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7th June 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: SARS

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus. SARS was first reported from the Guangdong Province in China in 2002. Labelled as the first pandemic of the 21st century, SARS spread to 29 countries with more than more than 8000 cases.

Since 2003, SARS has reappeared on four counts: Three times from lab accidents (Singapore and Chinese Taipei), and once in southern China where the source of infection remains undetermined although there is circumstantial evidence of animal-to-human transmission (WHO).

  • SARS is caused by the SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV).
  • Animals eaten as exotic foods in southern China, particularly the palm civet, may be intermediate hosts.
  • Transmission: Humans acquire the infection from close person-to-person contact via droplet spread. The virus may also spread via contaminated surfaces or objects. Lack of or inadequate infection control precautions facilitate spread of the virus. Transmission mainly occurs during the 2nd week of illness, when the excretion of the virus in respiratory secretions and stool is at its peak.... read more

How can Electronic Health Records Improve your practice

Are you a medical practitioner, who dreams of expanding his practice, but the dreams get entangled with the daily operation of the practice? Does the doctor in you, has to take a back seat, to do the clerical tasks? Are you still stuck with physical paperwork? Electronic health records (EHR) is the answer to all your practice needs! With EHR, you can work hard and work smart...... read more

Top News

‘Social drivers’ must be confronted in fight against tuberculosis says UN chief

Winning the fight against tuberculosis requires that "social drivers" of the disease - especially poverty and inequality - are tackled head on, said António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, urging greater efforts to provide universal health coverage and combat the growing threat of anti-microbial resistance.... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 7th June

The WMA recommends that physicians who have been convicted of serious criminal offences, in particular of genocide, war crimes or crimes against humanity, be denied a license to practice medicine elsewhere.... read more

Practice Updates

No added benefit of heated abdominal chemotherapy in patients with advanced colorectal cancer

No difference in survival was observed between patients with advanced colorectal cancer with metastases in the abdomen who received heated chemotherapy during surgery and those who received surgery alone in a study presented at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago.... read more

Advances in technology will impact delivery of care in cardiology

Three review articles published June 4, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology have elaborated on the role of technology - artificial intelligence, digital health technology, and mobile – in the future of cardiovascular care. ... read more

Most women with early breast cancer do not benefit from chemotherapy

New findings from the TAILORx (Trial Assigning Individualized Options for Treatment) presented June 3, 2018 at ASCO 2018 in Chicago show that for women with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, HER2-negative, axillary lymph node-negative breast cancer, treatment with chemotherapy and hormone therapy after surgery is not more beneficial than treatment with hormone therapy alone..... read more

Administration of avatrombopag before scheduled procedures reduces need for platelet transfusion

Administration of avatrombopag (Doptelet, Dova) before scheduled procedures reduced the need for platelet transfusions or rescue procedures for bleeding in patients with chronic liver disease and thrombocytopenia in two phase 3 randomized trials published online May 17, 2018 in Gastroenterology..... read more

Targeted therapy with sunitinib as good as surgery in metastatic renal cell carcinoma

Treatment with sunitinib alone was not inferior to cytoreductive nephrectomy followed by sunitinib in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma who were classified as having intermediate-risk or poor-risk disease, according to the results of the multinational Clinical Trial to Assess the Importance of Nephrectomy (CARMENA) published online June 3, 2018 in the New England Journal of.... read more

Quizartinib beneficial as monotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory AML

A study published online May 30, 2018 in The Lancet Oncology has shown that quizartinib monotherapy was highly active and generally well tolerated in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML), especially patients with FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 internal tandem duplication (FLT3-ITD) mutations. Quizartinib is a highly potent and selective FLT3 inhibitor..... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Music can help reduce anxiety disorders
It is important to continue treatment for this condition even when the symptoms have reduced
New Delhi, 6th June 2018: Only about 20% of youngsters diagnosed with anxiety will stay well over the long term irrespective of the kind of treatment they receive, indicates a recent research.[1] About half the patients relapse at least once, and 30% remain chronically anxious, meeting the diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder at every follow-up. This probability is higher in females.

Anxiety disorders refer to a group of mental illnesses. The distress they cause can prevent a person from leading a normal life. The worry of the future and the fear of the past that accompanies this condition can prove quite overwhelming and become disabling over time.

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