Open Pharma campaign is aimed at transparency in Physician’s relationship with drug industry

KARACHI: At a time when public funding for research is fast declining, pharmaceutical industry is filling up this void. It makes billions of dollars investment in Research & Development every year and it also costs a lot to discover any new safe and effective molecule which is eventually marketed. However, there is also increasing concern about the cozy relationship between the Physicians and pharmaceutical industry which has given birth to lot of unethical marketing practices whereby the industry tries to influence the prescribing practices of healthcare professionals by offering “pricey dinners, alleged altering of studies besides physicians endorsement of drugs”. 

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Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences retains the No. 1 Position of having Highest Impact Factor

KARACHI: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences has successfully retained the No. 1 position of having the highest Impact Factor among the Pakistani Medical Journals for the second consecutive year. The Journal Citation Report released by Thompson Reuters recently shows that Pak J Med Sci has current Impact Factor of 0.696, JPMA is at No. 2 with an Impact Factor 0.616 while Journal of College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan is at No. 3 with an Impact Factor of 0.372. 

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Multimodal therapeutic approach is needed in managing Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer-David Smith

KARACHI: Another presentation by Prof. David Monro Smith Consultant Endocrine and General Surgeon at Ninewells Hospital Dundee UK during the Fourth Annual Week for Endocrine diseases held at JPMC Karachi from May 14-17, 2017 was on Anaplastic Thyroid Cancer. He pointed out that patient with such a cancer is the worst one can get. It is a dreadful case. It is present more in female in the sixth or seventh decade of their life and all these cancers are in Stage-IV when diagnosed. We see about seven cases annually in UK. They have undetected long standing metastases as a risk factor. Dr. Mubbashar Ikram from Aga Khan University Hospital moderated this session.

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Protection of Eyes: An extremely useful informative book in Urdu for eye diseases and eye care

RAWALPINDI: Health education and preventive measures to control and eliminate various diseases and their complications is extremely important. That is why any effort which is directed at creating awareness about diseases, educating the public about diseases and their management is commendable. It is in this context that this 128-page book in Urdu “Protection of Eyes” is an extremely useful and informative book on ophthalmic diseases and eye care. Apart from the public, the Family Physicians who are the first one to be consulted by the patients in primary care and medical students will also find it very useful to understand the common ophthalmic diseases and their management.

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DATA SHARING statement by ICMJE

ICMJE statement on data sharing, published June 5, 2017, in the ICMJE journals stats that:

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Preterm birth linked to higher risk of heart failure

Babies born preterm run a higher risk of heart failure during childhood and adolescence than those born at full term, researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden report. The registry-based study is published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC).

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Strategy to streamline it in the interest of medical profession and the public

Our beloved country Pakistan was created in the name of Islam with an ambition that in all spheres of life guidance will be obtained from the basic principles and traditions of early period of Islam when the concepts as enunciated by the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) and emulated by four Caliphs of Islam were being practiced in an unblemished perspective. For a very extended period of time there were three professions in Islamic Society which were considered as non-profit making.

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Study shows stem cell infusion helps treat severe cases of aplastic anemia

DURHAM, NC: A new study demonstrates how an infusion of stem cells can assist in treating severe cases of aplastic anemia (AA) that do not respond to immunosuppressive therapy (IST) alone. The study, which appears in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM), offers hope for patients with this rare disease, which occurs when the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells to meet the body’s needs.

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Tuberculosis of abdomen in young females is very common due to malnutrition - Dr. Khalid Rasheed

KARACHI: Malnutrition in tuberculosis patients is a major problem and surgical patients are at high risk. TB of abdomen in young females is very common and it is because of malnutrition. Nutrition support has very important role in recovery after surgery. This was stated by Dr. Khalid Rasheed, Associate Professor of Surgery at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre/ Jinnah Sindh Medical University Karachi while performing Otsuka lucky draw held at Otsuka Head Office here on 20th June 2017.

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Research provides new clues to schizophrenia

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet collaborating in the large-scale Karolinska Schizophrenia Project are taking an integrative approach to unravel the disease mechanisms of schizophrenia. In the very first results now presented in the prestigious scientific journal Molecular Psychiatry, the researchers show that patients with schizophrenia have lower levels of the vital neurotransmitter GABA as well as changes in the brain’s immune cells.

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Increased risk of hospital readmission, higher morbidity and mortality and increased costs

A new study has found that certain factors are linked with a person’s decision to leave the hospital against the advice of his or her care provider. Also, some of these factors are more pronounced in older versus younger individuals. The findings, which are published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, may help healthcare providers address this growing problem.

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3D images show how sperm binds to the egg surface

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have obtained the first 3D snapshots of a sperm protein attached to a complementary egg coat protein at the beginning of fertilization. The study, which reveals a common egg protein architecture that is involved in the interaction with sperm in both mollusc and mammal, is published in the respected scientific journal Cell.

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