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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
28th November 2018
Harm reduction 5: Vaping is not the same as smoking

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee and Dr Rajesh Chawla

Vaping is often considered synonymous with smoking. However, the two are not the same.

Smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned and the resulting smoke breathed is absorbed into the bloodstream. Most commonly, the dried leaves of the tobacco plant which have been rolled into a small square of rice paper to create a small, round cylinder called a "cigarette" are used. Smoking is primarily practiced as a route of administration for recreational drugs use.

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Top News

Democratic Republic of the Congo begins first-ever multi-drug Ebola trial

The Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has announced that a randomized control trial has begun to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of drugs used in the treatment of Ebola patients. The trial is the first-ever multi drug trial for an Ebola treatment. It will form part of a multi-outbreak, multi-country study that was agreed to by partners under a World... read more

Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has awarded RS. 3.07 crores as compensation to families of three men who died in motor accident

Advocate Ira Gupta On 24.11.2018, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded Rs 3.07 crore as compensation to families of three men who died in a road accident while travelling from Noida to Kotdwar in Uttarakhand. MACT Presiding Officer M K Nagpal awarded Rs 3,07,27,000 crore in total to the next kin of the three victims who were killed when their car collided with a tractor near ... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 28th November 2018

Microbes in space: concerns raised about bacteria in the ISS: Five strains of the bacterium Enterobacter recovered from areas on board the International Space Station (ISS) have been identified, with researchers urging further careful research to determine whether continuous exposure to microgravity could induce potentially dangerous mutations. In a paper published in the journal BMC Microbiology, a team ... read more

Practice Updates

FDA approves an oncology drug that targets a key genetic driver of cancer, rather than a specific type of tumor

The US Food and Drug Administration has granted accelerated approval to Vitrakvi (larotrectinib), a treatment for adult and pediatric patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). This is the second time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a ... read more

A second human case of rat hepatitis discovered, making it also the second recorded globally

A 70-year-old woman from the Wong Tai Sin district of Hong Kong was diagnosed with the disease this month, according to Hong Kong's Department of Health. She does not recall having direct contact with rodents or their excreta (feces and bodily fluids) and didn't notice any rodents ... read more

One in 40 US children has an ASD diagnosis according to parents

Researchers from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Harvard, Drexel, and George Washington Universities estimated that parents of 1 in 40 US children reported their child ... read more

Lung disease in middle age may be a risk factor for dementia later in life

Middle-aged adults with lung disease may be at greater risk of developing dementia or cognitive impairment later in life, according to new research published online Nov. 26, 2018 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Compared to those without lung... read more

Cerebellar TMS may improve post-stroke motor functions in post-stroke hemiparesis

Transcranial magnetic stimulation of the cerebellum led to improved post-stroke motor functions in a small phase IIa randomized, double-blind sham-controlled trial in Italy as reported in JAMA Neurology. After 3 weeks of repetitive, intermittent theta-burst magnetic stimulation to the... read more

RSSDI 2018 Updates

Time to overcome multifactorial therapeutic inertia -Dr Banshi Saboo, Ahmedabad

  • a. True clinical inertia exists only if: 1. recommendation exists; 2. provider knows the recommendation; 3. provider believes the recommendation applies to the patient;... read more

CVOTs with GLP-1 Receptor Agonists: How Significant? -Dr Ajay Kumar, Patna

  • GLP-1 may affect cardiac function indirectly through its actions on pancreatic islets to increase insulin secretion and inhibit glucagon secretion. Evidence points to a reduction in systolic BP with GLP-1 RAs. GLP-1 RAs also improve CV-risk biomarkers.... read more

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Diabetes - The Link - Dr Anil Bhoraskar, Mumbai

    Diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) present similar symptoms including obesity, impaired glucose metabolism, nocturnal sweating and nocturia, erectile dysfunction, unrestful sleep and fatigue... read more

Clinical Utilization of RSSDI Guideline -Dr Vidyut Shah, Rajkot

  • RSSDI Wheel guideline is the first of its kind guideline which is comprehensive and covers almost all clinical situations which we face in our day-to-day practice... read more
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Prevalence of childhood asthma has increased in the last 10 years in India
Apart from other triggers, air pollution is a major cause of concern
New Delhi, 27 November 2018: Recent research has suggested that weight gain may be fueling the rise in childhood asthma. Obese youngsters may be more likely to develop the lung condition than children of a healthy weight. About 23% to 27% of new asthma cases could be directly attributable to obesity. Pediatric asthma is among the most prevalent childhood conditions and comes at a high cost to patients, families and the larger health system.

About 1 in 10 Indian children suffer from asthma, and lifestyle plays a large role in shaping the condition. In this condition, the lungs and airways become easily inflamed when exposed to certain triggers, such as airborne pollen or catching a cold or another respiratory infection. Children with asthma have difficulties in playing, studying, and other daily activities.

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