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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
24th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1241: A second wave in Pakistan: Pakistan’s COVID-19 positivity rate has increased up to of tests administered in recent weeks from only 2% in October, thus inciting a plea from health experts and doctors in Karachi for the government to impose strict nationwide lockdown. (nytimes.com) 1242: Health authorities in Thailand announced the country’s biggest outbreak to date: In all, 689 infections, linked to a shrimp market not far from Bangkok were reported... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 23rd December: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
24th December 2020
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,...Read more »
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Childhood obesity increases risk of cardiovascular and liver abnormalities

24th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The prevalence of childhood obesity is showing a boom over the last 3 decades, and has become a worrisome epidemic worldwide. In view of increased risk of obesity, accurate body mass index classification along with metabolic and cardiovascular,... 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

24th December 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Efficacy of ambroxol-theophylline-guaiphenesin mixture in chronic bronchitis

24th December 2020 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis (AECB) are recurrent attacks due to worsening bronchial inflammation. These are marked by an increase in the volume of daily sputum which is produced along with a change in color of the expectorated sputum and dyspnea gets worsened... Read more »

News From All Specialities

AstraZeneca vaccine likely effective against new coronavirus variant

24th December 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc has stated that its COVID-19 vaccine should be effective against the new variant of coronavirus. It further stated that studies were ongoing to assess the impact of the mutation. An AstraZeneca representative stated that their vaccine candidate contains the genetic material of the SARS-CoV-2 virus... Read more »

India likely to approve AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine by next week

24th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
India will likely approve Oxford/AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data asked by the authorities, stated two sources aware of the matter. India could be the first country to give the regulatory approval for the British drugmaker's vaccine... Read more »

Mutant Coronavirus Strain A Super-Spreader

24th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
As the active COVID-19 cases decline in India, a new mutation of COVID-19 virus strain in the United Kingdom has become a super-spreader and has a 70% higher rate of transmissibility. However, this mutated strain has not been found in India thus far, stated Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog... Read more »

GI Bleeds Linked with Worse Prognosis for COVID-19 Inpatients

24th December 2020 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding was noted in 3% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and a bleed developing during hospitalization was associated with greater mortality, revealed a large New York cohort study. Anticoagulation or antiplatelet agents were not found to be the risk factors for GI bleeding,... Read more »

Bariatric Surgery Might Reduce COVID-19 Severity

24th December 2020 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
Individuals with obesity who lost weight after bariatric surgery and later contracted COVID-19 appeared to have lesser odds of being admitted to the hospital for COVID-19, and the disease was found to be less severe than among COVID-19 patients with obesity who had not undergone the surgery, suggested a new retrospective analysis... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Should difference of opinion after consultation be conveyed to the patient?

24th December 2020
Regulation 3.4 of the MCI Code of Ethics Regulations “Statement to Patient after Consultation” has clarified this as below. “3.4.1 All statements to the patient or his representatives should take place in the presence of the consulting physicians, except as otherwise agreed...Read more »

eMedi Humor

When I get into an accident

24th December 2020
Two cab drivers met. "Hey," asked one, "why did you paint one side of your cab red and the other side blue?" "Well," the other responded, "when I get into an accident, you should see how all the witnesses contradict each other...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A 60-year-old male presented to the emergency with breathlessness, facial swelling and dilated veins on the chest wall. The most common cause is:

24th December 2020
1. Thymoma
2. Lung cancer.
3. Hodgkin's lymphoma...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Facts about noise pollution

24th December 2020
• Permissible noise in industrial area is 75 dB in day time and 70 dB in night time.
• Permissible noise in commercial area is 65 dB in day time and 55 dB in night time.
• Permissible sound in residential area is 55 dB in day time and 45 dB in night time... Read more »

eSpiritual: Why do we Ring the Bell in a Temple?

24th December 2020
The vibrations of the ringing bell also produce the auspicious primordial sound ‘Om’, thus creating a connection between the deity and the mind. As we start the daily ritualistic worship (pooja), we ring the bell, chanting:...Read more »

Inspirational: This is Good

24th December 2020
There was a king in Africa who had a close friend he grew up with. The friend used to look at every situation, whether positive or negative, as good. One day, they went on a hunting expedition. The friend was loading and preparing the guns for the king. He might have done something wrong in preparing one of the guns...Read more »


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