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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
2nd January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1265: Children have a greater risk of contracting the coronavirus at a social gathering compared to a classroom or childcare setting, reported a study released by the University of Mississippi Medical Center, conducted in association with U.S. CDC, appearing in Dec. 18 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. A survey was conducted among patients below 18 years of age who had tested positive for the coronavirus in emergency departments and outpatient health facilities during September, October and November. In comparison with children who tested negative,... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Triggers of Cytokine Storm

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
2nd January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1273: A form of inflammatory cell death, termed panoptosis, incites the storm of cytokines, or inflammatory proteins thus causing critical illness in COVID-19. As per Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, during inflammatory cell death, cells spew out their contents instead of neatly packaging them away, as is seen during routine cell death. Neighboring cells identify the cytokines and the other unexpected debris as a danger sign, and they can respond by secreting more cytokines, thus allowing the cytokine storm to build. Synergy between two cytokines, TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma, is the reason behind panoptosis in COVID-19. ...Read more »
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Deficiency of trace elements in patients with alcoholic hepatitis

2nd January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Malnutrition is normally seen in patients with alcohol-related liver disease. Trace elements such as cobalt, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are crucial for several cellular processes including antioxidant pathways. The prevalence and significance of trace element deficiency in alcoholic hepatitis... 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

2nd January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Green chromatographic method for analysis of some anti-cough drugs and their toxic impurities in comparison to conventional methods

2nd January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
An article published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal discussed that toxic solvents are widely used in chemical laboratories, which are dangerous on health, safety of workers and the environment. Green chemistry established different principles to keep safety of environment, one of these goals is to replace toxic solvents... Read more »

News From All Specialities

China approves its first COVID-19 vaccine

2nd January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
China approved its first COVID-19 vaccine for general public use on Thursday, one that is developed by an affiliate of state-backed pharmaceutical company Sinopharm. While no detailed efficacy data has been publicly released for the vaccine, the developer, Beijing Biological Products Institute, a unit of Sinopharm subsidiary China National Biotec Group (CNBG),... Read more »

Argentina authorizes use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

2nd January 2021<Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Argentina's National Administration of Drugs, Foods and Medical Devices (ANMAT) approved the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 on Wednesday. ANMAT announced the authorization in a statement, noting that it has an acceptable benefit-risk balance, thus allowing the grant of its registration and conditional approval.... Read more »

India reported 110 new COVID-19 cases per million population in last 7 days: Health Ministry data

2nd January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
With a steep decline in India’s daily count of COVID-19 cases, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Wednesday released data, comparing India’s new cases per million population over the last seven days with those in some of the world’s worst-affected countries. India presently has the second highest... Read more »

US dietary advisory committee recommends no added sugar until two years of age

2nd January 2021 Pediatrics Public Health
A US government advisory group has issued its first-ever set of dietary guidelines for infants and toddlers. The plan from the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recommends that children under two years of age should not be given any added sugar. It further states that infants should be fed only breast milk for the first six months,... Read more »

Gabapentinoids plus Opioids Increase Overdose Risk after Surgery

2nd January 2021General Surgery Pharmacists
Gabapentinoids, gabapentin or pregabalin, added to opioids the day of surgery appeared to heighten the risk of opioid overdose and other adverse events, though absolute risks appeared to be low, reported an observational study. In the study of nearly 5.5 million surgical admissions, including around 900,000 patients... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Have you failed to give the medical records to the complainant in time?

2nd January 2021
Many times, it has been alleged by the complainants that case records were not provided timely to them. The DMC and MCI have issued warnings each time there has been a violation of this clause. MCI Act 1.3.2 states, “If any request is made for medical records either by the patients/authorized attendant...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Can I help you

2nd January 2021
A young businessman had just started his own firm. He had just rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques. He saw a man come into the outer office. Wishing to appear the hot shot, the businessman picked up the phone and started to pretend he had a big deal working...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Which vitamin deficiency is most commonly seen in a pregnant mother who is on phenytoin therapy for epilepsy?

2nd January 2021
A. Vitamin B6
B. Vitamin B12
C. Vitamin A...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: How to keep your memory sharp?

2nd January 2021
• Manage stress, especially deadline pressure and petty arguments.
• The biggest stress is an ongoing sense of extreme anxiety. This can be managed by deep breathing, meditation, yoga and by mindful approach to living.
• Get a good night’s sleep. The most common reason for poor sleep is difficulty in falling asleep and staying asleep... Read more »

eSpiritual: Why do we place our hands over the flame?

2nd January 2021
Flame is the “flame” of true knowledge. At the end of any aarti, we place our hands over the flame and then touch our eyes and the top of the head. It means “May the light that illuminated the Lord light up my vision; May my vision be divine and my thoughts noble and beautiful.”...Read more »

Inspirational: Addiction to Worry

2nd January 2021
Carole started counseling with me because she was depressed. She had been ill with chronic fatigue syndrome for a long time and believed her depression was due to this. In the course of our work together, she became aware that her depression was actually coming from her negative thinking – Carole was a constant worrier...Read more »


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An antibiofilm hydrofiber wound dressing: Clinical and in vitro performance

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