Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
2nd February 2019
Interim Budget 2019: Implications for health

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The interim Budget 2019 was presented by the Finance Minister yesterday in the Parliament. There was not much in it for the health sector, as probably all of us would have been expecting.

The government has increased the defence budget to beyond Rs 3 lakh crore to ensure preparedness. It has also proposed a single window clearance for ease of shooting of films now also for Indian filmmakers (earlier available only for foreign filmmakers)....read more

Climate change will increase the number of babies born with congenital heart defects

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

It has been well-recognised that human activities account for most of the global warming. And, in turn, climate change affects the health of the people.

Global warming is associated with extreme weather events, variable climates that affect food and water supplies and ecosystem changes and thereby adversely affects the social determinants of health (food, water and environment). Natural disasters such as floods, heat waves, cold waves, changing epidemiology of many infectious diseases are attributed to climate change....read more

Practice Updates

Swachh Bharat Mission scales up waste management in rural India

The Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen (SBMG) of Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, held a National Workshop on Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) on 30th and 31st January 2019 in New Delhi. The workshop was attended by District Collectors, CEOs, CDOs, Executive Engineers and other officers, from across the country.... read more

More than 4500 test positive for Swine flu in the country

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to swine flu in the country has soared to 169 this year while 4,571 people have tested positive for the virus, with Rajasthan accounting for over 40 per cent of the cases.... read more

Nearly half of US adults have heart disease

Nearly half of all adults in the United States have some type of cardiovascular disease, according to the American Heart Association, defining the condition as coronary heart disease, heart failure, stroke or high blood pressure. And after decades of declines, deaths from cardiovascular disease are on the rise again,.... read more

Positive thinking shown to prevent diabetes

In a new study published online January 21 in Menopause, low optimism and high negative emotional expressiveness and hostility were associated with increased risk of incident diabetes among postmenopausal women independent of major health behaviors and depressive symptoms....read more

US pediatricians prescribe plan to boost school attendance

Being absent from school too often, excused or not, can put a child's academic achievement-and future health-at risk. A new policy statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) in the February 2019 Pediatrics, "The link between school attendance and good health" recommends health care providers promote good school attendance as preventive medicine.... read more

Persistent low body weight in young children increases risk for future anorexia nervosa

Persistent low body mass index (BMI) in children, starting as young as age 2 for boys and 4 for girls, may be a risk factor for the development of anorexia nervosa in adolescence, as per a study published in the February 2019 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.... read more

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eMedi Quiz
A. No, they get equal numbers.
B. Yes, but not that many more.
C. Yes, and the headaches are more severe.
D. Yes, but men tend to get more painful kinds that last longer.
E. None of the above.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Determination and Persistence
Inspirational Story 2: The Duck and the Devil
Union Budget 2019 will reduce mental stress for a large section of the Indian population
Pro-poor and pro-middle-class policies are the highlight
New Delhi, 1 February 2019: The Interim Budget 2019 has brought a wave of relief to the poorer segments and the middle class alike. It has been announced that individuals with gross income up to Rs 6.5 lakh will not need to pay any tax if they make investments in provident funds and prescribed equities. Apart from this, free health coverage is being extended to about 50 crore Indians under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

It was also mentioned that the prices of medicines have come down with control of drugs, stents and knee implant prices. The government reiterated its vision of creating a healthy India, with distress-free and comprehensive wellness system for all.

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