BIDE celebrating its 20th anniversary by organizing an International Diabetes and Endocrine Conference

KARACHI: Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) an important institution of Baqai Medical University headed by Prof. Abdul Basit is celebrating its 20th anniversary by organizing an international Diabetes and Endocrinology conference from Friday to Sunday, August 19-21st 2016. The meeting being organized in collaboration with Diabetic Association of Pakistan has attracted over fifty international speakers from overseas and the organizers have finalized an interesting scientific programme which consists of Key Note Lectures by eminent medical personalities in the field of Diabetes and Endocrinology in six scientific streams i.e.  Basic and Clinical Sciences, Diabetic Foot, Diabetes and Ramadan, Living with Diabetes, Maternal and Child Health besides Endocrinopathies.

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Thomson Reuters Unveils 2016 ranking of most influential scientific journals

ALEXANDRIA: Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters  has announced the 2016 update of its Journal Citation Reports® (JCR), the world’s most influential resource for evaluating peer-reviewed publications and the source of annual journal metrics, including the Journal Impact Factor (JIF). It includes twelve Journal from Pakistan including three Biomedical Journals which are Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA), Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (JCPSP) and Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences (PJMS) which have got an Impact Factor.

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Low breast density worsens prognosis in breast cancer

Even though dense breast tissue is a risk factor for breast cancer, very low mammographic breast density is associated with a worse prognosis in breast cancer patients. Patient survival is affected only when low breast density is combined with an abundance of hyaluronan in the tumour, shows recent research from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. The study also found that the existing Nottingham Prognostic Index for breast cancer can be improved by including low mammographic breast density and HER2 status in the index.

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Investing in treatment for depression and anxiety leads to fourfold return

WASHINGTON DC, USA: Every US$ one invested in scaling up treatment for depression and anxiety leads to a return of US$ 4 in better health and ability to work, according to a new WHO-led study which estimates, for the first time, both the health and economic benefits of investing in treatment of the most common forms of mental illness globally. The study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry, provides a strong argument for greater investment in mental health services in countries of all income levels.

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Improving care for millions living with Female Genital Mutilation

GENEVA: COPENHAGEN – New World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations aim to help health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.Female genital mutilation (FGM) describes all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has no health benefits, can cause grave harm, and violates the rights of girls and women. Procedures can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, and death.

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Medical errors; causes, consequences, emotional response and resulting behavioral change

Objective: To determine the causes of medical errors, the emotional and behavioral response of pediatric medicine residents to their medical errors and to determine their behavior change affecting their future training.

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From Koohi Goth Hospital to Malir University of Science & Technology

KARACHI: From Koohi Goth Hospital to Malir University of Science and technology and from a compounder to Chancellor of a University is an amazing success story which is difficult to imagine.  This is no less than a miracle and this miracle has happened in Pakistan. The characters of this story are the descendants of Syed Mohammad Ismael better known as Mir Bhoja a freedom fighter who was struggling against the British Raj in India who was publicly hanged by the British in Patna, India. They hail from a small town DESNA near Patna.

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WHO calls for increasing Voluntary unpaid blood donations

GENEVA: Voluntary, unpaid blood donations must be increased rapidly in more than half the world’s countries in order to ensure a reliable supply of safe blood for patients whose lives depend on it, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on World Blood Donor Day.This year, the theme of World Blood Donor Day is “Blood connects us all”, highlighting the common bond that all people share in their blood. The slogan, “Share life, give blood”, draws attention to the role that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and promote community cohesion.

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A prospective observational study assessing the outcome of Sepsis in intensive care unit of a tertiary care hospital, Peshawar

Objective: The current study aims to explore the factors associated with outcome among patients with severe sepsis and septic shock admitted to the intensive care unit, Northwest General Hospital and Research Centre, Peshawar, Pakistan.

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Effects of traumatic childbirth on midwives and obstetricians

When complications arise in the delivery room that lead to traumatic childbirth, clinicians providing care may feel upset and experience secondary traumatic stress. A new study published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that feelings of blame and guilt dominate when midwives and obstetricians struggle to cope with the aftermath of a traumatic childbirth, but such events also made them think more about the meaning of life and helped them become better midwives and doctors.

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New tool for the detection and amplification of cell-free DNA in blood

SPAIN: SYGNIS AG has announced that it has developed a new tool in its TruePrime product line to detect and amplify fragmennts of floating DNA derived from tumor cells in the blood. This innovative new product enables researchers to obtain sufficient quantities of DNA samples for any further downstream analysis.

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Mother’s perceptions of child mental health problems and services: A cross sectional study from Lahore

Objective: To assess the perceptions of mothers regarding child mental health problems, its causes, preferred treatment options, and to determine whom they would consult, if their child had a psychiatric illness.

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