Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal


Dr KK Aggarwal    27 March 2018

  1. PM in his Mann Ki Baat said that over 3000 Jan Aushadhi Kendras have been set up across the nation.
  2. “TB mitigation in UP is extremely important if India was to end TB by 2025.” J P Nadda
  3. World’s smallest mechanical heart valve 15 mm for infants— made in Minnesota — approved by FDA
  4. March 19, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: Passengers seated within one row or two seats on either side of an infected individual are at higher risk of acquiring the infection (80% or greater) compared to less than 3% risk for the remaining passengers.
  5. Traffic department plans oxygen therapy for cops on roads: Preliminary discussions have already taken place between the Pune traffic police and a city-based oxygen bar in this regard. TOI
  6. IMA LINE OF ACTION1 : Appeal to constitutional authorities by IMA Hq, State branches, Local branches as well as all modern medicine doctors. Solicit support of the general public and motivate them to join the appeal.
  7. IMA LINE OF ACTION 2: Intensify political lobbying by contacting all Loksabha and Rajyasabha MPs, political leaders and opinion makers.
  8. IMA LINE OF ACTION 3 : Medical students to go on indefinite strike from 2nd April 2018. Students will boycott classes in all the medical colleges of the country.
  9. IMA LINE OF ACTION 4 :If still the cabinet deems it fit to approve the amended NMC Bill in the current form, IMA will be constrained to declare AllopathyMukt Bharat – indefinite strike by modern medicine doctors. The responsibility of all the consequences will squarely lie with the Union Government.
  10. DNA: An outbreak of Zika fever, is likely in coming years because of a build-up of favorable environment for the virus [AIIMS and Jamia Millia Islamia]
  11. Laser-based extraction of pacemaker or defibrillator leads could pose a higher risk of death than cutting sheath systems [Meta-analysis study reported at the American College of Cardiology’s 2018 annual scientific sessions]
  12. HT: The department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Health and Family Welfare has also asked the health ministry to explore the possibility of “restructuring and revamping” the Dental Council of India, the Nursing Council of India and other such councils for their effective regulation as envisaged by National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
  13. TOI: Nagpur: Expressing concern over MCI recommendations to reduce Indira Gandhi Government Medical College’s MBBS seats from 150 to 100, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court, on Monday, asked it to reply on its move within two days.
  14. Children as young as 4 years old with symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may have significant differences in brain structure, compared to children without such symptoms (NIH).
  15. Diuretic therapy commonly given to extremely preterm infants to help them overcome respiratory problems appears to offer no benefit [NIH]
  16. Although the flu season may be winding down, the Centers for Disease Control has some bad news for Americans as a second wave of the potentially fatal illness is reportedly spreading across the country.
  17. A CDC study published in JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday found that primary care providers are prescribing antibiotics for sinus infections longer than recommended by clinical practice guidelines.
  18. The color red will be added to the yellow label for the injection pen of faster-acting insulin aspart (Fiasp, Novo Nordisk) in order to avoid mix-ups with the light-green label of insulin degludec (Tresiba, Novo Nordisk) injection pen. The move follows reports of diabetes patients mistakenly injecting faster aspart instead of degludec, or the other way around, given that the light green and yellow may be difficult to distinguish from each other in low lighting.
  19. The National Comprehensive Cancer Networks colon cancer guidelines have been changed to indicate that patients with low-risk stage III colon cancers can be treated with a shorter schedule of adjuvant chemotherapy.
  20. Spending time outside in the summer appears to have a stronger association with reduced future risk for multiple sclerosis rather than time spent with direct sunlight on the skin, a new study from Canada suggests.

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