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5th June 2018
WHO Priority Diseases: Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) is caused by infection with a tick-borne virus (Nairovirus) belonging to the Bunyaviridae family.

The disease was first characterized in the Crimea in 1944, which gave it the name of ‘Crimean hemorrhagic fever". In 1969, it was also identified in the Congo, giving it the present name of Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever.

CCHF is endemic in Africa, Eastern Europe, northwestern China, central Asia, southern Europe, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent.... read more

Video Of The Day : Dr KK Aggarwal on Nipah Virus

Special Top 6 Tips for Better Patient Engagement

Patient engagement is defined as the actions taken by the healthcare provider to improve the decision-making process, which ultimately contributes to a better patient experience and reduce care costs. ..... read more

Top News

Today is World Environment Day: "Beat plastic pollution"

World Environment Day, observed annually on 5th of June is a UN campaign to raise awareness about environment and emerging environmental issues along with action for the protection of environment. The first World Environment Day was held in 1974 with the theme "Only One Earth"..... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 5th June 2018

World Environment Day: Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that mimic or disrupt the action of naturally occurring hormones. Some of these substances have estrogenic effects or anti-androgenic effects, and may have effects on reproductive and developmental outcomes in human and wildlife populations. Studies are in progress looking at the effects of contaminants that leach from plastics such as bisphenol A and phthalates, commonly found in many consumer products. ... read more

Practice Updates

All patients with MSI tumors should be tested for Lynch syndrome

Findings of a study presented June 4, 2018 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2018, which concludes today indicate that microsatellite unstable (MSI-H) and/or DNA mismatch repair deficient (MMR-D) tumors, regardless of cancer type or family history, should prompt germline testing for the evaluation of Lynch syndrome. ... read more

Donor artery stenosis influences coronary collateral flow in low diastolic BP in T2D CTO patients

Donor artery stenosis confers greater risk for reduced coronary collateral flow when diastolic BP is decreased in type 2 diabetes (T2D) patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO). Even a moderate stenosis in the predominant collateral donor artery may be associated with lower collateral flow as diastolic BP decreases below 80 mmHg in type 2 diabetic than in non-diabetic patient..... read more

Lyon Consensus diagnostic parameters for GERD

Experts at the Lyon gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) consensus meeting have defined diagnostic criteria for GERD, which have been published online May 16, 2018 in Gut journal Gut. Conclusive evidence for reflux on esophageal testing include advanced grade erosive esophagitis (LA grades C and D), long-segment Barrett’s mucosa or peptic strictures on endoscopy or distal... read more

Low serum free thyroxine level affects lipid profile in depressive patients with suicidal behavior

Levels of serum total cholesterol, triglycerides and free thyroxine (FT4) in suicidal patients were greatly decreased compared with patients without suicidal behavior. These findings published May 24, 2018 in the journal Psychiatry Research suggest that low serum FT4 level affects lipid profile in major depressive patients with suicidal attempt. .... read more

Brexipiprazole for schizophrenia approved in Europe

The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting marketing authorization for brexipiprazole (Rxulti, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Europe Ltd) for the treatment of schizophrenia. Brexipiprazole is atypical antipsychotic..... read more

Young males with IBD at risk of herpes zoster

A study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) published online May 29, 2018 in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology suggests that patients who are male, younger, or have Crohn's disease are at risk of herpes zoster. Use of steroids increases the risk of herpes zoster in these patients.... read more

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Calcium intake not sufficient in Indians; only half of what is required for healthy bones
Daily requirement varies between 800 mg and 1000 mg
New Delhi, 4th June 2018: According to a recently launched global map of dietary calcium intake, Indian adults consume only half the amount of calcium required for healthy bones. Launched by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), it indicates that the average calcium intake is only 429 mg per day against the requirement of 800 to 1000 mg per day. There is a need to create awareness about the effects of not taking in enough dietary calcium.

Calcium is a major component of bones, accounting for about 30% to 35% of the mass and strength. Low calcium intake has been linked to lower bone-mineral density, which increases the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones.

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