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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts And Myth Buster - UK Strain: Longer duration of infection

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
22nd February 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev1
It was believed that B.1.1.7 variant's increased infectiousness is due to higher viral load. New data suggest that it is related to delayed clearance, and longer duration of infection. Infection duration appears to be longer for B.1.1.7, with a mean of 13.3 days (90% CI 10.1, 16.5), compared to 8.2 days for non-B.1.1.7. A study evaluated if acute infection with B.1.1.7 is associated with higher or more sustained nasopharyngeal viral concentrations...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Around the globe

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
22nd February 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1388: 1 in 5 diabetics hospitalized with COVID die in 28 days 1. While about half of the patients with diabetes hospitalized with COVID-19 will be discharged from hospital within a month, one-fifth of the patients will have died, reports the French CORONADO study. 2. Early findings published in May last year revealed that 10.6% of patients with type 2 diabetes and COVID-19 and 5.6% of those with type 1 diabetes and COVID-19 succumbed within 7 days of hospitalization. 3. 2796 patients with diabetes were hospitalized with COVID-19 at 68 institutions in France from March 10 to April 10, 2020, and were followed for 28 days...Read more »
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Effect of hepatitis E viral load and genotypes on the outcome of acute liver failure during pregnancy

22nd February 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
There is a growing evidence of increasing prevalence of hepatitis E in developing countries including India. Evidences suggest higher incidence and mortality rate in pregnant women with fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) due to hepatitis E virus (HEV), particularly in women of Asian countries. Pregnancy is considered as an altered state of sex steroid hormones and immunity... Read more »
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Cough Update

Efficacy and safety of ambroxol for the management of symptoms of acute and chronic respiratory diseases, specifically in children

22nd February 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Ambroxol (2-amino-3,5-dibromo-N-[trans-4-hydroxycyclohexyl]benzylamine), an over-the-counter mucoactive agent has been effectively used to treat both acute and chronic respiratory diseases since 1978. The current review is aimed to establish clinical evidences on its use in children with acute and chronic respiratory diseases... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

Pulse oximeters not to be used to diagnose COVID-19: U.S. FDA

22nd February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned that pulse oximeters should not be used to diagnose COVID-19. The devices could give inaccurate readings under some situations, stated the agency. The World Health Organization had included the use of pulse oximeter to detect patients who may require hospitalization in its clinical advice for treating... Read more »
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Pfizer Says its COVID-19 Vaccine Can Be Stored in Ordinary Freezers

22nd February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
BioNTech and its partner Pfizer have stated that investigation suggests that their COVID-19 vaccine can tolerate warmer temperatures than previously believed. The companies mentioned that they have requested the US Food and Drug Administration to allow that the vaccine be stored for up to two weeks at -25 to -15 degrees Celsius,... Read more »
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It is unlikely that food and food packaging spread COVID-19

22nd February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
It is highly unlikely that food and food packaging can spread COVID-19, stated the US Food and Drug Administration, US Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An FDA statement mentioned that available information and international scientific consensus support that foods that people consume... Read more »
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A Third of Patients Recovered from COVID May Have PTSD

22nd February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Emergency Medicine
A single-center study in Italy has shown that nearly 30% of the patients who recovered from COVID-19 developed posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Overall, 381 patients were followed. Women were more likely to develop PTSD (55.7%). Those who went on to develop PTSD had higher rates of history of psychiatric disorder (34.8%),... Read more »
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Exposure to air pollution in utero linked to poorer cognition later

22nd February 2021 Pharmacists Neurology
A study published online in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease noted that in utero exposure to air pollution appears to be linked with poorer cognition later in life. The longitudinal study noted that exposure to air pollution in early life seems to have a small yet detectable association with worse cognition from 11 to 70 years of age.... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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When is it a case of negligence?

22nd February 2021
If no inquiry or experts are required, then it is a clear case of negligence. In such cases, medical negligence is established based on the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur (the thing speaks for itself). • When there is any evidence of prima facie case, never events or mens rea (criminal intent)... Read more »
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eMedi Humor

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Work Load

22nd February 2021
Salesman: This computer will cut your workload by 50%.
Office Manager: That's great, I'll take two of them.... Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

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The initial nursing goal for a patient with myasthenia gravis during the diagnostic phase of hospitalization would be to:

22nd February 2021
A. Develop a teaching plan
B. Facilitate psychologic adjustment
C. Maintain the present muscle strength ... Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

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eWellness: What type of a vegetarian are you?

22nd February 2021
There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets:
Lacto–ovo–vegetarian – This involves dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood
Lacto–vegetarian – This encompasses dairy products but no eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood... Read more »
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eSpiritual: The 3 Cs: Don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain!

22nd February 2021
• Don’t Criticize; always look for positive in a person or a situation. There is always something positive in every situation.
• Don’t Condemn a situation, or a person.
• Don’t Complain, unless it is absolutely necessary... Read more »
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Inspirational: Trust Your Relationship

22nd February 2021
When you see a couple fight or having a petty argument, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Probably you think that you will never allow arguments to set in your relationship (especially when you get married), or will never start one, but arguments seem to come naturally. You tend to argue about the brand of coffee,... Read more »

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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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From Other Newsletter

Recovery Digest

Orthopedics

Daily Dengue Severity Score to Assess Severe Manifestations

A recent study published in Pediatr Infect, stated that daily dengue severity score of =12 is a precise assessment tool for severe exhibitions. The study intended to develop dengue severity score to evaluate severe manifestations amongst hospitalized patients with dengue infection... 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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