SYDNEY: People living in countries that have experienced armed conflict are five times more likely to develop anxiety or depression, according to a joint study released on Wednesday by the University of Queensland (UoQ), the University of Washington and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
UoQ researcher Dr. Fiona J Charlson said that by collating existing studies of individual warzones, the new results painted a far clearer picture as to the extent of the problem.
“When you are defining policy response and designing health services, for these populations, you really need to know what the magnitude of the problem is,” Charlson said.
“Given the vast numbers of people in need and the humanitarian imperative to reduce suffering, there is an urgent need to implement scalable mental health interventions to address this burden.”
According to Charslon, as well as the direct trauma of violence, for many people the difficulty of living that goes with prolonged conflict also weighs heavily on mental health.
“Poverty is endemic in wars, and this has strong links to mental illness which we can see reflected in the findings,” she said.
Health dept contradicts report of baby’s death due to polio
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.
For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope
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.
World Blood Donor Day to be observed tomorrow
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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