Editorial
Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
 
7th February 2019
Why universal medical insurance is on the way

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Universal health care (universal health coverage, universal coverage, universal care, or socialized health care) is a national health care system that provides health care and financial protection to all citizens of a country. It provides a specified package of benefits to all members of a society with an aim of providing financial risk protection, improved access to health services, and improved health outcomes. The health care does not cover everything for everyone...read more


National Road Safety Week: HCFI Harm Reduction Conference Consensus recommendations

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The country is observing the National Road Safety Week from 4th February (Monday) to 10th February (Sunday). The aim is to increase public awareness about traffic rules including the importance of wearing helmets and seat belts.

A Harm Reduction conference was organized by Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) at Maple Hall, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on January 30, 2019. Harm reduction strategies for important public health issues were discussed, including helmets and seat belts. ....read more

Practice Updates

Hawaii is considering a bill that bans cigarette sales to anyone under 100

"The legislature finds that the cigarette is considered the deadliest artifact in human history." So begins the text of a new bill introduced in Hawaii's State House, calling for a phased ban on cigarette sales in the state by 2024. Hawaii has some of the most restrictive cigarette laws in the nation. In 2016, it became the first state to raise the age to buy cigarettes to 21. .... read more


Six 'obesity-related' cancers on rise in US young adults

According to a new observational study published in The Lancet Public Health, the incidence of six of 12 obesity-related malignancies increased among "young" adults (25-49 years) in the United States from 1995 to 2014. In young adults, the six obesity-related cancers that increased in incidence in were multiple myeloma, colorectal, uterine corpus, gallbladder, kidney, and ... read more


Targets for TB Elimination

As per a Ministry of Health and Family Welfare press release, for the year 2018 the following has been achieved:
In 2018 year, 5, 36,752 TB patients have been notified from private sector. There has been 40% increase in TB notification from private sector as compared to 2017. .... read more


Childhood and adolescent immunization schedule for 2019

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement that describes the recommended 2019 immunization schedule for children and adolescents published online Feb. 5, 2019 in Pediatrics. It recommends that children and teens are vaccinated according to the schedule for the best protection against diseases.... read more


Azathioprine increases risk of pancreatitis in children with IBD

Use of azathioprine is associated with a six-fold increased risk of acute pancreatitis in children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) during the first 90 days following start of treatment suggesting the need for regular and rigorous monitoring, as per a new study reported Jan. 23...read more


Study links psoriasis treatment and improvement in heart artery disease

Researchers have found that treating psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory skin disease, with biologic drugs that target immune system activity can reduce the early plaque buildup that clogs arteries, restricts blood flow, and leads to heart attacks and stroke. The findings published online Feb. 5, 2019 in the journal Cardiovascular Research... read more

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Lifestyle Updates
 
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Exercising for at least half an hour every day imperative to prevent Type 2 diabetes complications
Doctors should motivate patients to undertake a regular exercise routine
 

New Delhi, 6 February 2019: Patients with Type 2 diabetes should be prescribed physical activity to control their blood sugar and improve heart health, recommends a position paper from the European Association of Preventive Cardiology. The paper provides practical recommendations for doctors on how to motivate patients to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine, set achievable and measurable goals, and design customized exercise-training programmes to meet these goals.

Increasing cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF) and glycemic control are key clinical targets of exercise training programmes in patients with type 2 diabetes with cardiac co-morbidities, the paper recommends.

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