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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Airborne transmission and WHO; Tocilizumab treatment

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
13th July 2020
With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev
New WHO Guidance Calls for More Evidence on Airborne Transmission
1. The WHO released new guidance on Thursday on the transmission of the novel coronavirus acknowledging certain reports of airborne transmission; however, the agency stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster - Best time to donate plasma is 28 to 40 days

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
13th July 2020
COVID-19 Plasma Donors have Higher Levels of IgG 28 Days after Symptom Onset
IgG in COVID-19 convalescent plasma donors seems to attain higher levels four weeks after symptom onset, thus pointing that this is the optimal time to collect plasma. A study of 49 convalescent plasma donors revealed that plasma levels were lower when the donation occurred less than 28 days from the symptom onset in comparison to levels in patients who donated after four weeks. The results were published in Transfusion... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

Status of Adult Immunity to Hepatitis A Virus in Healthcare Workers

13th July 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
In India, heterogeneous groups of individuals susceptible to hepatitis A virus infection coexist in different regions. A decline in antibody titres to HAV has been noted among young adults which may pose a major public health problem... Read more »

Derma Update

Dr k k Aggarwal

Frequency and outcomes of food allergy in children who underwent liver transplant

13th July 2020 Dermatology
Young children who had undergone liver transplant can develop food allergies. But, data are limited regarding clinical characteristics and patient outcomes. A recent study assessed pediatric liver transplant patients... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Tuberculosis vaccine may help reduce COVID-19 deaths

13th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
A century-old tuberculosis vaccine seems to have a role to play in reducing death due to COVID-19 infection, suggests a preliminary study. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health made the link to Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) after comparing data on COVID-19 mortality... Read more »
Practice Updates

'Broken heart syndrome' increased during Covid-19 pandemic

13th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
A study published in JAMA Network Open has noted a significant rise in "broken heart syndrome" at two Ohio hospitals among some patients who don't have coronavirus, thus pointing that the physical, social and economic stressors from the pandemic are taking a toll on people’s physical well-being... Read more »
Practice Updates

Bill Gates urges COVID-19 meds must go to people who need them, not 'highest bidder'

13th July 2020 Business and MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Bill Gates has called for COVID-19 drugs and an eventual vaccine to be made available to countries and people that need them most, and not to the ‘highest bidder.’ He stated that relying on market forces would prolong the pandemic...Read more »

Lopinavir/ritonavir for COVID-19: Bradycardia a Side Effect

13th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Cardiology
Bradycardia appeared to be a clinically significant risk of an HIV antiviral medication used to treat critically ill patients with COVID-19, revealed French researchers. Heart rate fell below 60 bpm for over 24 hours in nine out of 41 SARS-CoV-2-infected patients in the...Read more »
Practice Updates

Medical Societies Advise on Vitamin D amid COVID-19

13th July 2020Orthopedics Pathology & Lab Medicine
Six medical societies from across the world have stressed on the significance of individuals obtaining the daily recommended dose of vitamin D, particularly considering the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on outdoor time. The statement titled "Joint Guidance on Vitamin D in the Era of COVID-19," is supported by ...Read more »

Hypertension Update

Dr k k Aggarwal

Intensive treatment for hypertension management

13th July 2020 Hypertension
The therapeutic blood pressure (BP) targets to be attained have long been a topic of debate. Several clinical studies and meta-analyses, especially the SPRINT trial, have shown the advantages of intensive... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

How is consent documented?

13th July 2020
Patients may not be able to precisely remember all the facts disclosed during a discussion. Therefore, a physician must document the content of informed consent sessions. The informed consent discussion and its documentation should be done by the physician who is going to performing the procedure...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Funny Definitions

13th July 2020
Intoxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
Hipatitis: Terminal coolness. ...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

An increase in which of the following parameters will shift the O2 dissociation curve to the left:

13th July 2020
1. Temperature.
2. Partial pressure of CO2
3. 2,3 DPG concentration...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: A slight move is all that matters

13th July 2020
Middle-aged women who tend to move around more in their daily life have lower levels of intra-abdominal fat, which is a known risk factor for heart disease. A slight modification in daily routine - reducing the time watching TV or increasing the walk time to work - can make a difference in the long-term health... Read more »

eSpiritual: Sattchittaananda: The soul characteristics (Absolute Existence –Absolute Knowledge)

13th July 2020
Satt means ‘truth or knowingness’
Chitta means ‘consciousness-based’
Ananda means ‘bliss or inner happiness’...Read more »

Inspirational: The Three Fish

13th July 2020
There were three big fish living in a lake who were very close friends. They were quite different from one another. The first one believed in fate and thought that things cannot be changed; what had to happen will happen, no matter what, he thought. The second one was intelligent. He was confident that he knew how to solve a problem with his intelligence...Read more »


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Curcumin for aging skeletal muscles

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Bariatric surgery prevents severe CKD and ESRD

Patients that underwent weight-loss surgery lowered their risk of developing severe chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end stage renal disease (ESRD) when compared to conventionally treated patients, according to a study published in International Journal of Obesity... Read more »


Cutaneous barriers and immunity

The skin is the outer most barrier that ensures protection from external harm. The understanding of role of skin has evolved from an inert mechanical barrier to an active organ that can sense alarming signals and mount perfectly adapted defense measures in response to invading pathogens... Read more »


Pre-Operative Multimodal Analgesia Decreases Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Narcotic Use and Pain.

A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery aimed to assess the efficiency of multimodal analgesia (MMA) in reducing reliance on opioid medications. This was retrospective review of 560 patients undergoing outpatient... Read more »

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