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30th November, 2017
Straight from the heart: IMA Road Map

The main objective of IMA is to provide affordable, available, accessible and accountable quality and safe health care to the public through its members in a stress-free environment.

IMA works hand in hand with the central and state governments to achieve its objectives via profession- and community-friendly policies.

One of the objectives of IMA is to concentrate on primary, preventive and primordial care. In this regard IMA has launched many campaigns like: Sun to Lo, Dekh to lo, Koi Dekh to Nahi Raha, Koi Sun to Nahi Raha, Baar Baar Pucho, Puchna Mat Bhulo, Woh to Theek Hai par Mara Kyon, Woh to Theek Hai par Heart Attack Hua Kyon, Katwayega to Nahi, among others.

IMA is also incorporating social determinants of health in providing medical care. IMA Project Jiska Koi Nahi Uska IMA provides avenues to patients from every segment of the society in getting cost-effective treatment within their reach and within the same environment where he/she is residing.

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Top News

Health Ministry and ICMR launch India Hypertension Management Initiative

Smt Preeti Sudan, Secretary (HFW) and Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, DHR and DG, ICMR, launched the India Hypertension Management Initiative (IHMI) at a function yesterday. The IHMI aims to reduce disability and death related to cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death in India, by improving the control of high blood pressure (hypertension), reducing salt consumption and eliminating artificial trans-fats, leading risk factors for CVD.... read more

Practice Updates
Continuous glucose monitors may sound off early warning of hypoglycemia

Continuous glucose monitors (CGM) can protect individuals who have had type 1 diabetes for years and are at risk of experiencing dangerously low blood sugar by increasing their awareness of the symptoms, according to a study published November 28, 2017 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. .... read more

CDC study shows that time from HIV infection to diagnosis has improved

According to a new report published November 28, 2017 in CDC’s Vital Signs, the time to diagnosis of HIV infection has improved from three years and seven months in 2011 to three years in 2015..... read more

Early treatment of undifferentiated arthritis delays progression to RA

Findings from a systematic review and meta-analysis reported online in Arthritis Care & Research show that treating patients with early undifferentiated arthritis significantly delayed progression to rheumatoid arthritis (RA)..... read more

Benzodiazepines increase risk of death in Alzheimer's disease, says study

New research published online November 15, 2017 in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry shows that patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who use benzodiazepines and related drugs (BZRDs) are at a 41% higher risk for death compared to those who do not use these drugs. .... read more

Extending cervical cancer screening to 5 years may be safe after many rounds of negative cervical co-tests

Longer screening intervals (every 5 years or more) for cervical cancer may be safe after one or more negative cervical co-tests with human papillomavirus (HPV) and cytology screening, says a study published online November 27, 2017 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. .... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Majority of Indians are unaware of adult vaccinations
The need for vaccination does not end when one becomes an adult
New Delhi, 29 November 2017: As if the fact that the health of India’s citizens is marred by various health conditions was not enough, a recent study has indicated that about 68% of the country’s adults are unaware of adult vaccinations. While a majority of those surveyed thought that vaccinations were only for children, others felt they were healthy and did not require any vaccination. As per the IMA, the need for immunization does not end when one becomes an adult. Protection from vaccines received as a child can wear off over time, and leave a person at risk for new and different diseases.
Adult vaccines are recommended based on many factors. They can help avert and reduce the health consequences of vaccine-preventable diseases among adults. Incomplete and inadequate immunization against many communicable diseases can lead to substantial and unnecessary costs in terms of hospitalization and treatment.
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