Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
21st April 2019
Biomedical waste management: Safety of health care workers handling the waste is paramount

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Biomedical waste includes human and animal anatomical waste, treatment apparatus like needles, syringes and other materials used in health care facilities in the course of treatment and research. This waste is generated during diagnosis, treatment or immunization in hospitals, nursing homes, pathological laboratories, blood bank, etc.

Tonnes of biomedical waste are produced by hospitals every day. An estimated 1-2 kg of waste per bed in a hospital and 600 gm of waste per bed in a clinic is generated every day.....read more

Lateral thinking: Niti Ayog to explore dentists taking up family medicine

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Niti Ayog will be holding a meeting on 22nd April 2019 at 10 am with Secretary Dental Council of India and DG dental services armed forces to explore leveraging dentists to provide primary health care thereby reducing the gaps in the current shortfall of doctors in the country.

The meeting is based on the minutes of the meeting held at PM office on 9th April 2019 regarding scaling up of medical education in India when it was decided to explore the option of allowing dentists to practice family medicine/mainstream medicine following a bridge course....read more

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Practice Updates

UNICEF launches #VaccinesWork campaign to inspire support for vaccines

UNICEF is launching a new global campaign on 24 April to emphasize the power and safety of vaccines among parents and wider social media users. The campaign will run alongside World Immunization Week from 24 to 30 April to spread the message that together communities, including parents, can protect everyone through vaccines..... read more

'Pharmacy' to be used in place of 'chemists & druggists'

The words "chemists and druggists" appearing on the signboards of medical shops will soon have to be replaced with the word "pharmacy" following an order by the government's top advisory body on drugs..... read more

Study identifies normal reference values to screen for osteoporosis on routine CT scan

Normative ranges of L1 vertebra trabecular attenuation were established across all adult ages, and these can serve as a quick reference at routine CT, regardless of the clinical indication for imaging, to identify adults with low bone mineral density who are at risk for osteoporosis,... read more

Brain stimulation shows promise for understanding memory decline in older adults

In a small, pilot study, a non-invasive device that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain was associated with temporary improvements in age-related memory loss in older people, according to a study published in the April 17, 2019, online issue of Neurology.....read more

Decline in measles vaccination is causing a preventable global resurgence of the disease

In 2000, measles was declared to be eliminated in the United States, when no sustained transmission of the virus was seen in this country for more than 12 months. Today, however, the United States and many other countries that had eliminated the disease are experiencing concerning outbreaks of measles because of declines in measles vaccine coverage.....read more

FDA approves first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted final approval of the first generic naloxone hydrochloride nasal spray, commonly known as Narcan, a life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects ....read more

Medical Voice

1.Extending lung cancer screening in individuals beyond 5 years can significantly impact the survival benefits associated with early disease detection. The 10-year results of The Multicentric Italian Lung Detection (MILD) study showed a significant 39% reduction in the relative risk of lung cancer mortality among patients who underwent low-dose computed tomography. In addition, there was also a 20% risk reduction in overall mortality.

2.Relying on the trickery used by the AIDS virus to infect people, doctors at two medical centers say they have cured 10 infants of so-called bubble boy disease,..... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: That little girl
Both late night meals and skipping breakfast can be detrimental to health
First meal of the day should be nutritious while the last one must be early and light

New Delhi, 20 April 2019: People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime may have worse outcomes after a heart attack, a study has warned. It found that people with the two eating habits had a four to five times higher likelihood of death, another heart attack, or angina (chest pain) within 30 days after hospital discharge for heart attack. It is also recommended to have a minimum two-hour interval between dinner and bedtime.

Skipping breakfast was defined as nothing before lunch, excluding beverages, such as coffee and water, at least three times per week. Late-night dinner eating was defined as a meal within two hours before bedtime at least three times per week.

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