Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
5th May 2019
A bridge course for dentists and Ayush?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The Dental Council of India is asking for a bridge course for dentists, which will enable them to become mid-level healthcare providers. However, this has to be viewed in the right context.

A large number of seats in dental colleges are lying vacant for the past few years; this is particularly the case with the private dental colleges as these colleges charge a very high admission fee, running into several lakhs. Yet, private dental colleges keep mushrooming randomly.

Only 40 of around 300 dental colleges in the country are in the government sector (Press Information Bureau, October 13, 2018).....read more

The four keys to prevent cardiovascular disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

An estimated 80% of all CVD cases - heart disease, heart attack, heart failure, and stroke - can be prevented. The key is to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol and to maintain healthy habits, such as exercising regularly, eating a plant-based diet, getting enough sleep, and not smoking.

Exercise: Guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five times a week. "Doing more is better..... read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Hand Hygiene Day: "Clean care for all – it's in your hands"

World Hand Hygiene Day is an annual event observed on May 5. Through this event, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights the importance of good hand hygiene in health care to prevent infections including sepsis..... read more

Nepal responding to human case of influenza A

Nepal has launched a rapid response to its first human case of Influenza A (H5N1) or avian influenza. A close watch and monitoring is being maintained. WHO is working with the Ministry of Health and Population and supporting epidemiological investigation, risk assessment and implementation of measures to prevent and control further spread..... read more

Government and IIT-Delhi to set up a Centre of Excellence for Waste to Wealth Technologies

To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi) have come together to bring the best of science and technology to implement waste management in India..... read more

Plant-based diets reduce the risk of chronic kidney disease

In middle-aged adults, following a healthy plant-based diet was linked with a lower risk of developing chronic kidney disease. Following an overall plant-based diet or a healthy plant-based diet was linked with experiencing a slower decline in kidney function......read more

Out-of-pocket costs for medications to treat neurologic diseases have increased

The amount of money people pay out-of-pocket for drugs to treat neurologic conditions like multiple sclerosis, dementia and Parkinson’s disease has risen sharply over 12 years, with the most dramatic increase for multiple sclerosis (MS) medications,....read more

Medical Voice

First FDA-approved vaccine for the prevention of dengue disease in endemic regions

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Dengvaxia, the first vaccine approved for the prevention of dengue disease caused by all dengue virus serotypes (1, 2, 3 and 4) in people ages 9 through 16 who have laboratory-confirmed previous dengue infection and who live in endemic areas.

The first infection with dengue virus typically results in either no symptoms or a mild illness that can be mistaken for the flu or another viral infection. A subsequent infection can lead to severe dengue, including dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a more severe form of the disease that can be fatal..... read more

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Poor dental hygiene may be a warning sign for potential heart problems: HCFI
Smoking and drinking and irregular cleaning of teeth can cause infection

New Delhi, 4th May 2019: According to a recent study, common oral infection in childhood is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis in adulthood. The study particularly focused on periodontitis which is currently considered an independent risk factor for atherosclerotic vascular diseases. It is therefore imperative to prevent and treat oral infections during childhood.

Advanced gum disease, also called periodontitis, is caused by bacterial infection that damages the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. If left unchecked, the resulting inflammation can spread down below the gums and along the roots of the teeth, causing destruction of the periodontal ligament and the supporting bone. This ultimately leads to the loosening and potential loss of the teeth.

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