Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
9th August 2019

Some definitions related to tobacco and other common addictions

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Here is a list of definitions of various terms related to tobacco and other common addictions as to what do they actually mean. This will help to understand the nuances between the various terminologies. You are welcome to add to this list.

  • Smoke is produced as a result of combustion (temperature > 800o C). When combustion occurs, new chemicals are formed via the process of oxidation. Hence, smoke contains several new chemicals different from those initially burned. Smoke can be produced by burning coal, wood, cigarettes, bidis, etc.
  • Smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned and the resulting smoke breathed is absorbed into the bloodstream. The most common form of smoking is cigarette smoking or recreational drug use...read more

FAQs on National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill 2019 (Part 2)
Almost 75% of total seats in the country would be available at reasonable fees

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

There is a concern that medical education will become expensive with the formation of NMC. Here, the government has tried to allay this concern as below. According to the government, almost 75% of total seats in the country would be available at reasonable fees.

"Clause 10(1) (i): Fee regulation

"IMC Act, 1956 has no provision for regulation of fees. As a result, some states regulate the fees of some seats in private colleges through MoUs signed with college managements. In addition, the Supreme Court has set up committees chaired by retired High Court Judges to fix fees in private colleges as an interim measure. Deemed to be Universities claim that they are not covered by these committees....read more

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Still Not Enough Naloxone Where It's Most Needed

The overdose-reversing drug naloxone saves lives – but only if it's readily available when an overdose occurs. Despite a huge increase in naloxone prescribing in recent years, CDC researchers report in the latest Vital Signs study that far too little naloxone is being dispensed in many areas of the country that need it the most.... read more

PvPI study reveals major suspected ADRs in anti-retroviral drugs like lamivudine, efavirenz and tenofovir

The Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI)'s recent study has revealed that major suspected adverse drug reactions (ADRs) have originated from anti-retroviral drugs like lamivudine, efavirenz and tenofovir. Ever since its inception in April 2011, PvPI has been receiving reports from healthcare professionals, industry and consumers. Data-mining was done to identify the most occurring reactions with associated medicines.... read more

Three Congolese doctors arrested in connection with WHO official's death

GOMA, DRC - Three Congolese doctors have been arrested for allegedly planning an attack on a hospital that killed a senior World Health Organization (WHO) epidemiologist involved in the Ebola response, a prosecutor said on Wednesday. Cameroonian doctor Richard Mouzoko was killed in an attack in April on a hospital in the city of Butembo,... read more

India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia face largest burden of childhood cancer: Study

Children in the poorest countries face a disproportionately high cancer burden — contributing over 82% of the global childhood cancer burden - equivalent to almost 9.5 million years of healthy life lost in 2017. Most (97%) of this global burden is related to premature death, with around 3% due to impaired quality of life,... read more

FDA Approves Oral Ferric Maltol for Iron Deficiency in Adults

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved oral ferric maltol (Accrufer, Shield Therapeutics) for the treatment of iron deficiency in adults. The product is already approved in the European Union and Switzerland for the treatment of iron deficiency in adults, where it is sold as Feraccru. ... read more

CBT Best First-Line Treatment for Major Depression in Youth?

Adding an antidepressant to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) appears to provide no additional benefit over CBT alone in reducing symptoms in youth with major depression, suggests new research published online July 29 in Lancet Psychiatry.

Investigators compared 12 weeks of treatment with a combination of CBT and the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine to CBT plus placebo in 153 youth (aged 15 to 25 years) with moderate-to-severe major depressive disorder (MDD)... read more

Medical Voice

Seven common myths about children's eye health

The American Academy of Ophthalmology had listed seven common misunderstandings about children's eye health

1. Pink eye only happens in young children. While young kids are known for getting pink eye, due to close contact in day care centers, so can teenagers, college students, and adults - especially those who don't clean their contacts properly.... 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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