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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
9th July 2018
Oral honey after button battery ingestion in children may reduce esophageal injury

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Up till now, the usual practice in cases of asymptomatic children with acute button battery ingestion has been to keep the child nil orally until radiographic localization and emergency endoscopic removal of esophageal button batteries.

Now, based on findings in laboratory animals, a new study reported online June 11, 2018 in the journal The Laryngoscope says that early and frequent oral administration of either honey or sucralfate until the battery is removed may reduce the severity of esophageal burns or injury.

The child who is older than one year of age, with acute button battery ingestion (witnessed or likely to have occurred within 1 to 2 hours) can be given 5-10 ml of pure honey orally at the earliest after ingestion followed by more doses of honey at regular intervals. In the emergency department, the child may receive another dose of honey or a single dose of sucralfate 500 mg before confirmation of esophageal impaction and emergency battery removal...read more

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IBD can develop due to canned foods and bottled beverages
Despite 12 lakh cases of this condition annually in India, there is a lack of awareness
 
New Delhi, 08 July 2018: Canned foods packaged in plastic containers can increase the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), an intestinal disorder that causes prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract, reveals a new study. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an endocrine disrupting chemical used in consumer products such as water bottles, containers to store food and beverages among others and is known to affect the crucial stages of development.

IBD is an umbrella term for two diseases namely Ulcerative Colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease. The incidence of UC is very high in India when compared to Crohn's disease. While Crohn’s can affect any part of the digestive system, UC affects only the rectum and the colon.

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