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    SEHA Urges the Community to Donate Blood to Save Lives

    • People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can donate blood 14 days after receiving each dose • SEHA encourages community members to commit to donate, with the establishment of a completely safe and efficient blood donation process   Abu Dhabi,25 February 2021:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, is emphasizing the role of blood donation in saving the lives of patients - even after receiving COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccinated people may donate blood within 14 days of the first or second dose. Each donor contributes to saving the lives of at least three people.    Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer, SEHA, said “It is vital for all members of our community to regularly donate blood. Blood is our lifeline, and ......read more

    RAK Hospital Introduces New Treatment Option to Prevent Severe COVID-19 Cases

    Becomes one of the first hospitals in the UAE to provide Bamlanivimab antibody treatment Advanced treatment for COVID-19, an injection to be administered in a hospital setting 25 February 2021 - Ras Al Khaimah, UAE:  Staying at the forefront of providing advanced treatment options to the community, RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah has now introduced Bamlanivimab, a highly effective antibody treatment against COVID-19 which greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization or progression to severe disease and bad outcome including artificial ventilation. Bamlanivimab has been authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to treat mild to moderate symptoms of COVID-19 in non-hospitalized adults  with COVID-19 Positive result, and who are at high risk for developing severe COVID-19 ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority holds Virtual Forum to Mark UAE Innovates 2021

    • DHA discusses healthcare innovations during COVID-19 • Al Ketbi highlights the importance of enhancing health innovation • Doctor for Every Citizen telemedicine service has provided 88,000 telemedicine consultations since January last year  • More than 1.5 million medicines were home delivered to patients across the UAE as part of DHA’s DAWAEE initiative    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 February 2021:  The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is holding a series of virtual forums this week in line with the UAE’s Innovation Month (UAE Innovates 2021).   The DHA is participating in the initiative with an aim to further its drive towards creativity and innovation in the health sector. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of research, innovation and ......read more

    Don't Forget Your Mask, Even if You're Vaccinated, Says SEHA

    The UAE’s largest healthcare network stresses the importance of wearing protective face masks and adhering to safety precautions, even after receiving vaccine Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - February 21, 2021:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has emphasized that adherence to precautionary measures remains crucial – even for people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine.  Vaccination coupled with precautionary measures including wearing a face mask, regularly sanitizing hands, and practicing physical distancing, is the fastest and safest way to triumph over COVID-19.  Dr. Anwar Sallam, Group Chief Medical Officer, SEHA said, “Following precautionary measures such as, wearing a protective face mask, regularly sanitizing hands, practicing ......read more

    Al Ain Nursing Department Awarded for Outstanding Quality of Care

    The award, presented by the American Nursing Association, acknowledges Al Ain Nursing Department’s success in meeting all of the requisites set out by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators.   Abu Dhabi, 16 Feb 2021:   Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has announced that the Nursing Department in Al Ain Hospital has been recognized by the American Nursing Association for meeting all the requisites set out by the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI). NDNQI monitors 19 quality indicators in nursing units, encouraging world class standards and quality, and allowing for hospitals to compare nursing performance in terms of results, patient safety, and staff satisfaction with similar hospitals locally and ......read more

    Growth in Health and Med-tech Industry Set to Accelerate as Regional Demand for Service Provision Rises*

    Oxford Business Group and Altibbi MENA team up for new Covid-19 Response Report   United Arab Emirates -  February 14, 2021:   A new Covid Response Report (CRR), produced by Oxford Business Group (OBG) in partnership with the digital health platform Altibbi, explores the rapid development and uptake of medical and health technology across four MENA markets in 2020, while considering the major part that further innovation will play in driving economic recovery in the region.  The CRR provides in-depth analysis of how Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE responded to the pandemic in an easy-to-navigate and accessible format, focusing on key data and infographics relating to the technological advances in the health care system of each country against the broader socio-economic landscape. The report ......read more

    Marsh & World Economic Forum: How Do We Create Greater Resilience and Inclusion in the UAE After Covid?

    •     The challenge of avoiding digital inequality  •     How a more inclusive approach to digital transformation can provide long-term economic growth •     Why taking short cuts exposes UAE businesses to increased risk of cyber-attack    UAE, Dubai, 14 February, 2021:  For the last 15 years the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report, written in partnership with Marsh has been warning the world about the dangers of pandemics. COVID-19 has not only claimed millions of lives, but it also risks widened long-standing health, economic and digital disparities. Billions of caregivers, workers and students – especially minorities who were disadvantaged before the pandemic – could be at risk of missing pathways to the new and fairer ......read more

    SEHA Partners With King Fahad Specialist Hospital in KSA

    The MoU will foster collaboration opportunities in the shape of training programs, the exchange of knowledge and expertise, and the advancement of medical academia and clinical research. February 10, 2021:   Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the largest healthcare network in the UAE, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with King Fahad Specialist Hospital (KFSH-D), Dammam, KSA. Under the patronage of Dr Abdulaziz Al Ghamdi, Chief Executive Officer of the First Health Cluster in Eastern Region, KSA; SEHA’s Group Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Gareth Goodier, and the Chief Executive Officer of King Fahad Specialist Hospital-Dammam, Mr. Omar Sharif, remotely executed the signature of the MoU between both parties on January 21, 2021. Both parties joined the collaboration meeting virtually by ......read more

    UAE's Mars Mission Hope Entering the Red Planet's Orbit

    “Fantastic achievement! The Hope Mission to Mars testifies the capability of UAE to transcend the frontiers of space technology. Heartiest Congratulations to the Visionary Rulers of UAE who decided to embark on this bold initiative and the astute Scientists of UAE who made it a reality. Proud to be a resident in this young, vibrant and forward looking country”  -  Dr Azad Moopen, Founder Chairman & Managing Director, Aster DM Healthcare  

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    DHA's Doctor for Every Citizen Initiative Provides More Than 83,000 Annual Telemedicine Consultations

    • The consultations were conducted from January 2020 until January this year • DHA to continue drive towards the use of the latest digital technology in healthcare service delivery and management  • The authority currently provides family medicine consultation including COVID-19 consultation and plans to add more services such as the smart diabetic clinic.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6 February, 2021: The Dubai Health Authority’s (DHA’s) Doctor for Every Citizen telemedicine service has provided 83,000 telemedicine consultations during the period from January 2020 to January of this year. Out of the total consultations, 7251 were medical consultations for COVID-19 patients and 13,437 were COVID-19 related consultations such as queries on vaccination eligibility, screening procedures ......read more

    Geochem Laboratories Praise the Control of Products in UAE

    Your child's toy may be the enemy of his health United Arab Emirates -  February 06, 2021:   Geochem  Laboratories Group, specialized in quality tests and conformity with the specifications, revealed the results of the opinion polls conducted through its accounts on social media, which show the weakness of consumers' awareness of the specifications of the products they consume whether it is food or daily use products such as clothes, disinfectants and household cleaners, furnishings, and children's toys. Mr. Manish Kumar, the Group's Global Executive Vice President, indicated that the exceptional period that the world is currently experiencing during Corona crisis, necessitates that the entire societies be well-aware. He said It was devastating that most of the social media polls revealed ......read more

    SITA Launches Health Protect, a Secure Way for Airlines to Share Health Information During the Pandemic

    The proven solution seamlessly integrates with multiple travel pass schemes (such as AOK, CommonPass, IATA, SimplyGo)   United Arab Emirates -  February 04, 2021:    SITA today announces the launch of Health Protect – an industry solution, to help airlines, airports, governments, and passengers safely and securely share information on health tests or vaccinations needed during travel.  Successful trials have already been undertaken with travelers to the United Arab Emirates, and soon to start at Milan Malpensa Airport. For many countries, economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic relies heavily on travel and tourism. As governments globally seek a way to resume safe and secure travel in the wake of COVID-19, the ability for passengers to share vital health information such as PCR test results or ......read more

    All You Need to Know About Home Isolation

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 February, 2021: A top Dubai Health Authority (DHA) health official discusses the steps for home-isolation and tips for managing health and mental wellbeing during the isolation period.   After doing a PCR and before getting the results:   Dr. Hind Al Awadhi, Head of Health Promotion and Education at the DHA said, “Let us first talk about the time when the person needs to take a PCR test. If you have taken a PCR test due to any medical reason and not for travel purpose, you must take all precautions assuming that you have COVID-19 until proven otherwise with a negative PCR test.”   Why is this important?  Al Awadhi elaborates, “This is crucial to protect your family members and the community at large. This means that other than visiting the centre for ......read more

    Corniche Hospital Successfully Removes a Giant Mass From a Woman's Uterus

    - The benign mass is the largest single fibroid extracted in the UAE - Expert gynecology consultants at Corniche Hospital, the longest standing maternity and newborn hospital, performed the complex procedure to remove the giant fibroid   Abu Dhabi, 27 January 2021: Expert gynecology consultants at Corniche Hospital, a SEHA-affiliated facility, successfully removed a giant fibroid from a woman’s uterus, weighing 10.7 kilograms. The benign mass was detected during a medical examination at the Women’s Health Center that belongs to Corniche Hospital. The 32-year-old Emirati woman who had the fibroid removed, experienced symptoms such as delayed and irregular menstruation cycles, pronounced abdominal protrusion, and difficulty in both breathing and mobility, for over four years.    The patient ......read more

    Emirates Post Group Rolls Out in-House Vaccination Programme

    Launched in-house on Friday 22 January to provide its employees with the Covid-19 vaccine   Dubai, 24 January 2021: In line with the UAE government’s drive to inoculate all residents against the COVID-19 virus, Emirates Post Group launched a vaccination programme on Friday, providing the vaccine to its employees across the emirates.  “Emirates Post Group is committed to serving the UAE while taking the necessary measures to keep our employees, customers, and our communities safe. Their health and safety is our main priority. As a vital sector, encouraging our employees to take the vaccine is our national responsibility, said H.E Abdulla M. Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post Group Company.  “Although the choice to vaccinate is optional, the response has been very high amongst our team ......read more

    Kidney Failure: Causes, Types, and Symptoms by Dr. Nivine

    Dubai, 24 January 2021:  Kidneys are reddish-brown bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine, below the ribs, and behind the belly. They are vital organs that filter the blood and remove toxins from the body. These toxins then move to the bladder, which goes out of the body through urination. Kidneys are also responsible for regulating the blood pressure, balancing the electrolyte level in the body, and stimulating red blood cell production. When the kidney function drops below 15 percent of the standard rate, kidney failure occurs. This means that kidney failure occurs when the kidneys lose their ability to filter waste from the blood. Kidney failure is the last stage of chronic kidney failure. It is also known as an end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Dr. Nivine Cheaito, Family Medicine Specialist at 7 ......read more

    Al Qassimi Hospital Receives International Accreditation as Centre of Excellence in the Treatment of AV block.

    • Ministry of Health boosts UAE’s global leadership in the number of accredited health facilities. • Dr. Yousef Al Serkal: MoHAP is proud to be part of the UAE government’s achievements. • MoHAP the fastest institution in the world in the process of accrediting its facilities within 6 years. • Al Qassimi Hospital’s cardiology centre is the largest of its kind in the UAE and can handle 50 to 60 case per month.   Sharjah, January 19, 2021:  Adding yet another feather to its cap, the Sharjah-based Al Qassimi Hospital has achieved accreditation as a centre of excellence in the treatment of Atrioventricular (AV) block from the Joint Commission International (JCI).   The advanced international accreditation was granted to the hospital after passing rigorous assessments ......read more

    ‘Blue Zone' from COVID-19 Prime Assessment Centre to Relocate to Al Rowda Healthcare Center

    Centre will exclusively serve all members of the Abu Dhabi community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result Abu Dhabi, Jan 14, 2021:   Abu Dhabi Health Services Company “SEHA”, has announced the relocation of the ‘Blue Zone’ from the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Center in Abu Dhabi to Al Rowda Healthcare Center. The center, managed by Ambulatory Healthcare Services, a SEHA healthcare facility, will exclusively serve all members of the community who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.  The blue zone is one of four zones in the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Center located in Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), which was opened in May 2020. The first center to be dedicated for patients with a positive test result, the COVID-19 Prime Assessment Center played a pivotal ......read more

    SEHA Commences the Administration of the Covid-19 Vaccine to UAE Community at 40 Locations

    Following the official registration of Beijing Institute of Biological Product’s inactivated COVID-19 vaccine, SEHA establishes three centers to exclusively administer the vaccine to the UAE public Abu Dhabi, January 13, 2021:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, has announced the opening of two COVID-19 Vaccination Centers in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and one in Dubai, for members of the community who wish to receive the Beijing Institute of Biological Product’s inactivated vaccine. The COVID-19 Vaccination Centers, located in Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal in Abu Dhabi City and Al Ain Convention Center in Al Ain City, have the collective capacity to administer vaccine shots to 6,000 people daily, and were established in a record time of four days. The centers were ......read more

    COVID-19 Vaccination is Now Available at Zulekha Hospital Sharjah Free of Charge

    United Arab Emirates, 13 January 2021:  For the benefit of the Greater Community, this service is being offered at “free of cost” to everyone holding a valid Emirates ID. As you are aware the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine from Sinopharm is inactivated registered vaccine in the UAE which provides acquired immunity against COVID-19. Moreover, this vaccine will be given in term of two doses with an interval 21 – 28 days between the first & second doses. Based on initial results of phase 3 trials have shown it has an overall efficacy of 86%. The analysis also shows the vaccine to have 99% seroconversion rate of neutralizing antibody and 100% effectiveness in preventing moderate and severe cases of the disease.  It showed no serious safety concerns till date. Zulekha Hospital Sharjah started this CSR initiative last ......read more

    COVID-19 and Working from Home by Dr. Muhammad S. Tahir

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 11 January 2021:  Since the Early news of COVID-19 in the beginning of January 2020 started appearing and gradually set the stage to change for lifestyle. Early months no body was aware of the impact it will make in the long run. However unknown fear and limited research resulted in different hypothesis and hence suggestions to protect the society.  Among social distancing, frequent hand washing, sanitization campaigns, use of mask, checking temperature and many more efforts unfolded and led to completely change the norm of the society.  “As the life goes on with these changes and working from home preferences over going to the workplace for obvious reasons has created different challenges. Human, being a gregarious in nature, socialization is not an option instead is necessity to ......read more

    Rashid Hospital Doctors Perform Special Implant Procedure for an Epilepsy Patient.

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 6, 2021:  Doctors at Rashid Hospital transplanted a small device (roughly the size of a one-dirham coin) under the skin of the chest of a 14-year old Emirati girl who was suffering from drug-resistant epilepsy seizers.  Since the successful procedure, H.A. has been able to breathe a sigh of relief as she now prepares herself for programming the device and leading a life with minimum seizures that are less severe and less frequent in nature, thus greatly improving the quality of her life and giving her a brighter future.  Dr. Abdulla Qassim, Consultant and Head of Neurosurgery at Rashid Hospital said, “The mechanism is so sophisticated that the patient does not realise there is an implant in the body. After a thorough evaluation, we concluded that the patient was the right ......read more

    Hundreds of Thousands of Cervical Cancer Cases Could Be Prevented with HPV Vaccines and Pap Smear Tests

    Cervical cancer is a leading cause of death of young women, but can be easily prevented and treated if caught early says expert from American hospital Cleveland Clinic   United Arab Emirates -  January 05, 2021:   Hundreds of thousands of cervical cancer cases per year could be prevented through widespread vaccinations for human papillomavirus (HPV) and annual pap smear tests, says an expert at a top American hospital, Cleveland Clinic, marking Cervical Cancer Awareness Month in January.   Dr. Robert DeBernardo, Section Head of Gynecologic Oncology and Vice Chair Subspecialty Care for Women’s Health at Cleveland Clinic, said: “Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death for young women, but is also entirely preventable between widespread HPV vaccinations and early and ......read more

    Dubai Central Lab Is Now Esma Halal Certification Body

    Dubai, 05 January 2021: The Product Conformity Assessment Section in Dubai Central Laboratory (DCL) was recently registered as one of the halal certification bodies at the Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) to grant the National Quality Mark (EQM) for halal products on behalf of the authority, according to the technical requirements contained in Cabinet Resolution No. 10 of 2014. Recognition of DCL as Halal certification body is part of Dubai Municipality's efforts to expand its areas of work in certification services and product conformity assessment in line with the directions of the top leadership in achieving Dubai Municipality’s vision of building a happy and sustainable city and enhancing Dubai's position as the capital of the Islamic economy. Eng. Amin Ahmed Amin, Director of DCL said ......read more

    DHA begins COVID-19 Vaccination for Frontliners in the Government Sector

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 4 January 2021:  In line with the rollout of the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccine, DHA has begun the vaccination drive for frontliners and employees in vital professionals in the government sector. Dr. Farida Al Khaja, CEO of Clinical Support Services and Nursing Sector at the DHA and Chairperson of the COVID-19 Vaccination Steering Committee said the vaccination drive is in line with providing vaccines for priority groups in the first phase.  “These employees are public-facing employees, we are truly thankful to all frontliners across all sectors. We have received the list of these employees after coordination with relevant stakeholders across all government departments and we have booked their appointments.” DHA will also shortly begin the same process for frontliners in ......read more

    Other Top Stories from Healthcare and Medicine
     
    SEHA introduces RHYTHMIA HDx™ v4.0 Mapping System Technology

    Physicians use pioneering technology to treat two cases of severe cardiac arrhythmia in SEHA facilities Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Dec. 05 2020: Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest public healthcare network, has successfully performed cardiac ablation procedures on two patients with severe cardiac arrhythmia using the Rhythmia HDx v4.0 ultra-high density 3D mapping system. This marks the first time this pioneering technology has been used in SEHA facilities, and one of the few times in the region. Over the past year, the 32-year-old and 28-year-old ......read more

    SEHA Frontline Health Workers Pay a Musical Tribute to the UAE on 49th National Day

    Abu Dhabi, 05 December 2020:  The frontline health workers at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest public healthcare network, joined the country for celebrations of the UAE’s 49th National Day through a musical tribute. A group of talented medical consultants, doctors, technicians, pharmacists, and nurses at SEHA played the UAE’s national anthem on their musical instruments.  Compiled in a creative video to mark the momentous occasion, the homage represented the tightly woven fabric of tolerant and diverse society that peacefully ......read more

    DHA announces results of Dubai Household Health Survey 2019

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 4, 2020: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has revealed that approximately 30% of the Dubai population is either diabetic or pre-diabetic according to a Dubai-based 2019 survey. The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) in collaboration with the Dubai Statistics Centre carried out the third household health survey for the Emirate of Dubai.  The survey includes an in-depth analysis of the prevalence, status, risk factors of diabetes and prediabetes in the Dubai population. The first survey took place in 2014 with an extension adding a diabetes section in ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020 to Host Frontline Heroes

    United Arab Emirates -  December 02, 2020:  Abu Dhabi Motorsports Management (ADMM) can confirm that we will be very proud to welcome UAE frontline heroes to Yas Marina Circuit for the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2020.   We will be holding the showpiece event completely in line with the UAE’s global leading Covid-19 public safety precautions – but we are determined to show our appreciation to frontline heroes at this time.   A total of 200 heroes will be present at Yas Marina Circuit on each day of the Grand Prix and will watch all ......read more

    Aster DM Healthcare Certified Best in Class for Ethical Procurement by CIPS

    The recognition by CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) is in accordance with Aster DM Healthcare’s efforts to deploy ethical practices matching global standards across Aster DM Healthcare’s network in 7 countries. United Arab Emirates -  November 30, 2020:    Aster DM Healthcare has received the CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) Corporate Procurement and Supply Kite Mark certificate as a recognition for its achievement in ethical procurement.  Aster DM Healthcare is one of the few companies in UAE to be awarded ......read more

    DHA introduces NABIDH, Welcoming the future of Healthcare Excellence in Dubai

    o NABIDH aims to provide every patient in Dubai with an electronic medical file, which is accessible across all health facilities in Dubai- public and private. o Patient confidentiality and continuum of care are cornerstones of the project. o It provides doctors with a complete snapshot of every patient including reports, previous surgeries, allergies and medications in one place.     Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 29 November 2020: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced today the introduction of phase 1 of the  NABIDH initiative.    NABIDH( ......read more

    UAE- On the Path to Healthier ‘Next 50 Years”

    United Arab Emirates -  November 29, 2020:   I salute and congratulate the Visionary Rulers of UAE, on the 49th National Day for tackling the Covid 19 pandemic in the most efficacious manner, standing out as a shining example in the darkness around. While an unprecedented global crisis due to the Black Swan event brought the whole world to almost a standstill, this Oasis of peace and prosperity could turn the tide around and emerge victorious.  The year 2020 has been the most unprecedented   year that our generation has seen, bringing a crisis that can be ......read more

    Breastfeeding Friends Association marked World Prematurity Day

    Sharjah, November 28, 2020:  The Friends of Breastfeeding Association of the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has marked the World Prematurity Day, which is observed on 17 November each year, to raise awareness about premature birth, the reasons behind the birth of premature babies, and the role of families in reducing complications associated with the birth of a premature baby. The activities included a virtual awareness workshop provided in Arabic and English languages and moderated by an elite of doctors and specialists. The workshop ......read more

    Rare Case of Bowel Obstruction, Treated Laparoscopically at Aster Hospital in Qusais, Allows Patient to Recover Within a Week

    • Meckel’s diverticulum is an uncommon cause of intestinal obstruction in adult life which is found in only 1-3% of the general population  • Rarely Meckel's diverticulum is complicated by a mesodiverticular band, which can lead to intestinal obstruction and gangrene of the gut. This abnormality is associated with high mortality.  At Aster Hospital in Qusais, the patient was treated laparoscopically which ensured better and faster recovery   Dubai, UAE, 25 November, 2020: A 49-year-old, east-Asian, male patient with no history of abdominal surgery, ......read more

    UAE Businesses Urged to Follow WHO Legionella Guidelines To Avoid Health Risks

    Culligan says cost cutting is bringing reduction in testing as more businesses turn waster systems back on   Dubai, UAE, 24 November, 2020: UAE businesses are being urged by water experts to observe World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on Legionella and avoid cost cutting in order to prevent health risks. Water treatment specialists Culligan Middle East have questioned the level of business and domestic water hygiene safeguards as the relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions sees more hotels, offices and malls reopening across the Gulf region. The company fears health ......read more

    MBRU-LED Genetic Study Reveals Crucial Insights Into Make-up of MRSA Superbug

    Collaborative study with researchers from across the UAE reports previously unknown MRSA strains in the Gulf region MBRU – “Continuing surveillance and responsible use of antibiotics are crucial in combatting the rise and spread of superbugs” Dubai, November 24,  2020:  Researchers from Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) led a study identifying and analyzing specific strains of the potentially deadly “superbug” Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) ......read more

    Millions of Lung Cancer Patients See Gene Therapy and Immunotherapy Medical Innovations as a Lifeline

    Lung cancer is the most common and deadliest type of cancer if untreated, says expert from American hospital Cleveland Clinic   United Arab Emirates -  November 23, 2020:   Millions of lung cancer patients could leverage medical advancements in gene targeted therapy and immunotherapy to treat the disease and extend their lives, says an expert at a top American hospital, Cleveland Clinic, marking November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Khaled Hassan, of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Department at Cleveland Clinic, said: “While lung cancer is ......read more

    National Geographic Premieres Virus Hunters: A Chilling Chronicle of the Heroic Experts on the Front Lines to Stop the Next Deadly Pandemic

    Premiering on National Geographic Channel on November 26 at 9PM UAE/ 8PM KSA TIME      Dubai, UAE – November 22, 2020:  With the world gripped by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it’s not easy to think about what could be next. But those on the front lines of science know the worst could be still to come. So, what can we do to head off the next contagion before it’s too late? Around the world, researchers are racing to prevent disaster, and their efforts represent the most critical scientific mission of a generation.    VIRUS ......read more

    Philips World COPD Day Survey Reveals Global Shifts in Awareness and Action Surrounding Respiratory Health

    Survey confirms COVID-19 pandemic impacted ability of COPD patients and informal caregivers to receive and administer care, but brought increased awareness to the disease Dubai, United Arab Emirates – November 22, 2020:  Royal Philips , a global leader in health technology, today announced findings from its first ever World COPD Day survey ahead of the awareness day on November 18. Philips surveyed more than 4,000 adults across Asia and the U.S. to gather insights on global awareness of respiratory conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and how the ......read more

    DHA Approves Saliva for COVID-19 Testing in Children

    • Move comes after large research study by MBRU and DHA showed saliva to be an effective alternative to the nasal swab for PCR testing of COVID-19 in children. • The move aims to provide convenience and ease to children who need a COVID-19 test. • The decision highlights how data and evidence can help develop public health policies and improve practice to provide high quality care to the community.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 22 November 2020: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) facilities and DHA COVID-19 screening centers have now adopted saliva testing for ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority Launches a New Stand-alone Laboratory Facility

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 22, 2020: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched a new stand-alone laboratory, which provides several state-of-the-art diagnostic services. It is the only facility in Dubai and the Northern Emirates to provide testing for Tuberculosis (TB) and legionella.  Previously it was located in Rashid Hospital and now the stand-alone lab that is located in Satwa has expanded in its capacity and services. It offers a plethora of modern diagnostic services including molecular diagnostic services for detection of TB and legionella.  The ......read more

    UK Ambassador to the UAE Receives Latest Update on Covid-19 Vaccine From SEHA

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. November 21, 2020:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest public healthcare network, hosted Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the UAE, His Excellency Patrick Moody, to share the latest developments surrounding the success of the third phase of the COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. British Ambassador Moody was accompanied by Pippa Russo, Life Sciences Advisor, and Finola Hegarty, Healthcare Advisor and welcomed by Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer, SEHA and Dr. Nawal Ahmed Mohamed Al-Kaabi, Chief ......read more

    DaburCares provides Hand Sanitizers to Disadvantaged Communities with the Support of SmartLife and Royati Family Society

    Started in March this year, DaburCares initiative has helped 20,000 individuals and families so far Dubai, UAE; November 21, 2020:  DaburCares initiative by Dabur International continues to protect disadvantaged communities with provision of hand sanitizers and care packs. In the latest phase of the programme, more than 5000 individuals and families in the UAE were provided Dermoviva hand sanitizers, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe from the ongoing pandemic.  This was accomplished through a joint initiative with Royati Family Society and SmartLife. Products ......read more

    DHA Holds 35 Virtual Webinars to Discuss Prevention and Management Methods of Cyberbullying

    The webinar is in line with the fourth National Bullying Prevention Week Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 18 November 2020: The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is participating in the fourth National Bullying Prevention Week with 28 local & federal authorities. The initiative is organized by the Ministry of Education and is held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, and Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF). Dr.Sawsan Al Nahas, Senior ......read more

    Aster Volunteers to Provide 9000 Free Diabetes Tests as Part of Week-long Awareness Campaign

    • On occasion of World Diabetes Day, the Diabetes Awareness Week is being launched from 17th November onwards in UAE where people can avail HbA1c tests for diabetes free-of-cost at any Aster Hospitals & Clinics and Medcare Hospitals & Medical Centres across the country  • In addition to the free 9000 tests worth AED 2 million, free consultations will also be provided at the centers based on the results, with strict COVID-19 protocols in place • Aster Volunteers is associated with International Humanitarian City through Aster DM Foundation   United ......read more

    Dubai Health Authority Launches Contactless eWallet Payment System

    • The Authority becomes the first government entity in Dubai to implement this smart payment system.  • Al Qutami: The Authority is keen to be at the forefront of the paperless transformation  • Patients will be able to easily make payments using eWallet at DHA hospitals, clinics and fitness centres.   Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 16, 2020:  The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has introduced a contactless eWallet payment option for customers of DHA health facilities, making it the first government organization in Dubai to implement this ......read more

    Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Men's Health Survey Shows High Stress Levels and Low Awareness

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. November 16, 2020:  More than two thirds of men in the UAE may be putting themselves at risk for advanced prostate and testicular cancers by not knowing the symptoms of the disease and failing to schedule an annual checkup with their doctor, a new study shows. A survey of 1,000 people living in the UAE, commissioned by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala Healthcare’s network, found that 62 percent men did not know or were unsure about the common risk factors for prostate cancer. The survey, which is  part of the hospital’s ......read more

    Phishing Attacks Soar 220% During Covid-19 Peak as Cybercriminal Opportunism Intensifies

    F5 Labs releases 2020 Phishing and Fraud Report; COVID-19 scams and increasing attacker sophistication raises global cybersecurity stakes  16 November 2020 – COVID-19 continues to significantly embolden cybercriminals’ phishing and fraud efforts, according to new research from F5 Labs. The fourth edition of the Phishing and Fraud Report found that phishing incidents rose 220% during the height of the global pandemic compared to the yearly average.  Based on data from F5’s Security Operations Center (SOC), the number of phishing incidents in 2020 is now set ......read more

    WCU: Vaccine Hopes and Virus Fears Battle for Supremacy

    United Arab Emirates -  November 16, 2020:   Following the U.S. election, the focus as expected, quickly returned to the Covid-19 pandemic and the promising news on the vaccine front. Precious metals and energy reacted strongly in opposite directions after Pfizer and BioNTech said their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19. Gold slumped by more than 100 dollars while crude oil jumped by close to 10%.  As the week wore on, the continued surge in coronavirus cases in Europe and not least the U.S. reduced the excitement somewhat. This in the ......read more

    Medcare Aids Two Infants With Spinal Muscular Atrophy With Revolutionary Gene Therapy Worth USD 2.1 Million

    United Arab Emirates -  November 15, 2020:   The premium medical provider has offered the gene therapy as part of a global programme (Managed Access Programme) that has given access to the world’s most ground-breaking treatment to 100 Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patients in the world in 2020 Medcare Hospitals has become the first healthcare provider in the Middle East to offer the complimentary gene therapy to two infant patients suffering from Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 1 as part of the Managed Access Programme (MAP) by Novartis.  Novartis, a ......read more

    5 Tips for Diabetes Management

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 12 November 2020: With advances in diabetes treatments, it is now easier for patients suffering with the disease to have a fulfilling normal lifestyle. Dr. Vikram Hundia – Consultant Endocrinologist at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai continue, coming to terms with the diagnosis can be difficult one for many people, there is light at the end of the tunnel in managing the illness and leading a healthy life.  Here are some tips that every patient suffering from diabetes should consider to control the illness and stop potential adverse effects of the ......read more

    Portion Plates can Empower Millions of Children with Type 2 Diabetes to Easily Visualize Healthy Meals

    Dietitian from American hospital Cleveland Clinic Children’s recommends a plate filled with half fruit and vegetables, one quarter lean protein, and one quarter grains or carbohydrates   United Arab Emirates -  November 12, 2020:    Millions of parents and their children with diabetes can use simple portion plates to easily visualize healthy meals and manage their blood sugar, says a leading expert at a top American hospital, Cleveland Clinic Children’s, ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14.   Jennifer Hyland R.D., a pediatric dietitian, ......read more

    Ashuja'an Association Launches in UAE for World Diabetes Day 2020

    United Arab Emirates -  November 12, 2020:  Ashuja’an Association, the first and largest, association in Israel that acts on behalf of Arab children and communities living with diabetes, announces it’s launch into the UAE in time for World Diabetes Day 2020. In light of the recent peace treaty between the UAE and Israel, Ashuja’an Association, meaning ‘the brave’ in Arabic, is taking this opportunity to extend its support for and work with diabetics of all ages, types and nationalities, across the Middle East, starting with the UAE. The ......read more

    Men ‘Should See a Doctor if They Have Medical Concerns'

    Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s #MENtion It campaign encourages men to Speak Up about their Health  Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. November 12, 2020:  Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, part of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, has launched the annual men’s health campaign ‘#MENtion It’ to encourage people to have regular check-ups and to see their doctor if they have health concerns.    The initiative, which premiered last year, is seen as a particular priority in 2020, when people around the world have skipped ......read more

    Diabetes Friends Association marks World Diabetes Day, Launches “Blue Circle” Drive

    Sharjah, November 10, 2020:  The Friends of Diabetes Association, one of the health-promoting organizations under the Health Education Department of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah has launched on Tuesday the “Blue Circle” campaign, which comes in conjunction with the World Diabetes Day and as part of the global initiative “Blue Circle” aimed at supporting patients with diabetes and raising health awareness of community members about methods of prevention and coexistence with diabetes. The five-day drive is featuring a medical exhibition at ......read more

    DHA Receives 6,681 Requests for a New Healthcare Professional License in 2020

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 10 November 2020:  The Dubai Health Authority’s Health Regulation Sector has received approximately 6,681 new requests for a DHA healthcare professional license since the beginning of the year to date, said a top health official. This brings the number of licensed health professionals in Dubai to approximately 39,000.  In terms of health facilities, there are approximately 3,400 licensed facilities and 237 licenses were newly issued in Dubai. These include 77 Outpatient Clinics, 1 Hospital, 1 Day Surgery Centre, 71 Pharmacies and 13 ......read more

    Ski Dubai Warms up for Dubai Fitness Challenge

    Dubai, UAE, 10 - November 2020: To coincide with the Dubai Fitness Challenge (30 October – 28 November), Ski Dubai will host a series of free-to-attend activities, which will make it fun and easy for everyone to complete their 30 minutes of physical activity. Having recently hosted a ‘snowga’ class to kickstart the 30-day challenge, HIIT and hiking will get a cool new twist on the slopes of Ski Dubai, where temperatures are -4⁰C. The indoor ski resort regularly hosts fun and innovative events in line with its goals to make the UAE and Ski Dubai an international ......read more

    Gargash Hospital and Dermoviva Baby Educate Little Ones on Hygiene, to Promote a Healthier Society

    Dubai, UAE; November 10, 2020: Teaching children about the spread of germs and how to avoid it, is a challenge for most parents. To make this task easier for parents through entertaining ways, Gargash Hospital and DermoViva Baby collaborated to educate little ones on hygiene, with a view to promote health, safety and a happier society, in honour of the upcoming UAE National Day. The fun, educational event at the UAE's first female-owned, multi-specialty, tertiary care hospital with primary focus on women and childcare, was held for the hospital’s pediatric patients. The little ......read more

    50-year-old Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Patient with 3.5kg Life-Threatening Tumor had “Almost Lost Hope”

    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 10, 2020:  Doctors at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi have successfully removed a massive cancerous tumor growing in the pancreas of a 50-year-old woman after she was turned away from several other hospitals due to the size of the mass.  This aggressive form of cancer has very few symptoms until it is in its advanced stage. The patient began experiencing symptoms, including a loss of appetite and diarrhea that had caused a drop in weight, fatigue, and excessive bloating a year back. The tumor continued to grow, causing an unnatural abdomen bulge ......read more

    Medcare Hospitals' Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign Unveils How People Can Miss Obvious Symptoms

    United Arab Emirates -  November 09, 2020:  A simple experiment carried out by a leading healthcare provider in the UAE revealed the lack of being able to spot symptoms, and highlighting the need for a professional check-up. Throughout October, Medcare Hospitals launched a campaign to raise awareness on breast cancer through an interesting experiment which was shared on its social media channels and with the healthcare provider’s entire patient database.  It was revealed in a survey designed to inquire whether women are informed of the risks that accompany ......read more

    Emirati Surfer Fought Cancer and Currently Joining the Dubai Fitness Challenge

    Mo Rahma, the first international surfer from the UAE is set to take the Dubai Fitness Challenge in a slightly different way competing in 30 different sports in 30 days this month. United Arab Emirates -  November 08, 2020:    Mo Rahma, who learned surfing in the wavepool in Dubai, is always inspiring himself to complete a new challenge. With this month the Dubai fitness Challenge on his calendar, he wants to inspire other people in the UAE to participate in any sport they can for 30 days. In 2019 he already completed the usual 30 minutes of exercise in 30 days. This year ......read more

    DHA Doctors Perform First-ever Intrauterine Fetal Surgery in the Arab Region

    Dubai, United Arab Emirates, November 8, 2020:  Last week at Latifa Hospital for Women and Children, a tiny little fetus, a brave mother and a team of highly specialized doctors created history when they performed the first-ever intrauterine fetal surgery for a spinal cord defect in the Arab region. The extremely delicate six-hour surgery was performed on a 25-week-old fetus that was diagnosed to have myelomeningocele (my-uh-lo-meh-NIN-guh-seal) a type of spina bifida (spinal cord defect). The fetus weighed only 700 grams.  As the surgery was performed at this stage and not ......read more

    Abu Dhabi Sports Council Partners With the Frontline Heroes Office to Support the Wellbeing of Frontline Professionals

    Partnership will offer sport initiatives in recognition of the heroic role of frontline professionals 8th November 2020, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates:   Abu Dhabi Sports Council, which spearheads the emirate’s leadership vision to develop sport and youth activities, has partnered with the Frontline Heroes Office to demonstrate its support and recognition of frontline professionals across the UAE. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Abu Dhabi Sports Council and the Frontline Heroes Office, the two entities established their commitment to the frontline ......read more

    Breastfeeding Friends Association Marks 20th Anniversary of Its Establishment

    Sharjah, November 5, 2020:  Under the theme “20 Years of Giving and the march continues”, the Friends of Breastfeeding Association of the Health Promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah organized on Thursday a virtual ceremony on the 20th anniversary of its establishment. The event was attended by  Her Excellency Dr. Khawla Al Mulla, Secretary General of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), Her Excellency Eng. Khawla Al Noman, Head of Breastfeeding Friends Association, a number of directors and employees of government ......read more

    Aster Joins Hands with Dubai Fitness Challenge 2020 as the Official Hospitals & Clinics Partner

    • In alignment with Dubai’s mission to create a fitness focused mindset among the residents, The Group has launched a #LiveBetterwithAster campaign to motivate Dubai residents to actively take-up the 30x30 fitness challenge • Aster Hospitals and Clinics is offering various free fitness sessions and giveaways through its booths at Dubai Quranic Park and Kite Beach.  • The Group is also initiating a fitness movement among its 19,800+ employees across 7 countries called Aster Well-being Program   5 November 2020, Dubai, UAE:  Aster Hospitals & ......read more

    SEHA Hosts Breastfeeding Week at Select Healthcare Facilities in Line With the National Program

    Abu Dhabi - November  05, 2020:  Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), the UAE’s largest public healthcare network, is hosting the annual national Breastfeeding Week at Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, Madina Zayed Hospital, and Al Dhafra Hospital. Conducted from November 1 to 7, the annual Breastfeeding Week aims to promote the importance of breastfeeding with all three SEHA facilities being certified to support mothers during their breastfeeding journeys and cater to care for the requirements of mothers and babies.    Breastfeeding is a natural and important ......read more

    Campaign ‘‘Let's Beat Coronavirus' Launched with Participation from Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Watani Al Emarat Foundation and Union Coop

    The awareness campaign titled ‘Let’s Beat Coronavirus’ was held at Etihad Mall, Dubai    United Arab Emirates -  November 02, 2020:    Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Watani Al Emarat Foundation and Union Coop launched the awareness campaign ‘Let’s Beat Coronavirus’ in order to educate the public about the dangers of the epidemic and encourage people to take all precautionary and preventive measures against the spread of Covid19 in society.   H.E. Khalifa Aldrai, Executive Director - Dubai Corporation ......read more

    Dental Health Advice for Babies and Toddlers

    Dubai, Unites Arab Emirates, 3 November 2020:  Oral health is a prime indicator of your overall physical health and well-being of life. Even if you’ve been told you’ve got nice teeth, it’s important to take the right measures every day to look after them and avoid problems. This means having the right oral care products, as well as being conscious of your everyday habits. Not only for adults, but it’s also equally important for babies to have healthy teeth.   Babies start developing teeth while they are in the mother’s womb. A full set of 20 baby ......read more

    Gate Avenue at DIFC Launches Fitness Hub Offering Complimentary Classes during Dubai Fitness Challenge

    Gate Avenue Fitness Hub offers more than 20 free fitness classes including HIIT, Pilates, yoga and more from 1 to 7 November 2020   Dubai, UAE - 2nd November 2020:  Gate Avenue at DIFC, one of Dubai’s most sought-after lifestyle destinations, has launched the Gate Avenue Fitness Hub, an exciting week-long activation to encourage the DIFC and wider Dubai community to get active. The packed calendar of complimentary events will run from 1 to 7 November 2020 every day between 4:30PM to 7.00PM.  Fitness enthusiasts can expect to be trained by the very best ......read more

    University Hospital Sharjah Introduces 5-minute ‘Haki Knife' Surgery to Remove Painful Trigger Finger

    United Arab Emirates -  November 02, 2020:   As part of its commitment to bring innovative treatments to its patients, University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) has introduced the ‘HAKI Knife’ technique, a modern minimally invasive surgery which takes only five to 10 minutes to free a patient from trigger finger, a painful sensation which comes from the locking of the muscles of the finger when bending or straightening them. The experience is likened to pulling the trigger of a gun, hence the name. The hand has 27 bones with finger joints placed between each bone ......read more

    MBRU AIDS Parents of Newborn Baby With Severe Respiratory Complications

    Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences Medical Simulation Center gives parents valuable practical guidance to simulate insertion of a tracheostomy tube that allows the baby to breathe safely Khalaf Ahmed Al Habtoor Medical Simulation Center is the largest facility of its kind in Dubai and recreates a complete patient journey in a realistic hospital environment Dubai, November 2, 2020: Reiterating its goal to selflessly serve communities, Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) has collaborated with Mediclinic Middle East to ......read more

    The Awareness Campaign Titled ‘Let's Beat Coronavirus' was held at Etihad Mall, Dubai

    United Arab Emirates -  November 02, 2020:  Dubai Corporation for Ambulance Services, Watani Al Emarat Foundation and Union Coop launched the awareness campaign ‘Let’s Beat Coronavirus’ in order to educate the public about the dangers of the epidemic and encourage people to take all precautionary and preventive measures against the spread of Covid19 in society.   H.E. Khalifa Aldrai, Executive Director - Dubai Corporation Ambulance Services confirmed that the corporation seeks to be at the forefront by designing awareness programs and appropriate ......read more

    What is Presbyopia and How Can You Treat it?

    By Dr. Avinash Gurbaxani, Consultant Ophthalmologist, Medical Retina & Uveitis Specialist, Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai United Arab Emirates -  November 02, 2020:    Having trouble focusing on near objects, especially as you head into your 40s and 50s, could be a key sign that you are developing presbyopia. Presbyopia is a condition that affects many people, worsening as they age.  When we are young, our crystalline lens, the part of the eye that is responsible for a large amount of the eyes focusing power, is flexible, which allows the muscles within the eye to ......read more

    Men's Health in the Spotlight During Movember Campaign at Bawabat Al Sharq Mall

    United Arab Emirates -  November 01, 2020:    The awareness campaign in November inspires men to overcome their fear of testing for critical health issues.  As every year goes by, health issues related to men are gaining attention worldwide. That's because most men do not discuss their health issues, don’t take action, and die too young, that too when most of the deaths are largely preventable.  Bawabat Al Sharq Mall launches its Movember campaign during November to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives. The "Face Your Fear, Get Tested ......read more

    DHA participates in Dubai Fitness Challenge

    Doctors highlight physical and mental health benefits of exercise  United Arab Emirates, Dubai, 1 November 2020: Dubai has transformed itself again into a fitness hub with the fourth edition of the 30*30 Dubai Fitness Challenge.   Dubai Fitness Challenge brings with it a sense of positivity, enthusiasm and manages to transform the whole city into a fitness hub. The support and encouragement to make all community members from children to the elderly take on 30 minutes of activity per day for 30 days is such a unique initiative and one that is growing in its popularity ......read more

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