Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
23rd May 2019
Vedic Health: Ayurveda and Evidence-Based Research

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

There are six types of evidences accepted in the literature.

  1. Pratyaksha: What is seen or observed directly. These are observational studies and accepted in the scientific community.
  2. Anumana or the evidence based on the inference of a defined hypothesis
  3. Upamana are the evidences based on analogies
  4. Arthapathi are the evidences, which are based on circumstantial evidence
  5. Anupalabdhi is an evidence based on the theory of negation ......read more

NPPA has slashed the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87%

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has slashed the prices of 9 non-scheduled cancer drugs by up to 87%

An office memorandum issued by the drug pricing regulator in New Delhi said, the maximum retail price of 500 mg chemotherapy injection pemetrexed, which is used to treat lung cancer, has come down from 22 thousand rupees to 2 thousand 800 rupees.

The price of 150 mg Erlotinib tablets will cost now cost 2 thousand 400 rupees instead of 8 thousand 800 rupees.

In February this year, the government had capped 42 cancer drugs at 30%. ...read more

Practice Updates

Fight vaccine hesitancy as 'contagious disease'

Faced with a global resurgence of measles, health experts called Tuesday for countries to step up the fight against vaccine resistance, warning that the movement was spreading like a contagious disease. World Health Organization chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, joined experts and health ministers from several countries at an event on.... read more

Heart scan may pick up signs of sudden death risk

Scientists state that a new scan technique could identify people at risk of collapsing and dying suddenly from a hidden heart condition. Normally, in people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, signs of structural changes in the heart can only be identified after death. However, University of Oxford researchers used microscopic imaging to spot the same patterns in living patients..... read more

CBD effective in treating heroin addiction, says study

Cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive ingredient in hemp and marijuana, could treat opioid addiction, suggests a new study. Given to patients with heroin addiction, cannabidiol, or CBD, reduced their cravings for the illicit drug as well as their levels of anxiety.

"The intense craving is what drives the drug use," said Yasmin Hurd, the lead researcher on the study and director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai.... read more

Mediterranean Diet May Keep Late-Life Depression at Bay

New research, presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2019 annual meeting, has suggested that adherence to a Mediterranean diet may guard against late-life depression. Investigators from Hellenic Open University in Patras, Greece, found that for older individuals.... read more

Nintedanib Slows FVC Decline in Systemic Sclerosis-Related ILD

The tyrosine kinase inhibitor nintedanib (Ofev) appeared to slow the progression of systemic sclerosis-associated interstitial lung disease, reported the phase III SENSCIS trial. In the primary endpoint analysis, the adjusted annual rate of decrease in forced vital capacity (FVC) was 52.4 mL among patients assigned to nintedanib compared with 93.3 mL for patients.... 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

Homeopathic doctor arrested for posting 'anti-Hindu' Facebook post

Advocate Ira Gupta: On Saturday, Mumbai Parksite Police in Vikhroli arrested a 38-year-old homeopathic doctor for allegedly posting "anti-Hindu" and "anti-Brahminical" comments on Facebook on a complaint by Ravindra Tiwari under Section 295 (A) of the IPC (Deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs).

Sources said Nishad, a homeopathic doctor, was arrested from outside the Mumbai sessions court where he was going to apply for anticipatory bail..... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Healthy diet and lifestyle can help avert metabolic disorders: HCFI
Avoid exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals and consumption of processed food

New Delhi, 22 May 2019: A recent study has found that people exposed to chemicals have an increased risk of acquiring metabolic disorders. They found that certain chemicals can lead to impaired liver function and thereby an increased likelihood of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The need of the hour is to raise awareness about the incidence and prevention of metabolic disorders.

Common additives used to manufacture plastics can be found in everyday items including milk, bottled water, instant coffee, perfume, makeup, shampoo, toys and food packaging. Exposure to certain chemicals called endocrine disruptors can also cause infertility and other issues.

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