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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Updates

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO
11th November 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1. A study of the lungs of individuals who died from COVID-19 noted persistent and extensive lung damage in most cases. 2. COVID-19 is not just a disease caused by the death of virus-infected cells, but is possibly the result of these abnormal cells persisting for long periods inside the lungs. 3. The researchers analyzed samples of tissue from the lungs, heart, liver and kidneys of 41 patients who died of COVID-19 at Italy's University Hospital of Trieste from February through April 2020. 4. Extensive destruction of the lung architecture was found, with healthy tissue almost completely substituted by scar tissue...Read more »
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Dapagliflozin: Improving the Pharmacoeconomics of Diabetes Management

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO and HCFI
11th November 2020
Diabetes complications remain a major cause of morbidity, mortality, and economic burden on patients as well as the overall healthcare system of India. An optimal therapy at all levels of care is imperative following early diagnosis of diabetes and screening for its complications. Fortunately, effective interventions are available but unfortunately, these are not affordable to everyone... Read more »
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Increased severity of liver fat content and liver fibrosis in NAFLD correlate with epicardial fat volume in type 2 diabetes

11th November 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a rising epidemic which is thoroughly linked to metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance with a pervasiveness of 69–87 % in the setting of diabetes. Evidence supports the connotation between NAFLD and increased cardiovascular risk independent... 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

11th November 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Zinc as a caretaker of immune function

11th November 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Earlier zinc deficiency was very rare but nowadays zinc deficiency is considered to be very common, in developing countries. In developing countries, zinc deficiency is the 5th leading cause for the loss of healthy years of life. In developed countries, the elderly population is mainly affected by zinc deficiency... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Pfizer vaccine trial success a breakthrough in fight against pandemic

11th November 2020 Business and Medicine Pharmacists
Pfizer Inc's PFE.N experimental COVID-19 vaccine is over 90% effective as per initial trial results, stated the drugmaker. This could be a major breakthrough in the war against the virus. Pfizer and BioNTech SE 22UAy.F announced that they found no serious safety concerns and expected to seek... Read more »

FDA Issues EUA for Monoclonal Antibody for COVID-19 Treatment

11th November 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the investigational monoclonal antibody therapy bamlanivimab, under an emergency use authorization (EUA), for the treatment of mild-to-moderate COVID-19 in adult and pediatric patients. Bamlanivimab is authorized for patients who have positive... Read more »

Long-acting injectable cabotegravir as PrEP highly effective in preventing HIV acquisition in women

11th November 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
The HIV Prevention Trials Network study (HPTN 084) assessing the safety and efficacy of long-acting injectable antiretroviral cabotegravir (CAB LA) for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among HIV-uninfected women was stopped early by the trial Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) as the drug... Read more »

Coronavirus mutation won’t affect Indian vaccines, say ICMR scientists

11th November 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Emergency Medicine
Pune: Scientists at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have stated that vaccines developed in India should not be affected by any mutation of the COVID-19 virus at present. The scientists have stated that as the heterogeneity of COVID-19 is less than 1%, the virulence would continue... Read more »

Bariatric embolotherapy for weight reduction in obesity

11th November 2020Diabetes and Endocrinology Pharmacists
Obese patients lost a considerable amount of weight following transcatheter bariatric embolotherapy (TBE) of the left gastric artery (LGA), noted a randomized trial. The total body weight loss reached 7.4 kg 6 months after TBE in 19 patients. This represented a significant improvement over the 3.0 kg loss achieved by 18 controls following a sham procedure... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

What is informed refusal?

11th November 2020
Informed refusal is the subsequent election by the patient to decline an intervention that has been recommended by the physician. It should be noted that the need for intervention, as well as risks, benefits and alternatives to the intervention, including possible consequences of refusal have all been explained to the patient...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Can I help you

11th November 2020
There was this man driving along in his car when he suddenly got a flat tire. When he pulled over he was at the fence of a mental hospital. When he got out of the car one of the patients came to the fence and asked "Can I help you?" And the man said "No, I need to figure out how to make it home with only 2 lugs on this wheel."..Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The earliest immunoglobulin to be synthesized by the fetus is:

11th November 2020
1. IgA.
2. IgG.
3. IgE...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Profession, passion and fashion

11th November 2020
Profession is at the level of physical body and mind, fashion is at the level of ego, and passion is at the level of the soul. If your passion, profession and fashion are in synchrony with each other, you are a perfect leader. If you are not passionate about your profession,... Read more »

eSpiritual: The Five Interior Powers

11th November 2020
To be in a state of happiness, bliss and ananda is what the ultimate goal of life is. Everybody is born with certain inherent powers, which if cultivated in the right direction will lead to inner happiness. The ancient Shiva Sutra text talks about the concept of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is silence, Shakti is power; Shiva is creativity, Shakti is creation; Shiva is love, Shakti is loving...Read more »

Inspirational: The Old Man and the Rose

11th November 2020
During the mid-1950s when I was a kid, my dad worked in a furniture shop at Spadina and Queen in downtown Toronto. Sometimes, I got to go to the shop with him and I made a bit of pocket change running to the restaurant and getting coffee for everybody. I would pass the rest of the day away just hanging around the store,...Read more »


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Practical efficacy of olmesartan vs. azilsartan in patients with hypertension: MUSCAT-4 study

A randomized-controlled trial compared the practical efficacy of olmesartan with azilsartan in 84 patients treated with conventional ARBs for more than 3 months. These patients were randomly allocated to receive either 20mg of olmesartan (olmesartan medoxomil, OL group) or 20mg of azilsartan (azilsartan, AZ group)... Read more »


The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity and systemic immune programming

An article published in the World Allergy Organization Journal elaborated on how the skin barrier structure and function are essential to human health. The authors stated that unrecognized functions of epidermal keratinocytes show... Read more »


An antibiofilm hydrofiber wound dressing: Clinical and in vitro performance

Biofilm has often been cited as a key pathological factor in non-healing wounds. It therefore seems crucial to manage the biofilm in order to expedite wound healing and achieve the desired outcome. A study by Scully and colleagues compared the clinical and in vitro performance... Read more »

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