Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
3rd March 2019

Top health concerns of 2019

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Air pollution

Nine out of ten people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). And it's just not outdoor air pollution; household (indoor) air pollution also causes 4 million deaths annually.

Air pollution has now emerged as a major environmental risk factor for health; particulate matter (PM 2.5/10), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) are pollutants with the strongest evidence for public health concern. It not only contributes to chronic illnesses but also acute cardiovascular and respiratory events such as stroke, heart attack, acute asthma attack and acute exacerbation of COPD. The WHO further says, "The health effects of air pollution are serious - one third of deaths from stroke, lung cancer and heart disease are due to air pollution. This is having an equivalent effect to that of smoking tobacco, and much higher than, say, the effects of eating too much salt"....read more

Lack of safeguards for patient rights in India
Patients & health workers protest breach of rights at private hospitals

Advocate Ira Gupta

On 26.02.2019, hundreds gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to protest the lack of safeguards for patient rights in India, especially at private hospitals.

Patients, their families and health workers came together to kick off a nationwide campaign. They are also petitioning the Government to act on issues of medical malpractice, overcharging, violation of rights and the lack of accountability at private hospitals.

They met with Health Ministry Officials on Tuesday to put forward their three key demands.....read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Wildlife Day: "Life below water: for people and planet"

World Wildlife day is dedicated to celebrate and raise awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. For the first time, the day has focused on life below water under the theme "Life below water: for people and planet", which aligns with Goal 14 of UN Sustainable Development Goals..... read more

Today is World Hearing Day: "Check your hearing!"

World Hearing Day is held on 3rd March each year to raise awareness of how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and to promote ear and hearing care across the world. Before 2016 it was known as International Ear Care Day..... read more

WHO launches the hearWHO app for mobile devices to help detect hearing loss

To mark the World Hearing Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) has launched "hearWHO", a free application for mobile devices which allows people to check their hearing regularly and intervene early in case of hearing loss. The app is targeted at those who are at risk of hearing loss or who already experience some of the symptoms related to hearing loss.... read more

Medical marijuana may help older patients with their ailments

Medical marijuana may bring relief to older people who have symptoms like pain, sleep disorders or anxiety due to chronic conditions including amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, neuropathy, spinal cord damage and multiple sclerosis, according to a preliminary study to be presented at the upcoming American Academy of... read more

Frailty may be a new screening criterion for fitness for an operation

Estimation of frailty, a decline in function and resistance to short-term stress that typically occurs in old age, can help determine a patient's physical fitness for a nonurgent operation. Frailty was linked to greater risk of postoperative complications among adults of all ages, longer hospital stay,.... read more

Lymphadenectomy does not improve survival in advanced ovarian cancer

Systematic pelvic and paraaortic lymphadenectomy in patients with advanced ovarian cancer who had undergone intraabdominal macroscopically complete resection and had normal lymph nodes both before and during surgery was not associated with longer overall or progression-free survival than no lymphadenectomy and was associated with a higher incidence of postoperative complications.... read more

Medical Voice

Hypercoagulation after Cardiac Arrest: Should we give clot dissolving drug in each case?

Intra- and post-arrest care for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) requires careful management of the complex interaction between clot formation (coagulation) and its natural resolution (fibrinolysis).... read more

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Leading a healthy lifestyle is harm reduction for people susceptible to Type 2 diabetes
India is set to become the diabetes capital of the world
New Delhi, 2 March 2019: Taking vitamin C supplements can help diabetics by lowering elevated blood sugar levels throughout the day, a study has found. The research also found that vitamin C lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, suggesting benefits for heart health too. While physical activity, good nutrition and current diabetes medications are standard care and very important for managing type 2 diabetes, some people can find it tough to manage their blood glucose levels even with medication.

It is alarming to note that one in every four (25.3%) people under 25 with diabetes in India has adult-onset type-2 diabetes. This condition should ideally strike only older adults with a family history of diabetes, obesity, unhealthy diets and inactivity.

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