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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Direct oral anticoagulant use

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
7th December 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1186: Direct oral anticoagulant use not tied to reduced risk of severe COVID-19
DG Alerts Excerpts: Prognosis would not be altered by early outpatient DOAC initiation as per a study in Journal of Internal Medicine. Identified as a prominent feature of severe COVID-19, managing hypercoagulability in hospitalized patients has largely been focused, with interim guidelines supporting anticoagulation, suggest researchers led by Benjamin Flam, MD, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden...Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Shedding of viable SARS-CoV-2 following immunosuppressive therapy for cancer

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
7th December 2020
DG Alerts Excerpts: Patients with COVID-19 and with immunosuppression after undergoing hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation or receiving cellular therapies may shed viable SARS-CoV-2 for at least 2 months, suggests a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Teresa Aydillo, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and colleagues employed cell cultures to identify viable virus in serially collected nasopharyngeal and sputum samples that were obtained from 20 immunocompromised patients diagnosed with COVID-19 from March 10 through April 20, 2020... Read more »
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Interrelationship between Adipocytes and Hepatocytes

7th December 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
There is a huge incline in the incidence of obesity in recent years, due to which obesity and its associated disorders such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) pose a serious threat to the general population. Hence, the contribution of visceral adipose tissue to metabolic homeostasis has become a crucial topic,... 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

7th 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

Bahrain Approves Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine, Becomes Second Country to Approve It

7th December 2020 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
Bahrain has approved emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the second country after Britain to grant approval to the vaccine. Mariam al-Jalahma, CEO of the National Health Regulatory Authority, stated that this approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will add a key layer to the kingdom's COVID-19 response... Read more »

Alcohol-free hand sanitizer as good as alcohol-based versions against COVID-19

7th December 2020 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
A new study conducted by researchers at Brigham Young University suggests that alcohol-free hand sanitizer appears to be as effective at disinfecting surfaces from the COVID-19 virus as alcohol-based versions. Researchers at the BYU suspected that the CDC’s preference for alcohol-based sanitizer could be explained... Read more »

Indian drug regulator starts rolling reviews to fast-track vaccine

7th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
NEW DELHI: To ensure speedy availability of COVID-19 vaccine in India, accelerated rolling reviews have been initiated by the drug regulator for the vaccine candidates which are presently in advanced stage of clinical trials. A rolling review lets the regulator assess the data generated through clinical trials on a real-time basis... Read more »

NIH Guidelines Limit Scope of Remdesivir Use in COVID-19

7th December 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Updated guidelines from the National Institutes of Health have narrowed down the scope of recommended use for remdesivir in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. In the revised therapeutic management guidelines released recently, the NIH no longer recommends remdesivir with dexamethasone for hospitalized COVID-19 patients requiring mechanical ventilation... Read more »

Radiofrequency Ablation Relieves Hip, Shoulder Arthritis Pain

7th December 2020 Emergency MedicinePathology & Lab Medicine
Patients with osteoarthritis report significant pain relief following treatment with cooled radiofrequency ablation. This novel technique stuns the sensory nerves in shoulder and hip joints to reduce, and sometimes eliminate, the pain. The technique was evaluated in 12 shoulders in patients with an average age of 61 years, and 11 hips... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Are all consent given for medical treatment valid?

7th December 2020
According to Section 10 of the Indian Contract Act, 1872, an agreement is a contract when it is made for some consideration, between parties who are competent, with their free consent and for a lawful object. Thus, for the purpose of entering into a contract, free consent is one of the essentials....Read more »

eMedi Humor

My Grades

7th December 2020
A high school student came home one night rather depressed.
"What’s the matter, Son?" asked his mother.
"Aw, gee," said the boy, "It’s my grades. They’re all wet."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

Injury to radial nerve in lower part of spiral groove:

7th December 2020
1. Spares nerve supply to extensor carpi radialis longus.
2. Results in paralysis of anconeus muscle.
3. Leaves extension at elbow joint intact...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Expressive writing can relieve stress

7th December 2020
One can significantly boost mental and physical health by spending 30 minutes each day for four days to write out the innermost thoughts and feelings. This so-called expressive writing requires only a pen and a paper... Read more »

eSpiritual: Understanding exact speech

7th December 2020
Upanishads, Yoga sutras of Patanjali and teachings of Gautam Buddha, all talk about "the right speech". As per Gautam Buddha, the right speech has three components:
• It should be based on truthfulness...Read more »

Inspirational: The Doctor and the Father

7th December 2020
A doctor hurriedly entered the hospital as he was called in for an urgent surgery. He immediately changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. The patient was a young boy, whose father was pacing in the hall, impatiently waiting for the doctor...Read more »


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Practical efficacy of olmesartan vs. azilsartan in patients with hypertension: MUSCAT-4 study

A randomized-controlled trial compared the practical efficacy of olmesartan with azilsartan in 84 patients treated with conventional ARBs for more than 3 months. These patients were randomly allocated to receive either 20mg of olmesartan (olmesartan medoxomil, OL group) or 20mg of azilsartan (azilsartan, AZ group)... Read more »



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 or obesity alone... Read more »


The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity and systemic immune programming

An article published in the World Allergy Organization Journal elaborated on how the skin barrier structure and function are essential to human health. The authors stated that unrecognized functions of epidermal keratinocytes show... 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... Read more »

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