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5th December, 2017
Straight from the Heart: IMA Issues

An Inter-Ministerial (Health, Consumer, Law and Home) committee was formed at the insistence of IMA; practically met every month during the last one year to take IMA issues forward. MOH recommendations for various issues of IMA so far are as follows:

Clinical Establishment Act

  • To take the police out of appropriate CEA authorities
  • To exempt entry level NABH Accreditations Centre from CEA registration formalities
  • To facilitate single window registration of medical establishments
  • To redefine the word to stabilize in the CEA Act means to “to provide first aid/ basic life support”
  • Standard treatment guidelines are advisory in more
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Top News

Govt approves launch of National Nutrition Mission

New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) The government has approved the launch of the National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to tackle the problems of under-nutrition, low birth weight and stunting, with a budget of Rs 9,046 crore for a period of three years. The mission, commencing 2017-18, has a target to reduce under-nutrition and low birth weight by 2 per cent each year.... read more

Today is World Soil Day: “Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground”

World Soil Day is held every year on December 5 as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources. Despite the essential role that soil plays in human livelihoods, there is a worldwide increase in degradation of soil resources due to inappropriate management practices,... read more

Practice Updates
FDA approves first biosimilar for the treatment of certain breast and stomach cancers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ogivri (trastuzumab-dkst) as a biosimilar to Herceptin (trastuzumab) for the treatment of patients with breast or metastatic stomach cancer (gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma) whose tumors overexpress the HER2 gene (HER2+) more

Simple blood test may predict MRI disease activity in MS

A blood test to monitor a nerve protein, neurofilament light chain, in the blood of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may help predict whether disease activity is flaring up, according to a study published November 29, 2017 in Neurology. An increase of 10 pg/ml in a person was associated with a 48% increased risk of developing a new T1 lesion and 62% increased risk of a new T2 more

High rates of burnout observed in Oncology Physician Assistants

A new Physician Assistant (PA)-based study published November 30, 2017 in the Journal of Oncology Practice has found that though career satisfaction was 86.4% and specialty satisfaction was 88.8%, burnout was reported in 34.8% of PAs. Factors associated with burnout included time spent on indirect patient care tasks, oncology subspecialty,... read more

Erenumab may prevent episodic migraine, says study

Erenumab administered subcutaneously at a monthly dose of 70 mg or 140 mg significantly reduced migraine frequency, the effects of migraines on daily activities, and the use of acute migraine–specific medication over a period of 6 months, according to a study published online November 30, 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine.... read more

CPAP lowers risk of seizure in epilepsy patients with OSA

As per findings of a study presented at the American Epilepsy Society meeting in Washington, treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) may reduce seizure risk in patients with epilepsy. Responder rate at 1 year was greater in CPAP-treated (63%) and no OSA (44) vs untreated OSA (14%).... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
People with Darier’s disease can go into depression
It is a rare disorder, inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern
New Delhi, 04 December 2017: Recently, a case of Darier’s disease was reported from a city in North India. So far, about 15 cases have occurred in India, with this being the first in Uttar Pradesh. The disease is so rare that it affects only one out of one lakh people. Although the disease does not kill, it can be potentially debilitating for the person in question and put them on lifelong precautionary treatment.
Darier disease is a skin condition characterized by wart-like blemishes on the body. The blemishes are usually yellowish in color, hard to the touch, mildly greasy, and can emit a strong odor. The most common sites for blemishes are the scalp, forehead, upper arms, chest, back, knees, elbows, and behind the ear.
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