Efficacy and Safety of Optilume; A Drug-Coated Balloon Treatment for Anterior Urethral Stricture

ABSTRACT Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of Optilume; a drug-coated balloon (DCB) treatment for anterior urethral strictures. Methodology: This multi-centered descriptive case series study was carried out in the Department of Urology and Renal Transplant, Sharif Medical City Hospital, Lahore and the Department of Urology, National Hospital & Medical Center, Lahore on thirty

Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients Undergoing Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention for ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction and their Association with Left Anterior Descending Artery Involvement & Triple Vessel Disease

ABSTRACT Objective: To determine the frequency of cardiovascular risk factors in patients presenting for primary percutaneous coronary intervention (P-PCI) and evaluate their association with left anterior descending artery involvement and triple vessel disease. Methodology: This descriptive cross-sectional study was done at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, Rawalpindi from March 2019 to January 2021 after approval

Can Community-Based Health Insurance (CBHI) Initiatives Serve as Sustainable Healthcare Financing Mechanism in Resource-Poor Settings?

Community-based health insurance (CBHI) is an emerging concept that provides financial resources for health care and improves access to quality health services. It was introduced in West Africa in 1990 for the financial protection of the poor and rural countries. The development agencies are increasingly considering CBHI as a tool that enables easy access to

Health System Financing Social Health Insurance vs Tax-Financed Health Systems

Not Only Is A Healthy Society Possible; It Is Inevitable All people are entitled to quality essential health services, without suffering financial hardship to pay for health expenses. This simple but powerful belief undergirds the growing movement towards universal health coverage (UHC), now a global commitment under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 Sustainable

Efficacy of Intra-articular Platelet-Rich Plasma in Patients of Knee Osteoarthritis

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has emerged as a new treatment option for patients with knee osteoarthritis due to the presence of various growth factors. Despite a variety of non-surgical treatment options, the patients experience pain and limited physical activity. A prospective study was carried out on 50 patients visiting the outpatient department of Orthopedic Surgery, Sharif