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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Why Certain COVID Patients Die

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
14th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1. Advancing age and underlying medical problems explain only part of the phenomenon. 2. Some people, especially men, succumb because their immune systems are hit by friendly fire. 3. A study in Science revealed that 10% of around 1,000 COVID patients who developed life-threatening pneumonia had antibodies that disable interferons. These autoantibodies were not found in 663 people with mild or asymptomatic COVID infections. Only four of 1,227 healthy individuals were found to have the autoantibodies...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Updates

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
14th December 2020
1206: Why Viruses Spread More Easily in Winter? 1. In winters, people tend to spend more time indoors, where ventilation is poor and we’re in closer proximity to other people. 2. The Air Outside is Less Humid: Viruses stay stable and linger for longer when the air is less humid. 3. Nasal Membranes Are Drier: Feels dry and cracked. These cracks make you more vulnerable to infection. Staying hydrated and using a saline nasal spray can help... Read more »
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Influence of childhood obesity on liver health

14th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Occurrence of childhood obesity, a worrisome worldwide epidemic has augmented over the last 3 decades. This rapidally increasing trend warrants the need to consider accurate body mass index classification, as well as metabolic and cardiovascular, and hepatic outcomes... 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

14th December 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Any adverse effects from Covid-19 vaccines are for national authorities to review, said the WHO

14th December 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
On Tuesday, Britain became the first country to initiate the Pfizer-BioNTech shot on Tuesday. According to its medicine regulator, people with a history of anaphylaxis to a food item or medicine should avoid the shot, after two reported incidents of the reaction... Read more »

UK and Russia to team up to test the combination of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines

14th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
It is hoped that combining two different vaccines could lead to a stronger or longer-lasting immunity to the virus. The British-made Oxford vaccine, developed in partnership with AstraZeneca, and the Russian Sputnik vaccine, developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute in Moscow,... Read more »

Around 8 in 10 people in Singapore say Yes to getting a Covid-19 vaccine

14th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A recent survey commissioned by The Straits Times involving 1,000 people aged 16 years and above in Singapore reported that about 8 in 10 would say "Yes" to getting a Covid-19 vaccination. More than 50% of group is willing to get it the moment it becomes available. The online poll, conducted by online market research firm,... Read more »

CSI Update 2020 - Tricuspid valve disease: The new frontier (Dr Vera H Rigolin, US)

14th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Cardiology
The tricuspid valve (TV) has a complex anatomy that must be appreciated to safely and successfully treat tricuspid regurgitation (TR). Prognosis of severe TR is poor regardless of etiology. Functional TR is more common than primary TR; most commonly due to left heart disease... Read more »

CSI Update 2020 - Pathophysiology and management of subclinical atrial fibrillation: Knowns and unknowns (Dr Bernard Gersh, USA

14th December 2020 Pulmonary Medicine Pharmacists
Undetected or silent AF is relatively common. It is associated with risk of stroke, related to AF burden and risk factors. Temporal relationship between both timing of AF and stroke is variable (>30 days in the majority). Whether OAC has overall benefit is being investigated in trials... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Can license to practice be revoked pending inquiry by the criminal court?

14th December 2020
Yes. In its order, MCI-211(2)/2011-Ethics/10th May, 2011, Complaint against Dr. RV, F No 396/2009, the MCI stated “The Ethics Committee considered the complaint against RV and after hearing both the parties and perusing the records and FIR, it is noted that RV has been accused of serious allegations of violating the faith,...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Talking to an envelope

14th December 2020
This baby was talking in to an envelope.
I asked her what she was doing, she said ‘sending voice mail’...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Tetracycline is used for the prophylaxis of?

14th December 2020
A. Brucellosis
B. Leptospirosis
C. Cholera...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Facts about exercise

14th December 2020
• Exercise for 80 minutes a day and brisk exercise 80 minutes a week.
• The speed of walking should be at least 80 steps per minute.
• Do resistance or weight-bearing exercises twice in a week... Read more »

eSpiritual: Vedic Fasting

14th December 2020
Fasting and starvation are two different terms commonly confused with each other. Starvation means not eating or drinking altogether, while fasting means control and restrain of five sensory and five motor senses...Read more »

Inspirational: Is your hut burning?

14th December 2020
The only survivor of a shipwreck was brought to a small, uninhabited island by the ocean waves. He prayed for God to rescue him, and every day he would look at the horizon for help, but no help seemed to come. Exhausted, he built a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself, and to store his few possessions...Read more »


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

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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... Read more »

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