All thyroid operations done for proven or suspected cancers should be extra capsular-Jatin Shah

KARACHI: On Day two, May 15th of the Fourth Surgical Week for Endocrine Diseases held at JPMC from May 14-17th 2017 Prof. Jatin Shah from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from New York United States made a presentation on Selective Surgical Treatment for differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Its incidence and mortality, he said, is rising in United States. Over the years we have not reduced mortality from thyroid cancer.

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Punjab announces 635 Billion Biggest ever Development Budget

LAHORE: Government of Punjab has announced the biggest ever Development Budget by any province in Pakistan’s history which stands at Rs.  635 Billion. The budget shows an impressive increase for Education and Health sectors as compared to the previous years. The total allocations for Education are   345 Billion and for Health 263 Billion. Other salient features of the budget include Special allocation for less developed districts Five Billion, Free Rural Ambulance Service for pregnant women, 58 Billion for Water and Sanitation and increase in girl student’s stipend from Rs. 200/- per month to Rs. 1,000/- per month in sixteen low literacy districts which will benefit 462,000 students. Since now Health is a provincial subject, the provincial Health budgets have assumed greater importance

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WHO updates Essential Medicines List which now includes 433 Drugs

GENEVA: New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Model List of Essential Medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the 21st Expert Committee held on 27-31 March 2017 at WHO Headquarters.

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Genetics, child Health, communicable diseases, NCDs, oral health identified as priority areas for research

LAHORE: The researchers, academicians and health professionals from around the country have agreed on a 5-year National Health Research Agenda (2017-2022) that identifies 18 key areas related to health in which research should be carried out.

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Excerpts from Silent Musings by Dr. Alaf Khan

Enter the New Age. My Medical Unit in LRH was a kind of medical Labour Room and Nursery where hemodialysis, ultrasound scanning, medical oncology and fiberoptic G.I. endoscopy were born and nurtured for the first time in the North West Frontier Province now known as KPK.

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Global Online Fellowship in Head & Neck Surgery and Oncology by MSKCC and IFHNOS

KARACHI: Prof. Jatin Shah a world renowned Head & Neck Surgeon was the Master trainer at the Fourth Surgical Week for Endocrine Disease organized by JPMC recently. During the course he also announced that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center from United States has started a Global Online Fellowship Course in Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology. Till 2016, eighty three Fellows from all over the world have been certified. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center New York is running this course in collaboration with International Federation of Head and Neck Oncologic Societies.

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Prevention of Coronary Artery Disease

Ischemic heart disease is a major cause of mortality in the world. It is estimated that annually 17.2 million people died worldwide making it one of the biggest killers. In the United States of America 3,65,000 people die of coronary heart disease annually. The treatment of coronary heart disease is lifelong and very expensive. There is also an inestimable cost of enormous sufferings. The real answer of this dreadful problem is in adopting preventive measures. Surely prevention is not only better than cure.

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Springer retracting 107 papers from Tumor Biology Journal and refuses to renew contract for its publication

Springer is retracting 107 papers from one journal after discovering they had been accepted with fake peer reviews. To submit a fake review, someone (often the author of a paper) either makes up an outside expert to review the paper, or suggests a real researcher — and in both cases, provides a fake email address that comes back to someone who will invariably give the paper a glowing review. In this case, Springer, the publisher of Tumor Biology through 2016, told Retraction Watch that an investigation produced “clear evidence” the reviews were submitted under the names of real researchers with faked emails.

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325 million people worldwide are living with Chronic HBV or HCV Infection

GENEVA, AMSTERDAM: New WHO data reveal that an estimated 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. The WHO Global hepatitis report, 2017 indicates that the large majority of these people lack access to life-saving testing and treatment. As a result, millions of people are at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer, and death.

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Updated Epilepsy Classification may lead to advances in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Research

It has been nearly three decades since experts published a classification system related to epilepsy. Now, the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) provides an update to systems that includes many types of seizures not captured in the older version, allowing clinicians and patients to make more informed decisions concerning treatment. The three companion articles are published today in Epilepsia.

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PharmEvo organizes Career Counselling Session for JSMU Students

KARACHI: PharmEvo organized a Career Counselling Session for students of Jinnah Sindh Medical University recently for which over three hundred medical, pharmacy students got registered which showed their keen interest. Dr. Masood Jawaid Director Medical Affairs from PharmEvo was the facilitator for this session who was helped by members of his team along with student’s volunteers.

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Tobacco’s health and economic costs

Tobacco use kills more than 7 million people every year and costs households and governments over US$ 1.4 trillion through healthcare expenditure and lost productivity. "According to former  WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan. "Tobacco exacerbates poverty, reduces economic productivity, contributes to poor household food choices, and pollutes indoor air." "But by taking robust tobacco control measures, governments can safeguard their countries' futures by protecting tobacco users and non-users from these deadly products, generating revenues to fund health and other social services, and saving their environments from the ravages tobacco causes."

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Late Prof. Moinuddin MBBS, MSc, FRCP

Late Prof. Moinuddin who died at Karachi on May 6, 2017 was born on September 15, 1939.He did his MBBS from King Edward Medical College Lahore in1962 and later got Membership of Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh in 1967.  He was awarded Fellowship of Royal College of Physicians Canada in Laboratory and Hematology in 1971 and then did MSc from McGill University Quebec Canada in 1972. He got Fellowship in Clinical Hematology from Royal College of Physicians Canada in 1978 and was also honoured by Royal College of Physicians Edinburgh with its Fellowship in 1995.

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