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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
7th December 2018
L-glutamine can help in sickle cell crisis

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Sickle cell disease is common in India. The prevalence is higher in the tribal belt of Central, Western and Southern India. Sickle cell disease is rampant in Vidarbha

Acute painful episodes or vaso-occlusive crises are the hallmarks of sickle cell disease (SCD). They are also the most common reasons for hospitalizations in them. Opioids have been used to manage pain, but there are concerns about addictions, adverse effects and tolerance with their long-term use. The association of nephropathy with SCD precludes the use of NSAIDs in these patients. Various non-pharmacological approaches have also been employed for pain relief such as cognitive behavioural therapy, biofeedback, relaxation techniques etc...read more

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UGC calls for spreading awareness on hepatitis

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday asked all the universities and colleges to undertake an awareness campaign against hepatitis B and C on the occasion of Hepatitis Day on Tuesday... read more

Govt body to monitor mental healthcare

CHENNAI: One year after the Centre passed the Mental Health Care Act in 2017, it has finally constituted the Central Mental Health Authority (CMHA) to monitor and regulate all mental health institutions in the country. The new body has widened... read more

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Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 7th December 2018

A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action: Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice,... read more

Practice Updates

Breast cancer patients who take carvedilol with trastuzumab have less heart damage

Patients with non-metastatic HER2-positive breast cancer who take carvedilol at the same time as trastuzumab have less heart damage, according to a study presented Dec. 5, 2018 at EuroEcho-Imaging 2018. These findings indicate that carvedilol may... read more

Emergency contraception requests may be sign of domestic abuse

Women who were victims of domestic violence and abuse were more than twice as likely to have a medical consultation for emergency contraception. The study reported Dec. 3, 2018 in the British Journal of General Practice says that primary... read more

Risk factors for falling differ between older men and women

A study published Nov. 29, 2018 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has identified different factors associated with falling in men versus women. In the short term, living alone, needing help with activities of daily living, and previous falls ... read more

Longer duration of infertility in men is associated with lower sperm count

A longer duration of infertility was associated with lower sperm count and other parameters of impaired sperm as reported in a study of 1644 infertile men published in the BJU International study. Also, older age and higher body mass index were... read more

AF patients may safely discontinue DOACs preoperatively

In patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) who were taking a direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) (apixaban, dabigatran, rivaroxaban) and required anticoagulant interruption for an elective surgery/procedure, using a standardized DOAC-specific perioperative management strategy was safe for patient care, with associated low rates of major ... read more

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Press Release
Winter smog can precipitate heart problems and lead to severe heart attacks
The Heart Care Foundation of India urges people with existing health conditions to take precautions and avoid venturing out during smoggy weather
New Delhi, 6th December 2018: Winter is the month to get more heart attacks especially early in the morning as the blood vessels constrict at that time due to sympathetic over activity and if the atmosphere is full of smog the risk can even double.

Recent statistics indicate that India is home to the top 10 smoggiest cities by both PM 2.5 and PM 10 measures. The small particles of air pollution, or PM 2.5, pose the greatest threat to human respiratory systems, according to the World Health Organization. The larger ones or PM 10 also have numerous health effects. Winters bring low wind speeds and increased humidity levels in the air. All this in turn will lead to worsening of the smog conditions since the pollutants hang low and do not disperse.

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