Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
27th December 2018
The doctor-patient relationship is a contract of service

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Relatives of a patient ransacked a hospital in Hyderabad on Monday after she succumbed to her illness. They allegedly broke the glass, entrance gates of the hospital. The 45-year-old deceased woman was suffering from lung disease and swine flu. She was admitted to the hospital on Dec. 18 in a bad condition. On Dec. 24 she was put on ventilator but around 9:30 pm she succumbed to her illness. Reportedly, right after her death the family went on a rampage and began destructing the hospital property. Meanwhile, the hospital claimed that they have been trying to save the woman but she was not responding and her condition deteriorated. A case has been registered against the family for ransacking the hospital. And further investigation in the case is underway, as reported in Times Now.

This story once again puts back the spotlight on the widening gap in the doctor-patient relationship. Lack of communication is right in the center of such disputes....read more

High risk infantile hemangiomas should be promptly evaluated by hemangioma specialist

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has published new clinical practice guideline for the management of infantile hemangiomas.

Published online Dec. 24, 2018 in Pediatrics, the guideline says that "unlike many diseases, management of IHs is not limited to one medical or surgical specialty. A hemangioma specialist may have expertise in dermatology, hematologyoncology, pediatrics, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, and/or plastic surgery, and his or her practice is often focused primarily or exclusively on the pediatric age group."...read more

Practice Updates

Pan-India clean air programme set to roll out with a mid-term target

NEW DELHI: The Centre has earmarked Rs 300 crore for implementation of the upcoming National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) for financial year 2018-19 and 2019-20. Overall cost of taking multiple air pollution abatement measures in 102 cities across the country will, however, be much more than what the government has budgeted for next 15 months.... read more

Only 10% children in India received adequate diet in 2015-16

Only 10% of children between 6 and 13 months received an adequate diet in 2015-16 as per National Family Health Survey-4. Citing this data the NITI Aayog in its strategy paper 'New India at 75', says the government's Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) has a "design limitation" because its focus on the first 1,000 days of the child's ... read more

More than 4800 dengue cases in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO (Xinhua) - Fifty-two people have died and over 48,000 affected by the dengue virus in Sri Lanka, so far this year, according to a report from the government information department. Quoting the Epidemiology Unit, the report said that the highest number of dengue cases had been reported from the capital Colombo District with over ... read more

FDA cautions about eating or cutting unwashed avocados

The FDA has recommended that avocados should be thoroughly with water beforehand, even if only the skin of the fruit is to be cut first. This will ensure that dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the knife to the fruit. A new "Summary Report: Whole Fresh... read more

Schools asked to use double-fortified salt in meals

Jalandhar: To maintain good health among children, all government schools in the district have been told by the Director General, School Education, Punjab, to use double-fortified salt (that includes iron and iodine in sufficient quantity) in mid-day meals. The instructions have been issued through a letter to district education officers and principals of schools.... read more

Air pollution associated with development of Alzheimer disease

A new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has demonstrated an association between air pollution in Mexico City and the development of Alzheimer disease in children and young adults. The study also says that the evolving axonal damage can be identified using a novel Non-P-Tau assay for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).... read more

Better survival with modified FOLFIRINOX regimen for patients with pancreatic cancer

In a 24-week study published December 20, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adjuvant therapy with a modified FOLFIRINOX regimen (oxaliplatin (85 mg/m2), irinotecan (180 mg/m2, reduced to 150 mg/m2 after a protocol-specified safety analysis), leucovorin (400 mg/m2), and fluorouracil... read more

Routine screening and treatment for preoperative asymptomatic bacteriuria does not improve outcome

Preoperative asymptomatic bacteriuria was associated with higher rates of postoperative urine cultures with bacteriuria among patients who underwent cardiac, orthopedic, and vascular surgical procedures and with 30-day surgical-site infection in patients who had a cardiac surgical procedure in a national cohort study of more than 60,000 veterans ... read more

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Access to quality and affordable care a must to prevent neonatal deaths
Everyone should have a clear-cut healthcare savings goal every month

New Delhi, 26 December 2018: An estimated 30 million newborns require specialized care in hospital every year without which many either die or develop preventable health conditions and disabilities that affect them for life, according to a recent study by a global coalition that includes UNICEF and WHO. The report urges countries to invest in healthcare to prevent neonatal deaths among the most vulnerable newborns - the small and the sick.

The report underlines that universal access to quality care could prevent 1.7 million neonatal deaths, or 68% of the deaths that will otherwise occur in 2030.

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