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11th April 2018
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Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Advances in medicine have added greatly to the therapeutic armamentarium of the doctor. There are several options that a doctor can choose from unlike the yesteryears. Similar is the case with diagnostic options. In this age of evidence-based medicine, doctors need to stay updated with current advances in medicine in general including their specialties in order to make the best decision for their patients. Traditionally, it used to be print medical journals, which may yet be the source of information for many doctors. But, the internet and the advent of social media, especially Twitter, have changed the way we communicate today. The reach of social media is phenomenal.

Healthcare professionals use Twitter not only to connect with their colleagues, but also as a quick resource to access new information and events, often ‘real time’ i.e. as they are happening, particularly when time is of the essence. .... read more

Top News

Mexico expands access to generics, reducing spending on drugs

Mexico has significantly lowered the costs of drugs for diabetes and other common illnesses under a policy of the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (COFEPRIS, for its initials in Spanish) that has expanded access to generic drugs. Thanks to the resulting cost savings, beneficiaries of Mexico's public system receive their medicines at no cost. Since 2012..... read more

Breaking News

14 steroid-based creams and ointments shifted from OTC to Schedule H category

Through a notification G.S.R. 277(E) issued on March 23, 2018, the Health Ministry has shifted 14 steroid based creams and ointments to Schedule H category by amending the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to be called the Drugs and Cosmetics (Second Amendment) Rules, 2018.
As per the notification, "in the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, in Schedule H, after serial number 537 and the entries relating thereto, the following serial numbers and entries shall be inserted, namely,..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal - 10th April 2018

· A study led by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University, showed that metformin potentially blocks symptoms of nicotine withdrawal in rodents.
· Theophylline, adenosine, digitalis, Bisphosphonates, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs all can precipitate atrial fibrillation. · Penicillin skin test results are obtained in ..... read more

Practice Updates

Exercise lowers risk of heart disease even in persons with strong family history

A new study published April 9, 2018 in Circulation suggests that greater grip strength, more physical activity and better cardiorespiratory fitness may lower risk of heart disease even in persons with a strong family history of heart disease. High levels of cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with a 49% lower risk for coronary heart disease and a 60% lower risk for atrial fibrillation in persons at high genetic risk. .... read more

US FDA restricts sale and distribution of Essure

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has restricted the sale and distribution of the Essure device to ensure that all women considering use of the permanent contraception device are provided with adequate risk information, before getting the device implanted.... read more

Glasgow Coma Scale-Pupil score helps rapid assessment of severity and prognosis in head injury

Combining the pupil reactivity score and the Glasgow Coma Scale score 'Glasgow Coma Scale-Pupil (GCS-P) score' gives greater information about injury severity and prognosis than using the GCS score alone, especially in patients with severe head injury, according to a study published April 10, 2018 in the Journal of Neurosurgery..... read more

High preconception BP increases risk of pregnancy loss

Increased preconception and early-pregnancy blood pressure (BP) is associated with an increased risk for recurrent pregnancy loss in young healthy women, suggests a study published online April 2, 2018 in the journal Hypertension.... read more

Chromoendoscopy superior to autofluorescence in detecting dysplasia in ulcerative colitis patients

Autofluorescence imaging is inferior to chromoendoscopy for detecting neoplasms in patients with long-standing ulcerative colitis (UC). Results from the FIND-UC trial reported online March 19, 2018 in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology... read more

Children younger than 3 years are at an increased risk for complications post-tonsillectomy

Healthy children under age three years undergoing tonsillectomy should be hospitalized for overnight observation after tonsillectomy rather than carrying out the surgery as an outpatient procedure. This is because these children are more prone to develop postoperative complications compared to children... read more

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Indians lack knowledge about vertigo and its symptoms
In many people the symptoms may not subside for years
New Delhi, 10th April 2018: Despite a high prevalence, about 52% of vertigo patients would not stop driving even if they are warned, as per a study. In India, about 1.3%of the population suffers from vertigo. There is a need to create awareness about vertigo as Indians lack knowledge about this condition, and claim it is a genetic disorder.

Vertigo is an illusion of movement (mostly spinning) caused due to imbalance of the vestibular system. It can lead to dizziness and loss of balance in patients. Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Immediate Past National President Indian Medical Association (IMA), said, “Vertigo is a symptom, rather than a condition itself. It's the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving or spinning.

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