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12th January, 2018
Night shifts increase breast cancer risk, especially for nurses
  • Night shifts increase breast cancer risk, especially for nurses: A meta-analysis confirms a positive association between long-term night shift work and an increased overall risk for cancer in women, particularly breast cancer. In North America and Europe, working the night shift was associated with a 32% increased risk for breast cancer. Night nurses were found to have a "remarkable" 58% increased risk. For every 5 years a woman spent working nights, breast cancer risk increased by 3.3%. The review, published online January 8, 2018 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, was led by Xuelei Ma, PhD, from the West China Medical Center of Sichuan University, Chengdu. Hence, long-term night shift workers should undergo regular physical examinations and screenings for cancer.
  • IMA sends Rs 50-crore legal notice to 'motivational speaker'. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has sent a legal notice to a "motivational speaker" for allegedly referring to doctors as "murderers in white coats" and projecting them in bad light on an online public platform. Stating that the video posted on YouTube has caused a loss of reputation to medical professionals, the doctors' body has claimed Rs 50 crore in damages for defaming them. The association has also sought an apology from the speaker and the removal of the video from the Internet, IMA's KK Aggarwal said. Its national president Ravi Wankhedkar said the video will further worsen the doctor-patient relationship. The speaker in the video - 'Indian Medical System Ki Asliyat' - purportedly describes how doctors allegedly mislead patients to make money and meet test and surgery targets.
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UN Environment and WHO collaboration on environmental health risks

UN Environment and WHO have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year. Mr Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, have signed an agreement in Nairobi to step up joint actions to combat air pollution,... read more

Health Ministers Pledge To Set Up National Food Testing System

"The focus should shift from disease centric treatment to preventive and promotive healthcare," Union Health Minister J P Nadda said. Health ministers of all states today pledged to set up a robust national food testing system by ensuring adequate number of laboratories and focus on nutrition by promoting healthy dietary habits and addressing rising incidences of obesity and noncommunicable diseases... read more

Practice Updates
Older adults with metabolic syndrome do not respond well to antidepressant treatment

In a study published January 10, 2018 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, metabolic syndrome in older adults aged 60 years and above with depression was associated with more severe symptoms and chronicity of more

New guidelines do not recommend disulfiram as first-line treatment for alcohol use disorder

The American Psychiatric Association practice guideline for the pharmacological treatment of patients with alcohol use disorder has recommended naltrexone and acamprosate as first-line for patients with moderate to severe disease. The guidelines do not recommend disulfiram as first-line more

Aerobic exercise reduces risk of heart failure associated with sedentary behaviors

A new study in the journal Circulation, published online January 8, 2018 says that two years of exercise training during middle age may reduce or reverse the cardiac consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and reduce the risk of heart failure associated with sedentary behaviors such as sitting or reclining for long periods of more

Study shows signs of CTE in brain in younger adults with difficult-to-treat epilepsy

Younger adults with difficult-to-treat epilepsy may have early signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in their brain tissue, according to a small, preliminary study of 10 people living with epilepsy for an average of 24 years, and who had undergone respective surgery to control seizures at an average age of more

Obesity increases risk of disability post-joint surgery

According to a study published online December 13, 2018 in the British Journal of Anaesthesia, 22% of people who underwent joint surgery became dependent two years post-surgery. Being obese was associated with 35% higher more

Complex perianal fistulas in Crohn's disease may resolve with stem cell therapy

Results from the ADMIRE CD trial published online December 22, 2017 in the journal Gastroenterology have shown resolution of treatment-refractory complex perianal fistulas at one year with local stem cell therapy with allogeneic expanded adipose-derived stem cells (Cx601) in patients with Crohn's more

Recent Updates
Bivariate Genome-Wide Association Study of Depressive Symptoms with Type 2 Diabetes.

A new study published in Psychosomatic Medicine aimed to determine whether genetic correlation and pleiotropic loci exist between depressive symptoms and T2D or glycemic traits, on a genome-wide level.... read more

Body Mass Index and Mortality in Patients with and without Diabetes Mellitus.

A new study published in Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews investigated the association between BMI (body-mass index), length of stay (LOS), and mortality in hospitalized patients.... read more

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Family history of heart attacks should not be ignored
Dr Warner’s case is an indication that even doctors are prone to a possible heart attack
New Delhi, 11th January 2018: The president of the American Heart Association, Dr John Warner, had a minor heart attack recently during a scientific conference held in California. Dr Warner was stented immediately. Dr Warner’s father and his grandfather had heart bypass surgery while in their 60s. He also lost his maternal grandfather and a great grandfather to heart disease. Being a doctor does not make a person immune to a possible heart attack. In fact, doctors may be more at risk due to stress.
Irrespective of the profession, it is imperative to not ignore a strong family history of heart attack or heart diseases in general. Research indicates that siblings with one parent that had experienced a heart attack were 48% more likely to have one. Those with two parents with history of heart attack were nearly 6 times more likely to have a heart attack.
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