Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
31st December 2018
Revisiting 2018: A roundup of Top health stories in India

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

2018 has been an eventful year for the country, especially in the medical arena. A lot has happened and it has left all of us in anticipation of the coming year 2019.

MBBS curriculum revised after more than two decades … an ambitious target for complete elimination of TB from the country by 2025… legislations have been passed …. some only by the Lower House….some have been tabled in the Parliament and are yet to be discussed before they can be enacted … outbreaks….natural calamities….These were but few of the stories that made headlines this year...read more

Practice Changing: Start early oral feeding within 24 hours as tolerated rather than delaying oral nutrition in initial management of acute pancreatitis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Clinical Practice Guideline Committee developed guidelines on the initial management of acute pancreatitis within the first 48-72 hours of admission. This period is significant as appropriate and timely management can influence the course of disease and duration of hospitalization

The guideline has challenged many traditional practices that have continued over the years in the management of acute pancreatitis and includes many new recommendations such as goal-directed fluid replacement, ....read more

Practice Updates

India asks CDC to revise Zika alert

In a strong rebuttal to US health monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the government has asked the body to “withdraw or modify” its Zika alert issued earlier this month against travel to India. In the alert on December 13, the CDC had said: “An outbreak of Zika has been reported in India. Zika is endemic (regularly found) in India.... read more

Goa, Mizoram support Health Ministry's proposal to create All India Medical Service

Goa, Mizoram and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands have agreed to the Health Ministry's proposal of creating All India Medical Service (IMS) on the lines of the Indian Administrative Service and the Indian Police Service, while Kerala and Sikkim have not supported it.... read more

AMA offers 10 health recommendations for New Year's resolutions

The AMA's 10 recommendations for a healthier new year, include the following:

  1. Learn your risk for type 2 diabetes-take the self-screening test at DoIHavePrediabetes.org. Steps you take now can help prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes...read more

Try Monday Resolutions

According to some experts, rather than setting a year-long goal at the start of the year, a more effective approach is to make "Monday resolutions": weekly goals that can be thought of as mini-resolutions, taking advantage of the natural momentum of our weekly cycles,... read more

The Monday Campaigns

The Monday Campaigns is a non-profit public health initiative associated with Johns Hopkins, Columbia and Syracuse universities that dedicates the first day of every week to health. Every Monday, individuals and organizations join together to commit to the healthy behaviors that can help end chronic preventable diseases. ... read more

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ISWD conference January 2019

There is overlap between Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS) and IBS-type symptoms. The fundamental difference between NCGS and IBS is that patients with NCGS self-report symptoms when consuming gluten and have identified or perceive gluten as the culprit... read more

Treatment with ustekinumab associated with noninfectious pneumonia

Treatment with ustekinumab may be associated with noninfectious pneumonia, according to a report by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published in JAMA Dermatology, online Dec. 12, 2018.... read more

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eMedi Quiz
1. C enteritis is an important cause of acute diarrhea
2. It is never seen in India
3. It is typically caused by Campylobacter jejuni or Campylobacter coli, and is largely a foodborne disease.
4. Campylobacter infection can also be transmitted via water-borne outbreaks and direct contact with animals or animal products.
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