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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts And Myth Buster - New strain may dominate by March in US; Increased sales of blue light glasses

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
19th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1317: The US CDC has cautioned that the new UK strain of coronavirus will predominate across the US by March. As of January 13, the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 was identified in 76 cases across 10 states in the US, reported researchers in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Modeling predicts rapid growth of B.1.1.7 in early 2021. Increased transmissibility also means that higher-than-expected vaccination coverage has to be attained in order to achieve the same level of disease control to protect the public compared with the less-transmissible variants... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 18th January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th 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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Importance of Nutrition in child with liver disease

19th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The type of liver disease dictates the nutritional management of the infant and child with liver disease. Although no specific nutritional therapy is needed for acute liver disease, secondary to viral hepatitis, branched-chain amino acid supplements may be indicated in the management of hepatic encephalopathy... 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

19th January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Evaluation of antitussive efficacy of dextromethorphan in smoker’s cough

19th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Dextromethorphan is commonly used as a cough suppressant in over-the-counter medications. The efficacy of dextromethorphan in fluctuating cough reflex sensitivity is shown in healthy participants. A significant reduction in induced cough was observed with dextromethorphan when compared with placebo... Read more »

News From All Specialities

England expands COVID vaccination program to more groups

19th January 2021 Pulmonary Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
England is set to start the next phase of its COVID-19 vaccination program, where it will offer doses to people aged 70 and above and those considered clinically extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus. Until now, the vaccination program had focused on people aged 80 years and older as well as the frontline health... Read more »

17% fall in weekly COVID-19 cases in India

19th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
India recorded the second sharpest week-on-week decline in new COVID-19 cases thus far, with a 16.6% decline in the current week’s tally over the previous seven days. This represents the tenth consecutive week of dip in COVID-19 cases in India and the 17th week of falling numbers out of the 18 weeks since the pandemic reached a peak in the country... Read more »

Over 17,000 People Vaccinated On Day 2, Says Health Ministry

19th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
More than 17,000 people were vaccinated across 553 sites in six states on Day 2 of India's COVID-19 vaccination drive, stated the Health Ministry Sunday evening. It added that the number of people who had received at least one shot was around 2.24 lakh. The six states that conducted vaccinations on Sunday included Andhra Pradesh,... Read more »

More Transmissible Coronavirus Variant Could Dominate by March, Cautions CDC

19th January 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Just over a month since investigators from the UK warned about the emergence of a new, more transmissible SARS-CoV-2 variant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigators have cautioned that this new variant will predominate across the United States by the month of March. As of January 13,... Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccine for MS Patients?

19th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Internal Medicine
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has advised that most people with relapsing and progressive forms of multiple sclerosis (MS) should get a COVID-19 vaccine. The new guidance is similar to those issued by the MS International Federation and other organizations and refers to mRNA vaccines by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna only... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Can the consent for stenting be taken from the non-spouse relatives of the patient?

19th January 2021
No, consent for stenting cannot be taken from the non-spouse accompanying relatives of the patient, unless the patient is minor, mentally challenged or incapacitated.
The MCI Code of Ethics Regulation, 2002 state: “MCI: 7.16: Before performing an operation the physician should obtain in writing the consent from the husband or wife,...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Bank name

19th January 2021
Mother decided that 10-year-old Cathy should get something 'practical' for her birthday. "Suppose we open a savings account for you?" mother suggested. Cathy was delighted. "It's your account, darling," mother said as they arrived at the bank, "so you fill out the application." Cathy was doing fine until she came to the space for 'Name of your former bank.' ...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Which of the following is not a good approach to managing stress?

19th January 2021
A. Talking directly to the person who is causing the stress.
B. Giving yourself a treat, like comfort food or a cocktail.
C. Accepting that there are things beyond your control...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Elderly Beware of Commonly Prescribed Group of Drugs - Anticholinergics

19th January 2021
Anticholinergics have been shown to cause elderly people to slow down in their daily physical activities. Two reports from Wake Forest University School of Medicine suggest that anticholinergic drugs, commonly used to treat acid reflux, Parkinson's disease and urinary incontinence, may make older people lose their thinking skills quicker than those who do not take the medicines... Read more »

eSpiritual: The very purpose of life is to face sufferings

19th January 2021
According to Hinduism, the very fact we are born means that in our last life, we did not get liberation or Moksha. It also means that some sufferings in our last birth still remained. Therefore, the purpose of this birth is to face those sufferings. When the purpose of our life is to face sufferings,...Read more »

Inspirational: The Duck and the Devil

19th January 2021
A little boy was visiting his grandparents on their farm. He was given a slingshot to play with out in the woods. He practiced in the woods, but failed to hit the target. He got a little discouraged and headed back for dinner. As he was walking back, he saw his Grandmas pet duck. Impulsively, he let the slingshot fly, hit the duck in the head, and killed it...Read more »

Medical Voice

Delhi's fightback story: Active Covid cases down 94% in 10 weeks

19th January 2021
NEW DELHI: On November 14, 2020, when the capital was battling its third and deadliest Covid wave, 7,340 new cases and a positivity rate of 14.8% had been recorded. The number of active cases stood at 44,456 that day, the highest till date. Nine weeks from that Saturday, the number of active cases has crashed...Read more »


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An antibiofilm hydrofiber wound dressing: Clinical and in vitro performance

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