Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                           Dated: 21st July,2019
Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Former Delhi Chief Minister passes away

Smt. Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and senior Congress leader passed away yesterday following a cardiac arrest. She fought a prolonged illness before her demise at Delhi’s Fortis Escorts Heart Institute. Smt. Dikshit underwent a heart surgery in France last year. She was 81. She had been diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat). She had an angioplasty in November 2012 and was treated for infection some time ago. She suffered two cardiac arrests before passing away......read more


High risk drugs

Anticoagulants ( blood thinners)

Anti-hyperglycemic agents ( diabetes drugs)

Sedatives ( sleep drugs)

Narcotics

Antibiotics

Antipsychotics

Chemotherapeutic agents

These drugs have several common features including,narrow
therapeutic windows, the potential for idiosyncratic physiologic
responses, and variable dosing regimens.Several of the medications
require close monitoring and dose adjustment, with the potential for
calculation and timing errors.


FSSAI prohibits sale of non-iodised common salt

Common salt will no longer be available without iodine in it. The FBOs (food business operators) have been directed by FSSAI through a notification ((F.No. Stds/Salt/Misc/01/FSSAI-2016 (pt-1) that prohibits the sale of non-iodised salt. The regulations are called the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Second Amendment Regulations, 2019, and are gazette notified by the apex food regulator.

As per the notification, in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulations, 2011, in Regulation 2.3, for Sub-Regulation 2.3.12, the following sub-regulation shall be substituted namely:

“2.3.12: Restriction on sale of common salt - No person shall sell or offer or expose for sale or have in his premises for the purpose of sale, common salt for direct human consumption or for use as an ingredient in a food product unless the same is iodised.

Provided that common salt may be sold or exposed for sale or stored for sale for iodisation, iron fortification, animal use, preservation not meant for direct consumption, for infant food products, manufacturing medicines and industrial use under proper label declarations, as specified in the provisions of Regulation 2.4.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and labelling) Regulations, 2011.”(FSSAI, July 16, 2019)


Prenatal acute exposure to air pollution may increase chances of newborn NICU admission

Infants born to women exposed to high levels of air pollution - PM2.5 constituents and several traffic-related pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide - in the week before delivery, the day of delivery and the day prior to delivery are more likely to be admitted to a newborn intensive care unit (NICU), suggests a case-crossover analysis by researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

Data from the Consortium on Safe Labor, which compiled information on more than 223,000 births at 12 clinical sites in the US from 2002 to 2008 was analysed. Records from 27,189 singletons admitted into the NICU were linked to data modified from the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling System, which estimates environmental pollution concentrations in .....read more


What do you mean by ‘food is Brahman’?

‘Food is Brahman’ is a Vedic Upanishad and Bhagavad Gita saying.

Brahma is consciousness, therefore, food is consciousness. Though the traditional Vedic teaching has been that consciousness is present in everything, yet only food is considered Brahman. We never say that stone is Brahman nor dog is Brahman......read more


Healthcare News Monitor

Chhattisgarh district improves most on ease of living, tops NITI Aayog’s Aspirational District ranking
Financial Express-Prachi Gupta

Out of over 100 districts under the programme, five districts have emerged as the most improved regions under NITI Aayog’s Delta Ranking for the month of May. Chhattisgarh’s Kondagaon district has topped Narendra Modi’s Aspirational District programme for May 2019, enhancing living standards and improving upon ease of living for its inhabitants, said NITI Aayog. Out of over 100 districts under the programme, five districts have emerged as the most improved regions under NITI Aayog’s Delta Ranking for the month of May. Announcing the same, NITI Aayog said, “These Aspirational Districts have enhanced Ease Of Living for its citizens by championing the development narrative across key sectors of social development.” The other five districts that made it to the list belong to the states of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan. Other than Kondagaon, Uttar Pradesh’s Fatehpur and Chitrakoot, Jharkhand’s Pakur and Rajasthan’s Dhaulpur have also been acknowledged for their better performance on several indicators.

1 of 3 in age-group 15-50 yrs in Delhi-NCR addicted to smoking
The Pioneer-PTI

One out of every three persons in the age-group of 15-50 years in Delhi-NCR is addicted to smoking and around half of them are aged between 20 and 30, a recent survey has found. The survey, 'Understanding Smoking Attitudes in Youth, conducted by Gurgaon-based Aviss Health Foundation also found that many of the youth resort to smoking to cope with work-related stress. According to the survey, 56 per cent of the 1,400 respondents thought that smoking helped them get relief from stress. Of them, 55 per cent admitted that they are aware of its ill-effects. "The fact that educated youth are take up smoking just to cope with stress, speaks volumes about the lack of focus in outreach programs," Pulmonologist Dr Himanshu Garg, who led the survey, said. India is one of those countries in the world which is reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12 per cent of world's tobacco smokers.

Health ministry notifies Pharm D as eligible qualification for recruitment of all pharmacy related posts
Pharmabiz India- Peethaambaran Kunnathoor

In a major relief to the Pharm D graduates in the country, the Union Health Ministry has recognized, with effect from July 16 this year, the doctoral pharmacy programme, Pharm D, as an eligible qualification for recruitment of all pharmacy related posts where D Pharm, B Pharm and M Pharm are considered as basic qualifications. The decision of the government was notified in the government gazette dated 16 July 2019 by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. According to the gazette notification, the Union ministry of health and family welfare took the decision on the recommendation of the Pharmacy Council of India. With this, the Pharm D graduates have become eligible candidates for all pharmacy professional posts in the government and other corporate health sectors. The major advantage of the government decision is that the Pharm D degree holders can apply for all those posts wherever D Pharm, B Pharm and M Pharm qualifications are mentioned as eligible requirements. In most of the states in India, Pharm D graduates are prohibited from applying for the post of pharmacists in government services, both in central and state level. Now, the Pharm D holders become eligible to apply for the post of pharmacists, thereby they can be promoted to the post of clinical pharmacist in future. Further, these graduates can apply for the post of pharmacist in the ESI and other central government health services. Similarly, they will be considered as qualified candidates for recruitment of pharmacy teacher posts which are reserved for post graduates (M Pharm).

Demand in Lok Sabha for task force to fight drug menace
The Times of India- PTI

A BJP member in Lok Sabha on Thursday demanded setting up of a task force to deal with the menace of drug abuse in the country. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Meenakashi Lekhi (BJP) said that several people are suffering from drug abuse. India is a vulnerable country for smuggling of drugs as the country is placed at Golden Crescent and Golden Triangle, she said. "I call upon all the members that we all must set up a task force to removes drugs from the society," she said. Ramesh Bidhuri (BJP) raised the issue of inadequate availability of drinking water in the national capital. He said that the Delhi government has done work on beautification of some ponds. Jugal Kishore Sharma (BJP) demanded compensation for farmers of Samba and nearby region in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that fencing has been erected at Indo-Pakistan border in that region and land of certain farmers has been affected. Mahendra Solanki (BJP) demanded effective implementation of advocate protection laws as cases have been reported about attack on lawyers. T N Prathapan (INC) demanded for inclusion of patented medicines under price control regime. Virendra Kumar (BJP) asked for formulation of a policy to reduce burden of heavy school bags on school students. He said that as per international norms, weight of a school bag for kids should be only about 10 per cent of their total body weight. Heavy bags are creating health related problems, he said. Azam Khan (SP) alleged that the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is deteriorating.

ILBS urges Centre to bring law to curb discrimination against hepatitis patients
ET Healthworld- PTI

Delhi-based Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences has urged the central government to come up with a law to prevent discrimination and social stigma faced by hepatitis patients in India. Doctors at the premier hospital dedicated for liver care highlighted that there is a need for legal framework to protect patients living with hepatitis B and C from the social discrimination. In India, an estimated four crore people are suffering from hepatitis B (HBV) and almost 1.2 crore from hepatitis C (HCV). "There is a need for a law that ensures no discrimination, ostracisation happens to people with any forms of hepatitis, especially HCV and HBV. Today, the situation in several parts of the country is such that hepatitis patients are considered untouchable. This is all due to lack of awareness," ILBS director S K Sarin said at a press conference that was also attended by other gastroenterologists of the hospital here.

ICMR and British Council to fund research on HIV elimination under Newton Bhabha Fund programme
Pharmabiz India- Shardul Nautiyal

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with British Council, UK for the researcher links workshops under the Newton Bhabha Fund programme for elimination of HIV. Researcher links grants are designed to provide financial support to bring together a UK-Indian bilateral cohort for early career researchers to participate in workshops for meeting the overarching objectives. Each workshop will be co-ordinated by two leading or established researchers called as principal applicants, one from each country, and will focus on a specific research area. The thematic research areas under elimination strategy for HIV are the test-and-treat strategy and other possible strategies for HIV elimination. It will also include treatment as prevention for HIV AIDS that emphasizes the impact of treatment on the transmission dynamics of HIV in populations; Besides this, other possible elimination strategies including challenges for elimination like resistance, social behavioral aspect and persistent HIV infection and dynamics of HIV reservoirs. Other research avenues will focus on HIV-TB co-infection – with following sub-themes like understanding TB latency today and its opportunities for HIV and TB programmes. This will include current options for diagnosis and treatment and for TB latent infection, new strategy or formulations for the treatment of latent TB infection including opportunities and challenges.

No permissions for new pharmacy colleges for 5 years
Pune Mirror– Vicky Pathare

Taking into consideration the sufficient amount of pharmacists in the country, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI) has decided to not permit opening of pharmacy colleges in the country, by putting a moratorium of five years. This diktat will be effective from 2020-21. However, it will not be applicable to the eastern region of India, which faces a shortage of pharmacists. The resolution has been communicated to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on July 17 for information under intimation to All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE). A unanimous decision was made by the authorities, citing a rapid rise in the pharmacy colleges over the decade. They believe that the unprecedented rise may result in a shortage of trained and qualified teaching faculty that may, in turn, affect the quality of education. Another reason as to why this cap has come to force pertains to the situation of the passed-out students, who are not getting well-paid job opportunities.