Create proper balance between Clinical Dermatology and Aesthetic Dermatology-Prof. T. S. Haroon

LAHORE: The practice of dermatology is no more limited to pen and paper as a plethora of new interventions i.e. lasers, Botox, fillers, thread treatment and PRP have been added to our therapeutic armamentarium. The axis of interest is fast shifting from conventional clinical dermatology to aesthetic dermatology but we need to create a proper balance between the two. This was stated by Prof. Tahir Saeed Haroon an eminent dermatologist who in collaboration with his colleagues got the discipline of dermatology recognized in the country for which he is known as the Father of Dermatology in Pakistan.

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About 17% of adults above the age of Twenty Years are diabetic in Pakistan - Prof. A.H. Amar

LAHORE: A Diabetes Prevalence Survey conducted by Pakistan Endocrine Society in Pakistan including all the four provinces, Gilgit Baltistan as well as Azad Kashmir has showed that about 17% of adult above the age of twenty years were suffering from diabetes. This was disclosed by Prof. A. H. Amar an eminent endocrinologist and former President of Pakistan Endocrine Society while sharing the details of this survey with the participants of South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) and 15th annual conference of Pakistan Endocrine Society held here from November 23-26, 2017. 

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NEC and EPAP organizes Hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG)

KARACHI:For the first time in Pakistan a methodological hands-on teaching course in Electroencephalography (EEG) was organized for neurologists and neurology trainees by National Epilepsy Centre (NEC) and Epilepsy Association of Pakistan (EAP) on 18-19 November 2017 at a local Hotel in Karachi. This was conducted by a teaching faculty of eight international master tutors who were sponsored by the International League Against Epilepsy’s (ILAE) Asian Epilepsy Academy (ASEPA) and Australian & New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN).

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TAVR reduces risk of bleeding while stroke risk is equal to surgery-Dr. Osman Faheem

KARACHI: Trans catheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) has reduced the risk of bleeding and the risk of stroke is equal to surgery. Trans Catheter Mitral Valve Replacement (TMVR) has not improved survival but it has improved the quality of life. This was stated by Dr. Osman Faheem Consultant Cardiologist at AKU while speaking in the Plenary Session on the second day of the AKUH’s 20th National Health Sciences Research Symposium held from November 3-5, 2017.

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Well informed motivated, fit rectal cancer patient can be successfully managed with multidisciplinary approach-Prof. Holm

KARACHI: On second day of the Surgical Course for Colorectal Diseases held at JPMC from October 9-12, 2017, Prof.  Torbjorn Holm from Sweden discussed Challenges and Advances in surgical treatment of Rectal Cancer. He discussed in detail the various surgical options in low rectal cancer besides LAR with stapled anastomosis. He was of the view that TaTME is a feasible safe operation which was a new technology.

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Prevention of metabolic disorders

Pakistan’s National Health indicators are alarmingly dismal, getting worse day by day. Pakistan has one of the highest incidence of communicable diseases in the world and the highest death toll in all age groups (from still births, newborns, infants, child, maternal and adult mortality and one of the shortest life spans even amongst the SAARC countries. The more worrying aspect is phenomenal increase in devastating non communicable diseases affecting adversely Nation’s health, economy and future.

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Entry test for medical colleges by UHS and thereafter

LAHORE: Many years ago when the Punjab Government came up with the idea of starting entry test for admission to medical colleges it was welcomed by the medical teachers by and large but it was opposed by late Prof. Iftikhar Ahmad the then Principal of Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore. The idea of entry test came because it was alleged that marks used to be sold in FSc by different Boards in the province.

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Workshop on Medical Writing at Rawlakot, Azad Kashmir

RAWLAKOT (AZAD KASHMIR): Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) in collaboration with Pakistan Islamic Medical Association (PIMA) organized a workshop on Medical Writing at Rawlakot in Azad Kashmir on October 31st 2017. Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences who is also Secretary of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) was the facilitator.

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Awareness programmes should also cover Paramedics, Vaccinators and LHV’s - Dr. Masoom Raza Mirza

KARACHI: Pricking of I.V Infusion bottle used to be very common practice few years ago but due to awareness programs there has been some improvement. Hazards of other pricking like injection therapy and reuse of syringes needs to be taken care off. This was stated by Dr. Masoom Raza Mirza, Consultant General Surgeon, Professor & Head Dept. of Surgery Hamdard College of Medicine & Dentistry Hamdard University Hospital Karachi while performing Otsuka Lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office on 29th November 2017.

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MRI is superior to CT for staging for Rectal Cancer - Prof. Zafar Sajjad

KARACHI: MRI is superior to CT for staging for rectal cancer as it gives better prediction of adequacy of CRM but Post treatment MRI is of no benefit. This was stated by Prof.Zafar Sajjad Prof. of Radiology at Aga Khan University Hospital while speaking in the Sami Ashraf Memorial session during Surgical Week for Colorectal Diseases held at JPMC on the second day of the course i.e. October 10, 2017. 

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Women have higher mortality than men with similar risk factors

Heart attacks pose a greater threat to women than to men. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has determined that in the first year after a heart attack women are subject to a significantly higher mortality risk than men with similar case histories. The scientists are urging doctors to provide intensive support to female heart attack patients, above all in the first 365 days after the event.

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FDA approves ‘Abilify’ trackable pill from Otsuka

USA: US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body. The Abilify MyCite aripiprazole tablets - for treating schizophrenia and manic episodes-have an ingestible sensor embedded inside them that records that the medication has been taken.

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