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30th May 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: Lassa fever

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

As I had mentioned yesterday in this column, we will be covering about the priority diseases as revised by the World Health Organization (WHO). The first to be covered is Lassa fever.

Here are some salient facts about Lassa fever.

  • Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the Arenavirus family of viruses.
  • Lassa virus is endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria and other countries in West Africa.
  • It is a zoonotic disease. Rodents (multimammate rats) are the animal reservoirs and shed the virus in their urine and feces.
  • Humans acquire the infection from contact with infected rodents through rodent urine or feces, inhalation of aerosolized rodent excretions, or consumption of infected rodents as a food source. .... read more
Video Of The Day : Dr KK Aggarwal on Nipah Virus

How to start your own medical practice?

According to the World Health Organization, India needs 80,000 more hospital beds every year. Currently, the ratio between hospital beds and patients is 1:879. In such a scenario, starting a self-owned practice that bridges the gaps in patient care while using the latest technologies would be the ideal way of creating a niche for yourself in the healthcare sector..... read more

Top News

AAFP/AAP/ACOG/ ACP issue joint principles for protecting the patient-physician relationship

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and American College of Physicians (ACP) issued a set of Joint Principles Protecting the Patient-Physician Relationship: Keeping External Interference Out of the Practice of Medicine. They state "Our organizations, which represent more than .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 30th May

Invite 2-5 PM IIC 1st June 2018 Friday: Mrs M Shreesha, Member National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC)
Legal : Justice R K Agrawal, who retired as Supreme Court judge earlier this month, was appointed the president of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) today. He will succeed Justice D K Jain, who completes his term on May 31.... read more

Practice Updates

A plant-based diet reduces body weight and costs on other health diets

New research presented May 25, 2018 at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) 2018 in Vienna, Austria says that even adopting a partial plant-based diet not only helps reduce body weight, it is also more pocket-friendly..... read more

Chewing gum while walking increases HR and energy expenditure in the middle aged and the elderly

Chewing gum while walking affects both physical and physiological functions, especially in middle-aged and elderly men, says a study presented May 25, 2018 at the European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Vienna, Austria..... read more

Addition of chiropractic care to standard care reduces low back pain

Adding chiropractic care to standard medical management of low back pain (LBP) in a military population reduced patient-reported pain and disability and improved satisfaction scores compared with standard treatment alone, as reported online May 18 in JAMA Network Open..... read more

Surgery vs medication for GERD refractory to PPIs

A study that compared medical treatment with surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) refractory to proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) has been reported as a highlight of the upcoming Digestive Disease Week (DDW) 2018 in Washington DC, given its relevance for practicing gastroenterologists, reports Medscape..... read more

Addition of A1c to employee wellness programs improves detection of incident diabetes

Addition of HbA1c test besides blood glucose tests to employee wellness programs improves detection of incident diabetes in normoglycemic working-age individuals, according to a study reported in Diabetes Care....... read more

SOS budesonide+formoterol improves symptom control in mild asthma

A study published May 17, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that while SOS budesonide (inhaled corticosteroid)-formoterol (ß2-agonist) provided superior control of symptoms in patients with mild asthma as compared to as-needed terbutaline, it was inferior to budesonide maintenance therapy..... read more

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Urgent need to formulate a national policy on compulsory screening of Critical Congenital Heart Diseases (CCHD) in India
Relevant stakeholders from the medical fraternity discuss the why and how of screening newborns for heart defects in a panel discussion in New Delhi
The Government of Kerala is already working towards making CCHD screening mandatory in all their state-run hospitals
New Delhi, May 29, 2018: According to the National Family Health Survey, the infant mortality rate (IMR) in India stands at 34 per 1000 live births. About 10% of these infant deaths can be attributed to congenital heart diseases (CHD) alone. About 1.5 lakh infants are born with CHD in the country every year, a condition which can be detected with timely screening. Considering this, relevant stakeholders from HCFI, NNF and other institutions had come together to launch a campaign for formulating a national policy on making CCHD screening mandatory in all healthcare establishments in India. Dr Anne de-Wahl Granelli, a specialized biomedical scientist visiting India to raise awareness about CCHD screening was also part of the discussion.

The campaign followed a high-level meeting with Shri Manoj Jhalani, Additional Health Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Masimo, a global leader in innovative non-invasive patient monitoring technologies is the technology partner for the initiative.

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