Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
23rd February 2019

US hospital and doctors settle malpractice suit for 142.35 crores: Could this become a real possibility in India?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A Midwest hospital system and several doctors will pay a total of $20.6 million to settle a man’s claims that he is permanently disabled because the physicians failed to diagnose and treat a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen, as per the patient’s lawyers.

The patient had filed a claim that Indiana-based Franciscan Health and its doctors missed a bleeding aneurysm on a CT scan when he visited St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights complaining of abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

The initial CT scan during his 2013 hospital visit had shown the bleeding aneurysm with several other large aneurysms in his pelvic and abdominal areas. However, two radiologists failed to notice the bleeding when they reviewed the scan, and a vascular surgeon missed the bleeding when he reviewed it the next morning, according to the statement of the lawyers.....read more

Hon'ble Delhi High Court is satisfied with the steps taken by Delhi police to ensure safety, security and protection of women in Delhi

Advocate Ira Gupta and Dr KK Aggarwal

In the matter titled as "Pramanshi & Others versus Union of India & Others, W.P. C. No. 2624/2018, the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court has vide judgement dated 11.02.2019 has held that they are satisfied that sufficient and appropriate steps have been taken by the Delhi Police to ensure the safety, security and protection of the women in Delhi.

The writ petition was filed seeking following prayers:...read more

Practice Updates

FDA proposes new regulations to ensure safety and effectiveness of sunscreens

The US Food and Drug Administration today (FDA) has a proposed rule that would update regulatory requirements for most sunscreen products in the United States. This significant action is aimed at bringing nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) sunscreens that are marketed without FDA-approved applications up to date with the latest science to better ensure consumers have access to safe and effective preventative sun care options.... read more

New report indicates failure of e-goods waste disposal rules

New Delhi: Despite e-waste rules being formulated in 2011, manufacturers are not fulfilling their obligations under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy and taking back discarded electronic items from consumers for proper disposal of the sometimes environmentally polluting components, says a report of Toxics Link..... read more

Pregnant and nursing women can now be given Ebola vaccine, says WHO

Reversing an earlier decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) now recommends vaccinating pregnant and breastfeeding women against the Ebola virus. The announcement was issued on Wednesday from Beijing after a consultation meeting by the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization, which the WHO Director-General established in 1999 to provide guidance ... read more

A new drug for hemophilia A

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved turoctocog alfa pegol (Esperoct, Novo Nordisk) for patients with hemophilia A for control and prevention of bleeding, perioperative management, and routine prophylaxis to prevent or reduce the frequency of bleeding episodes. It is an extended half-life glycopegylated factor VIII molecule for adults.... read more

FDA adds Boxed Warning for increased risk of death with febuxostat

In a safety announcement dated 21.2.19, the US FDA has concluded there is an increased risk of death with Uloric (febuxostat) compared to another gout medicine, allopurinol. "This conclusion is based on our in-depth review of results from a safety clinical trial that found an increased risk of heart-related death and death from all causes with Uloric."... read more

Study identifies five risk factors for SSIs post-orthopedic surgery

A study published in the International Wound Journal has identified five risk factors, which are associated with increased risk of developing surgical site infections following orthopedic surgery. These five factors are: Diabetes, morbid obesity, tobacco smoking, prolonged surgical duration and lower... read more

Medical Voice

No God is Expecting From Anybody To Torture His Own Body for Atonement

In the matter titled as "Appicode Arulmigu Sri Bathreswari Amman Thirukovil versus The Superintendent of Police & others, W.P (MD) No. 2611/2019", vide judgment dated 10.02.2019 the Hon'ble Madurai Bench of Madras High Court has held that no God is expecting from anybody to torture his own body for atonement..... read more

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Preventing iron deficiency through a healthy diet is harm reduction in pregnant women
The terms iron deficiency and anemia cannot be used interchangeably and are different
New Delhi, 22nd February 2019: As per a recent study, fortification coupled with supplementation may expose varying but significant proportions of women in 24 states or union territories to the risk of an excessive iron intake. The tolerable upper limit for women of reproductive age is 45 mg per day. Prolonged exposure to iron above this limit could put women at risk of experiencing symptoms such as gastric acidity, constipation, oxidative (physiological) stress or changes in their gut bacterial profile.

Iron deficiency (depleted iron stores in the body) and anemia, on the other hand, are often perceived as interchangeable terms.

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