Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
6th March 2019

Second case of sustained HIV remission after stem cell treatment: Is a cure for HIV in sight?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

A HIV-positive patient, called the “London Patient”, has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 infection after stem-cell transplantation becoming only the second person in the world to achieve this, as reported in the journal Nature.

The patient with HIV-1 infection was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2012. To treat the cancer, the patient received a transplant of hematopoietic stem cells from a donor with two copies of the CCR5 Δ32 (delta 32) allele. The patient experienced only a mild reaction to the stem-cell transplant. The patient became homozygous for CCR5 Δ32 after transplantation, and anti-retroviral therapy was interrupted after 16 months. The authors confirmed that HIV-1 RNA was undetectable, and the patient has so far been in remission for 18 months.....read more


AHA updated scientific statement on measurement of BP

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Good technique with validated, automated blood pressure machine use is key to accuracy, according to an updated scientific statement on BP measurement from the American Heart Association (AHA).

To ensure accurate measurement of BP, the AHA has issued recommendations on training in auscultatory BP measurement, assessment of knowledge of the doctor, skills of the technician or provider, among others....read more

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Practice Updates

European countries commit to accelerate action to protect people from health emergencies together

Sustained investment, mutual learning and support, and regular monitoring of progress – ministers of health and high-level delegates identified these as critical to scaling up health emergency preparedness and response in the WHO European Region. The priorities and actions compiled in the outcome summary .... read more


EU Panel backs risankizumab for plaque psoriasis

The European Medicines Agency's (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended for approval interleukin-23 (IL-23) inhibitor risankizumab (Skyrizi, AbbVie) for treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis in adults who are candidates for.... read more


Blood pressure medication recall expands again to include losartan

A widespread recall of common blood pressure and heart failure medications has been expanded to include more drugs containing losartan. The recall is due to an "impurity" that is classified as a potential human carcinogen. The impurity, N-Nitroso-N-methyl-4-aminobutyric acid or NMBA, is also classified as a known animal carcinogen,... read more


Women call ambulance for husbands with heart attacks but not for themselves

Women call an ambulance for husbands, fathers and brothers with heart attack symptoms but not for themselves. “It’s time for women take care of themselves too” is the main message of two studies from the Polish Registry of Acute Coronary Syndromes (PL-ACS) presented March 3... read more


Acupuncture relieves menopausal symptoms

Acupuncture treatment for 15-minute once a week for 5 weeks produced a fast and clinically relevant reduction in moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms (hot flushes, day-and-night sweats, general sweating, menopausal-specific sleeping problems, emotional symptoms, physical symptoms and skin and hair symptoms).... read more


Exercise can improve cognition in patients with Parkinson's disease

A systematic review of randomized controlled trials published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease concluded that all modes of exercise are associated with improved cognitive function ((memory, executive function, and global cognitive function) in individuals with Parkinson's disease.... read more

Medical Voice

Delhi HC quashes FIR against couple for child labour and asks to plant 100 trees

The Delhi High Court quashed a FIR against a couple, who had employed a minor for household work, and directed them to plant 100 trees and pay One lakh 50 thousand rupees to the victim, reports PTI.... read more

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1. Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase.
2. Phosphoglucomutase.
3. Lactate-dehydrogenase.
4. Glucokinase.
Lifestyle Updates
 
Inspirational Story 2: The Father and His Sons
Stubble burning causes both loss of life and work revenue
Air pollution needs to be combated with efforts at all levels
 
New Delhi, 5 March 2019: The burning of agricultural residue - a contributor to north India’s winter pollution - increases the risk of respiratory illnesses threefold for those who experience it. It may also be responsible for an annual $30 billion (approximately Rs 2 trillion) loss in terms of days of work lost in states affected by crop burning, according to a study by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

The research has found that living in an area where crop burning is practiced was a leading risk factor for respiratory disease in northern India. Whereas the total burden of diseases from air pollution declined between 1990 and 2016 due to efforts to reduce the burning of solid fuel for household use

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