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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
6th June 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) is a viral respiratory disease caused by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). We have covered this disease earlier (see links below) when it first emerged in 2012. Let’s take a quick recap of the disease today.

  • Coronaviruses are common viruses that cause diseases ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
  • MERS-CoV is a zoonotic virus. A lineage C betacoronavirus, MERS-CoV is different from any other known coronaviruses (SARS coronavirus) but is closely related to several bat coronaviruses.
  • MERS first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012. Since then, cases have also been reported from North Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.
  • Dromedary camels are a major reservoir host for the virus and a source of infection in humans.... read more

How to Enhance Your Practice Visibility?

You are one among the 9,88,922 allopathic doctors practising in India. You can find a clinic in every nook and corner. How do you attract patients to your practice? What do you do to become more visible to your target audience? The only solution is to be different from others and think out-of-the-box! This write-up will familiarize you with different approaches to making yourself stand out from the crowd, and increase your patient base..... read more

Top News

WHO launches a new global action plan to encourage physical activity

The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a new "WHO Global action plan on physical activity and health 2018-2030: More active people for a healthier world” in Lisbon, Portugal. The action plan was launched jointly by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General WHO and António Costa Prime Minister of Portugal. ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 6th June

Clinical : Women with early-stage HER2 negative, lymph node negative, breast cancer (1-5 cm) who would currently be treated with chemotherapy could skip the toxic treatment, a major international study TAILORx published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests. This applies to cancers with a mid-range recurrence score (11 to 25) on a widely used gene marker test. Roughly 70 per cent of women who fit this patient profile could be spared chemotherapy.... read more

Practice Updates

US FDA approves first biosimilar to Neulasta to help reduce infection risk during cancer therapy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Fulphila (pegfilgrastim-jmdb) as the first biosimilar to Neulasta (pegfilgrastim) to decrease the chance of infection as suggested by febrile neutropenia (fever, often with other signs of infection, associated with an abnormally low number of infection-fighting white blood cells), in patients with non-myeloid (non-bone marrow) cancer.... read more

Limited health literacy is a major barrier to heart disease prevention and treatment

Limited health literacy is a major barrier to heart health and managing heart disease and stroke, according to a scientific statement published June 4, 2018 in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation. The statement further says that health literacy encompasses not only the ability to read, but skills such as being able to ask questions about your care, understand documents with ..... read more

Stressful jobs increases risk of atrial fibrillation

A study published June 4, 2018 in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology has linked a stressful job to a 48% higher risk of atrial fibrillation. The most stressful jobs are psychologically demanding but give employees little control over the work situation – for example, assembly line workers, bus drivers, secretaries, and nurses..... read more

Preoperative chemoradiotherapy improves disease-free survival in pancreatic cancer

Chemoradiotherapy prior to surgery results in better disease-free survival in patients with pancreatic cancer compared to patients who underwent surgery first. The two-year survival rate was also higher for those who received preoperative chemoradiotherapy (42% vs. 30%). These findings from a .... read more

US FDA safety communication regarding surgical fires

The US FDA has published a safety communication regarding surgical fires May 29, 2018. Surgical fires can occur when all three elements of the fire triangle are present: Oxidizer (e.g., oxygen, nitrous oxide), ignition source (e.g., electrosurgical units (ESUs), electrocautery devices, lasers, and fiber-optic illumination systems) and Fuel source. Some key recommendations include:.... read more

Study shows association of anticholinergic drugs with late age-related macular degeneration

A study published online May 24, 2018 in JAMA Ophthalmology says that use of anticholinergic drugs for at least three months may increase the risk of late age-related macular degeneration. This association was greater with prolonged use and high Anticholinergic Burden Score suggesting a dose-effect association.... read more

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Severe malnourishment a major cause of stunting among Indian children below five
Inclusion of fortified food, creating awareness among expectant mothers, and encouraging breastfeeding are some aspects that can help address this
New Delhi, 05 June 2018: Severe undernourishment has left two in five children below the age of five in India stunted, as per a global report. This highlights a stubborn problem in child health in India, which has otherwise shown some improvement. About 38.4% children below the age of five are stunted in the country. There is a need to create awareness that growth and development is impaired in stunted children. They are vulnerable to repeated infections that can also affect brain development, thereby leading to learning problems.

WHO defines Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) as very low weight for height, visible severe wasting or the presence of nutritional oedema (swelling). India's battle with this condition is still away from a win.

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