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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
27th June 2018
Statins slow the long-term progression of rheumatic mitral valve disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Rheumatic heart disease is a major cause of mitral stenosis, particularly in developing countries. Rheumatic mitral stenosis is a gradually progressive disease and in due course of time, stenosis becomes severe. The levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), proinflammatory cytokines and circulating adhesion molecules have been found to be raised in patients with long-standing disease.

The role of statins in rheumatic MC has been investigated in studies and findings from a retrospective study published in the journal Circulation have shown slowing of disease progression with statin treatment, an action that has been attributed to their pleiotropic anti-inflammatory properties. The study included 315 patients with rheumatic MS; 35 patients were taking statins, while the remaining 280 patients were not on statins. Women constituted around 70% of the study population. .... read more


Top News

Climate change increasingly affects small countries

Climate change challenges many countries in the world and is increasingly affecting small countries. Ministers and other high-level public health officials from the 8 countries that make up the Small Countries Initiative will meet in Reykjavik on 26-27 June to find solutions that can protect their people’s health from this and other threats. Enhanced efforts will contribute to reaching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This is the 5th annual meeting of the Initiative since it was launched in 2013.... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 27th June 2018

Plastics And Thermocol Products Banned In Maharashtra From 23rd June 2018 Maharashtra State Government has enforced the Maharashtra Plastic and Thermocol Products (Manufacture, Usage, Sale, Transport, Handling and Storage) Notification, 2018 Notification No. Plastic-2018/C.R. No. 24/TC-4 dated 23.03.2018 which was issued by the . ... read more

Practice Updates

FDA approves first drug derived from marijuana to treat a rare form of epilepsy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) (CBD) oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, in patients two years of age and older. This is the first FDA-approved ,... read more


Poor sleep quality increases risk for atrial fibrillation

Poor sleep quality and not sleep duration is an important risk factor for atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published June 26, 2018 in HeartRhythm. Less REM sleep in particular was found to predict future AF..... read more


Two diabetes medications do not slow progression of type 2 diabetes in youth

In youth with impaired glucose tolerance or recent-onset type 2 diabetes, neither initial treatment with long-acting insulin followed by metformin, nor metformin alone preserved the ability of the body to make insulin, according to results of a study published online June 25, 2018 in Diabetes Care. The RISE Pediatric Medication Study found that beta cell function declined in both groups during treatment and worsened after treatment ended. .... read more


Dietary changes along with medical treatment may reduce disease severity in psoriasis

Adults with psoriasis and/or psoriatic arthritis can supplement their medical therapies with dietary interventions to reduce severity of disease as per dietary recommendations for adults with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis from the Medical Board of the National Psoriasis Foundation published online June 20, 2018 in JAMA Dermatology. .... read more


Both high and low BP increase risk for poor outcomes in acute ischemic stroke

Results of a study presented May 18, 2018 at the recent 4th European Stroke Organisation Conference (ESOC) 2018 in Gothenburg, Sweden show that not just high baseline systolic BP, but low systolic BP also is associated with an increased risk for poor outcomes in patients with acute ischemic stroke undergoing endovascular therapy.... read more


Severe pre-eclampsia associated with short-term adverse cardiac effects

Severe pre-eclampsia can result in short-term adverse cardiovascular effects, according to results of a prospective observational study reported online June 25, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Women with severe pre-eclampsia have higher right ventricular systolic pressure, higher .... read more

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Allergies in children may be interlinked and require proper investigation
Timely and appropriate treatment of one allergy can keep other allergies at bay
 
New Delhi, 26th June 2018: Children with known skin, food, and respiratory allergies should be screened for an emerging, chronic food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a painful inflammation of the esophagus, the food tube between the mouth and stomach. Allergies in children may have a common underlying biological cause and imply that if an earlier type of allergy can be successfully treated, later allergies can be prevented.

EoE should be considered a later component of the ‘allergic march’ as per researchers. Allergic or Atopic March is the natural history in which many children successively develop a series of allergies. The more allergies a child has, the higher is its risk of developing EoE.

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