Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
29th August 2019

Microplastics in the atmosphere: Are they a health risk?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(Medscape excerpts): Microplastic particles have already been detected in seawater, mussels, seafood and fish, as well as in drinking water. Now researchers have found high concentrations of microplastics even in the snow of the Arctic and the Alps.

A study by Dr Melanie Bergmann and Dr Gunnar Gerdts from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research in Germany shows that the atmosphere absorbs these tiny particles, transports them over long distances and then washes them out of the air again through snow. The study results were published on the 14th August in Science Advances.

A study published in Nature Geosciences in April this year showed that in a remote mountainous region in the Pyrenees, it rained more than 350 microplastic particles per day per square metre – even though there are no large cities or industrial facilities nearby. In 2015, French scientists were able to prove that rain and sewage in Paris contained microplastic particles....read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 14: Never hurt the ego of a person three times in a row

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

स होवाच पितरं तत कस्मै मां दास्यसीति ।
द्वितीयं तृतीयं तँ होवाच मृत्यवे त्वा ददामीति ॥

sa hovāca pitaraṃ tata kasmai māṃ dāsyasīti ।
vitīyaṃ tṛtīyaṃ tam̐ hovāca mṛtyave tvā dadāmīti ॥

"Dear father, to whom will you give me away?"
He said it a second, and then a third time.
The father, seized by anger, replied: "To Death, I give you away."
—Nachiketa, Katha Upanishad, 1.1.4


One must learn to manage and control the ego. Controlled ego is the need but an uncontrolled ego can cause devastating effect on the body and the environment. ...read more

Practice Updates

Today is International Day Against Nuclear Tests

Since nuclear weapons testing began on 16 July 1945, nearly 2,000 have taken place. The history of nuclear testing is one of suffering, with victims often from the most vulnerable communities of the world. Devastating consequences are not confined by international borders and they encompass impacts on the environment, health, food security and economic development.... read more

WHO revision of pain management guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) announces the revision process for two recently discontinued documents, “Ensuring balance in national policies on controlled substances: Guidance for availability and accessibility of controlled medicines” (2011) and “WHO guidelines on the pharmacological treatment of persisting pain in children with medical illnesses” (2012).... read more

FDA approves new add-on drug to treat off episodes in adults with Parkinson's disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Nourianz (istradefylline) tablets as an add-on treatment to levodopa/carbidopa in adult patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) experiencing "off" episodes. An "off" episode is a time when a patient's medications are not working well, causing an increase in PD symptoms,... read more

Alternate-Day Fasting in Short Term Safe, Has Metabolic Benefits

Alternate-day fasting (ADF) had positive effects on body weight, cardiovascular measures, and molecular markers of aging when assessed in a randomized controlled trial among healthy adults without obesity or diabetes, suggested a study published online August 27 in Cell Metabolism. No adverse effects were seen among participants in the ADF group.... read more

USPSTF Recommends All Adults Receive HCV Screening

The US Preventive Services Task Force has posted new draft recommendations advising that essentially all US adults aged 18 to 79 years should be screened for hepatitis C virus (HCV) (B recommendation). This recommendation represents a major change from 2013 guidelines, which recommended screening in high-risk individuals and baby boomers (who are at high risk for HCV).... read more

Medical Voice

Knowledge alone is insufficient to change behavior

Teacher training followed by classroom education with information, activities, and emotional support improves lifestyles in teachers and students, according to research from Brazil to be presented at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. The study suggests that knowledge alone is insufficient to change behaviour. In the study, junk food intake in children reduced by health education that addresses emotional issues. ...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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eMedi Quiz
A. Talking directly to the person who is causing the stress.
B. Giving yourself a treat, like comfort food or a cocktail.
C. Accepting that there are things beyond your control.
D. Trying cognitive-behavioral therapy to learn new coping skills.
E. Working out regularly.
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