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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Vaccines less effective against South Africa strain

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, Past President IMA
2nd February 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1340: Medpage Today Excerpts: Vaccines less effective against South Africa variant Good News and Bad News for Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as data from Britain are encouraging, but those from South Africa raise questions
1. Novavax makes use of nanoparticle technology and an adjuvant with recombinant protein. The vaccine can be stored at 2º to 8º C and can be transported in a ready-to-use liquid formulation...Read more »
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World COVID Meter 1st February 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
2nd February 2021
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,... Read more »
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A case report of COVID-19 infection in first trimester of pregnancy

2nd February 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
COVID-19 caused by a novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 emerged in China has become an epidemic by spreading to several other countries. However, there is dearth of data depicting the clinical features of COVID-19 during pregnancy, particularly in first trimester... Read more »
Zinc Update

Antitussive effect of dextromethorphan-salbutamol combination and dextromethorphan alone in artificially induced cough

2nd February 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
The present study will compare the antitussive effects of dextromethorphan (30 mg) plus salbutamol (2 mg), along with dextromethorphan (30 mg) alone and placebo on artificial cough that was induced by citric acid in nineteen healthy non-smoking volunteers in a crossover double-blind study... Read more »

News From All Specialities

WHO abandons opposition to COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women

2nd February 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Emergency Medicine
The World Health Organization has modified its guidance for pregnant women considering a COVID-19 vaccine. The agency has dropped the opposition to immunization for most pregnant women, unless they have a high risk. WHO had previously stated that it did not recommend COVID-19 vaccination of pregnant women... Read more »

High omega-3 levels may decrease risk of death from COVID-19, says study

2nd February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Individuals with a higher omega-3 index appear to have lower odds of death due to COVID-19, suggests new research published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. Investigators at the Fatty Acid Research Institute (FARI) and associates at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles... Read more »

WHO team visits Wuhan market where first coronavirus infections were detected

2nd February 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
A team of experts from the World Health Organization, which is probing the origins of COVID-19, visited the Huanan market on Sunday. This is the wholesale seafood market in Wuhan, China, where the COVID-19 was first detected. The market is closed now. Since they came out of a two-week quarantine on Thursday,... Read more »

India records 11,427 new COVID-19 cases

2nd February 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
The Union Health Ministry data on Monday suggested that India recorded 11,427 new COVID cases over the previous 24 hours, with the caseload now standing at 1,07,57,610. There were 11,858 discharges, and 118 fatalities, stated the health ministry data. The death toll from COVID-19 now stands at 1,54,392... Read more »

80% of COVID-19 Patients Appear to Have Lingering Symptoms or Signs

2nd February 2021Pharmacists Pathology & Lab Medicine
According to a systematic review and meta-analysis, published in a medRxiv preprint, yet to undergo peer review, 8 out of 10 COVID-19 patients have lingering symptoms or signs 14 or more days following acute infection. Researchers stated that over 50 symptoms associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection persisted,... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Some patients ask for a bill for the drugs supplied by the registered medical practitioner.

2nd February 2021
According to Clause 3.7.1 of the Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulations, 2002, a physician must clearly display his fees and other charges on the board of his chamber and/or the hospitals that he visits. The prescription should also clearly mention if the physician himself dispensed any medicine...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Daughter in College

2nd February 2021
Did you hear about the banker who was recently arrested for embezzling $100,000 to pay for his daughter’s college education? As the policeman, who also had a daughter in college, was leading him away in handcuffs, he said to the banker, "I have just one question for you...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Which of the following separation techniques depends on the molecular size of the protein?

2nd February 2021
1. Chromatography on a carboxymethyl cellulose column.
2. Iso-electric focusing.
3. Gel filtration chromatography...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Formula of 80 to live up to 80

2nd February 2021
• Keep lower blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, fasting sugar, resting heart rate and abdominal girth all below 80.
• Keep kidney and lung functions >80%.
• Walk 80 min a day, brisk walk 80 min/week with a speed of at least 80 steps per min... Read more »

eSpiritual: Shiksha and sabhyata

2nd February 2021
Suno, Samjho, Jaano and Karo is the mantra for education and involves not only hearing but listening and understanding and then converting the understanding into wisdom and practically putting it into practice. One of the components of education is etiquettes or manners,...Read more »

Inspirational: God's Hands!

2nd February 2021
Friends love you, but they're not your lover. They care for you, but they're not one of your family. They share your pain, but they're not your blood relation. They are FRIENDS! A True friend is one who scolds you like a Father; cares for you like a Mother; teases you like a Sister; irritates you like a Brother; and loves you for who you are!...Read more »


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Oral Rehydration Therapy in Thoracic Surgery

The goal of a study published in Kyobu Geka was to evaluate safety and efficacy of preoperative oral rehydration therapy compared to infusion therapy in thoracic surgery. In this study, 84 patients scheduled for thoracic surgery were assigned to either an oral rehydration group or an infusion group... Read more »



Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in patients with essential hypertension treated with cilnidipine

In the present study, published in Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy, cilnidipine was given to 14 hospitalized patients with essential hypertension, and 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring was performed. Once-daily administration of cilnidipine... Read more »


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

Skin care is important especially in infancy as skin barrier matures during the first year of life. The goal of a study published in Journal of the German Society of Dermatology was to examine the effects of baby swimming and baby lotion... Read more »


An antibiofilm hydrofiber wound dressing: Clinical and in vitro performance

Biofilm has often been cited as a key pathological factor in non-healing wounds. It therefore seems crucial to manage the biofilm in order to expedite wound healing and achieve the desired outcome. A study by Scully and colleagues compared the clinical and in vitro performance of a next-generation antibiofilm silver dressing (NGAD) enriched with an antimicrobial dressing technology... Read more »

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