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3rd April 2018
Areca nut is harmful to human health

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde said that a delegation would meet Union Health Minister JP Nadda on April 4 and submit him documents that support medicinal properties of areca nut (The Hindu, March 31, 2018).

Heart Care Foundation of India however says that evidence has shown an association between chewing areca nut or betel quid (areca nuts wrapped in betel leaves) and many cancers and a message should not be given to the public that areca nut is a medicine.

There is adequate evidence in published literature to show the harmful effects of areca nuts on health...... read more

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FSSAI plans awareness campaign to discourage handling currency notes and food simultaneously

The FSSAI has published a communication on currency notes and coins as a source of microbiological cross contamination on March 28, 2018. The communication advises food vendors, food sellers and others should avoid handling currency and food simultaneously. FSSAI recommends use of gloves to handle food and bare hands to handle currency..... read more

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Morning Medtalks with Dr K K Aggarwal 2nd April 2018

1. The crew of a private bus in the Fort Kochi-Aluva route was booked for not providing timely medical attention to a 40-year-old man who fell unconscious in the bus and died a day later. A traffic police warden took the initiative in taking the man to a hospital.
2. Bar Council of India has decided to allow members of Parliament and legislative assemblies to practise as advocates but said that those who move an impeachment motion against any judge of the higher judiciary will not be allowed.... read more

Practice Updates

Elderly patients with knee osteoarthritis prone to develop depression

A study published in the March 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society says that older people with pain and functional impairment of the knee joint are at a greater risk of developing depressive symptoms than those without. Pain at night while in bed and difficulty putting on socks,.... read more

Obesity associated with increasing cancers in young adults

Overweight and obesity may be contributing to the appearance of specific malignancies at younger ages, suggests a new study published online March 23, 2018 in Obesity..... read more

Measles infection during childhood may cause airflow obstruction later on

Measles during childhood measles may cause post-bronchodilator airflow obstruction in middle-aged adults and aggravated this effect in the presence of current clinical asthma and smoking at least 10 pack-years. These findings from the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS) are published online March 20, 2018.... read more

Reticular pseudodrusen more prevalent than reported

Analysis of the results from the Bridlington Eye Assessment Project (BEAP) show that reticular pseudodrusen is prevalent, and is most frequently seen in the upper–outer macular subfield, but also within the central subfield. In the study reported online March 1, 2018..... read more

A/C glycemic ratio predicts prognosis in patients with acute MI

According to a study reported in the April 2018 issue of Diabetes Care, acute-to-chronic (A/C) glycemic ratio is a better predictor of in-hospital morbidity and mortality than glycemia at admission in patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) and diabetes..... read more

ACG guidelines on the management of Crohn’s disease in adults

The American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) has published updated clinical practice recommendations for the management of Crohn’s disease in adult patients. The guideline is published March 27, 2018 online in the American Journal of Gastroenterology..... read more

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Patients with family history of high cholesterol should be screened early
New Delhi, 02nd April 2018: A person is said to be suffering from pre-mature heart disease when he is diagnosed with the condition before the age of 55 years in men 65 years in women. The prevalence of dyslipidemia in these patients is usually found to be as high as in the range of 75-85%, said Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA).

Dyslipidemia is high levels of cholesterol and/or triglycerides in the blood. About 54% of all patients with premature heart disease and 70% of those with a lipid abnormality have a familial disorder. Hence, it is recommended that the first-degree relatives of patients who have had a heart attack, especially if premature, should be screened for lipid abnormalities.

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