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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
10th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1283: Indonesia’s Muslims ask Is the vaccine halal?: After waiting months to receive an answer from Sinovac, the Chinese manufacturer, a one-sentence response was received by the clerics: The vaccine was “manufactured free of porcine materials.” Religious leaders are asking for more details, as even the smallest amount of pork DNA could deter some devout Muslims from taking it. President Joko Widodo dismissed the concerns and stated that the emergency virus situation was the greater priority. It’s possible that a fatwa may be issued. Islamic authorities in other countries with large Muslim populations, such as Malaysia and the U.A.E., have already permitted the vaccine... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 9th January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
10th January 2021
Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29th, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13, 14M July 17, 15M July 23, 16M July 25, 17M July 29, 18M August 1, 19M August 6, 20M August 10, 21M August 16, 22M August 19, 23M August 21, 24M August 27, 25M August 30, 26M September 3, 27M September 7, 28M September 10, 29M September 14, 30M September 18, 31M September 21, 32M September 23, 33M September 28, 34M October 1, 35M October 4, 36M October 8, 37M October 11, 38M October 14, 39M October 17, 40M October 19, 41M October 22, 42M October 24,...Read more »
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Benefits of 7-day detoxification program on Liver health

10th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Elimination of toxins from the body is an important aspect of Ayurvedic, yogic, and naturopathic medicine. It is hypothesized that symptoms of poor health in an individual, free from diagnosed disease are attributed to toxin buildup in the body. MacIntosh et al performed a pilot study that... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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BPLTTC – Antihypertensive agents as risk modifiers for prevention of incident/recurrent CV events irrespective of baseline criteria: Placing amlodipine in context

10th January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Dextromethorphan hydrobromide and chlorpheniramine maleate: A useful combination for the treatment of dry/unproductive cough

10th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Cough is one of the most frequent global complaints with significant morbidity, affecting quality of life and lifestyle of the patients. It requires medical attention and is also considered as one of the most common cause of a clinician’s visit repeatedly throughout the year. Allergic rhinitis is one of the most common aetiology of unproductive ... Read more »

News From All Specialities

FDA Alerts Healthcare Providers and Clinical Laboratory Staff on SARS-CoV-2 Viral Mutation

10th January 2021 Pulmonary Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned healthcare providers and clinical laboratory staff that the agency is evaluating the potential impact of viral mutations, including the emerging variant from the United Kingdom called the B.1.1.7 variant, on authorized SARS-CoV-2 molecular tests... Read more »

50 birds die in Delhi, avian flu angle being probed

10th January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Amid a bird flu scare, nearly 50 birds, mostly crows, have reportedly died in Delhi over the last three to four days, stated officials on Friday. Dr Rakesh Singh from the animal husbandry unit of the development department stated that they received information about the death of crows in Dwarka... Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccine for Indians in Next Few Days: Health Minister

10th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
COVID-19 vaccines could be made available to "our countrymen" as early as the next few days, stated Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan. The government has made sure that every detail of the vaccination program is conveyed to the people, right from the national level to the grassroots level,... Read more »

Commonly used BP medications safe for COVID-19 patients: Study

10th January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
Medications to treat high blood pressure did not impact the outcomes among hospitalized COVID-19 patients, noted an international team of researchers. The study is the first randomized controlled trial to show that there is no risk for patients that continue to take these medications while hospitalized for COVID-19. As part of the Replace Covid trial,.. Read more »

Hospitalization Risk Four-Fold Higher in Blacks with T1D, COVID-19

10th January 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Business and Medicine
Among type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who contract COVID-19, Black individuals were found to be four times more likely than Whites to be hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), revealed new research. The findings come from 180 patients at 52 T1D Exchange clinical network sites.... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Are advance medical directives legal in India?

10th January 2021
Yes, in the landmark judgment titled as “Common Cause versus Union of India, 2018 (5) SCC 1 passed by the Hon’ble Constitution Bench of 4 Judges of the Supreme Court of India, it has duly held that the advance medical directives are legal in India. Further in the said judgment, the Hon’ble Apex Court...Read more »

eMedi Humor

NO + NO = Yes

10th January 2021
In a mathematics class the teacher told the student that minus * (times) minus –*– = + and also NO + NO = Yes. So, a boy was pressed to go to toilet. He then asked the teacher, "Excuse me, sir, can I use the toilet?" The teacher said, "No." The student asked again, "Excuse me, sir, can I use the toilet?" The teacher said, "NO."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

All the following are true regarding abscess of the spleen except:

10th January 2021
a) Majority of splenic abscesses result from hematogenous spread from other sites.
b) Both Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms are responsible for abscess of spleen.
c) Splenomegaly is present in most of the patients...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Asthma patients should check with their doctor before going for holiday

10th January 2021
People with chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema and other serious lung diseases can safely travel by airplane; however, they should undergo an evaluation by their doctor prior to travel. A study of 500 lung disease patients surveyed after a planned flight, reported in the European Respiratory Journal,... Read more »

eSpiritual: Why do we prostrate before parents and elders?

10th January 2021
Most of us are taught to prostrate before our parents, elders, teachers and noble souls by touching their feet. They, in turn, bless us by placing their hand on or over our heads. Prostration is done daily or on important occasions. Touching the feet in prostration is a sign of respect for age, maturity, nobility and divinity that our elders personify...Read more »

Inspirational: A harsh word

10th January 2021
A woman regularly bought eggs and butter from a farmer who was reputed far and wide for the quality of his products, and for quick delivery. One day, when the woman was expecting guests, the farmer failed to come. On the next delivery, she spoke very harshly with him. After the delivery,...Read more »

Medical Voice

Genetic link to heart disease, diabetes in South Asians found

10th January 2021
BENGALURU: Scientists and doctors from several cities in India and the US say they have provided the first evidence for a shared genetic link between cardiomyopathy (condition of heart muscle leading to failure) and metabolic syndrome (high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist...Read more »


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