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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 at Geneva Headquarters

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
23rd November 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1152: When lab personnel process COVID-19 tests, there is a slight risk that the paper forms accompanying the specimens can be contaminated with the virus. Researchers at the Birmingham Public Health Laboratory in the UK assessed randomly selected paper forms and specimen packaging when the team was processing nearly 700 COVID-19 tests daily. Of the 37 items tested, one piece of paperwork was found to carry genetic material from the coronavirus. The form had come from a low-risk hospital ward,...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 Home Kit, POC

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
23rd November 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1155: First Rapid At-Home COVID Test: The US FDA has issued an EUA for the first at-home COVID-19 test, which provides results within 30 minutes. The All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular, single-use test that detects SARS-CoV-2 with the help of self-collected nasal swab samples among people aged 14 years and older. The test has also been authorized for use in doctor's offices, hospitals, urgent care centers, and emergency departments for patients of all ages. The samples need to be collected by a healthcare provider when the test is used in these care settings for patients below 14 years of age... Read more »
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NAFLD spectrum-as a continuum from obesity to metabolic syndrome and diabetes

23rd November 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a continuum of hepatic diseases connected with metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, such as obesity, insulin resistance (IR), hypertension, dyslipidemia and type 2 diabetes (T2D). It is recurrently known as the hepatic manifestation of the metabolic syndrome (MetS)... 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

23rd November 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Zinc supplementation as an adjunct therapy for preventing and managing diabetes

23rd November 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The assumed effects of zinc supplementation on glycemic control are lacking, even though several studies have shown that low zinc status is associated with diabetes. The main objective of this meta-analysis of controlled and randomized trials is to evaluate the effects of zinc supplementation in managing and preventing diabetes... Read more »

News From All Specialities

AstraZeneca begins COVID-19 prevention trials of antibody cocktail

23rd November 2020 Business and Medicine Emergency Medicine
AstraZeneca has initiated the late-stage clinical trials of an experimental long-acting monoclonal antibody combination drug, which the company hopes could be a prophylactic to prevent COVID-19 infection in at-risk individuals for up to 12 months. The Phase III international clinical trial is going to recruit 5,000 individuals... Read more »

Pune sero survey of 700 finds 85% with COVID-19 antibodies

23rd November 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Pune: New data from the August sero-prevalence study, carried out in five sub-wards of Pune by the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Pune University and other collaborators, suggest that 85% of the 700 individuals infected with SARS-CoV-2 that were studied had virus-neutralizing antibodies following the infection... Read more »

COVID-19 Reinfection Unlikely For 6 Months: Study

23rd November 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
London: It is highly unlikely for individuals who've had COVID-19 to contract it again for at least six months after the first infection, suggests a British study conducted among healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19. Researchers at the University of Oxford stated that the findings should offer some reassurance... Read more »

Most COVID-19 cases are spread by people without symptoms, says CDC

23rd November 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Most COVID-19 infections are spread by people who have no symptoms, stated the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in newly updated guidance. The CDC said that this is one of the key reasons mask use is so important. The agency stated on its website that most SARS-CoV-2 infections are spread by people without symptoms... Read more »

New HCM Guidelines Emphasize Shared Decision-Making, Benefits of Exercise

23rd November 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Updated guidelines for the management of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) give priority to shared decision-making between patients and the care teams. The new guideline, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and Circulation, update the 2011 recommendations for HCM by the American College of Cardiology... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Informed refusal

23rd November 2020
At times, patients may refuse treatment. It is the duty of the doctor to first fully explain to the patient or his or her attendants about the risks and the possible adverse outcomes, if they refuse the recommended treatment or the diagnostic procedure. This is called informed refusal and it is essential to document the informed refusal...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Weighing machine without spectacles

23rd November 2020
The doctor asks the patient: What is your weight?
The patient replies: It is 55 kg with spectacles.
The doctor asks: And without spectacles?...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Burtonian line is seen with poisoning of:

23rd November 2020
A. Mercury
B. Lead
C. Arsenic...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Fog vs Smog

23rd November 2020
Whenever the humidity is high, air movement is less and temperature is low, fog is the automatic result. It occurs when water droplets are suspended in the air. Smog, on the other hand, is the combination of smoke and fog. When the level of pollutants is high in the atmosphere,... Read more »

eSpiritual: Man Vachan Kaya

23rd November 2020
Man, vachan, kaya are the three fundamental principles used to define non-violence (ahimsa) and truthfulness (satya). Being truthful means whatever you are thinking, speaking and doing, it is the same. You should be one in whatever you think, do or speak. Ahimsa is the fundamental principle of Jainism,...Read more »

Inspirational: The seeker of truth

23rd November 2020
After years of searching, the seeker was told to go to a cave, in which he would find a well. ‘Ask the well what is truth’, he was advised, ‘and the well will reveal it to you. Having found the well, the seeker asked that most fundamental question. And from the depths came the answer, Go to the village crossroad:...Read more »


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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 »


International guidelines and recommendations for surgery during Covid-19 pandemic

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