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20th July 2018
Court has a duty to strike down law if it violates fundamental right: SC

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

"Courts cannot wait for a "majoritarian government" to decide on enacting, amending or striking down a law if it violates fundamental rights", state the Supreme Court of India while reserving the verdict on the petitions challenging the validity of section 377 of the IPC and seeking decriminalisation of homosexuality.

The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, however, made clear that it may not strike down the law completely and deal with it to the extent it relates to consensual acts between two adults.

"If section 377 of the IPC goes away entirely, there will be anarchy. We are solely on consensual acts between man-man, man-woman. Consent is the fulcrum here. You cannot impose your sexual orientation on others without their consent." more

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Record number of infants vaccinated in 2017

A record 123 million infants were immunized globally in 2017 with at least one dose of the diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, according to data released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. The data shows that:.... read more

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Morning MEDTalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 20th July 2018

Predicting a dengue outbreak A global consortium of researchers has developed an early warning system to alert authorities on the Caribbean island of Barbados when a dengue outbreak is likely to strike. The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, has shown that a period of drought, followed by intense rainfall four or five months later provide the optimum conditions for an outbreak of the disease. .. read more

Practice Updates

Being physically active reduces risk of heart attack even in presence of pollution

According to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, physical activity reduced the risk of first and recurrent heart attack even in areas with moderate-to-high levels of traffic pollution. Higher levels of ... read more

Urgent care clinics prescribe the most antibiotics

Patients treated in urgent care clinics are far more likely than those treated in other ambulatory care settings to be prescribed antibiotics for conditions that do not require them, as per a study published July 16, 2018 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Around 46% of urgent care patients with an antibiotic-inappropriate... read more

Immunotherapy improves survival in melanoma patients with brain metastasis

Use of checkpoint inhibitors in melanoma patients with brain metastases was associated with a 1.4-fold increase in median overall survival and an increase in the rate of 4-year survival from 11.1% to 28.1%. These findings were published... read more

Avoid acid-suppression for extraesophageal symptoms in the absence of typical reflux symptoms

As per new guideline on pediatric gastroesophageal reflux, acid-suppression therapy in patients with typical reflux symptoms should be limited to 4-8 weeks. Acid suppression should be avoided for cough, wheezing or asthma in the absence of typical reflux symptoms. In infants, a trial of hypoallergenic formula or ... read more

Updated USPSTF statement on using nontraditional risk factors in CVD risk assessment

In a newly released statement published July 17, 2018 in JAMA, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that the current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of adding the ankle brachial index (ABI), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), or ... read more

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Prevention is the only bet for avoiding the onset of Lassa fever
Be careful of rodents and avoid direct contact with infectious body fluids
New Delhi, 19 July 2018: Earlier this year, Nigeria fell under the grip of a viral infection called the Lassa fever. Many people succumbed to the symptoms and died. This fever comes under the list of priority diseases enlisted by the World Health Organization (WHO). Apart from Nigeria, the Lassa virus is endemic in Benin, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, and other countries in West Africa.

Lassa fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic illness caused by Lassa virus, a member of the Arenavirus family of viruses. It is a zoonotic disease. Rodents (multimammate rats) are the animal reservoirs and shed the virus in their urine and feces.

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