Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
22nd October 2018
Will increasing the custom duty on medical devices promote indigenous production?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

At the recent 4th WHO Global Forum on Medical Devices "Increasing access to medical devices" held in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh from Dec. 13-15, the Central government proposed increasing the custom duty on medical devices by 15-20% to promote indigenous manufacture of medical devices.

India is the fourth largest market in Asia after Japan, China and South Korea. It imports 80% of medical electronics, hospital equipment, surgical instruments, implants, diagnostic reagents....read more

Mindfulness training may help check the obesity epidemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Mindfulness training may improve the effectiveness of intensive weight management programs, according to a small study published Dec. 18, 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Researchers from the University of Warwick and the Warwickshire Institute for the Study of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust found that individuals who participated in mindfulness training (four courses) as part of an intensive weight management program, lost more weight in six months (3 Kg on average) than other program participants who did not attend mindfulness courses....read more

Practice Updates

Deadly Marburg virus found in Sierra Leone bats

Scientists have discovered live Marburg virus in fruit bats in Sierra Leone - the first time the deadly virus has been found in West Africa. Five Egyptian rousette fruit bats tested positive for active Marburg virus infection. Scientists caught the bats separately at locations in three health districts: ... read more

WHO launches technical guidance series on the health of refugees and migrants

WHO marked the International Migrants Day on 18 December 2018 with the launch of a technical guidance series on the health of refugees and migrants. Produced in collaboration with the European Commission, each publication addresses a specific aspect of the health of refugees and migrants by providing tools, case studies and evidence to inform practices and policies to improve their health.... read more

Government plans survey to check health of its nutrition mission

After launching 'Poshan Abhiyan' from Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu in March, the Union government now plans to conduct a survey to check the efficacy of the nutrition scheme that aims to reduce malnutrition among children and mothers. People aware of the matter told ET that the ministry of women ... read more

FDA cautions about increased risk of ruptures or tears in the aorta

In a safety alert issued Dec. 20, 2018, the FDA has cautioned that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body, called the aorta. These tears, called aortic dissections or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm can lead to dangerous bleeding or even death.... read more

Zoledronate prevents fracture in older women with osteopenia

The risk of nonvertebral or vertebral fragility fractures was significantly lower in women with osteopenia who received zoledronate than in women who received placebo, according to a study reported Dec. 20, 2018 in the journal New England Journal of Medicine. As compared with the placebo group,... read more

WHO confirms case of Yellow Fever in Netherlands, says risk low

A case of yellow fever, an acute and contagious mosquito-borne viral disease, has been reported in a man in the Netherlands who recently travelled to Gambia and Senegal, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The risk of further spread of the disease in the Netherlands is very low, the WHO said,... read more

WHO 5 tips for a healthy diet this New Year

Eat a variety of food

  • In your daily diet, aim to eat a mix of staple foods such as wheat, maize, rice and potatoes with legumes like lentils and beans, plenty of fresh fruit and veg, and foods from animal sources (e.g. meat, fish, eggs and milk)... read more

Non-celiac gluten sensitivity ISWD Conference January 2019

Food intolerance/malabsorption is caused by food ingredients, carbohydrates (mainly lactose and fructose), proteins (gluten), and biogenic amines (histamine) which cause nonspecific gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal symptoms. A study has shown that intestinal and extra-intestinal NCGS... read more

The Top Trending Clinical Topics of 2018: Trend 10: Restless legs syndrome

In early February, three studies appeared to inspire interest in the 10th overall top trending clinical topic for 2018. Initially, a report (Lancet Neurol. 2017 Nov;16(11):898-907) described 13 new risk loci for restless legs syndrome (RLS) and confirmed six previously identified loci.... read more

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