Children, Adolescents and parents need to be educated regarding potential hazards of consuming energy drinks

Increasing use of energy drinks by children, adolescents in the Asian countries are likely to emerge as another public health problem. First they were addicted to the Fast Food and now energy drink producers are attracting the youth who are not aware of their adverse effects. In a comprehensive Review published in the current issue of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences (www.pjms.com.pk) entitled “ Energy Drinks: Getting Wings but at what Health Cost”.

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Use broad spectrum antibiotics in high doses for longer duration for treatment of foot ulcers-Prof. Basit

KARACHI: Prof. Abdul Basit, Executive Director of Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) who is also chairperson of Pakistan Working Group on Diabetic Foot gave a plenary talk at the Diabetic Foot Symposium held here recently. This session was jointly chaired by Dr. A. Samad Shera and Prof. Jamil Ahmad Dean Faculty of Medicine at Baqai Medical University. 

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Conference on Publication Ethics at Shiraz on December 4-5, 2014

SHIRAZ (IRAN): Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, COPE, and Iranian Society of Medical Editors are holding the second international conference on Publication Ethics on 4-5 December 2014, in Shiraz, Iran. It will be a joint collaboration between the same institutions. The topics which have been s elected for the conference include Authorship Criteria. Plagiarism, Data Fabrication, Data Falsification, Conflict of Interest, Redundant Publication, Double Submission, -Challenges and Approaches in Implementing Ethics in Scientific Publication, Ethics Education and Ethical Standards for Editors.

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Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects

Health policies which favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of a new Cochrane Review published last week. The researchers looked at the results of studies which compared the safety of two drugs used for treating age-related macular degeneration, ranibizumab and bevacizumab.

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WHO says People most at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they need

GENEVA: Failure to provide adequate HIV services for key groups – men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people – threatens global progress on the HIV response, warns the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Clinical proceedings of Symposium on Diabetic Foot organized by PWGDF and BIDE

KARACHI: Dr. Fatema Jawad Chief Editor Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) along with Prof. Jamil Ahmad Dean Faculty of Medicine at Baqai Medical University and Prof. Abdul Basit Director BIDE chaired the second session during the Diabetic Foot Symposium organized by PWGDF and BIDE at Karachi last month. Dr. Sobia Sabir Ali from Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar was the first speaker who gave Khyber PK perspective of Diabetic Foot. Public awareness about diabetes, she said, is very low. 

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Ethical considerations for use of unregistered interventions for Ebola viral disease (EVD)

West Africa is experiencing the largest, most severe and most complex outbreak of Ebola virus disease in history. Ebola outbreaks can be contained using available interventions like early detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring, and adherence to rigorous procedures of infection control. However, a specific treatment or vaccine would be a potent asset to counter the virus.

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IBA and Philips join hand to advance diagnosis and treatment of cancer

Belgium and Andover: IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.), the world’s leading provider of proton therapy and radiopharmacy solutions, and Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: PHIA), have announced the signing of a global collaboration to provide advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for the treatment of cancer. 

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Women who drink milk may delay knee osteoarthritis

New research reports that women who frequently consume fat-free or low-fat milk may delay the progression of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee. Results published in the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) journal, Arthritis Care & Research, show that women who ate cheese saw an increase in knee OA progression. Yogurt did not impact OA progression in men or women.

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Energy drinks: Getting wings but at what health cost?

Energy drink consumption represents a global public health problem, especially among adolescents and young adults. The consumption of energy drinks has seen a substantial increase during the past few decades, especially in the Western and Asian countries. Although manufacturers of energy drinks claim that these beverages are beneficial in that they can boost energy, physical performance, and improve cognitive performance, there is insufficient scientific evidence to support these claims. 

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Living liver donors ambivalent with donation

Living donors are important to increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. A new study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimize the donors’ concerns regarding donation. 

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Coffee consumption reduces mortality risk from Liver Cirrhosis

New research reveals that consuming two or more cups of coffee each day reduces the risk of death from liver cirrhosis by 66%, specifically cirrhosis caused by non-viral hepatitis. Findings in Hepatology, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that tea, fruit juice, and soft drink consumption are not linked to cirrhosis mortality risk.

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