DRAP should come up with its Vision and Mission Statement besides short and long term plans

KARACHI:At last the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) has been able to get a Chief Executive and Dr. Mohammad Aslam an intelligent and sensible person who brings with him a rich experience of running an intravenous infusion production plant has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer for a contract period of three years. 

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A commendable initiative by PM&DC regarding CME should be supported but not wasted due to various reasons

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has at last taken a decision regarding Continuing Medical Education and Continuous Professional Development by healthcare professionals to keep themselves abreast of latest developments in their respective fields.  The initiative must be commended and supported but not wasted due to various reasons.

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Surgical Oncology Society conference discuss many important issues

LAHORE: In order to enhance the quality of cancer surgery care in this country, Surgical Oncology Society, Pakistan organized the 7th International Cancer Surgery Conference here recently. It was very well attended by cancer surgeons from all over the Pakistan, including District and Tehsil Head Quarter surgeons,

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Role Of BIDE In Promoting Diabetes Education

Diabetes education is an integral component of the diabetes management. As first specialty oriented diabetes institute of Pakistan, BIDE has played is leading role in conducting, facilitating and coordinating high-quality education for healthcare professionals in diabetes. BIDE started as a single room diabetes clinic, then step by step developed into a platform for diabetes education.

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Diabetes Education for All

Diabetes Education has only recently been acknowledged as a key component of diabetes management, although diabetes education predates the discovery of insulin in 1921. Health care professional have a broad role that encompasses individual health education so that people with diabetes learn to meet the challenges of living with diabetes. 

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A journey from patient to a Diabetes Educator

I am Erum Ghafoor, a Canadian certified Diabetes Educator, IDF-Expert Trainer for Conversation map tools in Pakistan and Faculty member of IDF (young leaders in diabetes).  I am working as senior diabetes educator at Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (BIDE) for last 9 years but above all, I am a person with diabetes.

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Fasting safely during Ramadan

Fasting in the month of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam. During Ramadan all healthy Muslims are obligated to fast. Patients with diabetes who fast during the month of Ramadan can have acute complications. Some of the major complications are hypoglycaemia, hyperglycaemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, dehydration and thrombosis and these complications occur as a result of the decrease in food, fluid intake, and misconception to break fast, dose adjustment and lack of Ramadan Education.

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Healthy Eating for Healthy Living

Healthy eating is an integral component in the management of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as anyone else. The difference is that a diabetic person must have nutrition in measured amounts at regular, evenly spaced meals and snack times, and in balance with physical activity. For someone with diabetes, food is even more important as a tool for controlling diabetes- the key to a full and abundant life.

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Prevention of foot complications through Diabetes Education

Foot complications are among the most serious and costly complications of diabetes. Nearly 45-89% of diabetes related leg amputations are preventable through educational strategies and timely and efficient foot care. To create awareness among masses regarding the diabetic foot as a complication of diabetes and among people with diabetes regarding their foot care, Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology initiated “National Diabetes and diabetic Foot Program” with the support of World diabetes Foundation. 

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A Manual of Dermatology by Dr. Zohra Zaidi

LONDON: Dr. Zohra Zaidi, consultant dermatologist has just published her second book on dermatology. Titled “A Manual of Dermatology” this book has been published by Japyee Brothers Medical Publishes Ltd and the other co-authors with Dr. Zohra Zaidi include Prof. Ijaz Hussain Professor of Dermatology from Lahore and Prof. Zarnaz Wahid Professor of Dermatology from Karachi. 

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World leaders pledge US$ 7.5 billionto protect poorest children with vaccines

 BERLIN: Hundreds of millions of children living in the world’s poorest countries will receive life-saving vaccines as a result of record-breaking financial commitments made today at the Gavi Pledging Conference, hosted in Berlin by German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Study identifies clinical signs suggestive of impending death in patients with advanced cancer

While the diagnosis of an impending death is always sad, it can be important for patients, families, and clinicians as they make decisions related to hospital discharge, hospice referral, and treatments. Now a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, has revealed eight highly specific physical signs associated with death within three days in cancer patients.

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Hepatitis A hospitalization rate declines in USA

New research reports that the rate of hospitalization due to hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection has significantly declined in the U.S. from 2002 to 2011. Findings published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that older patients and those with chronic liver disease are most likely to be hospitalized for HAV. Vaccination of adults with chronic liver disease may prevent infection with hepatitis A and the need for hospitalization. 

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Obituary: Brig. Muhammad Abdul Latif

Brig M. Abdul Latif a conscientious doctor and an able administrator of the Army Medical Corps (AMC), passed away on 9th Oct 2014. He was 93 years old. He got his basic education at Lawrence College Ghora Gali Murree – studied at F.C. College Lahore and earned MBBS degree from the King Edward Medical College Lahore in 1947. 

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Bone loss drugs may help prevent endometrial cancer

A new analysis suggests that women who use bisphosphonates—medications commonly used to treat osteoporosis and other bone conditions—have about half the risk of developing endometrial cancer as women who do not use the drugs. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study supports other research that has shown an anti-cancer effect of this type of medication.

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