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Dr KK Aggarwal    02 March 2018

  1. Ahead of the upcoming High-Level Meeting on NCDs to be held at the United Nations, CSW62 provides an opportunity to highlight how ensuring gender responsive interventions can improve the lives of women and girls at all ages and in all geographic and socioeconomic settings, driving progress on goals and targets beyond SDG 3 on health.
  2. Hyderabad based Hetero Healthcare has recently launched generic anti-retroviral fixed-dose combination (FDC) of ‘Emtricitabine (200mg) and Tenofovir Alafenamide (25mg) in India. The product is the first generic version of Gilead’s Descovy.
  3. Shaving hair with razors at the planned operative site should be avoided; if hair removal is absolutely necessary, it may be performed with clippers or depilatory agents
  4. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has confirmed that the cases of Lassa fever from January 1 this year have risen to 317 as of February 25, exceeding the total number of confirmed cases recorded in 2017. The Chief Executive Officer of NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a statement wednesday, said three states – Edo, Ondo and Ebonyi – account for 85 per cent of the Lassa fever cases presently.
  5. A new data study shows that the number of teenagers sending and receiving sexts is on the rise. The analysis, which was published this week in The Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that more than one in four teenagers reported that theyd received a sext.
  6. A new study at the University of Oxford that analysed data from 500,000 people suggests that in both sexes, the waist-to-hip ratio is a better predictor of heart attacks than general obesity, but women with an “apple shape” are particularly at risk.
  7. Smoking prevalence is higher among transgender patients compared with the general population 
  8. All health care providers should be immune to measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella.
  9. All health care providers with potential exposure to blood or body fluids should be immune to hepatitis B.
  10. All health care providers should be offered annual immunization with influenza vaccine.
  11. All health care workers should receive a one-time dose of Tdap as soon as possible, unless they are certain that they have received Tdap.
  12. All health care providers should immunised for tetanus, diphtheria, and pneumococcal vaccine.
  13.  At risk health care providers and laboratory personnel should be offered the following vaccines: polio, meningococcal, BCG, rabies, plague, typhoid, and hepatitis A.
  14. The US-CDC reported an approximately 18 percent increase in the rate of primary and secondary syphilis (the most infectious stages of the disease) in 2016, with 8.7 cases per 100,000 population, the highest rate since 1993 
  15. The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated a program for eradication of yaws in 2012 consisting of mass treatment with a single dose of azithromycin. However, a recent longitudinal study including more than 16,000 residents of Papua New Guinea demonstrated that one round of such treatment was not sufficient for yaws eradication
  16. In a midnight move, the government shifted NPPA Chairman Bhupendra Singh, who capped the price of exorbitant stent to some other department. No replacement for Mr. Singh has been announced.
  17. Caffeine drinkers may find it harder to fall asleep than people who dont drink caffeine. Once they drift off, their sleep is shorter and lighter. For some, a single cup of coffee in the morning means a sleepless night. That may be because caffeine blocks the effects of adenosine, a neurotransmitter thought to promote sleep. Caffeine can also interrupt sleep by increasing the need to urinate during the night. People who suffer from insomnia should avoid caffeine as much as possible, since its effects can endure for many hours. Because caffeine withdrawal can cause headaches, irritability, and extreme fatigue, it may be easier to cut back gradually rather than to go cold turkey. Those who cant or dont want to give up caffeine should avoid it after 2 p.m., or noon if they are especially caffeine-sensitive. [Harvard Newsletter]
  18. Kerala: Denying treatment to Murugan, a migrant labourer, at the MCH: The government has directed the Director of Medical Education (DME) to seek an explanation from the two doctors who were manning the casualty wing at the Government Medical College Hospital (MCH) here in August last year when Murugan, a migrant labourer who had been injured seriously in a road traffic accident in Kollam, had been brought in.
  19. Fresno heart surgeon Pervaiz Chaudhry was negligent for leaving the operating room and letting his physician assistant close the chest of a 70-year-old patient, who ended up losing blood and going into a coma six years ago, a jury ruled Thursday in Fresno County Superior Court.
  20. KOCHI: The state government has rejected the demand for an independent council for physiotherapists citing various reasons and has placed the discipline under the paramedical category. This was after the Kerala High Court directed the state government to hear and dispose of the representation submitted by the Kerala Association of Physiotherapists Co-ordination (KAPC) in this regard. The order was issued by the government on February 14. [DC]

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