Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
22nd June 2019

4-day-old girl died at a government hospital in Bareilly after being shunted between different departments
There is a need for a transparent policy on hospital admissions

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A 4-day-old girl died at a government hospital in Bareilly after being shunted between different departments for 3 hours, reported India Today on Thursday.

The Chief Medical Superintendent (CMS) of the men's wing at the government hospital was suspended after the death of the four-day-old girl, an official release stated. Departmental proceedings have also been ordered against CMS, women's wing. "A critically ill child was brought to the men's wing of the hospital, where paediatricians were available. Instead of stablising the child, her family was sent to the women's wing, from where the child was sent back," officials said. According to reports, the four-day-old baby girl died after being shuttled from one wing of the hospital to another. The girl born at a private hospital on June 15 had difficulty in breathing after which her parents brought her to the government hospital in Bareilly. Her family alleged they were made to run from one wing of the hospital to another for over three hours due to which the infant died. ...read more

HR/June 19/7: Safer nicotine products

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

  • E-cigarettes are estimated to be 95% safer than smoking cigarettes
  • Snus is not inhaled, so there is no risk of respiratory disease which accounts for nearly half of all smoking-related deaths; and no risk to bystanders. There is no significant association with premature deaths, diabetes, pancreatic and oral cancers, heart disease or strokes
  • It is estimated that by 2021, over 55 million people will be using e-cigarettes or heat-not-burn tobacco products and that the global market will be worth USD $35 billion
  • Use of heat-not-burn products in Japan has seen cigarette sales fall by 27% in two years, an unprecedented national decrease in smoking...read more
Practice Updates

WHO highlights scarcity of treatment for epilepsy in low-income countries

Three quarters of people living with epilepsy in low-income countries do not get the treatment they need, increasing their risk of dying prematurely and condemning many to a life of stigma. The findings are published in "Epilepsy, a public health imperative" released by WHO, the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.... read more

PAHO report calls for urgent measures to reduce road traffic deaths among children, adolescents and young people

A new report from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reveals that the number of road traffic deaths continues to rise in the Americas, reaching almost 155,000 per year, 11% of the world's total. The report, "Status of Road Safety in the Region of the Americas", highlights that road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death for children aged 5 to 14 years, and the second highest ... read more

CDC says 2018-19 flu season was odd but not as severe as the previous deadly season

Lasting 21 weeks, the 2018-19 flu season was not only the longest in a decade, it was unusually marked by two separate waves of influenza A sickness, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Thursday in a new report. An H1N1 strain dominated during an initial surge between October through mid-February, followed by a groundswell of H3N2 activity beginning in mid-February and lasting through mid-May, the CDC said.... read more

US Suicide Rates Hit Record-High Levels

Suicide rates in the United States have risen significantly over the past 2 decades and are now at the highest level since World War II, federal health officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. New data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) show the age-adjusted suicide... read more

Biologics in IBD: More Thoughtful Use Could Improve Outcomes

The real-world effects of biologic therapy for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) do not match the promising outcomes observed in randomized controlled trials, suggests a study. In a review of outcomes of almost 50,000 patients with IBD between 1995 and 2012, infliximab did not reduce rates of IBD-related hospitalizations or intestinal surgeries.... 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

Medical Voice

Cleveland successfully performs in utero fetal surgery and our children are dying of Malnutrition in Bihar

Ancient India: We have the example of Lord Ganesha brain transplant, case of revivals after death and what not.

Modern America: Cleveland Clinic has successfully done its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect in a nearly 23-week-old female fetus, which was later delivered by cesarean section near full term June 3. ... read more

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Yoga can help in the union of the body, mind, and the surroundings
The practice is beneficial for heart health and helps lower blood pressure, apart from offering other health benefits
New Delhi, 21 June 2019: Studies examining the benefits of yoga have suggested that the practice provides significant benefits for cardiovascular health, including LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol and systolic blood pressure. Those who practiced asana-based yoga reduced their LDL 'bad' cholesterol levels by 12.1 mg/dL and systolic blood pressure by 5.2 mm Hg and increased their HDL 'good' cholesterol levels by 3.2 mg/dL.

On International Yoga Day, there is a need to create awareness on the benefits of yoga for overall health and well-being.

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