16 01, 2020

Lack of new antibiotics threatens global efforts to contain drug-resistant infections


Declining private investment and lack of innovation in the development of new antibiotics are undermining efforts to combat drug-resistant infections, according to World Health Organization (WHO). Two new reports reveal a weak pipeline for antibiotic agents. The 60 products in development (50 antibiotics and 10 biologics) bring little benefit over existing treatments and very few [...]

15 06, 2019

Exploring new pathogens of infectious childhood illnesses


Faculty at Aga Khan University have secured a Grand Challenges Explorations grant – funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative – aimed at spurring innovation in the diagnosis and treatment of novel strains causing infectious diseases in newborns. The grant will support a project Metagenomics for Discovery of Novel Pathogens in Infectious Childhood Illnesses that [...]

15 03, 2019

Increasing drug resistance is limiting the options to treat infections- Moving back towards pre-antibiotic era?


Professor Dr.  Saeed Khan, Department of Pathology, Dow International Medical College,  Dow University of Health Sciences,, When the most groundbreaking discoveries of the 20th century are discussed, it is unanimously agreed upon to consider antibiotics as being one of them. A Scottish scientist named Alexander Fleming introduced us to this miracle at St. [...]

16 03, 2016

World Health Day – Measures urged to counter Antibiotics Resistance


Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine,  However, up to 50% of the time antibiotics are not optimally prescribed, often done so when not needed or incorrect dosing or duration,’ said health experts in briefing arranged by Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (MMIDSP), “Antibiotic Resistance: Act Today [...]

15 12, 2015

Widespread misunderstanding about Antibiotic resistance threatens Public Health


A recent multi-country survey revealed that people are confused about the rising threat of antibiotic resistance to public health and are unclear about how to prevent it from growing, World Health Organization (WHO) said today at the launch of a global campaign at the initiation of the first World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The campaign, ‘Antibiotics: [...]

15 04, 2014

Tuberculosis – A re-emerging disease and the observance of World TB Day


Dr. Muhammad Najeeb Durrani, Epidemiologist, District Surveillance Coordinator, District TB Coordinator (DTC), In-charge Dengue Fever Surveillance Cell, Islamabad Although the Government of Pakistan’s National TB Control Program through its TB DOTS strategy has revolutionized the TB treatment in the country and brought down the incidence and the prevalence of disease thereby improving the treatment indicators; [...]

1 01, 2014

Not all probiotics are the same – genera, species and strain are important and so is clinical evidence


An exclusive interview with Dr. Flavia Indrio, a researcher and a gastroenterologist visited Pakistan to deliver lectures on the role of Probiotics in gut comfort. Q - Infantile colic is a self-limited condition, in your opinion does this  condition require treatment? Ans - Infantile colic is a clinical self-limiting condition that deserves treatment for many reasons. The most [...]

15 08, 2013

Only 1 in 5 countries fully implement WHO’s infant formula code


Only 37 countries, or 19% of those reporting, have passed laws reflecting all the recommendations of the Inter-national Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, according to a new WHO report published during World Breastfeeding Week. The Week is celebrated in more than 170 countries from 1 to 7 August. Breastfeeding is the best source of [...]

15 05, 2013

Global Study on Diarrhoea Finds New Culprit in Pakistan, Recommends Fresh Interventions


The Global Enteric Multicenter Study, GEMS, an extensive, ground-breaking study in the developing world, has come up with the clearest picture yet of the most common causes and impact of diarrheal diseases — the second leading killer of young children globally after pneumonia. The study reveals that while the germs, rotavirus, Shigella and E. Coli are notorious for causing the majority of moderate-to-severe [...]

16 04, 2012

Childhood tuberculosis neglected, despite available remedies


Tuberculosis (TB) often goes undiagnosed in children from birth to 15 years old because they lack access to health services - or because the health workers who care for them are unprepared to recognize the signs and symptoms of TB in this age group. With better training and harmonization of the different programmes that provide [...]

15 09, 2011

World Oral Health Day: Seminar highlights the importance of oral health


Oral health means more than just good teeth; it is integral to general health and essential for a person’s overall well-being. Aga Khan University held a seminar on September 12, 2011, World Oral Health Day, to highlight the importance of healthy oral practices and dental treatments. Oral diseases such as tooth decay affect approximately 90 [...]

15 07, 2011

Taking care of cleanliness and nutrition will improve the health of our children – Dr. Haider Sherazi


On a special visit to PIMS, Islamabad, Muhammad Fareed, Publisher & Managing Editor, Medical Review interviewed Dr. Haider Sherazi, Associate Professor, Children Hospital, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad. Following are the excerpts of the interview. Q - Tell us something about yourself. Ans - I did my MBBS from Rawalpindi Medical College., Diploma [...]