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

Are waters of River Ganga infected?
Study to check antibiotic resistance in the river water

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Researchers will soon undertake a study to evaluate the microbial diversity along the entire length of the Ganga. The study will also investigate if the river waters contain microbes that may promote antibiotic resistance.

The two-year project, under the aegis of the National Mission for Clean Ganga, Jal Shakti Ministry, will be undertaken by scientists at the Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad; the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Nagpur; Sardar Patel Institute of Science & Technology, Gorakhpur. Genome sequencing of the microbes sampled will be done by Phixgen and Xcelris Labs.

Researchers will attempt to find out the type of “contamination” (sewage and industrial) in the entire length of the river as well as "threat to human health (antibiotic resistance surge)" and identify the sources of Escherichia coli in the water....read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 18: You are what your deep rooted desires are

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Bhagavad Gita 8.6 and 8.7 clearly mention that whatever you think at the time of death will decide your destiny.

Also, your last thought will depend on your everyday thoughts. "Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavathi" i.e. "Whatever you think you become" is an old Vedic saying.

In modern medicine, death can be equated to experiencing deep sleep and anesthesia. Deep sleep is like the resting phase of the soul. Whatever your last thought is before you get into deep sleep or just before anesthesia should also then be your first thought when you get up. Scientists should work on it....read more

Practice Updates

Health Ministry asks states to create intelligence cells to crackdown against spurious drugs

New Delhi: With an aim to check illegal practices of manufacturing spurious drugs, the Health Ministry has directed states to create intelligence cells to expose and bust such rackets. These intelligence cells will work in coordination with the officers of state drug departments and the Central Drug Control Standard Organisation (CDCSO) to unearth the illegal activities of spurious drugs and their manufacturing units.... read more

WHO launches global registry on human genome editing

A WHO expert advisory committee has approved the first phase of a new global registry to track research on human genome editing. The 18-member committee also announced an online consultation on the governance of genome editing. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General, emphasized that countries should not allow any further work on human germline genome editing in human clinical applications... read more

Global measles cases three times higher than last year: WHO

Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. The WHO's Kate O'Brien put the blame on weak health systems and misinformation about vaccines, and called on social media outlets and communities to make sure information about preventing the highly contagious disease was accurate. ... read more

As the Climate Shifts, Central America Confronts a Deadly Dengue Outbreak

Central America is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades - and scientists say the disease is likely to spread and become more frequent in the future due to climate change. Worst hit is Honduras where about 109 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded, many among children, making this year's dengue fever outbreak the deadliest on record in the Central America nation, the United Nations noted. Also hard hit in Central America are Nicaragua,... read more

AAN releases new guideline about immunization and multiple sclerosis

Most multiple sclerosis (MS) patients should receive recommended vaccinations, including yearly flu shots, according to an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline about immunization and MS. The guideline was published in Neurology. The new guidance updates one from 2002 and incorporates new evidence, vaccines, ... read more

Statins Make Economic Sense for Borderline-Risk Patients

A cost-effectiveness analysis provides economic justification for the 2018 American guideline recommendation to consider statin treatment in certain patients with borderline risk, investigators showed. Adding preventive statins to such patients -- who have predicted 10-year absolute risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the... read more

Pre-Op Aflibercept Ups Response in High-Risk Rectal Cancer

The addition of aflibercept (Eylea) to modified fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX6) induction chemotherapy increased the rate of pathologic complete response among patients with high-risk rectal adenocarcinoma, the randomized GEMCAD 1402 trial found. In the phase II study of 180 patients, the pathologic complete response rate was 22.6% among patients assigned aflibercept compared... 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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