Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
3rd January 2019
Health should be one of the topmost priorities for the government

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

On New Year's Day, the Prime Minister gave an interview to ANI, wherein he touched upon various matters of interest to the country. But, a subject that was glaringly missing in his 90 minute conversation was that of Health.

The questions dealt more with current political issues, which will invariably crop up in the coming parliamentary election and the answers seemed to be aimed at reassuring the electorate.

The Prime Minister talked about political violence and also strongly condemned it....read more

FDA says certain antibiotics could rupture main artery

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

As per new US FDA warning fluoroquinolones antibiotics "can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body," the aorta and lead to dangerous bleeding or even death.

The FDA is requiring drug makers to add a new warning to the packaging, saying "fluoroquinolones should not be used in patients at increased risk unless there are no other treatment options available." The FDA says those patients are ones with "a history of blockages or aneurysms" of blood vessels, high blood pressure, certain genetic disorders and the elderly....read more

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Nearly 7 lakh provided treatment in first 100 days under PMJAY Ayushman Bharat

Over 6.95 lakh beneficiaries have availed free hospitalisation benefits worth Rs 924 crore in the first 100 days of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY), which offers Rs 5-lakh-a-year free health cover to 10.7 crore households.... read more

Delhi Govt. notifies Disability Act rules

TNN | Jan 2, 2019: Disabled people will now be able to avail benefits and concessions in education, health services, loans, jobs and other schemes with Delhi government notifying the rules under Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 on December 28 after a delay of over a year. The move aims at ensuring an inclusive environment for the differently-abled.... read more

Madras high court vacates stay on online sale of medicine

The Madras high court on Wednesday vacated an interim stay passed by it against online sale of medicines. The interim stay was to last till the central government notifies rules regulating the trade....read more

Govt introduces Aadhaar amendment bill in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, Jan 2 (PTI) The government on Wednesday introduced an amendment bill in Lok Sabha to provide legal backing for voluntary seeding of biometric Aadhaar ID with mobile numbers and bank accounts after the Supreme Court barred mandatory use of the 12-digit unique identifier by private firms..... read more

Over 395,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day

NEW YORK, 1 January 2019 - An estimated 395, 072 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, UNICEF said on Jan 1. Of those, a quarter will be born in South Asia alone. As the clock strikes midnight, Sydney will greet an estimated 168 babies, followed by 310 in Tokyo, 605 in Beijing, ... read more

Top 5 Infectious Disease Concerns to Watch in 2019

2018’s No. 1 emerging infection to watch out for is a continuing concern in 2019 as well. Candida auris, a type of yeast, is particularly pesky because it is often multidrug-resistant, is outbreak-prone in health care-related settings, and is difficult to identify. There have been nearly 500 cases confirmed in the United States... read more

Cardiac surgery does not adversely affect cognition, says study

A population-based study of more than 3000 adults aged 65 years and older evaluating cognitive change after cardiac surgery versus cardiac catheterization concluded that memory declines after heart surgery and cardiac catheterization were similar.... read more

Canagliflozin not associated with increased risk for fracture

A study published in Annals of Internal Medicine found that compared with a glucagon-line peptide-1 (GLP-1) agonist, canagliflozin, an SGLT2 inhibitor, was not associated with an increased risk for fracture in middle-aged patients with type 2... read more

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First-ever conversation with the Hon’ble Prime Minister for the new year finds sparing mention of health and pollution
Would have been encouraging to see the topics being addressed considering the larger scheme of things
New Delhi, 2nd January 2019: The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gave his very first interview for the year 2019 on 1st of January. All eyes and ears were on him to understand what he will speak of and address as a volley of questions was thrown at him. At a time when there is speculation about faith being lost in the party and its people, he answered every question with calm and composure expected from the leader of a country.

While there was talk on a plethora of issues from GST to the likely party to come to power, health, healthcare, and pollution seemed to be absent from the overall scheme of things.

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