We have performed 12,868 beating heart coronary surgery procedures with conversion rate of 4% and mortality of 2.7%-Dr.Khalid Hameed

FAISALABAD: Cardiac Surgeon Prof. M. A. Cheema was the Guest of Honour in the cardiac surgery session organized on the last day of CARDIO CON 2016 here from November 25-27, 2016. This session was chaired by Prof. Anjum Jalal Executive Director of Faisalabad Institute of Cardiology along with Prof. Haider Zaman, Khalid Hameed, Tayyab Pasha and others.

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Strong organizational health helps drive the transformation

KARACHI: Strong organizational health helps drive the transformation. It is important to start the journey with a credible team. Focus on people so that they can focus on business and build resonance with the frontlines. Pick the best team at the top and each one of them must be excellent in their area of expertise. This was stated by Mr. Fred Hassan who is known the world over for Transformation in the pharmaceutical industry. He was making a presentation through Video Conferencing from United States at the Institute of Business Administration, City Campus Karachi on December 13, 2016.  The meeting was well attended by some Chief Executives from Pharma Industry, senior people from marketing besides some students of IBA. It was organized by Centre for Executive Execution.

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Ghazi Khan Medical College needs special package, incentives to attract experienced faculty

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A quiet revolution is taking place in Dera Ghazi Khan the remotest and the most backward district in South Punjab. The grip of the Feudal Sardar’s and the Tribal customs is loosening and the people of the area are destined to witness accelerated development and progress preserving the local culture as well. Thanks to the numerous developments schemes initiated, some of which have already been completed. The establishment of an undergraduate medical college i.e. Ghazi Khan Medical College here is no less than a miracle and it has not only provided opportunities of higher education to talented boys and girls from this backward area but it is also spearheading a cultural change.

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How Spain achieved a remarkably high rate of deceased organ donation

Spain is leading the world in deceased organ donation. A new article published in the American Journal of Transplantation contains important information that can help other countries learn from the success of the Spanish system to help address the worldwide problem of transplant organ shortages.

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Decline in Standard of Medical Education

Pakistan  is producing a large number of doctors at a fast pace, however the standard of present day doctors has gone down in all aspects as ability, efficiency, knowledge, human values even though science, technology, research, teaching aids have greatly advanced.

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Surgical Complications

When I was a third year Medical Student, I was a great flatterer. I did not flatter my professors or the examiners. I used to flatter the house surgeons or the registrars of the surgical units so that they would allow me to assist them in the surgical operations or allow me to conduct minor operations like circumcision or sebaceous cyst. I was very much paranoid about surgery from the very beginning. I did my first surgical operation in 1957 that was circumcision, when I was in third year MBBS. After almost 60 years I still do off and on the same operation. And believe me I hate this operation the most. Still I am afraid of its complications.

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Clinical proceedings of Pakistan Endocrine Society’s 14th annual conference-III

ISLAMABAD: The first session on the third day of Pakistan Endocrine Society’s 14th annual conference held here from November 18-20, 2016 was chaired by Prof. Zaman Sheikh from Karachi. It was devoted to Bone and Mineral Disorders. Dr. Atif Munir was the first speaker who spoke on DEXA Bone Densitometry: Indications and interpretation. He pointed out that one should not treat the patient unless there is fracture. Vertebral fractures are most common. Hip fractures come next.  Patients with rheumatoid arthritis, liver, renal disorders, diabetes mellitus and Vitamin D deficiency should be screened for osteoporosis.

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Almost 60% of patients with diabetes suffer from PAD- Prof. Amber Malik

FAISALABAD: One of the sessions on November 27th 2016 third day of the CARDIO CON 2016 held here recently was devoted to Acute Coronary Syndrome.  It was chaired by Prof. Sheharyar Sheikh along with others.  Dr. Amber Ashraf was the first speaker who talked about acute coronary syndrome in cardiac emergency.  He highlighted the importance of using Aspirin therapy in ACS in primary and secondary prevention. Early detection, she further stated, will prevent complications.

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High prevalence of hypertension and habit of smoking in adults is major cause of Stroke

KARACHI: Pakistanis are having stroke at least 10 years earlier than people of rest of the world due to high prevalence of hypertension and habit of smoking in its adults. Government should spend more on primary healthcare and awareness to prevent deaths and disability from preventable diseases. By controlling hypertension and smoking, 50 percent stroke cases can be prevented in Pakistan. This was stated by Prof. Dr. Ismail. A. Khatri, a Pakistani neurologist associated with King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh. He was speaking at the 16th International Neurology Update 2016 held in Karachi recently.

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Stroke is the leading cause of death among women in developing world-Dr. Nusrat Majeed

FAISALABAD: One of the sessions during the CARDIO CON 2016 held here during November 2016 was devoted to Women and Heart Diseases. It was chaired by Prof. Khalida Soomro along with Dr. Sultana Habib and others. Dr. Maria Viqar from USA was the first speaker who pointed out that women are most commonly affected by sick sinus syndrome. Most of them are usually younger than forty years of age. AF is seen more in men but remain unchanged in women. Other diseases which are more common in women include congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, stroke, TIAs, vascular diseases, cardio metabolic events and ventricular arrhythmias.

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Safety and efficacy of Low Dose Aspirin therapy in Acute Coronary Syndromes highlighted

BUREWALA: Pakistan Aspirin Foundation in collaboration with the local Pakistan Medical Association organized a CME meeting here on December 20, 2016 which was very well attended by cardiologists, leading family physicians and some members of the local PMA.  The objective was to create awareness and promote Aspirin low dose therapy in its well established indications particularly in acute coronary syndrome. The other objective was to provide an opportunity to the local healthcare professionals to share their knowledge and experience in the use of low dose Aspirin therapy.  

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Economically priced Essential Drugs can meet most of the Public health needs

The cost of providing essential medicines to people in low- and middle-income countries is surprisingly low, a panel of experts is reporting. But in most of those poorer countries even that low expenditure on medicines -- from $12.90 to $25.40 per person annually -- is not being made, according to the expert panel, sponsored by The Lancet and supported by academic institutions and philanthropic groups. Indeed, low-income countries on average have annual per capita spending on medicines -- both public and private -- of less than $9 a year, according to The Lancet Commission on Essential Medicines, reporting online in The Lancet.

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Maqbool Jafary Training Scholarship for Junior Editors

I was privileged to be the first recipient of Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary Training Scholarship in medical journalism started by Pakistan journal of Medical sciences (PJMS). Late Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary was an eminent physician with special interest in cardiology. He also served as president of Pakistan Society of Physician and Vice President of Asia Pacific Society of Cardiology. He was also the founder member of Eastern Mediterranean Association of Medical Editors (EMAME) and served as its president from 2010 – 2012. He was also the founder Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical sciences.

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Experts from Japan and Singapore offer to train Pakistani neurologists to perform free genetic testing of patients

KARACHI: Japanese and Singaporean neurologists has offered to train Pakistani doctors in the area of nerves and muscle pathology at their institutes as well as providing free genetic testing if the samples are transported to their labs in Japan and Singapore. Funds and expenses for trainings could be borne by the Asian Oceanian Congress of Neurology (AOCN). It will help in accurate diagnosis of nerve and muscle disorders for proper treatment for the patients. 

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