Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
23rd December 2018
The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2018 passed by the Lok Sabha

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2018, which had been introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2016, was passed by the Lower House on Wednesday, 19th December.

The Bill is to be debated in the Rajya Sabha and passed by the Upper House before it can be enacted.

Here is a copy of the Bill for your comments...read more

Naloxone should be coprescribed with opioids for all patients at risk for overdose

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

New guidelines from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommend that naloxone should be prescribed or coprescribed with opioids to individuals at high risk of an overdose, including, but not limited to: individuals who are on relatively high doses of opioids, take other medications which enhance opioid complications, or have underlying health conditions.

The guideline also recommends that doctors should also educate patients and those who are likely to respond to an overdose, including family members and friends, on when and how to use naloxone....read more

Practice Updates

Its National Consumer Day on 24th December: "Timely Disposal of Consumer Complaints"

Every Year 24th December is observed as National Consumer Day with a specific theme in India. On this day the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 had received the assent of the president. The enactment of this Act is considered as a historic milestone in the consumer movement in the country.... read more

2018 in Review: CDC looks back at the year’s most pressing health threats

Responding to disease outbreaks

A new CDC analysis of data reveals that life expectancy for Americans continues to decline - a troubling trend primarily linked to the drug overdose epidemic. Mortality rates increased for 7 of the 10 leading causes of death in the U.S. Drug overdoses continued to increase - 47,600 drug overdose ... read more

ACOG issues updated guidelines in hypertension in pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released two new guidelines "Gestational Hypertension and Preeclampsia" and "Chronic Hypertension in Pregnancy" on hypertension in pregnancy, online Dec. 20, 2018. According to ACOG’s latest guidance, it is reasonable for obstetric... read more

1 in 4 globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older

One in four people globally will have a stroke at age 25 or older, according to a new study from the GBD 2016 Lifetime Risk of Stroke Collaborators published Dec. 20, 2018 in the New England Journal of Medicine.... read more

FDA approves first treatment for rare blood disease

On Friday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Elzonris (tagraxofusp-erzs) infusion for the treatment of blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) in adults and in pediatric patients, two years of age and older.... read more

AFM as a differential diagnosis of MOG antibody myelitis

According to a retrospective study published online December 21, 2018 in JAMA Neurology, spinal cord inflammation associated with an antibody to myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein (MOG) can mimic acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). Of 54 patients with myelin oligodendrocyte glycoprotein autoantibody... read more

Peritoneal dialysis trials often do not assess priorities most important to patients

Clinical trials typically assess patients' outcomes based on their responsiveness to an intervention, rather than examining outcomes that are directly meaningful to patients. According to a study published Dec. 20, 2018 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, patients on peritoneal dialysis read more

Increased risk of heart attack, stroke in months leading up to a cancer diagnosis

Older adults with cancer are more likely to have had a heart attack or stroke in the months prior to their cancer diagnosis compared with similar adults who do not have cancer during the same period, according to a report published online Dec. 21, 2018 in the journal Blood. Lung and colon cancers,... read more

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Press Release
Say no to colistin in farming
Specialists in the field should also consider repurposing old antibiotics
New Delhi, 22nd December 2018: Recently, samples of raw food lifted across Chennai have tested positive for colistin-resistant bacteria, conforming to a global trend. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are hiding in food and not just meat. This includes everything from tomatoes to apples. Of the samples tested in the study, about 46.4% were found to harbor the highly-resistant bacteria. Eating such contaminated food every day can cause resistant bacteria to invade the human gut. This further will render the host resistant to the powerful antibiotic Colistin in case of an infection.
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