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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: 3 COVID-19 Trials Paused for Safety

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO
19th October 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
Three COVID-19 Trials Have Been Paused for Safety
1. Two late-stage clinical trials - Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine and Eli Lilly’s monoclonal antibodies study - were halted owing to possible safety concerns. Just a month earlier, AstraZeneca’s vaccine trial was put on hold after two volunteers became seriously ill. 2. Eli Lilly’s antibody drug pause is rarer, and worrisome. The trial was testing the treatment on hospitalized sick patients, a group in which deterioration in health would not be surprising. So, if a trial like that one is paused, the safety concerns must have been significant...Read more »
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Gargling: Breaking the chain of infection

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th October 2020
Since 31st December in 2019, when the COVID-19 pandemic was first identified as a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown origin, more than 37 million cases and 1 million deaths worldwide have been recorded.1 COVID-19 is a highly transmissible disease, facilitating its rapid spread.2 The main route of transmission is human to human through direct inhalation of respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs or sneezes.3 The virus also enters the body through the mouth, which functions as a reservoir for the virus... Read more »
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Aging Impacts Hepatic Microvascular Biology and Liver Fibrosis in Advanced Chronic Liver Disease

19th October 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Advanced chronic liver disease (aCLD) represents a major public health concern. aCLD is more prevalent and severe in the elderly, carrying a higher risk of decompensation. The socioeconomic and medical care improvement during the last decades has led to a relevant increase in the elderly population around the world... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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Hypertensive treatment with 2-drug combinations – an effective option

19th October 2020 Hypertension
The prevalence of hypertension, the most prominent modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease and mortality, continues to rise globally. It is estimated that, in 2010, nearly 31.1% of the global adult population worldwide suffered... Read more »
Zinc Update

Correlation of maternal zinc status and breast milk zinc concentrations in breastfed infants

19th October 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Zinc is an important nutrient for the normal growth, development and immune function of infants. Infants have hepatic stores of zinc from intrauterine life that provides zinc for utilization during their 4-6 months of life. After six months, they get zinc from their daily dietary intake... Read more »

News From All Specialities


US Hopeful of Two COVID-19 Vaccines by End of November

19th October 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Two American companies hope to apply for emergency approval for their COVID-19 vaccines by late November this year, as US crosses 8 million case mark. Pfizer said on Friday that it hopes to move forward with its vaccine after safety data is available in the third week of November... Read more »

COVID-19 Heart Autopsies Point More to Clot Damage than Myocarditis

19th October 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
An evaluation of the heart after death from COVID-19 has revealed that cardiac damage was common, but more from clotting in comparison with inflammation, reported researchers. Autopsies on 40 people who died of COVID-19 demonstrated that 14 of them had cardiac injury as indicated by myocardial necrosis: an acute myocardial infarction...Read more »

India gained a decade of life expectancy since 1990, says study

19th October 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
India has gained over a decade of life expectancy since 1990; however, there are wide inequalities between states, suggests a new study which looked into more than 286 causes of death and 369 diseases and injuries in over 200 countries and territories worldwide... Read more »

Dr J A Jayalal elected IMA president

19th October 2020 Business and Medicine Public Health
Dr J A Jayalal, a government medical practitioner from Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu, has been elected the national president of the Indian Medical Association, a professional body of doctors with around four lakh doctors as members. Dr Jayalal is a professor of surgery in Tirunelveli Medical College... Read more »

Older People No More Susceptible to COVID-19, But at Risk for Severe Outcomes

19th October 2020 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
A new research is countering reports that older people are more prone to contract COVID-19, and has stated that advanced age does not increase the susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, when older people in Spain, Italy, and Japan contracted COVID-19,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

When is it a case of negligence?

19th October 2020
If no inquiry or experts are required, then it is a clear case of negligence. In such cases, medical negligence is established based on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself).
1. If there is any evidence of prima facie case, never events or mens rea (criminal intent)...Read more »

eMedi Humor


19th October 2020
Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Interscalene approach to brachial plexus block does not provide optimal surgical anesthesia in the area of distribution of which of the following nerves:

19th October 2020
1. Musculocutaneous.
2. Ulnar
3. Radial...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: How to keep your memory sharp?

19th October 2020
• Manage stress, especially deadline pressure and petty arguments.
• The biggest stress is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety. This can be managed by deep breathing, meditation, yoga and by mindful approach to living... Read more »

eSpiritual: Debts in Mythology

19th October 2020
It is said that there are three debts, which everybody has to pay in his or her lifetime. In Vedic language, they are called Dev Rin, Pitra Rin and Rishi Rin. In medical language, the body consists of soul, physical body, mind, intellect and ego. The soul is given to us by God or Devtas (Dev Rin),...Read more »

Inspirational: Power of Thought: Hitting Unseen Target

19th October 2020
Yogi Raman was a master of the art of archery. One morning, he asked his favorite disciple to witness a display of his skill. The disciple had seen this over a hundred times before, but he obeyed. They went into the woods and when they reached a beautiful oak tree,...Read more »


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