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29th May 2018
Was Nipah outbreak expected? WHO had sounded a note of caution in 2015

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Was the current Nipah outbreak in Kerala expected? Could it have been prevented? I believe the answer to these questions is perhaps ‘yes’.

The World Health Organization (WHO) had sounded a note of caution in 2015 when it had published a list of top eight emerging pathogens likely to cause severe outbreaks in the near future, and for which few or no medical countermeasures exist.

The diseases included in the list were: 1. Crimean Congo hemorrhagic fever 2. Ebola virus disease 3. Marburg 4. Lassa fever 5. MERS 6. SARS coronavirus diseases 7. Nipah 8. Rift Valley fever .... read more

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Top 6 Tips for Better Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is defined as the actions taken by the healthcare provider to improve the decision-making process, which ultimately contributes to a better patient experience and reduce care costs..... read more

Top News

71st World Health Assembly concludes with resolutions on wide-ranging topics

The 71st World Health Assembly concluded by adopting a number of resolutions on the most relevant public health issues. Delegates from across the globe adopted resolutions on the WHO general program of work for the next five years, WHO’s work in emergencies, poliomyelitis, cholera, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and tuberculosis (TB), the shortage of medicines and vaccines, and the burden of snakebites, among other topics..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 29th May

Policy : Hospitals and nursing homes in the city cannot withhold the bodies of patients who die during treatment on the ground of unpaid medical bills Draft advisory will be put in the public domain to invite objections/suggestions within 30 days.... read more

Practice Updates

Exergaming improves quality of life in heart failure patients

Exergaming or playing video games that involve physical exertion e.g. playing virtual tennis, improves quality of life in patients with heart failure, suggest the HF-Wii study presented May 27, 2018 at Heart Failure 2018 and the World Congress on Acute Heart Failure. Patients in the exergame group could.... read more

Socioeconomic factors influence hospitalization in sarcoidosis patients

Analysis of data from the FSR-Sarcoidosis Advanced Registry for Cures (FSR-SARC) presented May 22, 2018 at the recent American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2018 Conference in San Diego has shown that female gender, higher self-reported income, younger age and shorter disease duration were independent predictors of lower hospitalization rates in patients with sarcoidosis. .... read more

Study shows encouraging results with cabozantinib for malignant pheochromocytoma

Preliminary data presented at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) 2018 Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress in Boston show encouraging results with cabozantinib as treatment for patients with malignant unresectable pheochromocytomas and paragangliomas...... read more

Visual outcomes improve with pulse IV steroids in VKD disease

Aggressive treatment beginning with pulsed intravenous corticosteroids resulted in excellent visual outcomes and low rates of recurrence in patients with new-onset acute Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada (VKH) disease, according to a study reported online May 8, 2018 in the British Journal of Ophthalmology. ..... read more

Antibiotics prescribed for hospitalized patients with asthma exacerbation are often unnecessary

Antibiotics are often prescribed for hospitalized patients with acute exacerbation of asthma without lung infection, where they are unnecessary and moreover associated with increased length of stay and risk for antibiotic-related diarrhea, with no apparent benefit. These findings were presented May 22, 2018 at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego...... read more

US FDA approves Xience Sierra, the latest in DES

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Xience Sierra (Abbott) everolimus-eluting coronary stent, the newest generation of Xience stent for complex cases, including patients with multiple or totally blocked vessels. The highlighting features of Xience Sierra include a thinner profile, increased flexibility, increased lengths and smaller diameters than previous stents..... read more

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Simple measures can help prevent Nipah infection
Avoid getting infected by observing basic hygiene
New Delhi, 28 May 2018: Some simple hygienic practices can help people from contracting the brain-damaging Nipah virus. These include frequent washing of hands and cooking food properly before consuming it. The virus has thus far claimed about 13 lives in Kerala and led to quarantining of at least 40 others. The latest outbreak has affected four districts of Kerala — Kozhikode, and the neighboring districts of Malappuram, Kannur and Wayanad.

The Nipah virus is a zoonotic disease naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans. Human-to-human transmission has also been documented. The condition was first identified among pig farmers in Malaysia, and the disease surfaced in Siliguri, West Bengal in 2001 and again in 2007. It has been affirmed that those outside of Kerala need to be careful only if they are travelling to the affected areas or coming into contact with an infected person.

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