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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
6th July 2018
Burari suicides: Was it a case of mass suicide or an induced psychotic disorder?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Ever since the Burari deaths were reported, it has set us all thinking and trying to find answers about what might have happened, what were the preceding events that made the entire family commit such an act? I too have been trying to understand the reason behind these mass deaths.

Mass suicides may occur for a number of reasons. People can be brainwashed to commit mass suicides. In such cases, the mind is in an extremely parasympathetic or relaxed state of mind and so becomes a suggestive mind, one which is more receptive to accept and act on the suggestions of others. A person who is in an emotional state of mind tends to be more receptive to ideas and suggestions of others and is therefore more suggestible.

The sympathetic state is the ‘fight or flight’ response of the body which comes into action when the body perceives a threat. In a sympathetic state of mind, a person would fight off suggestions through the processes of conscious defenses and critical judgments..... read more


Top News

India may soon have a National Clean Air Programme

The National Clean Air Program (NCAP), which proposes multiple strategies to combat air pollution is likely to be notified by the end of this month, as per reports in ET Healthworld. "It (notification of NCAP) should be done soon, say, by the end of this month," Union environment secretary CK... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 6th July 2018

Burari suicides: Was it a case of mass suicide or an induced psychotic disorder? Ever since the Burari deaths were reported, it has set us all thinking and trying to find answers about what might have happened, what were the preceding events that made the entire family commit such an act? I too have been trying to understand the reason behind these mass deaths. .... read more

Practice Updates

Look for alternative cause for thrombocytopenia if platelet count is less than one lakh during pregnancy

As per a study published July 5, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the mean platelet counts decreased during pregnancy in all the women, beginning in the first trimester. But, a cause other than pregnancy or its complications should be considered in women who have a platelet count ... read more


Changes in brain in obstructive sleep apnea similar to those seen in dementia

Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with changes to the structure of the brain that are also seen in the early stages of dementia, according to a study published July 4, 2018 in the European Respiratory Journal. It has been suggested that the fall in oxygen due to sleep apnea may cause the.... read more


Children are less likely to be obese if their mothers adopt a healthy lifestyle

Children of mothers who maintained a healthy weight, exercised regularly, did not smoke, ate a healthy diet, and were light to moderate drinkers are at a substantially lower risk of developing obesity compared to children of mothers who don't make healthy lifestyle choices, suggests a study reported in The BMJ.... read more


Midlife fitness associated with lower risk of later-life depression and mortality due to heart disease

A study published online June 27, 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry has shown that men and women who are more physically fit at midlife had a 16% lower risk of depression and 56% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality after a diagnosis of depression in later life, suggesting that fitness is an important part of a ... read more


Prenatal folic acid may protect against subsequent psychosis in teenagers

Folic acid is known to prevent neural tube defects. A new study published online July 3, 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry has shown that prenatal exposure to folic acid may also reduce the risk for subsequent psychosis in teenagers.... read more


EMA approves fixed-dose oral combination of lesinurad and allopurinol for gout patients

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA's) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has approved a fixed-dose oral combination of lesinurad and allopurinol for the treatment of hyperuricemia in patients with gout in whom target serum uric acid levels are not achieved through treatment with allopurinol and diet alone.... read more


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• Conference on World Zoonosis Day discusses animal-to-human transmission of diseases
• Over 150 medical professionals including veterinary doctors deliberate on antibiotic resistance among other things
 

New Delhi, 5th July 2018: The first national conference on Anti-Microbial Resistance and 8th Annual National Conference on Prevention of Zoonotic diseases of Public Health Importance was held at the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi. The conference marked the World Zoonosis Day which falls on 6th July every year. It was organized by the Millennium India Education Foundation, VMMC & SJ Hospital, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and MEDTalks.

Over 150 medical and veterinary doctors from Delhi and neighboring states participated in the conference. The participants exchanged their experiences on diseases communicable from animals to humans such as Japanese Encephalitis, Ebola, Zika, CCHF. They expressed the need for inter-sectoral partnerships given the rapid influx of diseases world over, which have started crossing species barriers and taking human populations by surprise.

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