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

ENDS also can be regulated under COTPA

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Health Ministry is proposing to ban Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in the country via a draft ordinance "Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019" as reported in the media. The said ordinance is being examined by a Group of Ministers (GoM) comprising of the health ministry as well as finance, commerce, agriculture, chemicals and petrochemicals and the food processing ministries.

The government intends to include ENDS under the D&C Act and had issued advisories prohibiting the manufacturing, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of ENDS and like devices. However, this position of the Government was challenged in the Delhi High Court, which issued a stay on these advisories based on the contention that ENDS do not come under the definition of “drug” as cited in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and therefore they cannot be banned under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act....read more

Mera Bharat Mahan 21: Science behind Chinese whispers

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The game of Chinese whispers is a classic example of violent communication and gossip.

Gossip is defined as – when you talk about others in their absence without facts or source. It invariably involves judgments about somebody without facts. It is neither based on facts nor is it necessary and kind.

Chinese whisper is an exercise where in a gathering a sentence is given to one person and this sentence is whispered to the ear of the second person in the line and so on passed forwards till it reaches back to the same person. By the time it reaches the same person, the facts are usually distorted....read more

Practice Updates

Anti-stigma campaign 'Let's Talk About Dementia' marks beginning of World Alzheimer's Month in the Americas

An Americas-wide campaign launched by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) aims to get people talking more comfortably and openly about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. 1 September marks the beginning of the month of awareness. 'Let's Talk About Dementia' is based on the understanding that talking about dementia helps tackle the stigma, normalizes language and encourages... read more

Six WHO South-East Asia countries felicitated for public health achievements

Ministers of Health of six Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region were felicitated for public health achievements in recent months such as measles elimination, hepatitis B control, and elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. Sri Lanka was recognized for eliminating measles; Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand for becoming the first four countries from the Region to control Hepatitis B; and Maldives for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.... read more

New York City measles outbreak has ended, health officials say

A massive measles outbreak that spread across parts of Brooklyn since October has ended, New York City health officials announced Tuesday. This marks the end of the largest measles outbreak New York City has seen in nearly three decades. No new cases have been reported since mid-July, the city's health department said, but officials will continue ... read more

Inflammation in Adolescence Linked to Early Mortality

Inflammation during late adolescence may be associated with early death from cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), a large study published online in JAMA Pediatrics suggests. The investigators used erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) data as a nonspecific marker of inflammation. During a mean follow-up of 35 years (maximum age 57 years), 4835 of the men died; underlying causes of death included cancer,... read more

Intense Step Training May Improve Walking, Balance After Stroke

High-intensity step training that mimics real-world conditions could better promote walking ability after a patient experiences a stroke compared with traditional, low-impact training, new research suggests. In a study of 90 patients who had weakness on one side of the body after experiencing a stroke 6 months previously, high-intensity step training was associated with greater improvements in both walking ability and gait symmetry than low-intensity training,... read more

Medical Voice

A high-level group recommends "Right to Health" to be declared a fundamental right

New Delhi: A high-level group (HLG) on health sector constituted by the Fifteenth Finance Commission has recommended that 'Right to Health' be declared a fundamental right on the 75th Independence Day in 2022and the Constitution be amended to shift the subject of health from the state list to the concurrent list. The HLG also suggested separating training for medical teachers and service providers and prohibiting medical college faculty from professional private practice. The idea of making healthcare a right has been a matter of debate for long....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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