Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
22nd January 2019
Man loses leg to superbug after routine knee operation: Superbug infection should be part of the consent process

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A 68-year-old British man has had his right leg amputated in November last year after contracting a superbug infection following what should have been a routine knee replacement. He is one of a growing number of NHS patients for whom common operations are going horribly wrong because of the rise of antibiotic resistance, reported The Telegraph (Jan. 18, 2019). Doctors battled to fight the infection over the course of six years and a series of follow-up operations but without success. His medical notes show a series of infections set in, including the superbugs - methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Enterobacter cloacae. He received a wide range of antibiotics and endured three follow-up knee replacements but the infections could not be killed off. Surgeons even tried an artificial knee coated in silver, a metal known for its anti-bacterial properties....read more

All deaths should be audited to find preventable causes: Virtual autopsy may provide the answer

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi and ICMR are collaborating on a project to conduct virtual autopsies, as reported in TOI, Jan 20, 2019. The head of the Forensics Department at AIIMS said that they have already set up a digital X-ray machine to conduct autopsy of the deceased with bone injuries or fractures caused after an accident. He further said that in virtual autopsy, the deceased's records are available in digital format and thus it permits additional analysis by other forensic pathologists on the same body; second or third opinion even after years if some allegations crop up in the future....read more

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PMJAY has benefited over 8.9 lakh people

BHOPAL: The Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), also known as Ayushman Bharat, has benefited more than 8.9 lakh people since its launch last year, NITI Aayog member V K Paul said here Sunday. Paul, who is also the Chairman of Board of Governors, Medical Council of India, was speaking at the first convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal.... read more

Imagining a better world through the SDGs

WHO/Europe has developed a roadmap, adopted by Member States in 2017, to assist countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda, building on Health 2020, the European policy for health and well-being. Furthermore, the 13th General Programme of Work, adopted by WHO Member States in 2018, is based on a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and aims to lead a transformative agenda that will support... read more

New guidelines on management of inflammatory bowel disease in pregnancy

Controlling the inflammation of the mother will improve outcomes for the child, says the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) in its new guidelines on management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in pregnancy. The guideline says that vaginal delivery is safe in most cases, unless active perineal disease is present around the time of delivery.... read more

Hereditary hemochromatosis increases risk of chronic diseases and cancer

A "stealth condition" which is one of the western world's most common genetic disorders is causing far higher levels of cancer and chronic health conditions than previously thought, a UK study has revealed.
Hereditary hemochromatosis -- a genetic condition which leads to a toxic build-up of iron in the body -- was previously thought to be a low-level health risk. However, a new study, published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal, has revealed that the...
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Single-dose tafenoquine prevents Plasmodium vivax malaria relapse

Single-dose tafenoquine resulted in a significantly lower risk of Plasmodium vivax recurrence than placebo in patients with phenotypically normal glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) activity, concluded a multicentre trial published online Jan. 17, 2019... read more

Signs of memory problems could be symptoms of hearing loss instead

Older adults concerned about displaying early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease should also consider a hearing check-up, suggests a study recently published in the Canadian Journal on Aging. In the study, 56% of participants being evaluated for memory and thinking concerns and potential brain disorders had some form of mild to severe hearing loss,... read more

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Swine flu resurfaces in the city of Delhi, reiterating the need for hand and respiratory hygiene
Number of cases are on the rise; however, precaution and NOT panic is the key
New Delhi, 21st January 2019: After two suspected swine flu deaths in a Delhi hospital, it has been confirmed that the number of suspected swine flu cases in the city are on the rise. The symptoms have been reported as being very similar to normal influenza and the primary reason for the spurt in the number of cases is the dry winter chills. Given the common symptoms, swine flu is often misdiagnosed or ignored. Patient with symptoms and any co-morbid conditions like diabetes, cancer, and kidney disorders need to very careful.
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