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21st February, 2018
Dr Bawa-Garba case: We only hope this was not a case of ethnic discrimination

Dr KK Aggarwal, Recipient of Padma Shri

Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a trainee pediatrician in the NHS-UK, was convicted of manslaughter by being grossly negligent resulting in the death of Jack, aged 6 years, from sepsis in 2011 by the High Court. The jury returned the verdict 10:2 and she was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.

Dr Bawa-Garba was held responsible for a series of errors.

  • A wrong working diagnosis: Failing to recognize the early features of sepsis in the child and as such appropriate antibiotic treatment was delayed.
  • Delay in getting and reading the chest x-ray .... read more
Top News

Europe observes a 400% increase in measles cases in 2017 compared to previous year

Measles has rebounded in the WHO European Region. The disease affected 21 315 people and caused 35 deaths in 2017, following a record low of 5273 cases in 2016. The WHO Regional Office for Europe has released new data for 2017 one day ahead of a health ministerial meeting on immunization in Montenegro on 20 February 2018.... read more

Practice Updates

Physical activity during chemotherapy has long-term beneficial effects

Patients with breast and colon cancer, who participated in an 18-week exercise intervention during adjuvant treatment, showed significant higher levels of moderate-to-vigorous total physical activity levels and a tendency towards lower physical fatigue levels 4-year post-baseline. These findings from the PACT multicenter randomized controlled trial were presented.... read more

A new insulin dosing system for type 2 diabetes gets FDA nod

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the Glooko Mobile Insulin Dosing System for the titration of long-acting (basal) insulin for people with type 2 diabetes.... read more

Identifying frailty in older patients can predict adverse outcomes after surgery

According to a new research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, identifying frailty in surgical patients, especially those without apparent disability, will help predict risk of adverse events and repeat hospitalizations. Both vulnerable and frail patients in the study were at higher risk of readmission.... read more

Study suggests a role for calcium in the development of Parkinson's disease

Excess levels of calcium in brain cells may lead to the formation of toxic clusters that are the hallmark of Parkinson's disease, suggests a study reported February 9, 2018 in the journal Nature Communications..... read more

Second “Go Red for Women issue” of Circulation journal focuses on women’s heart health

The second Go Red For Women issue of the Circulation journal focuses on heart health in women and cover topics such as cardiovascular aspects of pregnancy and its complications; risk factors; symptoms of heart attack and mental stress among others. According to one study in the issue,.... read more

Risk factors for stroke differ in women from men

Compared with men, women face different risk factors for stroke and experience worse outcomes after stroke, according to results of four related articles in a focused update online February 8, 2018 in the journal Stroke. The nine clearly established female-specific stroke risk factors were:... read more

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Treat every TB case and trace all close contacts
Testing for latent TB should be performed in asymptomatic individuals
New Delhi, 20th February 2018: Tuberculosis (TB) is a major public health problem in India with the country having the largest number of TB cases in the world. Over a quarter of the global TB and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) burden is in India. Statistics from USAID indicate that in 2016, 2.79 million people became ill from TB, and 435,000 died from it.

Testing for latent TB should be performed in asymptomatic individuals. High-priority groups for evaluation include close contacts of TB patients.

Close contact is defined as individuals with at least four hours of contact per week. This includes those living in the same household or frequent visitors to the house or contacts at work or school.

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