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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
7th July 2016
New IDSA guidelines for the management of Aspergillosis
 
Early diagnosis and treatment of the major forms of aspergillosis are the focus of a new practice guideline from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Some key recommendations are: 
  • Hospitalized allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients should be placed in a protected environment to reduce mold exposure. These precautions can be reasonably applied to other highly immunocompromised patients at increased risk for invasive aspergillosis (IA), such as patients receiving induction/reinduction regimens for acute leukemia.
  • Until molecular tools are more widely used in clinical laboratories, tissue and fluid specimens be submitted in adequate quantities for simultaneous histopathologic/cytologic and culture examination.
  • Serum and BAL galactomannan (GM) is recommended as an accurate marker for the diagnosis of IA in adult and pediatric patients when used in certain patient subpopulations (hematologic malignancy, HSCT).
  • GM is not recommended for routine blood screening in patients receiving mold-active antifungal therapy or prophylaxis or for screening in solid organ transplant recipients or patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) 
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A 42-year-old female from Cuttack asked:
I get tensed very quickly. What may be the reason? How can I prevent it? If some one tells me anything I reply them in a rude manner especially my mother.
 
Dr. Sunil V, General Physician, replied:
This can be due to stress and not controlling the mind. Please read this nice thought about to prevent it: when your stress goes flying out the window stress is so all-pervading in this... read more
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Monsoon and Dengue on the Door
 
New Delhi, July 06, 2016: "Bed netting is of little use in preventing dengue since the dengue mosquitoes are most active during the daytime," says Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal - President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Honorary Secretary General IMA.

Staying indoors in well-screened or air-conditioned buildings during the day can reduce the risk of exposure. When outside, one should wear clothing that reduces the amount of exposed skin and should use an effective mosquito repellent, such as N, N-diethyl-metatoluamide (DEET).
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Webcast Topic: Significance of World Population Day 11th July.

Webcast Date: 7th July 2016

Webcast Faculty: Dr J. P. Kapoor, Director Family Welfare, Govt of Delhi