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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Vaccine short-term safety

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
22nd January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1322: What is known about the vaccines’ short-term safety?
NEJM Excerpts: 1. Rare events will be reported, which will escalate the attention and worry that will be disproportionate to the actual risk. It will be important to put these rare events into perspective, highlighting the fact that these risks are considerably lower than the risk of getting sick with COVID-19. 2. Both the mRNA vaccines are classified as reactogenic. This means that there will be some side effects in most people who will be vaccinated, which represents the quick immune response generated by these vaccines. These vaccines should be put in the same side-effect category as the recombinant shingles vaccine (Shingrix)... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 21st January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
22nd January 2021
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 29th, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13, 14M July 17, 15M July 23, 16M July 25, 17M July 29, 18M August 1, 19M August 6, 20M August 10, 21M August 16, 22M August 19, 23M August 21, 24M August 27, 25M August 30, 26M September 3, 27M September 7, 28M September 10, 29M September 14, 30M September 18, 31M September 21, 32M September 23, 33M September 28, 34M October 1, 35M October 4, 36M October 8, 37M October 11,...Read more »
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Effect of suboptimal maternal nutrition on lipid accumulation during early fetal liver development

22nd January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Maternal nutrition plays an important role during fetal development. Diet taken by expecting mother during the period of early organ development has the potential to modulate the offspring's capability to metabolise excess fat as young adults when exposed to an obesogenic environment... 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

22nd January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

An overview of efficacy and safety of ambroxol in the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory diseases with a special regard to children

22nd January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Ambroxol – 2-amino-3,5-dibromo-N-[trans-4-hydroxycyclohexyl]benzylamine, an over-the-counter product, is a mucoactive agent and has been used widely to treat both acute and chronic respiratory diseases since 1978... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Nearly 2 billion people in Asia-Pacific unable to afford healthy diet

22nd January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise in food prices are preventing nearly two billion people in the Asia-Pacific region from having access to healthy diets, stated United Nations agencies. The 2020 Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition has suggested that the poor have been worst affected in the region... Read more »

35.9 million vaccine doses distributed in the US, 16.5 million administered

22nd January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has stated that 16,525,281 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have already been administered in the US as of Wednesday morning, while 35,990,150 doses have been distributed. The count of doses comprises of both Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines... Read more »

India records 15,000 fresh COVID-19 cases

22nd January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
India’s tally of daily COVID-19 cases passed the 15,000-mark after a gap of three days, while daily deaths continued to remain below 200 for the 7th consecutive day on Wednesday. Overall, 151 deaths were reported with the cumulative toll standing at 1,52,853. The country recorded 15,290 new COVID-19 infections,... Read more »

UK Coronavirus Strain Now in At Least 60 Countries, Says WHO

22nd January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
The World Health Organization stated on Wednesday that the UK variant of the coronavirus has been identified in at least 60 countries. As the COVID-19 death count crossed two million globally, the new variants of coronavirus continue to cause concern. In its weekly update, the WHO also reported that the South African strain has now been... Read more »

Loss of smell may best predict COVID-19

22nd January 2021PharmacistsEmergency Medicine
Novel research suggests that loss of smell may best predict COVID-19 in patients who have symptoms of respiratory diseases. Two new studies suggest that there is frequent loss of smell among patients with COVID-19, which usually lasts for a long duration. More than 4,500 COVID-19 patients from 23 nationalities... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Can a medical accident be termed medical negligence?

22nd January 2021
The Supreme Court of India has observed in its judgement in Jacob Mathew v. State of Punjab SC/0457/2005: (2005) 6 SCC 1 as follows: “Mere accident is not evidence of negligence.” In the same judgement, the Court clarified that difference of opinion or error of judgement cannot be termed negligence...Read more »

eMedi Humor

What’s for Dinner?

22nd January 2021
I have changed my system for labeling homemade freezer meals. I used to carefully note in large clear letters, "Meatloaf" or "Pot Roast" or "Steak and Vegetables or "Chicken and Dumplings" or "Beef Pot Pie." However, I used to get frustrated when I asked my husband what he wanted for dinner because...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

High resolution computed tomography of the chest is the ideal modality for evaluating:

22nd January 2021
1. Pleural effusion.
2. Interstitial lung disease.
3. Lung mass...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Some tips to avoid dyspepsia from HCFI

22nd January 2021
Identify the triggers. For some individuals, the triggers could be dairy products. It is important to identify the foods that trigger the symptoms and avoid them. Opt for less gassy foods. It is advisable to avoid beans, cabbage, and cauliflower; these can cause gas. Consume more of foods which have high omega-3 fatty acid content... Read more »

eSpiritual: Positive Attitudes

22nd January 2021
People who feel that they are at their wits end and can’t figure out how things don’t ever work out, can now relax and dwell on all those failures that they have seen in life and turn failure into success.
• Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure. It means you are yet to succeed...Read more »

Inspirational: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

22nd January 2021
An expert in time management was once addressing a group of students and to make a strong point, he used an illustration. He stood in front of the group of overachievers, and said that it was time for a quiz. He pulled out a one-gallon jar and set it on a table...Read more »

Medical Voice

Genome sequencing of coronavirus in sewage can help detect local variants: Study

22nd January 2021
NEW DELHI: As reports of new strains of the novel coronavirus, including those with more transmissibility, emerge from different parts of the world, a new study says viral genome sequencing of wastewater can help discover variants before they are detected by local clinical tests. According to the research,...Read more »


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