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17th March, 2018
India soon to have an essential list of diagnostic tests: AMR tests should be on priority

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

India may soon have an essential list of diagnostic tests along the lines of National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).

According to the WHO, “essential medicines are those that satisfy the priority health care needs of the population and are intended to be available within the context of functioning health systems at all times in adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality, and at a price the individual and the community can afford.”

Having a list of essential medicines helps to monitor the costs of medicines so that the medicines included are available at affordable costs. Appropriate use of medicines listed in the NLEM promotes rational use of drugs. And, rational use of antimicrobial drugs reduces development of antimicrobial resistance...... read more

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Delhi End TB Summit Statement of Action

Countries participating in the Delhi End TB Summit signed and adopted the Statement of Action at the end of the Delhi End TB Summit. “It is an opportune moment for India to co-host the Delhi Summit, as the world galvanizes its efforts to end TB by 2030”, the Union Health Minister stated. India shall also set an example for other countries by itself freeing of Tuberculosis by 2025, he added..... read more

Practice Updates

Women who are physically fit are less likely to develop dementia

Women with high physical fitness at middle age were nearly 90% less likely to develop dementia decades later, compared to women who were moderately fit, according to a study published March 14, 2018 in the journal Neurology. And, when they did develop dementia, they developed the disease an average of 11 years later .... read more

Risk of heart attack increases with six-month dual antiplatelet therapy

Patients who were given dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) for only six months doubled their risk of a heart attack compared with those treated for at least 12 months, according to research presented March 12, 2018 at the American College of Cardiology's 67th Annual Scientific Session.... read more

Study shows association of VOCs in feces to dietary response in IBS

Fecal profiling of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) may provide a low cost, non-invasive tool to predict the responses of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients to probiotics and diets low in fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols (FODMAPs),.... read more

Depression is prevalent in patients with axial spondyloarthritis

Patients with axial spondyloarthritis have high rates of depression, which is associated with disease-related parameters, socioeconomic status and lifestyle factors. Almost one-third patients had moderate-to-severe symptoms, says a study reported online March 10, 2018 ... read more

A new treatment rapidly improves hot flashes

The oral neurokinin 3 receptor (NK3R) antagonist, MLE4901, rapidly relieved vasomotor symptoms, in particular flashes by 72% by day 3 of treatment vs baseline symptoms and a 51% improvement in frequency with the oral treatment compared with those on placebo. These findings were published March 12, 2018 .... read more

Consensus recommendations on the use of SUs in type 2 diabetes

Consensus recommendations from International Task Force on the use of sulfonylureas (SUs) and sulfonylureas in combination with other glucose-lowering drugs in the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus are published in the January-February 2018 issue of the Indian Journal of Endocrinology .... read more

Cardiology Updates

Characteristics and outcomes of patients with type 2 myocardial infarction

A study published in the American Heart Journal aimed at describing provoking factors, cardiac biomarker profiles, treatment patterns, and clinical outcomes of patients with type 2 myocardial infarction. The results demonstrated that type 2 myocardial infarctions.... read more

Drug-eluting stents versus drug-coated balloon for the treatment of drug-eluting coronary stent restenosis

A prospective, multicenter, open-label, randomized study was performed to assess the optimal treatment for in-stent restenosis (ISR) of drug-eluting stents (DESs). The results printed in the American Heart Journal revealed that there was no difference in terms of late loss at 9-month.... read more

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Leading bottled water brands are contaminated with plastic particles says study
These can prove hazardous to human and animal health alike and cause a range of health complications.
New Delhi, 16th March 2018: A major study conducted across nine countries has indicated that the world’s leading brands of bottled water are contaminated with tiny plastic particles that are likely seeping in during the packaging process. The study found widespread contamination with plastic, an outcome of testing 250 bottles of water in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Mexico, Thailand, and the United States.

Plastic was identified in 93% of the samples and the debris found included nylon, polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene, which is used to make bottle caps.

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