Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
1st January 2019
"You must be the change that you wish to see in the world"

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

A very Happy New Year 2019

"The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition", says the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO).

More than seven decades have passed since the WHO Constitution came into force on April 7, 1948; yet, the significance of these words remains undiminished.

Article 25.1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights also states: "Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,...read more

Calorie labelling plus public education help to make healthier food choices

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Calorie information may alter brain responses to food cues by simultaneously reducing reward system activation and increasing control system activation. Therefore, combining an awareness of calories with the motivation to control them may be more effective in inducing behavioral change with regard to diet.

For the first time, a study has examined the influence of calorie information on brain responses to food images.....read more

Practice Updates

Consumer Protection Bill 2018: IMA writes to Member of Parliaments Rajya Sabha

The new National President Indian Medical Association Dr Santanu Sen has written to the Hon'ble Member of Parliaments Rajya Sabha with some suggestions regarding the Consumer Protection Bill 2018 recently passed by the Lok Sabha. The letter says that the Consumer Protection Act 1986 did not envisage to include the medical profession.... read more

When international cooperation works, the world wins - UN chief

Last year, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued "a red alert" over a range of dangers confronting the world, which "still persist" as 2019 looms: "These are anxious times for many, and our world is undergoing a stress test," the UN chief said on Saturday in his message for the New Year.... read more

At-risk populations should avoid eating partially-eaten fruits

Health researchers have called for public advisories against consuming partially-eaten fruits after detecting the Nipah virus in 19 per cent of fruit bats sampled earlier this year near Kozhikode, Kerala, where a Nipah outbreak had killed 21 people...read more

Cabinet approves setting up of the National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2018

The Cabinet has approved the draft National Commission for Indian Systems of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018, which seeks to replace the existing regulator Central Council for Indian Medicine (CCIM) with a new body to ensure transparency.... read more

Lutikizumab did not improve pain in patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis

In a phase IIa study of 110 patients with erosive hand osteoarthritis, compared with placebo, lutikizumab administered subcutaneously 200 mg every 2 weeks for 24 weeks did not improve pain or imaging outcomes despite adequate block of interleukin... read more

FDA approves latest generation Sapien 3 device for TAVR

The FDA approved the latest generation Sapien 3 device, Ultra, for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) for treatment of severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis in patients at intermediate or greater... read more

Cognitive impairment found in first-degree relatives of people with MDD

As per a meta-analysis of 54 studies including more than 8000 individuals published online December 26, 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry, first-degree family members of people with MDD consistently performed consistently less well on cognitive tests compared with individuals with no family history of major mental illness.... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Heart Care Foundation of India wishes its readers a very Happy New Year 2019!
This year we must make a resolution towards ensuring harm reduction in all aspects of life
New Delhi, 31st December 2018: 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. Let us hope that the year to come will bring changes for the better and a bright future for everyone.

As we focus on several other aspects and make resolutions for the new year, we must also make a resolve towards harm reduction and ensuring better health for us and our near and dear ones.

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