Health

Tackling Obesity in the Middle East – New Report Identifies Major Policy Gaps

Tackling Obesity in the Middle East – New Report Identifies Major Policy Gaps

-The prevalence of obesity in the region is among the highest in the world. -Obesity is a major economic burden on countries in the region. -High levels of obesity are due to a combination of interconnected environmental, cultural and biological causes. -A widespread public misperception is that obesity is a […]

 
 

Medical Tourism on the rise in GCC say experts

Medical Tourism on the rise in GCC say experts

Medical Tourism on the rise in GCC says experts at the International Medical Conference and Exhibition in Dubai Patients considering seeking medical and wellness treatments abroad will be able to connect with leading experts in medical tourism and even find their perfect treatment plan at the International Medical travel Conference […]

 
 

Philips: Towards sustainable future

Philips: Towards sustainable future

Philips is making a clear move from being a “bulb company” to shouldering corporate social responsibility Philips is reinventing itself as something more than just a light bulb manufacturing company. It is donning the hat of being a corporate giant looking towards technologies of tomorrow, which will better people’s lives and the […]

 
 

Cost of Obesity on global economy: $2 trillion

Cost of Obesity on global economy: $2 trillion

You read that right, obesity is hurting the global economy!  An alarming number of 2.1 billion people or let us say 30% of the global population is either overweight or obese. And that is no good news! Apart from the fact that so many people are actually “not healthy”, the […]

 
 

Coke’s new advertisement takes unusual approach to address obesity

Coke’s new advertisement takes unusual approach to address obesity

Coke’s new advertisement attempts to transform guilt into reward – by making people feel like they “earned” their Coke through a 23 minute bike ride, the can of Coke becomes a deserved reward rather than a guilty pleasure. This brilliant move also brings the calorie conversation out in the open, tackling […]

 
 

GCC economic burden to hit $68bn by 2022, if governments fail to curb NCDs

GCC economic burden to hit $68bn by 2022, if governments fail to curb NCDs

The $68 Billion Challenge – Quantifying and Tackling the Burden of Chronic Diseases in the GCC: report by Booz Company Urgent Need for GCC Governments to Develop National and GCC-Wide Non-communi­cable Diseases (NCD) Agendas If GCC governments fail to enact measures to curb the rising prevalence of NCDs, the total economic […]

 
 

Eating disorders among young women rising in UAE

Eating disorders among young women rising in UAE

Wealth is often a curse to health; especially in a thriving economy that boasts ample resources. The UAE is easily categorised as a nation where the issues of obesity and diabetes are posing a dangerous threat to a percentage of the adolescent population — especially young women. Dr. Osman El-Labban; “A […]

 
 

Indoor air quality affects your family’s health

Indoor air quality has a profound effect on human health.

When we complain about pollution and how it holds the potential to affect our health, we are usually referring to the air we breathe outdoors. However, it should be noted the quality of our indoor environment is often more polluted than outdoor air. During UAE summers, residents experience an increased […]

 
 

Qatar Biobank successful with traditional media

Qatar Biobank successful with traditional media

Undoubtedly, marketing is the communicating force for a business to promote its idea or selling proposition. However, what is more important is the form of marketing employed by an entity that determines the success of the communication strategy. And even more important than that, are the actual results from those […]

 
 

Qatar, Europe, find genetic diabetes/cancer link

Qatar, Europe, find genetic diabetes/cancer link

Researchers from Qatar Biomedical Research Institute (QBRI) and their European counterparts, have completed their research to discover a genetic marker in patients with Type 2 diabetes (T2D) are most likely to develop cancer. Scientists from Imperial College, London and CNRS-Lille, France, also took part in the research. The research finds […]

 
 

Qatar takes tough Action on Diabetes

Qatar takes tough Action on Diabetes

Experts leading a new public screening campaign in Qatar, named Action on Diabetes, have highlighted that an estimated 16 percent of the state’s adult population is diabetic. The campaign has based its findings on screening of adults between the ages of 20 to 79 years. The tests show that out […]

 
 

Qatar fights back against Obesity

Qatar fights back against Obesity

Qatar, the world’s richest country, is taking measures on an urgent basis to counter the challenge posed to its nation’s health by obesity. Last year, the tiny state of Qatar was ranked as the most obese nation in the world. It is estimated that about half of all adults in […]

 
 

30 Nutrition Packed Recipes for Ramadan e-book

30 Nutrition Packed Recipes for Ramadan e-book

View some photograpically-beautiful and healthy entrées here, then download the free Ramadan e-cookbook (hyperlink enclosed at the end of the article). Ramadan is the time when people tend to eat unhealthy foods. Often, it’s a feast during breaking the fast, and instead of the body receiving the benefits of fasting, it […]

 
 

Dubai launches “Your Weight in Gold” contest

Dubai launches “Your Weight in Gold” contest

Dubai has announced a new contest to raise awareness to help fight obesity in the Emirate. The “Your Weight in Gold” contest will reward UAE residents who shed more than two kilograms with one gram of gold/per kilogram lost. The ‘Earn while you Burn’ initiative, launched by Dubai Municipality is […]

 
 

Opportunities and Challenges for GCC eHealth

Opportunities and Challenges for GCC eHealth

It can be said that electronic media is a force that has led to the building of partnerships among different organisations, both local and national, to ensure continued development of society at large. Investment in GCC eHealth can help promote better resident health. However, regional governments need to make an […]

 
 

MSD Elonva – A boon for Infertility in the UAE

MSD Logo

During an event hosted at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai today, MSD announced the launch of a new fertility treatment; MSD Elonva, that is expected to bring new hope to thousands of couples across the country. (MSD Elonva Corifollitropin alfa) Already a global issue, infertility affects an estimated 48.5 million […]

 
 

Endometriosis treatment – A Breakthrough!

Endometriosis treatment – A Breakthrough!

A new medicine for endometriosis was announced during the two-day Obs-Gyne Exhibition & Congress, held March 31 – April 2, 2013, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, UAE. Previously, the only remedy available for the medical condition were pain relievers. Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological […]

 
 

UAE Mafraq Hospital Conducts Men’s Health Campaign for Governmental Authority

UAE Mafraq Hospital Conducts Men’s Health Campaign for Governmental Authority

Mafraq Hospital recently held a men’s health awareness campaign for governmental authority employees. Mafraq Hospital shows its commitment to the region by regularly running community outreach programmes and this campaign was brought directly to the relevant population of men who are over 45 years old and focused on male health […]

 
 

McD to help watch the carbs!

McD to help watch the carbs!

American fast food giant McDonald’s has declared that it will display nutritional information on the packaging of all food products sold at its restaurants across the Gulf. In recent years, an increasing number of Gulf populace has been affected with lifestyle-induced diseases. Low levels of exercise and an unhealthy diet […]

 
 

Oman: Master plan for US $1 billion medical city ready

Oman: Master plan for US $1 billion medical city ready

The US-based PSOMAS has completed the infrastructure plan for the mega International Medical City (IMC) project in Oman. Apex Medical Group is leading the development of this modern healthcare project, which will serve the growing regional and international healthcare needs.  According to Apex president, Dr Abdullah Al Joaib, “building on […]

 
 

Building Public-Private Partnerships in Healthcare – The Way Forward for GCC States

Booz and Company Executives

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Governments are to face unprecedented demands in healthcare in the coming decades, partly owing to the high prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes.The current model where most of the direct healthcare costs are taken up by the state seems to be unsustainable in the long run. A […]

 
 

Sharjah’s healthcare sector set to reach AED6.55 billion by 2016

Sharjah’s healthcare sector set to reach AED6.55 billion by 2016

Sharjah’s healthcare sector is expected to grow by 9.3 percent over the next four years to reach AED6.55 by 2016, according to a recent study released by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq). Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal CEO of Shurooq highlighting the potential of Sharjah’s healthcare sector, said: […]

 
 

Passion and Determination

Passion and Determination

Passion: An intense desire or enthusiasm for something Determination: Firmness of purpose; resoluteness The above definitions are from the dictionary on my MacBook Pro. When we read definitions of any word, we accept it verbatim.Blindly believing that we know what it means. But really, is that all it takes? Why are passion […]

 
 

Diabetes – The Silent Killer Disease in the Gulf

Diabetes – The Silent Killer Disease in the Gulf

  The incidence of Diabetes in the Middle East is on an alarming rise. This  is not only detrimental to people’s lifestyle and health, but also  to the productivity of an economy. The Middle East and North Africa Region have been reported to have the highest rate of diabetic incidences […]

 
 

One-third of all food produced wasted globally – report

One-third of all food produced wasted globally – report

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in its shocking report titled ‘Avoiding Future Famines,’ revealed one-third of food produced globally is wasted and fails to reach the consumers’ plate. The amount of wastage exceeds 1.3 billion tonnes every year, the damning report added. A similar report was also released by the […]

 
 

Brain deformity leads to psychopathy, says study

Brain deformity leads to psychopathy, says study

Psychopaths have baffled and amazed scientists for centuries. According to Dr. Sabrina Weber, professor of Psychiatry and Physiotherapy, Aachen University, Germany, “Psychopathy” can be seen as special subtype of personality disorder. The concept was discussed in 19th century by French psychiatrist Phillipe Pinel. Since then, many scientists have been trying […]

 
 

GCC to impose heavy taxes on soft drinks, tobacco products

GCC to impose heavy taxes on soft drinks, tobacco products

Soft drink addicts would have to pay 50% more for their favourite beverage as authorities in the Gulf are pondering to impose a tax on these products, media reports suggested on Tuesday. The proposed tax will hit tobacco users as well as they could end up paying an additional 50% […]

 
 

High costs of combatting the obesity epidemic

High costs of combatting the obesity epidemic

Obesity is reaching epidemic levels and no country seems to be immune to this disease. Though the concern for health is evident for many, the financial burden on a country’s economy could be crippling. The US has just started to grapple with the impact of obesity on its finances. A […]

 
 

GCC set to impose 100% levy on tobacco imports

GCC set to impose 100% levy on tobacco imports

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have given strong indications of doubling customs tariffs on cigarette and other tobacco imports from next month. According to a senior Saudi official, finance ministers from six Gulf states scheduled to meet in May to approve the price hike. Majed Al Monief, Saudi Ministry of Health’s supervisor for […]

 
 

Oral health safeguards against heart diseases

Oral health safeguards against heart diseases

According to a new study, old people who are particular about dental hygiene are likely to be free from heart attack or stroke in comparison to their peers who are less concerned about their oral hygiene. Around 22,000 Taiwanese adults aged around 50 took part in the survey. Results suggested […]

 
 

Qatar most obese nation in the world

Qatar most obese nation in the world

According to the International Obesity Taskforce, Qatar is the fattest nation in the world, where half of all adults are obese and 17% of the population is suffering from diabetes. By comparison America, which is often assumed to be the fattest, looks positively slim with a third of adults obese and […]

 
 

Are cola companies the new cigarette companies?

Are cola companies the new cigarette companies?

According to a recent report by Beverage Digest, which measured the Carbonated Soft Drinks (CSD) market size in the US, there might be a decline in soft drink consumption in times ahead. The study said that CSD consumption was 9.274 billion cases (192 ounce each) in 2011. It also noted […]

 
 

Humans became invasive species thanks to cooking

Humans became invasive species thanks to cooking

Do you have any idea how humans became the swarming, world-straddling species that we are today? Out of so many other reasons you could think of, cooking is one of the biggest reasons for giving a new outlook to the world and will continue to do so in times ahead. […]

 
 

Global drug makers eye domination by unlocking potential of ancient Chinese herbs

Global drug makers eye domination by unlocking potential of ancient Chinese herbs

Tian Shan Xue Lian is a rare white flower found in snow-capped mountains. It is revered as a panacea and an elixir so powerful that can bring the dead back to life. This cusped, wrinkly flower, the size of an avocado is being used in laboratories with hopes to develop […]

 
 

Cold cure through anti-virals on the horizon

Cold cure through anti-virals on the horizon

Whether the term cold fights cold is technically true or false, researchers and scientists are optimistic that coughing, wheezing and spluttering masses that hit the streets every winter is soon going to be a thing of the past thanks to the new progress made towards the invention of an antiviral […]

 
 

Tainted Baby Formula Cause Death in the US

Tainted Baby Formula Cause Death in the US

Kroger Co. (KR), Walgreen Co. (WAG) and other retailers pull out newborn formula manufactured by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. (MJN) following death caused of a newborn. Another newborn infected with the same bacteria was also fed with the same formula. The surviving baby, who fell sick in Missouri during a […]

 
 

Healthy child, happy child

Healthy child, happy child

The world is becoming more and more obsessed about healthy diet and while shopping in the supermarkets we see more and more people standing in the aisles between the food shelves carefully reading tiny letters on colorful packages. These letters inform us what amount of total fat, protein, cholesterol or […]

 
 

My Healthy Plate

My Healthy Plate

Jesus! Is the weigh machine in a fight with me? Why does it shows such a heavy weight always?” my friend protested. I hear this very often from her. I sometimes feel I am the other way round. Unlike Cathy, I eat everything that delights my tastebuds and never count […]

 
 

New cigarette packet warnings to deter ‘cool’ smokers in GCC

New cigarette packet warnings to deter ‘cool’ smokers in GCC

Hanging out at cafes, wearing the best brands, cheerleader in football, join the college band and the smokers club are the new trends amongst youngsters. Smoking has become more of the coolest thing nowadays. The cool attitudes will come under renewed pressure after GCC approved a new law this week […]

 
 

Doctor… please, end my life!

Doctor… please, end my life!

To read this article I want you to do the following: Forget religion, morality and ethics; instead think HUMANITY! If you were a doctor in charge of the intensive care ward at a hospital and you have a patient who suffers in excruciating agony every single day, all day long. […]