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

Polio returns to the Philippines after nearly two decades
This is not the time to be complacent

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Philippines has announced an outbreak of polio in the country. A poliovirus case was confirmed on 16 September 2019 in a 3-year-old girl from Lanao del Sur. Samples from sewage in Manila and waterways in Davao, as part of the regular environmental surveillance, have also been confirmed to contain the virus. The last known case of wild poliovirus recorded in the Philippines was in 1993. The country was declared wild polio-free in 2000.

The polio outbreak in the Philippines is confirmed to be from a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2....read more

Guest Editorial

The polio situation in Philippines

Dr Pankaj Bhatnagar, WHO

The polio situation in Philippines is summarized in the report below:

The situation On 19 September 2019, the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the re-emergence of polio in the Philippines and declared a national polio outbreak. This follows a confirmed Vaccine Derived Poliovirus Type 2 (VPDV2) case in a three-year old child in Lanao de Sur (Mindanao). Subsequently, another case of polio (strain to be confirmed) was reported on 20 September, and this time in a five-year-old boy from Laguna,...read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 12: Student-Teacher relationship

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Upanishads are our ancient texts; they are the interpretations of the Vedic texts by people.

To understand the meaning of the word "Upanishad", it can be broken down into: Upa (down), ni (knees) and shad (destroy). This means "sitting near the knees of the guru and destroying our ignorance (first de-learning, learning and finally getting rid of the bondages). Sitting near the knees means shed you ego before you start learning. ..read more

Practice Updates

Improving the lives of people with dementia and old-age depression

In a bid to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia and old-age depression, local authorities in parts of the WHO European Region have begun combining public health and various social services to better support the active and healthy ageing of their senior communities.... read more

FDA approves first oral GLP-1 treatment for type 2 diabetes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rybelsus (semaglutide) oral tablets to improve control of blood sugar in adult patients with type 2 diabetes, along with diet and exercise. Rybelsus is the first glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor protein treatment approved for use in the United ... read more

Using hand sanitizer may be giving you a false sense of security

A new study has shown that quickly smearing an ethanol-based hand sanitizer onto your hands probably won't kill the cold and flu bugs. According to the study, it's because your fingers are still wet with mucus.... read more

Inadequate Tx to Blame for Deadlier Breast Cancer in Men?

Men diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to die from the disease than their female counterparts, according to researchers. Looking at more than 16,000 men and 1.8 million women with breast cancer from the National Cancer Database,... read more

Frailty Predicts Death in Elderly Vasculitis

A baseline frailty score helped predict mortality in a group of elderly patients with vasculitis, a real-world single-center study found. In an unadjusted model, baseline frailty was associated with a hazard ratio for mortality of 2.07 (95% CI 1.50-2.87) among patients with antineutrophilic cytoplasmic autoantibody... read more

Medical Voice

Most physicians do not screen for social determinants of health

Findings of a cross-sectional study published Sept. 18, 2019 in JAMA Network Open suggest that most US physician practices and hospitals do not screen patients for all 5 key social needs (food insecurity, housing instability, utility needs, transportation needs, and experience with interpersonal violence) associated with health outcomes....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

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