Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
28th April 2019
Syrup furosemide shortage: Will the DCGI Intervene?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Few days back I visited Satya Sai Heart Hospital in Ahmedabad. The hospital is doing a wonderful job of providing free heart surgeries to children. During the visit I came across a genuine issue: shortage of Furoped (syrup furosemide) in the market.

For children with heart failure, Furoped is a life-saving diuretic.

In an order in November 2017, the price of Furoped was reduced by 92% with the MRP coming down from Rs 106 to Rs 10/-. Then in June 2018, the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) increased the per unit price of Furoped from 29 p per ml to Rs 2.60 p.....read more

Stroke survivors should be screened and treated for osteoporosis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Results from the Ontario Stroke Registry suggest that recent stroke survivors are not always screened and treated for osteoporosis, which puts them at increased risk of fractures.

The study examined data from more than 16,000 stroke survivors aged 65 years and older who either had visited the emergency department or had been hospitalized for strokes between 2003 and 2013 in Ontario, Canada.....read more

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Practice Updates

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work

The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is held on April 28 and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003. It is an annual international campaign to promote safe, healthy and decent work..... read more

ICMR launches Mission DELHI, a Delhi Emergency Life Heart-Attack Initiative

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) launched a pilot project - Mission DELHI (Delhi Emergency Life Heart-Attack Initiative) - in a range of 3 km around All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where people may soon be able to call (toll free numbers 14430 and 1800111044) for a motorbike-borne emergency medical assistance.... read more

Step up efforts to eliminate measles, says WHO

Amidst increasing cases and outbreaks of measles globally, WHO today called upon countries in its South-East Asia Region to further accelerate efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere receives the lifesaving benefits of immunization..... read more

Antibiotic use linked to greater risk of heart attack and stroke

A study published in the European Heart Journal online April 25, 2019 found that women aged 60 or older who took antibiotics for 2 months or more had the greatest risk of cardiovascular disease, but long duration of antibiotic use was also associated with an increased risk if taken during middle age (aged 40-59)....read more

WHO recommendations on physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep for infants

Infants (less than 1 year) should:
Be physically active several times a day in a variety of ways, particularly through interactive floor-based play; more is better. For those not yet mobile, this includes at least 30 minutes in prone position (tummy time) spread throughout the day while awake. ...
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Medical Voice
  1. Boston Scintific announced earlier this week that they have received U.S. FDA approval for the LOTUS EdgeTM Aortic Valve System. It is the only FDA approved aortic valve that gives the option to reposition and completely recapture the valve once it has been fully deployed.
  2. 2.Researchers have identified new mechanisms that can explain why some gut bacteria metabolites from dietary nutrients can be potentially beneficial (such as short-chain fatty acids modulating blood pressure) while others may be potentially harmful,.... 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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Lifestyle Updates
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The fight against malaria must begin at an individual level
The T3 initiative of WHO must be followed by every country

New Delhi, 27 April 2019: A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine has pointed out that while a formulation of about 24% DEET provided complete protection for over 300 minutes against mosquitoes, botanical repellents were able to protect for only about 20 minutes. The ones that work are lavender oil, peppermint oil, lemongrass oil, eucalyptus oil, cedar oil, geranium oil.

The Anopheles mosquito that is known to be the transmitter of malaria is active at night, so a net is advisable. Insecticide-treated nets are available for better protection. Even if there is a hole or a small gap between the bed and net, the mosquito will not enter, claims the WHO's book on insecticide-treated nets.

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