Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
7th June 2019

Nipah Update: Time to Act and not React

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

This page will be daily updated till the Nipah scare is over. Inputs invited in this white paper.

There are two approaches to resolve a problem: Action and reaction. This is also applicable to public health problems.

The government often adopts the "reaction" approach first, which is a denial mode.

No government would acknowledge a public health problem, existing or impending, right away as it could be perceived as tantamount to owing up to the inefficiency or incompetency of health systems in place.....read more

National Education Policy 2019: Pluralistic healthcare education with IMC Act still in place is premature

Dr KK Aggarwal

The government has released a draft National Education Policy 2019, which proposes to make changes in education including healthcare education.

The policy is in the public domain, with comments sought from all stakeholders till June 30.

A key recommendation of the new education policy as far as medical education is concerned is pluralistic healthcare education and delivery.

P16.8.2: Pluralistic healthcare education and delivery: "The first year or two of the MBBS course will be designed as a common period for all science graduates after which they can take up MBBS, BDS,...read more

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Practice Updates

Nipah virus: Six suspected patients test negative

Six persons admitted to a quarantine facility at the Government Medical College in Kerala's Ernakulam have tested negative for the potentially deadly Nipah virus, a senior Health Ministry official said Thursday.

The condition of the college student, diagnosed with Nipah infection, is stable and a total of 314 persons who were in touch with the infected person have been kept under observation, the official said. ... read more

Today is World Food Safety Day: "Food safety, everyone's business"

The first ever World Food Safety Day is being celebrated today under the slogan "Food safety, everyone's business".

With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne diseases annually - almost 1 in 10 people in the world fall ill after eating contaminated - food safety is an increasing threat to human health. Children under 5 years of age carry 40% of the foodborne disease burden with 125 000 deaths every year. ... read more

'Bicycle Kingdom' makes a comeback, as China seeks solutions to tackle air pollution crisis

Cars have replaced bicycles as the primary means of transport in many Chinese cities but, with air pollution a major problem for the country, the bike is making a comeback, thanks to digital technology, and some 21st Century thinking.

In Hangzhou, a city in eastern China, air pollution has had a devastating effect.... read more

Federal court issues decision holding that US Stem Cell clinics and owner adulterated and misbranded stem cell products

U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro of the Southern District of Florida granted the government's motion for summary judgment against US Stem Cell Clinic LLC, of Weston, Florida, and US Stem Cell Inc., of Sunrise, Florida, and their Chief Scientific Officer Kristin Comella, Ph.D. The court held that the defendants in that case adulterated and misbranded a stem cell drug product made from a patient's adipose tissue.... read more

VADT at 15 Years Published: Lack of 'Legacy Effect' in Diabetes

The lack of a "legacy effect" of intensive glucose lowering at 15 years in the Veterans Affairs Diabetes Trial (VADT) suggests that other cardiovascular risk reduction strategies should be prioritized in patients with advanced type 2 diabetes and established cardiovascular disease. That is the conclusion of Kasia J. Lipska, MD, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven,.... read more

It's Official: Over 1,000 U.S. Measles Cases in 2019

U.S. measles cases in 2019 passed the 1,000 mark on Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced. There are now 1,001 measles cases in the U.S., the HHS statement said, citing CDC data. This is an increase of 20 cases from the CDC's last official update of 981 confirmed cases in 26 states... read more

Medical Voice

Walk 7500 steps a day instead of 10,000

One can add another goal to formula of 80: walk 80 hundred steps a day Most people in the United States take on average 4,000 to 5,000 paces a day. Harvard Medical School researchers have found that older women who took about 7,500 steps a day had the same mortality risk level as their counterparts in the study who walked the entire 10,000 steps.... read more

IDEJ Update

Indian Diabetes Educator Journal (IDEJ), 1st of its kind in India aims to keep the members of diabetes care team abreast with concepts of DSME (Diabetes self-management education) and DSMS (Diabetes self-management support). IDEJ has set a new benchmark in educating the diabetes educators about evolving the concept of DSME- reaching to more than 25000 through Digital and Print Medium..... read more

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Precaution and not panic is the key in preventing Nipah infection: HCFI
Monitoring and surveillance are the need of the hour
New Delhi, 6th June 2019: A total of 314 people have been quarantined and placed under observation for having been in immediate contact with the 23-year-old youth diagnosed as having contracted the Nipah virus. The boy, however, is stable and eating well. Two more persons were admitted to the Government Medical College (GMC), Ernakulam, taking the numbers of suspected Nipah infections to seven. The need of the hour is to educate the public on taking precautions and not panic.

Nipah virus infection is a newly emerging zoonosis, which causes severe disease in both humans and animals. The associated mortality is high. The natural hosts for the Nipah virus are the fruit bats of the Pteropus genus, which are symptomless carriers.

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