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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 Vaccines (Part 2)

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
4th January 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
COVID-19 Vaccines (Source: Medscape; Reproduced for educational purposes)
Vaccines in Late-Stage Development
Vaccines that are in, or have completed, phase 3 clinical trials in the United States are mentioned below. On December 18, 2020, the US FDA granted EUA for the mRNA-1273 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine in individuals aged 18 and older, after its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) voted to recommend (20 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention) the EUA on December 17... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID-19 Vaccines (Part 3)

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
4th January 2021
Multispeciality
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
COVID-19 Vaccines (Source: Medscape; Reproduced for educational purposes)
Investigational Vaccines Some investigational vaccine candidates are in various stages of development and clinical testing..
Vaccine : INO-4800 (Inovio Pharmaceuticals) DNA-based, 2 doses
Remarks: Stable at room temperature for over a year; frozen shipment not needed; interim results from phase 1 human trial (n = 40): favorable safety and immunogenicity; expanded to include older participants. Phase 2/3 trial (INNOVATE) ongoing; phase 2 to evaluate 2-dose regimen (1 mg or 2 mg) vs placebo in 400 participants...Read more »
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Effect of sweet snacks vs. fruits and vegetables on liver fat content

4th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
Hepatic triglyceride content (HTGC) and Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) are crucial risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases. Recently a study was conducted to assess the association of dietary intake of the main food groups with VAT and HTGC in middle-aged men and women. Data from the Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity... 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

4th January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
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Zinc Update

Beneficial effects of diphenhydramine and ammonium chloride in reducing cough

4th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Epidemiological surveys suggest that approximately one in five people are affected acute cough in Western countries and is considered as one of the most common reasons to consult a general practitioner. It has been observed that most acute coughs improve spontaneously, however,... Read more »
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News From All Specialities

New coronavirus variant raises R number by up to 0.7

4th January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The new variant of coronavirus is more transmissible than the virus's previous version, reported a study by the Imperial College, London. It further stated that the new variant increases the Reproduction or R number by 0.4 to 0.7. The UK's latest R number is estimated at between 1.1 and 1.3, and should be below 1.0 for the number of cases to start falling... Read more »
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Priority to sanitation staff and pharmacists in phase 1 of COVID vaccination in India

4th January 2021<Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Amidst speculation whether sanitation workers and pharmacists will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the initial phase, the government has started working to include them in the priority group after Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded theirs efforts as ‘frontline’ corona warriors during his speech on Thursday... Read more »
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5 states have highest active COVID cases in India

4th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Five states in India have contributed around 62% of the country’s active COVID-19 cases, which currently stands at 254,254, stated the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday. Kerala, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh together have contributed 157,106... Read more »
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CRC Risk in Young Adults Not as High as Previously Estimated

4th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePharmacists
The risk for colorectal cancer (CRC) in young adults appears to be lower than what has been previously estimated, as previous studies did not differentiate between colorectal adenocarcinoma and carcinoid tumors, which are incidental findings, suggest experts. New estimates for the risk of CRC in young adults,... Read more »
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Laparoscopic Lavage is Safe in Perforated Diverticulitis

4th January 2021 General Surgery Pharmacists
Long-term severe complications appeared to be similar with laparoscopic lavage and primary resection in perforated purulent diverticulitis patients, reported researchers in a study published in JAMA Surgery. However, recurrence was more frequent following lavage. At a median follow-up of just below 5 years, results from the ongoing SCANDIV... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Is it mandatory for the registered medical practitioner to specify in which specialty he has done?

4th January 2021
No, it is not mandatory for the registered medical practitioner to specify in which specialty he has done his post-graduation qualification (MD/MS) on the prescription made by him to his patient. As per the provisions of Clause 1.4.2 of Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics)...Read more »
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eMedi Humor

Contact lens

4th January 2021
The teenager lost a contact lens while playing basketball in his driveway. After a fruitless search, he told his mother the lens was nowhere to be found. Undaunted, she went outside and in a few minutes, returned with the lens in her hand. "How did you manage to find it, Mom?" the teenager asked...Read more »
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eMedi Quiz

High resolution computed tomography of the chest is the ideal modality for evaluating:

4th January 2021
1. Pleural effusion.
2. Interstitial lung disease.
3. Lung mass...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Restricting salt in diet can lower heart disease risk

4th January 2021
Restricting salt in the diet can lower the risk of developing heart disease by 25% and the risk of dying from heart disease by 20%. Dietary intake of sodium among Indians is excessively high. A Harvard Medical School study published in the British Medical Journal, suggests... Read more »
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eSpiritual: Science behind kalpvas

4th January 2021
The month of Magh is observed as Kalpvas where for one month, people from all over gather, do sun worship (Vitamin D), eat sesame (high in calcium) and do tulsi or basil pooja (high fertility and high in calcium). The significance is to gather one year’s vitamin D quota....Read more »

Inspirational: Laughter is the Best Medicine

4th January 2021
Several years ago, Norman Cousins was diagnosed as terminally ill and was given six months to live. He was told that his chance for recovery was 1 in 500. He came to realize that worry, depression and anger in his life had contributed to his disease...Read more »
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Orthopedic

Orthopedics

Exercise and Nutritional Intervention for Adults with Sarcopenic Obesity

People with sarcopenic obesity (SO) have both low muscle mass, i.e., sarcopenia, and high body fat, i.e., obesity. These individuals are at a greater risk of metabolic diseases and physical disability when compared with people with sarcopenia... Read more »

Nephrology

Orthopedics

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 »

Pediatrics

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 »

Surgery

Pre-Operative Multimodal Analgesia Decreases Post-Anesthesia Care Unit Narcotic Use and Pain.

A new study published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery aimed to assess the efficiency of multimodal analgesia (MMA) in reducing reliance on opioid medications. This was retrospective review of 560 patients undergoing outpatient... Read more »
 

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