Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
24th December 2018
Health care as provided by the Constitution

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The Constitution of India is the supreme law, which governs the country and aims to secure social, economic and political justice for all citizens of the country. It does so through a framework of political principles, procedures, and practices and by defining rights, powers and duties of the government.

One of the most important fundamental rights is health, a basic need for all.

Although, right to health is not included as a fundamental right in the Constitution, it provides for health under various articles....read more


Screen your patients for anxiety and depression as a routine

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Anxiety and depression are as strong predictors of various diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, headaches, back pain and stomach upset as are obesity and smoking, according to the new research from the University of California San Francisco published online Dec. 17, 2018 in Health Psychology.

A population-based cohort study in the US analyzed data from more than 15,000 older adults enrolled in the Health and Retirement study over a four-year period and examined the longitudinal...read more

Practice Updates

Emergency responders should know how to recognize nerve agents

Recent use of nerve agents (NAs) has highlighted the need for public health responders and medical preparedness personnel to work together. An article published in the Annals of Internal Medicine online Dec. 18, 2018 provides an overview of key clinical and public health concerns related to this topic for health care practitioners and public health officials.... read more


12 people hospitalized in US after they received unapproved stem cell products

Twelve people in three states developed infections and were hospitalized after they got infusions or injections of stem cell products derived from umbilical cord blood that were contaminated with bacteria, according to a report published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Dec. 21, 2018.... read more


2018 in Review: CDC looks back at the year’s most pressing health threats

Disease Control and Elimination CDC continues to make strides in disease control and elimination; however, challenges remain. One health consequence of the opioid epidemic is a dramatic increase in infectious disease. Hepatitis C infections have more than tripled in recent years, and the evidence points to people who inject drugs being at a high risk for hepatitis C and ... read more


Ultomiris injection approved for treatment of adults with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Ultomiris (ravulizumab) injection for the treatment of adult patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare and life-threatening blood disease. Ultomiris is a long-acting complement inhibitor that prevents hemolysis. ... read more


More than 8 lakh people died of cancer this year

New Delhi: An estimated 8,01,374 people died of cancer this year as compared to 7,66,348 deaths from the disease in 2017, Minister of State for Health, Anupriya Patel told the Lok Sabha on Friday. Citing the Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) cancer registry data report, ... read more


FDA permits marketing of Miris Human Milk Analyzer to aid measurement of nutrients in breast milk

The US FDA has permitted marketing of the Miris Human Milk Analyzer, a new diagnostic test to aid healthcare professionals in measuring nutrients in breast milk, including the concentration of fat, carbohydrate, protein, total solids and energy. The test provides ... read more


Risk of pelvic floor disorders varied by delivery mode

According to a study reported Dec. 18, 2018 in JAMA, compared with spontaneous vaginal delivery, cesarean delivery was associated with significantly lower hazard for stress urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, and pelvic organ prolapse, while operative vaginal delivery ... read more


7-day antibiotic course non-inferior to 14-day course for uncomplicated Gram-negative bacteremia

Reducing antibiotic treatment for uncomplicated Gram-negative bacteremia to 7 days is an important antibiotic stewardship intervention, concludes a study published online Dec. 11, 2018 in Clinical Infectious Diseases. In patients hospitalized with Gram-negative bacteremia achieving... read more

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