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Editor-in-Chief eMediNexus – Dr KK Aggarwal
19th June 2018
Can a person with the visual impairment become a doctor?

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri and Ms Ira Gupta

Hon’ble Vacation Bench comprising of Justice UU Lalit and Justice Deepak Gupta wondered whether it would be feasible to allow a person with the visual impairment to become a doctor and treat the patients.

Bench issued the notices to Centre and Gujarat Government on a plea filed by a student suffering from ‘low vision’, who has cleared NEET 2018 undergraduate examination, seeking a direction for issuance of the Disability Certificate as per the law so that he could take admission in MBBS course. The Bench stated that "If you talk about any other profession like legal or teaching, it can be understood that even a blind person can successfully pursue the career. As far as MBBS is concerned, we have to see, how much it is feasible and possible". Recalling his personal experience with an intern who was blind, Justice Lalit stated that he had difficulties in reading documents and used to convert the digital documents into the brail form, for reading and understanding them. Justice Lalit stated that, "After successfully completing his internship with me, he has now become a Rhodes Scholar studying at the University of Oxford". ... read more

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How to Enhance Your Practice Visibility?

You are one among the 9,88,922 allopathic doctors practising in India. You can find a clinic in every nook and corner. How do you attract patients to your practice? What do you do to become more visible to your target audience? The only solution is to be different from others and think out-of-the-box... read more

Top News

Prevention is key to ‘breaking the cycle of HIV transmission’, says UN Chief

This year’s United Nations annual debate over how best to battle HIV and AIDS heard that while progress had been made, it remains "uneven and fragile" with many hurdles still to come."The world is making good progress towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030," United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres told the General Assembly, citing the need for more accessible HIV testing, treatment and antiretroviral therapy. "But progress is uneven and fragile," .... read more

Morning Medtalks

Morning MEDtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal 19th June

Mistakes occur around the globe

Dozens of patients have suffered harm because of major medical blunders by the Welsh NHS in the last three years. The Welsh Government publishes a list annually on the number of “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents” that should not occur if the available preventative measures are in place. They are known as “never events” and are reported by senior hospital staff.... read more

Practice Updates

AAP guidelines on gastroesophageal reflux in preterm infants

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued guidelines on the diagnosis and management of gastroesophageal reflux in preterm infants published online June 18, 2018 in the journal Pediatrics. As per the guideline, feeding intolerance or aversion, poor weight gain,..... read more


Trial to test safety of investigational vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus begins

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched Phase 1 trial of an investigational vaccine designed to protect against respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). The trial will enroll a small group of healthy adult volunteers to examine the safety of an experimental intranasal vaccine and its ability to induce an immune.... read more


Recent-onset diabetes more than long-standing diabetes increases risk of pancreatic cancer

A new study published June 18, 2018 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has observed that while diabetes increased the risk of pancreatic cancer, recent-onset diabetes was associated with a 2.3-fold greater increase in risk of pancreatic cancer than long-standing diabetes..... read more


More than 20% weight loss better improves function in obese patients with knee osteoarthritis

A 20% or more weight loss has the added benefit of continued improvement in physical health-related quality of life along with an additional 25% reduction in pain and improvement in function, according to data from a secondary analysis of diet-only and diet plus exercise groups in the Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial reported June 18, 2018 in Arthritis Care & Research.... read more


Early and intensive treatment reduces mortality risk in RA patients

Early and intensive treatment of RA including steroid use has long-term benefits, may normalize mortality rates, according to findings of a 23-year, follow-up study presented June 15, 2018 at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2018).... read more


Daytime exposure to noise at work place affects night time sleep quality

Exposure to higher daytime noise levels in the workplace increases blood pressure and the levels of stress-hormone cortisol after work. The sleep quality was also poor, inclusive of shorter slow wave sleep and lower sleep efficiency compared to days with lower daytime noise exposure. These findings are published online in the journal Sleep Medicine. .... read more


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Prevention and adherence to medication is key to eradicating lymphatic filariasis in India
Targeted interventions across districts and increased stakeholder participation is also a must
 
New Delhi, 18th June 2018: An Accelerated Plan for Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (APELF) is being launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. LF is a mosquito-borne parasitic disease and has been endemic in India since long. Of the 256 endemic districts in the country where it is endemic, 99 have successfully tackled filariasis. Despite this, 8.7 million cases of the disease were reported in India till 2016, with 29.4 million recorded as suffering from associated disability.

LF is a parasitic disease caused by microscopic, thread-like worms. The adult worms only live in the human lymph system. The lymph system maintains the body's fluid balance and fights infections. India needs to work on a fast-forward mode to meet the global LF elimination target of 2020.

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