HCV eradication is now possible with proper selection of patients and appropriate treatment-Wasim Jafri

ISLAMABAD:  With the availability of oral medications, HCV eradication has now become possible with proper selection of patients and appropriate treatment. However, the cirrhotic will require lifelong monitoring. This was stated by Prof. Wasim Jafri an eminent Gastroenterologist, Hepatologist and founder President of Pakistan Society for Study of Liver Diseases while speaking at the PSSLD’s 11th annual meeting held here from December 8-10, 2017. 

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Acromegaly may take years to diagnose, Tissue over growth may not be the Primary presentation-Dr. Ali Imran

LAHORE: The Plenary Session on Day-II during the SAFES-PES conference held here from November 23-25, 2017 was chaired by Prof. Abdul Basit along with Prof. Noel Somasundaram from Sir Lanka and Prof. Khurshid A. Khan. Dr. Ali Imran from Canada was the first speaker who spoke on “Devil in the master gland: Update on Acromegaly”. He discussed in detail the current management options of acromegaly and limitations. He pointed out that at times it takes many years to diagnose acromegaly. He also discussed its pathophysiology, the diagnostic test for acromegaly and said that IGF-1 elevated serum levels are suggestive of acromegaly.

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Acquiring Human Resource, incentives to the Faculty and starting postgraduate training programmes are some of our priorities

MULTAN: Acquiring additional human resources, incentives to the faculty members and starting postgraduate courses in different specialties where it is not yet started will be some of the priorities says Prof. Zafar Tanveer newly appointed Vice Chancellor of Nishtar Medical University Multan. While talking to Pulse International recently, Prof. Zafar Tanveer who is a graduate of Nishtar Medical College Multan also stated that they will soon prepare and submit PC-I Form to the Higher Education Commission as well as the Government of Punjab for additional funding to meet the requirements of faculty as well as plan for further expansion and additional new facilities at the campus.

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Minimum duration of training, work based competency assessment will provide flexible pool of candidates-Amjad Khan

LAHORE: An interesting presentation during the recently held SARCD and PADCON at Lahore was on Training in Paediatric Dermatology by Dr. Muhammad Amjad Khan on Training in Paediatric Dermatology which also aroused lot of discussion. He pointed out that issues related to skin are widely recognized illnesses seen in children who are looked after by a variety of healthcare professionals in different settings. Most often they are looked after by dermatologists but more recently in some countries paediatricians are also being trained to provide this specialized service.

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Multimodal approach is needed for effective treatment of depression with drugs which are safe, effective and well tolerated-Prof. Bernhard Baune

KARACHI: We require novel approaches to treat depression. New anti-depressants have multimodal approach, they are effective in treatment of depression symptoms, are well tolerated and they are effective in broad range of patients. This was stated by Prof. Bernhard Baune Professor of Psychiatry at University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He was making a presentation on “Reframing the Treatment Goals of Depression” at Karachi on December 12, 2017. 

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Prof. Arif Asif lays emphasis on indigenous research, life style modifications to solve health problems

RAWALPINDI: An informative talk on Creating Innovative Medical Programs in Changing Healthcare Environment was delivered by renowned Nephrologists and Medical Educationist Professor Arif Asif, MD, in National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi recently. Dr. Asif, it may be mentioned here is Chairman Department of Medicine, Program Director Internal Medicine Residency, Professor of Medicine at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Seton Hall - Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, New Jersey, USA.

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About 14.6 per 1000 School Age Children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder-Haleema Sadia

RAWALPINDI:About 14.6 per 1000 School Age Children suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder. This was stated by Halima Sadia, Director Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism Specialist, Shifa International Hospital while speaking on ASD at National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) Rawalpindi on 28th November 2017. She pointed out that etiology of ASD include genetics, biological and environmental factors. ASD typically appears during the early years of life. Early assessment and intervention are crucial to a child’s long term success.

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Many interesting papers presented during the CARDIOCON 2017 held at Hyderabad

HYDERABAD: Many interesting papers were presented during the CARDIOCON 2017 organized by Pakistan Cardiac Society held at Hyderabad from November 24-26, 2017. Prof. Feroz Memon was the convener of CARDIOCON 2017 which was very well attended by cardiologist and physicians from all over the country.

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Public healthcare facilities remain neglected and patients are not aware of their rights & responsibilities

KARACHI: Public healthcare facilities remain neglected and get very little attention from every segment in the society. Even patients have no idea of their rights that also bring with them some responsibilities to the healthcare professionals. It is essential that we are more focused and stringent towards quality of products and treatment. This was stated by Prof. Haleema Yasmin, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi.

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