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9th July 2019

IMC (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Lure of the Lucre

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Reproduced from: http://www.indialegallive.com/health/indian-medical-council-amendment-bill-2019-lure-of-the-lucre-68347, published July 7, 2019

Even as the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 seeks to ensure transparency in medical education, the fact is that private hospitals are increasingly getting commercialised even as patient-doctor trust gets eroded

In a move to ensure transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education, a new bill was passed by both Houses of Parliament-the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It seeks to replace the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Second Ordinance issued by the previous government. The Bill will supersede the Indian Medical Council (MCI) for a period of two years, during which a 12-member board of governors, instead of the earlier seven, will run the regulatory body for medical education. During this period, the board of governors shall exercise powers and functions of the MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956.

It is a moot question as to why there is so much turmoil in taking control of medical education. Public health has two components—providing healthcare services and providing training and producing medical doctors....read more

Screen all pregnant women for GBS colonization to prevent newborn infections

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on management of infants at risk for group B streptococcal (GBS) disease support universal antenatal microbiologic-testing of pregnant women for the detection of maternal GBS colonization so that appropriate intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis may be administered to prevent transmission of the bacteria from mother to the newborn before or during delivery as also recommended by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Published online July 8, 2019 in the journal Pediatrics, the AAP recommendations for infant care include: ...read more

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Assam Doctors' Leaves Cancelled as Japanese Encephalitis Claims 49 Lives Across State

Guwahati: Assam government has cancelled all leaves of doctors, para-medical staff and surveillance workers in order to deal with the outbreak of encephalitis that has claimed 49 lives across the state from January till July 5. In an order issued by the Health and Family Welfare Department on Saturday, all leaves of the government medical staff in the state were cancelled in order to effectively deal with the present situation of rising Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)/Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases.... read more

WHO celebrates big step forward in improving health security in the African region

The World Health Organization (WHO) reached an important milestone globally with the completion of the 100th Joint External Evaluation (JEE)-a voluntary assessment of a country's ability to prevent, detect and respond to public health threats. Forty-two of these 100 countries are in the WHO African region." Africa has more than 150 acute public health events a year, including infectious disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises.... read more

Asthma Specialists Oppose Return of Primatene Mist

The recent FDA decision to put the metered-dose epinephrine inhaler Primatene MistTM back on drugstore shelves was met with alarm by asthma specialists and respiratory health groups who warned that the move will place asthma patients at risk. Pulled from the market in 2011 along with other asthma inhalers due to environmental concerns about their ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants, a CFC-free version of the drug was approved last November for over-the-counter (OTC) sale, despite objections from the American Thoracic Society (ATS),... read more

Strategy Helps Identify Candidates for Supplemental Breast Imaging

Breast-density notification combined with breast-cancer risk helps identify women at high risk of advanced breast cancer who might benefit from supplemental imaging, according to an analysis of Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) registry data. "Discussions of supplemental imaging in women with dense breasts should be combined with evaluating breast-cancer risk, given 50% of women with dense breasts are at low breast-cancer risk," said Dr. Karla Kerlikowske of the University of California, San Francisco, and the Department of Veterans Affairs, San Francisco.... read more

Blood Biomarkers Predict Concussion Recovery

Blood-based inflammation markers predicted recovery time in high school and college football players who had concussions, a small prospective study showed. Circulating levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) were elevated 6 hours after concussion, and IL-6 levels predicted the number of days concussion symptoms persisted, reported Timothy Meier,... read more

Medical Voice

Heat stress spike predicted to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year

An increase in heat stress at work linked to climate change is set to have a massive impact on global productivity and economic losses, notably in agriculture and construction, UN labour experts said on Monday. Highlighting that the world's poorest countries will be worst affected, particularly in West Africa and South-East Asia, the International Labour Organization (ILO) warned that the lost output will be equivalent to 80 million full-time jobs – or 2.2 per cent of total working hours worldwide - during 2030.... 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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