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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
moot at Lahore on Feb. 26-28th

LAHORE: Recent advances in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will be discussed at an international psychiatric conference being held at Lahore from February 26-28th 2015 says a communication received from Dr. Afzal Javed. The meeting is being organized by World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Pakistan Psychiatric Research Centre, Fountain House and Horizon Peshawar in collaboration with many other professional organizations.

The programme consist of numerous workshops, plenary sessions, industry sponsored sessions, special sessions on developing  Child and Adolescent mental Health Services in Pakistan. The meeting has attracted a large number of eminent experts in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Pakistan and overseas.Prof. Helen Herrman President elect of WPA besides Dr. Gordana Milavic Co-Chair of WPA Section on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry will also grace the occasion with their presence.

JPMA Chief Editor elected
Director of WAME

KARACHI: Dr. Fatema Jawad Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Pakistan Medical Associaton has been elected as Director of World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) for a period of two years. Dr. Fatema Jawad, it may be mentioned here is also the current President of Pakistan Associaton of Medical Editors. It is also an honour for PAME and Pakistan.

Adults with eczema may have an
increased risk of heart disease, stroke

It has been reported that research published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that “adults with eczema...may also have an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.” Investigators “found that people with eczema smoke and drink more, are more likely to be obese and are less likely to exercise than adults who don’t have the disease.” Additionally, the research suggests “that eczema itself may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, possibly from the effects of chronic inflammation...said” lead researcher Dr. Jonathan Silverberg.

Stroke survivors who live alone may have
an increased risk for premature death

Research suggests that “stroke survivors – especially men – who live alone are at increased risk for premature death.” Investigators followed approximately 1,100 survivors of ischemic stroke for 12 years. The researchers found that over “the follow-up period, 36 percent of survivors who lived alone died, compared to 17 percent of those with partners. Among” male patients, “the rates were 44 percent and 14 percent, respectively.” The researchers found that living alone was linked to a higher risk of death even after other risk factors were accounted for.

 Safety of using PPIs with
dual antiplatelet therapy

According to reports a meta-analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests that “there is a disconnect between results derived from observational studies examining the safety of using proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) with dual antiplatelet therapy and the results obtained from randomized, controlled clinical trials.” Researchers found that, “among 30 observational studies...patients treated with aspirin and clopidogrel for unstable angina/NSTEMI who received concomitant treatment with a PPI had a significantly increased risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes compared with patients who received dual antiplatelet therapy alone.” Comparatively, “there was no significant difference in ischemic outcomes in patients treated with dual antiplatelet therapy and omeprazole compared with dual antiplatelet therapy and placebo in four randomized clinical trials.”

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