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

Lancet must withdraw its editorial on Kashmir immediately

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

On August 17 (Volume 394), The Lancet published an editorial titled "Fear and uncertainty around Kashmir's future" following the nullification of Article 370, which granted autonomy to the state of Jammu & Kashmir by the government of India on August 5.

Calling it a "controversial move", the editorial says that the presence of army in the region "raises serious concerns for the health, safety, and freedoms of the Kashmiri people".

It further writes " …The protracted exposure to violence has led to a formidable mental health crisis....read more


Mera Bharat Mahan 5: Can quantum field explain the characteristics of soul?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Bhagavad Gita talks about the characteristics of soul in Chapter 2.

नैनं छिन्दन्ति शस्त्राणि नैनं दहति पावक: |
न चैनं क्लेदयन्त्यापो न शोषयति मारुत: || 2.23||

“naina? chhindanti shastra?i naina? dahati pavaka? na chaina? kledayantyapo na sho?hayati maruta?” na—not; enam—this soul; chhindanti—shred; shastra?i—weapons; na—nor; enam—this soul; dahati—burns; pavaka?—fire; na—not; cha—and; enam—this soul; kledayanti—moisten; apa?—water; na—nor; sho?hayati—dry; maruta?—wind...read more


Can a poison be available over the counter?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Karnataka state has classified nicotine as a poisonous substance under the Karnataka Poisons Rules, 2019 under the Poisons Act, 1919.

Applicable laws

1. Section 02: Power of the state government to regulate possession for sale and sale of any poison: (1) The (State Government) may by rule regulate within the whole or any part of the territories under its administration the possession for sale and the sale, whether wholesale or retail, of any specified poison.

2. Section 03: Power to prohibit importation into the states of any poison except under licence: The (Central Government) may, by notification in the (Official Gazette), prohibit except under and in accordance with the conditions of a licence, the importation into (India) (across any customs frontier defined by the Central Government) of any specified poison, and may by rule regulate the grant of licences....read more

Practice Updates

Low risk of Ebola virus disease in the WHO European Region

No country, regardless of how far or remote from the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can be considered 100% free of the risk of importation of a potential Ebola virus disease case. However, WHO's current assessment finds the overall risk in the European Region to be low. Many countries in the European Region have undertaken additional preparedness actions, and following them diligently is important. Intensified operational readiness and preparedness activities... read more


FDA approves new device to improve symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the Barostim Neo System for the improvement of symptoms in patients with advanced heart failure who are not suited for treatment with other heart failure devices, such as cardiac resynchronization therapy. The FDA gave the device a Breakthrough Device designation because it treats a life-threatening disease, heart failure,... read more


Ebola Spread to New Congo Area Shows Flawed Response - Aid Workers

Ebola's spread to a new part of Democratic Republic of Congo is a disturbing sign that health workers are failing to keep track of high-risk people on the move, aid agencies said on Friday. A woman and her child were confirmed to be the first two Ebola cases in Congo's South Kivu province,... read more


Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and IQ in Kids: Is There a Link?

Pregnant women's fluoride intake was associated with a reduction in their children's IQ at ages 3 to 5 years, in an observational study published online in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers found that each additional 1 mg/L of maternal urinary fluoride was associated with 4.49 fewer IQ points in boys... read more


First device to treat children with progressive idiopathic scoliosis

The Tether – Vertebral Body Tethering System, the first spinal tether device to treat pediatric patients with progressive idiopathic scoliosis has been approved by the US FDA. The device can be used to correct idiopathic scoliosis that has not responded to conservative treatment options, such as external bracing. It is intended to treat growing children and adolescents whose spinal curves are approaching... read more

Medical Voice

No country is 100% free of risk of import of potential Ebola virus disease

No country, regardless of how far or remote from the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, can be considered 100% free of the risk of importation of a potential Ebola virus disease case. However, WHO's current assessment finds the overall risk in the European Region to be low....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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