Govt. should concentrate on Quality Control of drugs rather than price control

LAHORE: Pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan was operating in a very competitive market. The Government should concentrate on quality control of drugs rather than price control. It is competition which brings down drug prices and not price controls. What the Pharma industry needs is a stable logical regulatory environment where no arbitrary decisions are taken. 

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Expert discuss diagnosis and management of Epilepsy

LAHORE: One of the sessions during the 10th National Neuropsycon held here last month was devoted to diagnosis and management of epilepsy which was addressed by many speakers. Prof. Muhammad Wasay along with Prof. Riaz Bhatti chaired this session while Dr. Ali Burhan acted as moderator. 

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CAC scores may help predict benefit from daily Aspirin therapy

Medscape reports that research published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests that “predicted benefit from daily aspirin therapy for primary prevention exceeds risk when coronary artery calcium (CAC) imaging scores reach or exceed 100, whereas the risks surpass benefits at a CAC score of 0, in both cases regardless of risk by Framingham criteria.

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Sindh Govt. to increase NICVD grant from Rs. 400M to 1000M from next year-Sindh Health Secretary

KARACHI: Secretary of Health, Government of Sindh, Mr. Iqbal Hussain Durrani has commended the services being rendered by National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases. Apart from provide cardiac care to the patients visiting this institution from all over the country, it has also contributed a great deal in teaching and training of medical personnel in the field of Cardiology.

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Can hospital promotional activities be more ethical?

At present, there exist a lot of violations of medical ethics in advertising and promotional activities, which have been infringing the rights of patients. Therefore, the ethical criteria should be established as soon as possible to regulate the hospital promotional activities, to regain the trust of people.

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Proceedings of 10th National Neuropsycon on Psychiatric Updates

LAHORE: Many interesting scientific papers were presented during the 10th National Nuropsycon 2014 on Psychiatric Updates and Media-Public Awareness, held at Lahore from April 25-27, 2014. It was organized by Pakistan Psychiatric Society & Psychiatric Welfare Association in collaboration with Psychiatry Department Rahbar Medical and Dental College, Psychiatry Department FJMC, Lahore, Pakistan Society of Neurology, Pakistan Society of Neurosurgeons, Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians, Pakistan Psychological Association and Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologist.

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Salt targets: A life-saving levy?

MELBOURNE: A new study has found that thousands of lives and millions of dollars could be saved by the implementation of national targets to reduce salt consumption, according to research to be presented at the World Heart Federation’s World Congress of Cardiology on Tuesday 6 May. Experts agree that most populations consume too much salt which is linked to one of the main risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD) - hypertension or high blood pressure.

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Sprifermin offers benefit for cartilage loss from knee osteoarthritis

In a new study in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, at 12 months, total femorotibial cartilage thickness loss was reduced in sprifermin (recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 18)-treated knees compared to placebo-treated knees, with effects being significant in the lateral femorotibial compartment but not in the central femorotibial compartment. 

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Snacking contributes to fatty liver and abdominal obesity

Researchers from The Netherlands found that snacking on high-fat and high-sugar foods was independently associated with abdominal fat and fatty liver (hepatic steatosis). According to the study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, hypercaloric diet with frequent meals increases intrahepatic triglyceride content (IHTG) and fat around the waist, but increasing meal size did not. 

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Glimpses of PAME Second National Conference 2014

Glimpses of PAME Second National Conference 2014

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