Monthly Archives: July, 2010

Free healthcare for elderly a dream gone sour

Free healthcare for elderly a dream gone sour PakMed News Room; July 30, 2010 Government is yet to develop a policy to provide free medical care to the elderly population, despite planning to do so for the last two years ago, officials told Dawn on Wednesday. “Government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) […]

Khosa announces Rs100m for CPSP

Khosa announces Rs100m for CPSP PakMed News Room; July 30, 2010 Senior Adviser to Chief Minister Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khan Khosa on Wednesday announced a grant of Rs100 million for the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) to improve the standard of medical education in the country. He was addressing the 44th convocation of […]

The poor to pay for OPD treatment in Punjab

The poor to pay for OPD treatment PakMed News Room; July 30, 2010. The Punjab Finance Department has directed managements of all teaching and district hospitals to withdraw free medicines facility being provided to their lower cadre employees and poor patients in outdoor departments (OPDs) through reimbursement and local purchase (LP) system, it is learnt […]

Healthy Food

Recipe for Health Everybody wants to be healthy, but today’s world is full of roadblocks. You know you should eat broccoli, for example, but it’s a lot easier to buy French fries (and they taste better). You know you should exercise, but your friends are playing video games. For many people, the temptation to indulge […]

The chemistry of sleeplessness

The chemistry of sleeplessness When the school year starts, it can be tough to switch from lazy summer mornings to the blaring buzz of an alarm clock. After a few early mornings, extreme fatigue might make you feel like you’re going to fall over. The amazing thing is that you probably manage to stay awake […]

Ear pain, weight gain

Ear pain, weight gain Life is already painful for kids who get lots of ear infections. Adding insult to injury, scientists say that these kids may also have to worry about their weight. This may sound like a strange connection. But a new study suggests that children who often get serious ear infections (bad enough […]

Body clocks

Body clocks Try this: For an entire day, forget about the clock. Eat when you’re hungry and sleep when you’re tired. What do you think will happen? You may be surprised to find that your day is much like most other days. You’ll probably get hungry when you normally eat and tired when you normally […]

Deck the halls with DCA

Deck the halls with DCA You can bet Santa Claus would have something to say about this: Earlier this year, a team of chemists visited a basement in a house in Utah, looking for trouble. And they found it — in the form of a gingerbread man. It wasn’t a real; it was a Christmas […]

Junk food junkies

Junk food junkies It sounds like a science experiment designed by Willy Wonka: Take a lot of junk food, feed it to some rats, and see what happens. Scientist Paul Johnson of the Scripps Research Institute and his team did just that. But their science experiment was no fiction. They had a serious goal: to try […]

Got Milk? How?

Got Milk? How? PakMed News Room: July 29, 2010. We put it in cereal. We drink it with cookies. And we eat tons of foods that are made from it, including yogurt, cheese and even some crackers, breads and granola bars. For most of us, milk is a staple that would be hard to live […]

The mercury in that tuna

The mercury in that tuna PakMed News Room: July 29, 2010. Eating fish can be good for you: It builds the brains of babies and helps the hearts of grown-ups. And eating fish can be bad for you: Fish from around the world swim in waters polluted with mercury, which gets into some fish, which […]

A pepper part that burns fat

A pepper part that burns fat PakMed News Room: July 29, 2010. Diet fads come and go, but in the end, there’s really only one rule for losing weight: Burn more energy than you consume. In April, scientists from California reported on a chemical that might help people burn fat. It’s called dihydrocapsiate, it comes […]

Historical Perspective of Biomedical Imaging: From MRI to fMRI

Historical Perspective of Biomedical Imaging: From MRI to fMRI (PakMed News Room; July 29, 2010) The first successful nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) experiments were performed in 1946 by two U.S. scientists. They found that when certain naturally-occurring nuclei were placed in a magnetic field they absorbed energy in the radio frequency range of the electromagnetic […]

Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health

Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health Heat-Related Illness Advice for Older People (PakMed News Room: July 29, 2010) Hot summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, has some advice for helping older people avoid heat-related illnesses, known as hyperthermia. […]

New Compound Improves Obesity-Related Health Complications in NIH-Led Study

New Compound Improves Obesity-Related Health Complications in NIH-Led Study (PakMed News Room: July 29,2010)An experimental compound appears to improve metabolic abnormalities associated with obesity, according to a preliminary study led by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. A report of the study, which was conducted with obese mice, appears online today in the Journal […]