Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
5th June 2019

Nipah virus emerges again: College student in Kochi infected with Nipah

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Kochi, Jun 4 (PTI): Kerala Health Minister K K Shailaja confirmed Tuesday that a 23-year-old college student admitted to a hospital here has been infected with the Nipah virus. The results of blood samples of the student, which were tested at the National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune, have confirmed Nipah, she said. The result came this morning, she said. The student has been admitted to a private hospital here. Earlier, blood samples examined at two virology institutes--Manipal Institute of Virology and Kerala Institute of Virology and Infectious Diseases--had indicated Nipah.

The Nipah virus infection is an emerging zoonotic disease and has made its appearance once again in Kerala.....read more

Let's pledge to control air pollution on this World Environment Day

Dr KK Aggarwal

Today is World Environment Day and the theme for this year is “Air pollution”, a pressing environmental issue today.

Nine out of 10 people now breathe polluted air, which kills 7 million people every year, according to the WHO. And it's just not outdoor air pollution; household (indoor) air pollution also causes 4 million deaths annually. Air pollution has rightly been listed as one amongst the top 10 health concerns of 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Latest data show that India has seven of the world's worst 10 polluted cities and 22 of the worst 30 polluted cities....read more

Practice Updates

Today is World Environment Day

The United Nations, aware that the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue, which affects the well-being of people and economic development throughout the world, designated June 5 as World Environment Day.... read more

Nipah scare: Thiruvananthapuram dons battle gear

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of suspected Nipah case in Ernakulam, hospitals in the capital city are prepping up to deal with any sudden outbreak. The Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, has already started an emergency ICU unit to accommodate patients..... read more

FDA approves new treatment for hospital-acquired and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new indication for the previously FDA-approved drug, Zerbaxa (ceftolozane and tazobactam) for the treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia and ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia... read more

Poor Sleep May Increase COPD Exacerbation Risk

Poor sleep quality, assessed using a validated sleep questionnaire, was associated with higher COPD exacerbation risk over 18 months of follow-up in a Canadian prospective cohort study. Among 141 people with physician-diagnosed COPD, each 2-point increment in Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.... read more

ACP Guidance on Physician Impairment Emphasizes Rehabilitation

The American College of Physicians (ACP) issued a position paper on how clinicians and health systems should respond to evidence or suspicions of physician impairment. The authors emphasize that illness does not always mean impairment and that rehabilitating physicians and reintegrating them into practice should be the goal whenever possible..... read more

Medical Voice

Fasting may not be necessary before lipid test

In a post hoc prospective follow-up of a randomized clinical trial in which fasting and nonfasting lipid levels were measured in the same patients before randomization, researchers compared the association of each type of measurement with coronary and vascular outcomes. The primary endpoint of the original trial, the Anglo-Scandinavian Cardiac Outcomes Trial-Lipid Lowering Arm (ASCOT-LLA), was major coronary events, defined as nonfatal myocardial infarction and fatal coronary heart disease,.... 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

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Urgent need to address suicide amongst medical professionals: HCFI
Improved doctor-to-patient ratio and better working conditions are imperative
New Delhi, 4th June 2019: Demanding regulated working hours, and standardized working and living conditions, resident doctors across India have joined hands to start a unique campaign called - "I am overworked." As part of the campaign, the doctors will be wearing a band/badge with these words while doing their duty. The need of the hour is to address fatigue and burn out among doctors and raise awareness on the same.

The campaign is aimed at highlighting the issues of unregulated duty hours, poor working and living conditions and increasing number of depression and suicides among resident doctors in the country.

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