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23rd July 2018
Baby dies in mother's womb: Every death does not mean negligence

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The family members of a pregnant woman staged a protest demonstration at Murshidabad Medical College and Hospital in West Bengal alleging that their baby died in her womb due to medical negligence of the doctors as reported by Millennium Post last week. The family members of the woman alleged that during the examination, the nursing staff members told the patient that the baby was moving inside the womb. But later, the family members of the patient were told that the baby had died inside the mother's womb.

WHO/ICD defines stillbirths as the death of a fetus with a birth weight of 500 g, gestational age of 22 weeks or crown-to-heel length of 25 cm. Within this category, ICD classifies late fetal deaths (greater than 1000 g or after 28 weeks) and early fetal deaths (500-1000 g or 22-28 weeks) more

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India affirms strong support for TB cooperation plan in every aspect at BRICS health ministers meet

"India affirms strong support for TB cooperation plan in every aspect as agreed upon in the 6th BRICS Health Ministers’ meeting held in Delhi in 2016 and in the first High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Ending Tuberculosis."This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare during his address at the ‘8th BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting at Durban, South Africa. .... read more

List of new drugs approved by CDSCO from 1.1.2018

Name of drug:Riociguat bulk & 0.5mg/1.0mg/1.5mg/2.0mg/2.5 mg tablet Indication/s:For the treatment of persistent/ recurrent chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) WHO Group 4) After surgical treatment or inoperable CTEPH to improve exercise capacity and WHO function Date of issue: 16.04.2018 .... read more

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 23rd July 2018

AMR now in Leprosy

A six-year study data published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection and carried out across 19 countries has now shown that antimicrobial resistance is emerging in leprosy cases. A total of 8% of the Mycobacterium leprae bacterial strains studied showed gene mutations conferring resistance towards drugs such as rifampicin, dapsone and ofloxacin. Rifampicin resistance was observed in about 5% of the relapse cases and in 2% of the new ones. India and Brazil topped the list with more than 10 rifampicin-resistant cases each... read more

Practice Updates

NIH Clinical Center releases dataset of 32,000 CT images

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Clinical Center has made a large-scale dataset of CT images publicly available to help the scientific community improve detection accuracy of lesions. While most publicly available medical image datasets have less than a thousand lesions, this... read more

Practicing yoga during pregnancy reduces stress

A study published July 17, 2018 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research says that practicing yoga activates the parasympathetic nervous system during the third trimester of pregnancy leading to longer nighttime sleep duration. Salivary α-amylase levels also decreased... read more

Low-dose ketamine non-inferior to morphine morphine for controlling acute pain

A systematic review and meta-analysis published July 17, 2018 in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine suggests that low dose ketamine may be considered as an alternative to.... read more

US FDA approves second filgrastim biosimilar

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved filgrastim-aafil (Nivestym, Pfizer), a biosimilar filgrastim (Neupogen, Amgen). Filgrastim is a recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor.... read more

History of migraine increases the risk of tinnitus

The risk of cochlear disorders, especially for tinnitus, was found to be significantly higher among patients with a history of migraines supporting to the concept of cochlear migraine in a study published online July 12, 2018 in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.... read more

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Leptospirosis cases spiral as monsoons wreak havoc in Mumbai
Adequate precautions including cleanliness and hygiene imperative during this season
New Delhi, 22 July 2018: About four people have died of Leptospirosis in Mumbai as heavy rains continue to hit the city, the most recent one being a 17-year-old boy. The insecticide department has treated 17 rat burrows with pesticides as rats are the common carriers of this disease. After the heavy showers, more focus is being given to low-lying areas, which floods fast. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that affects humans and animals. It is caused by bacteria of the genus *Leptospira*. It spreads through the urine of infected animals, which can get into water or soil and can survive there for weeks to months. Leptospirosis can cause a wide range of symptoms, some of which may be mistaken for other diseases.

Speaking about this,Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Excess rain and the resultant flooding helps in facilitating the spread of the organism due to increase in the number of rodents. These shed large amounts of leptospires in their urine which mix with the flooded water. The bacteria can enter the body through skin or mucous membranes (eyes, nose, or mouth), especially if the skin is broken from a cut or scratch. Drinking contaminated water can also cause infection. Without treatment, Leptospirosis can lead to kidney damage, meningitis (inflammation of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord), liver failure, respiratory distress, and even death..

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