Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
30th April 2019
Eyeing Profits

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Reproduced from India Legal, Published May 6, 2019, pg. 29

With hospitals and pharma companies charging heavily for medical devices, a PIL in the Delhi HC seeks direction to cap lens prices

Medical devices have often come under the scanner for being overpriced. A PIL filed in the Delhi High Court late last year challenged such overpricing with a specific plea that intraocular lenses, among the essential medical devices, be listed under the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority.

India has for long been known as the "blind capital" of the world. Around 15 million people here are blind, which is 50 percent of the world's blind population. According to the data published by the National Programme for Control of Blindness and Visual Impairment, cataract alone accounts for 62.6 percent of all causes of curable blindness in India. ....read more

Loneliness in older adults: A new epidemic of society

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Loneliness is the new epidemic of society today. Loneliness is particularly common in older adults, whose children have grown up and left the nest and are busy with their lives.

The amygdala in the brain plays a key role in regulating emotions and emotional responses. The dorsal posterior insula regulates perception of pain; it becomes more active when we are lonely, so anything that happens to socially isolated people is more painful.....read more

Practice Updates

NEET score now valid for 3 years

Students aspiring to study medicine in foreign countries are now entitled to use their National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) scorecard up to three years. The Medical Council of India (MCI) took this decision after receiving grievances from the student community. NEET score is mandatory for those aiming to pursue an undergraduate medical .... read more

WHO guidelines on physical activity and sedentary behavior for children 3-4 years of age

Spend at least 180 minutes in a variety of types of physical activities at any intensity, of which at least 60 minutes is moderate- to vigorous intensity physical activity, spread throughout the day; more is better.... read more

FDA approves device to help increase access to more lungs for transplant

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Xvivo Perfusion System with Steen Solution Perfusate, a device that can temporarily ventilate, oxygenate, and pump (perfuse) preservation solution through lungs that were initially thought to be unacceptable for transplant. The device allows the transplant team to perform a more careful assessment of lung function to get a better sense.... read more

A triple therapy inhaler for COPD

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency has recommended Temybric Ellipta (GlaxoSmithKline) for the maintenance treatment of adults with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).....read more

A new topical treatment for plaque psoriasis

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a lotion containing halobetasol propionate and tazarotene (Duobrii, Bausch Health) for treatment of plaque psoriasis in adults....read more

Medical Voice

Supine hypertension–orthostatic hypotension

SH/OH is a form of autonomic dysfunction characterized by hypertension when patients are supine and a clinically significant drop in blood pressure when they assume an upright posture. Treatment of this group of patients can be very challenging.
Orthostatic hypotension (OH) is a condition that is relatively common in elderly patients and those who suffer from diabetes mellitus and Parkinson’s disease. Some patients with OH will also develop concurrent supine hypertension (SH)..... 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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Stroke-related disabilities including vision loss can be prevented through early detection
About 32,000 brain cells get damaged with every second of not detecting a stroke early

New Delhi, 29 April 2019: Acute stroke survivors have a high incidence and prevalence of visual problems, finds a new study, the findings of which are published in the journal PLOS One. Currently, visual problems are often under-reported by survivors of acute strokes. Early visual screening and assessment within 72 hours to one week of stroke onset could prevent the advancement of visual problems.

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