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12th March, 2018
Trial by media: Is it just and fair?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Media has a great role in shaping the opinion of the society and how people perceive events that take place. It’s no longer just a medium of communication. Media can pronounce a person “guilty” simply by changing the perception.

This is what happened in the coverage of actor Sridevi’s death last month in Dubai, when the media conducted a trial and gave a verdict, even while the post mortem report was awaited. Several theories on what caused her death were making the rounds. Her death became a topic for discussion for almost everyone.

She was 54 years old and according to her family had no history of heart disease. The subtext changed quickly from sudden cardiac arrest to multiple plastic and cosmetic surgeries to diet pills to stress of her celebrity status to alcohol to even discord in her relationship with her husband and depression arising thereof. Her ‘suspicious’ death was also labeled as a possible homicide..... read more

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End TB Summit begins in New Delhi next week

Building on the momentum being created globally to end tuberculosis, world’s top infectious killer disease, leaders from across the globe are converging in New Delhi for an End TB Summit beginning 13 March to review ongoing efforts and accelerate action to reach 2030 End TB goal..... read more

Practice Updates

HIV-positive persons with CKD at high risk of serious clinical events

HIV-positive persons with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at risk of serious clinical events, according to new research presented at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston. The most common serious clinical event was death followed by non-AIDS-defining malignancies and heart disease. .... read more

C-arm imaging can harm eyes of first assistants

A new research presented March 8, 2018 at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2018 Annual Meeting in New Orleans has suggested that radiation scatter from orthopedic hardware can harm the eyes of first assistants during mini-C arm fluoroscopy...... read more

Aspirin lowers mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes and heart failure

Findings of a study to be presented at the upcoming American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2018 Scientific Sessions in Washington DC suggest that older patients with type 2 diabetes and heart failure are at a lower risk of all-cause mortality..... read more

Lenalidomide may be an alternative treatment of recurrent erythema multiforme

Lenalidomide may be an alternative (off-label) to thalidomide for the treatment of recurrent erythema multiforme as reported in a series of three cases published online February 14, 2018 in JAMA Dermatology. Adverse events may limit the use of thalidomide as long-term treatment..... read more

FDA approves lurasidone for pediatric bipolar depression

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a supplemental new drug application for lurasidone (Latuda, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc), a serotonin dopamine antagonist, for the treatment of major depressive episodes associated with bipolar I disorder (bipolar depression) in children and adolescents aged 10 to 17 years..... read more

Spironolactone preferred over clonidine as fourth drug in patients with resistant hypertension

The ReHOT Randomized Study (Resistant Hypertension Optimal Treatment) evaluating spironolactone versus clonidine as a fourth-drug therapy for resistant hypertension has found spironolactone as preferable fourth drug. While clonidine was not superior to spironolactone in true resistant hypertensive patients,.... read more

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Sleep problems may be linked to genetic factors
Not treating insomnia can cause other health conditions as well
*New Delhi, 11th March 2018:* A recent research has found that specific genetic factors may trigger the development of sleep problems. The findings have established that insomnia was linked to the occurrence of specific variants on chromosome 7. Apart from this, it also found a genetic link between insomnia and psychiatric disorders and physical conditions.

The variant on chromosome 7 is close to AUTS2 – a gene that has been linked to alcohol consumption, as well as others that relate to brain development and sleep-related electric signaling. Several of these variants rest comfortably among locations and pathways already known to be related to sleep and circadian rhythms.

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