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21st July 2018
Predicting a dengue outbreak and practicing aparigrah

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A global consortium of researchers has developed an early warning system to alert authorities on the Caribbean island of Barbados when a dengue outbreak is likely to strike. The study, published July 17, 2018 in the journal PLos Medicine, has shown that a period of drought, followed by intense rainfall 4 to 5 months later provides the optimum conditions for disease outbreak.

A dengue epidemic was most likely to occur five months after a drought. And, if rainfall follows the drought period, the chance of dengue outbreak increase. The researchers believe that after a drought people are more likely to leave water containers out. So, next time there is a period of intense rainfall, there are more places for water to collect and therefore more breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

According to the researchers, people tend to store water in containers during periods of drought, providing an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes, which lay their eggs in pools of standing water. more

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Countries step up to tackle antimicrobial resistance

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List of new drugs approved by CDSCO from 1.1.2018

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Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 21st July 2018

Steps you can take to protect yourself from MCI

Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) offers simple tips to protect your brain health. Getting better sleep, lowering your stress levels, and adopting a Mediterranean-style diet have all been shown to help. As the guide explains, it’s also beneficial to keep learning new things and challenge your brain with activities like puzzles, playing a musical instrument, and learning a new language.... read more

Practice Updates

Pregnancy history may influence risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A woman’s history of pregnancy may affect her risk of Alzheimer’s disease decades later, according to a study published online in the July 18, 2018 issue of Neurology. Women who had five or more children had 70% greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than women who have fewer births. While, women who have had an incomplete pregnancy (miscarriage or ... read more

Discharged against medical advice increases chances of rehospitalization in PCI patients

A new study published July 18, 2018 in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions says that discharge against medical advice as the strongest predictor of 30-day unplanned readmissions in heart attack patients. Patients who opt for discharge against medical advice following percutaneous ... read more

Study reveals long-term effectiveness of therapy for common cause of kidney failure

Treatment of patients of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease with tolvaptan for 11 years slowed the rate of decline of kidney function compared with historical controls, suggests a ... read more

Oxygen supplementation eliminates morning BP surge in sleep apnea patients

Oxygen supplementation eliminates the rise in morning blood pressure experienced by patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who stop using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), according to new research published online July 20, 2018 in the American Journal of Respiratory ... read more

Gout doubled the risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation in the elderly

The risk of new-onset atrial fibrillation (AF) increased 70-90% among older individuals with gout in a retrospective cohort study reported in RMD Open: Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases. In gout patients aged 65 and older, the crude incidence rate of AF was 43.4 per 1,000 patient-years ... read more

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Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi interacts with beneficiaries of HCFI’s flagship project, the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund
Mr Kailash Satyarthi commends HCFI for its work in saving lives of children with heart disease and offers his support for its other flagship initiatives
New Delhi, 20 July 2018: The team at leading National NGO Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), led by its President Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, visited the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) in New Delhi yesterday. Children who have undergone successful heart surgeries as part of HCFI’s key project, the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund (SMHCFF), met and interacted with the Nobel Peace Prize recipient, child rights activist, and founder of KSCF, Mr Kailash Satyarthi.

SMHCFF, a one-of-its-kind initiative under the HCFI, has been championing the cause of heart-care in the national capital and the country. It aims at providing technical and financial assistance to over 600 patients in a year suffering from heart related ailments and for whom affording quality treatment is economically out of bounds.

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