Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
9th May 2019
Safe disposal of expired and unused medicines

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

It is the usual tendency to throw the unused and expired medicines in the household trash, which is then collected by the waste collector or thrown into vacant plots in the neighborhood or on the streets. But this is approach to drug disposal is hazardous to the environment and thence to life.

Through the waste (in the open or landfills), these medicines may pollute water sources and also enter the soil. There are chances of accidental exposure to these medicines for waste pickers or children. Then, there is the hypothetical risk of these drugs being recycled back into the market.....read more

The top three antibiotics prescribed worldwide
Penicillins with ß-lactamase inhibitors, 3rd-generation cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones are the top three antibiotics prescribed worldwide

Dr Anuj Sharma

The first Global Point Prevalence Survey (Global-PPS) compared antibiotic use and resistance across 303 hospitals in 53 countries.

Internet-based survey – included all inpatients receiving an antimicrobial who were on the ward at 0800 hours on one specific day between January and September 2015.

Key findings

  • 34.4% hospitalized patients receive antibiotics, with huge variations among hospitals and countries.....read more
Practice Updates

Government approves lowering of NEET-PG cut offs by 6 percentile for the year 2019-20

The Health Ministry in consultation with the Board of Governors, Medical Council of India (MCI) has decided to reduce the qualifying percentile in respect of NEET-PG for the year 2019-20 by 6 percentile.
Now, general category candidates with minimum of marks at 44 percentile, persons with disabilities category with minimum of marks at 39 percentile .... read more

Statement on the outcome of the trial against the Turkish doctor leaders

The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) joined by the World Medical Association (WMA) condemn the outcome of the trial against the members of the Council (2016-2018) of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA).... read more

Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week: Advocates around the world #speakup for #roadsafety

In the context of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week (6-12 May 2019), thousands of road safety advocates from around the world are highlighting the need for more effective leadership for road safety. Strong leaders - both government and nongovernment alike - are those who #SpeakUp for road safety and act on the concrete interventions which have proven to save lives..... read more

First treatment for children with Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Ruzurgi (amifampridine) tablets for the treatment of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) in patients 6 to less than 17 years of age. This is the first FDA approval of a treatment specifically for pediatric patients....read more

New guideline for treating Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders

For people living with Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders, there are effective treatments that may help improve symptoms, according to a new guideline by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) published in the May 7, 2019, online issue of Neurology. The guideline recommends that adults with severe Tourette....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

Medical Voice

WHO welcomes industry action to align with global trans fat elimination targets

WHO has welcomed the commitment by the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) to align with the WHO target to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from the global food supply by 2023.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus met with IFBA representatives, including chief executive officers from several of the 12 companies comprising the alliance, on 2 May 2019 to discuss actions to take to eliminate industrial trans fats, and reduce salt, sugar and saturated fats in processed foods..... read more

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Your diet can determine your mental state: HCFI
It is imperative to keep the gut microbiome healthy with foods that aid metabolism and digestion

New Delhi, 8th May 2019: A new study has indicated that people who suffer from depression are also likely to face gastrointestinal distress. It says that both the conditions are triggered by the same glitch in neuron chemistry-low serotonin. Up to a third of people with depression have chronic constipation. Few studies also report that people with depression, rate their accompanying bowel difficulties as one of the biggest factors reducing their quality of life.

As per a recent report by the World Health Organization, India is the world’s most depressed country with every 6th Indian suffering from mental illness. The need of the hour is to raise awareness on the importance of a healthy diet in alleviating the symptoms of depression.

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