Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
31st July 2019

IMA calls for nationwide 24-hour strike today to protest against NMC Bill 2019
Non essential services will be withdrawn from 6am today to 6am Thursday

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a strike today, across the country, to protest against the National Medical Commission Bill 2019 passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday.

All non-essential services will be withdrawn from 6 am on Wednesday, 31st July till 6 am on 1st August, Thursday. Emergency, Casualty, ICU and related services will function normally.

Public demonstrations and hunger strikes will be organized by all the state and local branches.

Approval of this undemocratic NMC Bill 2019 has jeopardized the healthcare and medical education in the country. It also provides for licensing of unqualified non medical persons enabling them to practice modern medicine, under Section 32 'Community Health Provider' of the Bill....read more


Suicidal ideation is a medical emergency: Types of indirect deaths (Part 1)

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Cafè Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha, who has been missing since Monday night, had reportedly written a letter to CCD staff, in which he mentioned about his financial struggles and his failed business model. In the letter, the coffee baron indicated that he was facing huge financial burden and was under tremendous pressure from one of his private equity partners. As reported in the Times of India, in the letter, he writes: "I am very very sorry to let down all the people who had put their trust in me. I have failed as an entrepreneur. I fought for a long time, but today I gave up as I could not take any more pressure from one of the private equity partners forcing me to buy back shares, a transaction I had completed six months ago by borrowing a large sum of money from a friend. Tremendous pressure from other lenders led to me succumbing to the situation... My intention was never to cheat or mislead anybody, I have failed as an entrepreneur. This is my sincere submission, I hope someday you will understand, forgive and pardon me..."

Several factors increase the risk of suicide, for example, living alone, unemployment, a recent sense of failure, childhood abuse and adverse childhood experiences, psychiatric disorders, medical illnesses, prior history of suicidal attempts or family history of attempted suicide. Suicidal ideation is also a risk factor for suicide....read more

Practice Updates

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Drug-resistant superbug spreading in Europe's hospitals

Superbugs resistant to emergency antibiotics are spreading in hospitals, a Europe-wide study shows. The spread of resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae was "extremely concerning", researchers from the Sanger Institute said.

This is the largest study of carbapenem resistance in K. pneumoniae, with 244 hospitals involved from Ireland to Israel. Researchers analyzed the bacterium's DNA from samples from infected patients.... read more


New Type 2 Diabetes Drugs Not Linked to UTIs

Use of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors for the treatment of type 2 diabetes does not appear to increase the risk for urinary tract infections (UTIs) compared with two other new classes of type 2 diabetes agents, results from a large population-based study suggest.

In the study of two large US-based commercial claims databases, comparisons of more than 100,000 individuals with type 2 diabetes initiating SGLT-2 inhibitors with matched patients initiating either... read more


Acupuncture Shows Promise in Chronic Stable Angina

Acupuncture may help alleviate angina symptoms when added to antianginal medication in patients with chronic stable angina (CSA), suggests a multicenter study conducted in China.

Acupuncture administered three times weekly on acupoints in the disease-affected meridian (DAM) was superior to that in the nondisease affected meridian (NAM), sham acupuncture (SA),... read more

Medical Voice

WHO urges countries to invest in eliminating hepatitis

WHO has called on countries to take advantage of recent reductions in the costs of diagnosing and treating viral hepatitis and scale up investments in disease elimination. A new study by WHO, published in Lancet Global Health, has found that investing US$6bn per year in eliminating hepatitis in 67 low- and middle-income countries would avert 4.5 million premature deaths by 2030,... 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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