Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
26th July 2019

Delhi High Court allows HCFI PIL and requests government to have separate CSR/charitable entity/account in government hospitals

Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta

Recently, vide order dated 15th July, 2019 one of the public interest litigation (PIL) of Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) has been disposed off by the Hon'ble Chief Justice of Delhi High Court whereby Hon'ble Delhi High Court has requested the government to consider and take appropriate action on the issues raised in the PIL being WP© No. 2513/2019 “Court on its own Motion versus Union of India”.

The said PIL was by way of representation filed by HCFI with Hon'ble High Court and then the same was duly accepted by the Hon'ble High Court. The said PIL was mainly on the issues and suggestions given by the Hon'ble High Court of Delhi vide judgment dated 17.04.2014 in the matter titled as “Mohd. Ahmed (minor) versus Union of India & Others, Writ petition (Civil) No. 7279/2013 which are as follows:...read more

Ivacaftor reduces common respiratory infections in cystic fibrosis patients

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Patients with cystic fibrosis who take ivacaftor have fewer respiratory infections due to major pathogens compared to those not taking the drug, suggests a new study.

The retrospective cohort study analyzed data from the United Kingdom CF Registry 2011-2016 and compared patients (age 6 and older) who took ivacaftor with patients who did not take the drug, over a period of 3 years.

Early and sustained reduction in Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections (32%) was seen with the use of ivacaftor, which was also associated with a 15% reduction in Staphylococcus aureus infections. A decline in Aspergillus infections was also noted. But, no decline in Burkholderia cepacia complex infections was seen....read more

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WHO applauds Rwanda's Ebola preparedness efforts

WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended Rwanda on its ongoing Ebola preparedness efforts and confirmed that no cases of Ebola have been reported from the country to date.

"Rwanda has been proactive and engaged in Ebola preparedness at all levels since the outbreak was declared almost one year ago in neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo. We commend the actions taken so far and confirm that there have been no cases of Ebola in Rwanda to date,... read more

Fight against AIDS is 'far from over'

The battle against HIV/AIDS is being hampered by a false sense that it has already been won. In reality, says the head of the UN agency dedicating to tackling the virus, it is "far from over".

Gunilla Carlsson, the acting Executive Director of UNAIDS, says that if we forget about people at risk, such as intravenous drug users, men who have sex with men, and sex workers, "we will not solve the problem with the rise of new HIV infections".... read more

Parkinson's disease: 'Smartwatch' tracker monitors patients at home

A smartwatch-style device that tracks patient's movements has been hailed as "the future of Parkinson's care." The personal Kinetigraph (PKG) monitors tremors and other symptoms, potentially enabling doctors to spot problems remotely. Researchers believe the watch could help to ease pressure on over-stretched health services.... read more

Overweight, Obesity in 'Early Old Age' Tied to Cortical Thinning

Greater body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) are associated with cortical thinning in the brain, especially in early old age, new research shows.

The investigators examined data from the Northern Manhattan MRI Sub-Study (NOMAS), an ongoing longitudinal cohort study of diverse, stroke-free, community-based adults over age 50.... read more

In Smokers, Peripheral Artery Disease Risk Climbs Faster Than CHD, Stroke Risks

Smoking is a well known risk factor for clinical vascular disease, notably coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke, but its effect on peripheral vascular disease (PAD) may be underappreciated, say researchers based on their look at the community-based ARIC longitudinal study cohort.... read more

Medical Voice

Healthcare spending by the government

As per National Health Accounts (NHA) Estimates, Government Health Expenditure as a percentage of GDP has increased from 1.13% in 2014-15 to 1.18% in 2015-16. The National Health Policy, 2017 envisages raising public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025 in a time bound manner. It also envisages increasing State sector health spending to more than 8% of their budget by 2020... 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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