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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Around the globe

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
18th July 2020
With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev
986: COVID-19 patients have been found to have 27 times higher likelihood than others to have lost their sense of smell. However, they had merely 2.6-fold higher odds of having fever or chills. So then, why are we measuring the temperature as a detection method for asymptomatic COVID-19? Why not measure the smell and taste as the screening method. 987: How Does Antigen Test Work: First category of COVID-19 tests includes RT-PCR,... Read more »
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World Covid Meter 17th July: India Number 3, 213 Countries Affected

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
18th July 2020
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 29, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13. Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity Doubling time India 20 days, USA 33 days, Brazil 13 days, Russia 18 days, Spain 47 days, UK 35 days, Italy 55 days,... Read more »
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Prevalence of Hepatitis B Infection Found Incidentally in North India

18th July 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major public health issue globally. Understanding the prevalence of HBV infection in a particular area helps to determine the extent of the infection. Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positivity is a robust marker of the actual rate of HBV infection in the community... Read more »

Derma Update

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Acute stress can impact itch sensation and scratching behavior in atopic dermatitis patients

6th July 2020 Dermatology
Patients with atopic dermatitis (AD) frequently have reported that stress exacerbates their itching. Nevertheless, no study has assessed if and how acute stress can have an effect on itch sensation and scratching behavior in AD patients... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Concerns about growing Ebola outbreak in DR Congo

18th July 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have increasing concerns over the growing Ebola outbreak in the northwestern province of Equateur, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The agency is facing funding issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic... Read more »
Practice Updates

Hydroxychloroquine not effective against mild COVID-19, says study

18th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Hydroxychloroquine has been found to be ineffective for patients with mild COVID-19 in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota. Researchers noted that nearly 24% of the patients who were administered hydroxychloroquine had symptoms persisting... Read more »
Practice Updates

COVID-19 positivity rate in India reaches 10% for 1st time

18th July 2020 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
NEW DELHI: The COVID-19 load has come to a troublesome stage in India as improved daily nationwide testing of 3.27 lakh still does not seem to suffice with the positivity rate attaining the double digit mark for the first time ever at 10% in the last two weeks, from July 2 and 15...Read more »

CDC to Urge against Repeat Testing After Resolution of COVID Illness

18th July 2020Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is developing a guidance that will urge against repeated diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 among people who have been infected and their symptoms have resolved. Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human...Read more »
Practice Updates

Women have lower risk of NAFLD but suffer more advanced fibrosis

18th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Women tend to have a lower risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease compared with men; however, those who develop the disease have significantly greater likelihood than men to develop advanced fibrosis, suggests a meta-analysis of over 62,000 individuals. A review and meta-analysis of 54 studies, including data from 62,239...Read more »

Hypertension Update

Dr k k Aggarwal

Efficacy of Combination Therapy with Amlodipine & ARBs in Asian Hypertensive Patients

18th July 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension (HTN) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular mortality across the globe. There are several studies that have compared the safety and efficacy between different antihypertensive classes;... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

What does the United Nations say about the right to healthcare?

18th July 2020
The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 has recognized the rights of all human beings in its preamble and Article 1, 3 and 25. “Article 1. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Price you pay for being Good

18th July 2020
Three men were waiting to go to heaven. St Peter was at the gate and said, "However good you were to your wife that is the vehicle you will get in heaven". The first guy comes up to the gate and says, "I never, ever cheated on my wife and I love her". So St. Peter gives him a Rolls Royce...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A vitreous aspirate has been collected in an emergency at 9 pm. What advice would you like to give to the staff on duty regarding the overnight storage of the sample?

18th July 2020
1. The sample should be kept at 4°C.
2. The sample should be incubated at 37°C...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Reduce your risk of stroke

18th July 2020
Stroke is preventable. About 90% of strokes are associated with 10 risks factors that are modifiable.
1. Make efforts to control high blood pressure
2. Indulge in moderate exercise 5 times a week... Read more »

eSpiritual: Do Your Duty with Discipline and Devotion

18th July 2020
“Vasudhaiva kutumbakam” (the whole world is one family) and “Ekam Sat Viprah Bahudavanti” (truth is one but the wise call it by various names) are two basic statements, which come from the ancient Rig Veda and form the fundamentals of Vedic philosophy...Read more »

Inspirational Story: The way to feel good is to do good

18th July 2020
The way you can feel good is by doing good and the way to feel successful is by taking the actions that open the doors to success. It is not possible to truly feel what one does not truly live. Be honest with yourself, with others, and with life; anything less would be just cheating yourself...Read more »

Medical Voice

Distinct immune system pattern in severe Covid-19 patients identified'

18th July 2020
WASHINGTON: Researchers studying the immune responses of 125 hospitalised COVID-19 patients have identified distinct immune profiles, or "immunotypes", and showed how these were linked to disease severity, an advance which may aid in the development of novel therapeutics against the disease...Read more »


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