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27th July 2018
Ticks and mites: The differences we must know

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Ticks and mites, like the fleas, bedbugs and lice are arthropods, the largest animal group. But, the similarity ends here. Fleas, bedbugs and lice are insects (Insecta group), while ticks and mites are arachnids (Arachnida group), which also includes spiders.

  • The most noticeable difference between ticks and mites is their size. Ticks are usually 1 mm long and can be seen with the naked eye. They can increase in length up to 3 centimeters after feeding. Mites, on the other hand, are less than one mm in size and hence, they cannot be seen with the naked eye i.e. they are microscopic. Ticks are usually acquired when walking through tall grass, shrubs and more

DTAB Panel Recommends Ban on 343 Fixed Dose Combination Drugs

A report, prepared by a sub-committee of the Drugs Technical Advisory Board has recommended that 343 FDCs be prohibited and six others be either restricted or regulated for specific indications or quantities.

This report is likely to be sent to the health ministry in the next two weeks, following which the government will decide the fate of these drugs. more

Top News

Ebola outbreak in Congo ends, says WHO

The ninth outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which began in May this year, has ended. The World Health Organization (WHO) has congratulated the country and all those involved in ending the outbreak, while urging them to extend this success to combatting other diseases in DRC. ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 27th July 2018

Trial Halted After 11 Infants Die in the Netherlands A Dutch trial of the use of sildenafil in pregnant women has been abruptly stopped after 11 infants born to women who received the medication died according to the Amsterdam University Medical Center (Amsterdam UMC). ... read more

Practice Updates

Intensive lowering of BP may reduce the risk of cognitive impairment

Preliminary findings from the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) Memory and Cognition IN Decreased Hypertension (SPRINT MIND) study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago suggest that intensive lowering of blood ... read more

Examination of the eyes is often key to detect child abuse

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) together with American Association of Certified Orthoptists, American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and the American Academy of Ophthalmology have updated their recommendations to physicians for evaluating ... read more

Modifiable risk factors for heart disease also increase risk of epilepsy later in life

Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study involving more than 10,000 adults show that the APOE e4 genotype was associated with late-onset epilepsy. Potentially modifiable risk factors for stroke and cerebrovascular disease in midlife such as hypertension, diabetes, .. read more

Longer supper-sleep interval reduces the risk of cancer, says study

A long interval between last meal and sleep is associated with a lower cancer risk, suggests a population-based case-control study in Spain conducted from 2008 to 2013 published online July 17, 2018 in the International Journal of Cancer. The study found that compared with subjects sleeping immediately after supper, those sleeping two or more hours after supper had a 20% ... read more

HRT increases risk of uterine prolapse

Postmenopausal use of estradiol in combination with any progestogen may weaken the pelvic floor thereby increasing the risk of uterine prolapse by 23-53%, according to a study published July 9, 2018 in the journal Menopause. The risk was higher with longer exposure to HRT. The ... read more

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b. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) screening of maternal serum
c. Western blot testing of maternal serum
d. Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing of maternal serum
Lifestyle Updates
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Kala Azar elimination deadline sees red again in India
The disease is endemic to Bihar and Jharkhand currently
New Delhi, 26 July 2018: India has missed the 2017 deadline for elimination of Kala Azar (black fever) as announced by the finance minister in his Budget speech last year. The endemic blocks have increased from 61 to 68 in 17 districts of Bihar and Jharkhand. Further, a little-known skin condition called Post Kala Azar Dermal Leishmaniasis (PKDL) - a red flag for transmission of KA - has been growing steadily over the past few years.

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), also known as Kala Azar, is a worldwide protozoal vector-borne disease, endemic in 76 countries. The annual incidence is estimated to be 250,000 to 300,000 cases, with over 90 per cent of those cases occurring in India, Bangladesh, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Brazil, where it often affects the poorest populations in those countries. Leishmaniasis can be contracted from the bite of an infected sand fly.

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