Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
6th January 2019
Wheat belly: Why is wheat the culprit?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

More than 37% of Indians have belly obesity, which is defined as abdominal circumference > 80 cm in women and > 90 cm in men.

The reason for this is the every day consumption of wheat in diet. Wheat is a part of staple diet, particularly in North India. Traditionally Indians have been asked to do one wheat fast a week, extra wheat fast on the day of Ekadashi and nine-day wheat fast every three months during Navratras....read more

Re-admission rates should be a part of informed consent

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or stenting is a very frequently performed procedure now. But, complications do occur, both during the hospital stay and also after discharge, for which the patient may need to be hospitalized again.

Readmission rates at 30 days after PCI have been reported to be as high as 15% (J Am Coll Cardiol. 2009;54(10):903-7) In a single center study of over 15,000 patients who underwent (both urgent and non-urgent) PCI between 1998 and 2008,...read more


In the Editorial titled “Quit, or patch up!” published on 5th January, 2019, the name of Dr KK Aggarwal has been erroneously published as co-author.

Mr SB Easwaran is the sole author of this article, which has been published in January 15, 2019 edition of GovernanceNow at The error is regretted.http://www.governancenow.com/news/regular-story/quit-or-patch-up.

The error is regretted.

Practice Updates

Ebola ruled out in Swedish patient suspected of having virus

A man in Sweden who was being treated for suspected Ebola contamination at Uppsala University Hospital on Friday does not have the deadly virus. "We have run several tests... read more

Mission Indradhanush selected as one of the 12 best practices globally

'Mission Indradhanush' has been selected as one of the 12 best practices globally and has been featured in a special issue of the British Medical Journal titled ‘Improving vaccination coverage in India: lessons from Intensified Mission Indradhanush... read more

4 donors identified in the race to find rarest blood in the world and save a 2-year-old

A global search is underway for blood donors matching a two-year-old with some of the rarest blood in the world, reported CNN, Jan. 4, 2019.
Zainab Mughal has been battling cancer, and to survive, she's likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors.....
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Top 5 Infectious Disease Concerns to Watch in 2019

The opioid epidemic could be the culprit of the next major infectious disease outbreak, experts warn. With the rise in drug use-associated infective endocarditis stemming from the use of intravenous drugs, the number of hospitalizations and valve-replacement surgeries has also spiked.... read more

The five most addictive substances in the world

Nicotine: It is the main addictive ingredient of tobacco. When somebody smokes a cigarette, nicotine is rapidly absorbed by the lungs and delivered to the brain. Nutt et al's expert panels rated nicotine (tobacco) as the third most addictive substance.... read more

4,677 PMBJP Kendras functional across the country as of 2018-end

New Delhi: A total of 4,677 Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) Kendras were functional across the country by the end of 2018, providing quality generic medicines at affordable prices to the patients, Parliament was informed Friday.... read more

How to sneak in healthy physical activity during a sedentary work day

Too much sitting around can bring heart health risks, but when your job has you sitting all day, what do you do?
"Sit less, move more," is the simple advice from Deborah Rohm Young, chair of the panel that wrote a 2016 American Heart Association advisory published in the journal Circulation.... read more

First non-invasive, baseline-free aid in diagnosis of concussion

An eye-tracking test for concussion that requires no baseline assessment is cleared for US marketing, said neurodiagnostics company Oculogica. To be sold as EyeBOX, the 4-minute, non-invasive test is approved for use in patients ages 5 to 67. Oculogica said it's the first such test,... read more

FDA Approves Commercial Production for Bleeding Antidote Andexxa

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a prior approval application that should allow for "broad commercial launch in the United States" of the factor Xa reversal agent andexanet alfa (Andexxa).... read more

eMedi Humor
Medicolegal Corner
eMedi Quiz
1. Similar to what has been observed with seasonal influenza, shedding of pandemic H1N1 influenza A is observed to begin the day prior to symptom onset and often to persist for 5 to 7 days or longer in immunocompetent individuals.
2. Even longer periods of shedding occur in children (especially young infants), elderly adults, patients with chronic illnesses, and immunocompromised hosts.
3. Delayed clearance of virus from the nasopharynx is observed in patients who developed acute respiratory distress syndrome or who had fatal disease.
4. The amount of virus shed is greatest during the second week of illness.
Lifestyle Updates
Inspirational Story 1: Live and Work
Inspirational Story 2: The lucky starfish
India needs to now focus on the research, development, and manufacture of vaccines as well
Myths and misconceptions about vaccination should also be eliminated
Vaccines are free at government set ups
New Delhi, 5th January 2019: Vaccines are estimated to avert 2 to 3 million deaths annually from diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea, measles, and diphtheria. They are universally recognized as among the most cost-effective public health interventions. Vaccines also provide benefits to countries far beyond better health outcomes, such as increasing economic growth and development.

India has played an increasingly important role in the global immunization landscape.

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