Dr k k Aggarwal

BSL-4 labs and not BSL-3 labs for coronavirus

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
3rd February 2020
Ordinarily, Biosafety level (BSL)-3 labs are enough to handle respiratory viruses. SARS and MERS were handled with these labs. But for coronavirus, the labs being used are BSL-4 labs. This could possibly be due to extra precautions or fear of it being much more deadly than SARS.... Read more »
Dr k k Aggarwal

Universal precautions to prevent droplet respiratory infections

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
3rd February 2020
Standard precautions for reducing the transmission of respiratory droplets infections include:
1. Hand hygiene - frequent washing of hands with soap and water, avoiding touching one's mouth, nose, and eyes and use of alcohol-based hand... Read more »

News From All Specialities

CDC Confirms Seventh Case of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

3rd February 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
CDC has confirmed another infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus in the United States. The case has been detected in California. The patient recently returned from Wuhan, China, where an outbreak of respiratory illness caused... Read more »
Practice Updates

China reports 46 new coronavirus deaths, total at 259

3rd February 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Emergency Medicine
The total number of deaths from the coronavirus epidemic in China had reached 259 by the end of Friday, with an increase of 46. There were 2,102 new confirmed infections in China during the day, bringing the cumulative total to 11,791...Read more »
Practice Updates

Air India Brings Back 324 Indians from China's Wuhan

3rd February 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
New Delhi: An Air India Boeing 747 brought back Indians stranded in China's Wuhan, amid the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 200 people. The plane carrying five doctors from Delhi's Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and an Air India... Read more »

FDA approves first drug for treatment of peanut allergy for children

3rd February 2020 Allergy & Immunology Pharmacists
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to check allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that can occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Treatment with Palforzia...Read more »  

First Approval for Fast-Acting Lispro for Diabetes; EU OKs Oral Semaglutide

3rd February 2020 Diabetes and Endocrinology Pharmacists
The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has issued a positive opinion for the oral glucagon-like peptide (GLP-1) receptor agonist semaglutide for adults with insufficiently... Read more »

Warming temperatures could mean more heat-related illnesses and new diseases, experts warn

3rd February 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
Rising temperatures triggering extreme weather events around the world could lead to an increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths, as well as the threat of new infectious diseases, suggest experts. A new paper published in the Journal of Clinical...Read more »

Ultrasensitive Test Better Predicts Final Menstrual Period

3rd February 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pharmacists
A new way of more precisely measuring anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) in women's blood may predict menopause and final menstrual period to within a window of 1 to 2 years, much better than current methods, suggests a new study published online...Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Is it legally necessary for a physician to display his registration number while issuing a payment receipt?

3rd February 2020
Yes, it is mandatory for the registered medical practitioner to mention his registration number issued to him by Medical Council of India or any State Medical Council on the payment receipt/money receipt issued by him to his/her patients....Read more »

eMedi Humor

New Teeth

3rd February 2020
Our local minister had all of his remaining teeth pulled and new dentures made a few weeks ago. The first Sunday, his sermon lasted 10 minutes. The second Sunday, he preached only 20 minutes. But, on the third Sunday, he preached for an hour and a half...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The ideal relationship between the proportion of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acid in the diet of a patient with acne is...

3rd February 2020
A. Omega - 6 > omega -3 fatty acids
B. Omega-3 > omega-6 fatty acids...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Repeated eye rubbing is a risk factor for keratoconus

3rd February 2020
Keratoconus (KC) is a progressive degenerative condition of the eye in which the cornea becomes progressively thinner and cone-like. If left untreated, it can lead to significant visual impairment. The word keratoconus originates from... Read more »

eSpiritual: The Seven Dhatus in Ayurveda

3rd February 2020
As per Ayurveda physiology, food is Brahman and contains the same consciousness as in us and this consciousness is the essence of any food. Any food digested is converted into three portions, the gross undigested food is converted into waste...Read more »

Inspirational: Determination and Persistence

3rd February 2020
This is a real life story of engineer John Roebling building the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, USA back in 1870. The bridge was completed in 1883, after 13 years. A creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired... Read more »


From Other Newsletter



Nutraceuticals for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Oxidative stress is a major contributor to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) pathology. Nutraceuticals target inflammation and oxidative stress pathogenic pathways. Several nutraceuticals have anti-inflammatory or antioxidant properties and yield functional improvements.... Read more »


Age-specific incidence of allergic and non-allergic asthma.

Onset of allergic asthma has a strong association with childhood, but only a few studies have analyzed the relationship between the incidence of asthma from childhood to late adulthood and allergy. A new study published in BMC Pulmonary Medicine assessed....Read more »


Vitamin A intake linked with lower skin cancer risk: Study

Intake of vitamin A may be associated with a lower risk of a common type of skin cancer, a study claims. The study of about 125,000 Americans found that people with the highest intake of vitamin A lowered their risk of squamous cell skin cancer by around 15 per cent.... Read more »

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