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The recent data in the Pakistan Demographic and Health Survey 2012-2013 shows a high unmet need for contraceptives, although family planning programs have been in place in Pakistan since the late 1950s. The phenomenon presents …

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Social Media- A Unicorn or Just a Horse?

July 25, 2012 – 3:54 AM | One Comment

The term “Social Media” describes tools, websites and software that allows people to connect and share. The best way to define social media is to break it down. Media is an instrument on communication, like …

Media, Medics and Society

July 24, 2012 – 11:24 PM | 4 Comments

A few days back, while watching TV, changing channels a strange news caught my eyes, at a news channel a news was scrolling as breaking news that a 5 years old boy died at a …

Yet Another War: Major determinants of Low Birth Weight

July 23, 2012 – 12:01 AM | 10 Comments

Low birth weight (LBW) has been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as birth weight of less than 2,500 grams (or 5.5 pounds). In spite of consistent efforts to improve the quality of maternal …

Doctors – The Patients Awaiting Ethical Treatment

July 22, 2012 – 5:40 PM | 7 Comments

The opening paragraph of a fairly popular clinical medicine handbook advises the young intern to never forget that his patients have names; their diseases are not their names. Yet, very disappointingly, we see most of …

What Doesn’t Kill You: An In-depth Look At Pain

July 21, 2012 – 12:35 AM | 2 Comments

In 2011 researchers from the universities of Michigan, Colorado and Colombia performed an experiment in which they were able to demonstrate that our brain is unable to differentiate between physical and emotional pain. They put …

The Dark Side of Private Medical Colleges

July 20, 2012 – 4:30 AM | 3 Comments

As many as 33,703 candidates appeared in the medical entry test this year competing for 5,271 seats in 40 public and private medical and dental colleges across the province. Nearly 3500 seats are available in …

Issues Faced Typically by a Dental Student and the General Societal Issues of a Doctor.

July 19, 2012 – 12:05 AM | 10 Comments

The question to an apple of elder’s eyes was, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and I, an innocent, ignorant child would promptly and confidently answer, “Doctor!”. Not to forget the …

Yet Another War: Emergence of Drug Resistant Strains of Organisms

July 18, 2012 – 12:05 AM | 6 Comments

This era is recognized as a paradigm of medical advancements with a solution to every other ailment. The battle of pathogenicity vs. remedy ran step by step with the evolution of mankind and there was no …

Health Care for the Underprivileged

July 17, 2012 – 1:43 PM |

My first brush with the public health field came in the second year of medical school, when we were appointed to work in the Pulse Polio program. Since we were taught Community Medicine as part …

Avoiding Medical Errors

July 15, 2012 – 1:32 AM | One Comment

Medical errors occur at disturbingly high rates that have contributed in failing the standard of care of the health care system. Although the frequency of such errors is divisive, it is well known that errors …

The Obstacles of Studying Reproductive Health

July 14, 2012 – 8:56 PM | One Comment

In the early 1900’s, undertaking a scientific investigation was not markedly different from being a journalist operating in a totalitarian state. Agonizing measures had to be taken to circumvent established social and cultural norms, often …

Acute Appendicitis: No More a Synonym for Appendicectomy?

July 12, 2012 – 7:10 AM | 8 Comments

Acute appendicitis is the most common cause of acute abdomen requiring surgical intervention. It occurs in 7% of population and around 250,000 cases of acute appendicitis are reported in the United States, each year. This …

Becoming Better Doctors

July 8, 2012 – 5:36 AM | 24 Comments

There are few professions in the world as fascinating as a doctor’s. The reason being its association with the wonderment called life. And while a physicist plays his part carrying the human race technologically forward, …