Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
28th December 2018
Winter pollution

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Air pollution is here to stay ….it's not just limited to a particular time of the year, but persists all through the year now. According to the WHO, in 2016, India had 14 out of world's 20 most polluted cities in terms of PM2.5 levels; Kanpur topping the list and New Delhi taking the sixth place.

Air quality particularly deteriorates during the winter season and drops to the "severe" or "hazardous" categories.

Pollution levels are increased during winters due to a combination of atmospheric (metereological) conditions and local pollution (emissions of air pollutants). ...read more

Practice Changing: Non-invasive CT angio is a feasible alternative to the invasive conventional angiography for diagnosing complex CAD and decision-making

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Coronary angiography is the gold standard diagnostic technique, which helps in therapeutic decision making in coronary disease. Coronary CT angiography is also a valuable aid to assess coronary heart disease. But, it has not been so widely used as the invasive coronary angiography.

But, the SYNTAX III REVOLUTION trial has now demonstrated that the non-invasive coronary CT angiography is non inferior to the invasive coronary angiography in diagnostic value....read more

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Study identifies hospital plumbing as reservoir for sphingomonas infections

A study published Dec. 27, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine has identified Sphingomonas koreensis, a rare opportunistic waterborne pathogen in a group of healthcare-associated infections in a hospital. Two isolates of S. koreensis obtained from the six patients identified in the 2016 cluster were unrelated, but four isolates shared... read more

Election commission bans all kinds of tobacco in polling booths during 2019 elections

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FDA approves first digital inhaler with tracking app

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first and only digital inhaler with a built-in sensor that connects to a companion mobile application that can monitor usage as well as strength of the user's inhalation. The ProAir Digihaler contains... read more

Pre-hospital factors predict increased risk of readmission in older adults

Pre-hospital factors rather than hospital factors account for increased risk of readmission as well as predicting acute all-cause 30-day readmission in older adults, says a study published online Dec. 3, 2018 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine... read more

Evening, not morning, exercise may help hypertensive patients to reduce their BP

According to a study reported Nov. 26, 2018 online in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, exercising in evening, rather than in the morning may help treated hypertensive men to reduce their BP. After 10 weeks of the study, aerobic training performed in the evening decreased clinic and ambulatory BP, due to reductions in... read more

Alcoholic beverages trigger migraine attacks in patients with migraine

Alcoholic beverages, especially red wine, trigger migraine attacks in patients with migraine. They also have a substantial effect on alcohol consumption behavior, suggests a cross-sectional survey of more than 2000 patients with migraine published online December 18 in the European Journal of Neurology.... read more

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Air pollution giving rise to incidence of allergic cough in Indian cities
It is imperative to take precautionary measures right before the winter season starts

New Delhi, 27th December 2018: Living in India and inhaling lungful of polluted air every day is like being a chronic smoker according to a recent report by India's State-Level Disease Burden Initiative. This partly explains why many people in urban India have a persistent dry and hacking cough even if they don’t have asthma or have never smoked.

Allergic cough is more common in the winter months when drop in temperature prevents air pollutants and allergens from dissipating, trapping them close to the ground in toxic concentrations to trigger asthma, allergic rhinitis, and other allergic disorders.

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