Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
29th December 2018
Wet vs dry winter: How temperature and humidity interact

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The northern part of the country, including the national capital, is experiencing a severe cold wave.

Winter can be divided as either wet or dry winter.

Wet winter, or early winter, is characterized by fall in temperature along with high humidity. In cold weather, high humidity levels will make one feel colder.

The body cools itself by sweating. During summers, when the humidity is low, sweat evaporates easily and cools the body because the process of evaporation requires thermal (heat) energy. But, when humidity is high in summers, evaporation rate is reduced. The resulting limited evaporation in hot and humid conditions is not enough to cool the body....read more

Use PPIs with caution in patients at high risk of hip fractures

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

As per a meta-analysis of observational studies reported online Dec. 12, 2018 in the journal Osteoporosis International, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are significantly associated with an increased risk of hip fracture. This effect is not seen with histamine 2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs).

The meta-analysis included 24 observational studies with 2,103,800 participants. Of these, 319,568 were hip fracture patients. Analysis showed that patients on PPIs had a greater risk of hip fracture than those who were not on PPI...read more

Practice Updates

World has failed to protect children in conflict in 2018: UNICEF

The futures of millions of children living in countries affected by armed conflict are at risk, as warring parties continue to commit grave violations against children, and world leaders fail to hold perpetrators accountable – UNICEF said.... read more

US President signs Bill to reduce MMR

President Trump has signed a bill aimed at reducing the United States' maternal mortality rate, the highest rate of all developed nations, after it passed by unanimous consent in the Senate. In the United States, the maternal mortality rate is 26.4 deaths per 100,000 (about 700 per year). That rate ... read more

Five more monitoring centres established as part of MvPI

Healthcare institutions across the country have aggressively started reporting serious adverse events (SAEs) as the authorities have set up five more monitoring centres as part of MaterioVigilance Programme of India (MvPI) apart from the earlier 10 monitoring centres, according to a senior official associated with the development.... read more

Six disease combination vaccine approved by the US FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vaxelis, a pediatric hexavalent combination vaccine. The vaccine is to be administered as a three dose series in children from 6 weeks through 4 years of age (prior to the 5th birthday) for active immunization to prevent six infectious diseases... read more

Administration of combination of biologics increases risk of adverse events in RA patients

In a pooled analysis that included 623 patients, 94.6% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving two biologics experienced adverse events during the first year of treatment compared with 89.1% of those receiving only one biologic... read more

PTSD and anxiety are risk factors for REM sleep behavior disorder

Taking antidepressants for depression, having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or anxiety diagnosed by a doctor are risk factors for a disruptive and sometimes violent sleep disorder called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, according to a study published in the December... read more

Corticosteroids reduce mortality in patients with sepsis

A systematic review and meta-analysis of 37 randomized clinical trials that included 9564 patients with sepsis has concluded that administration of corticosteroid treatment in patients with sepsis is associated with significant improvement in health care outcomes and thus with reduced 28-day mortality. Corticosteroids were also significantly associated with increased shock reversal at day 7 ... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Press Release
Micronutrient deficiency needs to be tackled during childhood
Parents and educational institutions alike should lead by example

New Delhi, 28 December 2018: As per a recent study by the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), the diet of 62% of the urban population is micronutrient-inadequate. Despite achieving food sufficiency, countries like India suffer a massive burden of micronutrient deficiencies (hidden hunger). Micronutrient deficiencies affect more than two billion people globally and of these, one third reside in India.

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