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Dr k k Aggarwal Special

Doctor’s Scrawl

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO & Past National President IMA
28th September 2020
Reproduced from: India Legal https://www.indialegallive.com/cover-story-articles/focus/doctors-scrawl, published August 29, 2020
A judge of the Orissa High Court has ordered medical practitioners to write “legible” prescriptions, preferably in capital letters It is an order that would bring relief to many patients. On August 14, 2020, there was news that the Orissa High Court had directed the state’s doctors to write “legible” prescriptions, preferably in capital letters. The judge stated that a medical prescription should not leave any room for uncertainty or interpretation...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: RDW Biomarker Cut Off 14.5%

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
28th September 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev, DG Alerts Excerpts)
1093: Red blood cell distribution width: Potential COVID-19 biomarker for mortality risk 1. Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) may help in stratifying mortality risk among patients infected with severe COVID-19, suggests a study published in JAMA Network Open. 2. Researchers noted that in a cohort of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, those with RDW > 14.5% at admission had a 31% mortality risk, while those with an RDW of < 14.5% had a mortality risk of 11%. The relative risk (RR) of mortality in the entire cohort was 2.73 (95% CI, 2.52-2.94, p<0.001). ... Read more »
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Inclusion of medical nutrition therapy in hospitalized children to overcome weight loss and loss of appetite

28th September 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The daily metabolism of children is dependent on receiving substrates such as food and vitamins and insufficient consumption of these essential nutrients significantly affects growth of the children. It has been observed that sick children, especially those who require hospitalization,... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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Efficacy of Combination Therapy with Amlodipine & ARBs in Asian Hypertensive Patients

28th September 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension (HTN) is a major risk factor for cardiovascular mortality across the globe. There are several studies that have compared the safety and efficacy between different antihypertensive classes;... Read more »
Zinc Update

Zinc: Role in immunity, oxidative stress and chronic inflammation

28th September 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Zinc is vital for several cellular functions, including immunity. Several studies have explored zinc supplementation in an attempt to affect the outcome of various diseases. An article published in the Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care aimed to either support immunity... Read more »

News From All Specialities

A COVID-19 vaccine won't eliminate the need for masks and public health measures, says expert

28th September 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said that even an effective COVID-19 vaccine won’t be able to replace the need for other public health measures, including wearing a mask, washing hands and practising social distancing... Read more »
Practice Updates

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Group of Rare Blood Disorders in Close to 14 Years

28th September 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved mepolizumab for adults and children, 12 years of age and above, with hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) for six months or longer, without any other identifiable non-blood related cause of the disease... Read more »

88% pregnant women with COVID-19 asymptomatic in Maharashtra, says study

28th September 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
A study conducted by Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (ICMR-NIRRH), together with Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD) and BYL Nair Hospital noted that most COVID-positive pregnant women were asymptomatic...Read more »

Children Half as Likely to Catch COVID-19 as Adults, Reveals Meta-analysis

28th September 2020 Pharmacists Emergency Medicine
Children were less likely than adults to contract a COVID-19 infection from an index case, revealed a meta-analysis. Across 32 contact tracing or population testing studies comparing SARS-CoV-2 prevalence in children and adults, children below 14 years of age...Read more »

COVID-19’s mental health consequences in youth

28th September 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
New research suggests that a rise in suicidal thoughts and attempts; anxiety; and depression are among the leading mental health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in the youth. A survey of 1000 high school and college students revealed that nearly 25% reported they knew a peer who developed suicidal thoughts... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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

28th September 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

Rice Preference

28th September 2020
The young woman really thought she'd been very patient, through a protracted period of dating with no talk of marriage. One night her steady boyfriend took her to a Chinese restaurant. As he perused the menu, he casually asked her, "So . . . how do you like your rice? Boiled? Steamed? Or fried?"...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Injury to radial nerve in lower part of spiral groove:

28th September 2020
1. Spares nerve supply to extensor carpi radialis longus.
2. Results in paralysis of anconeus muscle.
3. Leaves extension at elbow joint intact...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Ten Golden Rules for preventing CKD

28th September 2020
Kidney diseases are silent killers. There are several easy ways to reduce the risk of developing kidney disease. 1. Keep active: Keeping fit helps to reduce the blood pressure and therefore reduces the risk of chronic kidney Disease. ... Read more »

eSpiritual: The Science behind Training and Development

28th September 2020
Training in any field requires gaining knowledge, skills and positive mental attitude towards the object of learning. The knowledge is everything about what and why. In Yoga, it correlates with the Gyan (Gnana) Marg. The skill is all about how to do it and correlates with Karma Marg...Read more »

Inspirational Story: Remember the Small Thing s

28th September 2020
Some of my sisters work in Australia. On a reservation, among the Aborigines, there was an elderly man. I can assure you that you have never seen a situation as difficult as that poor old man's. He was completely ignored by everyone. His home was disordered and dirty...Read more »


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