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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Obesity and Virology

Dr KK Aggarwal, President CMAAO
7th September 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1076: Patients with COVID-19 and obesity (BMI > 30 kg/m2) have a higher viral load and the virus may persist for longer
In a large multicentre trial, those with a BMI < 25 kg/m2 and COVID-19 took around 14 days to recover completely, those with BMI 25-30 kg/m2 took around 17 days, and those with a BMI > 30 kg/m2 took nearly 19-20 days. Dror Dicker, MD, from Hasharon Hospital, Petah Tikva, Israel, presented the preliminary results of the work at the opening plenary of the virtual European and International Congress on Obesity (ECOICO) 2020... Read more »
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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: Low dose steroids

Dr K K Aggarwal, President CMAAO
7th September 2020
With input from Dr Monica Vasudev
1075: Meta-analysis finds corticosteroids reduce risk of death in critically ill COVID-19 patients
DG Alerts excerpts: A meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that the use of systemic corticosteroids in critically ill patients with COVID-19 was tied to lower 28-day all-cause mortality compared to usual care or placebo. The benefit was the same irrespective of age, sex or the duration of illness... Read more »
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Propitious role of Liv. 52 in the management of Indian childhood cirrhosis

7th September 2020Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
The etiology of Indian childhood cirrhosis (ICC) is not clear and is considered difficult to treat. However, a formulation that combines Capparis spinosa, Cichorium intybus, Solanum nigrum, Terminalia arjuna, Cassia occidentalis, Achillea millefolium, Tamarix gallica has shown beneficial... Read more »

Hypertension Update

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Early management of hypertension is important for cardiovascular benefits

7th September 2020 Hypertension
Hypertension is one of the primary cardiovascular (CV) risk factors. Blood pressure (BP) lowering treatments can reduce the occurrence of myocardial infarction, stroke, heart failure and CV and all-cause mortality. The detection of high BP is an important step in any CV prevention strategy with excellent health benefits... Read more »
Zinc Update

Beneficial effect of zinc supplementation in various disorders

7th September 2020Allergy & Immunology Multispeciality
Zinc plays an important role in various biochemical pathways. Deficiency of zinc can affect several organ systems, which includes the gastrointestinal, integumentary, skeletal, central nervous system, immune, and reproductive systems... Read more »

News From All Specialities

UNICEF set to lead global procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccines

7th September 2020 Business and MedicinePathology & Lab Medicine
UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will lead the procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccinations to make sure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to initial doses of the vaccines when they are available. The vaccine procurement and distribution effort that involves more than 170 economies,... Read more »

Russian COVID-19 vaccine safe, induces antibody response in human trials, says study

7th September 2020Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
MOSCOW: The COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, which was approved by Russia last month, has been found to evoke antibody response with no serious adverse events in small human trials, suggest preliminary results published in The Lancet. Results from early-phase non-randomized vaccine trials... Read more »
Practice Updates

Antibodies against Coronavirus Stay in Body for at least 60 Days

7th September 2020 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
New Delhi: A sero survey conducted at a hospital in the city over a 5-month period has shown that the antibodies in a person who has recovered from COVID-19 infection persist for about 60-80 days. The antibodies were found to persist in the recovered patient's body for at least 60 days,... Read more »

Oral Surgery Could Help in Sleep Apnea

7th September 2020 Neurology Pharmacists
According to a randomized trial, surgery to widen and stabilize the soft palate and decrease the tongue size was found to improve outcomes among patients with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who did not respond to conventional treatments. Early findings from the multicenter trial revealed that palatal surgery,...Read more »

APA Releases New Schizophrenia Treatment Guideline

7th September 2020 Psychiatry Internal Medicine
A new evidence-based practice guideline has been released by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) for the treatment of schizophrenia. The focus of the new guideline is on assessment and treatment planning, both of which are integral parts of patient-centered care...Read more »

Medicolegal Corner

Are life-saving machines, devices and equipments like CPAP machine covered under insurance policy?

7th September 2020
Life-saving machines and devices such as pacemaker, CPAP, BiPAP, orthopedic implants, intracardiac valve replacements, vascular stents, relevant laboratory diagnostic tests, X-ray and such similar implants and machines are often prescribed by registered medical practitioners to their patients...Read more »

eMedi Humor

Tell him I can’t see him

7th September 2020
While the doctor was talking to me, his nurse came in and said, "Doctor, there is a man here who thinks he’s invisible."
The doctor said, "Tell him I can’t see him."...Read more »

eMedi Quiz

The initial nursing goal for a client with myasthenia gravis during the diagnostic phase of her hospitalization would be to:

7th September 2020
A. Develop a teaching plan
B. Facilitate psychologic adjustment
C. Maintain the present muscle strength...Read more »

Lifestyle Updates

eWellness: Passive smoking can cause dementia

7th September 2020
People exposed to second-hand smoke may face nearly 44% increased risk of developing dementia. Smoking is already known to increase the risk for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A study from Peninsula Medical School in Exeter, England, published in the British Medical Journal,... Read more »

eSpiritual: Mindfulness meditation

7th September 2020
Sit on a straight-backed chair or you may also sit cross-legged on the floor. Move your focus to a particular aspect of your breathing, for instance, the sensation of air flowing into the nostrils and out of the mouth, or the movement of your abdomen rising and falling as you inhale and exhale...Read more »

Inspirational Story: Live and Work

7th September 2020
Once there was a hardworking man who delivered bread as a living to support his family. He spent all his evenings after work attending classes, in a hope to improve himself and one day, find a better paying job. He seldom ate a meal together with his family,...Read more »


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