Seminar at Fatima Memorial Hospital
Speakers discuss signs and symptoms,
treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

LAHORE: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, organized a seminar on “Alzheimer’s Disease” in Fatima Memorial Hospital, on 14 September 2012. Prof. Humayun Maqsood, Principal FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry Hospital was the chief guest. It was very well attended by the faculty members, Psychiatrists and Psychologist from Mayo Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, and Psychologist from local colleges and a large number of students.
Speaking at the occasion Prof. Humayun Maqsood, commended the efforts of Department of Psychiatry in organizing the event. He said that along with providing services for People suffering from Dementia, Department of Psychiatry has also played a pivotal role in establishing a Memory Clinic at Fatima Memorial Hospital. He stressed upon the need for investing in mental health especially in people suffering from Dementia and the rationale for making this investment. He particularly emphasized on the seriousness of Dementia in Pakistan. He appraised the audience about the history of Alzheimer’s Disease. He highlighted on the importance of the family and the community in tackling this problem and stressed upon public awareness and Day Care Centers and residential homes, the growing number of people suffering and related health issues. He acknowledged the role of the Psychiatry Department in helping this group of people in not only treating them but also providing Public awareness. He also stressed that the only way to verge this problem from the society was with the help from the families and with a full commitment of the community.
Earlier Dr. Imran Ijaz Haider, Head Department of Psychiatry welcomed the guests and participants. He then explained in detail the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Dementia. He described the burden of disease related to family members and society. According the National Institute on Aging, there are estimated to be between 2.4 million and 4.5 million Americans who have Alzheimer’s. There are approximately 417,000 people in the UK with Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.
It is estimated that there are currently about 18 million people worldwide with Alzheimer’s disease. This figure is projected to nearly double by 2025 to 34 million. Much of this increase will be in the developing countries, and will be due to the ageing population. Currently, more than 50% of people with Alzheimer’s disease live in developing countries and by 2025, this will be over 70%.
He pointed towards the dearth of resources in the developing countries like Pakistan. This gloomy picture is depicted with fact that there is barely any budget for dementia and unfortunately few dementia assessment centres in cities of Pakistan i.e. Lahore, Rawalpindi and Karachi. He also addressed the importance of treating Medical and Psychiatric co-morbidity and the need to promote and protect the rights of people with dementia.
Prof. Atique-ur- Rehman, elaborated on the management of Alzheimer’s Dementia and its associated behavioural symptoms. He stressed upon the need for early intervention in treating this illness and especially ruling out depression first.
Dr. Naeem Majeed, Representative of Alzheimer’s Pakistan, presented a model of the first Alzheimer Day Care Centre, which has been running in Collaboration with Alzheimer’s International. He expressed the need for allocating financial resources towards Dementia and highlighted the issues in the current national and international scenario hampering the influx of budget into mental health development.
Ms. Fareeha Hamid, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, specified the Psychological therapies, which are of paramount importance in managing Patient’s behavioural symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease, it may be mentioned here is a progressive neurological disease of the brain leading to the irreversible loss of neurons and the loss of intellectual abilities, including memory and reasoning, which become severe enough to impede social or occupational functioning. Alzheimer’s disease is also known as simply Alzheimer’s, and Senile Dementia of the Alzheimer Type (SDAT).

 AAORL-HNSF 2012 attracts a large 
number of ENT, Head & Neck Surgeons

WASHINGTON: The American Academy of Otorhino-laryngology, Head & Neck Surgery congress held here at Washington recently attracted a large number of ENT, Head and Neck Surgeons from all over the world. It provided a unique opportunity for learning and social networking with eminent personalities in this field. According to reports more than five thousand delegates and participants attend the meeting which can be termed as the biggest gathering of ENT, Head & Neck Surgeons in the world.


Dr. Nasrullah Rana from Pakistan photographed along with
Prof. Rodney P Lusk President of AAORL/HNSF during
the inaugural session of the conference

Many eminent speakers addressed the conference and invited guest lectures highlighted the latest research being conducted in this field. A large number of products and instruments, equipment used in this specialty were also show cased in the exhibition on this occasion. 

The opening ceremony was held on September 9th in the morning at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Prof. Rodney Lusk, President ASO/HNS delivered the welcome address while John Conley lecture on Medical Ethics was delivered by Itzhak Brook. President of AAORL, HNS gave a reception at Renaissance Hotel Grand Ballroom which was a memorable event. On September 10th Neel distinguished research lecture was given by Allan Pack while on the next day Michael Paperlla Edward lecture for distinguished contributions in clinical otology was delivered by Joseph Nodal Jr.Eugene Myers international lecture on Head and Neck Cancer was given by Jacobus Fagan. Treatment of the aging voice was discussed by Michael Johns, evaluating the tinnitus patient by DJ Llian while cochlear implant vs hearing aid was discussed by Stanely and George Wanna. Complications after cochlear implantation were covered by Frank Rollin. (PR)

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