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17th April 2018
Guidelines to protect doctors from unjust prosecution should be promptly implemented

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Two doctors of Fortis hospital in Gurugram were arrested last week following findings of the district medical board, which said that they had failed to timely administer proper treatment to the patient who died of cardiac arrest last year. The two concerned doctors were arrested under Section 304 IPC (causing death by negligence) and released on bail. The patient, a 51-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital in an emergency on May 12, 2017 following complaint of chest pain around 1.35 am. ECG was done at 1.45am. The medical board constituted to examine the case found that the patient was not given anti-platelet treatment as per protocol. According to the medical board, the doctors should have ideally given her an anti-platelet medicine for blood thinning immediately. The report of cardiac enzyme done around 2.23 am also indicated the urgent need for medicines to prevent a heart attack. Patient suffered a cardiac arrest in the ICU around 4.30 am. She became very critical and had to be put on life support about which the husband was informed. An angiography done at 7 am showed that the left anterior descending artery was 100% blocked. The patient was declared dead at 9.48 am.... read more

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Today is World Hemophilia Day: "Sharing Knowledge Makes Us Stronger"

World Hemophilia Day is observed every year on April 17 by the World Federation of Hemophilia. The day provides an opportunity to help people with bleeding disorders like hemophilia live healthier, longer and more productive lives by educating and empowering them through knowledge sharing, information exchanges, .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 17th April 2018

There is always a confusion about definitions of moderate vs heavy drinking. In India one standard drink is 30 ml but in US it is 45 ml. Moderate drinking means in women and aged 65 or more < 2 drinks per day, Men < 3 drinks per day ( one drink is 45ml of 40% whisky) ... read more

Practice Updates

Adjuvant pembrolizumab therapy reduces recurrence risk in stage III melanoma

Adjuvant therapy with pembrolizumab (Keytruda) 200 mg every 3 weeks for up to 1 year in patients with high-risk stage III melanoma reduced the risk of recurrence or death by 43% with no new toxic effects identified, as per results from the phase III EORTC 1325-MG/KEYNOTE-054 trial published April 15, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine..... read more

Transgender adolescents vulnerable to mental health disorders

A study published May 16, 2018 issue in the journal Pediatrics has shown that mental health diagnoses were several-fold higher among transgender/gender non-conforming youth than among matched reference groups. The most common diagnoses overall were attention deficit disorder and depressive disorders. .... read more

Interarm BP difference may predict risk of stroke

Interarm differences in blood pressure of >15 mm Hg may help to identify individuals without a past history of cardiovascular disease who are at risk of future stroke .... read more

Updated EASL guidelines for treatment of hepatitis C

In its updated guidelines for treatment of hepatitis C, the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) has recommended that all patients with suspected hepatitis C virus infection should be tested for anti-HCV antibodies in serum or plasma as first-line diagnostic test. All patients must be considered for therapy, including ... read more

AASM recommends against use of medical cannabis for OSA

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has recommended against the use of medical cannabis for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in its position statement published April 15, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine..... read more

Draft Guidance on the inclusion of pregnant women in clinical trials

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued draft guidance for industry "Pregnant Women: Scientific and Ethical Considerations for Inclusion in Clinical Trials" about how and when to include pregnant women in clinical trials for drugs and therapeutic biological products on March 27, 2018. The draft is open for comments and suggestions..... read more

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Air pollution can increase the chances of bronchiolitis in children
Elevated levels of PM 2.5 can lead to reduced immunity
New Delhi, 16th April 2018:Exposure to tiny air pollution particles even for a brief period can lead to acute lower respiratory infection (ALRI) in young children, as per a recent study. Elevated levels of PM2.5- pollution-causing particles, about 3% of the diameter of human hair, can affect newborns, toddlers, and adults alike. The most common ALRI in children is Bronchiolitis.

Bronchiolitis is a condition in which small breathing tubes in the lungs called bronchioles become infected and clogged with mucus. Air pollution can make the human body more susceptible to infection or impair its ability to fight off infectious agents.

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