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When Your Baby is Born Early

When Your Baby is Born Early

By: Dr. Zack Boukydis
When babies are born early, or premature, there is a recognition by parents and professionals that the baby could be vulnerable and may need ‘special care’ in order to survive, develop and have a good life.

A general definition for a premature baby is that they are born earlier than 37 weeks gestational age, weighing less than 2,500 grams at birth.  Depending on how early the baby is born, and the circumstances of the mother’s pregnancy and th


Detecting Hearing Loss in Newborns

Detecting Hearing Loss in Newborns

By: Dr. Ghassan Shahrour
All of us know that educated parents can play a critical role not only in the prevention of hearing loss and deafness among their kids but also in early detection processes to stay on track with their hearing, speech, language and communication skills.

Hearing loss in newborns occurs in at least one out of every one thousand births. Most of these cases are connected to inheritance factors and the rest are connected to different diseases.

The early identifi


Back Pain in Women

Back Pain in Women

By: Dr. Walaa Elassuity
Back pain is an unpleasant experience that up to 80% of people may experience at some point of their life. With the increasing standards of luxury in our life we are unconsciously putting more load on our backs, leading to even increasing prevalence of this potentially disabling problem.

With the unique anatomical and physiological characteristics of the women body, they can be susceptible to experience back pain from some gynecological causes. Back pain may be e


Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee Replacement Surgery

By: Dr. Amjad Gulzar Shaikh
In South Asian countries such as Pakistan, we see many women with knee joint pain, which is often neglected and leads to crippling effects, resulting in the curtailment of activities of daily living such as lifting small objects, going to the toilet, climbing a flight of stairs, kneeling down and saying prayers. Advances in modern medicine and surgery have made it possible to treat many problems that previously, people had to live with and endure. One of these advances includ


Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

By: Dr. Shree Datta
Gestational diabetes is a disorder of glucose imbalance, which develops in pregnancy. If it is not controlled, it can come back and affect you after the pregnancy later on in life. Diabetes can cause long-term complications, affecting the kidneys, nervous system, cardiovascular system and vision. Approximately two to five women in every hundred pregnancies have diabetes. Of these, most develop diabetes during the pregnancy, although about 12.5% have been diagnosed to have dia


Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Symptoms of Breast Cancer

By: Dr. Atif Riaz
There are many good reasons to take charge of your health. As we grow older, the risk of developing a chronic disease like cancer increases.

Scientists are exploring new screenings and examinations to find cancer before it has a chance to grow and spread. Already some common types of cancer can be found early through screening tests. Different cancers require different tests, and there are many types of cancer for which there are not effective screening te


Fighting Breast Cancer

Fighting Breast Cancer

By: Allison Pedersen RN, MN
The words “breast cancer” may trigger a range of responses including vulnerability, anxiety and uncertainty. Breast cancer has received increased attention due to the significant number of individuals who have been diagnosed with this disease. Most noteworthy however, is the fact that advances in treatments for breast cancer have contributed to an increase in overall survival rates of this very treatable disease.  

Why are we witnessing an


A Myth Unresolved

A Myth Unresolved

By: Kalim ur Rehman
An 11-year old girl Minahil, belonging to the village Rosay of district Sheikhupura, Punjab, lost her mother due to breast cancer. She still visits her mother’s grave with the same grimness as she did six years ago, at he time of the passing away of her mother. When BBC’s correspondent, Cherie Blair, visited Pakistan, she interviewed Minahil. In her interview, Minahil expressed her desire of becoming a doctor. However, her father, a poor farmer, was unable to b


Taikyo

Taikyo

By: Julie Louly
The ancient Chinese used to perform what they called Taikyo during pregnancy. In essence, Taikyo involved talking and singing to their unborn children and patting on their expectant tummies. All of these practices are differing forms of auditory stimulation for the prenatal child. Expectant parents believed that Taikyo would make their children smarter and provide them with an intellectual and emotional head start. As in so many things, it now seems that the ancient Chines


Kids and Surgeries

Kids and Surgeries

By: Professor Iftikhar Ahmad Jan
FRCS Eng, FRCS ED, FACS, FEBPS, PCPS

Pediatric surgery is a rapidly advancing specialty. Over the past few decades the whole spectrum of management of pediatric surgical patients has changed. The improvement has been in diagnosis, surgical management and operative care. This has resulted in the excellent outcome of most pediatric surgical conditions. The advances in pediatric surgery have helped to improve the results of common & complex pediatric surgical conditions like hernia, undescended testes, cleft


Head injury

Head injury

By: Emma Hammet
Children have many bangs to the head and it can be difficult to tell whether they are serious or not. Many head injuries are not serious and simply result in a bump or bruise. However severe, or repeated head injuries can result in damage to the brain.

Fortunately, most childhood falls or blows to the head result in injury to the scalp only, which is usually more frightening than life threatening – the head and face are very vascular and consequently