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COVID-19 in pandemic alert period phase 5-6

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past national President IMA
19th February 2020
• So far COVID-19 is a "public-health emergency of international concern."
• The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a pandemic as "the worldwide spread of a new disease."
• It is also characterized by a lack of available treatment, a lack of human immunity, and ability potential to spread from person to person... Read more »

Fictions and COVID-19

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th February 2020
Normally introduction of a new vaccine takes at least 18 months and only in rare exceptional circumstances, it can be introduced in the market in 12 months. Most pharmaceutical companies are scared that coron virus will last in the circulation only for 6 months and will never come back like SARS and therefore... Read more »

Coronavirus: China announces drop in new cases for fifth straight day 19 cases on ship in serious condition, 3642 likely deaths

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th February 2020
CMAAO Update 18th February on COVID-19
Summary COVID-19 virus possibly behaves like SARS; causes mild illness in 82%, severe illness in 15%, critical illness in 3% and death in 2% cases ( 15% of admitted serious cases, 71% with comorbidity); affects all ages but predominantly ... Read more »

News From All Specialities

UNICEF appeals for US$42.3 million to support COVID-19 outbreak response

19th February 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
UNICEF is in urgent need of $42.3 million to enhance its response to the COVID-19 outbreak and support global efforts to curb it. “This is a race against time,” said UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore. “The immediate focus is to reduce human-to-human transmission... Read more »
Practice Updates

Chinese doctors use plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says 'very valid' approach

19th February 2020 Business and Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Doctors in Shanghai are making use of infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those who are fighting the infection and have reported encouraging preliminary results, stated a Chinese professor...Read more »
Practice Updates

Evacuees from Wuhan start leaving ITBP facility in Delhi, to stay isolated at home

19th February 2020 Pulmonary Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
NEW DELHI: All 406 evacuees from Wuhan, quarantined at an Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) facility in Delhi, had tested negative for COVID-19 and are being discharged in a phased manner. However, they need to be quarantined at home ... Read more »

Mediterranean diet improves microbiome

19th February 2020Diabetes and Endocrinology Gastroenterology
A new study published in the BMJ journal Gut suggested that eating Mediterranean diet for just one year altered the microbiome of elderly people in ways that improved brain function and would aid in longevity. The diet was shown to inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals that can result in the loss of cognitive function,...Read more »  

No Prenatal Vitamin D Protection for Asthma by Age 6, Suggests Follow-up Study

19th February 2020 Pulmonary Medicine Pharmacists
Prenatal supplementation with high-dose vitamin D was noted to have no impact on asthma and persistent wheezing in 6-year-olds in follow-up of a study that suggested protection at age 3. Data from the Vitamin D Antenatal Asthma Reduction... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

A patient’s blood pressure values as reported by one doctor were higher than those recorded by another doctor. How does one defend?

19th February 2020
The onus to prove negligence is on the complainant and not the doctor. The complainant has to make an allegation supported by evidence. Mere allegation has no value. It is for the complainant to produce expert opinion that the first reading was wrong...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Smelling and Hearing

19th February 2020
An elderly woman goes to the doctor. She says, "Doc, it’s terrible, I pass gas all the time. Fortunately, it’s odorless and silent, otherwise I’d be mortified. For example, I’ve passed gas ten times just since we’ve been talking, but it’s odorless and silent so you can’t tell."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Which of the following is true about ulcerative colitis with malignancy?

19th February 2020
a) It has a better prognosis.
b) It is related to disease activity.
c) It is related to duration of ulcerative colitis...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Tips for safe eating

19th February 2020
• Snack with raw vegetables instead of potato chips.
• Add fruits in breakfast.
• Prefer juice instead of a usual coffee, tea or soda... Read more »

eSpiritual: Definition of Health

19th February 2020
Health is not mere absence of disease; it is a state of physical, mental, social, spiritual, environmental and financial well-being. Allopathy does not define all aspects of health. During MBBS, medical students are taught more about the physical health. Social and mental health...Read more »

Inspirational: Some things you keep

19th February 2020
Some things you keep; like good teeth, warm coats and bald husbands. They're good for you, reliable and practical and so sublime that to throw them away would make the garbage man a thief. So, you hang on, because something old is sometimes better than something new,... Read more »

Medical Voice

Medical voice

Delhi: 17 with coronavirus symptoms hospitalised

Delhi government has identified 17 local residents with history of travel to China who showed symptoms of coronavirus infection. They have been hospitalised. NEW DELHI: Delhi government has identified 17 local residents with history of travel to China who showed symptoms of coronavirus infection...Read more »


Medical voice

How Corona Aware Are You

Question 1 : How confident are you that you could recognize and respond to a potential coronavirus case?
Very confident
Moderately confident...Read more »  


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Curcumin for aging skeletal muscles

A fall in muscle mass and function as the age increases is termed sarcopenia. The affected individual is unable to perform normal daily activities, which eventually affects the quality of life. Increased oxidative stress seems to be a significant factor behind the development of sarcopenia. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric,... Read more »


Age-specific incidence of allergic and non-allergic asthma.

Onset of allergic asthma has a strong association with childhood, but only a few studies have analyzed the relationship between the incidence of asthma from childhood to late adulthood and allergy. A new study published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine assessed....Read more »


Vitamin A intake linked with lower skin cancer risk: Study

Intake of vitamin A may be associated with a lower risk of a common type of skin cancer, a study claims. The study of about 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer by around 15 per cent.... Read more »

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