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Coronavirus an International Public Health Emergency

Ajay Sanghi and Dr KK Aggarwal
1st February 2020
India should create rapid response infrastructure for handling global epidemics
Quality medical institutions, huge workforce of trained doctors and nurses, and low-cost yet high-quality pharmaceutical industry in India can benefit UN/WHO in rapidly and inexpensively responding to the global epidemics (pandemics), which is the need of the hour after the outbreak of coronavirus in Wuhan, China... Read more »
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Coronavirus incubation period 5 days

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
1st February 2020
The time period between exposure to the novel coronavirus and symptoms is an average of 5.2 days; however, it varies greatly among patients. A Chinese team that published a paper in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) stated that their findings support a 14-day medical observation period for people... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

Safest place to sit in a plane in view of corona threat

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
1st February 2020
1. All previous coronaviruses have transmitted through droplets
2. So, it would be unusual if this new pathogen was different.
3. The new coronavirus is behaving much like SARS... Read more »
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Abortions to be allowed at 24 Weeks in India

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
1st February 2020
The Indian government has extended the upper limit for permitting abortions to 24 weeks, from the current 20 weeks giving women reproductive rights over their bodies. The news comes about four months after the centre told the Supreme Court that right to reproductive autonomy did not outweigh State's interest... Read more »
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CMAAO Corona Update 31st January: Outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and past National President IMA
1st February 2020
Outbreak of 2019-nCoV constitutes a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concern) Person-to-person transmission in three countries outside China, Germany, Japan and Vietnam 2019 n-CoV behaves like SARS, has its origin from bats, spreads like large droplets... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Coronavirus spread now a global emergency: World Health Organization

1st February 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The rise in new coronavirus cases outside China now constitutes a global health emergency, declared the World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee on Thursday, calling on all countries to take urgent measures to contain the disease.... Read more »
Practice Updates

CDC Confirms Person-to-Person Spread of 2019-nCoV in the United States

1st February 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Public Health
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has spread between two people in the United States. This represents the first instance of person-to-person spread with this new virus in the U.S. Previously, all confirmed cases in the U.S. had been associated...Read more »
Practice Updates

14 per cent of India’s under-five deaths due to pneumonia, says Report

1st February 2020 Pediatrics Pulmonary Medicine
Fourteen per cent of under-five deaths in India, approximately 1,27,000 deaths per year, occur due to pneumonia. In 2013, this figure was about 1,78,000. Half of these deaths are estimated to occur in the northern belt of the country.The current pneumonia mortality rate is five per 1,000 live births and the target is to reduce... Read more »

Diuretic a Promising Treatment for Autism

1st February 2020 Neurology Pharmacists
Loop diuretic bumetanide seems to improve some of the core behavioral symptoms of autism by decreasing levels of the neurotransmitters gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), suggests new research published online January 27 in Translational Psychiatry. Investigators noted that young children with autism spectrum disorder...Read more »  

Quick, No-Shock Cardioversion for Afib Feasible in EDs

1st February 2020 Emergency Medicine Cardiology
Pharmacological- and electrical-first cardioversion seem to work similarly well for treating acute atrial fibrillation (Afib) in the emergency department, suggests the Canadian RAFF2 trial. Investigators noted that the 204 people randomized to IV procainamide (plus electrical cardioversion if necessary,... 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?

1st 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 ...Read more »

eMedi Humor

I can't remember the other two.

1st February 2020
“As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two..." Sir Norman Wisdom...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A client is admitted to the hospital with benign prostatic hyperplasia. The nurse’s most relevant assessment would be:

1st February 2020
a. Flank pain radiating in the groin
b. Distention of the lower abdomen
c. Perineal edema...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Reduce weight first if facing infertility problem

1st February 2020
Both obese men and women can face fertility problems unless they reduce their weight. Reducing weight as the first step can bring back their fertility. • Obese men are more than three times as likely to have low sperm counts compared... Read more »

eSpiritual: The Science Behind Addiction

1st February 2020
The three main reasons for any addiction are ignorance, ego and dependence. If you ask people why they smoke, some would say that they were ignorant about its side effects (ignorance), while others would say that it gave them a status in the society...Read more »

Inspirational Story: Don’t let Fear Hold you back

1st February 2020
A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and then her facial expression said it all. The man would die, she said, involved in a bus accident. This would ... Read more »

Medical Voice

Medical voice

World Leprosy day 2020

Leprosy is curable and no more ground for divorce
Elimination means a reduction in prevalence to < 1 case per 10,000 population
Of the 16 countries reporting more than 1000 new cases annually in 2009, the greatest numbers of new cases were seen in India, Brazil,...Read more »


From Other Newsletter



Natural remedies for bone healing

Several drugs of plant origin have been described in the literature on Indian medical practice and have been used since long in Ayurveda medicine for fracture repair. Bone healing using plant extracts is a common practice in traditional medicine.... 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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