Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
3rd February 2019
Budgetary allocation for health in the budget this year: The ups and downs

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The total budget for health has been increased this year and is the highest in the last two financial years. With Rs 61,398 crore allocated for 2019-20, this is a 16% increase over the Rs 52,800 crore in the current financial year (2018-19).

As expected, the Ayushman Bharat scheme gets a major share of this.

Rs. 6,400 crore has been set aside for the Ayushman Bharat scheme for 2019-20. Of this, Rs. 250 crores are for setting up Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres under the National Urban Health Mission and Rs. 1350 crore are for the Health and Wellness Centres under the National Rural Health Mission. ...read more

Revisiting 2018 clinical practice guidelines: ESC Syncope guidelines

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on syncope say that the challenge for doctors is to identify the small number of patients in whom syncope is caused by a potentially life-threatening heart problem. ESC also recommends that intermediate or high risk patients should be evaluated in the emergency department or an outpatient syncope clinic. These guidelines were released in March 2018.

Syncope has been defined in the guidelines as "transient loss of consciousness (TLOC) due to cerebral hypoperfusion, characterized by a rapid onset, short duration, and spontaneous complete recovery"....read more

Practice Updates

10 lakh patients treated so far under Ayushman Bharat scheme

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said 10 lakh patients have been treated so far under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, the world's largest health care programme. Presenting the Budget for 2019-20 in the Lok Sabha, Goyal also said the government has been providing cheaper drugs through Jan Aushadhi... read more

World in grip of 'high impact weather' as US freezes, Australia sizzles, parts of South America deluged

"High impact weather" has gripped much of the world so far this year, the UN weather agency, WMO, reported on Friday, with "dangerous and extreme cold in North America, record high heat and wildfires in Australia, heavy rains in parts of South America, and heavy snow on the Alps and Himalayas.... read more

FDA warns patients and doctors about recall of home-use test strips used with unauthorized device to monitor blood thinner warfarin

The US Food and Drug Administration is warning patients and doctors, who use at-home or in-the-office medical devices to monitor levels of the blood thinner warfarin, that certain test strips used with the devices may provide inaccurate results and should not be relied upon to adjust the drug dosage.... read more

Cervical cancer is the third most common cancer among women in Latin America and the Caribbean

Washington, D.C., February 1, 2019- In commemoration of World Cancer Day, on February 4, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is striving to accelerate prevention and control efforts to create a future without cervical cancer, which is the third most common cancer among women in Latin America and the Caribbean, but one that can be prevented. ...read more

Weight fluctuations predict poor prognosis in type 2 diabetes patients

A post-hoc analysis of the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) trial has shown that fluctuating body weight is a predictor of poor prognosis in patients with type 2 diabetes, independent of cardiac risk factors and body mass index.... read more

Radiotherapy-associated angiosarcoma may develop in women with breast cancer

Although rare, approximately one in 1000 women will go on to develop radiotherapy-associated angiosarcoma (RAAS) post-radiotherapy for breast cancer. Surgery alone is sufficient to treat the disease in most cases. These findings are published online Jan. 24, 2019... read more

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Have we found an answer to ZIKA
Prior dengue infection may reduce chances of symptomatic Zika infection
New Delhi, 2nd February 2019: Researchers from IIT Mandi have identified a drug target in the Zika virus that can bind with an existing antimalarial drug to inhibit the spread of the disease in the human body including the pregnant woman.

The target for drugs combating Zika virus ( and other flavi-viruses) pathogenicity is NS2B-NS3 protease, which plays an essential role in hydrolysis and maturation of the flavivirus polyprotein.

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