We should become one voice against Mafias to promote good practices-Ayub Sheikh

KARACHI: Drug Pricing Policy has been approved, it is transparent. If volume increases but profit margins are reduced, even then the overall profit will increase. All new molecules will be allowed average price in India and Bangladesh while Generics will get a  price of  30% less than the original molecule. However, there will be no compromise on Good Manufacturing Practices.  Time has come that we should become one voice against Mafias to promote good practices. 

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Despite political issues, let us create some space for free flow of academicians and research scientists- Dr. Liaquat Ali

DHAKA (BANGLADESH): South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies (SAFES) is a young society. We can achieve excellent results if we walk together. We should learn from each other. Clinicians, professional health workers, activists should join hands. It is not only the guidelines which are important but we must take the agenda forward. Despite the political situation, we must create some space for free flow of academicians and research scientists between our countries.

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Knowledge the participants have gained should bring a change in their practice-Wasim Jafri

KARACHI: World Gastroenterology Organization, Karachi Training Center organized a workshop on Update on Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders here on May 2, 2015. Prof. Sadick Memon from Hyderabad was the first speaker who presented a case of Non Cardiac Chest Pain (NCCP). His patient was a 29 years old who complained of chest pain. GERD, he said, is the major cause of NCCP in which only quality of life is impaired while in cardiac chest pain immediate intervention is required. 

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ISC Database at present has 3042 Journals from 48 countries- M. Javed Dehghani

SHIRAZ (IRAN): On second day of the EMMJ6 Medical Journals conference held here from February 18-20, 2015, the afternoon session was jointly chaired by Karen Shashok and Mr. Farrokh Saidi. Mohammad Javed Dehghani from ISC was the first speaker who in his presentation disclosed that at present the number of journals in ISC database was 3042. It includes 39% in English, 20% in Arabic and the rest 41% are in other languages.  In all forty eight countries have sent their journals for coverage in ISC and the number of journals from Pakistan was twenty one. 

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Every orthopaedic surgeon must learn the art of medical writing- Prof. Pervez Anjum

HYDERABAD: We always welcome academic initiatives by different organizations and if there is possibility of public private partnership we are more than welcome to facilitate the process. This was stated by Pro VC LUMHS Professor Muneer Ahmed Junejo, who was chief guest during the workshop organized by Pakistan Orthopaedic Associaton (POA) at Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) on March 2, 2015.

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Early diagnosis, referral to rheumatologist, target to treatment approach gives better results in RA-Dr. Beena Hameed

LAHORE: Dr. Abid Farooqui chaired the first scientific session during the 19th annual conference of Pakistan Rheumatology Society held here from April 10-12, 2015.  Dr. Beena Hameed from UK was the first speaker who gave an update on rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She laid emphasis on early diagnosis and treatment to target approach. RA, she said has a multifactorial pathogenesis with fluctuating clinical course. It has increased morbidity and mortality and loss of physical fitness. Inflammation leads to disability.

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Caesarean sections should only be performed when medically necessary

GENEVA: Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. Although it can save lives, caesarean section is often performed without medical need, putting women and their babies at-risk of short- and long-term health problems. A new statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) underscores the importance of focusing on the needs of the patient, on a case by case basis, and discourages the practice of aiming for “target rates”.

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Anaplastic thyroid cancer is fast growing most aggressive malignancy with poor prognosis -Song-Wook Kang

KARACHI: The visiting Korean Thyroid Surgeon Song- Wook Kang who conducted a workshop on endocrine surgery at JPMC last month gave an over view of Thyroid Surgery on second day of the workshop. He discussed in detail the diagnosis, management, post operative follow up, endoscopic and robotic thyroidectomy.  Slow growing thyroid cancer, he opined, has good prognosis.

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Eating slowly may help you to improve satiety

Satiety is the sense of food satisfaction and fullness experienced after eating. Hunger and satiety both depend on a complex feedback loop involving many hormones and other substances secreted by the gut that interact with control centers in the brain. Many diet books suggest people to chew slowly so they will feel full after eating less food. 

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Essential Drugs-A story of corruption and betrayal of people

I have read with interest “Essential drugs” in your “Off the Record” column published in February 1, 2015 issue. . I would like to trace the history of “Essential drugs” in Pakistan as I have been involved with the origin/evolution of the “Essential Drugs” concept in Pakistan. My interest in this subject originated with the development of clinical pharmacology/clinical therapeutic as one of my subspecialties. In 1970s Lt. Gen. M. Ayub Khan D.G Armed Forces Medical Services established the department of clinical pharmacology /clinical therapeutics in the Armed Forces Medical College and the Military Hospital Rawalpindi. 

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Healthcare professionals should work together as a team to serve patients-Prof. Riaz Bhatti

LAHORE: “Optimizing Unmet Needs of Psychological Trauma Sufferers” was the theme of the 11th National Neuropsycon, held in Lahore from April 24-26, 2015.It was organized by Pakistan Psychiatric Society &Psychiatric Welfare Association in collaboration with DUHS Karachi, Psychiatry Department of KEMU Lahore, FJMC Lahore, AIMC 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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