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26th May 2018
Awareness needs to be created to dispel fears about Nipah virus

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Another aspect of the Nipah outbreak is coming to light, and a rather unfortunate one at that.

Yesterday, the TOI Kozhikode edition reported that health workers are facing social ostracism with reports of nurses being ostracized and staff at a crematorium allegedly showing reluctance to cremate the body of a victim who fell prey to the deadly virus. Doctors and nurses work tirelessly and with devotion for their patients, whose interests and welfare are above all for doctors and nurses. more

Video Of The Day : Nipah Virus Encephalitis

How to start your own medical practice?

According to the World Health Organization, India needs 80,000 more hospital beds every year. Currently, the ratio between hospital beds and patients is 1:879. In such a scenario, starting a self-owned practice that bridges the gaps in patient care while using the latest technologies would be the ideal way of creating a niche for yourself in the healthcare sector..... read more

Top News

Nipah virus disease is only a local occurrence, not a major outbreak, says Central High-level Team

Following directions of the Union Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda, a multi-disciplinary Central Team led by the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is presently in Kerala constantly reviewing the situation of the Nipah Virus Disease. .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal May 25th 2018

Bats Update : Bats are natural reservoirs of rabies and Hendra virus. Other diseases carried by bats include histoplasmosis, leptospirosis, Salmonella.
Bats are natural reservoirs of many viruses, many of which are emerging human pathogens. These include Ebola virus, Marburg virus, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronaviruses, Nipah and Hendra viruses. ... read more

Practice Updates

South Asian Americans are at high risk for heart disease and stroke

South Asians are more likely to die of heart disease, such as heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis than East Asians and non-Hispanic whites living in the United States, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association published in the journal Circulation. .... read more

ADA public policy statement on insulin access and affordability

In a new public policy statement on insulin access and affordability released on May 24, 2018, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends increasing transparency across the entire insulin supply chain; streamlining the approval process for biosimilar insulins, lowering or removing patient .... read more

Using smart technology to improve care of cancer patients

A trial of 357 people receiving radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, use of mobile and sensor technology to remotely monitor patient symptoms reduced the severity of symptoms related to both the cancer and its treatment compared to patients who had standard weekly visits with their doctors. The symptoms were detected earlier and managed timely. The trial will be presented at the upcoming 2018 Annual Meeting of ASCO in Chicago.... read more

Decision to do a CT scan post-chronic subdural hematoma surgery should be individual based

Results of the To Scan or Not to Scan: The Role of Follow-up CT Scanning for Management of Chronic Subdural Hematoma After Neurosurgical Evacuation (TOSCAN) trial suggest that a routine CT scan after surgery for a chronic subdural hematoma is not required and the decision to do a CT should be based on individual patient. These findings were presented May 18, 2018 at the 4th .... read more

Study finds high prevalence of postendoscopic infections

According to a study published online May 18, 2018 in the journal Gut, postendoscopic infections are more common than thought to be, though the risk is lower with screening colonoscopy compared to diagnostic endoscopic procedures. Predictors of infection included recent history of hospitalization or endoscopic procedure; concurrence with another endoscopic procedure; low procedure volume or non-freestanding ambulatory surgery centres; younger or older age; black or Native American race and male sex. .... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
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Obesity will become an epidemic provided it is not tackled immediately
Diabetes and heart problems are comorbid conditions which will also see an increase
New Delhi, 25 May 2018: About a quarter of the global population will be obese in 27 years from now, as per recent research. It is expected that 22% of people in the world will be obese by 2045, up from 14% in 2017. The prevalence of diabetes is also expected to increase from 9.1% to 11.7% by 2045. One out of eight people around the world are likely to suffer from Type-2 diabetes. Unless changes are made both at the personal and global levels, the costs and health challenges will only magnify.

Obesity is identified as a medical condition marked by the accumulation of excessive body fat with negative health impacts. It is generally reported in terms of body mass index (BMI), a value obtained by dividing an individual’s weight by the square of their height. A BMI beyond 30 kg/m2 is considered obese, while a value between 25 and 30kg/m2 is defined as overweight.

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