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18th July 2018
Social determinants of health: How social factors determine health in the elderly

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Social factors are increasingly being recognized as important determinants of health for the young and the old alike. These factors relate to the conditions of life and occupation and are therefore called social determinants of health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.

The elderly or senior citizens have their unique social needs. These are people who have led active productive lives until their retirement, following which their social circle tends to decrease. Some people may perceive retired life as loss of status and respect in the society. more

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WMA condemns complicity of doctors in Iranian executions

The complicity of state-affiliated doctors in Iran in facilitating the execution of young prisoners in the country has been condemned by the World Medical Association. This follows the execution last month of 19-year-old Abolfazl Chezani Sharahi who was sentenced to death in 2014. The WMA says his sentence was issued based on an official medical opinion by the Legal Medicine Organization in Iran, stating that he was mentally "mature" at the .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 18th July 2018

Revisiting Metastatic Endometrial Cancer For women with newly-diagnosed, metastatic endometrial cancer that are felt to have operable disease, one should go for surgical cytoreduction For those who undergo surgery one should administer of adjuvant chemotherapy following surgery with carboplatin and paclitaxel.. read more

Practice Updates

A positive fecal occult blood test associated increased risk of all-cause mortality

A study published online in the journal Gut suggests that fecal hemoglobin is not just associated with death from colorectal cancer, it is also associated with greater all-cause mortality. A positive fecal occult blood test was also associated with a 58% increased risk of death from ... read more

Mobile apps may overdiagnose mental health conditions

Mobile apps that offer advice on managing mental health may overdiagnose mental health conditions by "medicalizing" normal ups and downs of life, suggests a study published in the July/August 2018 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.... read more

Childhood infections may adversely affect long-term school performance

Severe infections leading to hospitalizations during childhood are associated with lower school achievement in adolescence, as per a study published in the July 2018 issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. Analysis of data of 598,553 children born in Denmark ... read more

Periconception glycemic control in women with type 1 diabetes increases risk of birth defects

Among live-born infants of mothers with type 1 diabetes, increasingly worse glycemic control in the three months before or after estimated conception was associated with a progressively increased risk of major cardiac defects, says a study published July 5, 2018 in the BMJ.... read more

US FDA recalls several medicines containing valsartan following detection of an impurity

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care professionals and patients of a voluntary recall of several drug products containing the active ingredient valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure. This recall is due to an impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which was found in the recalled products. However, not all ... read more

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Medication for diseases such as spinal muscular atrophy must be covered under insurance
New Delhi, 17 July 2018: As per a new study, children with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) can achieve improvements in motor function after six months of treatment with the drug Nusinersen, particularly if treatment began before seven months of age. Early diagnosis and initiation of treatment are fundamental for patients with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy highlighting the importance of the implementation of a newborn screening.

SMA is a genetic disease that affects motor neurons in the spinal cord, resulting in muscle atrophy and widespread weakness that eventually impairs swallowing and breathing. The incidence of SMA is between 1 in 6000 to 1 in 10,000 live births with a carrier frequency of 1 in 50 all over the world. .

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