Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
30th December 2018
Using the Smartphone to monitor heart rate: This is the future

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Smartphones have become an integral part of our daily life now, so much so that a world without smartphones now seems inconceivable.

As technology has evolved, the use of phones has undergone a revolution. Each new version of the smartphone is equipped with better and often some mind-boggling features. Physical keypads have made way for touch screen. You can video chat with someone anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection on your smartphone. Apps like Google Assistant make it possible to interact with the phone through natural voice. Phones today, therefore, can perform many more functions beyond just making calls....read more

The Top Cardiology Trials of 2018: ODYSSEY

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Treatment with alirocumab, a PCSK9 inhibitor, reduced cardiovascular outcomes and all-cause deaths by 15% in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and higher-than-ideal atherogenic lipoprotein levels despite intensive or maximally tolerated statin therapy in the ODYSSEY trial.

The ODYSSEY trial was a 3-year multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving almost 19,000 patients who had had a previous ACS within 1 month to 1 year before enrollment....read more

Practice Updates

Union Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the draft National Commission for Homoeopathy, Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Homoeopathy (CCH) with a new body to ensure transparency.... read more

Cabinet approves stringent measures including death penalty for sexual crimes against children

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the proposal for Amendment in the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 to make punishment more stringent for committing sexual crimes against children.... read more

Study shows reverse zoonosis from humans to Antarctic seabirds

New research published in the journal Science of the Total Environment has found widespread evidence of human-linked pathogens among Antarctic seabirds, including penguins, brown skuas, southern giant petrels and kelp gulls, for the first time suggesting reverse zoonosis from humans to seabirds in three findings:... read more

Cardiovascular morbidity increased in patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome

Patients with primary Sjogren's syndrome are at increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity, as per a meta-analysis of 14 studies, which included more than 65,000 patients. The risk was significantly increased for coronary morbidity, cerebrovascular morbidity, heart failure rate and thromboembolic morbidity with no statistically significant increased risk of cardiovascular mortality.... read more

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ISWD conference January 2019

Fructan, rather than gluten, induces symptoms in patients with self-reported non-celiac gluten sensitivity. In a study performed at Oslo University Hospital in Norway from October 2014 through May 2016, the subjects were randomized to groups placed on diets containing gluten... read more

Long-term survival after simple repair of tetralogy of Fallot is excellent

A study from the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium published online Dec.19, 2018 in JAMA Cardiology says that the overall long-term transplant-free survival in repaired tetralogy of Fallot is excellent. Survival following complete repair was... read more

Increased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages increase risk of kidney disease

Higher collective consumption of sweetened fruit drinks, soda, and water was found to be associated with a higher likelihood of developing chronic kidney disease (CKD) in a community-based study of African-American adults in Mississippi. These findings are published online Dec. 27, 2018 in ... read more

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Press Release
From selfitis to the selfie wrist; new-age health hazards are increasing
Selfie wrist has symptoms similar to the carpal tunnel syndrome

New Delhi, 29 December 2018: A research conducted recently has warned that people who take a lot of pictures by holding the camera at arm's length with an inward bent wrist an develop what is known as the "selfie wrist." The research is an outcome of several incidents including a selfie-taker jumping on a trampoline, walking on rocks or just not paying attention and ending up breaking their wrist from falling or colliding with other objects.

Selfie wrist is a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. People who experience selfie wrist may feel a tingling or sharp pain, which comes from flexing your wrist inward or holding your phone too long without moving. The median nerve spans from the forearm to the palm of the hand - and runs through a narrow passage in the wrist known as the carpal tunnel.

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