Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
2nd July 2019

Biomedical Waste: Handle With Care

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Reproduced from: http://www.indialegallive.com/health/biomedical-waste-handle-with-care-67977, published June 30, 2019

A judge has pulled up hospitals and healthcare facilities in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad for causing 40 percent of recurrent infections in patients by not scientifically disposing of waste

Healthcare waste is dangerous and infectious. As per the UP Solid Waste Management Monitoring Committee, hospitals and healthcare facilities in Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad are responsible for 40 percent of recurrent infections in patients as they don’t adhere to scientific disposal of biomedical waste through segregation.

Healthcare waste includes all waste generated by healthcare establishments, research facilities and laboratories. In addition, it includes the waste originating from "minor" or "scattered" sources such as that produced in homes (dialysis, insulin injections, etc)....read more

NIH launches large TB prevention trial for people exposed to multidrug-resistant TB

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

(NIH): A large phase 3 clinical trial called PHOENIx MDR-TB (Protecting Households on Exposure to Newly Diagnosed Index Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients) to assess treatments for preventing people at high risk from developing multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has begun.

The study is comparing the safety and efficacy of a new MDR-TB drug, delamanid, with isoniazid, the standard anti-TB drug for preventing active MDR-TB disease in children, adolescents and adults at high risk who are exposed to adult household members with MDR-TB. Study participants include those at high risk for MDR-TB because they either have latent TB infection, immune systems suppressed by HIV or other factors, or are younger than age 5 years and therefore have a weak immune system. ...read more

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In view of the recent reported Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases in Assam, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare has dispatched a central team to review the Japanese Encephalitis (JE) situation in the State, today. He has directed the Ministry to extend all support and assistance to the State government. "I am closely monitoring the situation. The Health Ministry is coordinating with the Government of Assam for prevention and management... read more

More than medicine, rain could check AES in Bihar

Patna: There is a consensus among doctors, experts, health officials as well as parents that monsoon brings down cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, the epicentre of the mystery disease that has claimed lives of 154 children in the state so far. A week after the much-awaited monsoon entered Bihar and light to moderate rains lashed most parts including Muzaffarpur, more than farmers, doctors, ... read more

Most Americans Have Never Had an HIV Test, Suggest New Data

The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 years be screened at least once in their lifetime, yet less than 40% of people in the U.S. have ever been tested for HIV, according to a CDC report published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The new data, released on National HIV Testing Day, underscore the urgent need to scale up HIV testing to end America’s HIV epidemic.... read more

FDA approves first treatment for neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Soliris (eculizumab) injection for intravenous use for the treatment of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD) in adult patients who are anti-aquaporin-4 (AQP4) antibody positive. NMOSD is an autoimmune disease of the central nervous system that mainly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord.... read more

Testosterone Therapy Disappoints for Anorexia

Low-dose testosterone does not lead to sustained improvements in depression, anxiety, or disordered eating in women with anorexia nervosa (AN), new research shows. Investigators compared a transdermal testosterone patch with a placebo patch in 90 adult women with AN who had free testosterone levels below the median. At the end of 24 weeks, mean depression and anxiety scores decreased similarly in both groups,... read more

Brain Activity in Unresponsive Patients May Predict Recovery

About one in six clinically unresponsive ICU patients showed electroencephalography (EEG) patterns of brain activity when spoken to soon after acute brain injury, a single-center study showed. In 16 of 104 (15%) unresponsive patients, a machine-learning algorithm that analyzed EEG recordings detected brain activation following researchers' verbal commands a median of 4 days after injury.... read more

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Life-saving drug for HIV patients inaccessible, says MSF

The Week- Namita Kohli

A drug that has been recommended by the WHO to treat cryptococcal meningitis has become inaccessible for patients suffering from the disease. Cryptococcal meningitis is an infection of the brain, which if left untreated, results in death for people living with HIV. According to Medecins Sans Frontières (MSF), about a year ago, the United State pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences had announced its “access initiative”... 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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