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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
24th September 2018
Early detection and timely treatment are the prerequisites to end TB by 2025

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published its latest edition of the global TB report for this year. As per the report, globally, 10 million people developed TB disease in 2017; of these, 5.8 million were men, 3.2 million women and 1.0 million children. About 1.7 billion people, 23% of the world’s population, are estimated to have a latent TB infection, which puts them at risk of developing active TB disease. Also, drug-resistant TB continues to be a public health crisis. In 2017, 558000 people developed rifampicin-resistant (RR)-TB); of these, 82% had multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

The disease burden caused by TB is declining in most countries, but not fast enough to reach the first (2020) milestones of the End TB Strategy.

By 2020, the TB incidence rate needs to be falling at 4-5% per year, and the proportion of people with TB who die from the disease (the case fatality ratio, CFR) needs to fall to 10%. But, worldwide, the TB incidence rate is falling at about 2% per year and the TB mortality rate is falling at about 3% per year. more

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Harmful use of alcohol kills more than 3 million people each year

More than 3 million people died as a result of harmful use of alcohol in 2016, according a report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) today. This represents 1 in 20 deaths. More than three quarters of these deaths were among men. Overall, the harmful use of alcohol causes more than 5% of the global disease burden.... read more

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Alcohol consumption is responsible for one in 20 deaths globally each year, according to World Health Organization. Worldwide, harmful use of alcohol kills up to 3 million people annually, accounting for 5% of the global disease burden. Most of those who die due to alcohol use-over 75%-are men. ... read more

Practice Updates

Mothers of children born with congenital anomalies at risk of heart disease

In a study of 471344 Danish women published online September 21, 2018 in JAMA Network Open, mothers of infants born with a major congenital anomaly had a 15% increased risk of acute myocardial infarction, coronary revascularization, or stroke compared with women without an affected infant. This elevated risk rose to 37%... read more

Starting compression therapy immediately after DVT reduces complications

A substudy of the IDEAL DVT trial suggests that starting compression therapy immediately after diagnosis with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) was associated with an absolute 20.4% lower incidence of residual vein obstruction over the mid- to longer... read more

Resistance training may help improve symptoms of depression

A study in published in the June issue of JAMA Psychiatry has found that people with mild to moderate depression who performed resistance training two or more days a week saw "significant" reductions in their symptoms, compared with people who did... read more

EU Panel Recommends Luxturna for the treatment of inherited retinal dystrophy

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on Thursday, recommended the granting of marketing authorization for voretigene neparvovec (Luxturna, Spark Therapeutics) for the treatment of inherited retinal dystrophy caused by RPE65 gene mutations in adults... read more

Scope for improvement in infection control practices even in the best healthcare facilities

Healthcare-associated infections can be reduced by up to 55% by systematically implementing evidence-based infection prevention and control strategies, according to a review of 144 studies published Sept. 20, 2018 in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. The largest effect was for prevention of central line-associated... read more

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High consumption of salt among Indians a major health risk
The WHO recommends salt intake to not exceed 5 g per day
New Delhi, 23 September 2018: A recent study by the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) has found that salt intake among adult Indians is high and exceeds the levels recommended by the WHO. The study found that salt intake in Delhi and Haryana was 9.5 g per day and 10.4 g per day in Andhra Pradesh.

High dietary salt intake has detrimental effects on blood pressure and can lead to cardiovascular diseases, over time. Restricting salt in the diet can lower the risk of developing heart disease by 25% and that of dying from heart complications by 20%.

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