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6th November 2018
Adverse health effects of particulate matter

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Whenever we talk of air pollution, suspended particulate matter or PM as it is commonly referred to, is generally taken as representative of the level of pollution. In all there are eight air quality parameters, which are taken into consideration when the Air Quality Index (AQI) is calculated: Suspended particulate matter (PM2.5 and PM10), sulfur dioxide (SO2), ozone (O3), nitrogen oxides (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), ammonia (NH3) and lead (Pb).

Particulate matter consists of a complex mixture of solid and liquid particles of organic and inorganic substances suspended in the more

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MBBS curriculum in India undergoes revision after two decades

India has finally revised its MBBS curriculum after a long gap of 21 years, recognising the importance of training students not just to be good doctors, but also good communicators. The Medical Council of India on Friday finalised the new undergraduate curriculum, which will roll out nationally from the 2019 session starting August. The Board of Governors has approved the... read more

WMA invites comments on its Statement on reducing dietary sodium intake

Please read and make suggestions for changes to this document before January 10, 2019. THE WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, INC. ... read more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 6th November 2018

Marathon runners can also donate blood. According to a 2016 meta-analysis published in the Journal of Blood Transfusion, the haemoglobin (Hb) concentration in our bodies is reduced by 7 per cent after a blood donation. The Hb concentration in our bodies then gradually returns to normal over the next two weeks. A reduced Hb concentration will result in lower oxygen-carrying capacity affecting the running.... read more

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Vitamin D levels in the blood are linked to cardiorespiratory fitness and higher levels of vitamin D are associated with better exercise capacity, according to a study published October 30, 2018 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Participants in the top quartile of vitamin D had a ... read more

Traumatic brain injuries can lead to long-term neurological and psychiatric disorders

A new study presented at the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition says that children who experience traumatic brain injury are at higher risk of developing headache, depression and mental or intellectual disorders up to five years post-trauma. According to the study, only 59% of children with traumatic brain injury could expect to be ... read more

Benznidazole lowers mortality risk in Chagas disease

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The first cannabis-based medication approved by the US FDA

Epidiolex, the first cannabis-based medication approved by the US FDA, is now available by prescription in all 50 states. The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in patients 2 and older to treat two types of epileptic syndromes: Dravet syndrome, a rare genetic dysfunction of the brain that begins in the first year of life, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a form of epilepsy ... read more

A new treatment option for postpartum depression

An FDA advisory committee voted overwhelmingly to recommend approval for brexanolone, the first drug that would be specifically approved for patients with postpartum depression. Members of the FDA's Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee and the Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee voted 18-0 on whether the sponsor, Sage Therapeutics, ... read more

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Timely counselling can help detect genetic disorders before birth
Pre-nuptial genetic screening should be made mandatory
New Delhi, 5th November 2018: A person who marries a total stranger with no relation to their community has a 1% risk of babies being born with a genetic disorder. However, marrying within one’s own community, inside the same genetic pool, can increase the risk by 6% to 7%, indicate statistics. Given that there is low level of awareness about this, particularly in the rural belt of India, it becomes imperative to educate people on genetic health. Early genetic counselling can help identify and tackle various genetic disorders at an early stage.

Endogamy and consanguineous marriage practices are still prevalent in India and increase the risk of children born with genetic disorders. Genetic screening and counselling can help people make informed decisions, be it a pregnant mother or soon-to-be married partners.

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