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Alzheimer: Little sleeplessness can also cause the disease!

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ISLAMABAD: A recent study has revealed that people who sleep poorly are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that losing just one night of sleep led to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

In Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid proteins clump together to form amyloid plaques, a hallmark of the disease. “This research provides new insight about the potentially harmful effects of a lack of sleep on the brain and has implications for better characterizing the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease,” said researcher George F. Koob.

The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. To understand the possible link between beta-amyloid accumulation and sleep, the researchers used positron emission tomography (PET) to scan the brains of 20 healthy subjects, ranging in age from 22 to 72, after a night of rested sleep and after sleep deprivation (being awake for about 31 hours).

They found beta-amyloid increases of about 5 percent after losing a night of sleep in brain regions including the thalamus and hippocampus, regions especially vulnerable to damage in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

In Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid is estimated to increase about 43 percent in affected individuals relative to healthy older adults. It is unknown whether the increase in beta-amyloid in the study participants would subside after a night of rest.

The researchers also found that study participants with larger increases in beta-amyloid reported worse mood after sleep deprivation.

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Chaman: 800 patients treated gratis

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QUETTA: Local administration & Health Dept. have set up a day-long free medical camp here at Tuba Achakzai Dobandi, Killa Abdulla District today. 

Some 800 women, children, and men also received free medicines in the camp that was held on special directive of CM Balochistan Mir Jam Kamal and Health Minister Naseebullah Marri. Deputy Commissioner Chaman Shafqat Shahwani visited the camp and also monitored facilities of the free medical camp and inquire after the patients.
Local people including tribal leader and patients appreciated the health department on arranging free medical camp for needy patients and hoped that free services of treatments would be continued in other respective areas of the province by Health sector for the betterment of common people’s health.

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Big achievement in Robotic Surgery workshop

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KARACHI: A successful robotic surgical procedure was performed for the first time in Pakistan on a female patient hailing from Baluchistan carried out with the removing of her uterus on the concluding day of international multi-disciplinary “robotic surgery” workshop here today. 
She had intractable bleeding acquiring multiple transfusion. The procedure called “hysterectomy in medical parlance was performed at, a 55-year-old lady patient. The patient will be discharged after 24 hours. The benefit of this new type of surgery Robotic surgeons team comprising Prof.Shamim Khan of King’s College London and Dr.Kankipati Shanti Raju from Guys and St Thomas Hospitals London performed the procedure along with a team of highly trained support staff. The robotic technique used during surgery was the first of its kind in the country.
Medical experts have described the successful procedure as a major breakthrough in the field of robotic surgery in Pakistan particularly in the field of gynecology. They said this success will open new vistas of robotic surgery in the country. SIUT had arranged here three-day international workshop discussing the impact and benefit of robotic surgery in the field of urology, general surgery, and gynecology. The three fields were exclusively discussed during the workshop in which live surgery was also conducted for three days and live telecast from OT Complex, Civil Hospital Karachi. The workshop was participated by a team of visiting surgeons from Britain along with surgeons from SIUT and Civil Hospital Karachi.
Surgeons during the workshop also discussed the initial high cost this state of art surgery but were of the opinion that keeping in view parameters of less pain, less loss of blood and a faster recovery as  compared to traditional surgery which became cost effective in long run underscores the need for greater use of robotic surgery in the highly selected centers in Pakistan shared amongst several specialties.

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International Pharmaceutical symposium to be held on Jan 30

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FAISALABAD: Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF) will organize one-day 2nd International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Sciences here on January 30.

A spokesman of university told APP here Saturday that GCUF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Nasir Amin will grace the occasion as chief guest whereas foreigner speaker Associate Prof Dr. Pharkphoom Panichayupakaranant Director Phytomedicine & Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Excellence Center Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Prince of Songkla University of Thailand will deliver keynote lecture, he added.

 

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