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28th February, 2018
Can accidental drowning occur medically?

Dr K K Aggarwal,Recipient of Padma Shri

Actor Sridevi died of accidental drowning in her hotel bath tub after losing consciousness, according to the forensic report by the Dubai govt. on Monday. However, the report, which carries the stamp of the "Ministry of Health UAE" and the director of preventive medicine, Dubai, Dr Sami Wadie, does not state the cause of unconsciousness.

Can accidental drowning occur medically? Yes. Medical conditions can cause accidental drowning. Seizure disorders, which can be first-onset episode, can cause accidental drowning. Alcohol and/or use of illicit drugs increases risk of accidental drowning as it may affect balance, coordination and judgment. Stroke, syncopal attack (heart attack) orundetected primary cardiac arrhythmia are other factors that can cause accidental drowning. A gasping patient with ventricular arrhythmia will end up with drowning..... read more

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Health Minister launches Viral Load test for people living with HIV/AIDS

Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has launched the ‘‘Viral Load testing for all People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV)”. The initiative will provide free of cost viral load testing for 12 lakh PLHIV on treatment in the country at least once a year. Shri Nadda further announced that after ‘Treat All’, Viral Load test is a big step forward in treating and monitoring people living with HIV..... read more

Practice Updates

Vegetarian and Mediterranean diet may be equally effective in preventing heart disease

A lacto-ovo-vegetarian diet, which includes eggs and dairy but excludes meat and fish, and a Mediterranean diet are likely equally effective in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke, according to new research published February 26, 2018 in the journal Circulation. Both diets reduced body fat and overall weight by the same amount...... read more

A 2.0-mm DES approved by US FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Resolute Onyx 2.0-mm drug-eluting stent (DES), the smallest DES available in the United States. Prior to this, the smallest sized stent available in the US was 2.25 mm..... read more

Central hearing loss associated with cognitive impairment

People with central hearing loss were twice as likely to have mild cognitive impairment as people who had no hearing loss, according to a preliminary study to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 70th Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, April 21 to 27, 2018..... read more

KDIGO updated guidelines on management of CKD-MBD

Updated recommendations for the diagnosis, evaluation, prevention, and treatment of chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD) have been published online February 19, 2018 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Some key recommendations include BMD testing to evaluate risk of fracture in patients with CKD G3a to G5D with evidence of CKD–MBD.... read more

L1 vertebral trabecular attenuation on CT scan identifies older adult at high risk of fracture

A study published online February 5, 2018 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that for patients undergoing body CT scanning for any indication, L1 vertebral trabecular attenuation is a simple measure that, .... read more

Low magnesium levels make vitamin D ineffective

A review published February 26, 2018 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D cannot be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels, meaning vitamin D remains stored and inactive for as many as 50% of people. ... read more

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Cleft lip/palate can be corrected with minimal scarring
It is one of the most common birth defects
New Delhi, 27 February 2018: India has more than 72,000 children and adults with unrepaired cleft lip or cleft palate, as per a study. This number significantly highlights the unmet need for cleft lip and/or palate (CL/P) care in India. Apart from this, infants in low and middle-income countries face significant barriers to treatment, leading to prolonged disfigurement, social stigma, speech impairment as well as trouble of feeding food that can result in malnutrition and death.
Cleft lip and palate are openings or splits in the upper lip, the roof of the mouth (palate) or both. These occur when facial structures that are developing in an unborn baby don't close completely.
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