One Third of Knee Replacements Classified as Inappropriate

New research reports that more than one third of total knee replacements in the U.S. were classified as “inappropriate” using a patient classification system developed and validated in Spain. The study, published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), highlights the need for consensus on patient selection criteria among U.S. medical professionals treating those with the potential need of knee replacement surgery.

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Polio Travel Restrictions: A Sledgehammer to Crack a Nut?

Imposition by WHO of mandatory vaccination for international travelers from Pakistan has caused confusion and panic amongst travelers besides the adverse effect on the country’s image from the widely reported statement. It is felt that the announced measure is not primarily supported by science but is rather a response to disillusionment in the donors about the repeatedly missed eradication targets set by WHO.

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Iran likely to host EMMJ6 at Shiraz from Dec. 5-7th 2014

SHIRAZ (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN): Prof. Farhad Handjani, President-elect of Eastern Mediterranean Associaton of Medical Editors (EMAME) is considering to organize the EMMJ6 Medical Journals Conference at Shiraz in Islamic Republic of Iran. In a communication circulated among the EMAME executive, Prof. Farhad Handjani has stated that “ we have been trying to find a venue for EMMJ6 and despite all my efforts, I was not successful in getting Oman or Qatar to host the event.

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Most of the Electronic Media losing its credibility very fast

ISLAMABAD: During the last five six years, we have seen mushroom growth of TV Channels, even some media groups have more than one channels covering News, Entertainment, Sports etc., but most of the electronic media is now losing its credibility very fast for various reasons. Lack of professionalism, amateur anchor persons, promotion of sensationalism, hatred among different sections of the society, extremely poor quality of debates in the Talk Shows wherein the participants particularly those representing various political parties not only fight but even abuse each other has helped turn away the viewers from the TV sets.

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Health RAB- a commendable effort by PharmEvo will help promote Research Culture and the art of Scientific Publishing in Pakistan

KARACHI: Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) is an entity established by PharmEvo, one of the progressive national pharmaceutical companies which is known for its ethical marketing practices. Its main objective is promotion of research culture, professional capacity building of the healthcare professionals thereby promoting the art of scientific publishing in Pakistan.

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Co-Morbid Diabetes an Depression at Dhaka, Bangladesh

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes (AMH) in collaboration with Association for Study of Mental Health in Bangladesh organized a Training Programme on “Co-Morbid Diabetes and Depression” was organised in Dhaka from 27-29 June 2014.

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THIAZIDES - Key to the Problem of Hypertension

Hypertension is a global problem. In Pakistan it has assumed epidemic proportions. The 8th Joint National Committee(2014) of USA has issued an “evidence based guide line” for the management of hypertension. The guideline is based on extensive and intensive studies of randomized, controlled clinical trails meta-analysis, analysis and literature review by expert panels from the various disciplines of medical sciences.

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Is there any justification for compulsory Polio Vaccination for adult travelers?

Our spines have buckled under illogical external pressure. The country is, or soon will be, in a chaos on account of such irrational Orders. There are already reports in the Press of growing corruption. One such story appeared in Daily Dawn recently. Medical personnel are reportedly demanding gratuity for the service. There is said to be “shortage” of the approved paper on which to write the certificates. Soon we shall have “shortage” of the vaccine itself. Bogus certificates shown at check-ins are likely to approach the number of Passports.

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