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29th March, 2018
Combating medically important antibiotic use in food-producing animals

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The use of antibiotics in the food industry is a less-recognized, but rapidly emerging cause of global antibiotic resistance.

About 80% of use of medically important antibiotics occurs in the animal sector in some countries, primarily to enhance growth in healthy animals. They are used in food-producing animals to treat and control bacterial infections in the presence of disease (therapeutic use), and for disease prevention (prophylactic use) and growth promotion (subtherapeutic use) in the absence of disease.

The widespread misuse and indiscriminate use of antibiotics in agriculture is a major contributor to antibiotic resistance in humans. Development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food-producing animals, which can then be transmitted to humans via food and other transmission routes..... read more

Top News

Extension of the period of existing Specified Health Warning on Tobacco Products

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India vide GSR 283 (E) dated 26th March 2018 has issued Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules 2018 by making further amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008 by inserting the following sub-rule in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008;.... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 28th March 2018

1. New DGHS to look after work of DGHS wef 02.04.18 will be Dr. Promila Gupta currently DDG(O). She will continue till she completes 62 years.
2. According to figures revealed in the latest edition of the The Lancet Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, at least 300 million people worldwide are infected with the Hepatitis B virus.... read more

Practice Updates

Diuretic therapy for extremely preterm infants does not alleviate respiratory problems

Administration of diuretics to extremely preterm infants showed no benefit in overcoming respiratory problems in a study published March 26, 2018 in The Journal of Pediatrics. Ninety percent of the infants on diuretics needed supplemental oxygen vs 59% of infants who were not given diuretics..... read more

FDA authorizes first fully interoperable continuous glucose monitoring system

The US Food and Drug Administration has permitted marketing of the Dexcom G6 integrated continuous glucose monitoring (iCGM) system for determining blood sugar levels in children aged two and older and adults with diabetes. This is the first type of continuous glucose monitoring system which can now be used as part of an integrated system... read more

Temporary discontinuation of methotrexate post-flu vaccine does not increase disease activity in RA patients

According to a study published online March 23, 2018 in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, stopping methotrexate for two weeks after seasonal influenza vaccination improves the immunogenicity of vaccine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis without increasing disease activity..... read more

Group-based behavioral activation with mindfulness may reduce depression in primary care

Intervention with group-based behavioral activation with mindfulness decreases symptoms of depression and reducing the incidence of major depression among patients with subthreshold depression in primary care, suggests a study published in the March/April 2018 issue of Annals of Family Medicine..... read more

Geniculate artery embolization reduces pain in knee osteoarthritis

Geniculate artery embolization with biodegradable microspheres was found to relieve symptoms of knee osteoarthritis in a study, which was presented March 19, 2018 at the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR) 2018 annual scientific meeting in Los Angeles, California..... read more

Hormone therapy for menopause symptoms reduces abdominal fat tissue

Women who undergo hormone therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms tend to have less fat tissue, particularly in the abdomen, than other menopausal women, according to a new study published online March 27, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.... read more

Diabetes Updates

Hemoglobin A1c and Cardiovascular Disease Incidence in Type-1 Diabetes.

A new article published in the American Journal of Epidemiology reported that type-1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, but hyperglycemia..... read more

Choroidal thickness is reduced in patients with type-2 diabetes.

A new study published in PloS One compared choroidal thickness between patients with type-2 diabetes (T2D) and healthy controls. In this study, choroidal thickness was measured using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) in 157 eyes of 94 T2D patients, of which 48 eyes had diabetic macular edema (DME),.... read more

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Only 1 in 20 people receive adequate HBV treatment
This virus is highly contagious and can even cause cancer if left untreated
New Delhi, 28 March 2018: Of the 300 million people around the world living with the deadly hepatitis B virus (HBV), only one in 20 received adequate treatment, according to recent research. In expectant mothers carrying the virus, this percentage drops to one in 100. HBV can cause serious diseases of the liver, including cancer when left untreated.

The HB virus is highly contagious via infected blood or other body fluids, and is mainly transmitted from mothers to their infants, or between children. There is no cure, but antiviral drugs have proven effective in coping with symptoms.

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