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22nd December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: Medical Uptodate Year Roundup 2017
  • Elvitegravir-cobicistat use during pregnancy: For HIV-infected women who become pregnant while on an elvitegravir-cobicistat-containing regimen switch to a different regimen (1,2).
  • Acetylcysteine IV or oral does not prevent contrast nephropathy (3).
  • Frequency for dosing of oral iron for individuals with iron deficiency should be every other day rather than every day (4).
  • Patients =60 years of age with new onset dyspepsia should undergo an upper endoscopy (5).
  • Patients < 60 years with new onset dyspepsia upper GI endoscopy is reserved for those with clinically significant weight loss, overt gastrointestinal bleeding, more than one alarm feature, or rapidly progressive alarm features. These patients should be tested and treated for H. pylori infection (5).... read more
Top News

Survey on prevalence of TB

39 percent of India’s population is not suffering from Tuberculosis. RNTCP is conducting a TB prevalence survey which will provide information specific for the country in the year 2018. The National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Tuberculosis (2017-25) has been formulated by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. ... read more

Practice Updates
Unmarried heart patients are at higher risk of death

Compared to married heart disease patients, being unmarried was associated with a 24% higher risk of death from any cause, 45% higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease and 52% higher risk of cardiovascular death/heart attack, more

Underactive thyroid within normal range may cause unexplained infertility

New research published December 19, 2017 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism suggests that a slightly underactive thyroid may affect a women’s ability to become pregnant—even when the gland is functioning at the low end of the normal more

Eating salads daily may slow down brain aging

According to a study published online December 20, 2017 in the journal Neurology, people who ate at least one serving of green, leafy vegetables a day had a slower rate of decline on tests of memory and thinking skills than people who never or rarely ate these vegetables suggesting that eating about one serving per day of green, more

Combination of OCP and bicalutamide is an effective treatment for severe hirsutism in PCOS

A combination of oral contraceptive pill (OCP) and bicalutamide (antiandrogen) is significantly more effective and well-tolerated compared to OCP alone as treatment for severe hirsutism in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) more

New guidelines on management of abnormal liver blood tests

Updated guidelines on the management of abnormal liver blood tests have been published online December 12, 2017 in the journal Gut. New recommendations, led by experts at the University of Birmingham, have been published to improve the use of liver blood more

Updated EAU recommendations for treatment of metastatic clear cell renal cancer

Updated EAU guidelines recommend a combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab as first-line treatment in intermediate- and poor-risk patients with metastatic clear cell renal cancer. A VEGF tyrosine kinase inhibitor should be used as second-line treatment when the use of this combination is not safe or more

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1. Cytochrome P-450
2. Glutathione S-transferase.
3. NADPH cytochrome P-450-reductase.
4. Glucuronyl transferase.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: : Hospital window
Inspirational Story 2: A simple gesture
Selfitis is now a real medical condition
Constant need for external appreciation and approval can lead to depression in the longer term
New Delhi, 21 December 2017: As per a recent study, clicking selfies is actually a medical condition that may require treatment. The condition is being called Selfitis. Researchers have also developed something called the ‘Selfitis Behavior Scale’ that can help determine the severity of one’s addiction. Statistics indicate that India ranks number one in accidents related to selfies. About 60% of the total selfie accidents that happen throughout the world occur in India.
Selfitis has been classified at three levels: borderline, which involves clicking at least three selfies a day but not posting on social media; acute, which involves clicking at least three selfies a day but posting it on social media; chronic, where there is a constant urge to click selfies and posting at least six on social media.
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