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The new Botswana SARS-CoV-2 variant: Will it become another variant of concern?

Dr Veena Aggarwal, Consultant Womens’ Health, CMD and Editor-in-Chief, IJCP Group & Medtalks
26th November 2021
A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in Botswana. It has been named B.1.1.529 and may be designated as 'Nu' strain. It is speculated that this new strain originated in a patient with immunocompromised status, possibly an untreated HIV/AIDS infection. A total of 10 cases have been identified on genome sequencing. So far, three cases in Botswana (in Africa, where it was first isolated on November 11, 2021),... Read more »

Guest Editorial

Guest Editorial

Patients with schizophrenia fare worse with COVID-19

Prof. V Nagarajan, Chairman & Head Neurosciences Research & Translational Task Force, ICMR, New Delhi; Chairman, IEC, Govt. Madurai Medical College; Director, VN Neuro Care Centre, Madurai
26th November 2021 Multispeciality
Persons with schizophrenia and severe mood and anxiety disorders are less likely to get Covid-19; however, they are at a higher risk of dying, once they develop the infection, suggests a new study published in JAMA Network Open.
The cross-sectional study reviewed electronic health records of 2.5 million adults across the United States, who were tested for Covid-19 in 2020. Their mean age was 44 years. Data was sourced from the Optum COVID-19 Electronic Health Record... Read more »

Involvement of Liver in Diabetes Mellitus: Herbal Remedies.

26th November 2021 Gastroenterology Hepatology Multispeciality
A major complication in oxidative stress disorders like diabetes mellitus (DM) remains Liver disease. DM sees a decline in carbohydrate metabolism, characterized by chronic hyperglycemia. The liver is involved in glucose or carbohydrate metabolism and is most likely to be affected in ...Read more »
Hypertension update

Management of Hypertension Using Combination Therapy

26th November 2021 Multispeciality Cardiology
The clinical data have shown that over 70% of adults with primary hypertension require a minimum of two antihypertensive agents, either starting initially as combination therapy or as add-on therapy if monotherapy and lifestyle modifications don't show adequate pressure... Read more »
Gerd Update

Role of ranitidine in asthmatic children and adolescents with or without gastro-oesophageal reflux

26th November 2021 Gastroenterology
Gustafsson et al sought to determine the significance of gastro-esophageal reflux (GER) as a trigger of asthma. Therefore, they conducted a double-blind, cross-over, placebo-controlled trial over four weeks to ...Read more »

News From All Specialities

COVID-19 cases increase by 23% in Americas

26th November 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Public Health
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), fresh COVID-19 infections have increased by 23% in the Americas over the last week. The rise has been particularly marked in North America where both the United States and Canada have been witnessing rising infection...Read more »
News From All Specialities

Italy Tightens Restrictions on Unvaccinated People

26th November 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Public Health
Italy has tightened the restrictions on people who are not taking a COVID-19 vaccine, limiting access to a wide range of services. The country also made vaccines compulsory for a larger group of public sector workers. The measures will come into force from December 6 and ...Read more »
News From All Specialities

50% of women, children anemic in all 14 states surveyed in India: NFHS

26th November 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
Exclusive breastfeeding of infants in the first six months has improved across India, increasing from 55% in 2015-16 to 64% in 2019-21; however, anemia among children and women is still a concern as ...Read more »
News From All Specialities

Vaccines reduce coronavirus transmission by 40%, says WHO

26th November 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
The World Health Organization has stated that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the transmission of the Delta variant of coronavirus by nearly 40%. It cautioned that people were falling into a false sense of security about the COVID-19 vaccines... Read more »
News From All Specialities

Experimental Chewing Gum May Reduce Spread of Coronavirus

26th November 2021 Pathology & Lab Medicine Pulmonary Medicine
A study published in the journal Molecular Therapy has stated that an experimental chewing gum could decrease the amount of coronavirus particles in saliva, thereby helping slow down the transmission. The chewing gum contains a protein which traps virus particles and ...Read more »

Medicolegal Corner


While prescribing a medicine on phone, pronounce the alphabets.

26th November 2021
There are several drug names which can sound like other drug names. This can result in confusion and potentially harmful medication errors. While there are different types of drug names, brand names are most often confused. Whenever you are prescribing a medicine...Read more »

Medtalks CME


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