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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
21st December 2020
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1226: Nearly half of Singapore’s migrant workers, i.e., 152,000 individuals, were infected with the coronavirus this year, states new government data. The rest of the population recorded less than 4,000 cases. (Source: NY Times)
1227: Colchicine in patients with stable coronary artery disease: For patients with chronic coronary disease receiving other secondary preventive strategies, colchicine 0.5 mg (or 0.6 mg) daily should be added to the medical regimen (Grade 2B)... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
21st December 2020
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1217: New Variant of SARS-CoV-2
1. The new variant carries a set of mutations (3) including an N501Y mutation in the receptor binding motif of the spike protein.
2. Prof Chris Whitty has stated that this one appears to have quite a few more mutations than some of the other variants.
3. The strain was identified by Public Health England monitoring, after an increase in cases seen in Kent and London...Read more »
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Association of Obesity, NAFLD and Adipocytokines in the development of Cancer

21st December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is rapidly rising and has become one of the most common causes of liver disease worldwide. Moreover, NAFLD acts as a risk factor for development of tumors of the gastro-intestinal tract, particularly hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)... 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

21st December 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
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Zinc Update

Effectiveness and safety profile of Phenylephrine, Chlorpheniramine maleate and Dextromethorphan in Dry cough

21st December 2020 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Common cold with cough is one of the most common condition experienced in clinical practice. Dry cough is the result of irritation of the posterior pharyngeal wall caused due to the post nasal drip, a common manifestation of common cold. This condition is distressing and may affect quality... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

Overdose Deaths Increasing During COVID-19 Pandemic

21st December 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
More than 81,000 drug overdose deaths have been recorded in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, representing the highest number of deaths due to overdose ever recorded in a 12-month period, stated recent provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... Read more »
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First Oral Hormone Therapy for Advanced Prostate Cancer Approved

21st December 2020 Diabetes and Endocrinology Pharmacists
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted approval for relugolix for the treatment of adult patients with advanced prostate cancer. The safety and efficacy of the drug were assessed in a randomized, open-label trial in men with advanced prostate cancer.... Read more »
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Italy orders Christmas, New Year lockdown to prevent COVID-19 surge

21st December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
There will be a nationwide lockdown in Italy for much of the Christmas and New Year holiday, stated Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, as the government tries to prevent a surge in COVID-19 cases. “The situation is difficult across Europe. The virus continues to circulate everywhere,” said the Prime Minister... Read more »
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Active COVID-19 infections decline to 3.13 lakh in India

21st December 2020 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The increasing trend of total COVID-19 recoveries in India continues with the number of people who have recovered from the disease crossing the peak of 95 lakh, stated the Union Health Ministry. The total number of recovered cases is over 30 times that of active cases. The country’s current COVID-19... Read more »
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COVID-19 More Serious than Flu, says Study

21st December 2020 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Nearly twice as many patients were admitted to hospitals in France for COVID-19 over a 2-month period compared to those admitted for seasonal influenza during a 3-month period the previous year, reported a study published online in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. In-hospital mortality was around 3-fold higher... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

What procedure and safeguard is to be followed if there is no advance medical directive?

21st December 2020
In the landmark judgment titled as “Common Cause versus Union of India, 2018 (5) SCC 1 passed by the Hon’ble Constitution Bench of 4 Judges of the Supreme Court of India, it has held that: 192. It is necessary to make it clear that there will be cases where there is no Advance Directive...Read more »
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eMedi Humor

Railroad accident

21st December 2020
In a terrible accident at a railroad crossing, a train smashed into a car and pushed it nearly four hundred yards down the track. Though no one was killed, the driver took the train company to court. At the trial, the engineer insisted that he had given the driver ample warning by waving his lantern back and forth for nearly a minute....Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

A 2-month-old baby with acute icteric viral hepatitis like illness slips into encephalopathy after 48 hours. The mother is a known hepatitis B carrier. Mother's hepatitis B virus serological profile is most likely to be:

21st December 2020
1. HBsAg positive only.
2. HbsAg and HBeAg positive...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Women above 65 should take extra care of their health

21st December 2020
• Women aged 65 and above should take low dose aspirin routinely to prevent heart attack and paralysis.
• All women must exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day, but women who need to lose weight or maintain weight loss must engage in 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity activity on most, or preferably all, days of the week... Read more »
Spiritual

eSpiritual: Thinking Differently

21st December 2020
There are three ways to manage stress. One is to think opposite, second is to think different and the third is to think positive. Thinking opposite was advocated by Patanjali, thinking differently by Adi Shankaracharya and thinking positive by Gautam Buddha. Out of three approaches,...Read more »

Inspirational: Small Victories

21st December 2020
Standing in the noisy cafeteria of the old school, I was watching the students line up for lunch. Having wearied of trying to "cut" in line on each other, they were intently moving toward the food. As I continued to watch their progress, I began to remember scenes from my own grade school days. This old school building was somewhat similar to mine...Read more »
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Medical voice

Doctors Survey

Question 1 : Which of these courses would you pay for - You can select multiple options
How to modernize clinic
Growing your digitize you clinic and practice...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?
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Moderately confident...Read more » 

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Orthopedic

Orthopedics

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... Read more »

Nephrology

Orthopedics

Bariatric surgery prevents severe CKD and ESRD

Patients that underwent weight-loss surgery lowered their risk of developing severe chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end stage renal disease (ESRD) when compared to conventionally treated patients, according to a study published in International Journal of Obesity... Read more »

Pediatrics

Cutaneous barriers and immunity

The skin is the outer most barrier that ensures protection from external harm. The understanding of role of skin has evolved from an inert mechanical barrier to an active organ that can sense alarming signals and mount perfectly adapted defense measures in response to invading pathogens... Read more »

Surgery

Pre-Operative Multimodal Analgesia Decreases Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Narcotic Use and Pain.

A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery aimed to assess the efficiency of multimodal analgesia (MMA) in reducing reliance on opioid medications. This was retrospective review of 560 patients undergoing outpatient... Read more »
 

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