Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
23rd January 2019
Should air pollution be named as one of the causes of sudden death?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year, says the World Health Organization (WHO).

Air pollution has now emerged as a major environmental risk factor for health. "The health effects of air pollution are serious - one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. This is having an equivalent effect to that of smoking tobacco, and much higher than, say, the effects of eating too much salt" (WHO)....read more

Sleep for 7-8 hours to maintain good health

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Sleeping for less than 6 hours at night increases the risk of heart disease when compared to those who slept for 7-8 hours, says a new study reported in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study further says that the risk of atherosclerosis associated with poor quality sleep and this risk is not just limited to the heart, but is also seen in arteries throughout the body.

The study included around 4000 bank employees in Spain from the PESA CNIC- Santander Study. All participants had no known heart disease. Their sleep was measured with an actigraph following which they were categorized into four groups:...read more

Practice Updates

Govt forms Niti-led panel to monitor pricing of drugs

MUMBAI: The government on Monday constituted a standing committee headed by Niti Aayog to oversee the drug pricing regime, a move which could clip the powers of drug pricing regulator, National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).... read more

10 things to know about the health of refugees and migrants

1. The health of refugees and migrants is important: Because the right to health is a basic human right; because refugees and migrants contribute actively to the development of both their host society and their native countries; and because providing timely access to quality health services to refugees and migrants is the best way to save lives and cut care costs, as well as protect the health of the resident citizens.... read more

Hypertensive patients with progression of WMH lesions at greater risk of cognitive impairment

Hypertensive patients with marked progression of periventricular white matter hyperintensities on brain MRI have higher odds of cognitive impairment, even in the early stages of cognitive decline, says a study published online Jan. 4, 2019 in... read more

Pirfenidone increases survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Pirfenidone treatment increased 3-year survival rates in patients who have idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) and resulted in a 30% survival benefit compared with patients who have not been treated with antifibrotic agents, according to a retrospective...read more

Neurofilament light chain may be a potential biomarker for predicting progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Serum NfL predicts disease progression and brain neurodegeneration at the early presymptomatic stages of familial Alzheimer's disease, as per a study reported in Nature Medicine. Serum neurofilament light chain (NfL) levels correlated with NfL levels in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and were elevated at pre-symptomatic stages of familial ... read more

People with Tourette syndrome or Tic disorders are at greater risk of cardiometabolic disorder

People with Tourette syndrome and chronic tic disorder are nearly twice as likely to develop a cardiometabolic disorder such as obesity or diabetes compared with those without the disorders, with the increased risk observed beginning in childhood.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: The value of sincerity of purpose
Inspirational Story 2: Laughter is the Best Medicine
Workplace cafeterias should focus on offering healthier food options to ensure employee wellness
These healthier options can be transformed to make them more appealing
New Delhi, 22 January 2019: A new study has indicated that offering more healthful meals at work could be a promising opportunity to improve wellness among employees. This comes in the light of the fact that about a quarter of working adults obtain food and beverages at the workplace at least once a week. However, often these foods are high in calories, added sugars, refined grains, and sodium. Employers can offer appealing and healthy options in cafeterias, vending machines, and at meetings and social events.

Obesity and low dietary quality are important risk factors for chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. The foods analysed in the study were either purchased from worksite vending machines or cafeterias, or obtained for free in common areas, during meetings, or at worksite social events.

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