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With back pain, depression tied to higher healthcare spending: study

WASHINGTON: When patients with painful back problems are also depressed, they have significantly higher healthcare costs than back-pain patients without depression, a U.S. study suggests. Getting treatment for both depression and back pain may reduce pain episodes and the economic burden, the study authors write in the journal Pain Medicine. “Back pain is a big problem in our clinics, and we’re seeing more and more admissions,” said lead study author Dr. Jawad Bilal of the University of Arizona College of Medicine in…

Punjab govt to focus on solving basic issues of people: Fayyazul Hassan Chohan

LAHORE: Punjab Information and Culture Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Friday said that the provincial government will focus on solving the basic problems like healthcare and education by standing above mega projects like Orange train and Metro bus. Addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Fayyazul Chohan said that scope of health insurance cards will be extended to all the districts and doctors and paramedical staff were being recruited on ad-hoc basis so as to solve the health problems faced by the…

SC dissolves board of Punjab Healthcare Commission

LAHORE: The Supreme Court on Saturday dissolved the board of Punjab Healthcare and ordered constitution of the new board comprising ‘competent people’ with immediate effect, ARY News reported. The top court bench, during the hearing at SC's Lahore Registry, had summoned Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid and members of the board to inquire about the reasons for resignation of Justice (retd) Amir Raza Khan, who was the head of PHC board. Chief Justice, Mian Saqib Nisar, expressed his resentment at board member…

Infrastructure, healthcare two areas where Congress can unite: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Wednesday he envisaged Republicans and Democrats working together on infrastructure and healthcare after US voters delivered a split verdict in hard-fought midterm elections. "Maybe we will make a deal, maybe we won't. That is possible," he told a news conference at the White House. "But we have a lot of things in common on infrastructure. We want to do something on healthcare, they want to do something on healthcare. There are a lot of great things that we can do together."…

Expensive healthcare: CJP summons owners of Lahore’s private hospitals

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday took suo motu notice of the expensive healthcare facilities in private hospitals of Lahore, ARY News reported. The CJP, while hearing a case at the apex court's Lahore Registry, ordered to summon the owners of more than ten private hospitals to appear before the court on Sunday. The judge was of the view that private hospitals are fleeing patients in the name of healthcare and the court has been receiving complaints against them on daily basis. Justice…

Alibaba injects pharmacy assets into healthcare unit in $1.4 billion deal

SHANGHAI: Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will inject some of its online pharmacy business into a listed unit in a deal valued at HK$10.6 billion ($1.35 billion), the firm said in a statement on Tuesday. Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd will buy Ali JK Nutritional Products Holding Limited, which controls sales of medical devices, healthcare products, adult products and healthcare services on Alibaba’s Tmall platform. The deal will see parent Alibaba receive newly issued shares in Ali Health,…

CJP inspects facilities at PIMH, Services Hospital amid complaints

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday visited the Punjab Institute of Mental Health (PIMH) as well as Services Hospital in Lahore and inspected the state of healthcare facilities there.   The chief justice reached the PIMH where provincial health minister Khawaja Salman Rafique accompanied him during his visit. He visited different wards, inspected facilities and inquired about the health of patients being treated there. He also visited the hospital’s medical store and kitchen. Upon…

CJP Nisar visits JPMC to review healthcare facilities, cleanliness

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday paid a visit to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) to review healthcare facilities and the state of cleanliness at one of the biggest government-run hospital of the metropolis. Accompanied by top health officials, the chief justice visited emergency and other wards of the hospital and expressed displeasure over poor sanitation. Earlier, headed by CJP Nisar, a bench of the apex court, heard a case pertaining to healthcare facilities in…

CM Sindh orders requisition of another 2000 doctors

KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Friday said the health emergency declared in the province has produced some congenial results but still there is lot to do to provide best free of cost health facilities to each and every citizen. The chief minister presiding over a level meeting of health department also reviewed appointment of newly recruited doctors, procurement of medicine, Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode and other donor projects. CM Sindh said that the health services are improving in the…

Healthcare prices hard to find online: study

FLORIDA: Consumers who search online for prices of common medical procedures may be disappointed by what they find, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers used the search engines Google and Bing to check the cost of common services like cholesterol tests, hip replacements and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in 8 cities: New York; Los Angeles; Chicago; Seattle; Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Tallahassee, Florida. They did a simple search, such as “cost of hip…