Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
4th January 2019
Analysis of Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 as passed in Lok Sabha on 20.12.2018

Dr KK Aggarwal & Advocate Ira Gupta

The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018 was introduced in Lok Sabha on 05.01.2018 and the same was passed in the Lok Sabha on 20.12.2018. Before introducing the said Bill, the same would have been open for public discussions and suggestions. It is very astonishing that when the Bill was open for public discussions and suggestions, no association objected to the same. Even after the introduction of the Bill in Lok Sabha, none of the association of any field objected to the said Bill and now when the same has been passed by Lok Sabha, everybody is criticizing it.

Even if any association or any individual want to raise objection to the said Bill, then the same should be done collectively by all industries as Consumer Protection Bill is not only confined to medical or health care sector. It applies to all industries and sectors and if all sectors raise their objections collectively, only then will the Government consider their objections and suggestions....read more


More than 4 lakh patients die from medical errors in the US: Medical errors are inevitable in medical practice

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

According to a new study published in the BMJ, online May 3, 2018, more than 2 lakh deaths in the US are due to medical errors.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine examined four separate studies that analyzed medical death rate data from 2000 to 2008. Then, using hospital admission rates from 2013, they extrapolated that based on a total of 35,416,020 hospitalizations; they calculated 251,454 deaths were due to a medical error, which translates to 9.5% of all deaths annually in the US. This number is much higher than respiratory disease, which as per the CDC is the third leading cause of death and kills around 150,000 people in a year.....read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Braille Day

Today is World Braille Day, which is observed to raise awareness of the importance of braille as a means of communication in the full realization of the human rights for blind and partially sighted people.... read more


Cabinet approves restructuring of National Health Agency as "National Health Authority"

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the restructuring of existing National Health Agency as "National Health Authority" for better implementation of Pradhan Mantri - Jan Arogya Yojana (PM-JAY).... read more


AAN calls for uniformity of brain death determination

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is calling for uniform brain death laws, policies and practices to provide the highest quality patient-centered neurologic and end-of-life care in a new position statement published in the January 2, 2019, online issue of Neurology....read more


Longer sleep duration including daytime napping is associated with increased cardiovascular risk

Results of a study of 116,632 people from 21 countries published online Dec. 5, 2019 in the European Heart Journal show that estimated total sleep duration of 6 to 8 hours daily is associated with the lowest risk of deaths and major cardiovascular events. Daytime napping is associated with increased risks of major cardiovascular .... read more


Mediterranean diet named the best for 2019

The Mediterranean diet has won the gold as 2019's best overall diet in rankings announced Wednesday by US News and World Report.
The analysis of 41 eating plans also gave the Mediterranean diet the top spot in several subcategories: ... read more


The five most addictive substances in the world

Heroin: It has been ranked as the most addictive drug with a score of 3 out of a maximum score of 3. Heroin is an opiate that causes the level of dopamine in the brain's reward system to increase by up to 200% in experimental animals. In addition to being arguably the most addictive drug, heroin is dangerous,... read more


Top 5 Infectious Disease Concerns to Watch in 2019

The growing hesitancy to vaccinate children as a collective behavior is something to watch in 2019, as it could lead to the re-emergence of infectious diseases previously eliminated in the United States.... read more


HIV-uninfected men on PrEP at risk of sexually acquired hepatitis C infection

A study published online Nov. 20, 2018 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has reported 15 likely sexually acquired hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among 14 men who have sex with men (MSM) using preexposure prophylaxis... read more

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Your yoga mat might be hiding potentially dangerous microbes
Disinfectant sprays and impregnated yoga mats contain triclosan – chemical responsible for antibiotic resistance
 
New Delhi, 3rd January 2019: If you are someone who spends a considerable amount of time every day at the gym or exercising in a public facility, it is time to be wary. That yoga mat you use, and other such surfaces covered in dust, may be a repository of antibiotic-resistant microbes, indicates a recent study. What is even more alarming is the fact that these microbes may not have developed this resistance because of the overuse of antibiotics, but because of a chemical commonly used in sanitizers: triclosan.

Triclosan may be banned from hand soaps, but its continued use in a myriad of other products, from disinfectant sprays to impregnated clothing, yoga mats,

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