Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
12th February 2019
14th Feb is Valentine's Day: Beware of date rape drugs

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

We often hear of cases of alleged rapes. The girl was given some drink following which she had no recall of what happened. Once caught, often the defense of the accused is that the girl was a party to the sexual act. Such cases are the result of date rape drugs, used to spike soft drinks or alcoholic drinks. Their use is common.

Although alcohol, marijuana, ecstasy, over-the-counter sleeping pills and anti-histamines, even cold medications can be used, the term "date rape drug" classically applies to any of the three drugs: GHB (gamma hydroxybutyric acid), Rohypnol (flunitrazepam), popularly called “Roofies” and ketamine (ketamine hydrochloride). Rohypnol is legal in Europe and Mexico, but is banned in the US and India.....read more


Acyclovir labeling updated to also include details for treating premature infants infected with herpes virus

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Newborns infected with HSV can be appropriately treated with acyclovir, a drug typically prescribed to adults for the treatment of HSV infections.

The drug label for acyclovir now includes information for healthcare providers on recommended usage and dosage in newborns up to 3 months of age. The data that informed this label change came from a Pediatric Trials Network (PTN) open-label study titled “Safety and Efficacy of High-Dose Acyclovir in Infants with HSV or Suspected HSV (BPCA ACY02)” funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

"With this label change, healthcare providers have clear guidance on how to use and prescribe this drug for their youngest patients", said Perdita Taylor-Zapata, M.D., program lead for the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) at NICHD....read more

Practice Updates

Free treatment to all under 30 by 2022

By 2022, all people up to the age of 30 years will not only get free health check-ups but also free medical treatment, said Union health minister JP Nadda. He was in Gorakhpur to inaugurate the Guru Gorakhnath Nursing School and College on Sunday. To attain that goal, he said the government was transforming primary and community health centres into health wellness centres.... read more


Only one third of children covered by social protection, say ILO, UNICEF

Social protection is critical in helping children escape poverty and its devastating effects, yet, the vast majority of children have no effective social protection coverage, UNICEF and the ILO said in a joint report.
Evidence shows clearly that cash transfers play a vital role in breaking the vicious cycle of poverty and vulnerability..... read more


Pregnancy may increase risk of intracerebral hemorrhage

Pregnancy confers a significantly higher risk of intracerebral hemorrhage that peaks during the 3rd trimester and continues into early postpartum, suggests a study presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference. Patients experiencing ICH during the postpartum period were more likely to be Black or Asian (compared to White),.... read more


Mild TBI may predispose to mental health problems

Patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are more likely to develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or major depressive disorder (MDD) within 3 to 6 months after the injury, according to a new study published online January 30 in JAMA Psychiatry. Risk factors for probable PTSD at 6 months after mTBI included less education, being black, self-reported psychiatric history and injury resulting from assault or other violence....read more


Chronic rhinosinusitis associated with increased risk of depression and anxiety

A study from Korea says that chronic rhinosinusitis may increase the risk for depression and/or anxiety. Those who had chronic rhinosinusitis and nasal polyps were found to be at a higher risk for depression or anxiety than those without polyps. The study is published online Feb.... read more


Shorter course of radiation therapy effective in men with prostate cancer

According to a study published Feb. 8, 2019 in JAMA Network Open, men with low- or intermediate-risk prostate cancer can safely undergo higher doses of radiation over a significantly shorter period of time (stereotactic body radiotherapy) and still have the same,... read more

Medical Voice

Flu-like Illness can trigger paralysis in the first 30 days

North India is facing a near flu epidemic.
Heart patients, diabetics and patients with hypertension should be aware that having an influenza-like illness (ILI) is associated with an 40% increased risk of ischemic stroke paralysis regardless of sex, race, or geographical setting. The flu illness increases the risk of stroke, particularly in the first 30 days.... read more

eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
A. Lipodystrophy can result and is extremely painful
B. Poor rotation technique can cause superficial hemorrhaging
C. Lipodystrophic areas can result, causing erratic insulin absorption rates from these
D. Injection sites can never be reused
Lifestyle Updates
 
Inspirational Story 1: The last cab ride
Inspirational Story 2: Pickup in the Rain
Tackling obesity through weight loss is a form of harm reduction
About 5% to 10% weight reduction can delay the onset of diabetes
 
New Delhi, 11th February 2019: Studies indicate that the risk of Type II diabetes rises with increasing body weight. Those who are obese are 3 to 7 times more likely to acquire this condition than those with a normal weight. The risk increases by 20 times in people with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 35 kg/m2. According to statistics, a modest weight loss of even 5% to 10% in six months is enough to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes and other obesity-related illnesses.

Losing weight to counter obesity and maintaining the ideal weight are all steps towards harm reduction. The first-ever conference on harm reduction that was held on 30th January 2019, organized by HCFI and IJCP, discussed this and more.

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