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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

Covid-19 vaccines: Beware of the fake news factory on after-effects

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
11th January 2021
Reproduced from: India Legal https://www.indialegallive.com/column-news/covid-19rumours-vaccine-epidemic-diseases-act/, published December 19, 2020
The arrival of vaccines has spawned all kinds of fake news such as they can cause impotency and lead to death. While there are no specific laws to tackle this, other regulations can crack down on misinformation.
On January 3, 2021, the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved the use of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for emergency restricted use in the country. However, since then, and even before the approval of vaccines,... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts And Myth Busters: Lab errors with new strain

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
11th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1295: In hospitalized COVID-19 patients with no previous neurologic disease, 37.4% were found to have abnormalities on neurologic exam 6 months later, most common being cognitive deficits, hyposmia, and postural tremor, reported researchers in a medRxiv preprint that has not undergone peer review. Patients also noted fatigue, memory impairment, and sleep disorders. The severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection was a key predictor, , along with age and premorbid condition, of long-term neurological symptoms and features in the cohort...Read more »
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The effects of Protein and Sodium on Malnutrition in Liver Cirrhosis

11th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Protein calorie malnutrition (PCM) is one of the main cause of poor prognosis for the liver patient, however, it remains generally undiagnosed due to the complications of liver disease such as edema and ascites, which poses a challenge in weight change detection of these patients... 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 January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Propitious role of diphenhydramine in inhibiting cough reflex

11th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Cough is the most common problem for which a patient seeks medical attention. However, there is a dearth of scientific data supporting their effectiveness for available over-the-counter cough remedies. Evidence based observations suggest that the first-generation antihistamine diphenhydramine is categorized... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Third COVID-19 vaccine approved in the UK

11th January 2021 Pulmonary Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it "excellent news" as a third COVID-19 vaccine was approved for use in the UK. Made by US company Moderna, the vaccine works in a similar way to the Pfizer vaccine already being offered on the NHS. The UK has pre-ordered 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine; ... Read more »

Reducing COVID infectious period even by one day could prevent millions of cases

11th January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
A vaccine or medicine that could reduce the infectious period of COVID-19 in patients even by a single day, could potentially prevent millions of cases and save billions of dollars, suggests a new modelling study published in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.... Read more »

Most COVID-19 Patients Have At Least One Symptom After 6 Months

11th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Over three quarters of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 still suffered from at least one symptom after six months, reported a study published in the Lancet. The study noted that fatigue or muscle weakness were the most common symptoms. Patients also reported sleeping difficulties... Read more »

White House coronavirus task force warns of 'USA variant' of COVID-19

11th January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
The White House coronavirus task force has stated in its report that the United States may have its own version of a more transmissible variant of the virus causing COVID-19. Reports sent by the task force to states, dated January 3, cautioned about the possibility of a 'USA variant' of COVID-19, reported CNN... Read more »

Coagulopathy Testing Tied to Better COVID-19 Outcomes

11th January 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Business and Medicine
Antithrombotic prophylaxis for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 tailored by thromboelastography (TEG) findings on coagulopathy was found to be linked with better outcomes, reported a single-center study. Among 100 COVID-19 patients who got TEG with a platelet mapping assay (TEG-PM)... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Can a patient seek redressal for grievances regarding treatment received?

11th January 2021
Yes. The National Board for Accreditation of Healthcare (NABH) Patient Charter has provisions for this.
5. Right to redress
• Patient has the right to justice by lodging a complaint through an authority dedicated for this purpose by the healthcare...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Price you pay for being good

11th January 2021
Three men were waiting to go to heaven. St Peter was at the gate and said, "However good you were to your wife that is the vehicle you will get in heaven". The first guy comes up to the gate and says, "I never, ever cheated on my wife and I love her". So St. Peter gives him a Rolls Royce...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A 20-year-old man complains of difficulty in reading the newspaper with his right eye, three weeks after sustaining a gunshot injury to his left eye. The most likely diagnosis is:

11th January 2021
1. Macular edema.
2. Sympathetic ophthalmia...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: 5 tips to reduce salt in your diet

11th January 2021
1. Read food labels. Sodium content is mentioned on food labels. It may differ from brand to brand. Therefore, compare and choose the lowest sodium product. Certain foods do not taste salty but have high sodium, such as cottage cheese. Hence, it becomes important to check the labels.
2. Opt for fresh meats, fruits and vegetables in place of packaged ones, which tend to be higher in sodium... Read more »

eSpiritual: Science behind regrets

11th January 2021
In a US-based study, dying people were asked about their regrets, if any. The top five regrets were:
1. I wish I had the courage to live a life I wanted to live and not what others expected me to live.
2. I wish I had worked harder...Read more »

Inspirational: The Mango Tree

11th January 2021
Once, there was a big mango tree. A little boy would come and play around it every day. He climbed the tree, ate the mangoes, and took a nap in the shade… He loved the tree and the tree loved to play with him....Read more »


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