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WHO first-ever list of antibiotic-resistant “priority” pathogens
  • A new study by researchers at Harvard University of all 48 million Americans aged 65 and older on Medicare found people were dying after just a single day of breathing air that met federal standards, but was somewhat dirty. The study was published Tuesday in JAMA. Environmental Protection Agency sets safety standards and if pollution is below that standard, everyone is safe but the same is not correct. There is no safe level of exposure to either pollutant.
  • Decades of research, including a new study published December 26 in JAMA has failed to find substantial evidence that vitamins and supplements do any significant good. read more

National Medical Commission Bill 2017: Will it reduce or increase corruption?

  • As per section (4) of the Bill, Composition of NMC will have an effective membership of 25 of which only 5 members (Part Time) will be elected. These elected members will not be a part of any board and hence will not have any say or check on any unethical practices. As per section (10) of the Bill, the Commission will have only appellant authority
  • As per section (11) of the Bill Medical advisory council shall consist of about 60, all nominated members with no powers. As per section (16) of the Bill, 4 autonomous boards [ UGME Board, PGME Board, MAR(Medical Assessment and Rating) Board and EMR(Ethics and Medical Registration) Board] each shall consists of 3 nominated members and full powers will be vested with three nominated members as against over 130 members in the present MCI... read more
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IAEA initiative aims to strengthen implementation of SDG 2 to end hunger and improve nutrition

People around the world, especially poor farmers in developing Asian countries, will benefit through the use of nuclear techniques in combating diseases affecting farm animals and improve water management practices, the United Nations atomic energy agency has said. “Improved farming practices, healthier animals and – ultimately – increased food security will be the outcomes,”... read more

Practice Updates
Risk factors for C. difficile infection in hospitalized patients

An article published online December 20, 2017 in Clinical Infectious Diseases has identified proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 antagonists, sucralfate, and antibiotics such as third and fourth generation cephalosporins, carbapenems, more

Consensus recommendations for urine testing to check for adherence to prescribed antipsychotics

An expert panel has identified six circumstances in which urine monitoring was recommended during ongoing treatment with antipsychotics at initial evaluation such as in the case of an elderly patient or when there are new symptoms and five scenarios in which monitoring was recommended after initial more

No advantage of adjunctive rifampicin treatment in Staph aureus bacteremia

Results from the ARREST trial published online December 14 in The Lancet show no significant overall benefit of adjunctive rifampicin over standard antibiotic therapy in patients with Staphylococcus aureus more

Yoga provides relief from menopausal symptoms

Yoga was found to be better than other types of exercise for vasomotor symptoms in menopausal women such as hot flashes and night sweats and was better than no treatment at reducing total menopause symptoms, anxiety related to symptoms, hot flashes and night sweats, more

High postop CEA levels increase risk of recurrence of colon cancer

A study published online December 21, 2017 in JAMA Oncology suggests that postoperative serum carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels, rather than preoperative levels, may predict the risk of recurrence in patients with colon more

Rapid serological tests ineffective for screening of infants for potential HIV infection

Even though rapid serological tests are much cheaper than nucleic acid-based testing, they do not effectively screen for HIV exposure in potential HIV infection in infants, according to a new research conducted in Uganda and published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, more

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Inspirational Story 2: Promise Yourself
Happy New Year to one and all!
It is hoped that the new year will be a year of positivity and new milestones for healthcare and the medical fraternity
New Delhi, 31 December 2017: It is that time again when all of us are preparing to bid goodbye to a year gone by and heralding the new year. For some, the year would have entailed good tidings throughout. For others, there may have been ups and downs. However, the arrival of a new year also signals new hope and opportunities. The year gone by was a time of crisis and change for the medical profession as well. The year to come, it is hoped, will bring changes for the better and a bright future for the profession and the fraternity.
From the DillIChalo Movement in June 2017 to a new presidentship for the IMA, a lot happened in the last one year. The goal, ultimately, remains the same – welfare of the medical fraternity and better healthcare for the nation.
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