By Bejay Browne
The 6th International Conference on Recent Advances in Health and Medical Sciences (RAHMS) being held in Paphos kicked off on Wednesday.
The conference is being held in association with the 3rd International Conference on Oncology and Anticancer Research (3rd ICOAR), the 24th International Conference on Chelation (24th ICOC) and other symposia.
Leading medics including, professors and scientists from Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia will participate in lectures and round table discussions, covering a wide range of treatments and prevention of diseases.
During the six-day conference, 16 topics will be covered and will include: cancer causes, epidemiology, biology, pathology, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Carcinogenesis, metastasis and treatment. Chelation studies and Chelation therapy of related diseases. Chelation therapy is a medical procedure that involves the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body.
Aspects and treatment for diseases such as: Thalassaemia, diabetes, neurodegenerative, inflammatory, infectious, nutritional, cardiac, liver and kidney diseases, as well as, ageing, Chinese medicine, alternative medicine and personalised medicine will be covered.
According to the organising committee, Cyprus is well known for the high incidence of the inherited diseases Thalassaemia and Friedreich Ataxia. One in six Cypriots is a carrier of thalassaemia and one in 1,000 Cypriots is a thalassaemia patient. The efforts for the prevention and treatment of thalassaemia are continuing.
Professor George J Kontoghiorghes, Director of Postgraduate Research at the Institute of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine in Limassol said: “Among the new major topics of the conferences will be the cancer pathology symposia, which will include recent developments in the prevention, diagnosis, pathological mechanisms and treatment of cancer. Many other symposia and sessions are organised in relation to the chelation therapy in thalassaemia, non-iron loaded conditions and also renal, cardiac, hepatic, cardiovascular, dietary, neurodegenerative, infectious and other diseases.”
He said the basic sciences and mechanisms associated with these diseases would also be discussed.
Newly developing trends of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been presented at each conference so far. This year, Professor Hsu, Sheng-Feng the Director of the Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, will discuss, among other topics, the evidenced-based proof of acupuncture treatment of patients in hospital.
Professor Hsieh, CL will show the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) on lower urinary tract symptoms by using international prostatic symptom score (IPSS) and other factors.
Doctor Chen, LY will talk about acupuncture on traumatic brain injury patients in Taiwan.
Delegates attending will be doctors, scientists and academics. The scientific programme will be complemented with many social activities, entertainment and excursions.
The conference is taking place in the Azia Beach Hotel in Paphos until July 6.