Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
4th June 2019

Doctor liable for acts of his assistants

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A doctor is "vicariously liable" for his team, which assists him in rendering treatment, the apex consumer commission NCDRC has said while directing the treating doctors and hospital to pay Rs 16 lakh to a couple who lost their 3 year old daughter, a blood cancer patient, after she was administered injection wrongly.

The commission noted that the girl was administered an injection wrongly which worsened her situation eventually leading to her death in July 2004.

"Keeping in view the deposition, the discharge summary, the treatment record and the expert opinion we are of the considered view that there was negligence on behalf of the Hospital and the treating Doctors in administering Vincristine to the Patient intrathecally"....read more

People with borderline high QT interval in ECG should not consume energy drinks

Dr KK Aggarwal

A new clinical trial published in the Journal of the American Heart Association reports that energy drinks can prolong QTc interval in ECG and raise blood pressure in volunteers.

Packed with caffeine and ingredients like guarana, taurine, ginseng, and B vitamins, these drinks promise to boost concentration, improve physical performance and reduce fatigue.

In the largest randomized, controlled clinical trial on the subject to date, researchers from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, along with collaborators from other institutions and led by Sachin A. Shah,....read more

Practice Updates

Youth hospitalized in Kerala tested positive for Nipah

The government in Kerala issued a high alert on Monday after the 23-year-old patient admitted in an isolation ward in Ernakulam district tested positive for the deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus, reported Hindustan Times yesterday.... read more

UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

Kicking off on Saturday the first-ever global Parenting Month, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is calling on world leaders to invest in family-friendly policies that support parents to give their children "the best start in life". According to UNICEF, the month of June is a time to focus on raising awareness of the impact that protection, nutrition and stimulation have on brains in the earliest years of life.... read more

Afternoon naps can boost kids’ happiness, IQ: Study

An afternoon nap can boost happiness as well as improve behavior and academic performance of children, a study has found. The study included nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders aged 10-12. Published in the journal SLEEP,... read more

Drug extends life of younger women with advanced breast cancer, study says

Younger women suffering from a common form of advanced breast cancer have experienced significantly improved survival rates when treated with a drug that targets cancer cells, according to the findings of an international clinical trial..... read more

Workplace Eating Habits Up Health Risks

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine finds that hospital employees who purchased the least healthy food in the cafeteria were more likely to have an unhealthy diet outside of work, be overweight and/or obese, and have risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, when compared to employees who made healthier purchases..... read more

What Happens When MS Patients Stop Treatment?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who stopped oral treatment for more than 60 days experienced more relapses, used more healthcare resources, and incurred higher costs than patients without treatment lapses, a retrospective analysis of U.S. insurance claims data showed.... read more

Medical Voice

Does vasectomy increase prostate cancer risk over time?

Vasectomy was found to be associated with a small but significantly increased risk of prostate cancer over the long run in a report of a comprehensive analysis of Danish nationwide registries led by Anders Husby, MD, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark. Vasectomy is associated with a long-term increased risk of prostate cancer, which manifests itself from 10 years after the procedure..... 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

eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
a. Arrange nursing home placement for the couple.
b. Consult the wife's health care practitioner about the wife's ability to care for her husband.
c. Contact the children to ascertain if they will definitely help.
d. Discuss community resources with the wife and offer to make referrals
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Be Positive
Inspirational Story 2: The Comfort Zone
An unhealthy diet is the root cause of diseases like cancer: HCFI
Physical activity and eating healthy are the cornerstones to good health
New Delhi, 3rd June 2019: More than 80,000 cancer cases in some parts of the world are linked to a poor diet, according to a study published in the journal JNCI Cancer Spectrum. The findings are comparable to the number of cancer cases linked to alcohol consumption, which amount to between 4 and 6%. Excessive body weight is linked to 7% to 8% of cases and lack of physical activity is associated with 2% to 3%. The need of the hour is to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy diet in preventing cancer.

Of all types of cancers, colorectal cancer had the highest link to poor diet. Apart from putting government-sponsored warning labels on red meats and other cancer-linked foods,

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