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

FICCI-ELICIT guide to improving end-of-life care & decision-making

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Advance Medical Directives (AMD) are now legal in India following the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of ""Common Cause versus Union of India, 2018 (5) SCC 1". The treating doctor who in good faith abides by an advance directive will not be held liable under criminal law.

The Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and End of Life Care in India Taskforce (ELICIT) have come together to release an information guide to improve and facilitate execution of end-of-life decisions for doctors and hospital administrators.

ELICIT is a joint initiative of the Indian Academy of Neurology, Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine (ISCCM) and Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC) formed in 2015....read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 7: The story of Maharaja Sibi

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Sibi is a king in Hindu mythology. He became very famous as a protector of surrendered souls and a donor of charities.

Indra, the King of heaven once took the shape of a pigeon-hunter bird (eagle), and Agni, the fire-god, took the form of a pigeon. While being chased by the eagle, the pigeon took shelter on the lap of Maharaja Sibi, and the hunter eagle wanted the pigeon back from the King.

The King wanted to give it some other meat to eat and requested the bird not to kill the pigeon. The hunter bird refused to accept the King's offer, but it was settled later that the eagle would accept flesh from the body of the King of the pigeon's equivalent weight....read more

Practice Updates

Hands on Endoscopy Workshops, International Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology School & IX Update on Hot Topics in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Transplantation and Nutrition

A “Hands on Endoscopy Workshop – Basic/Advanced and Motility Workshop; International Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology School and IX Update on Hot Topics in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Liver Transplantation and Nutrition” is being organized from October 30 to November 3, 2019.... read more

WHO calls for more research into microplastics and a crackdown on plastic pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a further assessment of microplastics in the environment and their potential impacts on human health, following the release of an analysis of current research related to microplastics in drinking water. The Organization also calls for a reduction in plastic pollution to benefit the environment and reduce human exposure.... read more

Lack of funds forces UN to close down life-saving aid programmes in Yemen

The United Nations announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close down several humanitarian programmes in Yemen because money pledged by Member States to pay for them has “failed to materialize”. At a pledging event for Yemen held in February, the UN and humanitarian partners were promised $2.6 billion to meet the urgent needs of more than 20 million Yemenis.... read more

Bacteremic UTI in Infants Can Be Managed with Shorter-Course Parenteral Antibiotics

Recurrent urinary-tract infections (UTIs) are no more frequent among infants with bacteremic UTI who receive shorter versus longer parenteral antibiotic treatment, according to a retrospective study. In the study, half the infants (58/115) received short-course (seven days or fewer) parenteral antibiotics, and half (57/115) received longer-duration parenteral antibiotics.... read more

High Levels of Exhaust Pollutants May Raise Risk for AMDh

Exposure to high levels of exhaust may raise the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study suggests. In a study of nearly 40,000 people in Taiwan, researchers found that high levels of exhaust could nearly double the risk of the age-related eye condition, which damages the macula, the part of the eye needed for sharp, central vision.... read more

Former smokers’ CV risk remains high beyond 5 years after smoking cessation vis-à-vis never smokers

In an observational cohort study of 8770 participants, former heavy smokers’ (=20 pack-years) risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease was significantly lower within 5 years of smoking cessation relative to current smokers but remained significantly elevated for at least 5 to 10 years and possibly for 25 years after cessation relative to never smokers. The study is published August... read more

Medical Voice

Green spaces good for mental health and well-being

Living within 300m of urban green space such as parks, nature reserves or play areas is associated with greater happiness, sense of worth and life satisfaction, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Warwick, Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield and published in the August issue of Applied Geography....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

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