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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
25th May 2018
Know about bats

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The recent Nipah outbreak being reported from Kerala has brought into focus the role of bats in transmission of the Nipah virus infection. Here is a brief overview of their habitat, types and diseases of human importance (zoonoses) caused by them.

  • Bats are ubiquitous and are present throughout the world, except in the extremely cold regions.
  • They are found everywhere; tree hollows, caves and tunnels, rock crevices, old ruins of buildings, human dwellings (barns, sheds, attics and other outbuildings) are the natural habitats of bats.
  • Bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera.
  • Their forelimbs are adapted as wings. So, they are the only mammals that can fly. There are about 1,200 species of bats, which is one-fifth of all mammal species, ranging from the world's smallest mammal, the tiny bumblebee bat to giant flying foxes with six-foot wingspans.....read more
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How to start your own medical practice?

According to the World Health Organization, India needs 80,000 more hospital beds every year. Currently, the ratio between hospital beds and patients is 1:879. In such a scenario, starting a self-owned practice that bridges the gaps in patient care while using the latest technologies would be the ideal way of creating a niche for yourself in the healthcare sector..... read more

Top News

World Health Assembly delegates agree on a new 5-year strategic plan

Delegates at the ongoing World Health Assembly have agreed an ambitious new strategic plan for the next five years. The Organizationís 13th General Programme of Work (GPW) is designed to help the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals - with a particular focus on SDG3: ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030.... read more

Nipah Update

Details of cases and deaths due to Nipah virus infection in Kerala as per press release from the Health Ministry: Total number of confirmed cases: 13 ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal May 25th 2018

CMAAO: The World Medical Association has echoed the call from the World Health Organisation for a vigorous response to the latest Ebola outbreak in the Congo, which has so far caused more than 20 deaths. Dr. Ardis Hoven, Chair of the WMA, speaking at a meeting in Geneva on the 100th anniversary of the Spanish flu pandemic, questioned whether the world was prepared for another pandemic like Spanish flu.... read more

Practice Updates

Researchers identify a new type of vertigo that can be treated

A new type of vertigo where treatment may be effective has been reported May 23, 2018 online in the journal Neurology. Called recurrent spontaneous vertigo with head-shaking nystagmus, the condition has no known cause. Those who were found to have the new type of vertigo were more likely to have severe motion sickness than those with other types of vertigo.... read more


AAP policy statement on life support training for children including adults

A policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published online May 23, 2018 advocates life support training of children, parents, caregivers, school personnel and the public. The AAP recommends that pediatricians hone their own skills and stay up to date on CPR and life-support skills. The academy also recommends: .... read more


Social isolation increases risk of adverse outcomes in heart failure patients

New research published May 23, 2018 in the Journal of the American Heart Association reports that compared to more socially connected patients with heart failure, those who felt socially isolated were at 3.7 times or greater increased risk of death, 1.7 times increased risk of hospitalization and 1.6 times higher risk of emergency department visits. .... read more


Poor sleep quality linked to less physical activity in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Analysis of data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative shows that poor sleep quality is associated with less physical activity in persons with knee osteoarthritis or those who are at risk for developing it. These findings are published May 22, 2018 in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. The study suggests that this association may be mediated by depression or low energy levels..... read more


Naloxone found to be most effective drug for opioid-induced constipation

Naloxone followed by naldemedine were found to be the most effective treatments for opioid-induced constipation, according to a systematic review and network meta-analysis published in the journal Gut. Naloxone was also the safest of all drugs investigated..... read more


ACOG publishes guidelines for care of women with eating disorders

A new Committee Opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) "Gynecologic care for adolescents and young women with eating disorder" includes guidance for Ob-Gyns in identification and treatment of eating disorders in adolescents or young women. As per the statement, adult and adolescent females with eating disorders may present with .... read more


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Drinking too much water can also cause complications
Understand your bodyís requirement of water and be aware of how to maintain a balance
 
New Delhi, 24th May 2018: A recent research has indicated that over hydration or excess fluid accumulation can lead to dangerously low sodium levels in the blood or result in brain swelling, especially in the elderly and other susceptible individuals

Over hydration activates Trpv4 - a calcium channel that can be found in glial cells that act to surround hydration sensing neurons. It is a cellular gatekeeper implicated in maintaining the balance of water in the body.

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