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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO
3rd October 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
Indian study - Rate of death decreased in patients over 65; children of all ages contracted infection and spread the virus to others
1098: An Indian study shows that the rate of death declined in patients over 65 and children of all ages contracted the infection and spread the virus to others.
1. A study from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh is among the first to suggest that children contract and spread the coronavirus. 2. The study of around 85,000 cases and nearly 600,000 of their contacts, published in the journal Science, offers significant insights not only for India, but for other low- and middle-income countries as well...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 Reinfection

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO
3rd October 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1097: Round Table Expert Zoom Meeting on "COVID-19 Reinfection", 26th September, 2020, 11am-12pm. Participants: Dr KK Aggarwal, Dr Ashok Gupta, Dr AK Agarwal, Dr Suneela Garg, Dr Jayakrishnan Alapet, Dr JA Jayalal, Dr DR Rai, Dr Anita Chakravarti, Prof Bejon Misra, Dr Anil Kumar, Dr KK Kalra, Mrs Upasana Arora, Ms Ira Gupta, Dr S Sharma.
Key points from the discussion : • A study (preprint) published in The Lancet has confirmed reinfections of SARS-CoV-2 in healthcare workers in India. The study defined reinfection as RT PCR positive → RT PCR negative and then again → RT PCR positive. • Reinfections are occurring in India. But we do not know if they are common... Read more »
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Chronic liver disease in an ageing population

3rd October 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
An article published in Age and Ageing discussed that the prevalence of chronic liver disease is increasing in the elderly population. These diseases mostly have asymptomatic or non-specific presentation, and may easily go undiagnosed. The authors reported that abnormal liver function tests of unknown cause are a common reason for referral to secondary care. Thus,... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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

3rd October 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

Role of Zinc in Immune Modulation and Anti-Cancer Defense Mechanisms

3rd October 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
A recent article published in Nutrients reported that the human body cannot store zinc reserves. Therefore, a deficiency can occur relatively quickly – for example, through an improper diet. Severe zinc deficiency is rare, but mild deficiencies are common globally... Read more »

News From All Specialities

Unique patterns in COVID-19 transmission identified in India

3rd October 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
NEW DELHI: Researchers, including those from the Government of Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh, carried out one of the largest analyses of COVID-19 epidemiology till today, and noted that both cases and deaths due to the viral illness have been highly concentrated in the 40-69 year age group in India... Read more »
Practice Updates

COVID-19: Delirium a key symptom in frail older people

3rd October 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Confusion or strange behavior in frail older people could be an early warning sign of COVID-19, suggests new research. The King's College London study assessed data from over 800 people over the age of 65. It included 322 patients in hospital with COVID-19, and 535 people using the COVID Symptom Study... Read more »

Oxford to Study Adalimumab as COVID-19 Treatment

3rd October 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
London: Oxford University has stated it would study if adalimumab, a type of anti-inflammatory known as an anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drug, was an effective treatment option for COVID-19 patients. Evidence indicates that COVID-19 patients already taking anti-TNF drugs for inflammatory bowel...Read more »

Patients with Psychiatric Disorders at Higher Risk of COVID-19 Death

3rd October 2020 Pharmacists Emergency Medicine
Patients with mental illness have a higher risk for severe COVID-19 outcomes compared to the general population, reported a study from a large hospital system. Of 1,685 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, those with a prior psychiatric diagnosis had a significantly higher risk...Read more »

Stroke May Be First Symptom of COVID-19 in Younger Patients

3rd October 2020Neurology Pharmacists
According to a new study, published online in Neurology, stroke may be the first presenting symptom of COVID-19 in younger patients. A meta-analysis was conducted of data from 160 patients with COVID-19 and stroke, and noted that nearly half of patients below the age of 50 were asymptomatic at the time of stroke onset. Although... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

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

3rd October 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

Seen on a famous beauty parlor in Bombay

3rd October 2020
Don’t whistle at the girl going out from here. She may be your grandmother!...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The estimated median incubation period for H1N1 flu is:

3rd October 2020
1. 1.5 to 3 days
2. 3-7 days
3. 7-10 days...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Guidelines about Eating

3rd October 2020
Malnutrition and wrong dietary habits have been identified as major risk factors for ill health, including heart attacks. Most people below the poverty line suffer from malnutrition due to lack of calories, proteins and vitamins in their food. In the affluent society, overeating or eating wrong food results in overnutrition,... Read more »

eSpiritual: Am I a spiritual seeker?

3rd October 2020
Every one cannot be a spiritual seeker. In fact, majority is not interested in seeking spiritual knowledge and they keep themselves busy in the worldly desires. To become a good seeker, one needs to acquire many qualities. In Bhagavad Gita, Arjuna, in a state of disturbed mind,...Read more »

Inspirational Story: Emotional management

3rd October 2020
When someone is doing something or is about to do something, in a way we don’t want it to be done and when we are not able to accept it, we become angry. However, when someone is doing something or is about to do something, in a way we don’t want it to be done – and we are able to accept it – we remain tolerant...Read more »


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