Need to promote Health Education, Disease awareness and preventive health services

BAHAWALPUR: The oil tanker tragedy near Ahmedpur East near Bahawalpur in Punjab which has so far accounted for over two hundred lives and some are still fighting for their lives in the hospitals have provided an opportunity to the disgruntled politicians and opportunist elements in the medical profession to point their guns at the government. The debate for providing facilities for Burns victims in public hospitals and establishment of Burns Units has been highlighted without realizing that establishing such units is not a joke. It is very expensive, require millions of rupees of investment in the shape of equipment and instruments but above all the need for dedicated staff i.e. doctors, nurses and technicians which is a very rare commodity.

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Prof. F.U. Baqai – the pioneer of private medical education in Pakistan passes away

KARACHI: Prof. F.U. Baqai, Founder and Chancellor of Baqai Medical University who was the pioneer of private medical education in Pakistan passed away on July 10, 2017 at the age of eighty two years. May God Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal Peace. Ameen. Despite rain and bad weather, a large number of members of the medical profession which included medical teachers, faculty members form other medical institutions, Vice Chancellors and eminent members from the Civil Society reached Baqai Medical University to participate in his Nimaz-e-Jinaza which was offered at the University Campus mosque.

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NICVD offering free Pace Maker implantation facility to patients with Bradycardia and Heart Block

KARACHI: One seldom hears or reads something good for the public healthcare facilities which always remain under criticism for their failures despite the fact that they are still the last hope for millions of patients who cannot afford private health care and get treated here. The media, print as well as electronic has always been found wanting in projecting good work being done and services being provided at these healthcare facilities by the devoted and dedicated healthcare professionals for which credit of course goes to its management and leadership.

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HEC & NUMS officials discuss development plans of NUMS future Campus

RAWALPINDI: Consultant to Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr. Mehmood Hassan Butt, visited National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS) to discuss the future plans of NUMS’ on Tuesday, July 4th, 2017.

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New potential treatment for aggressive Neuroblastoma

A combination of substances that impacts chemical modifications in the DNA of tumours and triggers the tumours to differentiate into harmless nerve cells could represent a new method of treating aggressive forms of neuroblastoma. The new method has been proposed by researchers at Karolinska Institutet, after studies using mice showed that the combination treatment resulted in a significant suppression in tumour growth. The study, published in PNAS, also questions a hypothesis within the research field that could result in potentially harmful wrong treatment of children with neuroblastoma.

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PPMA demands effective measures by Government to help increase drug exports

Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) has demanded the government to establish on emergency basis a one-window operation at the federal level and in provincial capitals to ease up all bureaucratic procedures and hurdles faced by pharma industry in enhancing exports.

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Preoperative Medical Fitness of the Operative cases

It is estimated that 234 million of non-cardiac operation are performed every year in the whole world; out of them one million die and 3 to 17 percent get some sort of complication. To reduce this mortality and morbidity, we have to scan patient thoroughly before the operation for fitness.

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Free Dental Camp started by Dow University of Health Science

KARAHCI: Dow University of Health Science (DUHS) has organized one-month free Dental Camp from 1st July to 31st July at Dow International Dental Collage & Hospital (Defense Campus). The aim of the Camp was to provide free dental treatment including Free Checkup, Scaling, Filling, Extraction, Denture teeth, Root Canal Treatment etc.

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China launches crackdown on academic fraud after Springer retract 107 Chinese-authored papers

BEIJING: Chinese authorities are cracking down on academic fraud after an international medical journal retracted 107 Chinese-authored papers from the past five years, in the biggest case to date of fake peer reviews to endorse research.

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Steve Crump from Royal College of Physicians, UK Visits NUMS

RAWALPINDI: The Head of International Affairs, Royal College of Physicians, UK Mr. Steve Crump along with Prof. Amir Ghafoor Khan, Prof of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar visited National University of Medical Sciences (NUMS), Rawalpindi on July 10, 2017 to explore areas of mutual interest and develop liaison between both the Institutions.

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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 had announced Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary Training scholarship for Junior Editors last year. The first junior editor from Karachi successfully completed the course in 2016. Late Dr. Maqbool H. Jafary, it may be mentioned here passed away in March 2014.

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Oral contraceptives reduce general well-being in healthy women

One of the most common combined oral contraceptive pills has a negative impact on women’s quality of life but does not increase depressive symptoms. This is shown by a major randomized, placebo-controlled study conducted by researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden in collaboration with the Stockholm School of Economics. The results have been published in the scientific journal Fertility and Sterility.

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Study examines palliative care trends in patients with end-stage liver disease

A new study has uncovered low rates of referral for palliative care in US patients with end-stage liver disease, although rates have been slowly increasing over time. The Hepatology study also found that certain socioeconomic and ethnic barriers may hinder access to palliative care services.

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WHO & UNICRF intensify efforts to control spread of acute watery diarrhea & cholera

An increasing numbers of people in some countries of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Region are affected by acute watery diarrhoea and cholera, WHO in the Region is working with partners, including UNICEF, to save lives in areas where outbreaks are active, and reduce the risk of these diseases crossing into unaffected areas and neighboring countries.

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Self-Medication misuse is high in the Middle East

A new review indicates that there is a massive problem of self-medication misuse in the Middle East. The findings, which are published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, indicate the need for better patient and physician education, as well as improved policies that restrict sales of prescription medications without a prescription.

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