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23rd August 2018
Think before you prescribe

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Consider a more convenient option when prescribing antiviral drug for herpes zoster

Herpes zoster or shingles is a viral infection characterized by pain followed by a vesicular rash. It is caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus (VZV). The aim of treatment is to hasten healing, reduce the severity and duration of pain and also to reduce the chances of complications such as post-herpetic neuralgia.

Timely administration of antiviral drugs - acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir – decreases viral shedding and reduces the acute pain in patients with uncomplicated infection. These clinical benefits have been demonstrated in various clinical more

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Union Health Minister chairs high level meeting to review relief measures in Kerala

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare held a high level meeting to review the relief measures in Kerala. Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State from Health and Family Welfare and Smt. Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health) along with other senior officers from NCDC and DGHS participated in the meeting. The minister stated that the outbreak situation is being monitored on a daily basis and the strategic Health Operation Centre has been activated. ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 23rd August 2018

Medicine, as we know, is a constantly evolving field. Scientists world over are engaged in research to decipher the etiopathogenesis of diseases and then to develop treatments. Some are new researches, while some are an extension or offshoots of previous researches. Everyday, scores of researches are published. Some have positive outcomes and offer new hopes and also update our current knowledge, while some highlight negative outcomes. ... read more

Practice Updates

USPSTF updates its recommendations for cervical cancer screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has updated its recommendation on screening for cervical cancer published online August 21, 2018 in JAMA. Women aged 21 to 29 years should be screened for cervical cancer every 3 years with cervical cytology alone (A recommendation). Women aged 30 to 65 years should be screened every 3 years with cervical... read more

Prevention and cessation best options to reduce tobacco-related heart disease

Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the world. Studies have shown no level of cigarette consumption is safe. A new review published August 20, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology examines policies to achieve complete cigarette abstinence as part of efforts to reduce the risk of heart disease. Current smokers are at increased risk for many... read more

Closing treatment gaps critical to ending the HIV epidemic, says NIH

A NIH-funded study published in Annals of Internal Medicine has found that rates of viral suppression among 31,930 adults receiving HIV care at eight clinical sites across the United States improved from 32% in 1997 to 86% in 2015. However, these gains were not equally distributed across different demographic and clinical populations. Commenting on the study,... read more

Obstructive sleep apnea linked with higher lipid levels

Analysis of data from the European Sleep Apnea Database has revealed an association between severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and higher levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The study is published in the journal Respirology. The cross-sectional analysis included more than 8000 patients without physician-diagnosed hyperlipidemia or reported intake of a lipid-lowering ... read more

High stress jobs may increase risk of Parkinson's disease in men

Results published in the journal Movement Disorders show that high job demands were associated with increased Parkinson’s disease risk among men, especially in men with high education. High control was associated with increased risk among individuals with low education, and this association was more pronounced in women.... read more

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Retina scans may help in treating Parkinson’s disease earlier
The condition is prevalent in 1% of those above the age of 65
New Delhi, 22nd August 2018: The thinning of retina - the lining of nerve cells in the back of the eye - could be linked to Parkinson’s disease (PD), according to a recent finding. The study says that retina thinning is linked to the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine, a substance that helps control movement - a hallmark of PD that impairs motor ability. If confirmed in larger studies, retina scans may not only allow earlier treatment of the condition but more precise monitoring of treatments that could slow progression of the disease as well.

The incidence and prevalence of PD increases with advancing age, being present in 1% of people over the age of 65 years. Early-onset Parkinson's disease (EOPD) is defined as the onset of parkinsonian features before the age of 40 years. The prevalence rate over the age of 60 years is 247/100,000.

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