Saltier diet may increase cardiovascular
risk from Type 2 Diabetes

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism “a saltier diet might boost the cardiovascular risk from type 2 diabetes.” Researchers found that “the highest quartile of sodium intake was associated with 2.07-fold higher risk of cardiovascular disease than seen in the lowest quartile.” The data indicated that “within the Japanese cohort of people with hemoglobin A1c levels of at least 6.5%, each 1-g per day increase in sodium intake was associated with a 20% higher risk of heart and vascular disease.”
It is further reported that Dr. Prakash Deedwania, a member of the American College of Cardiology’s Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease Committee, has said, “Everyone’s focused on controlling glucose [blood sugar] to prevent diabetes complications. Salt intake is not as well emphasized, but this shows it should be reduced as well.” However, that the investigators did not “find a link between high-salt diet and other complications of diabetes, such as kidney disease or vision problems, or dying.“ (PR)

Punjab Health Secretary visits
CPSP Lahore Center

LAHORE: Dr. Ijaz Munir, Secretary Health Government of Punjab visited CPSP Regional Center Lahore and participated as Chief Guest in the concluding session of communication skills workshop. Addressing the participants, Secretary Health said that the best moral values are the need of the time in the profession of medicine. The courses should also be organized on professionalism for under and postgraduate doctors.

Dr. Ijaz Munir, Secretary Health Punjab photographed along with some
CPSP Council Members and Deans which included Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal,
DGIR CPSP, Prof. Muhammad Shoaib Shafi, Prof. Mahmood Ayyaz,
Prof. Aamer Zaman Khan, Prof. Muhammad Tayyab and Brig. Waqar besides
participants of the workshop on Communication Skills held at
CPSP Regional Centre, Lahore.

He commended the CPSP for making the attendance of these courses compulsory for its 18000 trainees. In this training course doctors are taught how to talk to patients in a professional manner? This course is very helpful for bridging gap between doctor and patient and it also enhances the confidence of patients.
CPSP, it may be mentioned here has also launched CME and CPD credit points during the current year. Every trainee doctor has to attend five training courses before appearing the examination. Likewise six training courses have been made compulsory for supervisors. Last year more than 3000 trainee doctors and more than 500 supervisors attended these courses at CPSP Regional Center Lahore. On this occasion Prof. Khalid Masood Gondal, DGIR, CPSP, gave briefing about the performance and working of the Center. The meeting was also attended by council members and deans. (PR)

 Researchers simplify process to
purify water using seed extracts

Researchers have streamlined and simplified a process that uses extracts from seeds of Moringa oleifa trees to purify water, reducing levels of harmful bacteria by 90% to 99%. The hardy trees that are drought resistant are cultivated widely throughout many countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
The protocol, which is outlined in a Current Protocols in Microbiology review, is low-cost and efficient, making it especially useful for people living in extreme poverty in developing countries who are presently drinking highly turbid and contaminated water. Of these, some 2 million are reckoned to die from waterborne diseases every year, with the majority of deaths occurring in young children.
“The use of these techniques will not be a panacea against waterborne disease; however, increasing the use of the Moringa tree would bring benefits in the shape of nutrition and income, as well as purer water,” said author Michael Lea. (PR)

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