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Guidelines on
Medical Uses of Aspirin

KARACHI: The Experts Panel of Pakistan Aspirin Foundation headed by Prof. Abdus Samad has finalized and updated the Guidelines on Medical Uses of Aspirin which is now uploaded on PAF website They are now being printed and a formal launch meeting will be organized very soon.

Publication Ethics

Conference at Shiraz, Iran

SHIRAZ (IRAN): The second international conference on Publication Ethics being organized by Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in collaboration with Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) will be held at Shiraz from December4-5th 2014. Dr. Behrooz Astaneh Council Member COPE and Editor of Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences is the chairperson of the organizing committee. E mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Simulation Workshop at UHS
from November 20-22nd 2014

LAHORE: University of Health Sciences is holding an international conference on Simulation at UHS Campus from November 21-22nd 2014 while pre-conference workshops will be held on November20th 2014. Prof.Junaid Sarfraz Pro VC of UHS is main organizer. For further details contact 92-42-99231305-09

 Int. Cancer Surgery Conference
at Lahore on Feb. 2-5th 2015

LAHORE: Surgical Oncology Society of Pakistan is holding its 7th International Cancer Surgery Conference here from Feb. 2-5th2015. The meeting is being held in collaboration with Bangladesh Society of Surgical Oncology and Dept. Of Surgery and Clinical Oncology King Edward Medical College, Lahore.  Many renowned invited speakers from Sweden, UK, Germany, France, Spain, USA, Korea, Middle East and Far East are likely to participate in the conference.

Pre conference workshop will be held at Khawaja Safdar Medical College Sialkot on Feb. 1st, Live Cancer surgery operations at Services Institute of Medical Sciences and Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital Lahore on February 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the scientific programme there will be special sessions on Breast, Soft Tissue/Skin/Bones, Colorectal, Head and Neck/Chest Surgery, Upper GI Hepatobiliary, Holistic Cancer Care, Pelvic Cancer,

Those who wish to make a presentation can send their abstract at the latest by December 31st 2014 at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further details contact conference secretariat, Alumni Office, Patiala Block, King Edward Medical University Lahore.  0423-7320963 or 0314-4001410

Controversial Bill in
Sindh Assembly

KARACHI: Dr. Shershah Syed an ex-member of PMDC from Sindh has showed extreme concern about the Bills which are under consideration in the Department of Law for presentation in Sindh Assembly.The bills which are supposed to be presented and bulldozed in the Assembly includes Pakistan Medical Council Sindh (PMDC Sindh), Sindh Nursing Council (SNC), Pharmacy Education Council (PEC), Allied Health Professional Council (AHPC) and Postgraduate Medical Education Bill / College of Physician and Surgeons Sindh.

 Dr. Shershah Syed addressing a press conference along with Dr.  Mirza Ali Azhar, General Secretary PMA said that these bills are prepared in haste and vested interest group is planning to pass them when nobody in opposition has any opinion about it. The bill will have long term impact on health delivery system in Sindh. It will also destroy the education system completely. In a province where the government is facing crisis in delivery of Primary healthcare, these kind of Bills are only to serve the group who wants to make profit out of education and health.

Dr. Shershah urged that every member of provincial assembly of Sindh should read these Bills carefully and vote according to his or her conscious. In fact before this Bill should go for the voting is should be discussed in expert committees and general public should be made aware about it.We believe that it’s time to act in true spirit of Eighteen Amendment and instead of exploiting laws for the benefit of people we should not use democracy to benefit those who are exploiting the system he added.

We appeal to the Chief Minister of Sindh and the Pakistan Peoples Party Leadership to act to Strengthen PMDC, Pakistan Nursing Council and HEC in Islamabad. The Government should concentrate on the health delivery system and smooth running of Medical Institute on merit. The government should not be a party with those who are only interested in money and Power, they added.

Patients with new-onset schizophrenia
may have elevated cardiovascular risk factors

According to the results of a 394-patient study published online Oct. 8 in JAMA Psychiatry and supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, people “having a first schizophrenia spectrum episode were significantly more likely to show a host of cardiovascular and endocrinologic risk factors than the general population of similar age.” Researchers found that “among relatively young patients enrolled in a prospective study of schizophrenia spectrum disorders – mean age 24 – half were overweight or obese, nearly 60% had abnormal lipid levels, half had above-normal blood pressure or overt hypertension, and 13% met criteria for metabolic syndrome.” Even though “some of these factors were likely related to antipsychotic medications patients had taken, the researchers concluded that the illness itself and associated ‘unhealthy lifestyles’ also played major roles.” 

World Diabetes Day meeting
by DAP on Nov. 23rd 2014-10-21

KARACHI: Diabetic Association of Pakistan is holding World Diabetes Day meeting at a local hotel on November 23, 2014. The programme consists of two sessions, scientific session in the morning for healthcare professionals while the second session will be for people with diabetes. Healthy Living and Diabetes is the theme for the current year chosen by International Diabetes Federation. For further details contact e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Phone: 36616890

Genes may interact with stress to
trigger heart disease in some people

According to a study published online Oct. 1 in the European Journal of Human Genetics, “genes may interact with stress to trigger heart disease in some people.” Specifically, “the genetic risk occurs in about 13 percent of people, but only in those who are white.” Researchers arrived at this conclusion after having analyzed genetic data from about 6,000 individuals and then finding “a strong link between variations in the EBF1 gene and higher levels of central obesity, as measured by hip circumference.”

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