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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: BCG in COVID

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
17th February 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1382: BCG vaccination and COVID-19
1. The innate immune system represents the first line of defense against many novel pathogens against which humans may have little to no immunity. 2. Recent large-scale epidemiological studies suggest that countries in which Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination is widespread have lower mortality rates from COVID-19. 3. Some vaccines are capable of improving innate immune responses to infections other than those caused by the target pathogen. This is termed as trained immunity...Read more »
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World COVID Meter 16th February 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious novel viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
17th February 2021
Multispeciality
Variants - B 1.1.7 UK, B.1.351 South Africa, P1 Brazil
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,...Read more »
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Detrimental effects of Alcohol consumption before pregnancy on fetal development and maternal metabolic disorders

17th February 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Mounting evidences suggest that alcohol consumption before or during pregnancy is associated with severe health risks to the fetus; however, the underlying mechanisms involved is still incomprehensible. The author of the present study assessed whether ethanol consumption before pregnancy impacts maternal or fetal health... Read more »
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Cough Update

Evaluation of Safety and Tolerability of Extended-Release Guaifenesin in Patients with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection

17th February 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
India has launched an extended-release (ER) formulation of the expectorant guaifenesin has for the treatment of productive cough accompanied by mucus. There is evidence depicting the safety profile of ER guaifenesin in western countries, however, the data establishing is safety in India is still scarce. The current study is aimed to understand the safety profile... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

WHO lists two more COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use and roll-out

17th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) has authorized two versions of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. The vaccines can now be rolled out across the globe through COVAX Facility. The two newly approved vaccines have been manufactured by AstraZeneca-SKBio (Republic of Korea) and the Serum Institute of India... Read more »
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Decline in COVID-19 cases shows simple public health measures work: WHO chief

17th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), stated that the number of COVID-19 cases has fallen for the fifth straight week across the world, emphasizing that simple public health measures do work, even if variants of the virus are circulating. He said at a press briefing that last week recorded... Read more »
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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine decreases symptomatic infection in real world: Israeli researchers

17th February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Researchers from Israel suggest that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine seems to decrease symptomatic COVID-19 infections by over 90% in the real world. Preliminary findings indicate that the vaccine is highly effective in a mass vaccination campaign. The Clalit Research Institute looked at data on 1.2 million people; nearly half of these received... Read more »
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Younger People Half as Likely as Adults to Contract COVID-19: Study

17th February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A new modelling study has shown that individuals below the age of 20 years have about half the odds of contracting COVID-19 infection, compared to adults. These individuals also have lesser odds of transmitting the disease to others. The study looked at 637 households whose members had undergone PCR testing in spring last year... Read more »
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DR Congo starts Ebola vaccination campaign

17th February 2021 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The Democratic Republic of Congo has initiated an Ebola vaccination campaign in the east following an outbreak in early February, stated the WHO. DR Congo had reported four confirmed cases of Ebola since a resurgence declared on 7 February in Butembo. Health workers at a medical center,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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Does contributing articles to the press amount to advertising?

17th February 2021
The Indian Medical Council (Professional conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002: 7.11: A physician should not contribute to the lay press articles and give interviews regarding diseases and treatments which may have the effect of advertising himself or soliciting practices; but is open to write to the lay press under his own name on matters of public health,... Read more »
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eMedi Humor

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Dream of a necklace

17th February 2021
After she woke up, a woman told her husband, "I just dreamed that you gave me a pearl necklace for our anniversary. What do you think it means?"
"You’ll know tonight." he said.
That evening, the man came home with a small package and gave it to his wife... Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

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A 55-year-old lady presenting to outpatient department (OPD) with postmenopausal bleeding for 3 months has a 1x1 cm nodule on the anterior lip of cervix. The most appropriate investigation to be done subsequently is:

17th February 2021
1. Pap smear.
2. Punch biopsy.
3. Endocervical curettage... Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

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eWellness: Childhood obesity increasing at an alarming rate around the world

17th February 2021
The prevalence of obesity among children is increasing at an alarming rate. Overweight four-year-old children have twice the risk of high blood pressure by the age of six years. This heightens the risk of future heart attack and stroke. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed childhood obesity among the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century... Read more »
Spiritual

eSpiritual: Spirituality - The Key To Health

17th February 2021
To stay healthy, we must eat right, engage in exercise, get rest, and get rid bad habits, such as smoking. But now it is said that “what you believe in” can have a huge impact on health and longevity. Studies show that patients with strong spirituality can improve their health from several chronic conditions, such as hypertension,... Read more »
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Inspirational: The Burnt Biscuits

17th February 2021
One night, a boy saw that his mother had cooked dinner after a long, hard day at work. She placed a plate of eggs, sausage and burnt biscuits in front of his dad. His dad picked up the biscuit, smiled at his mother and asked him about his day at school. He saw that his dad applied butter and jelly on that biscuit and ate every bite. Later,... Read more »

Medical Voice

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Device can test effect of booze on blood

17th February 2021
Researchers from the Raman Research Institute (RRI) have developed a device to make high resolution measurements to show reduction of Red Blood Cell (RBC) cell size due to excessive consumption of alcohol. RRI Associate Professor Gautam Soni, who has developed this device at his lab told Bangalore Mirror...Read more »

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Question 1 : How confident are you that you could recognize and respond to a potential coronavirus case?
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Orthopedics

Daily Dengue Severity Score to Assess Severe Manifestations

A recent study published in Pediatr Infect, stated that daily dengue severity score of =12 is a precise assessment tool for severe exhibitions. The study intended to develop dengue severity score to evaluate severe manifestations amongst hospitalized patients with dengue infection... Read more »

Nephrology

Orthopedics

COVID-19 in patients with chronic kidney disease

Novel coronavirus disease is a condition newly discovered in the end of 2019 and started in the Wuhan city of China. It is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus and its main clinical manifestations include acute respiratory illness with pneumonia... Read more »

Pediatrics

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Impact of Moisturizing Skincare on Skin Barrier Function in Infants

Newborn skin is dry and undergoes significant changes in sebum. These changes are known to cause problems such as diaper dermatitis, seborrheic eczema and prickly heat in more than 50% of newborns. Routine bathing and moisturizer use are some of the preventive measures for such conditions in newborns... 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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