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

AES outbreaks in Muzaffarpur: Lessons to be learnt

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

In 2015, in a letter to the Principal Secretary (Health), Government of Bihar, Dr Jagdish Prasad, the then Director General Health Services had shared the findings of a study carried out in 2013 on the outbreaks of AES in Muzaffarpur including the plan and implementation of the study in the year 2014 with an aim to reduce the associated mortality and morbidity. This study was carried out jointly by NCDC, NVBDCP and ICMR. The US CDC provided technical support for the study.

Hypoglycemia came up as a distinctive finding of the study and it was observed that its management improved prognosis. Hence, it was advised to monitor blood sugar in these patients. This necessitates availability of glucometer with all Asha workers and primary health care centers. ...read more

HR/June 19/6: Safe nicotine products and tobacco harm reduction

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

  • Safer nicotine products (SNP) deliver nicotine with a significant reduction in risk as compared to combusted tobacco products – there is 'No Fire, No Smoke'
  • International evidence shows that these products are safer for the individual smoker, immediate family and bystanders than smoking cigarettes
  • The provision of safer ways of delivering nicotine enables people to continue using nicotine but to avoid the health risks of smoking
  • 'Quit or Die' is no longer the only option for those who cannot give up nicotine. SNP – including e-cigarettes, heat-not-burn products and Swedish snus offer another way - 'Quit or Try' ...read more
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Practice Updates

Another Patient from Tamil Nadu Admitted in JIPMER with Nipah Virus Symptoms

PUDUCHERRY: A 72-year-old patient from neighboring Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu has been admitted to Jipmer on Monday with suspected symptoms of Nipah virus. Samples of his body fluids have been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, for examination. Earlier, Natarajan (51), who had returned to his hometown of Cuddalore from Guruvayoor, was admitted to Jipmer with symptoms of nipah infection recently. ... read more

Today is International Day of Yoga

Yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word 'yoga' derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Recognizing its universal appeal, on December 11, 2014, the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by resolution 69/131.... read more

WHO flags critical funding gap, calls for political parties to join fight against Ebola

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will only end with bipartisan political cooperation and community ownership, according to the World Health Organization's Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. He was speaking to Member States in Geneva after returning from a visit to DRC,... read more

Cardiac MRI Safely Reduces Invasive Tx for Stable Angina

A noninvasive approach to imaging for stable angina in patients with risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) reduces invasive treatment without greater risk of a major cardiac event, the MR-INFORM trial showed. A strategy of myocardial-perfusion cardiovascular MRI led to revascularization... read more

CARMELINA: Linagliptin Safe in Diabetes Across Age, Renal Groups

In patients with type 2 diabetes and either cardiovascular disease or impaired kidney function, the DPP-4 inhibitor linagliptin demonstrated cardiovascular safety, no increased risk of hospitalization for heart failure, and "reassuring" kidney safety including a reduction in albuminuria — across renal function and age groups — over 2.2 years.... read more

Medical Voice

Muzaffurpur encephalopathy: A multi-ministry coordination and comprehensive action plan is the answer

The outbreak of acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Muzaffurpur has claimed 109 lives so far. AES has been occurring every year for the past so many years with no solution in sight. A visit by the Chief Minister of the state, or the state or central health minister is alone not the answer... 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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