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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Reducing mortality in ICU in COVID-19

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th July 2020
With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev
991: COVID-19 Death Rates in ICUs Down to 41.6% The overall mortality among patients with COVID-19 in intensive care units (ICUs) across three continents, including Europe, Asia, and North America, has come down from around 60% at the end of March to about 42% at the end of May, noted a systematic review and meta-analysis. RA Armstrong,... Read more »
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World Covid Meter 18th July: India Number 3, 213 Countries Affected

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
19th 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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Performance of Non-invasive Blood Parameters to Rule Out Significant Liver Fibrosis in Patients with CHB

19th July 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
It is important to assess significant liver fibrosis in order to make treatment decisions and to determine treatment response in patients with chronic hepatitis B. Liver biopsy is an invasive procedure and transient elastography (TE) has limited availability... Read more »

Derma Update

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Psychometrics of the English version of the itch cognitions questionnaire is favorable

19th July 2020 Dermatology
An English-language version of an instrument evaluating itch-related cognitions is necessary as cognitions can add to a worsening of itch. Chronic itch is predominant in English-speaking countries as well as internationally... Read more »

News From All Specialities

CDC urges Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 transmission

19th July 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The CDC, in an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), reviewed updated evidence and asserted that cloth face coverings are crucial in the fight against COVID-19. They can limit the spread of the disease, more so when used comprehensively within communities. Increasing evidence... Read more »
Practice Updates

World records 1 million coronavirus cases in 100 hours

19th July 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
As per a Reuters tally, coronavirus infections worldwide crossed the 14 million mark on Friday. This is the first time that the cases have risen by 1 million in less than 100 hours. It took merely four days to rise to 14 million cases from 13 million recorded on July 13. The United States has over 3.6 million confirmed cases... Read more »
Practice Updates

Bharat Biotech begins human trial of COVID-19 vaccine at PGI Rohtak

19th July 2020 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
CHANDIGARH: Bharat Biotech has initiated the human trial of its anti-COVID-19 vaccine – Covaxin - at Rohtak's Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences on Friday, tweeted Haryana Health minister Anil Vij. The minister stated that 3 subjects were enrolled and all of them tolerated the vaccine very well...Read more »

Steroid Benefit in Severe COVID-19: RECOVERY trial

19th July 2020Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
The sickest patients hospitalized with COVID-19 who were administered dexamethasone were shown to have a significantly lower incidence of death compared to patients receiving usual care in the preliminary results from the U.K.-based RECOVERY trial...Read more »
Practice Updates

Could Eating Fish Protect the Brain against Deleterious Effects of Air Pollution?

19th July 2020 Neurology Pharmacists
According to a new study, published online July 15 in Neurology, moderate dietary intake of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, in the form of one to two servings of fish per week, could help neutralize the potential adverse effects of air pollution on the brain. The study included 1315 women, 65 to 80 years of age,...Read more »

Hypertension Update

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

19th 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

Is texting and email checking in OT allowed?

19th July 2020
In an operating room, long cases usually allow anesthesiologists, nurses, as well as perfusionists to access their cell phones. Checking email, sending texts, or surfing the net, could be hazardous to patients, as the personnel need to focus on patient monitoring. Due to boredom, the staff tend to check their phones...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Spring Fever

19th July 2020
Four high school boys afflicted with spring fever skipped morning classes. After lunch, they reported to the teacher that they had a flat tire. Much to their relief she smiled and said, "Well, you missed a test today so take seats apart from one another and take out a piece of paper." Still smiling, she waited for them to sit down...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The nurse is caring for a neonate with congenital clubfoot. The child has a cast to correct the defect. Before discharge, what should the nurse tell the parents?

19th July 2020
a. The cast will be removed in 6 weeks
b. A new cast is needed every 1 to 2 weeks...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Environmental impact on eye health

19th July 2020
An increase in the areas of dry land, air pollution and increased exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation can potentially damage the eyes. The cornea, eyelid, sclera and lens have direct exposure to the environment. Increasing temperatures and shifting atmospheric circulation patterns are pushing dry air into regions... Read more »

eSpiritual: The three types of Debts

19th July 2020
Hindu scriptures have talked about three types of Hrin (debts): Dev Hrin, Pitra Hrin and Rishi Hrin. God or the devtas gave us the consciousness, parents gave us our body and teachers gave us the knowledge or intellect. In Vedic language, our body is a mix of mind, body and soul, which can be equated to three Hrins of mind...Read more »

Inspirational: God's Coffee

19th July 2020
A group of alumni, highly successful in their field, visited their old university professor. They all soon started complaining about the stress in work and life. The professor offered his guests coffee with a collection of cups, some made of porcelain, some plastic, other made of glass or crystal,...Read more »

Medical Voice

IIT launches ‘world’s most affordable’ Covid-19 diagnostic kit

19th July 2020
NEW DELHI: In its latest innovation to support the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has created the “world’s most affordable” Covid-19 diagnostic kit. The institute has given licence to 10 companies to manufacture the diagnostic kits using the technology developed by its researchers...Read more »


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Effect of fast dietary proteins on muscle protein synthesis rate and muscle strength

Sarcopenia is characterized by age-related loss of muscle mass and strength. Energy restriction (ER) delays fiber loss as it limits the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species on muscle. Insufficient protein intake during ER seems to affect muscle mass and function... Read more »



Azilsartan medoxomil in the management of hypertension: Its place in therapy

Azilsartan is an angiotensin receptor blocker indicated for the treatment of any stage of hypertension. A review of pharmacology and clinical role of azilsartan monotherapy and azilsartan/chlorthalidone or azilsartan/amlodipine combination therapies for hypertension management was published in the journal Core Evidence... Read more »


Benefits of breastfeeding for mothers

Breast milk is regarded as the infant’s only source of nutrition for the first 6 months of life. Complementary foods are added to the infant’s diet at 6 months of age. It is usually recommended that breastfeeding should be continued up to two years of age and beyond that.1... Read more »


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 ... Read more »

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