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1st June 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: Marburg virus disease

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Marburg virus disease (MVD), earlier known as Marburg hemorrhagic fever, is a highly fatal illness caused by the Marburg virus, which belongs to the Filoviridae family. It was first identified in 1967 following simultaneous outbreaks of severe febrile illness associated with hemorrhage and shock in Marburg and Frankfurt am Main in Germany and in Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

  • Fruit bats (Pteropodidae family) are considered to be natural hosts of Marburg virus.
  • The virus is transmitted to humans from fruit bats or through direct contact with body (blood, saliva and urine) of an infected person or animal or through unsterile injections when infection control precautions are not strictly practiced and through contaminated surfaces and materials e.g. bedding, clothing.
  • Transmission of the virus via infected semen has been reported up to 7 weeks after clinical recovery.
  • People remain infectious as long as their blood contains the virus.... 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

Nepal becomes the first country in South-East Asia to eliminate trachoma

The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated Nepal for having eliminated trachoma as a public health problem - a milestone, as the country becomes the first in WHO’s South-East Asia Region to defeat the world’s leading infectious cause of blindness … (WHO, May 21, 2018)... read more

4th International Yoga Day celebrations main event to be organized in Dehradun

Mass yoga demonstration, the main event of 4th International Yoga Day celebrations (IDY-2018) on 21st June this year will be held at Dehradun in Uttarakhand… (Ayush, PIB, May 28, 2018).... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 1st June

Clinical: The US FDA has approved the first stand-alone prosthetic iris in the United States, a surgically implanted device to treat adults and children whose iris (the colored part of the eye around the pupil) is completely missing or damaged due to a congenital condition called aniridia or other damage to the eye. ... read more

Practice Updates

Higher male-to-female hormone ratio increases risk of heart disease in postmenopausal women

A higher blood level of a male hormone (testosterone) and a higher ratio of the male-type to-female type (estrogen) of hormones in postmenopausal women is associated with a higher risk of heart disease later in life, according to research published May 30, 2018 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology..... read more

A new treatment option for moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis

The US Food and Drug Administration has expanded the approval of Xeljanz (tofacitinib) to include adults with moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis. Xeljanz is the first oral medication approved for chronic use in this indication. Other FDA-approved treatments for the chronic treatment of moderately to severely active ulcerative colitis must be administered through an intravenous infusion or subcutaneous injection..... read more

ACS recommends screening for colorectal cancer to start from age 45

New updated guidelines from the American Cancer Society (ACS) published online May 30, 2018 in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians recommend that screening for colorectal cancer should begin at a younger age than 50 years, which is currently recommended.... read more

Daily intellectual activities reduce risk of dementia

Findings of a longitudinal, observational study of older Chinese adults followed for 7 years published online May 30, 2018 in JAMA Psychiatry show that actively engaging in daily intellectual activities such as reading or playing cards reduces the risk of dementia.... read more

New guidelines on management of diabetes in the very frail elderly

New guidelines on management of diabetes in the elderly according to their frailty status have been published in April 2018 issue of Diabetic Medicine. For the first time, these guidelines include recommendations on how to and when to stop diabetes treatments in particularly frail adults...... read more

Obesity is a risk factor for heart disease even in metabolically healthy women

Obese but metabolically healthy women are still at higher risk for heart disease compared to metabolically healthy women of normal weight, according to findings of a 30 year follow-up from a prospective cohort study of more than 90,000 women published May 30, 2018 in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology. Most metabolically healthy women converted metabolically unhealthy despite normal body weight..... read more

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eMedi Quiz
1. Hb <13.5 g/dL or hematocrit (HCT) <41.0% represents anemia in men
2. Hb <12.0 g/dL or <36.0%, respectively, represents anemia in women.
3. Differences may also exist between races, in older adults, and in athletes.
4. All of the above
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Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) inaugurates Hari Chand Misra Seva Society – multipurpose health van
To be used for various healthcare activities and paramedical services
New Delhi, 31st May 2018: Taking its commitment to making India a healthier nation a step further, the Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) inaugurated the Hari Chand Misra Seva Society – Multipurpose Health Van on 31st May 2018. The event was organized at the Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. The van is intended to be used for paramedical services and will also be used as a mobile platform for organizing health checkup camps, etc.

This will be a one-of-its-kind initiative in Delhi/NCR reinforcing HCFI’s pledge towards the prevention and treatment of diseases and saving lives. Founded in 1986, HCFI is a National Charitable Trust with the basic objective of creating awareness about all aspects of health for people from all walks of life. In all its activities and initiatives, the organization attempts to bring together all pathies and low-cost infotainment modules under one roof.

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