Pakistan and Afghanistan should have close collaboration in different fields including Health services - Governor Baluchistan

QUETTA: It was after many years that Quetta hosted a medical conference and it was the initiative taken by Prof. Munaf Tareen and Dr. Haqdad Tareen and their team who took up this challenge and their efforts, hard work bore fruits when Cholesterol Awareness Society of Pakistan organized its 5th Preventive Cardiology Conference here from August 9-10th 2014. It was very well attended despite the cancellation of some flights from other cities and it did attract delegates from Rawalpindi-Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi as well.

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PPMA organizes training course on API issues, Smart Formulations and Quality Management System

KARACHI: Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associaton PPMA) South Zone in collaboration with University of London, School of Pharmacy organized a one day training course on API issues, Smart Formulations and Quality Management Systems here on August 6th 2014. Dr. Khalid Sheikh from University College London and Director of Qualified Person (QP) Course besides Prof. Nadeem Irfan Bukhari from University of Punjab were the two facilitators.

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Regular use of Low Dose Aspirin therapy significantly reduces morbidity and mortality besides stroke and other cardiovascular events - Prof. Akbar Chaudhry

QUETTA: Cardiovascular Diseases are the No. 1 cause of mortality and a real threat to urban health. According to WHO low and middle income countries will have more cardiovascular diseases and mortality in the years to come. As per various studies, cardiac diseases are more prevalent in urban areas as compared to rural areas and Coronary Artery Diseases has now become an epidemic in Pakistan. 

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Primary prevention is strategy of choice and population based prevention needs more emphasis-Dr. Abu Baker Sheikh

QUETTA: Dr. Abu Baker Sheikh from Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi was the first speaker in the second scientific session during the 5th Preventive Cardiology Conference held at Quetta recently. The topic of his presentation was Dos the preventive strategies work? This session was chaired by Prof. Munaf Tareen along with Dr. Baqi Durrani and Dr. Fawad Farooq from NICVD.

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Adoption of positive values will be better for all of us-Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal

QUETTA: We should adopt positive attitude which will be best for all of us. Healthcare professionals working in public healthcare facilities must protect the hospital equipment, instruments and it they are not in working order, public has a right to ask them for the reasons because they pay taxes and it is their responsibility. The government will not tolerate any corruption, pilferage and things do not improve, we will take action against those found guilty and responsible.

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Prof. Samad appreciates endurance and courage of organizers of Preventive cardiology conference

QUETTA: Prof. Abdus Samad who was the moving spirit behind proposing to hold the preventive cardiology conference at Quetta and had convinced Prof. Munaf Tareen and Dr. Haqdad Tareen during the cardiology conference held at Islamabad to organize this conference commended their endurance and courage.

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Evidence for sleep inducing and alertness drugs is weak

Shift workers are taking drugs to help them stay awake or get to sleep despite weak evidence for their benefit, according to a new Cochrane review. The authors of the review found only small numbers of trials testing over-the-counter and prescription drugs used by shift workers, and the results suggest that for some people they might do more harm than good. 

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Asthma drugs suppress growth

Corticosteroid drugs that are given by inhalers to children with asthma may suppress their growth, evidence suggests. Two new systematic reviews published in The Cochrane Library focus on the effects of inhaled corticosteroid drugs (ICS) on growth rates. The authors found children’s growth slowed in the first year of treatment, although the effects were minimized by using lower doses.

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WHO Regional Director urges support for the health system in Gaza

WHO’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr Ala Alwan made a visit to the Gaza Strip and Ramallah on August 12th to witness firsthand the humanitarian conditions in Gaza and review the damage to the health infrastructure and facilities and to discuss priorities. Dr. Alwan started his mission in Jerusalem where he met with the Palestinian Minister of Health Dr Jawad Awwad and his senior staff.

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Breech Babies have higher risk of death from vaginal delivery compared to C-Section

While a rise in cesarean section (C-section) delivery rates due to breech presentation has improved neonatal outcome, 40% of term breech deliveries in the Netherlands are planned vaginal deliveries. According to a new Dutch study that is published today in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, there is a 10-fold increase in fetal mortality in vaginal delivery for breech presentation compared to elective C-section.

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High-Intensity exercise found safe and effective in long-term heart transplant recipients

High-intensity exercise can help stable heart transplant patients reach higher levels of exercise capacity, and gain better control of their blood pressure than moderate intensity exercise, investigators report in a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation.

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