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New Cholesterol Drug

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
25th February 2020
The US FDA has approved the once-daily oral pill bempedoic acid for decreasing low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels as an adjunct to maximum-tolerated dose of statin therapy. Bempedoic acid is now indicated for individuals who have heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

The word corona has been with us since the anatomy days

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
25th February 2020
Coronavirus is one word and not corona virus. The word Corona has been used in many situations CORONA trial CORONA trial, involving 5011 patients (mean age 73 years) with New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II to IV ischemic systolic HF (mean left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) 31%) evaluated... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

Is corona the disease X mentioned by WHO in 2018?

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
25th February 2020
On 6th September 2018, I wrote an editorial blog about Disease X mentioned by WHO in its list of eight priority diseases. WHO said, “Disease X represents the knowledge that a serious international epidemic could be caused by a pathogen currently unknown to cause human disease, and so the R&D Blueprint explicitly... Read more »
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Cases in patients outside China with no contact with a confirmed case; 624 cases in Korea; 33 countries affected; 22% (691) on ship got infected, with 36 serious; 4205 likely deaths, 8 new deaths outside China

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI AND Past National President IMA
25th February 2020
CMAAO Update 24th February on COVID-19
COVID-19 SUTRA COVID-19 virus possibly behaves like SARS; causes mild illness in 82%, severe illness in 15%, critical illness in 3% and death in 2% cases (15% of admitted serious cases, 71% with comorbidity); affects all ages but predominantly males (56%) with median age 59 years (2-74 years, less in children below 15); with variable incubation period days (2-14; ... Read more »

News From All Specialities

World needs to act fast to contain coronavirus: WHO Director-General

25th February 2020 Business and Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Following reports of cases from Iran and Lebanon, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Friday that the window of opportunity to check the global spread of the epidemic of the new coronavirus disease is closing. WHO director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, asked if the outbreak is at a tipping point following... Read more »
Practice Updates

Coronavirus China's biggest health emergency: Xi Jinping

25th February 2020 Business and Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
President Xi Jinping has warned that the coronavirus epidemic was “still grim and complex” and asked for increased efforts to deal with the nation's largest public health emergency, as the death toll surged to 2,442 and the number of infections rose to nearly 77,000 in the country...Read more »
Practice Updates

Non-statin drug approved to treat high cholesterol

25th February 2020 Cardiology Pharmacists
The US Food and Drug Administration has given approval to a drug to treat high cholesterol that has a different action than statins, as per Esperion Therapeutics, the maker of the drug. Bempedoic acid, a once daily oral drug,... Read more »

Decreased Levels of Specific Gut Bacteria in Infants Tied to Later Anxiety

25th February 2020Pharmacists Pediatrics
New research, published online in EBioMedicine, has suggested that lower levels of a specific gut bacteria in infants are linked with the development of anxiety in toddlers. Researchers noted that levels of Prevotella in fecal samples at 12 months of age were associated with anxiety-like behaviors at 2 years of age...Read more »

Longer Breastfeeding Linked to Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk after Gestational Diabetes

25th February 2020 Diabetes and Endocrinology Pathology & Lab Medicine
Among women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus, a longer duration of breastfeeding has been found to be associated with a decreased likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes, and was tied to a more favorable glucose... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Does contributing articles to the press amount to advertising?

25th February 2020
The Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002 state - 7.11: A physician should not contribute to the lay press articles and give interviews regarding diseases and treatments which may have the effect of advertising himself or soliciting practices;...Read more »

eMedi Humor

If a lion is chasing you

25th February 2020
Teacher: If a lion is chasing you, what would you do?
Student: I'd climb a tree.
Teacher: If the lion climbs a tree?...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

LE cell is a -

25th February 2020
a. Neutrophil
b. Macrophage
c. Histiocyte...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Plate Your Food Now

25th February 2020
The traditional ‘Food Pyramid’ of the USDA has been replaced by a ‘Food Plate’ symbol. A healthy diet has been broken down into 4 main quadrants on a plate - red for fruits, green for vegetables, orange for grains and purple for protein. A small blue circle attached to the plate indicates dairy products... Read more »

eSpiritual: How to Finish Your Pending Work?

25th February 2020
• This involves principles of time management and some Vedic principles.
• The first thing to do is to make a checklist of all the pending work by writing it down and re-categorizing them depending upon the urgency and importance...Read more »

Inspirational: If and When

25th February 2020
IF and WHEN were close friends. They met every week and had lunch. Their conversations were usually about the things they were going to achieve. They both had dreams and they would love to talk about them. One Saturday when they met, WHEN could sense that IF was not in a good mood.... Read more »

Medical Voice

Medical voice

Sonic wave tech to treat kidney stones now used to break plaque in arteries

In the last month, a few city cardiologists have begun using this stone-breaking-based device to ‘break’ calcium deposits within diseased arteries before fixing a stent. MUMBAI: An old and simple technology to break kidney stones using sonic waves has found its way into heart care...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?
Very confident
Moderately confident...Read more »  


From Other Newsletter



Yoga for improving bone mineral density

Osteoporosis and osteopenia are known to affect millions of people globally. The numbers tend to increase with the aging population. A safe, effective, and low-cost intervention is the need of the hour to manage these conditions... Read more »


Age-specific incidence of allergic and non-allergic asthma.

Onset of allergic asthma has a strong association with childhood, but only a few studies have analyzed the relationship between the incidence of asthma from childhood to late adulthood and allergy. A new study published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine assessed....Read more »


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 »

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