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7th August 2019

FSSAI issues advisory to stop putting toys and gift items inside food packets

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Vide an order F. No. 12(4)2016/Misc/RCD/FSSAI, dated 22nd July, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an advisory regarding non-food items that are packed as free toys and gift items with food products stating that such non-food items if swallowed accidentally by children may endanger their health and also their life.

The advisory further stated that "Considering safety of public at large, there is a need to discourage food businesses from providing any toy or gift items inside food packages, especially in the case of food which is likely to be ingested directly by an infant or a small child. Such promotional free toys or gift items may be provided separately or packed separately… The colour, texture and nature of toy or gift item should not at all resemble the food product inside food package."...read more

ADA updates its 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has updated its 2019 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes by incorporating recently related published research.

  • Based on the results of the REWIND (Researching Cardiovascular Events With a Weekly Incretin in Diabetes) trial, dulaglutide, the once-weekly GLP-1 agonist, is now recognized among other GLP1 receptor agonists that have demonstrated macrovascular benefits in people with type 2 diabetes in section 9 "Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment" and Section 10 "Cardiovascular Disease Risk Management". The REWIND trial indicated that dulaglutide reduced the risk for nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke and cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes with and without established cardiovascular disease. This update has also been approved by the American College of Cardiology...read more
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IMA calls strike on Aug 8 to protest against NMC Bill

NEW DELHI: The Indian Medical Association has given a call for a strike on August 8 to protest against certain provisions of the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. It said that the medical students will continue their strike across the country under IMA Medical Students Network. "The call is for all the modern medicine doctors to leave their work place across the sectors at all levels," according to a statement by the IMA.... read more

New Zealand introduces bill to legalize abortion

New Zealand's justice minister, Andrew Little, introduced a bill on Monday aimed at legalizing abortion in the country. The new bill would change the status of abortion from a criminal issue to a health issue, according to a statement from Little. Such a move would dramatically increase access to abortions, which are currently only legal in New Zealand in cases of fetal abnormality, incest or if the mother's health is at risk. ... read more

Social stress tied to lower bone density after menopause

Older women who are under a lot of social strain may be more likely to develop brittle, fracture-prone bones after menopause than their counterparts with worry-free lives, suggests a recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Each one-point increase in social strain scores was associated... read more

Cancer Survival Linked to Antidepressant Adherence

A large cohort study of Israeli patients with cancer found that antidepressant adherence above 50% was associated with one quarter less mortality over 4 years compared with adherence below 20%. The study was published online in Depression and Anxiety. Researchers reported that any adherence above 20% was linked to increased survival over the 4 years of the study.... read more

Potential 'Biomarker of the 21st Century' for CVD

Known to be upregulated in atherosclerotic disease and heart failure, the inflammatory chemokine CCL21 has the potential to be of prognostic value in acute coronary syndrome (ACS), a study suggested. Among frozen serum samples of more than 1,100 ACS patients, those in the top quartile by CCL21 level belonged to people who were more likely to experience more major adverse cardiovascular events both in the short... read more

FDA approves first therapy for tenosynovial giant cell tumor

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted approval to Turalio (pexidartinib) capsules for the treatment of adult patients with symptomatic tenosynovial giant cell tumor (TGCT) associated with severe morbidity or functional limitations and not responsive to improvement with surgery.... read more

Medical Voice

Sports centres in Scotland ban energy drinks for children

All publicly-funded sports and leisure centres in Scotland have banned the sale of energy drinks to children under the age of 16. The move on high-caffeine drinks is the result of work by umbrella body Community Leisure UK and the Scottish government. In total, 1,300 sites have introduced the restriction. Public Health Minister Joe FitzPatrick welcomed the "leadership" they had shown in announcing the ban.... 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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