Life expectancy increased by 5 years since 2000, but health inequalities persist

GENEVA: World Health Organization has released Health Statistics for the Year 2016 which shows dramatic gains in life expectancy made globally since 2000, but major inequalities persist within and among countries. According to “World Health Statistics: Monitoring Health for the SDGs” Life expectancy increased by 5 years between 2000 and 2015, the fastest increase since the 1960s. Those gains reverse declines during the 1990s, when life expectancy fell in Africa because of the AIDS epidemic and in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union. The increase was greatest in the African Region of WHO where life expectancy increased by 9.4 years to 60 years, driven mainly by improvements in child survival, progress in malaria control and expanded access to anti retrovirals for treatment of HIV.

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“Journey Through Medicine”

KARACHI: Healthcare professionals in general and medical teachers in particular who have remained involved in administration occupying important coveted positions come across lot of incidents, interesting episodes in their professional career which if shared provide an excellent opportunity to learn. That is why I have always encouraged doctors to document it but not many seems to be interested.  We can learn a lot from all this if it is documented and published but usually there is a tendency to put everything under the carpet and try to forget, something which needs to be discouraged.

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The Health Foundation striving for a Hepatitis Free Pakistan

KARACHI: Un-necessary on demand use of injections, unsafe blood transfusion, re-use of  needles and syringes, use of unsterilized instruments by the healthcare professionals besides hospital environment has played a vital role in spreading Hepatitis which has now become a major public health problem in Pakistan. According to reports normal prevalence is between 12-13% but in some areas the prevalence is very high. Till recently treatment with interferon was beyond the reach of majority of the patients but with the discovery and marketing of oral preparations for the treatment of Hepatitis-C, it has become possible to find a cure for this dreadful disease.

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ARBs and ACEIs are safe and effective in Hypertension, after MI and in Heart Failure

KARACHI:  ARBs and ACEIs are safe and effective in hypertension, after myocardial infarction as well as in Heart Failure.  Both have similar safety and efficacy though ARBs are better tolerated. This was stated by Dr.Asad Pathan Director Interventional Cardiology at Tabba Heart Institute, Karachi. He was speaking on ARBs in Cardiology at a seminar organized by PharmEvo Pakistan here on May 28th 20916. The seminar was chaired by Prof. Tahir Hussain, Head of the Dept. of Medicine at Karachi Medical and Dental College while Dr. Fatema Jawad Consultant Endocrinologist was other member of the Experts Panel. 

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Strategy for the Management of Heart Attacks

The American College of Cardiology has recently emphasized that heart attacks are increasing amongst the younger age groups and obese people.ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is the severest and deadly form of heart attacks which occurs when one of the heart’s main arteries is completely blocked by plaque stopping the flow of blood to the heart muscle leading to the high risk of death/ disability.STEMI can be treated effectively with clot-bursting medication if used within half an hour of the attack or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performed within 90 minutes of the attack.

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Aspirin may help prevent Bile Duct Cancer

Regular use of aspirin was linked with a significantly reduced risk of developing bile duct cancer, also called cholangiocarcinoma, in a recent study. The findings, which are published in the journal Hepatology, indicate that additional research on the potential of aspirin for preventing bile duct cancer is warranted.

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Aziz Fatimah Trust Hospital Faisalabad

FAISALABAD: The 350-Bed Aziz Fatimah Trust Hospital located in Gulistan Colony on Sheikhupura Road is the biggest private hospital in the industrial city of Faisalabad. Established in 1979, this healthcare facility is managed by Aziz Fatimah Trust set up by Sitara Group of Industries and it has expanded and improved the facilities being offered over the years tremendously.  Now it has been affiliated as a Teaching Hospital with Aziz Fatimah Medical and Dental College which has further improved the healthcare facilities being provided to the patients at a subsidized cost.

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Prevention of Metabolic Disorders

Pakistan’s National Health indicators are alarmingly dismal, getting worse day by day. Pakistan has one of the highest incidence of communicable diseases in the world and the highest death toll in all age groups( from still births, newborns, infants, child, maternal and adult mortality and one of the shortest life spans even amongst the SAARC countries. The more worrying aspect is phenomenal increase in devastating non communicable diseases affecting adversely Nation’s health, economy and future.

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Rapid diagnostic test and shorter, cheaper treatment signal new hope

GENEVA: New World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations aim to speed up detection and improve treatment outcomes for multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) through use of a novel rapid diagnostic test and a shorter, cheaper treatment regimen. 

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Jehan-e-Maseeha Adabi Forum formed

KARACHI: M/s PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals which has been quite active in promoting reading habits and Urdu literature formally launched the Jehan-e-Maseeha Adabi Forum at a meeting held in the city on June 4th 2016.  Prof. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui a well-known literary figure and currently Vice Chancellor of Ziauddin Medical University presided. It was attended by healthcare professionals interested in Urdu Adab literature and poetry. Khawaja Razi Haider a noted poet, critic and former Director of Quaid-e-Azam Academy has been named as the National Coordinator while Prof. Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui has accepted the invitation to be the Hony. President of this literary body.

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Pharma industry should go for strategic, basic science innovations-Dr. Mussadiq Malik

KARACHI: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Dr. Mussadiq Malik himself a Pharmacist was the chief guest at conference Dinner of 2nd Pakistan Pharma Summit held on May 3rd 2016. Speaking at the occasion he urged the pharmaceutical industry of Pakistan to explore the option of becoming a part of the global effort of running clinical trials for innovation in the field of medicines and health care research. “In order to move forward and find a Global place, Pharma industry has to go for strategic innovation, basic science innovation, go into a new industry which was growing very fast i.e. the Contract Research Organizations (CROs).Earlier clinical trials used to be conducted in North America and Europe but because of the changes that had transpired, most of the trials were now global with regional representation from all over the world.

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Ethics and Doctors’ behaviour has assumed greater importance these days-Gen. Khalid Maqbool

LAHORE: Former Governor Punjab, Lt. Gen. (R) Khalid Maqbool has said that professional ethics and behaviour of doctors has assumed greater importance these days and it is high time that our medical institutions should build internal systems of accountability. He was addressing at the book launching ceremony of “A Handbook of Behavioiural Sciences”, here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on May 27, 2016. The book is written by Prof. Mowadat H. Rana, Dr. Roop Zainab Rana and Dr. Mansoor Mustafa as a textbook for medical and dental colleges’ students.

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Cancer may drive health problems in the elderly

A new study indicates that cancer may have negative impacts on both the physical and mental health of individuals as their age increases. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study suggests that cancer increases the risk for certain health issues above and beyond normal aging. This is likely due, in part, to decreased physical activity and stress associated with cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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