PM&DC will have a separate section for Medical Education-Justice Shakirullah Jan

PESHAWAR: Medical Educationists struggling for the formal recognition medical education as a new discipline by the regulatory bodies successfully realized their dream on April 20th when Justice (Retd) Shakirullah Jan the President of interim set up of Pakistan Medial & Dental Council announced that Medical Education will have a separate section at the PM&DC. He made this announcement while addressing the participants of the 6th International Conference on Health Professional Education & Research organized by the Institute of Health Professional Education and Research of Khyber Medical University from April 19-21st 2018.

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DUHS aims to develop strategies to provide cost effective and quality community health services

KARACHI: Government of Sindh had appointed Prof. Saeed Qureshi as Vice Chancellor of Dow University of Health Sciences in May last year since he was on top of the merit list prepared by the search committee. Earlier he had served as Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital Karachi one of the affiliated teaching hospitals for DUHs as well for quite some time. During this period there was remarkable improvement in services and facilities in the hospital which was a proof of his administrative capabilities.

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Pakistan needs 2500 rheumatologists but we have just 50-Sumaira Farman Raja

LAHORE: Pakistan Society of Rheumatology (PSR) organized its 22nd Annual International Conference here from April 6-8th 2018 which attracted over two dozen eminent rheumatologists from overseas besides delegates from all over Pakistan. Rheumatology beyond Borders was the theme of the conference which was preceded with the first workshop on Paediatric Rheumatology held at Fatima Memorial Hospital, Lahore.

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CBEC becomes WHO’s first collaborative Centre in Bioethics in EMR

KARACHI: Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture (CBEC) at Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation has become the first WHO collaborative centre for Bioethics in the Eastern Mediterranean Region. To celebrate this international recognition, CBEC organized a ceremony on April 25th which was also attended by Dr. Mohammad Assai Ardakani the head of WHO Country office in Pakistan besides Dr. Alois Reis Technical Officer in the Global Health Ethics Team in Research, Ethics and Knowledge Management Unit of the Dept. of Innovation Evidence and Research at Geneva Switzerland.

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Disposal of hospital solid waste

It was 1968 when I returned from UK after doing my FRCS. I visited a private surgical hospital of a big town of Pakistan. I noticed a dresser was changing the dressing of a patient lying on a charpoy (bed) in the open space of hospital compound. When he removed the main, fully soiled dressing of the patient, he threw it on the floor. Then a waiting stray dog quickly took it in his mouth and carried away, perhaps for his family.  This was the “dispenser’s way” of disposing hospital solid waste.

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Instead of going for high dose of a particular Statin, it is advisable to add another drug-Prof. Feroze Memon

FAISALABAD: The second scientific session during the Pakistan Hypertension League’s 21st annual symposium on February 24th was jointly chaired by Prof. Naeem Aslam, Khalida Soomro, Abid Amin and Prof. Saulat Siddique. Dr. Abdur Rauf was the first speaker who talked about the use of salt. He pointed out that the processed food contains 77% of salt and our most salt intake is from processed food. One should avoid it. Increased use of salt increases mortality from cardiovascular diseases. 

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Opioid analgesics reduce use of antipsychotics in persons with Alzheimer’s disease

Initiating an opioid analgesic reduced the use of antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. These drugs are frequently prescribed to treat behavioural and psychiatric symptoms of dementia, which can be worsened by other symptoms, such as pain. The results were published in International Psychogeriatrics.

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Antiepileptic drugs increase risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia

The use of antiepileptic drugs is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland and the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, DZNE. Continuous use of antiepileptic drugs for a period exceeding one year was associated with a 15 percent increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease in the Finnish dataset, and with a 30 percent increased risk of dementia in the German dataset.

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Role of education is very important in Fluid Therapy-Dr. Tanveer Ahmed

KARACHI: Role of education in fluid therapy is very important because it vary in different situations. Young budding surgeons besides paramedical staff should be trained as they are back bone of our healthcare delivery system but we do not give them proper training and importance which this profession deserves. This was stated by Dr. Tanveer Ahmed, Associate Professor and Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Karachi. 

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Proteome of the human heart mapped for the first time

A healthy heart beats about two billion times during a lifetime – thanks to the interplay of more than 10,0000 proteins. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPIB) and the German Heart Centre at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now determined which and how many individual proteins are present in each type of cell that occurs in the heart. 

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Asthma increases risk of complications during pregnancy and delivery

Women with asthma suffer more often from preeclampsia (PE) and run a higher risk of giving birth to underweight babies. These and other complications during pregnancy and delivery can not be explained by hereditary or environmental factors, according to a study from Karolinska Institute published in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.

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