Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
24th January 2019
201 cases of polio-like acute flaccid myelitis in 2018

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

201 people, mostly young kids, developed a polio-like condition known as acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) in 2018, as per US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) who still does not have a prime suspect. This number may well increase, as it can take long to confirm a suspected case.

AFM resembles polio, is likely caused by a virus.

Coxsackievirus A16, EV-A71, and EV-D68 viruses have been isolated in the spinal fluid of four of 527 confirmed cases of AFM since 2014. No pathogen has been detected in the spinal fluid in other cases....read more

Eating tilkut detoxifies the mind

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Ganesh Sankasht Chaturthi is observed every month on the fourth date of Krishna Paksha. It is also called tilkut chaturthi and is observed on 4th day after Paush Purnima in the month of Magh (January/February).

A fast is observed for the entire day and in the evening, a katha is read. The fast ends when the moon is sighted. One should eat 'Tilkut' on this day. During the ritual, Tilkut is put in a bowl and kept near durwa grass. Water is offered to the Sun; both til and durwa grass are offered to the Moon while worshiping Ganesha....read more

Practice Updates

The Global Commission on the Future of Work calls for fundamental changes in health at work

The ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work calls for fundamental changes in the way we work in the new wave of globalization, rapid technological development, demographic transition and climate change, according to its report Work for a Brighter Future published Jan. 22, 2019.... read more

ACOG launches the first HPV Prevention Week in the US

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) along with the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), the Global Initiative Against HPV and Cervical Cancer (GIAHC), Indiana University, and other health care groups launched the first HPV Prevention Week in the US.... read more

Intermittent fasting reduces more weight in overweight women

Compared to dietary restriction, intermittent fasting reduced more weight and fat mass and improved total and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol when prescribed at matched energy restriction in overweight women. These conclusions from the Effects of Periodic Fasting Versus Daily Energy Restriction... read more

High BNP levels may indicate premature aging in middle aged

According to a study published Jan. 22, 2019 in the journal Circulation, people in their early 60s with higher-than-normal levels of brain natriuretic peptide (BNP), walked slower and were less able to raise themselves from a chair and balance on one leg up to nine years...read more

Prior dengue immunity may be protective against symptomatic Zika

Children with a history of prior dengue virus infection had a significantly lower risk of being symptomatic when infected by Zika virus. The study of more than 3,000 children aged 2 to 14 years published in PLoS Medicine suggests that prior dengue immunity in children may in fact be protective... read more

Delaying newborn bath promotes in-hospital exclusive breastfeeding rates

According to a study published online Jan. 21, 2019 in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, delaying the newborn bath to at least 12 hours, newborns in the postintervention period were more likely to experience exclusive breastfeeding during hospitalization and that mothers were more likely to have discharge feeding plans that included human milk (exclusively or in addition to formula).... read more

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Lifestyle changes can not only prevent cancer but also reduce medical bills over time
Both affordability and quality of services hold importance
New Delhi, 23 January 2019: A new study now finds that cancer survivors carry a higher burden related to medical debt payments and bills compared with individuals without a cancer history. The greatest hardships are found in younger survivors. Medical financial hardship can encompass three domains: material (such as problems paying medical bills); psychological (for example, worrying about paying medical bills); and behavioral (which might include forgoing or delaying care because of cost).

When a patient seeks health care, he/she looks for availability, quality and affordability. Safety, desired outcome of treatment and respect are becoming more and more important to the patients today. Quality is always preferred but it may not always be feasible because quality care may increase the cost of treatment.

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