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21st May 2018
Notification of adverse drug reactions should be made mandatory

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Adverse drug reaction (ADR) reporting or pharmacovigilance is an integral part of quality patient care as ADRs not only impair quality of life for the patient, they also increase treatment costs as they increase the likelihood of hospitalization. At times, they may be potentially life-threatening. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has defined pharmacovigilance as "the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug related problems".

A database of ADRs will help the clinician to identify any clinical event occurring as a result of a drug being administered and manage it in time. This was the very objective of the Pharmacovigilance Programme of India (PvPI) i.e. to generate data about ADRs across the country by promoting ADR reporting. PvPI is run by the Indian Pharmacopoeia Commission (IPC) as its National Coordination Centre (NCC) under the aegis of the Health Ministry. more


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Environment Ministry's 'Green Good Deeds' initiative gets global recognition 

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Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal May 20th 2018

Practicing Changing Update: Certain patients who experience ischemic stroke while asleep, so that the time of onset is unknown, now have the chance to benefit from thrombolysis treatment after the results of the WAKE-UP trial. The trial used new MRI technology to identify patients who had less brain tissue damage, suggesting the stroke had occurred more recently (approximately within... read more

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FDA cautions about risk of neural tube birth defects with dolutegravir

In a drug safety communication, the US FDA has cautioned about the potential risk of neural tube birth defects with dolutegravir used to treat human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in women, who received the drug at the time of becoming pregnant or early in the first trimester. The FDA has advised health.... read more

Study identifies risk factors for decreased survival in metastatic thyroid carcinoma

A study presented at the ongoing annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) in Boston has identified risk factors associated with decreased rate of cancer-specific survival in patients with well-differentiated metastatic thyroid carcinoma namely, multiple... read more

AKI during hospitalization linked with higher risk of heart failure post-discharge

A new study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN) reveals that acute kidney injury (AKI) is linked with a 44% higher risk of cardiovascular events, especially heart failure, in patients even after they are discharged from the hospital. ... read more

Cognitive training reduces severity of freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease

A randomized controlled trial published May 18, 2018 in npj Parkinson's Disease has shown that cognitive training can reduce severity of freezing of gait in patients with Parkinson's disease while on dopaminergic medication. Cognitive training also improved cognitive processing speed and reduced daytime sleepiness..... read more

Eliminating job stress can prevent future onset of mental disorders

High job demands, low job control and high job stress were found to be associated with greater probability of onset of common mental disorders in midlife. The study published online May 10, 2018 in Lancet Psychiatry suggests job stress as a modifiable work-related risk factor and eliminating it can ... read more

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More awareness needed on CHD in India
Unlike earlier, better treatment outcomes are being achieved today
New Delhi, 20th May 2018: As per a status report on the prevalence of congenital heart disease (CHD) in the country, the infant mortality rate (IMR) currently stands at 34 per 1000 live births. Approximately 10% of this may be accounted for by congenital heart diseases (CHD) alone. Every year, 1.5 lakh infants are born with CHD, of which 78,000 do not survive. As per the Children’s Heart Foundation, globally, 1 in 100 babies is born with a CHD and about 25% of them have critical CHD.

CHD occurs due to a problem with the structure of the heart. It is the most common type of birth defect. The defects can involve the walls of the heart, the valves, and the arteries and veins near the heart.

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