Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
25th July 2019

Even air pollution levels which meet the air quality standards are hazardous to health

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Air pollution has emerged as a major environmental risk factor for health. The hazards of air pollution that exceeds the standards are known to all and range from increased hospital admissions and emergency room visits, to increased risk of premature death. High levels of air pollution have been recognized as a cause of sudden death. Exposure to particulate matter (PM0.1, PM2.5 and PM10) is a risk factor for all-cause, cardiovascular, stroke, respiratory and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) mortality.

Now, a study published in the journal PLoS Medicine has found that even fine particulate matter pollution levels, which mostly meet the national ambient air quality standards, are associated with mortality and loss of life expectancy due to cardiorespiratory causes....read more


WHO recommends dolutegravir as preferred HIV treatment option in all populations

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(WHO, July 22, 2019): Based on new evidence assessing benefits and risks, the WHO recommends the use of the HIV drug dolutegravir (DTG) as the preferred first-line and second-line treatment for all populations, including pregnant women and those of childbearing potential.

Initial studies had highlighted a possible link between DTG and neural tube defects (birth defects of the brain and spinal cord that cause conditions such as spina bifida) in infants born to women using the drug at the time of conception. This potential safety concern was reported in May 2018 from a study in Botswana that found 4 cases of neural tube defects out of 426 women who became pregnant while taking DTG. Based on these preliminary findings, many countries advised pregnant women and women of childbearing potential to take efavirenz (EFV) instead...read more

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Practice Updates

Kerala government declares Ernakulam district Nipah-free

The Kerala government on Tuesday declared Ernakulam district Nipah-free as a 23-year-old man, who had tested positive for the deadly virus, was discharged from hospital after nearly two months. The man, hailing from a village near north Paravur, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for the last 54 days.... read more


Ebola, 9 other viral diseases pose a big threat to India

NEW DELHI: India needs to brace for viral diseases like Ebola that have not entered the country so far but have raged in some other countries in recent years. Scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have identified 10 emerging viral infections that could pose a threat to public health in India. These include Ebola, MERS-CoV, Yellow Fever and Avian Influenza (H7N9).... read more


Record heatwaves in store for Europe

Heatwaves will continue to hit many parts of Europe this week, with some countries on course to see record temperatures, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday. Briefing journalists in Geneva, a WMO spokesperson said that Germany and the Benelux countries are likely to experience their hottest day ever on Thursday, when they will have to deal with a peak of over 40 degrees Celsius ... read more


USPSTF: Keep Hepatitis B Screening for Pregnant Women

Evidence continues to support hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening in all pregnant women at their first prenatal visit to prevent infection in newborns, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirmed. The grade A recommendation means there is "high certainty that the net benefit is substantial," according to USPSTF members Douglas Owens, MD,... read more


Pets May Help Older Adults Manage Chronic Pain

People with pets may be able to use their companion animals to practice techniques for managing chronic pain without medication, say researchers. In focus group interviews, pet owners over age 70 with chronic pain said their pets brought them joy and laughter, helped them relax,... read more

Medical Voice

Do herbs contain modern drugs?

Herbs are pharmacologically active and therefore can positively and negatively impact patient health. Positive effects may include improvement of disease-specific outcomes. Negative effects may include adverse effects and drug-herb interactions. For these reasons, the Joint Commission in the United States now requires that herb and supplement use be recorded... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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