Psychiatry faces numerous challenges stemming from socioeconomic development, changes of medicine & unresolved issues among psychiatrists-Prof.Norman Sartorius

LAHORE: Mental disorders are becoming more prevalent and psychiatry faces numerous challenges stemming from socioeconomic developments from changes of medicine and form internal unresolved issues among the psychiatrists. To meet these challenges, Psychiatrists must present best of their works impressively, reach consensus on education of psychiatrists, minimal treatment requirements, criteria for the acceptance of treatment methods besides emphasizing on human interaction and psychosocial aspects of medicine.

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Monitoring and accountability will improve with Health going to the provinces-Sara Afzal Tarrar

LAHORE: After the 18th constitutional amendment, health and education have gone to the provinces and it will definitely improve their monitoring and accountability. This was stated by Mrs. Sara Afzal Tarrar Federal Health Minister. She was addressing the eminent mental healthcare professionals from Pakistan and overseas attending the recently held Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation during a special session arranged for interactive discussion.

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Studies have shown over 50% reduction in diabetes with exercise therapy-Prof.Tasnim Ahsan

KARACHI: Exercise is the best intervention for diabetes management and studies have shown that almost over 50% reduction in diabetes with exercise therapy. This was stated by Prof. Tasnim Ahsan an eminent endocrinologist and Director of JPMC. She was speaking at the public awareness session organized at JPMC to celebrate the World Diabetes Day on November 11, 2013. 

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Drugs treat disorders not behaviours and even Right drugs do not fix the wrong environment - Dr. Shujat Ali Naqvi

LAHORE: Drugs treat disorders but not behaviours. Even the use of right drugs will not fix the wrong environment. One has to talk to the children alone as they may not give the history of domestic violence, sexual abuse in the presence of their parents. During the last two decades, the use of psychotropic drugs has increased in children however; there are concerns about diagnosis which has lead to barriers. This was stated by Dr.Shujat Ali Naqvi, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from United States.

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Complete recovery from psychiatric illness is possible with effective medications and psychosocial support- Brig. Mowadat Rana

LAHORE: Brig. Mowadat H.Rana Dean Faculty of Psychiatry in CPSP and Dr. Nadeem Ahmed were the two presenters in the workshop on personal recovery in psychiatric illnesses during the just concluded Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation held here recently. This session was chaired by Prof. Gholam Rabbani from Bangladesh along with Prof. Michaela Amaring from Austria.

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Both genders should become accommodative to improve Global Women Mental Health-Dr.Unaiza Niaz

LAHORE: Media often presents negative image of women. There is a biased trend against women which is global; hence women must support each other. Both genders should become accommodative, accept women as equal partners and women should be included in Peace and Reconciliation teams. We need some one to support us and every effort should be made to improve global women mental health. 

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Psychiatrists can be a part of the team dealing with mental disorders but cannot manage them alone-Norman Sartorius

LAHORE: About 40% of the population suffers from some sort of mental and neurological disorders, 50% of which can be prevented and 50% can be treated well. Psychiatrists alone cannot do it but they can be part of a tem dealing with these disorders. This was stated by Prof. Norman Sartorius a world renowned mental health expert who has been heading the mental health division at WHO for over thirty years. 

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Better use of lighting in hospital rooms may improve patients’ health

A new study suggests that changing the lighting patterns in hospital rooms so that they’re more aligned with normal sleep-wake cycles could help patients feel better with less fatigue and pain. Published early online in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, the findings point to a simple and inexpensive way to potentially improve patient care. 

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Pre-menstrual dysphoric disorder helps elucidate role of female sex hormones on mood

BARCELONA: Improved understanding of the role of female sex hormones on the drivers and symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may shed light on the complex interactions between sex hormones and mood, potentially helping to explain the increased prevalence of mood disorders in women. 

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We should establish a network of Muslim countries and organize symposium on Ramadan and Health every two years - Dr. Mohsen Nemat

KARACHI: We need to establish a network of Muslim countries and organize symposium on Ramadan and Health after every two years. There is also a need to have a separate chapter on fasting in our medical text books. This was stated by Dr. Mohsen Nematy from Mashad University of Medical Sciences, Iran.

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Measuring segments of genetic material may help predict and monitor recurrence after thyroid cancer surgery

A new analysis has found that the presence of short segments of genetic material (known as microRNA) within papillary thyroid cancer tumors suggests a likelihood of recurrence after patients undergo surgery. The study, which is published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

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Proceedings of symposium on Developing Child Psychiatry Services in Pakistan

LAHORE: Dr. Anjum Bashir Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist from UK along with Dr.Shahryar and Dr. Mujtaba chaired the special session devoted to developing Child Psychiatry Services in Pakistan during the Asia Pacific Conference on Psychosocial Rehabilitation held here from November 1-4th 2013. The speakers included Prof.Farid Minhas and Dr.Ayesha Fareed from Institute of Psychiatry Rawalpindi besides Dr.Nazish Imran, Head of the Dept.of Child and Family Psychiatry at King Edward Medical University/Mayo Hospital Lahore.

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About 50% depressive disorders originate in childhood - Dr. Anjum Bashir

LAHORE: Dr. Anjum Bashir Consultant Child Neuropsychiatrist from UK made a presentation on Childhood Emotional Disorders during the Asia Pacific Psychosocial Rehabilitation conference held at Lahore recently in the first session on the second day. This session was chaired by Prof. Khalida Tareen along with Dr. Wajid Ali and Dr. Nazish Imran. 

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PharmEvo signs MOU with WWF to promote education in schools

KARACHI: Conscious of its Corporate Social Responsibilities and to achieve its mission of a healthier society, PharmEvo is co-operating with numerous Non-Governmental Organizations, institutions to achieve its mission of healthier society. It was in this spirit that it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with World Wide Fund (WWF) on October 29th to promote education in schools. 

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Estrogen protects women with NASH from severe liver fibrosis

New research suggests that estrogen protects women with nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) from severe liver fibrosis. According to the study published online in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, men are at higher risk of more severe fibrosis compared to women prior to menopause.

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Headaches in lupus patients not linked to disease activity

Headache is common among patients with system lupus erythematosus according to new research published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR). The study found that 18% of lupus patients experienced headache at the onset of their disease with that number increasing to 58% after 10 years. 

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