Anxiety, OCD, Eating disorders, Chronic Pain, ADHD, Depressive Disorders, Enuresis and Conduct Behavioural Problems are all amenable to EMDR therapy-Dr. Nadeem Ahmad

LAHORE: Efficacy of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) therapy in the management of a wide range of psychosocial problems in childhood and adolescents were highlighted during the workshop on EMDR at the 9th International Psychiatric Conference held here from February 26-28, 2015.  Recent advances in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was the theme of the conference.

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Professionalism comprises attributes and behaviors which maintain patient interests above physician’s self-interest- Mahmood Ali Malik

LAHORE: The first prize distribution ceremony of the ‘Project Professionalism Punjab’ was held here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on March 6, 2015. Prof Mahmood Ali Malik former Principal of King Edward Medical College, Lahore was the chief guest while an eminent cardiologist Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary was the Guest of Honour on this occasion and they both presented  cash prizes among the winners.

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Cardiothoracic Surgery Dept. at LRH Peshawar performed 2287 procedures and examined 4782 patients in OPD

PESHAWAR: After Spinal Surgery and Orthopaedic Department at Ghurki Trust Hospital affiliated with Lahore Medical and Dental College headed by Prof. Amer Aziz an eminent orthopaedic and spinal surgeon who publishes academic audit of his unit every year, the Cardiothoracic Surgery Unit at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar is perhaps the only other academic unit in a teaching hospital which does this exercise and publishes the details of work done every year. This unit is headed by Dr. Amer Bilal a noted Cardiothoracic Surgeon with keen interest in academics. 

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Pakistan’s Drug Policy and Pricing

Pakistan’s drug policy is anti-people and pro-elite, like other policies of the government. To illustrate the drug situation in the country and drug pricing, vitamin B12 is taken as an example. Vit B12 deficiency is extremely rare in Pakistan. Its daily requirement for adults is only one microgram a day which is abundantly available in an average Pakistani diet. Vitamin literally means vit in minimum quantities (min).

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WHO’s End TB Strategy focuses on integrated patient-centered TB care and prevention

GENEVA: As countries celebrated World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization has called for “global solidarity and action” to support a new 20-year strategy which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic.

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Wrong practices – The missing link of some “inherited diseases”

There are many diseases that are known to be transferred through the genes. But there are also many non-genetically transferred diseases that are some way or the other get inherited in to the next generation.  The children adopt many things from their parents especially the behaviors. They quietly observe their parents and then follow them accordingly. The transmission of wrong practice into the next generation is the missing link of the diseases that are believed to be inherited.

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Recent advances in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

LAHORE: The terrorist attack at Army Public School in Peshawar which resulted in the loss of more than hundred lives jolted and shook everyone in the society including mental healthcare professionals. Hence, they thought of   taking some measures to empower the society at large including the teachers to build their professional capacity to cope with such a situation and help in the rehabilitation of the victims.

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Prof Ijaz Ahsan’s textbook of Surgery launched

LAHORE: The launching ceremony of The Textbook of Surgery (3rd Edition), by eminent surgeon and former Principal of King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Prof Ijaz Ahsan, was held here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS), on March 22, 2015.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Use of Double gloves should be advised and promoted as preventive measure which will help to control needle stick and other injuries which are very common in our daily practice. Use of Preventive strategy is the best option to control Hepatitis and other communicable diseases in Pakistan when we are facing problems like poverty and illiteracy. Our focus should be on prevention instead of treatment.

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Use of Tenofovir or Entecavir recommended for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B

GENEVA: WHO has  issued its first-ever guidance for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B, a viral infection which is spread through blood and body fluids, attacking the liver and resulting in an estimated 650 000 deaths each year – most of them in low- and middle-income countries. Worldwide, some 240 million people have chronic hepatitis B virus with the highest rates of infection in Africa and Asia. People with chronic hepatitis B infection are at increased risk of dying from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

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Neuropsychological, neuropsychiatric and functional assessments help follow the course of Alzheimer's disease

The cognitive performance of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and behavioural and psychological problems are linked to their performance of activities of daily living, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. However, difficulties in cognitive performance were not linked to behavioural and psychological problems, although both deteriorated as the disease progressed. 

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