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6th February 2016
FDA reveals action plan to reassess its Opioid Policies
The widespread misuse of opioid drugs in the US is leading to a rise in the incidence of opioid abuse, addiction and overdose. Concerned at this upward trend of opioid misuse, the FDA has announced changes in its approach to these medications. The multicomponent plan of the FDA to tackle this problem has been summarized in an article published online February 4, 2016 in the New England Journal of Medicine. To achieve its goals, the FDA will involve outside experts in the field of pain management and drug abuse.
Robert Califf, MD, the FDA's Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco said, "We are determined to help defeat this epidemic through a science-based and continuously evolving approach. This plan contains real measures this agency can take to make a difference in the lives of so many people who are struggling under the weight of this terrible crisis."
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Zika Virus Update
  • RT-PCR test would remain the standard diagnostic test.
  • As of now, there is no commercially available test for Zika virus disease.
  • Serological tests are not indicated.
  • NCDC Delhi and NIV Pune have the capacity to provide lab diagnosis of Zika virus.
  • Ten more laboratories are being added to the loop.
  • Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry are the states where Dengue transmission is currently going on. In the month of January, 438 cases were recorded in Tamil Nadu and 226 in Kerala.  
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Top News
Practice Updates
NEJM Update: Legionnaire's disease may also spread from person-to-person
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: New guidance recommends bisphosphonate holidays for patients at a low risk of fracture
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Update: Cervical pessary use reduces spontaneous preterm birth rate
JAMA Neurology: RUN DMC Study
Hypertension Update: Prehypertension in pregnancy may have poor fetal outcomes
British Journal of Cardiology Update: Focused cardiac USG may aid diagnosis of pulmonary embolism
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Probiotics may reduce cardiometabolic risk factors in healthy obese
Journal of American Academy of Dermatology: Overuse of antibiotics in acne adds to antibiotic resistance
Cardiovascular Diabetology Update: Echocardiography may help risk stratification in patients with type 2 diabetes with no cardiac disease
Journal of Urology Update: Prognostic impact of a positive vascular margin in with pT3 clear cell renal cell carcinoma
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Criticare 2016 Live Updates
Welcome to Agra, the city of Taj
Dear Friends
It gives us immense pleasure to welcome you to CRITICARE 2016, a joint meeting of the 22nd annual Conference of Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine and International Sepsis Forum. The venue of the conference, Jay Pee Palace Hotel & Convention Centre, is a glorious structural blend of red stone and marble spread over 25 acres elegantly landscaped luxuriant greenery.
Continuing with the history of ISCCM, a galaxy of international and national faculties will share their knowledge and expertise in the field of critical care in this conference. Reputed international organizations like ISF from the United States and critical care societies from world over are participating in the conference.
This is a great opportunity to see the grandeur and beauty of the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World and a great gift of love to the world by our country. The city is situated in the western part of Uttar Pradesh and is very important education and economical hub of India.
Once again we extend a cordial welcome to you all and look forward to your active participation in CRITICARE 2016 in one of the most beautiful tourist city of India.
Warm Regards
Criticare 2016 Updates
Lifestyle Updates
Lighter Reading
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
Quizzes and Cases
Photo Quiz
Press Release
IMA supports the Supreme Courts recent direction asking the Centre to frame guidelines and regulate working condition of nurses in our country
 Hospitals can no more ask nurses to sign a service bond and keep their certificates
New Delhi, February 5, 2016: The Supreme Court has recently directed the Centre to frame guidelines to regulate the working conditions for nurses in our country and also consider fixing minimum wages for them. The health ministry has been asked to form a committee within a month to evaluate the working conditions of nurses. This committee is to submit its recommendations to the centre to frame guidelines.
The Indian Professional Nurses' Association has filed that claims that with no guidelines in place to regulate their service conditions, nurses were being treated as bonded laborers. The hospitals force the nurses to deposit their original certificates and to execute a personal bond, under the terms of which they could leave their jobs, only if they paid a large sum of money.
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IMA Updates
 IMA Polio Dates
  • April 1st: tOPV would not be available after this date.
  • April 11th: bOPV would be available in private market but it is not to be opened or used before 25th April.
  • April 25: IMA Polio Switch Day, when tOPV would be completely withdrawn and replaced by bOPV in both routine immunization and polio campaigns.
  • 9th May: IMA National Validation Day when India would be declared free of tOPV. 

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The Indian Medical Association (IMA) presents a series of weekly webcasts for the benefit of the Indian medical profession, engaging you with the latest in advocacy efforts for doctors, through an interactive exclusive digital webcast partnership with eMediNexus.

Next Webcast: 11th February 2016