Editor in Chief Dr KK Aggarwal, Padma Shri Awardee                                                                               Dated:26 May,2020

ICMR identifies 10 dist clusters for serosurvey

Ludhiana: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has identified 10 clusters (four villages and six wards) in Ludhiana district for serosurvey.
A 14-member team of ICMR will collect 400 blood samples from people living in these 10 clusters under the “Community transmission surveillance programme’ and conduct their rapid antibody tests to find the community transmission stage of Covid-19....read more

COVID-19 & Critical Care: Ethical Dilemmas

Reproduced from: India Legal, https://www.indialegallive.com/special/covid-19-critical-care-ethical-dilemmas-99521, published May 16, 2020
As demand for critical care outstrips supply, doctors have had to agonise over rationing ICU beds and ventilators based on who has the greatest chance of survival. Guidance documents help in this regard.
The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly increased the demand for acute and critical care services. This also means that there should be an increase in the capacity to provide care for more patients, including those requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission, and mechanical ventilation. ....read more

CMAAO Corona Facts and Myth Buster 105 Super Spreader

(With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev)
916: Super spreader a must for becoming a hot spot of Coronavirus
Without a super spreader the cases in the country may die out of its own
Super spreader, is a term loosely used for people who infect a disproportionately large number of others, whether because of genetics, social habits or simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time....read more

Music therapy

Music therapy can ameliorate physical and emotional distress. It can improve distress caused by pain, decrease muscle tension and promote relaxation, decrease anxiety, improve chemotherapy-related nausea and emesis, and improve overall mood [1,2], help manage postoperative nausea and vomiting [3] and reduce pain intensity levels and opioid requirements [4,5]....read more

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133-acre pharma park to come up in Fatehgarh Sahib
Ruchika M KhannaTribune News Service

After struggling to stop the pharma industry shift to neighbouring tax-exempt hill states, Punjab is finally recognising the sector’s potential. A pharma park, with focus on bulk drug manufacturers, is coming up in Fatehgarh Sahib.
As the Centre is focusing on promoting bulk drug manufacturing here to reduce the country’s dependence on China for Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) and Key Starting Materials (KSM), Punjab has taken the initiative by acquiring 133 acres to set up the pharma park.

Explained: What we know so far on hydroxychloroquine (HCQ)
The indianexpressAbantika Ghosh

Last week, a study in The Lancet raised further questions about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a treatment for Covid-19. This comes even as US President Donald Trump continues to push for HCQ, including a claim that he has been using it himself.
HCQ has been the subject of debate around the world. It is India’s drug of choice both for treatment and prophylaxis (post-exposure preventive). India has extended guidelines for its use and is currently exporting it to 55 other countries, even though the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been cautious about its efficacy.

Bhopal doctors claim homeopathy medicine cured Covid-19 patients, experts raise objection
Hindustan TimesRanjan

A government homeopathy medical college in Bhopal on Monday night claimed to have treated as many as six Covid-19 patients successfully, prompting public health experts to raise objections against such a treatment. They also demanded an immediate ban the trial.
“Six coronavirus infected patients who were admitted on May 14 are returning home having recovered from the disease. These included two children also whose parents were positive. These children too were given homeopathy medicines. No alloepathy medicine was given to children. They were only given homoepathy medicines,” a communiqué from district administration said on Monday.

Coronavirus: Indian-origin couple in US develop low-cost ventilators

A couple of Indian origin has developed a low-cost portable emergency ventilator in the United States to help doctors in India and other developing countries treat coronavirus patients, PTI reported on Tuesday.
The Open-AirVentGT has been developed to address acute respiratory distress syndrome, a common health complication among coronavirus patients, which causes their lungs to stiffen. Devesh Ranjan, a professor and associate chair in the Georgia Tech’s George W Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, and Kumuda Ranjan, a doctor in Atlanta, developed the emergency ventilator from concept to prototype in three weeks.