Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
29th May 2019
Can estrogen help treat women with schizophrenia?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Findings of a systematic literature review conducted at the University of Maryland in Baltimore show that addition of estrogen reduced schizophrenia symptoms in women with schizophrenia in a dose-dependent, and statistically significant, manner compared with stand-alone antipsychotic treatment.

According to the findings presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), young women typically develop symptoms 3 to 4 years later than their male counterparts. Also, symptoms in women can develop at times of hormonal change, including during the postpartum or postmenopausal periods.....read more

Diet for high uric acid: Focus shifts to healthy diets

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Patients with high uric acid levels were earlier advised by their doctors to avoid eating foods high in purine. By itself, it has not been shown to be very helpful; hence, this approach is changing. The focus is shifting to following a healthy diet instead of making a list of foods to be avoided along with maintaining a healthy body weight. Losing weight can lower uric acid levels.

  • Drink plenty of fluids but limit intake of sweetened drinks and alcohol, which can increase uric acid levels.
  • A healthy diet emphasizes plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits and legumes. Whole grains are preferred over processed grains. Reduce intake of fat, especially saturated fat (found in red meat). Lean sources of protein, including chicken, turkey, fish and tofu, are better choices than beef or pork....read more
Practice Updates

World Health Assembly agrees on five-year global action plan

Member States have agreed a five-year global action plan to promote the health of refugees and migrants. The plan focuses on achieving universal health coverage - and the highest attainable standard of health - for refugees and migrants and for host populations..... read more

UN and partners begin cholera vaccination campaign in DR Congo

Amid what global Vaccine Alliance Gavi is calling an "unprecedented combination" of epidemics, the UN and partners are supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's major new immunization campaign against cholera which began on Monday, targeting more than 800,000..... read more

Fertility paradox in male beauty quest

Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep a full head of hair can damage fertility. It has been named the Mossman-Pacey paradox after the scientists who first described it.... read more

Rising Thyroid Ca in Kids More Than Increased Dx?

Incidence rates of pediatric thyroid cancer have increased almost 10% each year from 2006 to 2013 after increases of closer to 1% per year in the prior three decades, reports a new study. This increase was driven mostly by increases in papillary thyroid cancers, with no changes in medullary carcinoma,....read more

Study shows association of bipolar disorder with Parkinson's disease

People who have bipolar disorder may be more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease than people who do not have bipolar disorder, according at a study published in the May 22, 2019 online issue of the journal Neurology. During the study, 372 of the people with bipolar disorder developed... 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

Medical Voice

E Coli from flour and crypto from recreational pools

1.USA: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that 17 people in eight states have been sickened with a strain of E. coli. The reports of the illness started on Dec. 11, 2018, to April 18, 2019 and affected people ages 7 to 86. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates flour is a likely source of this outbreak. Symptoms of E. coli can vary in people, but often include severe stomach cramps, diarrhea (often bloody), and vomiting, according to the CDC. Most people get better within 5 to 7 days and sustain a mild infection, but others can be severe or life-threatening. Some people with an STEC (E. coli) infection may get a type of kidney failure called hemolytic uremic syndrome.... read more

eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
1. Absorption of digoxin is delayed by the presence of food.
2. Concurrent food intake may severely reduce the rate of absorption of phenytoin.
3. Presence of food enhances the absorption of hydrochlorothiazide.
4. Antimalarial drug halofantrine is more extensively absorbed if taken with food.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Small Victories
Inspirational Story 2: God's Hands!
Burnout is a medical condition and must be addressed to avoid long-term health impacts: HCFI
Work-related stress can even lead to heart diseases
New Delhi, 28th May 2019: The WHO has for the first time recognized ‘burn-out’ in its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers. The decision could help put to rest decades of debate among experts over how to define burn-out, and whether it should be considered a medical condition.
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