Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
2nd January 2019
Is not notifying TB punishable? If yes, should positive XDR patients be isolated?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A few days back a police complaint was filed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) against a doctor couple who have a clinic in Vejalpur in Ahmedabad for failing to notify tuberculosis to the AMC, as reported in TOI.

This is the first such complaint in the state against any doctor for suppressing information about tuberculosis. According to government statistics for 2018, Gujarat was among the top five states in reporting tuberculosis after Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Maharashtra. According to medical health officer Bhavin Solanki, the AMC had in April 2018 directed all doctors to inform it about tuberculosis cases. Solanki said 100 doctors were issued such notices. However, it was observed that private doctors were not reporting all tuberculosis cases....read more


What is IMC Ordinance, its Passage by Lok Sabha and Validity

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which seeks constitution of a Board of Governors that will exercise the powers of the Medical Council of India (MCI) was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Bill was introduced on December 14 in the Lok Sabha by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, which was earlier brought in as an ordinance on September 26 this year when the Parliament was not in session. Under the new amendment, the Bill provides for the supersession of the MCI for a period of one year. ...read more

Practice Updates

Lok Sabha passes Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill

New Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) bill to allow a panel of eminent professionals to run the Medical Council of India (MCI), so that medical education can be regulated in the best manner. The bill passed by the lower house seeks to replace an ordinance issued in this regard in September this year.... read more


American doctor will be monitored in US after possible exposure to Ebola in Congo

An American was possibly exposed to Ebola while recently providing medical assistance in Congo, according to a release from the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health. The person, who has not been identified, is headed to the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha for monitoring,... read more


Immunotherapy-related pruritus among patients with cancer is common

According to a new research published online Dec. 12, 2018 in JAMA Dermatology, pruritus is a common adverse event associated with the use of immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and can significantly compromise quality of life...read more


Consumption of soft drinks associated with increased risk of diabetic retinopathy

Consuming more than 4 cans (1.5 L) of diet soft drink in a week is associated with a more than twofold risk of having proliferative diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetes, says a study published online in the September/October 2018 issue of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology.... read more


Better progression-free survival with ibrutinib regimens in untreated older CLL patients

Treatment with ibrutinib was superior to treatment with bendamustine plus rituximab with regard to progression-free survival among older patients with untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The study published December 27, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine... read more


Early-onset Sjogren's syndrome has poor prognosis

People with early-onset (age ≤35 years) primary Sjögren's syndrome may have more severe disease that worsens over time, according to a study published online Dec. 17, 2018 in Rheumatology. They had a higher frequency of hypergammaglobulinaemia,... read more


Residing in green spaces reduces risk of cardiovascular disease

Individuals who live in greener areas have lower levels of sympathetic activation, oxidative stress, and a better angiogenic profile compared to those living in less green areas leading to lower stress and reduced cardiovascular disease risk, according to a study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association, ... read more


Optic nerve sheath meningiomas are often misdiagnosed, says study

In a medical record review that included 35 patients with optic nerve sheath meningiomas published online Dec. 17, 2018 in JAMA Neurology, 25 patients initially received a misdiagnosis that resulted in diagnostic delay, most frequently due to clinician assessment failures and errors in diagnostic testing.... read more

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Enhanced surveillance and public cooperation need of the hour to counter seasonal disease outbreak
Preventive measures should also be undertaken
 
New Delhi, 1st January 2019: Research indicates that disease outbreaks in India occur with seasonal regularity. Every region has its own particular malaise. For instance, Delhi witnesses an outbreak of dengue during monsoon and Mumbai sees leptospirosis cases spiraling. In the same season, Karnataka experiences chikungunya outbreak and other parts are afflicted by malaria. However, in 2018, there were two new potentially fatal infections struck populations several hundred miles away from regions where these diseases had previously occurred.

The first disease was Nipah which was reported first in Kerala. The second was Zika which was first reported in India in 2017.

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