to 10 times more dopamine
The number of addiction cases have increased drastically in India
New Delhi, 20th February 2019: As per a recent survey conducted by the National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), states including Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, and Arunachal Pradesh have emerged as front runners in alcohol abuse and health complications due to the same. About 5.7 crore people in India suffer from alcohol-related problems and need treatment. Of the 16 crore who consume alcohol, the prevalence is 17 times higher among men.

Over 4 lakh children and 1.8 million adults need help for inhalant abuse and dependence, said the survey.

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