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8th August 2019

FAQs on National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019 (Part 1)

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has released FAQs on the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019, perhaps in a bid to allay the prevailing apprehensions regarding certain aspects of the Bill such as Clause 32, NEXT.

"Clause 32: Limited License to practice at Mid-level as Community Health Provider:

India has a doctor-population ratio of 1:1456 as compared with the WHO standards of 1:1000. In addition, there is a huge skew in the distribution of doctors working in the Urban and Rural areas with the urban to rural doctor density ratio being 3.8:1. Consequently, most of our rural and poor population is denied good quality care leaving them in the clutches of quacks...read more

All patients should undergo colonoscopy after acute diverticulitis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Routine colonoscopy is usually recommended following an episode of acute diverticulitis to rule out coexistent malignancy. Although it continues to be recommended in guidelines, CT imaging has gradually taken over.

In a meta-analysis on the role of colonoscopy after an episode of left-sided acute diverticulitis, colorectal cancer was detected in 2.1% (95% CI 1.5-3.1) of patients. This risk is higher than the 0.4-1.0% prevalence of colorectal cancer in the general population who undergo screening colonoscopy...read more

Practice Updates

Today is National Deworming Day

The National Deworming Day is an initiative of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India to make every child in the country worm free. The objective is to deworm all preschool and school-age children (enrolled and non-enrolled) between the ages of 1-19 years through the platform of schools and Anganwadi Centers in order to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life... read more

Lok Sabha passes Bill to prohibit commercial surrogacy

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed a Bill which prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows "altruistic surrogacy" which does not involve monetary compensation to the surrogate mother apart from medical expenses and insurance coverage during the pregnancy. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019, was passed after a reply by Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan.... read more

PAHO updates list of key medical devices for primary health care services

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently published the updated version of the List of Priority Medical Devices for the first level of care. This aims to help countries in the Region of the Americas prioritize critical devices and respond effectively to the main health issues faced by their population.... read more

One person has died of Legionnaires' disease after staying at Atlanta hotel

One person has died of Legionnaires' disease after staying at a prominent Atlanta hotel, officials said. Eleven others who stayed at the Sheraton Atlanta have been diagnosed with Legionnaires' disease, while another 61 probable cases have been identified, according to Nancy Nydam, director of communications at Georgia Department of Public Health... read more

Pancreas-Tail Radiation Linked to Increased Diabetes Risk

Radiation to the tail of the pancreas as part of childhood cancer treatment is associated with an increased risk of subsequent diabetes, according to findings from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS). The study revealed that survivors exposed to abdominal radiation were 2.92-fold more likely than siblings... read more

Pneumococcal Vaccine Safe, Effective in Adults with Stable HIV

Pneumococcal vaccination is safe and effective in people with HIV who are stable on antiretroviral therapy (ART), researchers say. "In our clinical cohort of (close to) 1,200 subjects, we did not observe significant virological and immunological failures," Dr. Silvia Nozza of San Raffaele Scientific Institute in Milan said.... read more

Medical Voice

Updated guidance from ACOG & SMFM to help hospitals provide risk appropriate maternal care

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal–Fetal Medicine (SMFM) have jointly released updated guidance to better prepare hospitals to provide risk-appropriate maternal care. The Obstetric Care Consensus on Levels of Maternal Care (LoMC) is part of ACOG and SMFM’s efforts to reduce maternal morbidity and mortality... 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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Heart Care Foundation of India condoles the death of Former External Affairs Minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj
Stresses on the need to raise awareness on how kidney disorders are a major risk factor for heart attacks in future
New Delhi, 7 August 2019: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) condoles the death of former external affairs minister, Smt. Sushma Swaraj. An exemplary leader, the youngest cabinet minister, and the most prominent face of her party, she was a political personality with a human touch.
She was admitted to AIIMS and suffered a heart attack. She had also undergone treatment for kidney failure in 2016. Smt. Sushma Swaraj was just 67 and her untimely death calls for awareness on the co-relation between kidney disorders and heart attacks. Chronic kidney disease patients with kidney function less than 60% have an extremely high risk for future heart attacks.
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