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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: How to diagnose UK strain by existing RT PCR test

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI
7th January 2021
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1278: How to diagnose UK strain by existing RT PCR test
1. Just use three-target assay (N, ORF1ab, S).
2. Look for S gene target failures (positive N, ORF and negative S gene).
3. The VOC includes a deletion of six nucleotides in the S gene, causing loss of two amino acids at positions 69 and 70 (Δ69-70) and has been previously reported by another group to result in S gene dropout in commercial assays (Bal A, et al. medRxiv, 2020)... Read more »
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World COVID Meter 6th January 2021: Acute manageable immunogenic thrombogenic inflammatory contagious viral disease pandemic

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA
7th January 2021
Cases: 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,...Read more »
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Beneficial Effects of plants Consumption on Liver Health

7th January 2021Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The liver is the largest digestive gland in the body and has a crucial role to play in metabolism of various substances. It performs various functions for the survival of the host, including detoxification, breakdown of red blood cells and substances, synthesis of proteins and hormones, and storing glycogen,... 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 January 2021 Hypertension
Hypertension, a prominent cause of premature mortality, affects 1.13 billion people worldwide, though blood pressure (BP)... Read more »
Zinc Update

Beneficial effects of guaifenesin on reducing MUC5AC and mucociliary transport in human tracheal-bronchial cells

7th January 2021 Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Mucus in the airways is essential to trap pathogens and inhaled particles for airway clearance through the mucociliary escalator towards the pharynx, where these get either swallowed or expectorated. Pathophysiology dictates that exposure to irritants and pathogens caused due to conditions such as bacterial... Read more »

News From All Specialities

WHO recommends two doses of Pfizer vaccine within 21-28 days

7th January 2021 Business and Medicine Pathology & Lab Medicine
The World Health Organization has stated that people should get two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine within 21-28 days, as many countries struggled to administer the shots. Several countries are facing increasing pressure on their health services owing to rising coronavirus cases and the emergence of new variants.... Read more »

UK daily COVID-19 cases cross 60,000 for first time

7th January 2021Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
The number of new daily confirmed COVID-19 cases in the UK has surged past 60,000 for the first time since the pandemic began. Government data on Tuesday revealed that the number of people who tested positive stood at 60,916. One in 50 people in private households in England had COVID-19 last week,... Read more »

Coronavirus Can be Transiently Airborne in Some Conditions, Says Study

7th January 2021 Pathology & Lab MedicinePulmonary Medicine
A study evaluating the air-borne nature of coronavirus has revealed that the virus can be transiently air-borne; however, preventive measures such as wearing masks can help. Scientists worked with three hospitals each in Hyderabad and Chandigarh to ascertain if the virus particles can be found... Read more »

COVID-19 likely the third leading cause of death in US in 2020: CDC statisticians

7th January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
Statisticians at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that COVID-19 was likely the third leading cause of death in the United States in 2020. There is only early data available on the leading causes of death for 2020 and evaluations are still ongoing, but provisional data suggest... Read more »

In Utero SARS-CoV-2 Transmission Unlikely, but Neonates May Still be at Risk

7th January 2021 Emergency Medicine Pharmacists
In a biorepository study including 64 women with SARS-CoV-2 infection, no maternal viremia, placental infection, or vertical transmission of SARS-CoV-2 was observed, reported researchers in JAMA Network Open. However, SARS-CoV-2 antibodies were found to transfer relatively inefficiently across the placenta... Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

A patient’s blood pressure values as reported by one doctor were higher than those recorded by another doctor. How does one defend?

7th January 2021
The onus to prove negligence is on the complainant and not the doctor. The complainant has to make an allegation supported by evidence. Mere allegation has no value. It is for the complainant to produce expert opinion that the first reading was wrong and that the second reading was right...Read more »

eMedi Humor

I can't remember the other two.

7th January 2021
“As you get older, three things happen. The first is your memory goes, and I can't remember the other two..." Sir Norman Wisdom...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

A client is admitted to the hospital with benign prostatic hyperplasia. The nurse’s most relevant assessment would be:

7th January 2021
a. Flank pain radiating in the groin
b. Distention of the lower abdomen
c. Perineal edema...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Reduce weight first if facing infertility problem

7th January 2021
Both obese men and women can face fertility problems unless they reduce their weight. Reducing weight as the first step can bring back their fertility.
• Obese men are over three times as likely to have low sperm counts compared to their normal... Read more »

eSpiritual: The Science Behind Addiction

7th January 2021
The three main reasons for any addiction are ignorance, ego and dependence. If you ask people why they smoke, some would say that they were ignorant about its side effects (ignorance), while others would say that it gave them a status in the society (ego). And the rest would say that once they started,...Read more »

Inspirational: Don’t let Fear Hold you back

7th January 2021
A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to learn about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and told the man that he would die in a bus accident. She said that this would happen within 2 to 3 months, but couldn’t say exactly when. The man was depressed and worried. He went home....Read more »

Medical Voice

Localised herd immunity, young population behind the dip in India's Covid count?

7th January 2021
New Delhi: The absolute number of people infected with Covid-19 in India may never be known but much of the scientific community agrees the downward trajectory of the disease is real and can likely be attributed to 'localised' herd immunity and a younger population...Read more »


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