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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
7th July 2018
Small labs may now quite possibly be run by non doctors: Who will bear the interpretation charges?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The govt. has formulated new rules for pathological labs in the amended Clinical Establishments (Central Government) Amendment Rules, 2018 notified earlier this year. The rules have specified minimum standards of services and facilities for medical diagnostic labs or path labs.

These new rules have categorized diagnostic labs into types: Basic composite (small), medium and advanced. The scope of services, infrastructure, staffing, records, equipments including legal requirements have also been clearly defined for each type of lab.

What is of utmost importance to note in these rules is that while a minimum qualification of MD/DNB in Pathology and Biochemistry or Medical Microbiology or Laboratory Medicine or MBBS with PhD in any of the above mentioned subjects has been made an essential requirement for medium and advanced labs, no such qualification/s has been specified for small labs. An MBBS/MS has been mentioned only as ‘desirable’ but not mandatory..... read more


Burari suicides: Was it a case of mass suicide or an induced psychotic disorder? (Part 2)

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Yesterday, I wrote at length about the Burari suicides, if this was a case of mass suicide or an induced psychotic disorder. It is possible that this family was trying to replicate the ‘Badh or vat tapasya’ in which people get into a banyan tree-formation whose branches hang around as reported. Here is a small update on this..... read more


Top News

Low quality healthcare is increasing the burden of illness and health costs globally, says WHO

Poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels, according to a new joint report "Delivering Quality Health Services – a Global Imperative for Universal Health Coverage" by the OECD, World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank. The report also highlights that sickness associated with poor quality health care imposes additional... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 7th July 2018

Oral administration of honey or sucralfate after button battery ingestion in children For asymptomatic children with acute button battery ingestions (witnessed or likely to have occurred within one to two hours) who are older than one year of age give one oral dose of pure honey (eg, 5 to 10 mL) as soon as possible after ingestion.... read more

Practice Updates

Men who binge drink have higher systolic BP and total cholesterol levelsy

Men aged 18-45 years with a repeated history of binge drinking have higher systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol levels compared with non–binge drinkers, according to results of a new study published online June 27, 2018 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Hence, .... read more


Preoperative proteinuria increases risk of postoperative acute kidney injury

In a population-based study of more than one lakh patients with and without known preoperative renal dysfunction reported online July 3, 2018 in JAMA Surgery, preoperative proteinuria was an indicator of probable postoperative acute kidney injury and 30-day unplanned readmission .... read more


Long-term testosterone may result in remission of diabetes in men with hypogonadism

According to a study presented June 23, 2018 at the American Diabetes Association 2018 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida, long-term administration of testosterone may result in remission of diabetes in some men with hypogonadism. In the study, 22% of men with type 2 diabetes and .... read more


ASCO clinical practice guidelines for HER2-positive breast cancer

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has updated its clinical practice guidelines on systemic therapy for patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)–positive advanced breast cancer published online June 25, 2015 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. As per ... read more


Recreational football training + dietary counselling improves heart health in adults with prediabetes

Twice-weekly recreational football training combined with dietary counselling improves fitness level and cardiovascular health profile and also leads to healthier weight loss than through normal dieting in untrained adults, aged 55-70 years, with prediabetes..... read more


Antibiotic prophylaxis in children with vesicoureteral reflux increases risk of multidrug resistance

According to a meta-analysis reported online June 28, 2018 in the journal Pediatrics, antibiotic prophylaxis in children with vesicoureteral reflux increases the risk of multidrug resistance among recurrent infections. Children who received antibiotic prophylaxis were more likely to have a .... read more


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Frequent exposure to paints and other solvents can increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS)
India currently is home to about 2 lakh people with this condition
 

New Delhi, 6th July 2018: Exposure to paint, varnish, and other solvents can put people at a 50% higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), a study has indicated. Those who have been smokers with solvent exposure and the MS genes are 30 times more likely to develop MS than those who have never smoked or been exposed to solvents and who do not have the genetic risk factors.

In recent years, the prevalence of MS has changed dramatically worldwide with India being no exception. Initially, MS was believed to be more common in the Caucasians of Northern Europe and United States. However, it has been found to be present in the Indian subcontinent as well. Globally, about 2.3 million people are affected by this condition, while there are about 2 lakh patients in India.

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