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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Updates

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
12th February 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1364: IL-1 inhibition, not IL-6 inhibition, associated with reduced risk of mortality in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, respiratory insufficiency, hyperinflammation 1. A cohort study published in The Lancet Rheumatology has revealed that interleukin (IL)-1 inhibition, but not IL-6 inhibition, appears to be tied to a significant reduction of mortality among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, respiratory insufficiency, and hyperinflammation. 2. IL-6 inhibition was found to be effective only in a subgroup of patients who had considerably raised CRP levels at baseline. Both IL-1 and IL-6 inhibition were found to be effective in patients with low baseline lactate dehydrogenase (LDH). ...Read more »
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World COVID Meter 11th February 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious novel viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
12th February 2021
Multispeciality
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,...Read more »
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Recommendation for Screening for Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Pregnant Women

12th February 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Screening for hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection during pregnancy is highly important as it can recognize women whose infants are at risk of perinatal transmission. It has been estimated that prevalence of maternal HBV infection is 85.8 cases per 100 000 deliveries from 1998 to 2011... Read more »
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Cough Update

Therapeutic use of dextromethorphan in pseudobulbar affect

12th February 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
There are a range of neurological conditions and their disease states that are accompanied by pseudobulbar affect (PBA). Pseudobulbar affect is an emotional disorder, which is characterized by uncontrollable outbreaks of crying and laughing. The causes of pseudobulbar affect are still unclear... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

WHO backs use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

12th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
An expert panel from the World Health Organization (WHO) has foiled concerns over the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19. The panel asserts that using the AstraZeneca vaccine is the right thing to do, even in the countries where variants of the virus are dominating... Read more »
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Two masks and snug fit reduce COVID-19 transmission: Study

12th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Using two masks and ensuring that the mask fits snugly on the face appear to lead to a significant reduction in an individual’s exposure to the coronavirus, suggest laboratory experiments by U.S. health officials. Experiments were carried out by the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... Read more »
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Fully vaccinated people can avoid COVID-19 quarantine: CDC

12th February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which presently means having received two doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, can bypass the quarantine if they come in contact with someone infected with the disease... Read more »
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Slower COVID Spread in Asia may be related to a Protein

12th February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A study conducted by Indian scientists has suggested that deficiency of a protein in the Caucasians may be the reason behind Europe and North America being more vulnerable to the spread of a coronavirus variant, in comparison with Asian countries. Researchers investigated the global spread of the variant carrying the D614G mutation,... Read more »
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Peginterferon Lambda a Potential Treatment Option for COVID-19

12th February 2021 Pharmacists Pathology & Lab Medicine
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial has shown that in outpatients with COVID-19, peginterferon lambda could potentially prevent clinical deterioration and also reduced the duration of viral shedding. The phase 2 study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine noted that the decline in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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Is it legally necessary for a physician to display his registration number while issuing a payment receipt?

12th February 2021
Yes, a registered medical practitioner is required to mention his registration number issued to him by Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on the payment receipt/money receipt issued by him to his/her patients. The provisions of Clause 1.4.1 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct,... Read more »
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eMedi Humor

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Top Secret Communications Center

12th February 2021
When my son was in the Air Force, my wife and I visited quite often. On our first visit, we were allowed inside this top secret Communications Center, but everything in sight was covered up so we could look around everywhere –– Heck, even the toilet paper in the Men’s room was disguised. Anyway, at the exit, there’s a sign above the door, which reads:... Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

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Dietary gluten intake is postulated to be a possible etiologic factor in all the following dermatologic diseases except

12th February 2021
A. Acne vulgaris
B. Psoriasis
C. Dermatitis herpetiformis ... Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

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eWellness: Do not heat leafy vegetables twice

12th February 2021
Nitrates in foods like spinach, beet root and lettuce stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is known to relax the blood vessels. Ingested nitrate is reduced by oral, commensal, bacteria to nitrite, which is further reduced to nitric oxide. Vegetables are a major source of dietary nitrate. Green leafy and root vegetables,... Read more »
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eSpiritual: Spiritual prescriptions learnt from patients

12th February 2021
As doctors, we are witnesses to human suffering. When we were young in medical college, we were quite disturbed seeing the sufferings of the people. But, in our practice, we have learnt many spiritual prescriptions from our patients. These have not only helped us to heal our patients but also changed our perception to health and sickness... Read more »
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Inspirational: No regrets about today

12th February 2021
If I knew it would be the last time that I'd see you fall asleep, I would tuck you in more tightly, and pray the Lord, your soul to keep. If I knew it would be the last time that I see you walk out the door, I would give you a hug and kiss, and call you back for one more... Read more »

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From Other Newsletter

Recovery Digest

Orthopedics

Oral Rehydration Therapy in Thoracic Surgery

The goal of a study published in Kyobu Geka was to evaluate safety and efficacy of preoperative oral rehydration therapy compared to infusion therapy in thoracic surgery. In this study, 84 patients scheduled for thoracic surgery were assigned to either an oral rehydration group or an infusion group... Read more »

Nephrology

Orthopedics

Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with essential hypertension treated with cilnidipine

In the present study, published in Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, cilnidipine was given to 14 hospitalized patients with essential hypertension, and 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring was performed. Once-daily administration of cilnidipine... Read more »

Pediatrics

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Effect of Baby Swimming and Baby Lotion on the Skin Barrier of Infants Aged 3-6 Months

Skin care is important especially in infancy as skin barrier matures during the first year of life. The goal of a study published in Journal of the German Society of Dermatology was to examine the effects of baby swimming and baby lotion... Read more »

Surgery

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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 of a next-generation antibiofilm silver dressing (NGAD) enriched with an antimicrobial dressing technology... Read more »
 

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