January 18 2016, Monday


What’s New in Medicine?  

  • The CDC has issued a level 2 Zika Travel Alert and advised pregnant women in any trimester to consider postponing travel to 14 countries and territories in South and Central America and the Caribbean where mosquitos are spreading the Zika virus. The CDC also advises women who are thinking about becoming pregnant to consult with their physician before traveling to these areas, and if they do, follow strict precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
  • James E. Sharman, BHMS, PhD, from the University of Tasmania, and colleagues report in the January/February issue of the Annals of Family Medicine that scanning home BP monitoring data can help physicians to determine which patients have uncontrolled BP. They observed that having three or more of the last 10 home systolic blood pressure readings 135 mm Hg or higher was the best predictor of 24-hour ABP systolic blood pressure above treatment or target threshold.
  • A study from Malaysia reported online in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases has implicated occupational exposure to textile dust as a trigger for rheumatoid arthritis. Exposure to textile dust among women in Malaysia increased the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by 3-folds and the increased risk was seen for both seropositive and seronegative disease.


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Environmental Impact on one’s Eye Health 



New Delhi, January 17, 2016: Expanding areas of arid land, air pollution and greater exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation all present potential health hazards to the eyes. The cornea, eyelid, the sclera and even the lens—are all exposed directly to the environment.

Rising temperatures and shifting atmospheric circulation patterns force dry air into regions. Drier air means that more people are likely to suffer from dry eye, a condition in which tears aren’t produced properly or evaporate too quickly. There is no evidence that drier conditions cause dry eye but they can accelerate symptoms in people who are prone to dry eye.

Air pollution has long been linked to respiratory disorders; more recently it’s been shown to play a role in eye disease.

Exposure to wood or charcoal cooking fires—ubiquitous in many developing countries—appears to accelerate the scarring caused by trachoma. Recurrent infections over a lifetime lead to scarring inside of the eyelids, which in turn causes the eyelashes to turn inward and brush against the cornea, eventually resulting in damage that impairs vision.

Speaking about this, Dr. SS Agarwal – National President IMA and Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA and President HCFI in a joint statement said, “Ozone depletion can lead to higher levels of UV light exposure, which is a known risk factor for cortical cataract. Chronic exposure to the sun’s damaging rays can alter the orderly arrangement of proteins in the lens of the eye or damage lens epithelium, causing the lens to become cloudy. Wearing a hat can reduce UV exposure by 30%. Sunglasses, even simple plastic lenses that offer full UV protection, can reduce exposure by nearly 100% and should be used judiciously”.

Entire community should take note of the severe damage that can be caused to the eyes. It becomes all the more important to note these precautions, as Indians tend to be vitamin D deficient.