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Curbing the Tobacco Menace in Pakistan

July 23, 2015 – 11:38 PM |

According to a recent report, the rate of tobacco consumption is increasing globally despite extensive efforts and widespread anti-smoking campaigns. In the report, it was also highlighted that Pakistan is one of fastest growing market …

Cycling in Karachi despite the Troubles: An Ode to the Wheels Within

July 23, 2015 – 10:34 PM |

It was just another rough day at the hospital when my friend invited me to a cycling endeavour on the streets of Karachi. I thought to myself, “cycling, in Karachi? Why would someone pursue cycling …

Schizophrenia: Myths Busted

July 22, 2015 – 9:57 PM |

Schizophrenia is a mental disorder which affects the way a person thinks, acts and sees the world. They may hear things that do not exist except in their own mind, they talk in strange and …

Management of Addictions: What could be the Most Effective Approach?

June 26, 2015 – 9:10 PM |

Addiction has become a major public health problem. It is a condition that makes an individual tolerant and dependent to a substance or object, which results in maladaptive behaviours, conflicts in relationships and impairs cognition. …

Managing Impulsive Behavior in Patients with Psychiatric Illnesses

June 26, 2015 – 8:39 PM |

A 33 year old female was admitted to the Baitul Sukoon Cancer Hospital with complaints of pain, and lump in her left breast. She was diagnosed as having a malignancy in her left breast. She …

Of a Look That Lasted too Long

May 30, 2015 – 9:13 PM |

A walk along the disheveled corridors of Civil hospital is far from exhilarating. On a lucky day, there will only be a few drains freely discharging along the walkways to tiptoe around, and the stench …

Sexual Health: Talking Taboo

May 30, 2015 – 8:44 PM |

Recently, I got selected to participate in an international youth conference by the Youth Champions Initiative (YCI), implemented by the Public Health Institute (PHI) of California, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. …

The Ramifications of Ineffective Communication with Elderly Clients

March 28, 2015 – 8:15 PM |

Communication is one of the most important ways to deliver your thoughts to others, verbally or non-verbally in an easy and clear way so that the person next to you can understand and benefit from …

Drug Use and Addiction in the Medical Community

February 24, 2015 – 8:11 PM |

Television shows like House and Nurse Jackie have shed a little light on the issue of drug abuse in the medical community, but they still tend to romanticize the situation.

House is a gruff but ultra-competent …

A Rampant Crime of the Intimate: Domestic Violence against Women in Pakistan

November 27, 2014 – 12:30 PM | 2 Comments

It is well known that women are helpless to many forms of violence, and domestic violence signifies the collective term. Violence against women is one of the crucial social mechanisms by which they are forced …

Children with Autism – Trapped in a Different, Misunderstood World

November 19, 2014 – 7:22 PM |

Salma emptily stares out of her glass window; her fingers gripping the window rods and her eyebrows furrowed as she tried to make out the distant conundrum from the wide playfield in front of her …

Aggression in Children – Causes, Behavioral Manifestations and Management

November 16, 2014 – 7:25 PM |

Aggression in children is the first step on the slippery slope to the misbehavior. Occasional outbursts of aggression in children are normal but if it occurs frequently in a pattern it is considered as a …

Selling Health – Making Medicine a Business and the Patient a Customer

October 28, 2014 – 6:19 PM | 2 Comments

Dr. Ahmed (Resident Physician): “Mr. Shahid, the test did not reveal the cause of your disease. We will have to conduct another test for a diagnosis.”
Mr. Shahid (The Patient): “Doctors these days are busy minting …

The Stigma Encompassing Mental Health

September 25, 2014 – 11:40 PM |

We have heard a lot about the social stigma related to mental illness especially in societies like Pakistan where education and general awareness is not sufficient enough to deal with issues of mental disability. The …

Terrorism and its Impact on the Society

September 23, 2014 – 11:00 PM |

WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (1). Terrorism has been rampant in Pakistan since 1989 following the Soviet occupation …

Dealing with Societal Pressure and its Impact on Mental Health

September 20, 2014 – 8:23 PM |

In my clinical rotation I came across a 50 year old woman diagnosed with schizophrenia. She had a history of learning disability, jaundice and head trauma. For this purpose her mother took her to Pakistan …

Coping with Hopelessness: A Mental Health Quandary

September 20, 2014 – 8:22 PM |

An 18 years old female patient was admitted in AKUH with the diagnosis of severe depression and suicidal ideation. She was admitted with complains of severe headache, anorexia and insomnia, lack of motivation and interest …

Insight: Should Family Members be Allowed During a Patient’s Resuscitation?

August 3, 2014 – 11:02 PM |

A new controversial challenge that health care providers are facing is of allowing family members in room during resuscitation. Though this subject has brought a lot of discussion but I believe that family should not …

Management of Suicidal Attempts – Are Health Care Providers Paying Due Attention?

July 23, 2014 – 5:32 PM |

Meaning of life is very much subjective based on personal feeling and thoughts; some people enjoy it at their full extent to achieve what they desire. On the other some people consider life as meaningless; …

Disclosing Medical Errors to Patients – To Do or Not to Do?

July 15, 2014 – 9:25 PM |

Disclosure of medical errors has become a controversial issue in different hospital settings. The matter of declaration of mistakes is considered destructive but it is better to disclose and settle error at its root before …