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

Breaking the silence on Chagas disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

On 22 May, World Heart Federation (WHF) held a WHA side event, in collaboration with the Chagas Coalition and the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), titled Chagas Disease: Breaking the Silence.

The event aimed to raise awareness of Chagas Disease, especially in light of the upcoming WHO Roadmap on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and to support the campaign for an official WHO World Chagas Day, which was approved just a few days later by the World Health Assembly.

Here are some key facts about Chagas disease.....read more


Eliminated measles has made a comeback in the US

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

971 cases of measles have been reported in the United States this year as per the CDC. The year now has the greatest number of cases in a single year in nearly three decades. The number of cases in 1994 was 963, which was lower than in 1992 when there were 2,237 cases. Cases have been reported in 26 states this year so far.

Measles was officially eliminated in the United States in 2000, meaning it was no longer continuously transmitted in the country.

Before widespread use of the highly effective measles vaccine, around 30-40 lakh people got measles each year in the US with 400 to 500 deaths and 48,000 hospitalizations. ...read more

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Practice Updates

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Infections Linked to Hedgehogs

A CDC investigation update of a multistate outbreak of Salmonella infections linked to contact with pet hedgehogs has been posted at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/typhimurium-01-19/index.html.

The update states that 10 more people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella have been reported, bringing the total to 27 people. Two people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Forty-two percent of the ill people are children age 12 or younger ... read more


Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust in no confidence vote

A vote of no confidence in health bosses has been declared after the temporary closure of a hospital ward.

The 12 beds of Oxford Community Hospital shut because there were not enough nurses. Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said every effort would be made to reopen the beds. But Oxfordshire's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) criticized the trust for what it said was a lack of communication. .... read more


Depression may put women at risk of chronic diseases

Women who experience symptoms of depression, even without a clinical diagnosis, are at an increased risk of developing multiple chronic diseases, according to a study. The study, published in the journal Health Psychology, examined 7,407 middle-aged women (45-50 years) for over 20 years. During the study period, 43.2 per cent women experienced elevated symptoms of depression and just under half the cohort were diagnosed or took treatment for depression.... read more


Methylphenidate Dose Titration in ADHD Should Be Based on Outcomes

Dose titration of methylphenidate in patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) should aim to maximize the ratio of benefit to adverse effects, as there appears to be no scientific rationale for published maximum doses, according to a meta-analysis.

Various guidelines recommend titrating the dose of methylphenidate for maximal benefit with minimal adverse effects, and they usually specify approved dose ranges in the interests of safety. ... read more


US Drug Prices Rise in 'Highly Synchronized' Pattern, Study Finds

The costs for certain widely used medicines continue to rise in the United States even amid competition from similar products, according to a new study. The results run contrary to normal expectations about market forces on prices.

"That was one of the more disheartening findings" of the study, lead author Nathan E. Wineinger, PhD, from Scripps Research in La Jolla, California, said. In an article published in JAMA Network Open, Wineinger and his coauthors said they found ... read more


Immunotherapy Combo Boosts Response in Bladder Cancer

Dual checkpoint-inhibitor therapy showed greater activity against advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer but imposed more toxicity than a single agent, a preliminary clinical evaluation revealed. Pairing a lower dose of anti-PD-1 agent nivolumab (Opdivo) with a higher dose of the CTLA-4 inhibitor ipilimumab... 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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