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500 born with heart disease every year in UAE

Source : Khaleej Times / 07 Apr 2014

Before the era of paediatric cardiac surgery, the chances of survival past the age of 18 for a newborn with congenital heart disease was below 20 percent.

More than 500 babies are born with congenital heart disease in the UAE every year, with nearly 70 per cent of them requiring cardiac surgery, and more than half of those within the first six months of life, according to statistics released by Shaikh Khalifa Medical City (SKMC).


How running may preserve thinking skills

Source : Science Daily / 05 Apr 2014

Young adults who run or participate in other cardio fitness activities may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age, according to a new study published in the April 2, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Middle age was defined as ages 43 to 55.


More than one third of Delhi slum children malnourished - survey

By Nita Bhalla / / 04 Apr 2014

More than one-third of under five year olds living in the Indian capital's slums are malnourished, a survey conducted by a child rights group said on Thursday, adding that this showed government child health schemes were not reaching the poor.


UK’s healthcare system wastes over $75 million on unnecessary staff

Source : RT / 03 Apr 2014

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is wasting dozens of millions of public money on over 1,100 “unnecessary jobs” such as car park environmental officers and art curators, the think tank TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) revealed.


Diet soda consumption associated to heart disease - study

Source : RT / 02 Apr 2014 

Americans have developed a taste for diet soda, which can provide them with an extra kick without the extra calories but, according to new research, if they consume more than two drinks a day it could put them at higher risk of heart disease.


World now 80% polio free, World Health Organization says

Source : BBC / 01 Apr 2014

The World Health Organization has declared its South East Asia region polio-free.

The certification is being hailed a "historic milestone" in the global fight to eradicate the deadly virus.


Smoking bans cut asthma and premature births by 10%, study says

Source : BBC / 31 Mar 2014

Laws banning smoking in public places have had a positive impact on child health, an international study in the Lancet suggests.

Researchers found a 10% reduction in premature births and severe childhood asthma attacks within a year of smoke-free laws being introduced.

A research team analysed 11 previous studies from North America and Europe.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said smoking bans benefitted adults and children.


‘No ambulance service for woman living by herself’

Source : Arab news / 29 Mar 2014

A Saudi woman was allegedly refused an ambulance service because she did not have a male guardian present with her in the house.

Salma Al-Shuhab had woken up in the middle of the night with severe headache and called the Saudi Red Crescent, only to have her request rejected when the call center learned that she lived alone.


Turkey to build new hospital in Gaza

Source : Reuters / 28 Mar 2014

Israel said on Thursday it will allow into the Gaza Strip construction materials and electric equipment to help build a Turkish-sponsored hospital, in a possible sign of improving ties with Ankara.


Kidney failure cases on the rise

By Irfan Mohammed / Arab news / 28 Mar 2014

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is facing a rise of five percent of annual increase in incidents related to kidney failure, a leading doctor said here on Monday.

Wael T. Habhab, a nephrology consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, said several factors including a sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, junk food, and erratic work schedules are contributing to the worrying kidney problems.


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