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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
22nd July 2018
Capping of costs of health care is not far off

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

There has been lot of talk about capping of costs of health care. And, sooner or later, this will become a reality.

There is going to be a capping of medical costs to provide affordable and also accessible health care. The govt. will bring out a policy to cap the treatment costs including hospitalization costs.

The only way the govt. can do this is by bringing the entire health services under the gambit of the Essential Commodities Act as ‘essential medical services’. The prices of any commodity can be controlled only under this Act by making them ‘essential’ so that they are available to the consumers at fair more

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‘Prevention crisis’ is hampering global HIV response, warns head of UNAIDS

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List of new drugs approved by CDSCO from 1.1.2018

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 22nd July 2018

Valsartan Update DCGI has enhanced checking of the Chinese bulk drug Valsartan at the ports after the American regulatory agency recalled Valsartan early this week over potential cancer risks. The Drugs Controller General of India instructed the ports to examine each and every batch of the imported consignment of a Chinese bulk drug named Valsartan API, manufactured by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceuticals. Earlier this week US FDA recalled Valsartan over potential cancer risk due to the presence of an impurity - a chemical known as NDMA or N-nitrosodimethylamine. Later European Medical Agency too issued an alert. So far, more than 20 countries recalled this Chinese API. .. read more

Practice Updates

First targeted treatment for patients with relapsed AML with specific genetic mutation

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Tibsovo (ivosidenib) tablets for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation. This is the first drug in its class (IDH1 inhibitors) and is ... read more

Ondansetron may be safe for morning sickness

Analysis of data from two large studies published July 10, 2017 in Obstetrics & Gynecology show that ondansetron may be safe for morning sickness. Ondansetron was not associated with an increase in most birth defects when taken for nausea and vomiting during the first ... read more

Measuring iron levels in brain tissue predicts progression of multiple sclerosis

New research published online July 17, 2018 in Radiology suggests that altered deep gray matter iron as shown by quantitative susceptibility mapping is associated with the evolution of multiple sclerosis independent of tissue atrophy. The extent of these changes was.... read more

Weight loss between 10-20% improves function in knee osteoarthritis

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Depression during pregnancy increases stress reactivity in children

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Drought followed by rainfall can provide optimum conditions for dengue outbreak
India being dengue-endemic should include disease prevention strategies as part of its plans to combat the condition
New Delhi, 21 July 2018: A global consortium of researchers has developed an early warning system to alert authorities on the Caribbean island of Barbados when a dengue outbreak is likely to strike. The study has shown that a period of drought, followed by intense rainfall for 4 to 5 months, provides the optimum conditions for disease outbreak.

People are more likely to leave water containers outside their homes after a spell of drought. When a period of intense rainfall follows, these containers become the source for water to collect and a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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