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HumanizeMedical initiative makes it to a global innovation shortlist

Hektoen International Journal of Medical Humanities last year published our founder, Wali Zahid’s views as health flash. This piece was shortlisted in a global contest of ‘medical innovation – civilian’ category. Here: Having spent two weeks in Lahore hospitals watching my sister being treated for a fatal disease, I had time to think about some of the fundamental flaws of m ...[Read More]

Using drones to deliver medicine in Rwanda

A Silicon Valley startup is using drones to deliver medicine and blood to patients in Rwanda, and it plans to expand to other countries by the end of the year. The company, Zipline International, announced this week that it will begin flying its drones in Rwanda in July, under a partnership with the government. The unpiloted autonomous vehicles will ferry supplies to hospitals and health centers a ...[Read More]

Tips to avoid heat stroke

Karachi has been hit by high temperatures and heat wave. In a matter of three days, nearly 1,000 people have lost lives. We need to create awareness for people on how to avoid heat stroke. Please share these tips with everyone you know. Tips to avoid heat stroke 1 Avoid going outdoor in direct exposure to sun 2 Stay indoors in ventilated room. Use fan 3 If outdoors, stay/sit/walk under a tree/shad ...[Read More]

Daily Times features #HumanizeMedical in report on medical practice

Daily Times newspaper today featured #HumanizeMedical in its report on medical practice in Pakistan. Headlined ‘Wali’s bid to humanise medical practitioners in Pakistan’, the report was bylined by Naveed Ahmad, special correspondent, Daily Times. The report is reproduced here: ISLAMABAD: Raja Aftab Hussain was in a recovery ward after marathon heart surgery lasting 10-odd hours by surg ...[Read More]

An idea made her a billionaire. It could change medicine

The next time you get a blood test, you might not have to go to the doctor and watch vials of blood fill up as the precious fluid is drawn from your arm. No more wondering to yourself — “ah, how much more can they take before I pass out?” Instead you might be able to walk into a Walgreens pharmacy for a reportedly painless fingerprick that will draw just a tiny drop of blood, thanks to ...[Read More]

American firm paid doctors who sent blood for tests

A fast-growing Virginia laboratory has collected hundreds of millions of dollars from Medicare while using a strategy that is now under regulatory scrutiny: It paid doctors who sent it patients’ blood for testing. Health Diagnostic Laboratory Inc. transformed itself from a startup incorporated in late 2008 into a major lab with $383 million in 2013 revenues, 41% of that from Medicare. It bui ...[Read More]

Cheap and compact medical testing

Harvard researchers develop simple detector that could be used worldwide Harvard researchers have created an inexpensive detector that can be used by health care workers in the world’s poorest areas to monitor diabetes, detect malaria, discover environmental pollutants, and perform tests that now are done by machines costing tens of thousands of dollars. The device, already in field trials in Indi ...[Read More]

Alzheimer’s disease: Prevention is the only option

Awareness and Prevention Series | Guest post by Dr Farhan Subhani The Alzheimer’s disease was firstly explained in 1906 by Alois Alzheimer, a German doctor. The basic pathology was also defined by him. It is a loss of memory and executive functions of brain which mostly affect elderly but patients in early 40s are also known in good number. Every loss of memory case is not of Alzheimer’s. Loss of ...[Read More]