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4th August 2018
Current scenario of health care resources in India

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

  • Total number of registered Allopathic doctors is 1,041,395 (up to 2017)
  • Assuming 80% availability, an estimated 8.33 lakh doctors may be actually available for active service.
  • Doctor-population ratio 1:1596 as against 1:1000 as prescribed by the WHO.
  • Patient-bed ratio: 0.9 beds per 1,000 population.
  • Govt spending for health care: Rs 1,112 per capita, which means only Rs 3 per day is spent per day for the healthcare of an average Indian
  • Health Sector spending 1.16% of the GDP (proposed to increase to 2.5% of the GDP in National Health Policy 2017)
  • Govt. contribution to health insurance 32% (vs 83.5% in UK) more
Top News

Govt launches Swachh Bharat Summer Internship for students

The Government of India has launched a "Swachh Bharat Summer Internship- 100 hours of Swachhta" program for the students of Universities and Higher Education Institutions. The students are to devote approximately 100 hours conducting Swachhta- related activities in villages selected by them and approved by their parent institution. The participants are to conduct ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 4th August 2018

Obesity extends duration of influenza A virus shedding: NIH Obesity, which increases influenza disease severity, also extends by about 1.5 days how long influenza A virus is shed from infected adults compared to non-obese adults, according to a multi-year study of two cohorts of Nicaraguan households. The findings implicate chronic inflammation caused by obesity as well as increasing age as reasons for extended viral shedding, which puts others at risk of infection. ... read more

Practice Updates

A protein may be key to preserving heart function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy

The brain-derived neurotrophic factor protein, which is vital to brain function might also protect failing hearts in children and young adults with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Associationís Basic Cardiovascular ... read more

Obese adults shed influenza A virus for longer duration

Obese adults with two or more symptoms of influenza A shed the virus 42% longer than non-obese adults, 5.2 days vs 3.7 days, according to a multi-year study of two cohorts of Nicaraguan households published August 2, 2018 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases... read more

Insulin resistance is common in non-diabetic patients with Parkinson's disease

Insulin resistance is common in non-diabetic patients with Parkinson's disease, despite normal levels of blood sugar, which is often underdiagnosed, says a study published June 13, 2018 in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. BMI was found to be the only significant predictor of insulin... read more

TPVR with Melody valve is safe and feasible in native right ventricular outflow tracts

Transcatheter pulmonary valve replacement (TPVR) with the Melody valve is safe and feasible even in native right ventricular outflow tracts (RVOTs) for patients with congenital heart defect, suggests a retrospective Multicenter Pediatric Heart Network Scholar Study reported online ... read more

Include race in screening criteria for lung cancer, says study

New research published online August 2, 2018 in JAMA Oncology suggests inclusion of race to the criteria for lung cancer screening with low-dose CT (LDCT). Screening for lung cancer in an urban, largely black cohort doubled the rate of positive screens and detected lung cancers ... read more

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ADHD one of the many outcomes of cellphone addiction
Social media holidays and electronic curfew are key, and the change should start from adults
New Delhi, 03 August 2018: All that time teens spend glued to their phones may be affecting their brain and leading to symptoms of what is called the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As per recent research published in JAMA, frequent digital media use appeared to increase the risk of having symptoms of ADHD by about 10%. The risk was higher for boys than girls, and for teens who had depression or a previous history of getting into trouble.

ADHD can have many negative effects on teenagers including poor school performance. It can also increase their likelihood of undertaking risky activities as also substance abuse and legal problems.

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