Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
27th July 2019

Powassan virus disease: An emerging tick-borne illness

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Cases of a tick-borne disease "Powassan virus disease" are being reported from the United States. Two cases were reported in New Jersey in June and now another case has been reported this month in Maine, following which the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an advisory to physicians that more cases could be possible and suggested that doctors consider testing for the disease in patients with unexplained encephalitis, meningitis or high fever during the summer and early fall, as reported by CNN. Powassan virus disease is a notifiable disease in the US.

The Powassan virus is named after the town of Powassan, Ontario, where it was identified in 1958 in a young boy who eventually died from the illness....read more

Nasal glucagon, first treatment for severe hypoglycemia that can be administered without an injection

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first glucagon therapy that can be administered without an injection for the emergency treatment of severe hypoglycemia in patients with diabetes; it is approved for patients with diabetes aged 4 years and older.

Administered as a nasal powder, it does away with the need of the multiple steps of mixing powder and liquid involved with the injection, thus simplifying the treatment. This is particularly useful in critical situations when the patient may have lost consciousness or may be having a seizure. ...read more

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Will not wait for data on POCSO cases, says SC and passes slew of directions

New Delhi, Jul 25 (PTI) The Supreme Court on Thursday said that for speedy justice in child rape cases, directions can be passed without waiting for additional data on cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. "Instead of adjourning the case for receipt of further/additional data, we are inclined to proceed to issue certain directions,"... read more

WHO urges countries to invest in eliminating hepatitis

Ahead of World Hepatitis Day (July 28), WHO calls on countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in disease elimination.

A new study by WHO, published in Lancet Global Health, has found that investing US$6 bn per year in eliminating hepatitis in 67 low- and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030,... read more

CDC confirms US fertility rate fell to 'all-time low' in 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday that the US fertility rate continued to fall in 2018, to an all-time low. "The 2018 general fertility rate fell to another all-time low for the United States," researchers with the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics wrote in a July 24 report.... read more

Some Travelers, Lab Workers Should Get Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine

Travelers to high-risk areas and laboratory workers who could be exposed to Japanese encephalitis (JE) virus should receive the JE vaccine, according to updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).... read more

More ESKD Patients Undergoing Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) -- and sleeve gastrectomy in particular -- has gained dramatically in popularity, and outcomes data suggest the surgery is safe in this population, scientists said.

An analysis of Medicare data found a more than nine-fold increase in the number of ESKD patients undergoing bariatric surgery, from a mere 50 in 2006 to 475 in 2016, according to researchers led by Kyle Sheetz,.. read more

Medical Voice

Post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis patients are potentially infectious

According to a study, patients who have been successfully cured of visceral leishmaniasis can continue to infect hundreds of people for years, if they develop a skin condition known as post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL).... 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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