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The Myth of the Healthy Hookah

Source : Agencies / 24 May 2014

The growing popularity of Hookah smoking around the world has given rise to an era in which youngsters, and Muslim youth in particular, are openly and carelessly engaging in this cool new activity. The Hookah, also referred to as a Shisha, Nargile, Hubbly-Bubbly, and water-pipe, is currently the most popular form of smoking, with some Hookahs being able to accommodate up to a dozen smokers at once.


Countries with highest infant mortality

Source : / 21 May 2014

Every day, 15,000 babies enter and leave the world with no record of their ever having existed, while one in three newborns – more than 45 million babies – do not have a birth certificate by their first birthday, undermining the fight against infant mortality, experts say.


Obesity: A Modern Epidemic

Source : WHO / 20 May 2014

Key facts

· Worldwide obesity has nearly doubled since 1980.

· In 2008, more than 1.4 billion adults, 20 and older, were overweight. Of these over 200 million men and nearly 300 million women were obese.

· 35% of adults aged 20 and over were overweight in 2008, and 11% were obese.

· 65% of the world's population live in countries where overweight and obesity kills more people than underweight.


First kidney transplant centre opens in Gaza

Source : MiddleEastMonitor / 19 May 2014

The Palestinian Minister of Health Dr Mufid Almakhllaty has said that the opening of a new specialist surgical department, as an extension of Shifa Hospital is a challenge to the siege of Gaza and a display of determination for freedom and development despite the devastation endured by the strip during the last two wars. Dr Almakhllaty made the comments during the opening of the building on Thursday afternoon.


Health benefits of Henna

Source : Agencies / 17 May 2014

What Is henna(mehndi)?

Henna (hina) is a flowering plant with the botanical namelawsonia inermis. It contains a red-orange pigment, lawsone, also known as hennotannic acid. This pigment is released by crushing the henna leaves in an acidic medium. The lawsome molecules will then have the ability to stain, and when applied to the skin they migrate to the outermost layer or cuticle, and stain them.


Japan's women enjoy top for life expectancy

Source : AFP / 17 May 2014

Life expectancy in the globe's poorest countries has risen by an average of nine years over the past two decades, thanks to major improvements in infant health, the UN said.

In its annual statistics, the UN's World Health Organization (WHO) said that six of the countries had even managed to raise life expectancy to over 10 years between 1990 and 2012.


No long life from wine, chocolate

Source : / 16 May 20014

There is no proof that chocolate and red wine help you live longer, despite millions hoping they do, scientists claim.

A study failed to find any evidence that resveratrol, an ingredient found in the skin of red grapes and chocolate, is linked to long life.


Communists propose ban on civil servants’ health treatment abroad

Source : RT / 16 May 2014

A Communist Party MP has promised to prepare and draft a bill forbidding all Russian civil servants from accessing health services in foreign countries, claiming this is the only way to ensure sufficient investment in the domestic health sector.


Lithuania becomes first EU country to ban energy drink sales to teens

Source : RT / 16 May 2014

Selling energy drinks to minors will soon be illegal in Lithuania, as the parliament voted overwhelmingly to ban highly caffeinated beverages to people under the age of 18. Lithuania is the first EU country to enact such a ban.


Prophetic medicine: Talbina

Source : Agencies / 14 May 2014

Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) belongs to the grass family, Poaceae (Gramineae). It is the fourth most important cereal crop after wheat, maize and rice and is among the top ten crop plants in the world. Barley is classified as spring or winter types, two-rowed or six-rowed, hulled or hulless by presence or absence of hull tightly adhering to the grain and malting or feed by end-use type.


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