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CMAAO Corona Facts and Myth Colchicine Revisited

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
29th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
Previous findings of CMAAO suggesting that colchicine is anti-inflammatory have been reconfirmed. Some salient drugs beneficial in patients with rapidly rising CRP include: 1. The oral, anti-inflammatory drug colchicine can prevent complications and hospitalizations in patients newly diagnosed with COVID-19, according to ColCORONA trial investigators. 2. After a month of therapy, there was a 21% risk reduction in the primary composite endpoint of death or hospitalizations that missed statistical significance, compared with placebo among 4488 outpatients enrolled in the global, phase 3 trial...Read more »
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World Covid Meter 28th January 2021, Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
29th January 2021
Cases:1M: April 2, 2 M April 15, 3 M: April 27, 4 M May 8; 5 M 20 May, 6 M 30th May, 7 M 7th June, 8M by 15 June, 9 M 22nd June, 10 M 29th June. 11 M 4th July, 16 M , 17 M 29 July, 18 M 1st August, 21 .8 M 16 August, 25 M 30th August, 28 M 10 September, Ground Zero: Wuhan in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity Coronavirus Cases: 101, 483, 379, Deaths: 2, 185, 397, Recovered: 73, 381, 512, ACTIVE CASES 25, 913, 502, Currently Infected Patients 25, 806, 170 (99.6%) in Mild Condition, 110, 300 (0.4%) Serious or Critical, CLOSED CASES 75, 569, 877... Read more »
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Evaluation of different methods of nutritional assessment in liver cirrhosis

29th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Liver cirrhosis can influence the outcomes of several traditional techniques currently used to determine nutritional status. The objective of the current study was to contrast the traditional two-compartment model (subjective global assessment and anthropometry and blood tests) of nutritional assessment... 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

29th January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Diphenhydramine inhibits cough reflex sensitivity in acute viral respiratory tract infection

29th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The over-the-counter cough medicines that are currently available are criticized for deficiency of scientific data that supports their efficacy. Even though the first-generation antihistamine i.e., diphenhydramine is classified as an antitussive by the United States Food and Drug Administration,... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Updated definitions of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis announced by WHO

29th January 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Business and Medicine
The World Health Organization (WHO)’s Global TB Programme has revised the definition of extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (XDR-TB). Pre-XDR-TB has also been defined for the first time. The move emphasizes the significance of these forms of TB. New definitions for these forms of TB will assist with the precise characterization of different groups of patients... Read more »

Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine only slightly less effective against South African mutations

29th January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine seems to lose just a small bit of effectiveness against an engineered virus that carried three crucial mutations from the new coronavirus variant that has been detected in South Africa, suggests a laboratory study. The study has been conducted by Pfizer and scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)... Read more »

Active COVID-19 cases in India only 1.65% of country’s total caseload

29th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
India has 1,76,498 active COVID-19 cases, which constitutes only 1.65% of the total coronavirus infections in the country, stated the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday. The daily COVID-19 recoveries in India have been exceeding daily fresh cases for the past 20 days. The cumulative recoveries stand at 1,03,59,305... Read more »

Schizophrenia Associated with Higher Risk of COVID-19 Mortality

29th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Individuals with schizophrenia appear to have a higher risk for severe COVID-19, suggests a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Katlyn Nemani, MD, of New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, and associates noted that in comparison with COVID-19 patients without a psychiatric disorder,... Read more »

Over a Third of COVID-19 Infections Asymptomatic, Says Review

29th January 2021Pathology & Lab MedicineEmergency Medicine
A systematic review, published online in Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that at least one third of SARS-CoV-2 infections remain asymptomatic. The review provides robust evidence for the prevalence of asymptomatic infections. Investigators stated that the finding that about one in three people infected with COVID-19... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Are all consent given for medical treatment valid?

29th January 2021
According to Section 10 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872, an agreement is a contract when it is made for some consideration, between parties who are competent, with their free consent and for a lawful object. Thus, for the purpose of entering into a contract, free consent is one of the essentials. According to Section 14 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872,...Read more »

eMedi Humor


29th January 2021
A woman sadly tells her husband: We will not be together in heaven as we may die at different times my dear.
After a pause her husband replied; my dear that is why the place is known as 'Heaven'...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A patient in the short-procedure unit is recovering from renal angiography in which a femoral puncture site was used. When providing postprocedure care, the nurse should:

29th January 2021
a. Keep the client’s knee on the affected side bent for 6 hours.
b. Apply pressure to the puncture site for 30 minutes...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: 5 tips to limit salt in your diet

29th January 2021
1. Read food labels. Sodium content is always listed on food labels. Sodium content differs from brand to brand. Hence, compare and choose the lowest sodium product. Certain foods may not taste salty but are actually high in sodium, for instance cottage cheese. So, it is important to check labels... Read more »

eSpiritual: More about Debts

29th January 2021
Hindu scriptures detail three types of debts or Hrin, which are Dev Hrin, Pitra Hrin and Rishi Hrin. God gave us the consciousness, parents gave us our body and teachers gave us knowledge or intellect. In Vedic language, our body is a mix of mind, body and soul which can be equated to three Hrins of mind,...Read more »

Inspirational: The Three Dolls

29th January 2021
A sage presented a prince with three small dolls. The prince said that he was not a girl and asked the sage why was he giving him dolls. The sage replied that this was a gift for a future king. He asked the prince to look carefully; there was a hole in the ear of each doll. The sage then gave him a piece of string and asked him to pass it through each doll...Read more »


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Effect of Baby Swimming and Baby Lotion on the Skin Barrier of Infants Aged 3-6 Months

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