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June 15-30 2016
Volume 17 Number 12

Highlights

Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000,
but health inequalities persist

GENEVA: World Health Organization has released Health Statistics for the Year 2016 which shows dramatic gains in life expectancy made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries. According to “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs” Life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The increase was greatest in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to anti retrovirals for treatment of HIV.


 “Journey Through Medicine”

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals in general and medical teachers in particular who have remained involved in administration occupying important coveted positions come across lot of incidents, interesting episodes in their professional career which if shared provide an excellent opportunity to learn. That is why I have always encouraged doctors to document it but not many seems to be interested.  We can learn a lot from all this if it is documented and published but usually there is a tendency to put everything under the carpet and try to forget, something which needs to be discouraged.


 The Health Foundation striving
for a Hepatitis Free Pakistan

KARACHI: Un-necessary on demand use of injections, unsafe blood transfusion, re-use of  needles and syringes, use of unsterilized instruments by the healthcare professionals besides hospital environment has played a vital role in spreading Hepatitis which has now become a major public health problem in Pakistan. According to reports normal prevalence is between 12-13% but in some areas the prevalence is very high. Till recently treatment with interferon was beyond the reach of majority of the patients but with the discovery and marketing of oral preparations for the treatment of Hepatitis-C, it has become possible to find a cure for this dreadful disease.


 ARBs and ACEIs are safe and effective in
Hypertension, after MI and in Heart Failure

KARACHI:  ARBs and ACEIs are safe and effective in hypertension, after myocardial infarction as well as in Heart Failure.  Both have similar safety and efficacy though ARBs are better tolerated. This was stated by Dr.Asad Pathan Director Interventional Cardiology at Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi. He was speaking on ARBs in Cardiology at a seminar organized by PharmEvo Pakistan here on May 28th 20916. The seminar was chaired by Prof. Tahir Hussain, Head of the Dept. of Medicine at Karachi Medical and Dental College while Dr. Fatema Jawad Consultant Endocrinologist was other member of the Experts Panel.

 

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