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24th February, 2018
In-flight medical emergency: Should a seat be reserved for a doctor in every flight?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The common medical events during a flight include dizziness, fainting, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and headaches, while heart attacks, other cardiovascular problems, seizures, and strokes constitute the most frequent in-flight medical emergencies often requiring diversion of an aircraft.

An estimated 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year, according to a study published May 30, 2013 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Around one in-flight medical emergency will occur in every 604 flights. Data from the Lufthansa registry published in 2012 shows that one medical incident will occur for every 10,000 to 40,000 passengers on commercial aircraft will have a medical incident while on board (Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2012 Sep;109(37):591-601). ... read more

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Clean Air Campaign shows qualitative impact on Air Quality in Delhi

The first week of the joint Clean Air Campaign launched by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Delhi government on February 10 shows a qualitative impact on Air Quality in Delhi. Data collated by Central Pollution Control Board since the start of the implementation of the Clean Air Campaign shows that the level of Air quality which was in Very Poor category at the beginning of the Campaign,... read more

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Alpha-synuclein levels in tears may help diagnose Parkinson’s disease

Results of a preliminary study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles in April this year shows decreased total levels of alpha-synuclein, in the tears of people with Parkinson’s compared to controls; 423 pg/mg vs 704 pg/mg, respectively suggesting alpha-synuclein... read more

Smartphone App may help reduce hospital readmissions after heart attack

“Corrie”, a new smartphone app may help reduce the number of hospital readmissions in patients who have been treated for a heart attack, according to a study presented February 22, 2018 at the American College of Cardiology’s Cardiovascular Summit in Las Vegas. Developed for iPhone, Corrie is the first cardiology app for the Apple CareKit platform.... read more

Children with chronic kidney disease may have lower IQs

Children with chronic kidney disease (CKD) may have lower intellectual functioning compared with the general population, with mild deficits across academic skills, executive function, and visual and verbal memory, as per a study published February 22, 2018.... read more

Adherence to CPAP therapy for OSA influences risk of re-hospitalization

Nonadherence to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy resulted in a 3-fold increase in 30-day all-cause and 2-fold increase in cardiovascular-cause re-hospitalizations in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). These results are published February 15, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine..... read more

FDA: Clarithromycin increases risk of heart problems in patients with heart disease

In a drug safety communication, the US FDA has advised caution before prescribing the antibiotic clarithromycin (Biaxin) to patients with heart disease because of a potential increased risk of heart problems or death that can occur years later. It also advises prescribers to consider using other antibiotics in such patients..... read more

Lack of self-awareness is a red flag for progression to dementia in mild cognitive impairment

According to the findings of a study published online February 14, 2018 in Neurology, impaired awareness (anosognosia) of or lack of insight into memory loss in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is associated with increased Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathophysiology and risk for rapid conversion to dementia..... read more

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Excess Vitamin A may lead to Stargardt disease
This disease causes progressive vision loss in childhood or adolescence
New Delhi, 23 February 2018: It is estimated that about 1 in 10,000 people inherit the Stargardt Disease, a condition diagnosed in children and young adults under the age of 20.This disease turns into macular degeneration and will eventually lead to legal blindness. However, it is different from macular degeneration found in older people.

Stargardt disease is an inherited disorder of the retina – the tissue at the back of the eye that senses light. The disease typically causes vision loss during childhood or adolescence, although in some forms, vision loss may not be noticed until later in adulthood. It is also known as Stargardt macular dystrophy, juvenile macular degeneration, or fundus flavimaculatus.

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