Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal


Dr KK Aggarwal    14 March 2018

  1. Meeting of FICCI Health Services Committee is being organized on Tuesday, 3rd April 2018 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 
  2. Doctors are more prone to mental health problems than any other profession. Their working conditions are more stressful and punishing than anything the rest of us have to deal with in a day at the office.
  3. When a junior doctor walked into the sea and drowned in 2016, in UK, her parents wrote: “Long hours, work-related anxiety and despair at her future in medicine were definite contributors to this awful and final decision.” 
  4. A report in the British Medical Journal in 2011 found that a third of doctors have a mental health disorder. 
  5. A Royal College of Physicians’ survey of junior doctors last year found that 70% worked on a rota that was permanently under-staffed, 80% felt their work put them under excessive stress, and a quarter felt it had a serious impact on their mental health.
  6. Consuming up to 10 per cent to 20 per cent  more sugar than the recommended amount can contribute to adverse health effects. [Deccan Chronicle Chennai]
  7. The Indian Express: The Health Ministry and NITI Aayog are now studying the experience of states such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where similar insurance schemes like the ones proposed by Central government are already in force. 
  8. Mint: Health related electronic images such as ultrasounds, mammograms and MRIs are highly vulnerable to cyber crime. In 2017 the healthcare sector saw a 210% increase in publicly disclosed security incidents over 2016. 
  9. India Today: Deepika "I think we should always pray for people and their good health. If his (Irrfans) health is not best at this point, I think it is important for all of us to pray, not just for him, but for everyone." "I always say a small little prayer for myself and everyone around. Yes, I think the last couple of weeks have been emotionally challenging, but yes, I think we all should say a little prayer," 
  10. Mint: Cognizant on Monday said it will acquire US-based Bolder Healthcare Solutions for an undisclosed amount, a move that will help the IT firm further strengthen its play in the healthcare space. 
  11. Business Standard: With manpower shortage likely to be a major challenge in the near future, home healthcare companies are looking at different options to attract and retain talent in order mitigate this risk. 
  12. Economic Times: ETech Aces Marketing and Consulting, which owns and operates online insurance aggregator Policy Bazaar and lending marketplace Paisa Bazaar, is entering the healthcare technology and services segment, that is likely to see the Tiger Global-backed company directly compete with the likes of Tencent-backed Practo and Sequoia Capital-backed 1mg Technologies.
  13. The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, expressed confidence that the Delhi End TB Summit would be a landmark event towards the complete elimination of TB. 
  14. The Prime Minister announced that India has set a target for complete elimination of TB by 2025, as against the global target date of 2030. 
  15. The Prime Minister gave examples of Mission Indradhanush and Swachh Bharat, to show how the Union Government is speeding up progress towards desired targets.
  16. The Times of India: US-headquartered Cognizant Technology Solutions (CTS) on Monday announced that it will acquire Bolder Healthcare Solutions (Bolder) to grow its revenue cycle management (RCM) services for healthcare clients in the US.
  17. India TV: Researchers have found that people who use pedometers to count their steps as part of a 12-week walking programme, can have a healthier, more active lifestyle later. 
  18. ICMR is starting a campaign, with stake holders, on AMR and diagnostics. The guidelines videos will be available in August
  19. According to the study published last month (8 February) in the New England Journal of Medicine, the effectiveness of the single dose vaccination of cholera was about 90%
  20. For decades, tobacco industry have continued to convince well over a billion of people to put little smokestacks in their mouths and regularly suck gunk into their lungs. And this is in spite of the resulting yellow teeth, bad breath, smelly hair and clothes, and wallet-like skin. This is called branding and marketing.
  21. Thinking of Going to Brazil? You Will Need a Yellow Fever Vaccination. Officials are now worried that the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry Zika, dengue and chikungunya, will pick up the virus.
  22. The sub-committee of DTAB, headed by Nilima Kshirsagar, the Chair in Clinical Pharmacology of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) - Mumbai, will do a fresh review of the banned FDCs to verify their safety, efficacy and therapeutic justification before recommending an action.
  23. PGI told to pay Rs 6.6 lakh for medical negligence, Times of India, After hearing both the sides the national commission said doctors at PGI from the departments of ophthalmology, ENT, medicine and cardiology failed in their duty to provide reasonable care and treatment to the woman. 
  24. The 2017 Kochon Prize was awarded to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) today in New Delhi for building a tradition of excellence in TB research and development. The $65,000 Prize is awarded annually by Stop TB Partnership
  25. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has described as misleading the usage of the term, “passive euthanasia”, and said it rather be called “withholding or withdrawing futile treatment”.
  26. “The term may contain the meaning of an intention to kill. We support withholding or withdrawing futile treatment, which only prolongs the dying process. We don’t support an intention to kill. Using the more neutral term “withholding or withdrawing treatment” will facilitate public discussion on the topic,” [Dr R K Mani]
  27. Over 50% patients with stage III/IV chronic kidney disease are prescribed a contraindicated drug & 33% a pain killer. [February 26 in Family Practice] 
  28. Healthcare professionals should screen all patients for sexual dysfunction after asking for permission to ask personal questions (Taylor & Gosney, 2011).

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