Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
25th January 2019
On this Republic Day, what constitutional amendments do we need in health sector?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Tomorrow, the whole country will celebrate the 70th Republic Day, which marks the day when the Constitution of India first came into effect on 26th January in 1950. The Constitution was first adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on Nov. 26, 1949, which is observed as the "Constitution Day".

Amendments are needed to keep pace with the changing times and conditions. This is how the constitution evolves and also how we evolve as individuals and as a society....read more

Intermittent fasting plus lower-calorie diet helps better to reduce body weight

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Overweight women who ate a lower-calorie diet (70% of their required energy) and fasted 3 days a week lost more weight and had better cardiometabolic markers than women who only reduced their calorie intake, or only fasted, or did neither in a small, 8-week randomized trial by Amy T. Hutchison, post-doctoral researcher, Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide, Australia.

These new findings from the Effects of Periodic Fasting Versus Daily Energy Restriction on Metabolic Health (PREFER) trial were published in the January issue of Obesity....read more

Practice Updates

NATHEALTH recommends expanding PM-JAY to provide Health Insurance to all

To create a robust healthcare ecosystem in the country and to take Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojna (PM-JAY) under Ayushman Bharat Mission to the next level, apex healthcare body NATHEALTH urged the government to make health insurance coverage mandatory for all citizens in a phased manner initially covering the organised sector.... read more

FDA permits marketing of first test to aid in the diagnosis of as Mycoplasma genitalium

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has permitted marketing of a new test to aid in the diagnosis of a sexually-transmitted infection (STI) called Mycoplasma genitalium. This is the first test authorized by the FDA to test for M. genitalium, which is associated with non-gonococcal... read more

One serving of fried chicken a day increases risk of all-cause and cardiovascular death

A regular serving of fried chicken or fish is associated with a higher risk of death from any cause except cancer. Women who enjoyed fried chicken once or more per day had a 13% higher risk of death from any cause compared with women who did not eat any fried food.... read more

Gastric bypass surgery may benefit muscle strength more than previously thought

Gastric bypass surgery improves relative muscle strength and physical performance in people with obesity, according to a study published January 16, 2019 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Dramatic weight loss caused a decline in a person’s lean mass and absolute grip strength after surgery;...read more

Smoking increases risk of peripheral artery disease

African-Americans who smoke appear to be at greater risk for peripheral artery disease (PAD), new research has found. Current and past smokers had higher odds of PAD compared to never smokers. Smoking intensity i.e. how many cigarettes a day and for how many years also affects the likelihood of getting the disease.... read more

Blood pressure above normal may be linked to brain shrinkage even in young adults

For people in their 20s and 30s, having blood pressure above normal but below the level considered to be high blood pressure, may be linked to loss of brain volume, according to a study published in the January 23, 2019, online issue of Neurology. Overall, the results showed that gray matter volumes decreased as blood pressure increased..... read more

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The emerging viral disease Monkey Fever strikes Kerala again
It is imperative to people to keep themselves updated on diseases, their symptoms, vaccines available, and precautions
New Delhi, 24 January 2019: A case of Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), a viral disease transmitted to humans through a species of ticks usually found on monkeys, has been reported from the Aranappara hamlet at Appapara, near Tirunelly, in Wayanad district. This comes after an interval of two years. The first case of the disease was reported in the district in 2013. The virus wreaked havoc in the district in 2015 when 102 cases were reported, and 11 people died of the disease. Nine cases were reported in 2016.

Monkey fever is a virus fever, belonging to the family Flaviviridae, which also includes yellow fever and dengue fever. The disease is carried by ticks, rodents, birds, etc., and it affects monkeys and human beings. It is a vector-borne disease.

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