Monthly Archives: September 2013

The potential elimination of Plasmodium vivax malaria by relapse treatment

Recent years have seen an increasing appreciation of the significance of Plasmodium vivax as a threat to global health. Estimates of the population at risk of the disease have been upgraded to between 2.5 and 2.6 billion, and the number of annual infections to 130–435 million [1]. The parasite has re-emerged in areas previously cleared of the disease [2], and reports of serious morbidity and mortality have proved this form of malaria to be less benign than previously assumed.

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Effect of household-based drinking water chlorination on diarrhoea among children under five in Orissa, India

Diarrhoea is responsible for an estimated 1.3 million deaths among children under five each year, mostly in developing countries [1]. With over 287,000 deaths attributable to diarrhoeal diseases per year, India ranks first among countries contributing to this worldwide disease burden.

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In The News: September 17, 2013

Below are links to recent news articles of interest to the medical community in India. Please share your comments below – or you can share links to other useful articles that you have read as well.

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Associations between active travel to work and overweight, hypertension, and diabetes in India: A cross-sectional study

Active travel (walking, bicycling, and use of public transport) is increasingly being promoted as an integral component of strategies to increase physical activity levels and address the growing burden of obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) globally [1],[2]. The Action Plan of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs urges member states to “introduce transport policies that promote active and safe methods of travelling to and from schools and workplaces” and to “ensure that physical environments support safe active commuting.”

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New age medical practice: Challenges in a modern world: Guest blogger Dr. Shalini Ratan

Among the challenges for an ancient profession in a modern world is the need to define and assure professional behavior in the rapidly changing health care environment. New Age Medicine is about Medical Professionalism. Today, medicine is a specialized service industry. Adopting methods to improve the patient experience has become… 

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The effect of tobacco control measures during a period of rising cardiovascular disease risk in India

The burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is rapidly rising in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) [1]. LMICs now account for over three-quarters of all global deaths from heart disease and stroke [2], with India expected to contribute more than any other nation to the growth in these deaths over the decade from 2010 to 2020…

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Cardiovascular risk of NSAIDs: Time to translate knowledge into practice

Clinical use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) carries cardiovascular risk, which acquires implications for public health against the backdrop of rising chronic disease rates in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). New evidence from an international study conducted by Patricia McGettigan and David Henry and published this week in PLOS Medicine [1] sheds light on how emerging evidence about NSAID risk is poorly translated into practice and sales in countries around the world, raising questions about the use and promotion of potentially harmful drugs…

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