KARACHI: Pakistan Society for Health System Pharmacistsorganized its 4th annual meeting on September 5th 2015. Mr. Osama Tabbara Senior Director, Dept. of Pharmacy Services at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi from UAE was the Key Note speaker. Current Technological Advancements and Practices in Pharmacy Practices was the theme of the conference. The topic of Mr. Osama Tabbara’s presentation was Establishing World Class Pharmacy Services. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Tabbara called upon the Muslim World to depend on them rather than depending on the West. We have the brain, leaders and we are capable.
KARACHI: Mr. Bent Neilsen from Denmark was the first speaker in the Plenary Session on day two of the international diabetic foot symposium organized by Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology held here from August 21-23, 2015. The topic of his presentation was Foot Wear: For low resource countries. This session was jointly chaired by Dr. A.Samad Shera and Dr. Saeed Maher. Mr. Bent pointed out that mobilization of diabetic patients with ulceration, amputation and gangrene is not easy. At the Podiatric Clinic in Gentofte University Hospital, we see a lot of different ulcerations. We have to solve the problems of the patient. Ordinary shoes are impossible to use in such patients. In fact we need 100% individual solutions for diabetic foot patients.
LAHORE: University of Health Sciences (UHS) has started construction of its new campus at the Education City near Kala Shahkaku about thirty five Kilometers from the city center near the Motorway. Management Block and a Boys Hostel along with all the other infrastructure is fast nearing completion. UHS has generated its own funds amounting to Rs. 800 Million and if all goes well this will be completed early next year.
KARACHI: Karachi Bioethics Group formally launched its Hand Book on “Understanding Medical Errors” at a meeting held at Patel Hospital on Friday September 11, 2015. Speaking at the occasion Prof. Farhat Moazam Chairperson of CEBEC at SIUT congratulated the members of the KBG which has been active for the last ten years which in itself was commendable. Referring to the IOM of United States, Prof. Farhat Moazam said that for the first time it was reported in 1999 that medical errors were the fifth leading cause of mortality in patients in USA. What is an error is still debatable.
RAWALPINDI: The formal inauguration of 18th annual symposium of Pakistan Hypertension League, on August 14th, was followed by a number of interesting presentations by various speakers. Prof.Shahbaz Kureshi talked about resistant hypertension. He pointed out that these are poorly controlled hypertensive patients due to suboptimal therapy. He emphasized the importance of ensuring optimal drug therapy. These patients also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
KARACHI: Pain and disability is a major issues being faced by healthcare providers in our daily practice which needs a team approach. Precious lives are being lost due to stroke in Pakistan, high blood pressure is increasing in our population and posing a big threat to poor people of our country. We need to address this immediately on war footing for which creating mass awareness is very important because it is a preventable disease.
LARKANA: Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) in collaboration with Health Research Advisory Board (Health RAB) organized a workshop on Medical Writing at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University/Chandka Medical College Larkana on August 25th while the workshop on Editing and Peer Review was organized on August 26th 2015.
Child mortality rates plunge by more than half since 1990 but global MDG target missed by wide margin
GENEVA: Child mortality rates have plummeted to less than half of what they were in 1990, according to a new report released recently. Under-five deaths have dropped from 12.7 million per year in 1990 to 5.9 million in 2015. This is the first year the figure has gone below the 6 million mark.
A new study reports that patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) who have poor sleep habits display greater central sensitization—an amplification of clinical pain. Findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), further show OA patients who catastrophize—consumed by thoughts of pain—had increased central sensitization that was associated with greater clinical pain.
GLASGOW: Participants at the first-ever World Hepatitis Summit will urge countries to develop national programmes that can ultimately eliminate viral hepatitis as a problem of public health concern. “We know how to prevent viral hepatitis, we have a safe and effective vaccine for hepatitis B, and we now have medicines that can cure people with hepatitis C and control hepatitis B infection,” said Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO’s Global Hepatitis Programme. “Yet access to diagnosis and treatment is still lacking or inaccessible in many parts of the world.
A new study reveals that insurance status, marital status, and county-level income may affect the chances of survival in young patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings indicate that efforts are needed to address the social factors that impact critical aspects of health in these patients.
ISLAMABAD: By winning the IMPACT 2015 Case Study Award PharmEvo has added yet another jewel in its cap. This is also triumph of PharmEvo Business Philosophy which will now be taught at top business schools of Pakistan. This band of iconoclasts started a revolution whose impact is spreading far beyond the boundaries of the pharmaceutical industry. Fuelled by its inspirational slogan’ “Our dream a healthier society” PharmEvo vision proves the fact that nothing can imprison the flight of its imagination & the courage to boldly explore every possibility for society’s benefit.