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Over half of medical prescriptions in Peshawar are illegible

PESHAWAR: Studies has revealed that 58.5 percent of medical prescriptions by doctors in Peshawar are illegible, difficult to read, and full of errors.  A research article published in the Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences examined 1097 medical prescriptions in six major hospitals and pharmacies in Peshawar. The study shows has no physician provided all the essesntial information in the prescription. The doctor's name was also missing in 89 percent of prescriptions, while 98.2 percent did not have the registration…

Soccer is basically medicine, some researchers argue

LONDON: Compared to inactive people, recreational soccer players have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and resting heart rates as well as less fat mass, a research review suggests. Compared to some other forms of exercise, including running and Zumba, soccer may also be just as beneficial to health, with added social, motivational and competitive benefits, the study team writes in British Journal of Sports Medicine. “Soccer training is an effective broad-spectrum prevention and treatment of lifestyle diseases for…

Twice-weekly workouts may be best medicine for cognitive decline

NEW YORK: There’s little evidence that medications improve mild cognitive decline associated with aging, according to a new review of research, but doctors can recommend exercise with confidence. Researchers reviewed 11,530 studies of so-called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), to see how many older people are affected and which interventions and lifestyle changes have been shown to improve symptoms. MCI becomes increasingly common at older ages and is characterized by mild problems with thinking and memory that usually…

Researchers discover method of targeting cancer without destroying healthy cells

A unique approach to targeting the abnormal T-cells that cause T-cell lymphomas could offer hope to patients with the aggressive and difficult-to-treat family of cancers, finds a study involving researchers from Cardiff University. The team of researchers, working with bio-pharmaceutical company Autolus Ltd, have discovered a method of targeting the cancer without destroying healthy T-cells, essential to the immune system. Lymphomas arise when immune cells, called lymphocytes, that protect us against germs, become…

Scientists develop glue which seals wounds in 60 seconds without the need for common staples or stitches

Biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney and the United States collaborated to develop a highly elastic and adhesive surgical glue that quickly seals wounds without the need for common staples or stitches. Analysts and doctors say that this invention could transform how surgeries are performed. The glue material has quickly and successfully sealed incisions in the arteries and lungs of rodents and the lungs of animals, without the need for sutures and staples. The material also works on internal wounds…

Meet the Robot Who Prescribes and Dispenses Medicine

Dubai recently inaugurated a smart pharmacy with a robot for dispensing and prescribing medicines in Dubai Hospital. This is the first-of-its-kind smart pharmacy in the Middle East and second of its kind from Dubai Health Authority, as they launched the first such pharmacy at Rashid Hospital last January. HOW DOES IT WORK? The robot uses a barcode system and is completely paper-free as the robot stores each prescription as soon as it is issued electronically. The system also monitors stored medicines in order to…

Artificial leaf copies nature to manufacture medicine

AMSTERDAM: Dutch scientists have developed an artificial leaf that can act as a mini-factory for producing drugs, an advance that could allow medicines to be produced anywhere there is sunlight. The work taps into the ability of plants to use sunlight to feed themselves through photosynthesis, something industrial chemists have struggled to replicate because sunshine usually generates too little energy to fuel chemical reactions. The leaf-inspired micro factory mimics nature's efficiency at harvesting solar radiation…

Alfred Nobel used dynamite fortune to create prizes

STOCKHOLM: Swedish inventor and scholar Alfred Nobel, who made a vast fortune from his invention of dynamite in 1866, ordered the creation of the famous Nobel prizes in his will. His 1895 testament stipulated his fortune was to be placed in a fund destined to honour "those who, during the preceding year, shall have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind". He died a year later in San Remo, Italy. Nobel had decreed the bulk of his estate should be invested in "safe securities" and, as a result, some 31.5 million Swedish…