Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
30th January 2019
Government should introduce limit of 8 lakh for EWS for insurance cover

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Not just medical care, social factors too play an important role in determining one’s health status. These factors are also responsible for the gaps in health among the various strata. Lack of availability and accessibility to resources that improve health among the socially disadvantaged groups are major factors contributing to this health inequity.

These social factors have been termed as social determinants of health and have been defined by the WHO’s Commission on SDH (CSDH) as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age including the health system." According to the Commission, this means that health cannot be achieved by medical care alone; it is also a social phenomenon....read more

Feasibility of oral insulin shown in insulin-naive patients with type 2 diabetes

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Oral insulin 338 (I338) can safely improve glycaemic control in insulin-naive patients with type 2 diabetes with no evidence of a difference compared with insulin glargine. The evidence for its feasibility has been published for the first time in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology online Jan. 21, 2019. I338 is a long-acting, basal insulin analog formulated in a tablet with the absorption-enhancer sodium caprate. ...read more

Practice Updates

Today is Anti-Leprosy Day

Anti-leprosy day is observed annually in India on 30th January in memory of Mahatma Gandhi, who cared for people afflicted with leprosy... read more

'Superbug' first identified in Delhi surfaces in Arctic region

An antiobiotic-resistant gene first discovered in India has been found some 13,000km away in the Arctic region, triggering concerns about the speed with which superbugs can spread across the world.... read more

Women are key in Ebola response

The current Ebola outbreak in the north-east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is the tenth in the country since the disease was identified there in 1976, and the largest they have experienced. Response efforts have been complicated by insecurity and armed conflict. Another challenge is how this outbreak has disproportionately affected women in some of the cities... read more

Health experts 'sound the alarm' on medical misinformation

"Fake news" has become a popular term these days. But when it comes to medical advice, fake news can result in physical harm, even death. The editors of more than two dozen cardiology-related scientific journals around the world published an editorial Monday "Medical Misinformation: Vet the Message!" to "sound the alarm that human lives are at stake" because of medical misinformation....read more

Washington is under a state of emergency as measles cases rise

As of Monday, there are 36 confirmed cases of measles in the state of Washington -- an outbreak that has already prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a state of emergency. There were 35 cases of the measles in Clark County, which sits on the state's southern border, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon. Officials said 31 of the cases involved people who have not had a measles immunization;... read more

HPV vaccination shows promise in 10-year study on effectiveness and herd immunity

A new study published online Jan. 22, 2019 in Pediatrics provides evidence that the cancer-preventing vaccine to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV) has been effective in a community setting in offering protection against strains of the virus and in offering herd protection since it was introduced 11 years ago. The prevalence of 4-valent and 9-valent vaccine-types... read more

Brain biomarkers may identify individuals at risk of severe PTSD

A study has shed light on the neurocomputational contributions to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans. The findings, published January 28, 2019 in Nature Neuroscience, revealed distinct patterns for how the brain and body respond to learning danger and safety depending on the severity of PTSD symptoms.... read more

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Non-communicable diseases a major burden in rural and urban areas alike
Alcohol and tobacco consumption and unhealthy lifestyles form the root cause
New Delhi, 29 January 2019: According to recent reports by the WHO, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) continue to be the top killers in the South-East Asia Region, claiming 8.5 million lives each year. The categories include cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, as well as diabetes and cancer. These are collectively responsible for over 70% of all deaths worldwide, or 41 million people. These include 15 million people dying prematurely, aged between 30 and 69.

The WHO indicated tobacco use, unhealthy diet, insufficient physical activity and harmful use of alcohol as the modifiable risk factors for these diseases. The NCDs disproportionately affect the poor, impoverish families, and place a growing burden on health care systems.

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