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Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
15th May 2016
It’s an Aging World: World’s older population is growing
The world’s older population continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. While in 2012, 8.0% (562 million) were aged 65 years and above, this number increased to 8.5% (617 million) in 2015. And, as per a new report, An Aging World: 2015 International Population Reports, this percentage is projected to increase to almost 17% of the global population by the year 2050 (1.6 billion).

Some salient features of the report are:
  • America’s 65-and-over population is projected to nearly double over the next three decades, from 48 million to 88 million by 2050.
  • The growth of the older population will continue to surpass that of the younger population.
  • By 2050, global life expectancy at birth is projected to increase by almost 8 years, climbing from 68.6 years in 2015 to 76.2 years in 2050.
  • The global population of the “oldest old” i.e. people aged 80 and older is expected to grow more than 3-folds between 2015 and 2050, growing from 126.5 million to 446.6 million.
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My wife had gallbladder operation 3 years ago. After that, my wife has been having many digestion problems. After every meal, she has motions. There are also problems of chronic heartburn and didpepsia. What can we do?
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Everything you need to know about potassium deficiency and its health implications​
New Delhi, May 14, 2016: Many a times we suffer from common medical conditions, which we can’t pinpoint an exact reason for. Often a simple deficiency can trigger these. For instance potassium deficiency can cause muscle cramps, diarrhea, dehydration, nausea, vomiting, heart rhythm disorders, and even congestive heart failure. 

Potassium is a mineral (electrolyte) in the body. Almost 98% of potassium is found inside the cells. Small changes in the level of potassium that is present outside the cells can have severe effects on the heart, nerves, and muscles.
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