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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
24th May 2018
Investigate your patients for iron deficiency

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Many patients present to us with complaints of exertional dyspnea or tachycardia. Such patients may undergo extensive cardiovascular assessment, indicating an underlying sinister pathology for their symptoms. While this evaluation is justified, sometimes the underlying cause may not be so dangerous.

Iron deficiency, even before a full-fledged anemia develops may be the cause of such symptoms, which have been shown to improve on iron supplementation. Iron deficiency (depleted iron stores in the body) and anemia are often perceived as interchangeable terms. While iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia, but the two are different....read more

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How can Electronic Health Records Improve your practice

Are you a medical practitioner, who dreams of expanding his practice, but the dreams get entangled with the daily operation of the practice? Does the doctor in you, has to take a back seat, to do the clerical tasks? Are you still stuck with physical paperwork? Electronic health records (EHR) is the answer to all your practice needs! With EHR, you can work hard and work smart..... read more

Top News

At global health forum, UN officials call for strong, people-focused health systems

Everyone, everywhere must have equal access to quality health care, said top United Nations officials on Monday, urging greater focus on comprehensive health and well-being. In a video message to the opening of the seventy-first session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres reiterated that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is a fundamental human right.... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal May 24th 2018

Practice changing guidelines - Patients who suffer TIA have a rising risk for recurrent stroke for the next 5 years after the initial event. The 5-year risk for a major vascular event is 12.9%, and half of these events occur between 1 and 4 years after the initial TIA. The results of the TIA registry were also published online in the New England Journal of Medicine. Secondary prevention must last for minimum five years. ... read more

Practice Updates

Low PTH and calcium levels increase risk of hypoparathyroidism post-thyroidectomy

Low parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and low calcium levels are associated with increased risk (~30%) of hypoparathyroidism after thyroidectomy, reported a study at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) annual meeting in Boston..... read more


Achieving A1c, LDL-C and BP targets reduces complications in type 2 diabetes

Achieving triple treatment targets of HbA1c <7%, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) <100 mg/dL and blood pressure <140/90 mm Hg reduces the risk for macrovascular complications, mortality, and microvascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published.... read more


Denosumab is FDA-approved for steroid-induced osteoporosis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved denosumab (Prolia, Amgen) for the treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men and women at high risk of fracture defined by history of osteoporotic fracture, multiple risk factors for fracture, or patients who have failed or are.... read more


Discharge from a crowded hospital ward increases re-hospitalization risk

In a new research presented May 20, 2018 at the American Thoracic Society 2018 International Conference in San Diego, discharge from a crowded hospital ward was associated with increased odds of re-hospitalization within a month..... read more


HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist System recall labeled as Class I recall

The HeartMate 3™ Left Ventricular Assist System (Abbott) was recalled due to a potential malfunction that may lead to graft occlusion leading to serious adverse events such as blood clots and death. The US FDA has identified this recall as Class I, the most serious type of recall, because of the risk for serious injury or death..... read more


TIA patients at sustained risk of recurrent stroke

A follow-up study of patients who had a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke has shown a sustained risk of cardiovascular events over a period of 5 years, with half of the events occurring between second and fifth years. The study published May 16, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine recommends secondary prevention measures to prevent stroke recurrence...... read more


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Access to quality and timely healthcare continues to elude Indians
A stringent and comprehensive policy that addresses varied aspects of healthcare delivery is the need of the hour
 
New Delhi, 23 May 2018: As per a recent study by Lancet, India ranks 145th among 195 countries in terms of quality and accessibility of healthcare, behind its neighbors like China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan. Although India’s improvements on the healthcare access and quality (HAQ) index hastened from 2000 to 2016, the gap between the country’s highest and lowest scores widened (23•4-point difference in 1990, and 30•8-point difference in 2016).

India also performed poorly in tackling cases of tuberculosis, rheumatic heart diseases, ischemic heart diseases, stroke, testicular cancer, colon cancer, and chronic kidney disease among others. There are also large disparities in subnational levels of personal HAQ in several countries, especially China and India.

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