Despite hurdles and problems, JSMU has not only survived but made commendable progress since its inception in 2012

KARACHI: Jinnah Sindh Medical University (JSMU) did not have a normal birth. In fact it was after Dow University of Health Sciences went through a C. Section that it gave birth to two new medical universities i.e. up gradation of Sindh Medical College to a University and establishment of Benazir Bhutto Medical University at Layari General Hospital. When former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto visited United States, she promised to the SMC Alumni of North America that when their government comes, it will upgrade SMC to a university.

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75-80% of our population has Vitamin-D values which are considered less than adequate

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): Prof. Nikil Tandon from All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi India delivered Prof. Mohammad Ibrahim Memorial lecture during the SAFES Summit 2015 held at Dhaka Bangladesh from February 24-26th 2015. The topic of his presentation was Vitamin-D: South Asian Perspective. He discussed at length Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency quoting various studies in the region and said that it was a long latency deficiency disease.  This session was chaired by Dr. A.K. Azad Khan from Bangladesh.

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Forensic Medicine vs Forensic Pathology

The subject of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology is once again for the umptieth time being challenged and an attempt is being made to undermine not only the subject but the legal framework of the country. Unlike any other subject taught in the medical curriculum, the teaching of Forensic medicine and its practice in the service of the public is dependent on the laws framed by the state. It is thus also referred to as state medicine. Ever since the private sector became involved in medical education in Pakistan, attempts have repeatedly been made to do away with the subject on different pretexts. Instead of getting involved in the establishment of this specialty in their institutions which is a pure public service to the common man, they have concentrated only on financially rewarding domains.

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Colonoscopy can reduce the colorectal cancer rate- Dr. Saad Khalid Niaz

KARACHI: Colorectal surgery as a sub-specialty is gradually being recognized and finding a place in Pakistan. It was Prof. Mumtaz Maher who took an initiative and developed a Division of Colorectal Surgery and started a training programme which continues for the last many years. Now Prof. Amjad Siraj Memon at Dow University of Health Sciences/Civil Hospital Karachi has developed a dedicated unit for colorectal surgery with state of the art diagnostic and treatment facilities.

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Provision of multidisciplinary rehabilitation services by qualified, experienced personnel under one roof makes IPM&R a unique institution in Pakistan

KARACHI: Rehabilitation Medicine is an important discipline of medicine with many sub-specialties and it plays a vital role in patient healthcare. This specialty has made tremendous progress not only in the developed world but in many developing countries as well but in Pakistan its importance has not yet been fully recognized. We just had one proper functional institution of Rehabilitation Medicine in the Armed Forces which was catering to the needs of  Army but no such facility existed in the civil side until the establishment of Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Karachi affiliated with Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) in 2007.

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Treatment with Sitagliptin did not Increase the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in the Primary Composite Endpoint, or Hospitalization for Heart Failure

BOSTON (USA): Findings of  a Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes with Sitagliptin, (TECOS) a placebo-controlled study of the cardiovascular (CV) safety were presented at the American Diabetes Associaton meeting held here on June 8trh 2015 during the  75th scientific session. The study has been published in New England Journal of Medicine. Findings of this study showed that Sitagliptin did not  increase the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events in the Primary Composite Endpoint, or Hospitalization for Heart Failure  compared with Placebo. 

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Creating research culture is a challenge for Health RAB-Prof. A.G. Billoo

KARACHI: There is no dearth of funding. Funds for research are available from various agencies, institutions within the country like PMRC, HEC etc. as well as international agencies like WHO, NICH, Wellcome Foundation etc., provided the research proposals are sound and deal with the problems faced in the country. Research culture does not exist in Pakistan and to promote research culture in Pakistan is a challenge for Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB). 

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Medical understandings of Spasticity and its Clinical Evaluation

ISLAMABAD: Medical understanding of spasticity and its clinical evaluation was discussed in detail by various speakers at a meeting organized by Novartis Pharma Pakistan here on May 24, 2015. It was attended by Neurosurgeons, Neuro Physicians, Orthopaedc Surgeons, and Rheumatologists besides experts from Rehabilitation Medicine.

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CDC honours and presents Awards to 28 distinguished personalities in different fields

BAHAWALPUR: Cholistan Development Council of Pakistan is the dream child of Malik Farooq Khan a social worker from Bahawalpur which is working for the development of the region and promotion of the culture of the area for the last seventeen years. It started honouring people in different fields to recognize their outstanding achievements and accomplishments and what started as a District level Award has now become an international ceremony. The basic objective of these Cholistan Awards, Farooq Ahmad Khan says is to revive rich cultural heritage of Cholistan and to recognize local and national Heroes with their extra ordinary work.

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