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 Int. Conference on Patient
Safety at AIR University

ISLAMABAD: Fazaia Medical College is organizing an international conference on Patient Safety at Air University on February 6, 2017. According to a communication received from Maj. Gen. Prof. Salman Ali Principal of Fazaia Medical College, the inaugural session from 8.40 AM to 11.00 AM will be followed by a scientific session from 11.30 AM to 1.00 PM.

The speakers in the scientific sessions will be Lt. Gen Asif Mumtaz Sukhera DGMS who will speak on Patient Safety: Administrative challenges and opportunities, Perspective of Armed forces of Pakistan. Prof. Paul Barach from USA who is also President of Patient Safety will deliver his Keynote address. Prof. Salman Ahmed Tipu will speak on Informed Consent, Explanation of Background with regard to National Bioethics Committee. Prof. Matiur Rehman will speak on Implementation of Patient Safety Initiative in Pakistani Hospital: Necessary or luxury. Mr. Sameeur Rehman will talk on Benefits of Safety Health Programme.

  Ijaz Ahsan’s Textbook of Surgery
being taught in US Medical Schools

USA: Medical School in Chicago has purchased one hundred copies of Text Book of Surgery authored by Prof. Ijaz Ahsan an eminent surgeon, former Principal of King Edward Medical College who was also former President of CPSP. This book is now being taught to the undergraduate medical students there.

When the first copy of the book was received by the school, they evaluated it and found it extremely useful and informative for the students even better than a few books authored by foreign authors. It is indeed an honour for Pakistan as well and it also shows that there is no dearth of talent in Pakistan.

  Lessons learned from the
biggest loser study

Much media attention was given to a recent Obesity study that found that metabolism remained suppressed even when participants in The Biggest Loser television series regained much of the weight they lost while dieting. A new editorial looks at the results of this study, along with results from another recent Obesity study that examined weight gain and loss.

The editorial highlights the lessons learned from these studies that can help people struggling to maintain a healthy weight in our modern obesogenic environment conducive to eating more, moving less, and gaining weight. For example, weight loss is possible, and a 5% to 15% weight loss is unlikely to lead to such large effects on metabolism as seen in the television series. It is also important to continue lifestyle changes implemented during the weight loss for the long term and to include medications if indicated. 

The two studies published in the August issue of Obesity clearly emphasize that after weight loss, individuals with obesity have to fight their biology and struggle to control their body weight in our current environment. However, less drastic weight loss may be beneficial for overall health, even if it still requires constant attention to controlling food intake and increasing physical activity said Prof. Eric Ravussin, Obesity Editor-in-Chief and co-author of the editorial.

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