Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
29th January 2019
Will leprosy be eliminated from the country this year?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Leprosy was eliminated from India in 2005, yet leprosy continues to be prevalent in the country as is evident from the NLEP Annual data for the year 2017-18 on the status of leprosy in India. Elimination means a prevalence rate of less than 1 case per 10,000 population at national level.

As on March 2018, at least seven states had more than 5000 cases. With 14,338 cases, Bihar had the highest no. of cases followed by UP with 12, 583 cases; Maharashtra (9836 cases), West Bengal (9175 cases), Chattisgarh (6499 cases), Odisha (6325 cases) came next (Source: National Leprosy Eradication Programme website)....read more

Ongoing saga of contaminated sartans

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

In the ongoing saga of contaminated sartans, Torrent Pharmaceuticals Limited has expanded its voluntary recall of losartan potassium and hydrochlorothiazide combination tablets to include six more lots, for a total of 16 lots of losartan-containing medicines recalled since December. The recall, to the consumer level, stems from the detection of the probable carcinogen N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA) in the active pharmaceutical ingredient (losartan) manufactured by Hetero Labs Limited. The recalled lots have NDEA levels above acceptable daily intake levels released by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)....read more

Practice Updates

WHO warns of deadly outbreak of rat-borne Hantavirus in Argentina

At least 11 people have died in Argentina after becoming infected with hantavirus, a disease carried by rats and other rodents, according to a news alert from the World Health Organization (WHO). Among 29 cases of the disease confirmed with laboratory tests between late October 2018 and Jan. 20, 2019, almost 60% were in women or girls, the WHO said. Around 50% of these confirmed cases - all of which were in Epuyén,... read more

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh appointed Regional Director WHO South-East Asia for second term

Geneva, 27 January 2019: Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has been appointed Regional Director for World Health Organization South-East Asia, for a second five-year term. The WHO Executive Board yesterday unanimously endorsed Dr Khetrapal Singh, who was earlier also unanimously nominated by 11 Member countries of the Region for another five years.... read more

Scientists find deadly Ebola virus for first time in West African bat

Scientists have found evidence of the deadly Ebola virus in a bat in Liberia, the first time the virus has been found in a bat in West Africa, researchers and officials announced Thursday. A team of scientists working with the government of Liberia presented their findings in Monrovia, the Liberian capital.... read more

Conduct disorders and depression can help predict which teens are likely to engage in the choking game

Teens who experience symptoms of depression, especially when combined with conduct disorders, are more likely to engage in the choking game, according to a study "Adolescent Mental Health and the Choking Game"...read more

Thymectomy + prednisone beneficial in patients with non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis

At 5 years, thymectomy + prednisone continues to confer benefits in patients with generalised non-thymomatous myasthenia gravis compared with prednisone alone, as per results from the 2-year extension of the MGTX... read more

Lifestyle choices may prevent loss of vision in glaucoma, says AAO

Exercise regularly. A study just published in Ophthalmology showed that people who engaged in physical activity can slow vision loss from glaucoma.
Meditate. A new study published last month in the journal Glaucoma showed that a relaxation program with meditation can lower eye pressure in glaucoma patients and improve their quality of life by lowering stress hormones like cortisol... read more

Three benefits of outdoor winter exercise

You burn more calories: Research shows that exercising regularly in cold temperatures can increase the production of calorie-burning brown fat by 45% and can increase your overall metabolism significantly. This may be helpful in preventing the winter weight that often accrues due to lower levels of daily activity, reduced intake of fresh fruit and salad, and increased intake of comfort foods such as mashed potatoes and meatloaf.... read more

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Negative stress is the number one cause of physical and mental ill health, especially at work
Organizations need to start looking at providing a conducive work environment for employees
New Delhi, 28th January 2019: Among the many causes of poor health and disease, the workplace is one of the significantly underreported ones, according to several studies. An adverse work environment can cause everything from respiratory infections, vector and parasitic diseases, to heart ailments, stroke, and mental, behavioral and neurological disorders. Apart from this, it can also lead to several medical emergencies.

The WHO indicates that when accounting for death and disability, the fraction of the global disease burden in the general population due to pursuing an occupation amounts

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