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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
31st May 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: Rift Valley fever

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Rift Valley fever is an acute febrile illness caused by the Rift Valley fever virus, which belongs to the Bunyaviridae family, Phlebovirus genus.

Here are some key points to know about Rift Valley Fever.

  • The Rift Valley fever virus was first isolated in the course of an investigation into an epidemic among sheep on a farm in the Rift Valley of Kenya in 1931.
  • It is a viral zoonosis that mainly affects animals (usually cattle and sheep). But, humans too can acquire the infection.
  • Transmission of infection to humans is mainly via contact with blood or organs of infected animals through the handling of animal tissue during slaughtering or butchering, assisting with animal births, conducting veterinary procedures, or from the disposal of carcasses or fetuses. .... read more
Video Of The Day : Dr KK Aggarwal on Nipah Virus

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

Today is World No Tobacco Day: "Tobacco and heart disease"

World No Tobacco Day is an annual event, which highlights the risks associated with the use of tobacco. The day also advocates adoption of effective policies to reduce consumption of tobacco. The focus this year is on "Tobacco and heart disease" to increase awareness on how tobacco adversely affects heart health. Tobacco use was identified as one among the nine modifiable risk factors in the landmark INTERHEART study that increased the risk of most cases of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 31st May

Policy: Comments invited in 30 days No.F.22/7610/DAK/DHS/ Delhi Government ADVISORY A committee comprising of nine members was constituted by the Hon'ble Minister of Health, Govt. of NCT of Delhi for formulating a policy regarding allegations of excessive charges, refusal/ delay in providing immediate medical treatment to victims of crimes or road accidents, unfair employment practices, etc. by private hospitals/ nursing homes,... read more

Practice Updates

High protein diet increases risk of heart failure in middle-aged men

Middle-aged men who had higher amounts of protein had a 33% higher risk of heart failure than those who ate less amount of protein, according to a new research published May 29, 2018 online in the journal Circulation. The risk was 43% higher for animal protein, 49% for dairy protein and 17% for plant protein..... read more

Galcanezumab prevents episodic migraine prevention: EVOLVE-1

Findings of the phase III EVOLVE-1 randomized clinical trial published online May 29, 2018 in JAMA Neurology suggest that galcanezumab significantly reduced the number of monthly migraine headache days during treatment compared with placebo in patients who experienced 4-14 migraine headache days every month. It was also associated with low discontinuation rates owing to adverse events, and .... read more

No beneficial effects of common vitamin & mineral supplements on risk of heart disease

Analysis of data from 179 randomized controlled trials on vitamin and mineral supplement use, published May 28, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, has revealed no consistent benefit for the prevention of cardiovascular disease, myocardial infarction or stroke with the .... read more

HIV-infected patients with CD4+ cell count of at least 500 should be screened for lung cancer

Screening HIV-infected patients with CD4+ cell count of at least 500 and 100% antiretroviral therapy adherence for lung cancer using the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services criteria (age 55–77, 30 pack-years of smoking, current smoker or quit within 15 years of screening) would reduce associated mortality by 18.9%, similar to the mortality reduction of uninfected individuals. These findings were .... read more

Men who survive thyroid cancer at greater risk of heart disease vs women

According to a new study published May 29, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, men who survive thyroid cancer are at a 50% greater risk of developing heart disease than women within five years of their cancer diagnosis. Obese individuals had a 41% higher risk and patients whose TSH levels were suppressed as part of their cancer treatment were at a 25% higher..... read more

MINOCA, a new category of heart attack, not caused by obstructed arteries

A study published May 29, 2018 in the International Journal of Cardiology has identified a new category of heart attack, unrelated to blocked arteries and so many fail to get preventive treatment. Women are more susceptible to this condition. Termed MINOCA (myocardial infarction with non-obstructive coronary arteries), the probable causes put forth include: .... read more

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Music can benefit those with Alzheimer’s
The number of Alzheimer’s patients in India will triple by 2050
New Delhi, 30th May 2018: A study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah Health have come up with the theory that music-based treatments could be used to alleviate anxiety in patients with dementia. Music may help tap into the salience network of the brain that is still relatively functioning. The need of the hour is to create awareness on alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s.

Music activates the brain, causing whole regions to communicate. By listening to the personal soundtrack, the visual network, the salience network, the executive network and the cerebellar and corticocerebellar network pairs all showed significantly higher functional connectivity.

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