Success story of Bangladesh should be an eye opener for countries with limited resources

KARACHI:  Developing countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh with limited resources are faced with the lack of care for life long chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension. These diseases have now become an epidemic but this epidemic is rising faster in the developing countries. Bangladesh Diabetic Association has created a sustainable model of healthcare which is known as Ibrahim Model in Bangladesh.  Through this model, Bangladesh Diabetic Association is at present looking after over 35% of people with diabetes and hope to increase this coverage to 50% by 2020. This was stated by Prof. A. K. Azad Khan, President of Diabetic Association of Bangladesh.

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Basic Education and Primary Healthcare

Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shabaz Sharif has recently stated that education is the key to progress of the Nation in every field and endeavor. He has quoted Quaid- e- Azam saying “Education is a matter of life and death for our nation” also stated most importantly “quality education is a great equalizer between the haves and have not’s as it provides opportunities to the underprivileged section of the society for upward socio economics mobility”. In the milieu we live in, plagued as it is by radicalism and extremisms, seats of higher learning can be bulwark against such evil. He has stressed on higher education (university), blamed falling standard of higher education for all the ills. He declared that in spite of spending billions on the higher education, our universities have been ranked amongst the worst bottom of the scale.

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Each Country should start Diabetes Registry and screen high risk groups-Prof. Morsi Arab

KARACHI: Dr. Nizar Albache from Syria was the first speaker in the MENA symposium organized during the International Diabetes and Endocrine Congress 2016 by Baqai Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (BIDE) from August 19-21st 2016. The topic of his presentation was Diabetes in MENA Region, obstacles, difficulties and Regional Plan. Dr. Nizar pointed out that MENA region has five out of the ten countries which have the highest prevalence of Diabetes and it has serious complications like kidney diseases, heart diseases, stroke and diabetic foot. Prevalence of diabetes is high because of high risk factors.

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IDF Regional Council meeting during IDEC 2016 takes important decisions

KARACHI: One of the main session which was held during the IDEC-2016 conference held in Karachi from August, 19-21,2016 was the meeting of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Regional Council. It was held on August 20, 2016. IDF is the Global Association of over 170 countries and 225 Member Associations (MA’s) and the head office of IDF at Brussels, Belgium.

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PAD is quite common but it is over looked and under estimated-Prof. Mandika

KARACHI:  Dr. Zulfiqar G. Abbas from Tanzania was the first speaker in the session chaired by Prof. Jamal Zafar during the International Diabetes & Endocrinology Congress 2016 organized by BIDE at Karachi from August 19-21st 2016. The topic of his presentation was Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy- Twenty Years of service in low communities.  He pointed out that diagnosis cannot be made without careful examination. Almost 50% of T2DM patients are at high risk of developing neuropathic foot ulcers. Rat bite in certain areas can also result in foot ulcers. Deformities will result in increasing pressure and limit joint mobility.

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Un-natural death of Doctors: Can it be prevented?

Last month a young Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Khurram Habib was coming to Rajana from Faisalabad to conduct his routine weekly outdoor at Foundation Hospital Rajana. His car met with an accident and was completely smashed. His driver died at the spot and doctor survived after remaining on ventilator for more than two weeks and got maimed.This is not the first time that a doctor had accident while traveling to other place for practice to make some extra money. A famous Parsi Professor of surgery Ismail Aagjee died in 2002 in a road traffic accident while traveling from Hyderabad after practice to Karachi. Another famous neurosurgeon Prof. Iftikhar Raja used to go from Lahore to Multan for a week end trip to see and operate his patients. He died during air crash in 2006 while returning from Multan.

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FTC Charges Academic Journal Publisher OMICS Group Deceived Researchers

USA: The Federal Trade Commission of United States has charged the publisher of hundreds of purported online academic journals with deceiving academics and researchers about the nature of its publications and hiding publication fees ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

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Antioxidant therapies may help in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases

A new review examines the potential of antioxidant approaches for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis.

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New study suggests Vitamin D can reduce asthma attacks

A new Cochrane Review, published in the Cochrane Library today, has found evidence from randomized trials, that taking an oral vitamin D supplement in addition to standard asthma medication is likely to reduce severe asthma attacks. Asthma is a common chronic disease affecting about 300 million people worldwide. The symptoms of asthma include wheezing, coughing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

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Cardio-protective drug can help prevent long-term heart damage in children

A potent chemotherapy drug can be life saving for children with cancer, but a new review highlights how it can have long-lasting negative effects on the heart. The review, which is published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, also indicates that this chemotherapy-related heart damage may be prevented by a cardio-protective drug.

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Combat exposure may jeopardize the behavioral health of women in the military

In a recent study, combat exposure among Army enlisted women was associated with an increased likelihood of developing behavioral health problems post-deployment, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and at-risk drinking. 

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