Morning Medtalks with Dr KK Aggarwal


Dr K K Aggarwal    24 April 2018

Death while playing cricket


As per ICMR Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network January 2017-December 2017 the “other worrisome finding is the steadily increasing reports of linezolid resistance” in Staph cases.

Public Health

 A British man with a severe case of gonorrhoea has finally been cured of his drug-resistant sexually transmitted infection using ertapenem. As of September 2017, before the above-mentioned cases in Australia and UK, the recommended treatment regimen from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the dual therapy consisting of ceftriaxone and azithromycin.

US FDA expanded its warning about an E. coli outbreak found in romaine lettuce. All romaine — not just the chopped forms found in salad mixes — can be contaminated and washing the romaine won’t help.

ICMR after formulating guidelines for stem cell research and therapy last year, has now initiated a process to lay down norms for cord blood banking. Companies offer the facility for a fee ranging from Rs 30,000-Rs 1.5 lakh claim it can be used to treat conditions ranging from thalassaemia to aggressive forms of cancer, even though there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that. Stem cell transplantation for treatment is limited to hereditary or genetic conditions, specifically blood disorders. But in that case umbilical cord blood cannot be used to save the donor since it will have the same genetic abnormalities.

Ist National Conference on One Health –Anti Microbial Resistance AND 8th National Conference on Scientific Updates on Prevention of Diseases of Public Health Importance (Zoonotic Diseases) is being organised on 6th July 2018 at New Delhi. The conference will earmark the 25th Perfect Health Mela Celebrations.

 Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization celebrated the World Earth Day 2018.  Various inter-school activities and other events were organized at H M DAV Sr. Secondary School, Daryaganj, the co-host. Students from about XX schools participated in competitions based on the theme for this year, “Go Green – Go Clean”.

 Full video of PM on healthcare:


Medical Finance

Under section 80DDB, there is a provision to claim medical benefits of up to Rs 1 lakh towards expenditure on illness. Rule 11DD of the income tax rules lists the eligible diseases for deduction under section 80DDB. The limit of Rs 1 lakh under section 80DDB limit is applicable from April 1, 2019.

 11DD. (1) For the purposes of section 80 DDB, the following shall be the eligible diseases or ailments:



Neurological Diseases where the disability level has been certified to be of 40% and above, —






Dystonia Musculorum Deformans;



Motor Neuron Disease;















Parkinson’s Disease;



Malignant Cancers;



Full Blown Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS);



Chronic Renal failure;



Haematological disorders:







 Apollo Munich and Max Bupa have rolled out products with features like cashless OPD claim settlement, setting off OPD benefit against future premium payments and so on. ICICI Lombard has tied up with health-tech portal Practo to settle cashless OPD claims under group policies.

 Death while playing cricket

Phil Hughes (Australia, 25) – 2014: head injury & suffered a ruptured artery.

Darryn Randall (South Africa, 32) – 2013: Head injury

Zulfiqar Bhatti (Pakistan, 22) – 2013: Chest injury

Richard Beaumont (England, 33) – 2012: suspected heart attack.

Alcwyn Jenkins (England, 72) – 2009: head injury

Wasim Raja (Pakistan, 54) – 2006: heart attack when playing for Surrey

Raman Lamba (India, 38) – 1998: head injury

Ian Folley (England, 30) – 1993: hit below the eye in a freak accident

Wilf Slack (England, 34) – 1989: suddenly collapsed, suffered four blackouts while out in the field in previous matches

Abdul Aziz (Pakistan, 18) – 1959: chest in jury

Andy Ducat (England, 56) – 1942: heart attack during a game

George Summers (England, 25) – 1870: head injury


Temperatures more than 40.0°C is recorded at most parts of Vidarbha; at some parts of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Rayalaseema and interior Odisha and at one or two pockets of Punjab, East Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat Region, Marathwada, Konkan & Goa, North Interior Karnataka and Tamilnadu (Annexure 3).

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