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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: New Mutations

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
14th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1303: Minutes of Virtual Meeting of CMAAO NMAs on ‘Will the new mutations affect the vaccine or molecular diagnostics?’ 9th January, Saturday, 9.30am-10.30am
Participants, Member NMAs: Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO; Dr Yeh Woei Chong, Singapore Chair CMAAO; Dr Alvin Yee-Shing Chan, Hong Kong, Treasurer, CMAAO; Dr Md Jamaluddin Chowdhury, Bangladesh Medical Association; Dr Marie Uzawa Urabe, Japan Medical Association; Dr Ravi Naidu, Malaysia; Dr Prakash Budhathoky, Treasurer, Nepal Medical Association. Invitees: Dr Russell D’Souza, Australia UNESCO Chair in Bioethics; Dr S Sharma, Editor IJCP Group... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 13th January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
14th January 2021
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, 40M October 19, 41M October 22, 42M October 24, 43M October 26, 44M October 28, 45M October 30, 46M November 2, 47M November 4, 48M November 6, 49M November 7,...Read more »
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Impact of Hormonal Regulation on Cholesterol Homeostasis

14th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Regulation of cholesterol homeostasis is done by a group of endocrine hormones under physiological conditions, hence, hormonal dysregulation is often related to a disturbed cholesterol homeostasis, causing several clinical disorders including atherosclerosis, fatty liver and metabolic syndrome... 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 January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Effect of Dextromethorphan Premedication on Cough and Patient Tolerance During Flexible Bronchoscopy

14th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Patients undergoing bronchoscopy can experience problems such as anxiety and cough, requiring various doses of sedatives and analgesics. A study published in the Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology investigated the effect of premedication with dextromethorphan on patients' cough and anxiety,... Read more »

News From All Specialities

WHO appeals to governments to promote healthy food in public facilities

14th January 2021 Pulmonary Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) has introduced a new Action framework for developing and implementing public food procurement and service policies for a healthy diet that aims to enhance the availability of healthy food by setting nutrition criteria for the food that is served and sold in public settings... Read more »

U.S. to require negative COVID tests for arriving air passengers

14th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Almost all air travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test to enter the United States as part of the expanded testing requirements announced recently. Under the rules that take effect on January 26, nearly all travelers, including U.S. citizens, will be required to present a negative test within three days of departure... Read more »

India’s biggest vaccine rollout begins as Serum Institute ships 55L Covishield doses

14th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
The shipment of Serum Institute of India’s Covishield vaccine set out from Pune to other parts of the country on Tuesday morning, starting the biggest rollout of a vaccine in the history of this country. Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad received the Covishield doses within 10 hours since the dispatch began from the SII premises at 4.30am on Tuesday... Read more »

Federal Health Officials Urge States to Give COVID Vaccine to 65+ and Those with Comorbidities

14th January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
Federal health officials have urged states to vaccinate all Americans above 65 years of age as well as those aged 16 to 64 years with documented underlying health condition, thus making them more susceptible to COVID-19. US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers... Read more »

Gut Microbiome and COVID-19 Severity

14th January 2021 Gastroenterology Pharmacists
A new lab study has suggested that the gut microbiome may have a role to play in COVID-19 severity. Patients with decreased levels of certain bacterial species had higher concentrations of inflammatory cytokines, and blood markers including C-reactive protein, lactate dehydrogenase, and aspartate aminotransferase,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

A patient’s blood pressure values as reported by one doctor were higher than those recorded by another doctor. How does one defend?

14th January 2021
The onus to prove negligence is on the complainant and not the doctor. The complainant has to make an allegation supported by evidence. Mere allegation has no value. It is for the complainant to produce expert opinion that the first reading was wrong and that the second reading was right...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Flashing Traffic Camera

14th January 2021
A man was driving when he saw the flash of a traffic camera. He figured that his picture had been taken for exceeding the limit, even though he knew that he was not speeding. Just to be sure, he went around the block and passed the same spot, driving even more slowly, but again the camera flashed...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Acantholysis is characteristic of:

14th January 2021
• Pemphigus vulgaris.
• Bullous pemphigoid.
• Erythema multiforme...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Smoking in women can increase risk of colorectal cancer

14th January 2021
Women who smoke are at twice the risk of developing cancer of the rectum and the risk goes up with the increase in number of cigarettes smoked per day, duration of smoking and older age at smoking cessation. Women should never smoke. Current smokers are 95% more likely to develop rectal cancer. Younger adults can develop colorectal cancer;... Read more »

eSpiritual: Writing a Vedic Will – as I understand it

14th January 2021
Sometime back, I used to think that a ‘will’ simply meant how my finances would be controlled by my wife and my children after my death. As I started acquiring Vedic knowledge, my interpretation changed. Following is the gist for writing a Will, as I understand it the Vedic way. Of course, writing a will requires a sound state of mind,...Read more »

Inspirational: Take Time

14th January 2021
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul. Take time to think, it is the source of power. Take time to play, it is the source of perpetual youth. Take time to read, it is the fountain of wisdom. Take time to pray, it is the greatest power on earth. Take time to love and be loved, it is a God-given privilege...Read more »

Medical Voice

Holding breath near Covid patients ups infection risk

14th January 2021
Chennai: If you thought holding your breath or breathing slower could protect you from Covid infection when you pass by an individual with or without a mask, think again. A study by IIT Madras has found holding your breath or breathing slower in front of a Covid positive person may only increase the risk of contracting the infection...Read more »


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