Quality standards: PMDC continues drive against substandard medical colleges

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) on Friday issued a warning to Avincenna Medical College in Lahore for a number of deficiencies which were identified during a surprise monitoring check.

The PMDC has already issued warnings to colleges not adhering to PMDC standards, such as Yusra Medical College, Al-Nafees Medical College, and Rawal Institute of Health Sciences in Islamabad.

Avicenna, which was established in 2009, trains 150 MBBS students annually. It was found during the visit that the teaching hospital had less than 10% bed occupancy.

According to a press statement issued by PMDC, the college had an empty ICU and 18 vacant ventilators. It further noted that there were only four patients against 40 emergency beds, and the bathrooms did not meet cleanliness standards.

Though a private hospital, PMDC has shown its displeasure with it for not offering their facilities to public hospitals, where many patients are left waiting due to overcrowding.

PMDC President Professor Shabbir Lahri directed the college to rectify their deficiencies in one month and warned that if college failed to rectify these deficiencies, strict action would be taken against it.

Two more polio cases confirmed in KP

PESHAWAR: Two more polio cases were reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday, taking the total number of polio cases to three in the province this year.

Senior officials of the provincial Health Department told The News that one male child tested positive with polio in the provincial capital and another case was reported from Hangu district.

The child in Peshawar was identified as Jareer, son of Waliullah. He is 21-month old and belongs to a religious family living in Peshawar’s Haider Colony in Akhunabad.

The family had refused polio vaccines to the child, according to Health Department officials.

“His father belongs to a religious group that is strongly opposing polio vaccination among their followers. They had refused polio vaccines to this child who unfortunately became victim of the crippling poliovirus,” said an official of the Health Department.

Pleading anonymity, he said the family and the locality they were living in was known for parents refusing polio vaccination.The second child was a seven-month old baby girl, Naureen Bibi, who was the daughter of Ajab Khan.

She was stated to be an Afghan refuge living in Mulla Musa Jan village in Ganjyano Killay in Hangu.The Health Department officials said she had received three doses of the oral polio vaccine (OPV) during routine immunisation of the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI).

She was also administered the polio drops during Supplementary Immunisation Activity (SIA), but it couldn’t save this Afghan refugee girl from falling prey to the paralysing poliovirus.According to health experts, though the girl had received OPV, her immunity was weak.

They said it showed that poliovirus was circulating in the vicinity, where the girl was living. “The campaign quality was satisfactory, but immunity of the child was not very good to resist against the poliovirus,” opined a health expert.Before these two polio cases, one case was reported from Nowshera district, where an Afghan boy, who too had received polio vaccines, but even then became victim of the poliovirus.Besides, these three polio cases reported from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one each was diagnosed in Karachi and Quetta.

8-Year-Old Has Her Head Shaved to Support Cousin Diagnosed With Cancer

A Pennsylvania girl is touching the hearts of her family members after she selflessly had all her hair shaved off in support of her 3-year-old cousin Cooper, who’s been diagnosed with cancer.

On Monday, Morgan Weyand, 8, walked into SmartStyle Hair Salon and asked the stylist to shave off her hair for Cooper.

“It made Cooper feel better, and for a girl to go in and do that it takes a lot of guts,” Cooper’s mom, Kayla Nicklow, of Somerset, told ABC News today.

She added: “She came up with this idea all by herself and told her mom and dad that this is what she wanted to do. Her mother warned her, ‘You’ll go to school and sometimes people say things.’ [Morgan] didn’t care. She was doing this for her cousin fighting cancer and that’s all that mattered to her.”


Kayla, 25, a mom of four, said her son Cooper was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma on Jan. 21. “A lot of people aren’t familiar with it, a lot of people don’t hear about it, but it is a serious and very rare type of cancer,” she said. It causes him a great deal of pain, but he is being really positive. He has such a great spirit about it all. He lost his hair and it didn’t affect him … nothing gets him down at all.”

Kayla said she was happy to learn that Morgan, her uncle’s daughter, decided to do away with her locks in support of her son and cancer awareness.

“[Cooper] thought it was cool to have somebody else’s head shaved like his,” Kayla said.

Morgan’s parents, Mike and Joanne, told ABC News they were equally moved by their daughter’s kind gesture.

“I think it’s awesome that she did that. It’s nice to see a little kid who does that,” Mike said. “I couldn’t tell her ‘no’ because it was for a good cause. She has a good heart.”

“I’m very proud of her,” Joanne added. “She’s a very sensational little girl. She’s inspirational.”

Is it better to run outside or on a treadmill?

Runners have always had a view on whether treadmill running is easier than doing it outdoors. Michael Mosley weighs up his options.
For those of us who rather optimistically made a New Year’s resolution to do a bit more exercise, running is the obvious and popular option. But is it better to do your running outdoors, in the wind and rain, or to go down to your local gym and work up a sweat on the treadmill, while surreptitiously admiring your reflection in a giant mirror?

It’s not something I’ve really thought much about before, possibly because I’m not that crazy about running, but it’s certainly a topic that divides running enthusiasts. So what are the arguments, for and against?

Firstly, which of these approaches is likely to get you fitter? Those who are enthusiastic about running outdoors claim it uses up more energy. The main reason is wind resistance, which you don’t get a lot of when you are a gym rat. But fans of the gym say this is not necessarily true. In a study conducted by Exeter University, Prof Andrew Jones took nine male runners and made them run along a road, measuring their energy expenditure. Then they got these volunteers to run at the same speed on a treadmill, but on different inclines. What they found is that runners could adequately compensate for the extra effort of running outdoors by setting the treadmill to a 1% gradient
Trust Me I’m A Doctor is broadcast on BBC Two at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday 27 January – catch up afterwards on BBC iPlayer.

Needle-phobic pancreas transplant ‘world first’

A British woman has become the first person in the world to have a pancreas transplant because of a severe needle phobia,
her doctors have said.

Sue York – who has had type-1 diabetes since she was seven – would shake uncontrollably and vomit when injecting herself with insulin.
Ms York told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the operation had “completely altered my life”.

Doctors said her life expectancy had now doubled.

‘Full of energy’
Ms York, 55, from Lincoln, told the programme that, following the operation, at Manchester Royal Infirmary, she felt “incredible” and full of energy.

“No longer am I struggling to walk up a flight of stairs, getting breathless walking into the wind. No longer is my skin yellow or grey. No longer do I look constantly exhausted,” she said.
“I’ve had to get new glasses because my eyesight has improved and feeling has returned to areas on my feet where I’d begun to lose sensation.”
Ms York said her phobia had reached a critical point in 2012, when the DVLA had changed its regulations in relation to diabetic drivers, insisting they checked blood glucose levels – requiring her to prick her skin – before driving and once every two hours behind the wheel.

“It was just too many needles, too many invasions into the flesh,” she said.
Ms York had decided to give up driving, she said, but her body had been too weak to walk long distances – leaving her at risk of becoming housebound.

She had tried hypnotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy in an attempt to cure her phobia, but without success.
And injecting herself with insulin would frequently take 20 minutes.
Questions raised
It took more than two years for Ms York to be placed on a waiting list for the transplant, during which time she appeared in front of a panel three times to discuss her eligibility.

She said questions had been raised over her need for the transplant, given that she did not have any kidney complications, and over whether her phobia was a strong enough reason to undergo major surgery.
But, she said, a phobia of needles was common among long-term diabetics and her story could give hope to others.

“I don’t know who my donor is, but I thank them and their family from the bottom of my heart,” she said.
The Victoria Derbyshire programme is broadcast on weekdays between 09:15 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel

3 emerging health trends in 2016

What’s ‘healthonism’?
3 emerging health trends in 2016

New natural beauty

Consumers are seeking out product information online and are becoming increasingly skeptical about mainstream brands. The health and beauty landscape is responding to concern about industrial pollutants and toxins, and new boutique brands are tapping into natural branding and messaging.

U.K. brand Liha makes beauty products based on African recipes in small batches. For example, Haeckels, which is based in the U.K. seaside town of Margate, sources natural ingredients like seaweed and uses pre-industrial techniques to create its line. Brands such as Yüli employ advanced skin technology and botanic research to ensure products can compete in efficacy as well as ethics. Mother Dirt is a range of cleansers, shampoos and mists that contain beneficial bacteria.

This shift in attitude points to a self-confident, engaged and sophisticated consumer who questions the norm and scrutinizes the messaging presented by mainstream brands. Consumers’ holistic view of beauty products is telling— they view products through the lens of their physical wellbeing as well as that of the environment.

Feminine care revolution

Tampons are getting a makeover— moving from unmentionable necessity to celebrated cool-girl staple. Look no further than “The 5th Wave,” a new Hollywood thriller in which its heroine, Cassie, takes a break from the action to pick up some tampons at a convenience store.

The politics of feminine care have made headlines recently over issues related to access and gender equality. In 2015, social media began erupting with outrage over tax regulations that designate feminine care products as a “luxury” in the European Union. In the United States, the California state legislature recently introduced a bill that would classify feminine hygiene products as medical necessities, making them tax free.

While mega-brands Tampax, Kotex and Playtex have long dominated the feminine hygiene industry, direct-to-consumer newcomer Lola, founded by Dartmouth College grads Jordana Kier and Alex Friedman, represents a new approach. Lola manufactures its own hypoallergenic cotton tampons, which are free of additives, synthetics, chemicals and dyes, and, unlike mainstream brands, contain no artificial fibers such as polyester and rayon. Lola is committed to transparency and convenience. Other features include minimalist branding and an intuitive subscription model with options for delivery customization.

New alternatives to traditional pads and tampons are also emerging. Looncup is a “smart” menstrual cup that aims to “redefine menstruation”— it communicates with an app to track and analyze menstrual patterns.


Some health-conscious millennials are offsetting consumption of alcohol with antioxidants and healthy mixers— mashing up exercise with hedonism, and flocking to a growing number of exercise-meets-drinking events.

Earlier this year, London’s House of Voga, which combines yoga with the expressive vogueing dance style of the ’80s, co-hosted a party with Mayfair nightclub Bonbonniere. Voga Bonbonniere began with a one-hour voga class before proceeding to drinks and dancing into the early hours. Fitness club Equinox’s London Kensington location hosts quarterly After Dark events for members and their guests, who are treated to a range of different yoga classes, guest instructors, DJ sets and cocktails courtesy of Mahiki.

A 2015 study published in the journal Health Psychology found that people tend to drink “more than usual on the same days that they engage in more physical activity than usual,” according to the authors.

The trend can also be seen in some new beverage products, with nutritious cold-pressed juices becoming a popular vehicle for healthier cocktails. Cold-pressed, non-alcoholic juices by U.S. brand CleanDrinking are all-natural, low-calorie cocktail mixers designed to “support a balanced lifestyle of mindful drinking.” Flavors include Hotamelon Tequila Cleanse and RaspberryAddict Vodka Cleanse.

Consumers are engaging in health and wellbeing in a contradictory, divergent, have-it-all way, putting healthy habits alongside fun.