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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
1st March 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev1
1402: All that is known about the coronavirus variant spreading in New York City
1. A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading fast in New York City. 2. Research from Caltech and Columbia, not yet peer-reviewed, has revealed that the variant - B.1.526 - could possibly weaken the effectiveness of some of the vaccine candidates being used currently. 3. The variant started being detected in samples collected in New York City in November. 4. By mid-February, the research team at Caltech noted that B.1.526 cases accounted for 27% of viral sequences in the database...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster - Flu Has Disappeared in the US

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
1st March 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1407: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, flu seems to have disappeared in the US
1. In US, February is the peak of flu season. However, that does not seem to be the case this year. 2. Flu seems to have disappeared from the country. There are reports at considerably lower levels than those reported in decades. 3. Measures such as mask wearing, social distancing, and virtual schools have a major role in preventing a twindemic of flu and COVID-19. Efforts to get more and more people vaccinated against flu might also have helped...Read more »
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Antituberculosis drugs and hepatotoxicity

1st March 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Growth of idiosyncratic hepatotoxicity is a complicated process which involves both synchronized as well as sequential events defining the direction of the pathways, degree of liver injury and its outcome. Anti-TB drug induced hepatotoxicity is a severe adverse effect and continues to be a problem globally. Efforts at prevention and/or early recognition of anti-TB DILI are severely hampered by limited understanding of its pathogenesis.... Read more »
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Cough Update

Role of Excipients in Over the Counter (OTC) Cough Medicines

1st March 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
A new article published in Lung stated that in cough medicines, the taste and appearance are more important to the patient than the pharmacology of the active ingredient. In cough medicines, excipients – which generally act as vehicles and/or taste modulators, have more important and complex roles and they can also be the main active ingredient of the cough medicine,... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

SEC asks Bharat Biotech to submit Covaxin phase 3 efficacy data before seeking approval for kids’ trial

1st March 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The Subject Expert Committee (SEC) that advises the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has asked Bharat Biotech to submit efficacy and safety data from the ongoing Phase III trials of Covaxin prior to seeking approval for conducting the trials on children. The SEC has also asked the company to revise and submit the protocol of the trial for children to a Phase II/III study... Read more »
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Single Pfizer vaccine dose yields strong protection for those who've been infected: UK studies

1st March 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Just a single dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine can produce an immune response in people who have already been infected with COVID-19 which is robust enough to protect them from future infection, suggest two new papers published in The Lancet. One of the two new papers involved data on 51 healthcare workers in London... Read more »
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Gym sessions without masks can spread COVID-19: CDC

1st March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
New studies from CDC suggest that gyms can be the hot spots for COVID-19 outbreaks if people don't wear face masks, even if social distancing guidelines are followed. The CDC released results from outbreaks at gyms that had a high attack rate during summer of 2020. In Hawaii, 21 people were reported to have caught COVID-19 infection in July after a cycling instructor infected... Read more »
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Risk of human spread of H5N8 bird flu appears low, says WHO

1st March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Business and Medicine
The risk of human-to-human transmission of the H5N8 strain of bird flu appears to be low, after it was first identified in farm workers in Russia, stated the World Health Organization (WHO). Russia reported the first case of a strain of bird flu virus H5N8 being passed to humans from birds. The matter was notified to the WHO. Seven people in Russia were found to be infected with H5N8... Read more »
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Depression, anxiety tied to earlier onset of Alzheimer's disease

1st March 2021 Pharmacists Neurology
A new study, scheduled to be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 73rd Annual Meeting, has revealed that depression and anxiety are associated with earlier onset of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study stated that individuals with depression who develop Alzheimer’s disease may start experiencing dementia symptoms about two years before those who do not suffer from depression. Additionally,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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Is texting and email checking in OT allowed?

1st March 2021
In an operating room, long cases usually allow anesthesiologists, nurses, etc., to access their phones. Checking email or sending texts could be detrimental to patients, as the staff need to focus on patient monitoring. Checking the phones is a growing problem in operating rooms. In a peer-reviewed survey of 439 medical staff, published in Perfusion,... Read more »
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eMedi Humor

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Doctor, Doctor Have you got something for a bad headache?

1st March 2021
Doc: Of course. Just take this hammer and smash yourself in the head.
Then you’ll have a bad headache... Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

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When assessing a patient for possible side effects related to acetaminophen, the pain management nurse asks the patient about the use of:

1st March 2021
1. Alcohol.
2. Marijuana.
3. Opioids... Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

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eWellness: Every arthritis is not same

1st March 2021
While osteoarthritis may need only painkillers and rehabilitation exercises, rheumatoid arthritis, if not treated early and aggressively, can end up with serious deforming complications. Arthritis in young women of child-bearing age should not be ignored, particularly if it is worse in the morning and tends to improve with movement... Read more »
Spiritual

eSpiritual: Vahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

1st March 2021
The negative tendency of a man has been symbolized with the animal nature in mythology. Gods in Indian mythology have been symbolized as living a positive behavior. Every God has been given a vehicle or Vahan. And, both teach us how to live a positive life and control the animal tendencies... Read more »
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Inspirational: Two Frogs in the Milk

1st March 2021
Once there were two frogs, one fat and the other skinny. One day, they were searching for food, and jumped into a big pot of milk. They tried hard but couldn't get out. The fat frog said that there was no point paddling any longer. He said that they were going to drown, and should give up. The skinny one; however, told him to keep paddling... Read more »

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Doctors Survey

Question 1 : Which of these courses would you pay for - You can select multiple options
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How Corona Aware Are You

Question 1 : How confident are you that you could recognize and respond to a potential coronavirus case?
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From Other Newsletter

Recovery Digest

Orthopedics

Outcome of enhanced detailing and mass media on community use of oral rehydration salts and zinc during a scale-up program in Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh

In a study aimed to estimate the effect of activities on ORS and zinc use, a scale-up program was executed from 2012-2016 by The Clinton Health Access Initiative to upsurge the use of oral rehydration salts (ORS) and zinc to treat diarrhea in children under 5 in three states: Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh.... Read more »

Nephrology

Orthopedics

COVID-19 in patients with chronic kidney disease

Novel coronavirus disease is a condition newly discovered in the end of 2019 and started in the Wuhan city of China. It is caused by SARS-CoV-2 virus and its main clinical manifestations include acute respiratory illness with pneumonia... Read more »

Pediatrics

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Impact of Moisturizing Skincare on Skin Barrier Function in Infants

Newborn skin is dry and undergoes significant changes in sebum. These changes are known to cause problems such as diaper dermatitis, seborrheic eczema and prickly heat in more than 50% of newborns. Routine bathing and moisturizer use are some of the preventive measures for such conditions in newborns... Read more »

Surgery

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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 antibiofilm silver dressing (NGAD) enriched with an antimicrobial dressing technology... Read more »
 

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