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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
2nd September 2018
Pioneering AHA training kiosks provide hands-only CPR skills

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Heart Care Foundation of India too is actively engaged in teaching this life-saving skill to the public

More than 100,000 people have been trained in the life-saving skill of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) since the American Heart Association (AHA) launched its hands-only CPR training kiosk program in 2016.

As part of the program that is nationally supported by Anthem Foundation, AHA has placed 30 of these interactive devices in cities across the country. The majority of the hands-only CPR training kiosks are located in high-traffic, public locations, such as airport, across the US.

A pilot kiosk was developed in 2013, which was placed at Dallas-Fort Worth International (DFW) airport. Research published in journal Resuscitation showed there was noticeable interest by the public to learn Hands-Only CPR through the use of the kiosk. During a 32-month period from July 2013 to Feb. 2016, nearly 23,500 visitors tried the more

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More than one-third of countries in the Americas yet to implement effective tobacco control measures

While progress has been made to address the tobacco epidemic in the Americas, over one-third of countries in the region has yet to implement the highest level of effective tobacco control measures. Governments must urgently increase efforts to apply these measures and save lives, says new Regional Report on Tobacco Control in the Americas 2018 from the Pan American... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 2nd September 2018

People who use solid fuels for cooking should switch to electricity or gas at the earliest. Long-term use of coal, wood, or charcoal for cooking is associated with an increased risk of death from heart disease. During 3.4 million person-years of follow-up, 8,304 participants died from heart disease. After adjusting for education, smoking and other cardiovascular risk factors, each decade of exposure to solid fuel was associated with a 3% higher risk of cardiovascular death... read more

Practice Updates

Irbesartan slows aortic dilatation in Marfan syndrome

Results from the AIMS trial presented August 28, 2018 at the recent ESC Congress 2018 show that treatment with irbesartan slowed dilatation of the aorta in children and young adults with Marfan syndrome. During the 5-year follow-up, although the aorta continued to enlarge in both... read more

FDA recommends limiting use of placebo in cancer clinical trials

In a new draft guidance, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended limiting the use of placebos in cancer clinical trials as it raises both ethical and practical concerns. Ethical concerns arise if a standard effective therapy is available but instead eligible patients are receiving a placebo in a clinical trial. The guideline says that the placebo design may be useful or ... read more

Stiripentol gets FDA go-ahead for Dravet Syndrome

The US FDA has approved the anticonvulsant drug stiripentol (Diacomit, Biocodex) for the treatment of seizures associated with Dravet syndrome in patients aged 2 years or older who are taking clobazam. The dose approved is 50 mg/kg/day orally in 2 to 3 divided doses. The most... read more

History of stroke increases risk of dementia

According to a new meta-analysis of 36 studies published August 31, 2018 in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia, a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70%, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk. As per the authors, improvements in stroke prevention... read more

Two new drugs for HIV get FDA approval

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new oral treatments for adults with HIV-1 infection in adults with no prior antiretroviral treatment history. Pifeltro contains doravirine (100 mg), a new non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor to be given in combination with other antiretroviral medicines. Delstrigo is a once-daily fixed-dose combination... read more

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Stroke can increase the likelihood of developing dementia
About 15 million people around the world suffer from stroke annually
New Delhi, 01 September 2018: People who have suffered a stroke are more likely to develop dementia, as per a recent study by the University of Exeter Medical School. The link between stroke and dementia was found to persist even after considering other dementia risk factors such as blood pressure, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. A history of stroke increases dementia risk by about 70%, and recent strokes more than double the risk.

The WHO estimates indicate that globally there are about 15 million people who suffer from stroke annually. There are also 50 million people suffering from dementia. The number is expected to almost double every 20 years, reaching 131 million by 2050.

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