Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
7th January 2019
Good Idea: AIIMS relocates its OPD 500m away

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

Last week, AIIMS, New Delhi announced shifting of its block 500 m away from the main campus to Masjid Moth. The new OPD block will be functional by March this year. The Institute plans to run free transport services between the main campus and the new OPD bloc. This move will help decongest the main hospital and, therefore, allow better management of inpatient facilities. “The existing OPD may be utilized to expand emergency medicine and other inpatient departments, depending on need assessments,” an official said… (TOI, Jan. 3, 2019)

When planning a hospital, OPD complex should be away from the main hospital building to reduce the chances of hospital and healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs)....read more

Top FDA-related stories of 2018

Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee

FDA approves opioid 10 times stronger than fentanyl

Dsuvia, a new prescription opioid was approved by the US FDA in November despite criticism of its approval amidst the opioid epidemic.

Dsuvia is a sublingual formulation of the opioid sufentanil that is delivered through a disposable, pre-filled, single-dose applicator. It is restricted to use in certified medically-supervised health care settings...read more

Practice Updates

New patented drugs exempted from price control order for 5 yrs

The government has exempted new drugs patented under the Indian Patent Act from the price control order for five years from the date of their marketing, according to a notification. The Drugs (Prices Control) Amendment Order, 2019, by the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers exempts "a manufacturer producing a new drug patented under the Indian Patent Act... read more

Study identifies hotspots for vulnerability to zoonotic Flaviviruses

Scientists from the University of California, Davis, have identified wildlife reservoirs that are the most likely to host flaviviruses such as Zika, West Nile, dengue and yellow fever. The resulting "hot spot" maps show regions of the world with high diversity of potential wildlife hosts of flaviviruses -- viruses mostly spread by mosquitoes and ticks.... read more

College students at higher risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease

College students ages 18-24 are at increased risk for serogroup B meningococcal disease when compared with non-college students, and while the incidence is low, the illness is serious and potentially deadly, according to a study published Dec. 31, 2018 online in the journal Pediatrics.....read more

Increased risk of heart attack, stroke in months leading up to a cancer diagnosis

Older adults with cancer are more likely to have had a heart attack or stroke in the months prior to their cancer diagnosis compared with similar adults who do not have cancer during the same period, according to a report published Dec. 21, 2018 in the journal Blood.... read more

Cross-contamination of surgeon's gown is common during standard two-person assisted gowning procedure

Contamination occurs in most two-person assisted gowning procedures, according to an experimental study in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Jan 4, 2018. The study suggests that the chances of contamination may be lower for surgeons getting ready to enter the operating room... read more

Steps being taken to improve to improve Adolescent Health in India

The Government is implementing Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakaram (RKSK) under National Health Mission to improve health of adolescents in the country. Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakaram includes following interventions:... read more

The five most addictive substances in the world

Barbiturates, also known as blue bullets, gorillas, nembies, barbs and pink ladies are a class of drugs that were initially used to treat anxiety and to induce sleep. They interfere with chemical signalling in the brain, the effect of which is to shut down various brain regions.... read more

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

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1. C enteritis is an important cause of acute diarrhea
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4. Campylobacter infection can also be transmitted via water-borne outbreaks and direct contact with animals or animal products.
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Sleeping with contact lenses on can cause blindness and permanent damage to eyes
Wearers must take proper precautions and care
New Delhi, 6th January 2019: Going to sleep without removing contact lenses can cause serious eye infections that may ultimately result in blindness, warns recent research. Improper care or wear can lead to infections of the cornea like microbial keratitis. Sleeping with the contact lenses is risky and can lead to infections, or in some cases, permanent damage.

Microbial keratitis is an infection on the cornea – the clear window on the front of the eye. It is often related to contact lens wear or, less commonly, due to a scratch on the surface of the eye or a pre-existing eye condition. Infection is more likely with incorrect contact lens cleaning or storage, incorrect use of disposable lenses or wearing lenses overnight.

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