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20th April, 2017
AHA Scientific Statement on diagnosis and management of Kawasaki disease

The American Heart Association (AHA) has published an updated scientific statement for health professionals on diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of Kawasaki disease. The statement published online March 29, 2017 in Circulation recommends that clinical decision making in patients with Kawasaki disease should be individualized to specific patient circumstances.
Recognizing that prompt diagnosis is essential, these guidelines include an updated algorithm to aid the clinician in diagnosis of patients with suspected incomplete Kawasaki disease. The diagnosis of incomplete or atypical Kawasaki disease should be considered in any infant or child with prolonged unexplained fever, fewer than 4 of the classical clinical findings, and compatible laboratory or echocardiographic findings.

The guidelines recommend intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) as the primary treatment to be administered as soon as the diagnosis can be established within the first 10 days of illness. Treatment should not be delayed for lack of echocardiography.
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Excess alcohol bad for the liver
  • On World Liver Day, IMA warns that excess alcohol is responsible for fatty liver disease in a majority of people
  • Lifestyle changes key to a healthy liver
New Delhi, 19th April 2017: Recent WHO (World Health Organization) statistics indicate that every year, about 2 lakh people die of liver ailments around the world. As per data, fatty liver disease is the third most common cause of chronic liver disease and affects 1 in 6 individuals. Just like the brain and heart, the liver is also a crucial organ that needs to be taken care of, more so if you are a heavy drinker. It has been found that about 25,000 lives can be saved by a liver transplant. However, data shows that at present, only 1,800 liver transplants happen every year globally.
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