Monthly Archives: April 2020

Books with their main characters fighting mental illness

The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself. To be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile, said Plato. Many books and novels have been written about mental health issues, with the purpose of talking about it more out in the open. Here are some brilliant accounts of protagonists in […]

18 Book Characters That Accurately Represent Mental Illness

18 Book Characters That Accurately Represent Mental Illness — Read on

Mental illness in movies

Bustle 11 of the Most Realistic Portrayals of Mental Illness in Novels By REBECCA KELLEY May 13, 2014 Matt Cardy/Getty Images News/Getty Images There is a great tradition of mental illness in fiction. The Victorians loved stashing mad women up in towers or attics, where they could slow-w-wly peel the wallpaper from the walls or […]

Fiction and mental illness

Works of fiction dealing with mental illness include: Literature • Ajax, circa 450 – 430 BC; tragedy by Sophocles • Heracles, 416 BC tragedy by Euripides and Hercules Furens, c. AD 40–60 tragedy by Seneca the Younger, both of which cover Hera filling Hercules with a homicidal madness. • Orlando Furioso, 1516-1532; epic poem by […]

Borderline personality disorder

Patient Story: Personality Disorders Maria, a single woman without a job, sought therapy at age 33 for treatment of depressed mood, chronic thoughts of killing herself and having no social contact for many months. She had spent the last six months alone in her apartment, lying in bed, eating junk food, watching TV and doing […]

Covid and elderly

                        EDITORIAL BOARD EDITOR IN CHIEF  Dr. O. P. Sharma ASST. EDITORS Dr. Vivek Handa, Dr. J. K. Sharma, Dr. Mohit Sharma, Dr. Anil K. Manchanda, Dr. Puneet Khanna MEMBERS DESK […]

Covid. Management

 G. Umberto Meduri, M.D. Professor of Medicine Division of Critical Care & Sleep Medicine Univ. of Tennessee Health Science Center Memphis, Tennessee Pierre Kory, M.D., M.P.A. Medical Dir., Trauma & Life Support Center Critical Care Service Chief Associate Professor of Medicine Univ. of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health Paul E. Marik, MD, […]

Sr. covid

I am a senior resident doctor at AIIMS, Trauma centre. I have been deputed to the COVID ICU and have been a part of the contingency preparation process from the beginning. We work in four shifts of six-hours, providing 24/7 care. We follow a seven-day work and a seven-day break routine. Currently, I have just […]

Israel has found a possible 100% cure for Coronavirus.

Breaking News. ————————————————– The Israeli coronavirus drug reportedly with a 100% success rate even among severely ill patients is being tested in the United States for the first time. Pluristem Therapeutics Inc., a biotech company based in Haifa/Israel, reported that seven patients who were at a high risk of death due to respiratory failure, multi-system […]


Jayashree Nandi n NEW DELHI: The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) can, in some instances, lead to disorientation or delirium, say neurologists treating Covid-19 patients. While the focus has so far been on the effect of the disease on the respiratory system, as doctors treat more patients, they are noticing and document new patterns. Neurologists are […]

Laws Applicable to Medical Practice and Hospitals in India

International Journal of Research Foundation of Hospital & Healthcare Administration, July-December 2013;1(1):19-24 19 JRFHHA Laws Applicable to Medical Practice and Hospitals in India 1Madhav Madhusudan Singh, 2Uma Shankar Garg, 3Pankaj Arora ABSTRACT Healthcare in India features a universal healthcare care system run by the constituent states and territories. Law is an obligation on the part […]

Pandemic guidelines for mental health

  Mental Health in the times of COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines for General Medical and Specialised Mental Health Care Settings DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH & NEUROSCIENCES, BENGALURU, INDIA APRIL – 2020  Mental Health in the times of COVID-19 Pandemic Guidelines for General Medical and Specialised Mental Health Care Settings All […]

Preventing covid

 Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment The First A liated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine Compiled According to Clinical Experience    Editor’s Note: Faced with an unknown virus, sharing and collaboration are the best remedy. The publication of this Handbook is one of the best ways to mark the courage and […]

Understanding the situation:

Developing Herd immunity by killing many is not the best option here. Herd immunity is good in polio, mumps. In some diseases, herd immunity during pandemic is the best way. In 1918 flu pandemic, that lasted 3 years killed 2 crore out of 30 crore Indians alone of undivided India then. Globally it killed 10 […]


Staff of the Healthy Mind Lab at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis pack medication and medical equipment to be sent to participants in a COVID-19 trial that will help determine whether the psychiatric drug fluvoxamine might help prevent the life-threatening “cytokine storm” that lands many COVID-19 patients in the hospital. Researchers at […]

As OPD footfalls drop, private hospitals battle for survival

By Sohini Das & Gireesh Babu April 11, 2020 11:38 IST Private hospitals, especially smaller standalone ones, are staring at a crisis that they were not prepared for. Analysts say larger corporate chains have to brace up for at least six months for business to return to normal. AK Kaushik, who heads a group of […]

REPORT OF COVID-19 CASES Date: 13 April 2020 Time: 10:00 AM

  Analytics: Medical Education and Drugs Department Data: Public Health Department Government of Maharashtra   Table No 1: Comparison of COVID-19 Cases and Deaths VARIABLES WORLD INDIA  MAHARASHTRA TOTAL CASES 1696588 9163 1996  NEW CASES 85679 807 235 TOTAL DEATHS 105952 307  148  NEW DEATHS 6262 34 21 MORTALITY […]

Beyond coronavirus: The path to the next normal

          The coronavirus is not only a health crisis of immense proportion—it’s also an imminent restructuring of the global economic order. Here’s how leaders can begin navigating to what’s next. by Kevin Sneader and Shubham Singhal  March 2020 ©Baona/Getty Images 2 Beyond coronavirus: The path […]


 Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General World Health Organization 20 Avenue Appia CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland Dear Dr. Tedros: April 9, 2020 This letter is in furtherance of the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s (the Committee) ongoing investigation into the Chinese government’s role in exacerbating the COVID-19 pandemic, including its large-scale propaganda campaign.1 The World […]

SFM India Oriented Guidelines for Ultrasound Establishments During the COVID 19 Pandemic

  J. Fetal Med. GUIDELINES Ashok Khurana1 • K. Aparna Sharma1 • Sumitra Bachani1 • Gaurika Sahi1 • Reema Kumar Bhatt1 • Bimal Sahani1 • Mohit V. Shah1 • Sunil Mehta1 • Krishna Gopal1 • T. L. N. Praveen1 Ó Society of Fetal Medicine 2020 Background The International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics […]

Scientists unravel why some people less prone to COVID-19

T V Jayan New Delhi | Updated on April 11, 2020 Published on April 11, 2020 0 KNOW MORE The findings may eventually help develop therapeutics against the deadly infection that has killed more than 1 lakh people so far A team of researchers from India and the US led by a scientist at Chennai-headquartered […]

BCG vaccination policies make a ten times difference in Covid-19 incidence, mortality: New study

Study co-authored by Indian-American cancer surgeon comes even as clinical trials on the efficacy of BCG vaccine for Covid-19 are underway. By Sruthijith KK, ET Bureau | Updated: Apr 03, 2020, 10.53 AM IST Agencies Dr Ashish Kamat, a co-author of the paper and professor of Urologic Oncology (Surgery) and cancer research at MD Anderson […]

Lockdown etc

First of all, let me define what is quarantine and what is isolation. Quarantine: Compulsory separation, including restriction of movement, of people who potentially have been exposed to a contagious disease, until it can be determined whether they have become sick or no longer pose a risk to others. This determination could be made, for […]

Steroids in covid

cmi_48_20R 11 22 34 Low‐Volume Plasma Exchange and Low‐Dose Steroid to Treat 34 56 Secondary Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis: A Potential 56 78 Treatment for Severe COVID‐19? 78 9 Vijay Alexander1, Uday Zachariah1, Ashish Goel1, Subramani Kandasamy2, Binila Chacko2, John Victor Punitha3, Sukesh Nair4, Vinoi David5, 9 10 Savit Prabhu6, K. A. Balasubramanian6, Ian Mackie7, Elwyn Elias1,8, […]



Adapting to new reality.

Summary of the Webinar on April 09, 2020 by Dr. Christopher Palmer, MD, (Summary adapted for Indian context) 1. No one likes a pandemic 2. Reality: It has occurred and we have to survive. 3. Universally, everyone experiences identical wide range of unhappy emotions like anxiety and helplessness, anger and insecurity. 4. Solutions to combat […]

In COVID- 19

Best summary today: 1.-Why there is high ferritin level ? 2.-Why there is very high DDimer levels disproportionate with the severity of infection? 3.-Why ARDS in those are nearly Not responding to high PEEP and Fio2 levels? 4.-Why all CT chest patterns are exclusively Ground glassing and associated with rapid and marked hypoxemia disproportionates with […]

A Clinical-Therapeutic Staging Proposal: Summary

The largest report of COVID-19 from the Chinese Centers for Disease Control and Prevention summarized findings from 72, 314 cases and noted that while 81% were of a mild nature with an overall case fatality rate of 2.3%, a small sub-group of 5% presented with respiratory failure, septic shock and multi-organ dysfunction resulting in fatality […]


Ancient viral invaders in our DNA help fight today’s infections

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. These so-called endogenous viruses are often perceived as a mere oddity with no clear biological significance. But a new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that evolution has repurposed […]

Our complicated relationship with viruses

Science News from research organizations Date: November 28, 2016 Source: NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Summary: Nearly 10 percent of the human genome is made of bits of virus DNA. For the most part, this viral DNA is not harmful. In some cases, scientists are finding, it actually has a beneficial impact. […]

Gods letters or commandments

The world’s most complex language system is located within every cell of your body. Now biologists are discovering that DNA is hiding a language within a language. When I say there are hidden codes in DNA, some people jump to the conclusion that I believe “messages from God” were written in our DNA. Once I […]

Impact of COVID-19 on Sectors in India Assumptions*:

– The COVID-19 pandemic subsides in India from its peak level and all businesses resume operations from June 2020 onwards, although in a staggered manner. – Businesses across the globe (excluding China) also resume operations from June 2020, although in a staggered manner. – More businesses across China resume operations from April 2020 (over 60% […]


Received from Prof Seshadri today vital advice on surgical patients. ‘COVID 19: Current scenario and suggested steps for coping Professor M.S.Seshadri MD, PhD, FRCP Former Professor of Medicine & Endocrinology Department of Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism Christian Medical College & Hospital, Vellore Consultant Physician & Endocrinologist Honorary Medical Director Thirumalai Mission Hospital, Vanapadi Road, Ranipet […]


What difficult behaviors are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease? Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an incurable brain disease. It slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and it can cause troublesome changes in behavior. Common difficult behaviors are wandering, inappropriate behavior, hallucinations and delusions, and sundowning. WANDERING What is wandering? People with AD often wander–that is, they […]


Living with a Mentally Ill Person Mental illness is a health condition that involves the brain. Mental illness causes problems with thinking, mood, or behavior that interfere with daily life and cause distress. If you are a family member or friend of someone who is mentally ill, you have probably been suffering too. You are […]


Feeling Alone: Why Does Loneliness Hurt So Bad? (and How to Deal With Feelings of Self-Isolation) Last Updated on May 20, 2019 There might be affiliate links on this page, which means we get a small commission of anything you buy. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Please do your own research […]


Employers, friends, and neighbors may be very uncomfortable about mental illness. Many people would rather avoid the issue than deal with it. They find it embarrassing and scary. The stigma can be worse than the illness itself. One survey found that workers are more likely to tell their boss they were involved in a petty […]

decisional capacity

What is decisional capacity? Decisional capacity is the ability to make choices. Sometimes, when you are very sick or very old, you may become unable to make decisions. However, problems making decisions are not a normal part of getting older. If for some reason you lose your decisional capacity, you will need to have others […]

letting go resentment

What is resentment? Resentment is a feeling of anger about something that seems unfair. Bad things happen to everyone. Money problems, health problems, or feeling that you do more than your share can create feelings such as anger and grudges. Some people are unable to release emotions easily, which allows resentment to build up. What […]

positive self talk

What is positive self-talk? We mentally talk to ourselves all the time. We give ourselves more feedback than anyone else ever could. Self-talk can be negative or positive, and it can affect all parts of life, such as health, finances, and relationships. Negative self-talk is discouraging. Some examples of negative self-talk: “I’m dumb.” “I can’t […]

positive attitude

A positive attitude is an optimistic and happy state of mind. Do not confuse it with being naive or impractical, because it is not. A positive attitude means a mentality that is not daunted by obstacles, difficulties or delays, and does not give in easily. A person with a positive attitude is willing to experiment, […]


What Is Disorganized Schizophrenia? Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder involving a breakdown that drastically affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. The disorder has five subtypes, one of which is disorganized schizophrenia. Its very name implies the typical and predominant characteristics by which it is identified: disorganized speech and behavior as well as […]

self esteem

The effects of body image on self-esteem can be especially powerful during the teenage years. Although it’s perfectly normal to have negative thoughts and feelings towards yourself once in a while, finding ways to be positive is the key to building a healthy body image and positive self-esteem. What is body image? Body image is […]

self harm

Self-Harming Behaviors What does it mean to self-harm? Self-harm means injuring your body deliberately in a way that leaves marks or causes damage. It may also be called self-injury, self-mutilation, self-inflicted violence, self-destructive behavior, and self-abuse. Self-harm does not mean that you want to die. You may hurt yourself, even though you want to live. […]

social support

What is social support? Social support is having close relationships with other people. Support often comes from family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. It means not feeling alone, “outside of things”, or lonely. It is important for self-esteem. Social support also has many health benefits. It can help you: Be less likely to become depressed Cope […]


Why general OPDs should not be opened during lockdown period?

CM Punjab, Mr Amarinder Singh needs all the appreciation for his commendable reaction to first corona patient in the state. Punjab was the first state to have curfew to prevent spread. Nearly 90,000 NRIs came to our state and if this curfew was not done then till now more than 30% Punjabis would have been […]

Novavax Identifies Coronavirus Vaccine Candidate; Accelerates Initiation of First-in-Human Trial to Mid-May

 ABOUT US PIPELINE INVESTORS NEWS PRESS RELEASE PRESS RELEASE  View printer-friendly version NVX-CoV2373 identified as SARS-CoV-2 candidate for Phase 1 clinical trial In preclinical studies, NVX-CoV2373 demonstrated high immunogenicity and stimulated high levels of neutralizing antibodies First-in-human Phase 1 clinical trial accelerated to mid-May with preliminary results in July GMP clinical production initiated […]

Treatment of 5 Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 With Convalescent Plasma

 Research JAMA | PreliminaryCommunication Chenguang Shen, PhD; Zhaoqin Wang, PhD; Fang Zhao, PhD; Yang Yang, MD; Jinxiu Li, MD; Jing Yuan, MD; Fuxiang Wang, MD; Delin Li, PhD; Minghui Yang, PhD; Li Xing, MM; Jinli Wei, MM; Haixia Xiao, PhD; Yan Yang, MM; Jiuxin Qu, MD; Ling Qing, MM; Li Chen, MD; Zhixiang Xu, […]