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An Evening with Bone
Saviors by PharmEvo

 KARACHI: Keeping up their tradition of promoting cultural values and contribute to overall mental health of the society and doctors community, PharmEvo organized a Mushairah event “An Evening with Bone Saviors” on the 3rd of February 2013 at Royal Rodale Club in DHA, Karachi.

Group photograph of some of the participants with the chief guest at Mushairah event
“An Evening with Bone Saviors” organized by M/s PharmEvo at Karachi recently.

The overall purpose of the event was to provide the doctor community with an invigorating entertaining experience where they could escape from their daily routine to explore what the best of Urdu Adab of today have to offer. The Guest of Honor of the Mushairah was Prof. Omar Farooq (Pro VC DUHS) .Eminent personalities from Urdu Adab such as Mr. Ather Shah Khan, Mr. Hakim Nasif and Mr. Anwar Shahoor entertained the audience with their “Mazahiya Shairee” for more than two hours. The event was moderated by Mr. Ajmal Siraj. The event was very well attended by members o the medical profession who commended and appreciated the holding of such events.(PR)


 Role of new anti-epileptics discussed
at BMU DUHS joint meeting

KARACHI: The role, safety and efficacy of newer anti-epileptics with special reference to Leviteracetam were discussed in detail at a joint meeting of Baqai Medical University and Dow University of Health Sciences held here recently. Prof. Saleem Ilyas was the main organizer of this meeting where Prof Arif Herekar was the chief guest. Speaking at the occasion Prof. Arif Herekar elaborated on newer options in the treatment of generalized epilepsy and epileptic syndrome. The presentation was followed by lively discussion and it was very well attended by neurolog9sts, neuro psychiatrists, postgraduates and physician interested in neurology. (PR)


 Hope for Prevention and 
Treatment of Dengue Virus

New research reveals ‘break and enter’ method
in which
the virus enters cells

The Dengue virus is a mosquito-borne virus that has become a significant public health threat in recent years. Originally confined to Southeast Asia, the Dengue virus has now spread to Southern China, Africa, Indonesia, Australasia, Latin America and the United States.
Each year around 50 million people contract the virus, which causes fever, headache, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash. There is no current treatment for the virus, preventively or reactively; around one in every thousand cases is fatal. What’s more, the main reasons for the spread of the virus include: urbanisation, global warming and a lack of mosquito control; all of which are still current issues and will continue to contribute to the geographical spread of the virus. The prominent theory has been that flaviviruses (the group in which Dengue belongs) enter human cells by endocytosis or by fusing with the cell membrane.
In this study, researchers used electron microscopes to watch the early stages of the infection process, labelling the viruses while they entered cells. The results, published in Virology, showed that rather than using a molecular ‘key’ to enter the cell, these viruses may infect cells by directly penetrating its membrane. Understanding this process could provide researchers with an opportunity to develop treatments and vaccines, helping to protect the 2.5 billion people that are risk of catching the disease globally. (PR)

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