Diabetic Foot complications are the leading cause of amputations in Pakistan & huge financial burden on the society-Iqbal Durrani

KARACHI: Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) account for high morbidity and mortality in Pakistan and health sector’s focus is not at micro level how to manage it. It accounts for almost 54% of total deaths in the country annually. Pakistan is the sixth largest country with diabetes and one fourth of Pakistanis is obese and overweight which needs our attention. Diabetic foot complications are the leading cause of amputation in Pakistan and huge financial burden on the society.

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Mental health fitness of political leadership is extremely importance

RAWALPINDI: For every job/work, medical fitness both physical and mental is a pre-requisite and for higher and sensitive jobs, fitness assumes much higher significance. For politicians, mental health fitness has higher importance because upon their deeds, utterances, actions, Nation’s fate and future depends says Lt. Gen. (Retd) Mahmud Ahmad Akhtar former Surgeon General of Pakistan Army. 

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Researchers at Indus Hospital discover a new indication for use of Strontium Ranelate

KARACHI: Researchers at multidisciplinary Indus Hospital at Karachi have claimed to have discovered yet another indication for the use of Strontium Ranelate which is available for the last many years and is being already used for the treatment of osteoporosis. It is available in Pakistan with the name of Onita. Speaking at a press conference on August 16th 2014.

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“Let us Save Lives” by Dr. Saeed Minhas

KARACHI: Health education of the community with particular reference to First Aid in case of emergency can save many precious lives if the victims are able to get First Aid in time during the golden hours and they are safely transferred to the nearest healthcare facility. However, there is a paucity of literature on health education in Urdu that is why the recent book “Let us Save Lives “by Dr. Saeed Minhas consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center is a welcome addition to the scarce literature available.

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When gynecologist should yell for a general surgeon

In 1966 while attending a course for Part-II FRCS at Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, a professor of gynecology and obstetric from Edinburg Royal infirmary said jokingly that a gynecologist does six operations.

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One in Six Lupus Patients get readmitted to Hospital within 30 days of discharge

A new study reveals that one in six patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of being discharged. Results published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), show that black and Hispanic SLE patients were more likely to be readmitted than white patients

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Study finds increased rates of preventable deaths in the US following common urologic procedures

In recent years, a shift from inpatient to outpatient surgery in the U.S. for commonly performed urologic procedures has coincided with increasing deaths following complications that were potentially recognizable or preventable. The finding, which comes from a recent study published in BJU International, indicates the importance of monitoring urologic surgery patients for potential complications.

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Do we need insulin Analogue?

Cost of medicines for health care is a problem all over the world – much more acute in the resource poor countries. Pakistan which has more than half the population living below poverty line and the Government’s and its people with extremely scarce resources need cost-effective drugs. Insulin in particular is the case in point. Most patients suffering from diabetes mellitus, Type II, the most prevalent type, need insulin at later stages of treatment.

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Health RAB is striving to promote research culture in Pakistan-Prof. Basit

KARACHI: Health Research Advisory Board established with unconditional financial assistance of PharmEvo, a leading national pharmaceutical concern is striving to promote the research culture in Pakistan. This was stated by Prof. Abdul Basit, an eminent diabetologist, Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) who is also Vice Chairman of Health RAB while sp

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Widespread adoption of Robot-Assisted Cancer Surgery to remove the prostate

A new study reveals that the U.S. has experienced widespread adoption of robot-assisted prostate removal surgery to treat prostate cancer in recent years. The BJU International study also found that while such surgeries are more expensive than traditional surgeries, their costs are decreasing over time.

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Medicaid Reimbursements may affect cancer screening rates among beneficiaries

A recent study has found that in states with higher Medicaid payments for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to be screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings may help policy makers address barriers to access to care and improve the use of recommended cancer screening services.

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Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis

KARACHI: Hepatitis is increasing very rapidly in our country and about 80% patients examined at our Department are Hepatitis B or C carrier. Reuse of disposable syringes and pricking of I.V infusion bottles are major causes of Hepatitis spread. This was stated by Dr. Shahid Karim Consultant Gastroenterologist at Liaquat National Hospital Karachi. He was performing the Otsuka Lucky draw in connection with Otsuka awareness campaign against Hepatitis held at Otsuka Head Office on August 27, 2014. 

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Obituary: Lt. Gen. Shaukat Hassan, HI (M)

Lt Gen Shaukat Hassan an eminent surgeon of the Pakistan Armed Forces and Pakistan passed away on 29th May 2014. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. He was 95 years. 

He was born on 12th may 1919 at Amritsar, received early education at the Govt. High School Amritsar and passed FSc from the M.A.O College Amritsar. He graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the K.E.M College with distinction and got initial training in surgery at the Mayo Hospital Lahore.

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Broader organ sharing won’t harm liver transplant recipients

New research shows that broader sharing of deceased donor livers will not significantly increase cold ischemia time (CIT)—the time the liver is in a cooled state outside the donor suggesting that this is not a barrier to broader sharing of organs. However, findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, 

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