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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster - New UK, SA Variants

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
27th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1254: South Africa and United Kingdom Variants
South African Variant of SARS-CoV-2 [(xcerpts from https://www.sciencemediacentre.org/)
Two individuals in the UK who had returned from South Africa had a SARS-CoV-2 variant from South Africa.
• Dr Julian Tang, Honorary Associate Professor/Clinical Virologist, University of Leicester:
• UK B.1.1.7 (variant) virus is spreading across South/Southeast England.
• A new variant ‘501.V2’ from South Africa has been detected in some COVID-19 cases in the UK... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 26th December: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
27th 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, 37M October 11, 38M October 14,...Read more »
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Increased mortality associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome in patients with alcoholic liver disease

27th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Obesity is associated with increased risk of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Moreover, abdominal obesity, is also seen to be correlated with insulin resistance on peripheral glucose and fatty acid utilization, resulting in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Insulin resistance,... 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

27th December 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Pharmacokinetic characteristics of dextromethorphan hydrobromide in children and adolescents

27th December 2020 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Dextromethorphan hydrobromide (DM) is an antitussive cough syrup that is used widely. The objective of this study is to determine the basic pharmacokinetic characteristics of dextromethorphan hydrobromide along with its active metabolite, dextrorphan in children and adolescents... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Today is International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

27th December 2020 Pharmacists Pathology & Lab Medicine
It has been clearly shown by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic that major infectious diseases and epidemics can have devastating effects on human lives, adversely impacting long-term social and economic development. Global health crises can overwhelm the already burdened healthcare systems,... Read more »

First case of new COVID variant found in France

27th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
France reported its first case of the new coronavirus variant amid rising number of cases and deaths from COVID-19. The health ministry of France has stated that a Frenchman who recently arrived in France from London had tested positive for the new variant of the coronavirus. The man arrived from London on December 19,... Read more »

COVID-19 vaccine dry run in Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab on December 28, 29

27th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Center is set to carry out a dry run of COVID-19 vaccination on December 28 and 29 in Assam, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, and Punjab in order to prepare for the administration of the vaccine and evaluate the preparedness of the planned activities. A statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that each state will plan the dry run... Read more »

Vaccines Can Be Tweaked To Fight New Coronavirus Variants: Experts

27th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Mutations in the coronavirus identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa have triggered alarm; however, infectious-disease experts have shown optimism stating that the new variants are still vulnerable to the newly authorized vaccines. Even if the virus mutates further,... Read more »

Ultraprocessed Food Tied to Increased CVD, Death

27th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A longitudinal analysis of over 22,000 men and women from southern Italy has shown that those who consumed the most ultraprocessed food (UPF) had the highest risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality, likely driven by a diet high in sugar... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Are doctors supposed to administer medicine as per the manufacturer's instructions only?

27th December 2020
A doctor is expected to administer the medicines to his/her patients as per the instructions including the maximum dosage given on the package of the medicine. A doctor cannot depart from the instructions as given on the package of the medicine or any medical equipment...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Reading of the Will

27th December 2020
The relatives of the family's rich dowager gathered for the reading of her will after her long awaited death.
“Being of sound mind,” read the lawyer, “I spent every last cent before I died.”...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Which of the following is present intracellularly in muscle cells?

27th December 2020
1. Insulin.
2. Corticosteroid.
3. Epinephrine...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Work-related stress can kill

27th December 2020
Job stress heightens the risk of heart disease as it disrupts the body’s internal systems. The findings from a study involving more than 10,000 British civil servants also suggest that stress-induced biological changes may play a more direct role than previously thought... Read more »

eSpiritual: The lips of truth shall be recognized forever; a lying tongue is but for a moment

27th December 2020
This sutra from Bible has a very deep significance in day to day life. The truth is everlasting and always ends up in internal happiness and self realization and in the long run, always gives you happiness and an all-win situation. On the contrary, a lying tongue will only give you a momentary pleasure...Read more »

Inspirational: The Given Light

27th December 2020
Once, a man had heard that in a far away place, a holy flame was burning. He left his home to find the holy flame and bring some of its light back home. He thought that once he had this light, he will have happiness and life and all his near and dear ones will have it too...Read more »


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