Diabetologists should educate HCPs, patients as well as religious scholars-Dr. Hassanein

KARACHI: Diabetologists need to educate not only the healthcare professionals, patients with diabetes but also the community leaders, politicians as well as religious leaders to create awareness about various questions which the patients with diabetes ask during Ramadan. This was stated by Dr. Mohamed Hassanein Consultant Diabetologist at Dubai Hospital and Senior Lecturer Cardiff University UK. He was speaking on “Educating healthcare providers on management of diabetes during Ramadan” at the formal launch ceremony of a special issue of Journal of Pakistan Medical Association on Diabetes and Ramadan. 

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Patient education and non-pharmacological interventions are important part of treatment in osteoarthritis-Hans Rasker

LAHORE: Management plan in patients suffering from osteoarthritis should be individualized. Currently available pharmacological interventions provide only symptomatic relief while investigations are continuing for disease modifying interventions.  Patient education and non-pharmacological interventions are an important part of treatment of osteoarthritis patients. Drug treatment can be useful but one should not expect much and always be aware of co-morbidities. 

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UHS and PharmEvo sign MoU for Online Innovative CME/CDE Portal (Digital CME)

KARACHI: University of Health Sciences (UHS) Lahore and PharmEvo has signed an MoU for Online CME portal for initiating CME/CDE courses for the healthcare professionals to build up their professional capacity. This MOU was signed here on May 25, 2015 by Maj. Gen. Prof. M. Aslam Vice Chancellor of UHS and Mr. Syed Jamshed Ahmad Chief Operating Officer of PharmEvo. This private public partnership in the field of medical education is the first such activity in the country which will go a long way in updating the knowledge of healthcare professionals which will also improve patient care.

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Treatment goal in SLE is to reduce infections, prevent thrombosis, reduce and prevent disease flare up-David D’Cruz

LAHORE: Prof. Kamran Hameed along with Prof. Kamran Chima from SIMS chaired the second session of the Rheumatology conference held here from April 10-12, 2015.  Prof. David D’Cruz from Guy’s Hospital London was the first speaker who talked about Difficult Lupus. SLE, he said, can be mild or severe. He referred to the ACR classification and criteria for diagnosis of SLE. Predictors of poor outcome were mentioned as female, black, infections, young age, those suffering from renal disease, disease for more than one year.

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Pakistan Pharma industry has made tremendous progress but unethical marketing practices needs to be checked

Before World War II there were not many drugs in the world. The physicians used to treat their patients by the herbal extracts, biological products, mineral salts, mineral oils, opium products and diet. Besides oral ingestion most of the medications were in form of local application and enemas, Sulpha, Aspirin were the magic drugs like opium and digitalis for the heart. So there was hardly any need of the pharmaceutical companies and what to talk of representatives or the agents for marketing.

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Researchers discover new ways to shut down signals involved in brain diseases

A research team based at the University of Eastern Finland and the Turku Centre for Biotechnology have found new ways to block a pathway that may be responsible for several brain disorders, which could open the door to developing better treatments. The protein NOS-1 generates nitric oxide, a chemical signal that is linked to neurological disorders from neuro degeneration, stroke and chronic pain sensitivity to anxiety and depressive disorders. These are now among the most common causes of disability and mortality, but decades of efforts have not led to a safe drug that controls NOS-1.

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SAFES identifies to focus on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus during 2015-2017

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): The SAFES SUMMIT held here from 24-26th April 2015 which was attended by diabetologists and endocrinologists from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka approved the Dhaka Declaration 2015 which has identified to focus on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus during 2015-2017. South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) it may be mentioned here consists of associations of The Endocrine Society of Bangladesh, Endocrine Society of India, Diabetes and Endocrine Association of Nepal, Pakistan Endocrine Society and Endocrine Society of Sir Lanka.

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PAME & Health RAB organize Workshops on Medical Writing, Medical Editing and Peer Review at QAMC Bahawalpur & SZMC Rahim Yar Khan

Bahawalpur & Rahim Yar Khan: Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) in collaboration with Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) an entity established by PharmEvo organized two days workshops on Medical Writing, Medical Editing and Peer Review at Quaid-e-Azam Medical College Bahawalpur on May 18th and 19th 2015. The same workshops were held at Sheikh Zayed Medical College Rahim Yar Khan on May 20th and 21st 2015.  These workshops were accredited for 1.5 Credit Hours each by University of Health Sciences (UHS) which is also keen to promote academic activities in these institutions.

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WHA resolutions on air pollution and epilepsy

GENEVA: The World Health Assembly closed today on May 26th, with Director-General Dr Margaret Chan noting that it had passed several “landmark resolutions and decisions”. Three new resolutions related to air pollution, epilepsy, one laying out the next steps in finalizing a framework of engagement with non-State actors were passed.

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Tackling antimicrobial drug resistance

GENEVA: Delegates at the World Health Assembly held recently at Geneva have endorsed a global action plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance - including antibiotic resistance. Antimicrobial resistance is occurring everywhere in the world, compromising our ability to treat infectious diseases, as well as undermining many other advances in health and medicine.

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WHO Calls for Increased Transparency in Medical Research

WHO today issued a public statement calling for the disclosure of results from clinical trials for medical products, whatever the result. The move aims to ensure that decisions related to the safety and efficacy of vaccines, drugs and medical devices for use by populations are supported by the best available evidence.“Our intention is to promote the sharing of scientific knowledge in order to advance public health,” said Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director General for Health Systems and Innovation.

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Lack of health education has increased the health problems of rural population

BUREWALLA: Mohammad Shafi Educational & Welfare Trust organized a two day medical camp at Chak No. 409 EB in Tehsil Burewalla, District Vehari on 1-2 April 2015. Dr. Musarrat Riaz FCPS Consultant Physician, Diabetologist from Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) who is also Assistant Professor at Baqai Medical University examined one hundred thirty five patients during the two days. It included twenty six male, eighty seven female and twenty two children. 

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Surgeons are more prone to get needle stick injury- Dr. Zahid Ali Memon

KARACHI: All patients admitted for surgery must be screened for Hepatitis B, C and HIV as to take precautionary measures if someone is Hepatitis carrier or HIV positive. Healthcare providers especially surgeons are always at high risk of getting Hepatitis B and C due to needle stick injuries (NSI) and they should follow the standard SOPs to protect themselves. Ethical practice and emphasis on prevention of the diseases are important to prevent Hepatitis and other communicable diseases.

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Clinical proceedings of 11th National Neuropsycon on psychiatric updates

LAHORE: Many interesting scientific papers were presented during the 11th National Neuropsycon, held here from April 24-26, 2015. It was organized by Pakistan Psychiatric Society & Psychiatric Welfare Association in collaboration with various institutions and organizations interested in mental healthcare. Two pre conference workshops on Phenomenology in General Psychiatry and phenomenology in patients suffering from psychotrauma which were conducted by Prof. Mowadat Hussain Rana along with Prof. Aftab Asif were also part of the conference. Dr. Nazish Imran and Dr. Usman Amin Hotiana were the facilitators.

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