Punjab Government speeds up planning to establish three medical universities at Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad

LAHORE: Provincial Government of Punjab has accelerated the planning of establishing three new medical universities in the province at Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad which needs to be commended. However, it must be remembered that by mere changing the name from medical college to a medical university is not going to help in the long run. An institution is only as good as its faculty, hence if the authorities are serious in ensuring that these universities get established and earn credibility faster, they must practice open merit policy for all new selections and promotions in the universities. This is something which is currently being practiced by Postgraduate Medical Institute/Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and let the planners in Punjab learn some lessons from them.

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Hypertension Risk factors are as prevalent in Rural as in urban population-Khawar Kazmi

KARACHI: Hypertension risk factors are as prevalent in rural areas as in cities while stroke is six times more in rural areas as compared to urban population. Not only that, the use of drugs to treatment hypertension is also very poor in the rural areas. This was stated by Prof. Khawar Kazmi, Head of the Dept.of Cardiology at Aga Khan University Hospital while speaking at a meeting organized by Pakistan Hypertension League in collaboration with OBS Pakistan to celebrate the World Hypertension Day here on May 6th 2017. 

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Noted Hematologist Prof. Moinuddin passes away

KARACHI: Prof. Moinuddin a well-known hematologist and an important faculty member of Baqai Medical University passed away last week. May God Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace. Ameen. He leaved behind a large number of friends, students, professional colleagues and family members, well-wishers to mourn his death. Late Prof. Moinuddin graduated from King Edward Medical College in early 60s and has been affiliated with Baqai Medical University for a very long time.

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Thumb, hand, shoulder pain and low back pain are some of the musculoskeletal injuries reported by Gastroenterologists, Endoscopists-Mehnaz Shafi

KARACHI: Dr. Mehnaz Shafi from United States who made numerous presentations at the Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology’s 33rd Annual Conference also discussed Ergonomics of Endoscopy and injury to the endoscopists at one of the sessions on March 11, 2017.  She was of the view that we must always have our focus on patient safety, practicing Gastroenterologists and Endoscopists. Ergonomics deals with long standing in awkward position and work related stress. The gastroenterologists and endoscopists often work in awkward positions which results in musculoskeletal problems which we can develop.

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UBT was the best option to assess for H. Pylori eradication-Varocha Mahachai

KARACHI: Dr. Varocha Mahachai from Bangkok Thailand presented Updates on Treatment of H. Pylori and ASEAN Guidelines at one of the sessions during the morning session on March 11th at the 33rd Annual Conference of Pakistan Society of Gastroenterology and GI Endoscopy held here recently.  She pointed out that they had formed different groups on Epidemiology, Diagnostic Tests, Treatment and Treatment Follow up to come up with the recommendations for these guidelines. 

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Proceedings of 12th National Neuropsycon on Psychiatric Updates

LAHORE: Many interesting scientific papers were presented during the 12th National Neuropsycon 2017 on Psychiatric Updates, held at Lahore from April 15-16, 2017. It was organized by Psychiatric Welfare Association in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Social Psychiatry, Pakistan Psychiatric Society, Psychiatry Department Continental Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan Society of Neurology, Pakistan Academy of Family Physicians, Pakistan Association of Clinical Psychologist and other sister organizations. 

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What regulatory agencies like HEC, PM&DC can do to help improve quality and standard of Pakistani Biomedical Journals

Journalology has now emerged as an important discipline in itself with numerous sub-specialties like Peer Review, Scientific Misconduct and Publication Ethics. There have been numerous developments in the information technology as well which while on one hand has made the job of Editors easy but it has also brought with it too many problems  under which the editors have to work.1

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To ensure availability of Rituximab and Trastuzumab at affordable prices

GENEVA: This year WHO will launch a pilot project for prequalifying bio-similar medicines, a step towards making some of the most expensive treatments for cancer more widely available in low- and middle-income countries.

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Few studies consider hearing loss when assessing communication with physicians

Doctors believe that communication with those under their care is important, but most studies of communication between physicians and older adults do not mention that hearing loss may affect this interaction. The findings come from a review published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

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World Obesity Federation confirms “Obesity is a Chronic Disease”

World Obesity Federation in a statement published in the leading journal Obesity Reviews, has confirmed its support for defining obesity as a chronic, relapsing disease. The statement was prepared by a scientific committee of the Federation which concluded that obesity fits the epidemiological model of a disease process except that the toxic or pathological agent is diet-related rather than a microbe.

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Final Results of Cilostazol-Aspirin Therapy against Recurrent Stroke with Intracranial Artery Stenosis (CATHARSIS)

Purpose: To compare the effect of cilostazol plus aspirin versus aspirin alone on the progression of intracranial arterial stenosis (IAS), and to compare ischemic and hemorrhagic events in patients with symptomatic IAS, an investigator-driven, nationwide multicenter cooperative randomized controlled trial (CATHARSIS; ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier 00333164) was conducted.

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