WHO releases new report
on attacks on Health

GENEVA: Currently there is no publicly available source of consolidated information on attacks on health care in emergencies. This report is a first attempt to consolidate and analyze the data that is available from open sources. While the data are not comprehensive, the findings shed light on the severity and frequency of the problem.

Over the two-year period from January 2014 to December 2015, there were 594 reported attacks on health care that resulted in 959 deaths and 1561 injuries in 19 countries with emergencies. More than half of the attacks were against health care facilities and another quarter of the attacks were against health care workers. Sixty-two per cent of the attacks were reported to have intentionally targeted health care.(PR)

Targeted treatment for
liver cancer under way

Researchers at the University of Eastern Finland and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen have discovered a new molecular mechanism that can be used to inhibit the growth of hepatocellular carcinoma, which is the most common liver cancer. The findings were published in Nature Medicine.

The study found that mouse and human liver cancer in which the function of the protein p53 is disturbed or inhibited is dependent on the interaction between the Aurora kinase A (AURKA) and MYC proteins. Interfering the AURKA protein with a specific drug molecule inhibits this interaction and causes cancer cells to die.

With the help of computer-aided molecular modelling, the Pharmaceutical & Medicinal Chemistry research group at the University of Eastern Finland analysed interactions between the AURKA and MYC proteins. Molecular modelling also helped understand why only certain drug molecules inhibit the AURKA-MYC interaction, while others have no impact on it at all. Furthermore, molecular modelling made it possible to predict whether a certain drug molecule can inhibit the AURKA-MYC interaction or not.

Currently, no effective treatments for advanced liver cancer exist. By specifically targeting the AURKA protein, it may be possible to efficiently prevent the growth of p53 altered liver cancer. The findings of the study can be made use of in the development of treatments for patients with this cancer type.

Following the discovery of this new potential treatment target in liver cancer, the University of Eastern Finland and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen have launched a project focusing on the development of a new cancer drug. Several universities and research institutes in Germany and France have also participated in this research.(PR)

 PPS’s anniversary celebrations

LAHORE: The 29th anniversary of Pakistan Physiological Society (PPS) was celebrated here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS), on April 15, with a resolve to speed into the future in close affiliation with clinical medicine, pushed by a huge body of professional knowledge that the society has generated over the years.

UHS VC, Maj Gen (R) Prof Muhammad Aslam who is himself a physiologist, chaired the session. UHS Physiology department’s Prof Khalid P. Lone was also present. On this occasion, UHS VC said that physiology is important because it is the foundation upon which we build our understanding of what "life" is, how to treat disease, and how to cope with stresses imposed upon our bodies by new environments. He added that physiology is one of the main subjects underpinning our knowledge of medicine and veterinary science.

Tracing back the history of PPS, Prof Aslam said that the society was founded in 1987 and since then it was holding regular biennial international conferences at various institutions in Pakistan thus providing a platform to members for presenting original research work.

He said that the society has more than 300 members all over Pakistan. It is a member of International Union of Physiological Scientists (IUPS), Federation of Asian and Oceanian Physiological Societies and South Asian Association of Physiologists.

He told that the society was regularly publishing Pakistan Journal of Physiology which was recognized by Pakistan Medical and Dental Council. A cake was also cut to celebrate the event.

Later, UHS research scholars presented their research projects in the discipline of physiology. Dr Uzma Zafar made a presentation on “Genetic variant and hormone levels in metabolic syndrome”; Dr Hina Pervaiz on “Gestational Diabetes Mellitus”; and, Dr Shumaila Dogar presented her study on “Serum Vitamin D levels and Vitamin D receptor gene polymorphism in Breast Cancer”.(PR)


CFMP celebrates World
Family Doctor’s Day

KARACHI: College of Family Medicine Pakistan celebrated “World Family Doctor’s Day” at NICH auditorium on 22nd May 2016.The event was well attended by family physicians, members of academia, the young family physicians of the spice route, and senior members of the College.  

This year the theme of the World Family Doctor’s Day was  “Smoking Cessation.” A CME lecture was arranged by the College at this occasion. Prof Javaid A Khan, a renowned pulmonologist and academician presented the evils and perils associated with smoking stressing on the importance of smoking session for all the doctors. The Guest of honor Mr. Tariq Wajid presented some concrete suggestions for curbing the menace from our society.

The first World Family Doctor Day was celebrated on 19 May 2010. It has been taken up with enthusiasm around the world and has given us a chance to celebrate what we do to provide recognition to family doctors, to highlight important issues and the work we perform in supporting health care for all people in our local communities, our nations and around the world.This day creates an atmosphere of global solidarity among family doctors and it will be a positive and visible contribution of WONCA’s leadership and contribution to family medicine. (PR)



Prof. M. Wassay, President Neurology Awareness and Research
Foundation and Dr. Abdul Malik, General Secretary addressing a
press conference at Karachi Press Club on the
occasion of World Multiple Sclerosis Day.

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