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22nd December 2016
ADA 2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 
 
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has released its new Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes for the year 2017. The guidelines have especially focused on psychological health, access to care, expanded and personalized treatment options, and the tracking of hypoglycemia in people with diabetes.
 
Some salient features of the new Standards of care include:
  • Guidelines on screening adults and youth with diabetes for diabetes distress, depression, anxiety and eating disorders; a list of situations that warrant a referral to a mental health specialist is also included.
  • An expanded list of diabetes comorbidities now includes autoimmune disease, HIV, anxiety disorders, depression, disordered eating behavior and serious mental illness. 
  • New lifestyle management guidelines include a physical activity recommendation to interrupt prolonged sedentary behavior every 30 minutes. 
  • Sleep patterns should be assessed as part of overall diabetes care because sleep quality may be associated with blood glucose management.
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Practice cough and flu hygiene this winter
 
As the winter onsets, it becomes imperative to adopt certain hygiene measures to prevent the spread of infections
 
New Delhi, Dec 21, 2016: Winter is officially the cold and flu season. Cases of common cold, cough disorders and flu tend to increase during these months. Moreover, aerosol from cough can easily spread through moisture in the atmosphere and lead to frequent infections.
 
Padma Shri Awardee Dr. K.K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and National President Elect Indian Medical Association (IMA), stated that, "When you cough or sneeze, you tend to expel out respiratory waste, which can be droplets (larger than 5 microns) or airborne droplets less than 5 microns; both have different implications. Droplets remain suspended in the air only for a limited period and exposure of less than 3 feet is usually required for human-to-human transmission of droplet-borne respiratory organisms. In flu this can be up to 6 feet. The examples of droplet infections are patients with meningitis, influenza, rubella (German measles) etc"
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