Organizers finalize an interesting informative scientific programme for the conference

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians is organizing its Midyear conference here on July 17th which is expected to attract a large number family physicians, General Practitioners from Rawalpindi-Islamabad and its adjoining areas while a large contingent of Family Physicians from Lahore will travel to participate in the conference. The meeting being held on Sunday July 17th2016 is being organizing in collaboration with  Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University, Islamabad, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan Aspirin Foundation, Cardio metabolic Society of Pakistan besides American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Pakistan Chapter.

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The role of Statins in the Athero-Sclerosis, Heart attacks and Strokes

Statins are the most effective drugs for the prevention of athero-sclerosis and diseases like heart attacks, strokes and peripheral vascular disease etc. Surprisingly doctors including many cardiologists do not prescribe statins for the primary prevention and even not for the secondary prevention which amounts to medical negligence. Even when prescribed, are not given in adequate doses. It is usually due to lack of knowledge about drugs i.e. the discipline of clinical pharmacology and clinical therapeutics.

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Uncertainty about the future of JPMC, NICVD and NICH resurfaces once again

KARACHI: Sindh High Court has announced its Judgment on a case filed by employees of the Federal government health institutions in Karachi i.e. Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases and National Institute of Child Health and declared their devolution unconstitutional. The Court has accepted their plea and said that these institutions will continue to be governed and administered by the Federal Government. 

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Professional ethics and declining moral values in healthcare professionals

Professional ethics and moral values are touching very low levels in a section of the healthcare professionals across the world. It seems the time has come that professional ethics among physicians needs to be taken up seriously by all the stake holders including the professional societies themselves to discipline their members. An investigative report by Carrie TeegardinDanny RobbinsJeff Ernsthausen and Ariel Hart from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has highlighted the problem which describes   disturbing acts of physician sexual abuse in United States of America.  

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Depression, adverse childhood events and sleep disturbances linked to changes in the immune system

Adverse childhood experiences and sleep disturbances interfere with immune system regulation, shows research from the University of Eastern Finland. These changes were observed in a population that already carried a significant burden of psychological symptoms such as depression.

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Dr. Maqbool Jafary Training Scholarship for Junior Editors

In order to pay homage and recognize the invaluable contributions of our Founder Chief Editor, Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences has announced Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary Training scholarship for Junior Editors from this year. Late Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary, it may be mentioned here passed away in March 2014.

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The Syrian Civil War: Experience of the Surgical Intensive Care Units

Objective: Since the civilian war in Syria began, thousands of seriously injured trauma patients from Syria were brought to Turkey for emergency operations and/or postoperative intensive care. The aim of this study was to present the demographics and clinical features of the wounded patients in Syrian civil war admitted to the surgical intensive care units in a tertiary care centre.

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WONCA President Michael Kidd speaks about Family Medicine in Japan and Indonesia

Michael Kidd, President, World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) recently visited Japan and Indonesia to get an insight into the challenges facing the specialty of Family Medicine in these two Asian countries. Much of the focus of the meeting, he writes was on the challenge of providing primary health care services to an ageing population.

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Immunonutrition: A Breakthrough in Treatment

Since the beginning of nutrition support therapy it has undergone a certain modifications. Initially Nutritional based diet was recommended as a source of protein, energy and essential micronutrients to counterpoise muscle wasting and intercept the starvation induced immune depletion .Supplement diet with nutrients that have physiologic effects on immune function has been shown to be beneficial in patients with surgical and medical critical illness.

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Fatty liver disease is common and linked with risk factors in liver transplant recipients

Researchers have characterized the prevalence and risk factors of fatty liver disease in patients who undergo liver transplantation. The findings, which are published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, could have important implications for safeguarding transplant recipients’ health.

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Computational modelling can predict onset and progression of knee osteoarthritis in overweight people

Computational modelling makes it possible to predict the onset and progression of knee osteoarthritis in overweight people, shows a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. A computational model based on the degradation of the collagen fibril network in the articular cartilage was able to predict the onset and progression of osteoarthritis in overweight people during a four-year follow-up. In normal-weight people, osteoarthritis did not develop within this time span.

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Nursing and Midwifery Leaders meeting to discuss Research Agenda for EMRO Region

NEW YORK: Columbia Global Centers, Amman and Columbia University School of Nursing will host the Global Nursing and Midwifery Clinical Research Development Initiative in Amman, Jordan next week. Experts from approximately 22 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region will meet to identify, prioritize, and gain consensus on how to address critical regional health needs.

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Most cardiologist’s misstep on aspirin in ACS

SNOWMASS, COLO: U.S. cardiologists are glaringly out of touch with the guidelines on maintenance aspirin dosing in patients with acute coronary syndrome, American College of Cardiology President Dr. Patrick T. O’Gara said at the Annual Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass. The latest AHA/ACC guidelines state that maintenance aspirin therapy at 81 mg/day to be continued indefinitely is preferred over 325 mg/day in patients with ACS, regardless of whether they have received a coronary stent or noninvasive medical management (Circulation 2014 Dec 23;130(25):e344-426).

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Cardiovascular risk score in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Objective: To determine the 10-year Cardiovascular risk score with QRISK-2 and Framingham risk calculators in Rheumatoid Arthritis and Non Rheumatoid Arthritis subjects and asses the usefulness of QRISK-2 and Framingham calculators in both groups.

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Family-based counselling increases physical activity and improves diet quality in children

A recent Finnish study showed that individualized and family-based lifestyle counselling helps 6-8-year-old children increase their physical activity levels and improve their diet quality during a two-year follow-up. The results of the study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland were recently published in Preventive Medicine.

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Newly identified mutation in NSCLC suggests novel treatment option

Durham, NC: Approximately 5% of patients with non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) may respond well to a class of targeted therapies called MET inhibitors due to the presence of a specific genetic mutation, according to a study published in The Oncologist on March 24, 2016. Based on these findings, all patients with NSCLC may benefit from genetic testing to determine whether MET inhibitor therapy is an option.

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Health RAB helps establish Clinical Research Center at AIMS at Muzaffarabad

MUZAFFARABAD: Health Research Advisory Board established by PharmEvo has helped establish a Clinical Research Center at Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences at Muzaffarabad in Azad Kashmir. A delegation of Health Rab headed by Prof. Abdul Basit a noted researcher and Executive Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) affiliated with Baqai Medical University who is also Vice Chairman of Health RAB visited Azad Kashmir on April 30th 2016 for this purpose.

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Healthcare professionals training needs to be further strengthened-Dr. S. Nadeem Naqvi

KARACHI: We always says that Nurses are back bone of our health delivery system but do not give them proper training and importance which this profession deserves. This was stated by Dr. Syed Nadeem Naqvi, Consultant Anesthetist at Liaquat National Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with their on-going campaign against Hepatitis spread, at a meeting held at Otsuka Head office on June 29th 2016.

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