Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
2nd April 2019
Beware of Fake News: Always look for evidence of a story

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Yesterday was 1st April, which has customarily been celebrated as April Fool's Day. And practically, all of us have been inadvertently victims of a hoax or prank by a friend on this day, at some point of time or the other. But this was all good fun and in good spirits.

But, now fake news or hoax is flooding the social media as it has become "the platform" for exchange of news or information, which can be either true or false....read more

Nocturia may be a sign of high blood pressure

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Nocturia is not only caused by urinary problems but also by systemic diseases such as hypertension. Trips to the toilet at night are a sign of high blood pressure and/or excess fluid in your body, suggests a new study presented at the 83rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Japanese Circulation Society (JCS 2019).

The Watari study examined the association between nocturia and hypertension in residents of Watari who had an annual health check in 2017. Blood pressure was measured and information on nocturia was obtained by questionnaire....read more

Medical Voice

1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention once again issued a warning to pet ownerson Friday that recent cases of Salmonella have been linked to pet hedgehogs - and the agency is warning pet owners to take precautions to avoid infection.

2. A petition filed before the Delhi High Court has sought directions to the Centre and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to ensure that doctors prescribe generic medicines. The petition filed in public interest by advocate Amit Sahni contends that the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushdhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) was introduced in 2008 to lower healthcare costs by providing quality generic medicines at affordable prices.... read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Autism Awareness Day: "Assistive Technologies, Active Participation"

World Autism Awareness Day is an internationally recognized day on 2nd April every year, encouraging Member States of the United Nations to take measures to raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) throughout the world. It was designated by the United Nations General Assembly resolution "62/139.... read more

Govt extends deadline for linking PAN with Aadhaar till Sep 30

The government Sunday extended the deadline for linking PAN with biometric ID Aadhaar by 6 months till September 30, an official statement said. This is the sixth time the government has extended the deadline for individuals to link their Permanent Account Number (PAN) to Aadhaar. ... read more

Testosterone therapy can help men with hypogonadism lose weight

Long-term testosterone therapy can help men with hypogonadism lose weight and maintain their weight loss, according to 10-year results from a study presented March 25 at ENDO 2019, the Endocrine Society's annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. Over 10 years, the testosterone-treated men lost 20.3% of their baseline weight (50.5 lb; 22.9 kg);...read more

FDA approves cladribine for relapsing multiple sclerosis

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved cladribine (Mavenclad; EMD Serono, Inc) tablets for treatment of adults with relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) and active secondary progressive disease.... read more

First gene therapy for beta thalassemia gets the go-ahead in Europe

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended approval of the first gene therapy for transfusion-dependent ß-thalassemia (TDT), a rare inherited blood condition that causes chronic severe anemia.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Two Monks and a Pretty Lady
Inspirational Story 2: A Pillow and a Blanket
You can "walk" your way towards good health
Brisk walking for about 80 minutes a day can accrue various health benefits
New Delhi, 1 April 2019: Just an hour a week of brisk walking staves-off disability in older adults with arthritis pain, or aching or stiffness in a knee, hip, ankle or foot, as per a recent study. This is less than 10 minutes a day for people to maintain their independence. This minimum threshold may motivate inactive older adults to begin their path toward a physically active lifestyle with the wide range of health benefits promoted by physical activity.

Walking 20 minutes at a moderate pace each day is associated with improved cardiovascular outcomes in patients with impaired glucose tolerance, according to a study published in The Lancet.

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