With integrated care 90% of amputations due to diabetic foot infections can be prevented - Kristien Acker

KARACHI: Almost 90% of amputations due to diabetic foot infections can be prevented with integrated care. Guidelines to prevent and manage diabetic foot infections are a map where to go but implementation is the real work how to do it.  Prof. Basit and Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology (BIDE) have shown us the way how to manage diabetic foot infections with scarce resources thereby reducing amputations. This was stated by Dr. Kristien Van Acker Chairperson of International Working Group on Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). 

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PHL should ensure availability and implementation of Hypertension Treatment Guidelines-Prof. Hafeez Chaudhry

RAWALPINDI: Though mortality from cardiovascular diseases has been checked and it now remains static for the last few years, Pakistan Hypertension League needs to make sure that its Guidelines on Treatment of Hypertension are available to the healthcare professionals and it is also being followed. This was stated by Prof. Hafeez Chaudhry, President of Pakistan Hypertension League while speaking at the inaugural session of 18th annual symposium of PHL held here from August 14-16th 2015.

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CPSP should take lead to develop national diseases Registry-Prof. Shahid Noor

KARACHI: Health Research Advisory Board (RAB) an entity established by PharmEvo organized a meeting at College of Physicians & Surgeons Pakistan on Saturday August 22, 2015 to discuss how to establish a Registry. This interactive meeting in which orthopaedic surgeons from all the CPSP Regional Centers also participated through Video conferencing facility available at CPSP was chaired by Prof. Zafar Ullah Chaudhry President of CPSP. An eminent orthopaedic surgeon former Prof. of Orthopaedic Surgery at Dow Medical College Prof. I. A. Jokhio was the Guest of Honour on this occasion. Prof. Shahid Noor, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Liaquat National Hospital was the main speaker who shared their experience of developing Pakistan National Joint Registry with the participants.

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Prof. Samad advises professional bodies, HCPs to accept willing assistance but refrain from collecting Bhatta from Pharma Industry

RAWALPINDI: Prof. Abdus Samad an eminent interventional cardiologist and former Secretary of Pakistan Cardiac Society has called upon the leadership of professional medical specialty organizations as well as healthcare professionals to refrain from collecting Bhatta from the pharmaceutical trade  and industry in the name of organizing medical conferences and other academic activities.  In Pakistan neither the government is interested in continuing medical education of the doctors nor do the institutions provide any incentives and facilities for CME to the doctors. Hence, all the academic activities whether it is conferences, seminars, symposia or workshops are sponsored by the pharmaceutical trade and industry.

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Burn Centers should be established in all Regions with Burns Units at Teaching Hospitals –Prof. Tariq Iqbal

ISLAMABAD: For the management of Burns patients, first twenty four hours are extremely important which determines the ultimate outcome. Hence, in order to ensure that these patients are immediately taken to a facility and managed properly, Burn Centers should be established in all the regions of Pakistan. Burn Units should be established at all the major teaching hospitals while a four bed Burns Ward can be set up at DHQ Hospitals says Prof. Tariq Iqbal, Consultant Burns and Plastic Surgeon, Head of Burn Care Centre (BCC) at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad.

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How Religious and Spiritual beliefs relate to Cancer patients’ physical, mental, and social well-being

Research reveals that most individuals with cancer have religious and spiritual beliefs, or derive comfort from religious and spiritual experiences. But what impact does this have on patients’ health? Recent analyses of all published studies on the topic—which included more than 44,000 patients—shed new light on the associations of religion and spirituality with cancer patients’ mental, social, and physical well-being. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the analyses indicate that religion and spirituality have significant associations with patients’ health.

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IMI Conference in Mashhed e Muqqadas: Dawat-e-Shiraz and Takht-e-Jamsheed

MASHAD (IRAN): IMI is a global NGO based in USA , with due accreditation with the UNO. Beginning with a handful of Dowites under the visionary guidance of Wajih Rizvi , some 25 years ago, it has grown into a truly international group of health professionals. It's mission statement is to serve mankind through health and education. It is actively involved in human disaster relief missions , free clinics, mobile dispensaries, community based health centres, educational programs, assisted living for the elderly and career guidance for the youth. It's star activities include the annual Hajj mission and the  Arbaeen mission.

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Simple operating protocol and its implementation can avoid various complications- Dr. Farah Karim

KARACHI: Simple operating protocol, its implementation and audit can play an important role in avoiding life threatening complications in our healthcare facilities.  Despite the fact that working in public healthcare facilities which are facing financial constraints and numerous other problems is extremely difficult but even then healthcare professionals including nurses and paramedics needs to be constantly reminded to uphold professional ethics. This was stated Dr. Farah Karim Consultant Gynaecologist & Obstetrician, Assistant Professor at Dow University of Health Sciences and Civil Hospital Karachi while speaking at a meeting held at Otsuka Head office on 26th August 2015.

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Experts stress need for Sufficient Iodine nutrition during pregnancy

New research published in Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, a journal of the Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that pregnant women in Sweden had inadequate levels of iodine in their diets. Proper iodine nutrition is necessary for neurological development of the fetus.

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Educate the politicians and religious leaders to convey your health messages to masses

RAWALPINDI: Thanking the leadership of Pakistan Hypertension League for inviting him as chief guest at the press briefing in connection with public awareness programme on high blood pressure, Federal Minister and former Chief Minister of Khyber PK has advised them to invite the politicians and religious leaders to such meetings, educate them so that they can convey their messages regarding health issues to the public. Speaking at the meeting which was organized by Mir Khalilur Rehman Memorial Society and Jang Geo Group of Publications Mr. Akram Durrani further stated that he has learnt a lot. He promised to convey the message regarding detection and appropriate treatment of high blood pressure to their party leadership so that the can convey it to the masses.

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Complications from unsafe abortion annually

In 2012, an estimated 6.9 million women in developing regions were treated for complications resulting from unsafe abortion, according to new research by Susheela Singh and Isaac Maddow-Zimet of the Guttmacher Institute. Their article, Facility-based treatment for medical complications resulting from unsafe pregnancy termination in the developing world, 2012, has been published recently in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. This highlights two alarming realities: the very large number of women who experience complications from unsafe abortions and the significant costs that women, their households and governments incur as a result of treating these complications.

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