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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Moderna files for emergency vaccine approval

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
4th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1180: Moderna Filing for FDA Emergency Vaccine Approval, Reports 94.1% Efficacy (Medscape Excerpts)
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was found to be 94.1% effective in the final analysis of its 30,000-participant phase 3 study. The company has filed for an emergency use authorization (EUA) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Eleven individuals in the mRNA-1273 vaccinated group later tested positive for COVID-19, compared with 185 participants given two placebo injections, yielding a point estimate of 94.1% efficacy. ..Read more »
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Gargling to improve oral hygiene prevents bacterial superinfections in COVID-19

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
4th December 2020
Patients with respiratory viral infections are likely to develop co-infections, which increase the severity of their disease. Streptococcus pneumonia infection was found to be the cause of death in the majority of cases during the 1918 influenza outbreak.1 COVID-19 is a viral disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2. While the large majority of infections are mild in nature, around 20% of patients develop severe disease with complications such as pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to bacterial superinfections,... Read more »
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Effect of obesity and fatty liver on Covid-19 infectivity

4th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
A study published in Healio Gastroenterology, analysed the effect of obesity and fatty liver on Covid -19. The current UK Biobank study recruited 500,000 people from 2006-2010, which were followed up with their healthcare records. Detailed phenotypical and genotypical information was collected from these patients... 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 December 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »

News From All Specialities

New toolkit to improve global birth defects surveillance

4th December 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
It is estimated that 295 000 newborns die of congenital anomalies during the first 28 days of life each year. In order to improve prevention and care services to minimize the number of congenital anomalies across the world and to better care for those born with birth defects, the World Health Organization (WHO),... Read more »

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

4th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
UK has approved Pfizer Inc’s COVID-19 vaccine, moving ahead of the rest of the world in the race to initiate the mass vaccination program. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in Britain granted emergency use approval to the Pfizer and German biotechnology partner BioNTech vaccine,... Read more »

Active COVID cases decline for 5th straight day in India

4th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Active COVID-19 cases in India continued to fall for the fifth consecutive day and the daily fresh cases remained below 40,000 for the fourth day in a row on Wednesday. The total caseload of the country crossed the 95-lakh mark though. After remaining below 500 for five days,... Read more »

Putin Orders Large-Scale Vaccinations from Next Week

4th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Russian President Vladimir Putin told health officials to begin extensive vaccinations next week, adding that the country had produced nearly 2 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. The announcement came on the day when UK approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for a rollout starting next week... Read more »

Vast Majority Will Need COVID-19 Vaccine, Says Fauci

4th December 2020 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
The COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect daily life until most people in the U.S. take a COVID-19 vaccine, suggest top infectious disease officials. Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has stressed that a vast majority of people will need to receive the vaccine... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Can doctor be held liable for not rendering a service or facility, which is not available in the hospital?

4th December 2020
The doctor cannot be held liable for not rendering a facility, which was not available in the hospital. If the hospital knowingly fails to provide some amenities that are fundamental for the patients, then it would certainly amount to medical malpractice; but for the same the doctor cannot be held liable for medical negligence...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Whoever tells the biggest lie

4th December 2020
Two boys were arguing when the teacher entered the room. The teacher says, "Why are you arguing?" One boy answers, "We found a 10 dollar bill and decided to give it to whoever tells the biggest lie." "You should be ashamed of yourselves," said the teacher, "When I was your age, I didn't even know what a lie was."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

When teaching a 65-year-old patient to use a pain scale, a pain management nurse anticipates that:

4th December 2020
a. Additional time is needed for the patient to process the information.
b. Older adults are unable to use pain scales reliably.
c. The Pain Assessment in Advanced Dementia Scale is appropriate for the patient...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Younger women with acute coronary syndromes may not have classic chest pain

4th December 2020
Younger women with an acute coronary syndrome have slightly lesser likelihood than men to present with the classic symptom of chest pain, reported a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. As a result, they often fail to receive a correct diagnosis in the emergency department... Read more »

eSpiritual: Do we get a human birth every time we die?

4th December 2020
As per Vedic sciences, Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted. It also believes in liberation in which once your past karma’s debt is over, you do not take a rebirth. Garuda Purana, on the other hand,...Read more »

Inspirational: It is the little things that make a big difference

4th December 2020
A man was taking a morning walk at the beach when he saw that the morning tide brought with it hundreds of starfish to the beach and when the tide receded, the fish were left behind. He realized that with the morning sun rays, they would die. The man went towards the fish, picked one and threw it into the water...Read more »

Medical Voice

No need to vaccinate the entire country to break coronavirus chain, says Health Ministry

4th December 2020
MUMBAI: India's health authorities indicated the entire country need not be administered the Covid-19 vaccine and only a "critical mass" of the 1.3 billion population needs to be vaccinated to break the transmission of the virus. The comments come as state governments prepare a priority list...Read more »


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An antibiofilm hydrofiber wound dressing: Clinical and in vitro performance

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