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10th June 2018
Environmental pollution from landfills adversely affects health of people residing near the landfill sites

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Pollution has a burning issue today and has become a major public health problem because of its impact on human health. According to the WHO, nine out of 10 people breathe air containing high levels of pollutants and around 7 million people die every year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air.

Much has been written and talked about the dangerously high levels of air pollution, particularly in Delhi-NCR. The most frequently talked about sources of pollution include vehicular emissions, crop stubble burning, dust on roads, garbage burning, construction activities, industrial emissions, while solid waste as a source of environmental pollution has been relatively under-discussed. Landfills are the most commonly used methods for disposing municipal solid waste.

We at Heart Care Foundation of India undertook a study jointly with Dainik Bhaskar Group and the NGO, Urja to study the impact of solid waste pollution on various health parameters in people living near the landfill sites (within 2 km). Three landfill sites in Delhi were selected as the study sites: Bhalswa, Ghazipur and Okhla. People residing beyond 7 km of the three landfill sites formed the control group: Ashok Vihar, GTB Enclave and Kotla Mubarakpur. Water samples were also collected for analysis...... read more


The A-Z of Practice Management Tools

Practice management tools are the software designed to perform specific activities related to your day-to-day practices. It is, therefore, important to choose the right management tools and software to meet practice requirements and efficiently .... read more

Top News

Ebola treatments approved for compassionate use in current outbreak

On 4 June, an ethics committee in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) approved the use of five investigational therapeutics to treat Ebola, under the framework of compassionate use/expanded access. This is the first time such treatments are available in the midst of an Ebola outbreak..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 10th June 2018

In clinical medicine I personally do not agree with the media report that five patients, admitted in the Intensive Care Unit ward of the Hallet Hospital in Kanpur, died in the last 24 hours following failure of Air- Conditioner. AC atmosphere is not a must unless the fans are also not working, and the patients ends up with heat stroke. ... read more

Practice Updates

High thyroid hormone level in early pregnancy linked to gestational diabetes

Women in early pregnancy who have high levels of the thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3) were at four times greater risk for gestational diabetes, compared to women in whom the T3 levels were normal, in a study published June 7, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.... read more

Persistent use of hard illicit drugs increases risk of CKD progression & early death in patients with kidney disease

Persistent use of hard illicit drugs was associated with a 25% higher risk for progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and a 41% higher risk of early death in patients with CKD. And, compared with non-smoking throughout follow-up, persistent tobacco smoking was linked with an 86% higher risk of dying. These findings were published June 7, 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.... read more

Restless legs syndrome is a risk factor for suicidal behavior

New research presented June 4, 2018 at SLEEP 2018: 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Baltimore suggests that risk of suicidal behavior is higher in individuals with severe restless legs syndrome even after controlling for depression.... read more

Include families in ICU rounds, says study

A study published online May 7, 2018 in Critical Care Medicine suggests that including family member of critically ill patients in rounds in the intensive care unit (ICU) may improve healthcare quality by enhancing communication and satisfaction. Although this increases the time spent on the rounds, it does not affect the quality of rounds..... read more

Job strain increases mortality risk in men with cardiometabolic disease

Having a demanding job and little control over it is associated with an increased risk of premature death in men with cardiometabolic disease (coronary heart disease, stroke, or diabetes), according to an observational study tracking more than 1,00,000 men and women with and without cardiometabolic disease published June 5, 2018 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.... read more

Patients with cancer should be routinely screened for diabetes

Nine types of cancers are associated with an increased risk of subsequent diabetes, says an observational study published online June 7, 2018 in JAMA Oncology. The nine types include cancer of pancreas, kidney, liver, gallbladder, lung, blood, breast, stomach and thyroid. The authors recommend routine screening for diabetes in these patients..... read more

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eMedi Quiz
a) Gluten-rich foods are wheat, rye and barley.
b) Soybean or tapioca flours, rice, corn, buckwheat, and potatoes have no gluten.
c) Stabilizers or emulsifiers never contain gluten.
d) Distilled alcoholic beverages and vinegars, as well as wine, are gluten free.
e) Beers, ales, lagers, and malt vinegars are often made from gluten-containing grains
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Live and Work
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Good mental health entails balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems
A lot can be achieved if the stigma surrounding mental health illnesses is removed
New Delhi, 9th June 2018: The recent suicides by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have once again brought mental health issues to the fore. Mental health problems affect people irrespective of their age. If left undiagnosed and unmanaged for long, they can lead to a person committing suicide as well. There is a need to create awareness on the fact that understanding the warning signs and knowing who is at risk can prevent a crisis from becoming a tragedy.

India is facing a serious mental health crisis, with an estimated 56 million people suffering from depression and 38 million from anxiety disorders, according to a report by WHO. However, what exacerbates the situation is the fact that there is a lot of stigma associated with this condition.

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