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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
26th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1245: BioNTech Chief Executive Ugur Sahin expressed confidence that a COVID-19 vaccine co-developed by his company would be effective against a variant of the virus that has emerged in Britain. (Reuters)
1246: An article published in the New England Journal of Medicine proposed endothelialitis as the unifying mechanism for the extensive pathology of COVID-19. An alternative view indicates that virus-induced upregulation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is accountable for the diverse systemic effects of COVID-19... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Post-COVID pulmonary fibrosis

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
26th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev 1253: IMA-CMAAO Webinar on “Post-COVID pulmonary fibrosis” 19th December, 2020, 4-5pm. Participants: Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, Dr RV Asokan, Hony Secretary General IMA, Dr Jayakrishnan Alapet, Dr Brijendra Prakash, Dr T Narasinga Reddy, Dr S Sharma. Faculty: Dr Rajesh Chawla, Senior Consultant, Respiratory Medicine and Critical Care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, Delhi, Past President, ISCCM
• COVID-19 leads to a wide spectrum of respiratory diseases with a very high incidence of ARDS...Read more »
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Increased morbidity and mortality in obese patients with acute alcoholic hepatitis

26th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Plethora of studies demonstrate that alcohol and obesity in combination can increase the risk of liver-related mortality. Moreover, obesity is observed to be a common finding in alcoholic hepatitis (AH) and is related to a greater than two-fold rise in short-term mortality... 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

26th 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 levosalbutamol in the management of acute exacerbation of asthma

26th December 2020 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The objective to the present study is to compare the efficacy and tolerability of levosalbutamol (i.e., Group 1) and racemic salbutamol (i.e., Group 2) for the treatment and management of acute exacerbation of asthma in children between age 5 to 18 years. A double-blind, randomized clinical study including 60 children... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Moderna expects its coronavirus vaccine to protect against UK variant

26th December 2020 Pharmacists Pathology & Lab Medicine
Moderna Inc has stated that it expects that the immunity induced by its COVID-19 vaccine would protect against the coronavirus variant reported in the UK. The company plans to run tests to confirm the vaccine’s activity against any strain. It further stated that it expects its vaccine... Read more »

COVID-19 Immunity Lasts At Least 8 Months: Study

26th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
People who have recovered from COVID-19 infection have immune memory to protect against reinfection for at least eight months, suggests a new study published in the journal Science Immunology. The study provides robust evidence that COVID-19 vaccines will likely work for long periods... Read more »

Serum Institute of India ready for vaccine rollout

26th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Serum Institute of India (SII) is prepared for rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine and the distribution will start as soon as the marketing approval from the drug regulator is received, said a company official. SII has manufactured nearly 50 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Covishield... Read more »

Bamlanivimab Ineffective in Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients

26th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Use of bamlanivimab (LY-CoV555), a monoclonal antibody for COVID-19, with remdesivir was found not to be effective for patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in a randomized trial. Investigators noted no significant difference in sustained recovery over a 90-day period with the combination compared... Read more »

Sex Differences in Post-CABG Mortality

26th December 2020 Internal MedicineCardiology
A new study, published online December 23 in JAMA Cardiology, has revealed sex differences in mortality rates among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Researchers noted that 7 years following a CABG procedure, mortality was lower in men, but not in women,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

When is it a case of negligence?

26th December 2020
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).
1. If there is any evidence of prima facie case, never events or mens rea (criminal intent)...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Wrote on my paper

26th December 2020
As an English professor, my father would often write little notes on student essays. Often he worked late, and as the hours passed, his handwriting deteriorated. One day a student came to him after class with an essay that had been returned...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The Protein Efficiency Ratio (PER) is defined as:

26th December 2020
1. The gain in weight of young animals per unit weight of protein-consumed.
2. The product of digestibility coefficient and biological value.
3. The percentage of protein absorbed into the blood...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Treatment of mild hypertension in low-risk patients

26th December 2020
There is no convincing data to show the benefit from antihypertensive therapy in patients with mild hypertension and no preexisting cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis combined four placebo-controlled trials totaling 8912 patients with mild hypertension and no preexisting cardiovascular disease.... Read more »

eSpiritual: Wahans (Vehicles) In Mythology

26th December 2020
In mythological era, the negative tendency of a man is symbolized with the animal nature. Gods in Indian mythology are symbolized by living a positive behavior. Every God has been given a vehicle or Wahan. Both God and the Wahan symbolized how to live a positive life and how to control the animal tendencies...Read more »

Inspirational: A Wise Donkey

26th December 2020
Once, a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The donkey cried for hours, while the farmer tried to assess the situation. Finally, the farmer decided that neither the donkey nor the well was worth saving. He called his neighbors and asked them to help him bring dirt to bury the old donkey in the well...Read more »


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