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Is coronary artery disease regression possible?

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
4th February 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1342: Is coronary artery disease regression possible?
1. Yes it is possible. It has been shown in studies; however, it is not easy. 2. It depends on lipid-rich plaques vs. calcified plaques. The TACT study, a chelation study, revealed that it is not possible to get rid of calcified plaque. 3. That is the origin of the term ‘hardening of the arteries’. However, lipid-rich plaque can be changed. 4. CT scan studies: When we do serial CT scans for coronary calcium, we lower the cholesterol. Since the calcium score is a density score, as the cholesterol is taken out, the calcium stays and the calcium density rises...Read more »
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World COVID Meter 3rd February 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
4th 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, 34M October 1, 35M October 4, 36M October 8, 37M October 11, 38M October 14, 39M October 17, 40M October 19, 41M October 22,... Read more »
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Assessing epidemiology of various Liver Disease in Women

4th February 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
There is dearth of studies regarding pathophysiology of gender differences in the incidence, natural history, and outcomes of common liver diseases. It is evident that various potential mechanisms are responsible for these gender difference such as the effect of sex hormones on oxidative and metabolic pathways,... Read more »
Zinc Update

Chronic cough: future directions, mechanisms and antitussives

4th February 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
An essential cautious reflex of the respiratory tract is cough, required to clear and protect the upper airways. Cough might become inflated and also inhibit with the quality of life. Even though chronic cough can be treated successfully when it is related with the common causes like eosinophilic bronchitis,... Read more »

News From All Specialities

COVID-19 has had huge impact on cancer care, warns WHO

4th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an extensive impact on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer across the globe, stated the World Health Organization (WHO). Over a year since the outbreak of COVID-19, the pandemic has seriously impacted cancer care, with 50% of governments’ cancer services interrupted due to it, stated Dr André Ilbawi,... Read more »

COVID-19 vaccinations reach 100m mark worldwide

4th February 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Fifty nine days into the COVID-19 vaccination drives globally, the worldwide drive to inoculate people against this disease attained a significant milestone on Tuesday. The number of COVID vaccine doses administered thus far has crossed 100 million globally. Close to 101.6 million vaccine doses had been administered across the globe by Tuesday... Read more »

Oxford COVID-19 vaccine 76% effective for 3 months following single dose: Study

4th February 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
The COVID-19 vaccine by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was found to be 76% effective against symptomatic infection for three months following a single dose in a study. The vaccine efficacy increased if the second shot is delayed. Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, Andrew Pollard,... Read more »

Over 100,000 people died of COVID-19 in the US since January 1, suggest data

4th February 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
Over 100,000 individuals have reportedly died of COVID-19 in the United States thus far in 2021, suggest data from the Johns Hopkins University. Since January 1 this year, 100,317 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the US, taking the death toll in the country since the onset of the pandemic to 446,689... Read more »

Sputnik V Vaccine 91.6% Effective in Studies

4th February 2021Pharmacists Pathology & Lab Medicine
Phase III clinical trials with the Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine suggest that it is 91.6% effective in fighting COVID-19, reveals research published in The Lancet. There were nearly 20,000 individuals in the trials. Sixteen COVID cases were observed in the 14,964 individuals who were given the vaccine (0.1%) compared to 62 cases in the 4,902... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

What to do if a non pharmacist is found dispensing a drug in a pharmacy?

4th February 2021
As per Pharmacy Act 1948 “[42.] Dispensing by unregistered persons:-
1. On or after such date as the State Government may by notification in the Official Gazette appoint in this behalf, no person other than a registered pharmacist shall compound, prepare, mix, or dispense any medicine on the prescription of a medical practitioner 2;...Read more »

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Medical terms

4th February 2021
• Bowel – Letter like A.E.I.O.U.
• Caesarean section – District in Rome
• Cat scan – Searching for kitty...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Presence of food might be expected to interfere with drug absorption by slowing gastric emptying, or by altering the degree of ionization of the drug in the stomach. Which of the following statements is not a correct example?

4th February 2021
1. Absorption of digoxin is delayed by the presence of food.
2. Concurrent food intake may severely reduce the rate of absorption of phenytoin.
3. Presence of food enhances the absorption of hydrochlorothiazide...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Food poisoning with rice dishes

4th February 2021
• Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus can cause acute food poisoning within 6 hours of ingestion of food. B. cereus is the likely cause when rice is the reason behind it.
• B. cereus is able to persist in food processing environments on account of its ability to survive at extreme temperatures as well as its ability to form biofilms and spores. ... Read more »

eSpiritual: The lips of truth shall be recognized forever

4th February 2021
This sutra from Bible has a very deep significance in day-to-day life. The truth is ever lasting and always ends up in internal happiness and self-realization. And, in the long run, it always gives you happiness and an all-win situation. On the contrary, a lying tongue will only give you a momentary pleasure...Read more »

Inspirational: The Three Races

4th February 2021
Once, there was a young athletic boy hungry for success. For him, winning was everything. One day, he was preparing himself for a running competition in his native village. He had to compete with two other young boys. There was a large crowd to witness the race. A wise old man also travelled from far to see the feat himself...Read more »

Medical Voice

After Covid, are steroids leading to diabetes?

4th February 2021
NOIDA: Sixty-seven-year-old Virmati Devi, a Covid patient with no comorbid condition, was detected with hyperglycemia after her recovery. The woman from Greater Noida tested positive for Covid-19 on October 30 and was treated at a private hospital till November 11. Post recovery, she was detected with the disease,...Read more »


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