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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 vaccination for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases

Dr KK Aggarwal President CMAAO, HCFI
25th March 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
The American College of Rheumatology: Guidance on COVID-19 vaccination for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs)
1. Decisions to be individualized, with regard to disease severity, comorbidities and treatments. 2. Patients with underlying diseases should be given priority for vaccination. 3. A patient with rheumatoid arthritis whose disease is controlled with hydroxychloroquine will probably have lesser risk than someone with severe vasculitis under treatment with intravenous cyclophosphamide or rituximab...Read more »
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World COVID Meter 24th March 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious novel viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
25th March 2021
CMAAO: In susceptible high-risk (pro-inflammatory and/or pro-coagulative) individuals, reactogenic vaccines can trigger transient thrombo-inflammation lasting first few (up to four) days. COVID Vaccine: non-replicative, non-repetitive dose, spike gene mRNA/spike gene DNA to mRNA/whole killed virus, reactogenic vaccine
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,...Read more »
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Importance of routine liver biopsy for diagnosis of Drug induced liver injury

25th March 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The diagnosis of drug induced liver injury (DILI) has caused significant challenges for the pathologist, mainly due to the fact that histopathological features of DILI mimic all primary hepatic and biliary diseases, and do not display any peculiar changes related to DILI. Although the pathologist needs to confirm the clinician... Read more »
Cough Update

Fixed-dose combination treatment for common cold

25th March 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Common cold and viral respiratory tract infections are very predominant among the adult population, and it often requires taking of certain medications for symptomatic relief. Paracetamol is an analgesic and antipyretic medicine. Chlorphenamine is an antihistamine whereas phenylephrine is a vasoconstrictor and decongestant... Read more »

News From All Specialities

UK is planning COVID-19 vaccinations for children from August

25th March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Business and Medicine
Children in the United Kingdom will likely start receiving a COVID-19 vaccine from August under provisional government plans in order to push for maximum immunity nationwide from the coronavirus, reported The Telegraph. This timeline would be months earlier than anticipated, stated the newspaper. Officials are awaiting the results... Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccine for All Aged 45 or Older from April 1 in India

25th March 2021 Emergency Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
People aged 45 years and older can be vaccinated against COVID-19 from April 1, stated the government, strengthening the countrywide vaccination drive at a time when cases are rising in several states. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar urged all citizens aged 45 or above to register for vaccination. Currently,... Read more »

81% of Punjab samples test positive for UK strain

25th March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Around 81% of the 401 fresh samples that the state of Punjab sent for genome sequencing have tested positive for the UK variant, which seems to be driving a second wave of COVID-19 infections in the state. Punjab’s COVID nodal officer, Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, stated that as Delhi’s National Centre for Disease Control... Read more »

Review board raises concerns over AstraZeneca vaccine data

25th March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Tuesday, stated that an independent board that reviews data from COVID-19 vaccine candidates has expressed concern over the vaccine efficacy data that AstraZeneca announced from its vaccine trial. The NIAID said in a statement that the DSMB was concerned that AstraZeneca... Read more »

Less Sleep, More Professional Burnout Tied to Higher Risk for COVID-19: Study

25th March 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A new study, published online March 22 in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention and Health, has shown that more sleep at night, few or no sleep problems, and low levels of work-related burnout among healthcare workers who are considered to have a high risk for exposure to COVID-19 patients, seem to be linked with a reduced risk of developing COVID-19... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner


Can a patient seek redressal for grievances regarding treatment received?

25th March 2021
A patient who has suffered a negligent act of the doctors can seek remedy under several laws: Compensatory action – This involves filing a complaint against doctors, staff or hospital, be it private or government, who committed negligence, in order to seek monetary compensation before -... Read more »

eMedi Humor


Is there another keyboard?

25th March 2021
Customer: My keyboard is not working anymore.
Tech support: Are you sure it’s plugged into the computer?
Customer: No. I can’t get behind the computer... Read more »

eMedi Quiz


Interscalene approach to brachial plexus block does not provide optimal surgical anesthesia in the area of distribution of which of the following nerve:

25th March 2021
1. Musculocutaneous. 2. Ulnar 3. Radial... Read more »

Lifestyle Updates


eWellness: Eating Out Tips

25th March 2021
• Restrain on portion size: Order for one if you are two people; if you are alone, set aside some of the food on your plate to bring home.
• Resist refined carbohydrates.
• Fill your plate with colorful choices with vegetables, fruits and small amounts of lean protein. Avoid creamy and ranch dressings... Read more »

eSpiritual: Understanding exact speech

25th March 2021
Upanishads, Yogasutras of Patanjali and teachings of Gautam Buddha, all talk about "the right speech". As per Gautam Buddha, the right speech has three components:
• It should be based on truthfulness... Read more »

Inspirational: Blue Hummingbird

25th March 2021
A long time ago, there was a young boy who lived in a distant land. He was a cheerful boy. He had a special friend, a little blue hummingbird. The little boy didn’t have a lot of friends, but the little bird and the boy were inseparable. The boy loved the little humming bird a lot, so he built him a home... Read more »


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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 »



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Cissus quadrangularis is rich in anabolic steroids, calcium, and phosphorus. Stem extracts of the herb are often used for early repair of fractures. In a case report published in the International Journal of Research in Orthopaedics, authors assessed the effect of C. quandrangularis in advancing fracture union and reduction in pain and swelling... Read more »

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