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Screen COVID-19 patients for blood clotting abnormalities: Study

New York: Saying that critically ill COVID-19 patients may be at high risk for developing renal failure, venous blood clots, and other complications associated with blood clots, such as stroke, researchers have emphasised on the need for early screening.
Thromboelastography (TEG) is a whole blood assay that provides a broad picture of how an individual patient's blood forms clots, including how long clotting takes, how strong clots are, and how soon clots break down....read more


CMAAO IMA Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster 97

(With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev)
New facts842: Most children hospitalized for COVID-19 had pre-existing conditions, with around 40% who needed invasive mechanical ventilation [study of U.S. and Canadian PICUs]
843: Gastrointestinal symptoms affected 26% of hospital employees hospitalized with presumptive COVID-19 infection, suggested the results of a study from Wuhan, China. Gastrointestinal symptoms most commonly included diarrhea (18%), nausea (8%), vomiting (6%), and abdominal pain (2%). [Zhou Z, et al. Gastroenterology. 2020 Mar 18.] ....read more


Search for happiness in the present moment

Happiness should not be considered as being synonymous with pleasure. Pleasure is transient and is always associated with pain later on. Any transient addiction to any of the five senses will either lead to pleasure or pain. Pleasure leads to attachment resulting in more intense and greater desires, and if these are not fulfilled, they cause pain, which manifests as anger, irritability or even a physical disease. This type of transient pleasure is chosen by the individuals who attach themselves not only to the actions, but also to its results....read more


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Vaccine development status in CMAAO Countries


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Pune-based Pharma company to begin trials of medicines with potential to treat coronavirus
India Today- Pankaj P. Khelkar

Pune-based company Novalead Pharma Pvt Ltd has been granted permission for clinical trials on humans to find a cure for the novel coronavirus which has killed lakhs across the world. Speaking to India Today TV, scientist Supreet Deshpande shared how the computer-generated tests have been showing positive results on the development of a medicine. Deshpande shared that their 20 to 30 staff members started working on finding a medicine from the available medicines to fight coronavirus. A total of 2,200 drugs were studied in detail, of which, 42 medicines have shown medicinal values in nullifying the coronavirus. Out of the 42 samples, only three medicines gave the researches the result which the scientists at Novalead were expecting. Now, those three medicines have finally been chosen to perform clinical trials. To carry out the cynical trials, Novalead Pharma Pvt Ltd approached the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). It was given a go-ahead after the DCGI studied all the computer tests. Supreet Deshpande has confirmed that the human clinical trials will commence within 20 days and hopefully, India will have the answer to fight coronavirus in the next few months.

US to donate ventilators to India, cooperate on COVID-19 vaccine development: Trump
IndiaTV

President Donald Trump has said that United States will donate ventilators to India and will also cooperate on vaccine development for coronavirus. Speaking to reporters, Donald Trump said, "We are sending a lot of ventilators to India, I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. We are sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have a tremendous supply of ventilators." "India has been so great, your PM has been a very good friend of mine. We are working with India too, we have a tremendous Indian population in the US and many of the people you are talking about are working on the vaccine too, great scientists and researchers," Trump said. Trump was responding to the Indian-American community's appreciation of his fight against the coronavirus. This is the first time that a president has recognised the scientific and research talent of the Indian-American community. A large number of scientists are engaged in cutting edge research in various aspects of medical science, including at the National Institute of Health, universities, research institutes and bio-pharma startups. There are an estimated 4 million Indian-Americans in the United States, of which about 2.5 million are potential voters in the 2020 presidential elections this November. Earlier, when coronavirus cases were on peak in the United States, India assured US for Hydroxychloroquine stock. A consignment from India was sent to the United States after the country demanded at the time when COVID-19 cases peaked.

Doctor who recovered from virus locked inside her home
The Indian Express

Police have filed an FIR against a South Delhi resident for allegedly abusing and locking up a woman doctor, who had returned to her Vasant Kunj flat after recovering from Covid-19. The FIR has been filed after the woman submitted a written complaint to SHO Vasant Kunj South against her neighbour, identified as Manish, under sections of wrongful confinement and outraging the modesty of a woman. “A complaint was received on Thursday from a doctor. She said she is a senior resident… and was discharged from the isolation centre on Thursday. She had tested negative for Covid-19 twice but a resident, Manish, came to her and said that she can’t stay in the apartment,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Devender Arya said. Arya said the woman’s complaint mentioned that he used abusive language and locked her inside her flat. “An FIR has been registered and investigation is on,” he said. In the complaint, the woman alleged that around 4.20 pm on Thursday, Manish “started hurling abuses and screaming at me, saying I am corona positive and I can’t stay here”. The woman claimed she explained to him that she has tested negative twice for Covid-19 and has been discharged. The complaint said, “Still, he didn’t stop screaming at me. I didn’t entertain him any further and requested him to speak to the RWA president, following which he latched my door from outside and shouted, ‘Main bhi dekhta hoon baahar kaise nikalti ho. Ab toh tumhe yahan se jaana hi padega, jisko call karna hai kar lo.’… I am very scared and worried about my safety.”

COVID lockdown hits maternal health services
The New Indian Express- Sumi Sukanya Dutta, Namita Bajpai, Sudhir Suryawan

When Sarika (name changed), 27, of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh felt labour pain late last month, her husband took her to a nursing home where she had been consulting a gynaecologist during her pregnancy. The nursing home was shut and her doctor, over phone, advised her to arrange for a midwife-facilitated homebirth rather than going to the district hospital. “I heeded to the doctor’s advice since the chances of contracting Covid-19 seemed higher at a government hospital teeming with people,” said Pawan Kumar (name changed), who teaches in a primary school. Sarika delivered a baby girl on April 29, helped by a retired auxillary nurse midwife. “I never wanted it this way but I am thankful I and my child are fine,” she said. Sarika may have been lucky; many would not be. But for many months to come, we won’t even know of those who might have suffered in unimaginable ways, as they would either opt or be forced to deliver at home without medical supervision. A number of them will die, too, due to complications during the childbirth. A look at the Health Management Information System, maintained by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare suggests that in March 2020 — when the nationwide lockdown was enforced — institutional deliveries dropped by 43 per cent compared to March 2019. The number of childbirths registered in hospitals — public and private — across India stood at 17,17,500 in March last year while this year the number dropped to 9,71,782.