Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:22 February,2020

Breast cancer deaths increased 63% in 2019

In the year 2019, breast cancer emerged as top cancer killer causing 15.92% of the total deaths, followed by blood cancer, tongue cancer, and vaginal cancer combined constituting 14.15 %, 7.07% 6.19% of total toll respectively.

Indore: Breast cancer became most common cause of cancer death than any other type at Government Cancer Hospital. An increase of 63% in death of female patients suffering from breast cancer was recorded in 2019 at the hospital.

The fatality figures of the associated hospital of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, show that 36 females died of breast cancer in 2019 as compared to 22 in 2018....read more

Has COVID-19 established in South Korea due to a super-spreader?

South Korea has a population of 5 crore with 24.7 lakh in the city of Daegu, which is facing an “unprecedented crisis” after coronavirus infections that centered on the “cult” church surged to 38 cases, out of country’s total of 104.

The city, which is two hours south of the capital Seoul, was turned into a ghost town after health officials said the bulk of country’s 31 new cases announced on Thursday were associated with one of the branches of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus....read more

COVID-19 Cases Doubled in 24 Hours in South Korea

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Korea doubled in 24 hours, rising to 104 from 51, as per the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Several of the new cases have been linked to a Christian sect in Daegu, a city in southern South Korea....read more

Clustering of coronavirus COVID-19 in jails, church, ship

When we talk about coronavirus spreading in clusters, the largest cluster was Wuhan itself where over five crore people were locked down, ending up with over 2000 deaths.

The second largest lockdown was in Japanese Diamond Princess ship where over 3000 patients were locked up and 21% (634) of them developed COVID-19 virus infection....read more

COVID-19: Some of the unanswered or partially understood questions

1.Why is the tripling rate in South Korea 72 Hours, which is much higher than in China?

2.Is the concept of super-spreader scientific? Why is WHO saying we do not agree with this term.

3.Is there a possibility of airborne transmission of COVID-19 in some situations?...read more

21% infected on ship with 27 serious; 4000 likely deaths; super-spreader a reality? China reverses case definition; doubling time in Korea 2 days

CMAAO Update 21st February on COVID-19 21% on ship got infected, 27 cases on ship in serious condition, over 4000 likely deaths, super-spreader a reality?
China reverses case definition, includes only nucleic acid-positive cases (no CT + cases)

Summary:COVID-19 virus possibly behaves like SARS; causes mild illness in 82%, severe illness in 15%, critical illness in 3% and death in 2.3% cases (15% of admitted serious cases, 71% with comorbidity); affects all ages but predominantly males (56%) with median age 59 years (2-74 years, less in children below 15); with mean incubation period 2-14 days (3 days based on 1,324 cases); 5.2 days (based on 425 cases), 6.4 days in travellers from Wuhan);....read more

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KDPMA stress on creation of database of manufacturers & drugs produced to ensure preparedness to meet epidemics
Pharmabiz India – Nandita Vijay

The Karnataka Drugs and Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (KDPMA) has stressed for the creation of a database of manufacturers and the drugs produced by them as it will provide information of easy access to medicines during an epidemic. The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused apprehensions about access to anti-retroviral drugs and antibiotics among others. The Association is of the view that pharma industry must submit to the CDSCO information about its production capabilities which could enable instant information on the drug access. Last year, the country faced another health scare with the Nipah virus outbreak which required information on the drugs that could be effective to treat the virus infection. At a day-long workshop organized by the KDPMA on e-governance initiatives of CDSCO held in Bengaluru, the Association highlighted the need for online access through its Sugam portal to ensure efficiency and transparency across manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Sunil Attavar, president, KDPMA said "We welcome the initiative of the CDSCO to have a National State Portal for Licensing. Apart from ensuring uniformity across the country in terms of licensing, it will create a national data base of manufacturers, approvals, licenses etc. This is a critical need so that the correct information is available in a timely manner especially in crisis situations like we have seen in the recent past with Nipha and COVID-19 where availability of data is critical to enable decision makers to take appropriate actions."

Pharmabiz India – Yash Ved

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has rejected a petition filed by Makarand Anant Mhaskar, a drug wholesaler, against USV and Kundan Pharmacon for resorting to unfair trade practices. Makarand Anant Mhaskar had filed a case against pharmaceutical company USV Private Limited (USV) and its Carry & Forward (C&F) agent Kundan Pharmacon for resorting to unfair trade practices in contravention of the provisions of Section 4 of the Competition Commission Act (CCA). In the petition, Mhaskar alleged that requisite documents were provided and terms of advance payment were also accepted, but drugs were not supplied by C&F agent of USV on the ground that the complainant rejected the condition which provided that he is not entitled to return any product purchased from USV for any reason whatsoever including those on account of expiry or damage. It has been further alleged that another order was placed by Mhaskar on September 11, 2019 as per the requirements, but the same was not executed and demand draft, which was held for two months, was also returned on September 30, 2019. Mhaskar had placed an order for purchase of drugs from USV on July 31, 2019. Kundan Pharmacon through its letter dated August 6, 2019, confirmed receipt of the said order of the informant along with documents and demand draft. The complainant stated that the CCI should take an appropriate action against USV and Kundan Pharmacon for imposing unfair and discriminatory conditions which barred him from purchasing the products of USV from any other C&F agent and returning any product purchased from USV for any reason whatsoever including those on account of expiry or damage.

Swine flu scare at tech park
Bangalore Mirror

Representational image 2 employees of SAP India test positive for H1N1, causing flutter at RMZ Ecoworld Swine flu scare gripped one of the city’s largest tech park RMZ Ecoworld on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) on Thursday after two employees, who work for SAP India, tested positive for the H1N1 virus. As a precautionary measure, the tech company closed all its offices across Bengaluru for extensive sanitisation. “Two SAP India employees based in Bengaluru (RMZ Ecoworld office) have tested positive for the H1N1 virus. Detailed contact tracing of who the infected colleagues may have come into contact with is under way. The health of our employees and their families is of utmost priority. As a precautionary measure, all the SAP Offices across Bengaluru, Gurugram, and Mumbai have been closed for extensive sanitization, and all SAP employees based in these locations have been asked to work from home till further notice,” a spokesperson of SAP India said. It’s learnt that the SAP India offices were closed on Thursday and will continue to remain shut till February 28. The multinational company has arranged an alternate facility for employees, who require to work out of office from a connectivity point of view. Some employees confirmed to BM that they have been asked to work from home.

India - Juhi Kumari

Good mental health is essential for your cognitive, emotional, and behavioural well being. The World Health Organisation defines this term as “A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” Mental health is presently one of the most ignored topics in India. And, the current lifestyle has made mental disorders, quite prevalent in society. Some of the most common mental disorders include anxiety, schizophrenia, mood disorders, and depression. Though it is not easy to find if someone is suffering from a mental disorder, certain signs may help in diagnosing the conditions. If someone is withdrawing from people and he is not enjoying things he used to love doing earlier, the person may be a mental disorder patient. Also, sleeping and eating too much, displaying uncharacteristic emotions, thinking of harming someone, delusions, confusion, and a constant feeling of low energy are some of the other symptoms of mental disorders. If you or any of your acquaintance is experiencing these symptoms, you must consult a doctor. In case, you wish to get rid of them naturally, here are some natural antidepressants that may be of some help.