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Citizens should be extra alert to avoid dehydration during Ramazan: specialist

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ISLAMABAD: Specialist Thursday suggested that citizens who are fasting specially children should be extra alert to avoid dehydration during the holy month of Ramazan as the abstinence of drinking liquids between sunset and sunrise might be the biggest challenge of performing the fast.

In an interview , renowned child specialist Dr Abdul Ghafar Billo said Parents should assess the child’s ability to fast based on their health, activity level, tolerance to hunger and eating frequency.

He further said if children are fasting, let them be a part of this decision. Start getting them accustomed to eating less frequently during the day and minimize the number of meals gradually before the month begins.

Keep them well hydrated during the non-fasting hours by giving them plenty of fluids. This is very important, he added.

Dr said Parents should avoid forcing your children to overeat, since this may cause indigestion and bloating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Health dept contradicts report of baby’s death due to polio

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OKARA: The spokesman of Health Department Friday contradicted the report by a private news channel regarding the death of a four-year-old girl Asma Bibi due to polio and termed it fabricated, baseless and against the facts.
The spokesman said the girl Asma Bibi d/o Muhammad Yar, a resident of 37/4L was brought to DHQ Hospital Okara where child specialist Dr. Muhammad Sadeeq reported her AFP COX on detection of her body organs non-responding to Health Department’s Surveillance System.
The girl was discharged by the child specialist after finding her all previous reports satisfactory.
The spokesman termed the report that the girl was died due to polio as misleading and against the facts.

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For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

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DIJON: “Classic chemotherapy was awful… but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Several hours before going into theatre, Braud is waiting in his room, looking surprisingly relaxed with a book in hand.

This is a place he has been before. At the age of 76, Braud is about to face his second bout of chemotherapy after the cancer in his stomach spread to two other organs.

But this time it is different.

He is being treated at the Georges-Francois Leclerc hospital in the eastern city of Dijon, one of seven hospitals in France that are trialling pressurised intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy, or PIPAC, a technique developed in Germany in 2013.

Although is it still being tested, chemotherapy by aerosol has shown promising results against certain cancers, in a treatment with fewer side effects that offers hope to some of the weakest patients.

Unlike traditional chemotherapy, the drugs are not injected into the bloodstream.

Instead, the patient is put under general anaesthetic and the treatment introduced by laparoscopy, by which a small incision is made in the abdominal wall and the chemotherapy is introduced into the peritoneal cavity by an aerosol spray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Blood Donor Day to be observed tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the globe,World Blood Donor Day will be observed on Friday (June 14) across the globe including Pakistan to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide.

Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity, especially in developing countries, many events will be holding around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day.

These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically “paint the world red” by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand, especially in developing countries.

World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

The day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

 

 

 

 

 

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