Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
28th January 2019
Prior dengue infection protects children against Zika

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Children who have previously been exposed to dengue virus appear to be protected from getting sick when infected with Zika virus, according to a study published Jan. 22, 2019 in PLoS Medicine by Aubree Gordon of the University of Michigan and Eva Harris of the University of California, Berkeley.

Prior and recent dengue virus infection was found to be associated with protection from symptomatic Zika virus infection. Children with prior dengue infection had 38% less risk of showing symptoms when infected with Zika than those who were dengue-free. Zika symptoms include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle, joint pain and headache.

These findings support the hypothesis that prior dengue virus immunity might cross-protect against symptomatic Zika...read more

Non-traumatic hemorrhage, a cause of mortality in pancreatitis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A Salmonella outbreak impacting eight states in US has been linked to contact with pet hedgehogs. The outbreak has affected 11 people. Three cases have been reported in Missouri and two cases have been reported in Minnesota. Colorado, Maine, Mississippi, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming each have one case as of Jan. 23. The CDC has previously warned that hedgehogs can carry Salmonella.

Fans of comedian Kevin Barnett were shocked earlier this week when news broke that the 32-year-old died suddenly while on vacation in Mexico. Now, the results of his autopsy are in...read more

Practice Updates

Interim health budget likely to rise by 5%

New Delhi: The government is likely to pump more money into primary healthcare and announce over 5,000 more health centres across the country in the coming interim budget, taking cue from its successful rollout of the health insurance scheme under Ayushman Bharat... read more

Experts' body calls for accelerated efforts to reduce maternal, newborn deaths and still births

An expert group has called for strengthening and expanding sexual and reproductive health services in Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region, to reduce deaths of mothers and babies, which despite substantial decline in recent years continues to be at unacceptable levels... read more

Blood test shows promise for early detection of severe lung-transplant rejection

Researchers have developed a simple blood test, which relies on DNA sequencing that can detect when a newly transplanted lung is being rejected by a patient, even when no outward signs of the rejection are evident... read more

Early detection and treatment of glaucoma can help preserve eyesight, says AAO

During Glaucoma Awareness Month in January, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is reminding the public that early detection and treatment, and some lifestyle choices can help protect sight. AAO recommends that everyone should have...read more

Study suggests screening of all newly diagnosed cancer patients for hepatitis

Screening patients with newly diagnosed cancer to identify hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus infection before starting treatment may be warranted to prevent viral reactivation and adverse clinical outcomes, says a study published online on Jan. 17,... read more

New guidelines for facilities performing office-based procedures including abortion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) along with the National Partnership for Women & Families released the results of "The Project on Facility Guidelines for the Safe Performance of Primary Care and Gynecology Procedures in... read more

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TB is a public health emergency that needs multi-stakeholder partnership
Treat every TB case and trace all close contacts
New Delhi, 27 January 2019: A recent study called Such a long journey: What health seeking pathways of patients with drug-resistant tuberculosis in Mumbai tell uspublished in the scientific journal PLOS ONE has highlighted the several setbacks in the treatment for TB patients. The study, tracking the journey of 46 drug-resistant patients in Mumbai’s 15 high-burden TB wards, reveals how from self-delay to scattered healthcare facilities, TB patients go through a tortuous journey. All this often pushes them to default in treatment.

The TB care pathway involves many providers and facilities and a patient must go through multiple providers before getting the right diagnosis or treatment. There is also the issue of multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB and lack of awareness about the disease among people.

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