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11th January, 2018
A mentally challenged person cannot donate his organs even to his brother

Mentally challenged person cannot donate his organs even to his brother: In the matter titled as “Ganpatrao & Others versus State of Maharashtra & Others, Writ Petition No. 13918 of 2017”, the Hon’ble High Court of Bombay, Bench at Aurangabad dealt with the issue whether a person who is mentally challenged and represented by natural guardians father and mother can be a donor for removal of his organs or tissues within the meaning of Section 2(f) of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 and whether he can be permitted to donate human organ for transplantation in favour of his real brother inspite of bar provided under Section 9(1-C) of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994.

The provisions of Section 2(f) of the Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Act, 1994 are as follows: “Section 2(f) of the Act defines donor as any person, not less than eighteen years of age, who voluntarily authorises the removal of any of his [human organs or tissues or both] for therapeutic purposes under subsection (1) or subsection (2) of section 3.” read more

Top News

Supreme Court for larger warnings on cigarette packs

On Monday, the Supreme Court stayed an order of the Karnataka High Court reducing the size of pictorial warnings on packages of tobacco products to 40% of the package space. The court foregrounded the health of citizens over the concerns of the tobacco industry and favored a government regulation requiring packets of tobacco products to sport pictorial warnings covering 85% of their packaging space.... read more

World could see 1.8 billion tourists by 2030

By 2030, there could be 1.8 billion tourists – just over one in five persons in the world – travelling around the globe, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has said. Speaking with UN News, Taleb Rifai, the Secretary-General of UNWTO, highlighted the role of travel and tourism in impacting global developments and making the world a better place.... read more

ICMR's guidelines to address Vitamin D deficiency in children

ICMR has come out with new regulatory guidelines saying that Indian children should have a daily intake of 400 to 1000 IU and 600 to 1000 IU of vitamin D for children less than a year and u to 18 years respectively.... read more

Practice Updates
Insufficient evidence to screen kids for scoliosis, says USPSTF

In an update to its 2004 recommendation, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that presently there is insufficient evidence to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years for idiopathic more

Metformin associated with lower risk of TB in type 2 diabetes patients

Results of a retrospective cohort study show that predominantly metformin-users in the initial two years had a significantly lower risk for tuberculosis (TB). Compared to sulfonylurea-users, non-CKD type 2 diabetes patients on metformin had a significantly lower TB more

Multicomponent approach works best for control of hypertension

Multilevel, multicomponent strategies that include physician- and nonphysician-led interventions were found to be the most effective for control of high blood pressure (BP) control in patients with hypertension in a study published online December 26, 2017, more

Adjuvanted herpes zoster subunit vaccine is cost-effective

At the proposed price of $280 per 2-dose course, the adjuvanted herpes zoster subunit vaccine was more effective and less expensive than the live attenuated herpes zoster vaccine at all ages in as study published online January 2, 2018 in JAMA Internal more

Neighborhood factors may predict heart failure

Neighborhood-level socioeconomic factors in low-income areas may significantly predict heart failure risk beyond individual health factors and socioeconomic status, according to new research published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and more

Predictors of invasive mechanical ventilation in patients with acute COPD exacerbations

A study published December 31 in Croatian Medical Journal has identified anemia, hypoalbuminemia and high levels of troponin as predictors for the need of invasive mechanical ventilation in patients with acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) more

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eMedi Quiz
1. Hb < 13.5 g/dL or hematocrit (HCT) < 41.0% represents anemia in men
2. Hb < 12.0 g/dL or < 36.0%, respectively, represents anemia in women.
3. Differences may also exist between races, in older adults, and in athletes.
4. All of the above
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: : The Falcon & the Branch
Inspirational Story 2: Promise Yourself
Stop humiliating doctors on public platforms
There is a need to bring back people’s faith in doctors
New Delhi, 10 January 2018: Recently, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) sent a defamation notice to a Delhi-based motivational speaker for calling doctors ‘murderers in white coats’ in a video on his YouTube channel. Titled ‘Indian medical system kiasliyat’, the video is an attempt by Vivek Bindra to showcase good and bad medical business tactics. The IMA is claiming Rs 50 crore in damages.
In the 9.40-minute video, Mr. Bindra, says some doctors don’t know how to earn ethically and that they try to extract money from everyone -- ambulances, chemists, pharmaceutical firms, and pathologists. He also cites examples of how Caesarean section operations have increased in the past few years.
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