Insulin Pump Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus is a new technology being introduced in Pakistan- Dr. Qamar Masood

KARACHI: Prof. Zaman Sheikh along with Prof. Jamal Zafar and Dr. Bilal Bin Younus chaired the scientific session on the 2nd day of First Diabetes Education Conference in Pakistan held at Karachi from February 21-22, 2015. It was jointly organized by National Association of Diabetes Educators of Pakistan (NADEP) in collaboration with Baqai Institute of Diabetology & Endocrinology, Baqai Medical University.

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Psycho Trauma Center at KEMU organizes Psychological First Aid Training Workshop for School Teachers

LAHORE: Psychotrauma Centre at Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in King Edward Medical University & Department of Child & Family Psychiatry, KEMU organised a Psychological first Aid training workshop for school teachers on March 10, 2015.  Teachers, it may be mentioned here, are in a unique position to help children following any traumatic event because of their role/ expertise and extended contact with children.

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Adhering to principles of ethics in medical practice is gaining ground in Pakistan-Maj. Gen. Aslam

KARACHIBaqai Medical University’s Department of Continuing Medical Education (CME) organized a workshop on “Medical Ethics”. BMU Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of Health Management Sciences, Maj. Gen. (R) Dr. Muhammad Aslam was the main speaker. The program was attended by Deans, Principal, Baqai Medical College and Dental College, faculty members and final year students of colleges.

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Medical Institutions can have their own rules for selection, promotion of Faculty-Asim Hussain

KARACHI: A new biomedical journal i.e. Annals of Jinnah Sindh Medical University was formally launched last week at a meeting held at the JSMU campus. Dr. Asim Hussain, Chairman of the Sindh Higher Education Commission was the chief guest on this occasion while the meeting was also attended by Dr. Farooq Sattar member of the National Assembly.

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Patient satisfaction, patient safety and increasing violence against healthcare professionals

Increasing commercialization and corruption coupled with wide spread unethical practices by the medical profession has lead to increased violence against the healthcare professionals which has highlighted the importance of patients satisfaction and patient safety. A study by Hongzing Yu et al 1 being published in this issue from China has also highlighted numerous cases of violence against healthcare professionals leading to death of some doctors as well as nurses by patient’s relatives.

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Brain processes ongoing pain more emotionally

A momentary lapse of concentration is all it takes for a finger to become trapped, to receive a bump on the head or sprain an ankle – and it hurrts. Pain is the body’s indispensable protective mechanism, and at the same time, a complex neurological phenomenon that is affected by a number of factors. Moreover, ongoing pain in the sense of chronic pain can be a disease in its own right. A team of scientists from the Technische Universit (TUM) has now demonstrated that already during a few minutes of ongoing pain, the underlying brain activity changes by shifting from sensory to emotional processes.

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Seven promising compounds with the potential to relieve chronic pain

New research shows that seven compounds of the countless found in spider venom block a key step in the body’s ability to pass pain signals to the brain. The hunt for a medicine based on just one of these compounds, which would open up a new class of potent painkillers, is now a step closer according to new research published in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

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Low breast density in mammography worsens breast cancer prognosis

Very low mammographic breast density worsens the prognosis of breast cancer, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. Disease free survivals as well as overall life expectancies were significantly shorter in women with very low-density breasts in comparison to women with high density breast tissue. The lower the breast tissue density, the less fibroglandular tissue there is compared to fat tissue. In the future, these findings may prove significant for the assessment of breast cancer prognosis and treatment planning.

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PHL Calendar 2015 depicts 17 Years Memoir

KARACHI: Pakistan Hypertension League Calendar depicting 17 Years of Memoir was formally launched at a ceremony held at the PHL offices on March 8th 2015. The meeting was attended by many distinguished cardiologists and members of the PHL. Prof. Ejaz Ahmad Vohra an eminent physician was the Chief Guest on this occasion while Prof. Sharif Chaudhry another eminent cardiologist and former Principal of Dow Medical College chaired the meeting.

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Bariatric surgery affects risk of pregnancy complications

Bariatric surgery has both a positive and negative influence on the risk of complications during subsequent pregnancy and delivery, concludes a new study from Karolinska Institutet. The results, which are published in the New England Journal of Medicine, indicate that maternal health services should regard such cases as risk pregnancies.

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One step Forward Two steps back

When it comes to incorporation of advance healthcare fields in medical profession that's exactly the case. Quite a many hospitals and now few universities are also in competition to provide higher level of education and introducing new therapies, technologies which are trendy, advanced, modernized and need of the hour to the medical sector.

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Breast Cancer risk may be increased in women who have first-degree relatives with a history of Prostate Cancer

Having a family history of prostate cancer among first-degree relatives may increase a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. That is the conclusion of a new study published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. The study’s results indicate that clinicians should take a complete family history of all cancers—even those in family members of the opposite sex—to help assess a patient’s risk of developing cancer.

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Stem cell clones could yield new drug treatment for deadly blood disease

DURHAM: Scientists report in the current issue of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine that they have been able to clone a line of defective stem cells behind a rare, but devastating disease called Fanconi Anemia (FA). Their achievement opens the door to drug screening and the potential for a new, safe treatment for this often fatal disease. 

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