Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
6th July 2019

Health Budget 2019-20: Unfulfilled expectations

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The budget for the year 2019-20 was presented by the Government yesterday. We had great expectations from the budget with respect to an increase in healthcare expenditure. But once again, health did not seem to be of priority as there was no mention of health directly. Although indirectly, the government has emphasized on the Swachh Bharat Mission with an aim to make India 100% open defecation free by 2nd October, 2019. Housing for all, power for all by 2020 and tap water for all ‘Har Ghar Jal’ by 2024.

The budget allocated for national programs such as National Mental Health Programme, National Programme for prevention and control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, National Programme for Health Care for the Elderly and National Programme for Control of Blindness remain the same as they were last year. Though, the Tobacco Control Programme and Drug Deaddiction Programme did see an increase from 64 Cr in 2018-19 to 65Cr in 2019-20....read more


Only foods that contain 20 mg gluten/kg or less can be labelled as 'gluten-free', says FSSAI

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Recognizing the challenges faced by celiac patients, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has established the standard for 'gluten free foods' and their labelling requirements under the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011. It has released a guidance note, set up standards and made easy to perform rapid tests available for the common consumer. The key takeaways from the guidance note:

People with celiac disease should not consume food product containing gluten (wheat, barley etc.)

  • Only foods that contain 20 mg gluten/kg or less can be labelled as 'gluten-free'.
  • The patients with celiac disease should: ...read more
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Risk of Stillbirth May Be Higher in Prolonged Pregnancies

Risk of stillbirth at term increases considerably for low-risk pregnancies continuing beyond 40 weeks, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis. Stillbirth risk steadily increased from 0.11 per 1,000 pregnancies at 37 weeks (95% CI 0.07-0.15) to 3.18 per 1,000 at 42 weeks (95% CI 1.84-4.35), reported Shakila Thangaratinam, MBBS, of the Queens Mary University of London, and colleagues. ... read more

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