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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
5th June 2016
Plant more trees to save our environment
Today is World Environment Day
 
Our environment is under threat and the biggest issue that faces us all today is pollution.
 
Air pollution is a major environmental risk to global health. And exposure to air pollution has been linked to many health problems ranging from acute and chronic respiratory disease to heart disease to stroke to lung cancer, to name a few.
 
It is important that we understand and take timely steps to eliminate these very serious issues.
 
We need to take care of our environment….and the only way we can do this is to plant more trees… It is one of the easiest and sustainable ways to better our environment.
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Indian Medical Association raises awareness about Zika Virus
amongst the public and the medical fraternity​
 
New Delhi, 04th June, 2016:  Zika, a viral infection causes fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes. It spreads mainly through Aedes mosquito bites. But can also spread from a pregnant mother to her unborn baby, and through anal, oral or vaginal sex.  If acquired during pregnancy it can cause microcephaly in foetus. If one is not pregnant or not planning to get pregnant it is likely to be harmless. 
Zika is seen in Africa, Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America, Mexico, Caribbean, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. No cases have yet been reported in India. Most (80%) people infected with Zika have no or only mild symptoms. If there are symptoms, they usually happen 2 to 12 days after being bitten by a mosquito that has the virus.
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