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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Early Steroids

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
14th September 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
Corticosteroid use tied to lower risk of condition worsening in non-ICU patients with COVID-19 pneumonia
1. A study published in PLOS ONE has revealed that early use of moderate-dose systemic corticosteroids in patients admitted to the general ward with COVID-19 pneumonia complicated by acute hypoxic respiratory failure (AHRF) resulted in a significantly lower rate of the primary composite outcome of ICU transfer, intubation, or in-hospital death... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Colchicine

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
14th September 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
Colchicine Reduces Risk of Major Cardiovascular Events in Patients with CAD
DG alerts: A study presented at the Virtual 2020 European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Congress revealed that colchicine could potentially decrease the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with chronic coronary artery disease. Low-dose colchicine was tolerated over the long-term and led to significant reduction in the risk of the primary endpoint by nearly one-third. The benefits were evident soon after therapy initiation, accumulating over time,... Read more »
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Benefits of Liv.52 in Indian Childhood Cirrhosis and its Effect on Alpha-I-Antitrypsin Levels

14th September 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Indian childhood cirrhosis (ICC) is a deadly condition and usually affects children of younger age groups. The condition appears to be increasingly common in the first child. While the etiology of ICC is not very clear, alpha-I-antitrypsin (Alpha-I-AT) deficiency has often been implicated in the disease pathogenesis.... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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Early management of hypertension is important for cardiovascular benefits

14th September 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension is one of the primary cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. Blood pressure (BP) lowering treatments can reduce the occurrence of myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure and CV and all-cause mortality. The detection of high BP is an important step in any CV prevention strategy with excellent health benefits... Read more »
Zinc Update

Benefits and risks of zinc requirements and supplementation in humans

14th September 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The human adult holds almost 2-3g of zinc and approximately 0.1% of that are replenished daily. Dietary recommendations have been done for healthy individuals based on estimates of bioavailability of zinc. Absence of any chemical, functional, and/or physical signs of deficiency of zinc are supposed to be indicative of adequacy... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Coronavirus can invade the brain, claims new study

14th September 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
WASHINGTON: Headache, confusion and delirium experienced by some COVID-19 patients could occur as a result of the virus causing COVID-19 directly invading the brain, suggests a study published recently. The research, led by Yale immunologist Akiko Iwasaki, states that the virus is capable of replicating inside the brain,... Read more »
Practice Updates

Dining Out Linked with Coronavirus Infection: CDC

14th September 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Researchers from CDC have noted that patients with symptomatic COVID-19 were more likely than uninfected controls to report some form of restaurant dining in the 2 weeks before symptom onset. This included indoor, patio and outdoor seating. In comparison with controls without COVID-19,... Read more »

COVID-19: Persistent Lung Damage Improves Gradually

14th September 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Emergency Medicine
A huge majority of hospitalized COVID-19 patients exhibit lung damage 6 weeks following discharge; however, this proportion comes down significantly after 12 weeks, thus pointing to a self-repair mechanism of the lungs, suggests new research. The preliminary analysis involved 86 patients...Read more »

Severe Nosebleeds Tied to Hypertension

14th September 2020 Pharmacists Emergency Medicine
High blood pressure was found to be associated with a higher risk and severity of nosebleeds in a population-based study. Epistaxis requiring clinical care was noted in 32.97 per 10,000 hypertensive patients, compared to 22.76 per 10,000 matched controls without high BP (adjusted HR 1.47,...Read more »

Probiotics and childhood obesity

14th September 2020 Diabetes and Endocrinology Pharmacists
Italian data suggest that obesity among children and young adults could be managed using probiotic supplementation. The evidence points to weight loss along with changes in insulin resistance with the probiotic addition. Investigators assessed if probiotic supplementation with two strains of Bifidobacterium breve would have... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

What is Bolam’s test?

14th September 2020
“The stringent standards regarding disclosure laid down in Canterbury, as necessary to secure an informed consent of the patient is not accepted in the English courts. In England, the standard applicable is popularly known as the Bolam’s test, first laid down in a trial relating to negligence of a medical practitioner”...Read more »

eMedi Humor

The phone bill was exceptionally high

14th September 2020
Man called a family meeting to discuss.
Dad: This is unacceptable. I don't use home phone, I use my work phone.
Mum: Me too. I hardly use home phone. I use my company phone...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

IRIS commonly occurs after how many weeks of ART initiation

14th September 2020
a.1-4 week
b.2-12 weeks
c.12-24 weeks...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Add fiber to the diet only slowly

14th September 2020
Fiber is a plant substance that is required for a healthy diet. Lots of fiber is needed each day to help reduce the risk of heart disease, improve digestion, prevent constipation and maintain a healthy body weight. Fiber can be found in fruits, whole grains and vegetables.... Read more »

eSpiritual: Sewa the best dharma

14th September 2020
Offering help is the best service to the humanity. As per Sikhism, Sewa (unconditional service), Simran (meditation) and Satsang (company of good people) constitute the trio to acquire happiness and spiritual health. In Sikhism, Sewa is the main path for acquiring spiritualism. In Gurudwara,...Read more »

Inspirational: The Greatest Gift is Love

14th September 2020
One day, a woman came out of her house and noticed three old men with long white beards in her front yard. She did not recognize them. She approached the men and said that she did not know them but they must be hungry. She invited them inside to eat something...Read more »


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