Tuesday 22 July 2014

Mers virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air. Mers, a serious respiratory illness caused by a virus known as


Bahrain medical mission to Gaza strip stranded

Escalating Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip are preventing a team of Bahraini doctors from flying to the war-torn area to treat the injured.   More than 10 medics planned to travel to Gaza this week, but have been told by t


New 3D media station launched at Sky Clinic Dubai

Instinct Media Group, a leading company for in-house media solutions, and Sky Clinic, a renowned dentistry medical centre, have launched a new in-clinic 3D screen to be installed at Sky Clinic’s premises at Jumeirah Lake Towers Dubai. &


Roche plans to steer clear of big acquisitions

Roche plans to steer clear of the wave of big takeovers sweeping through the healthcare industry and focus instead on small acquisitions and partnerships, the Swiss drugmaker's chief executive said in an interview published on Saturday. &


Scientists create 'biological pacemaker'

Researchers have succeeded in turning ordinary cardiac muscle cells into specialised ones that deliver a steady heartbeat using a gene therapy procedure they predict could become an alternative to implanted electronic pacemakers. A study published recently involved pigs with a co


Saudi health sector 'poised for growth'

Saudi Arabia’s healthcare sector is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, said a Riyadh-based private equity firm and investment bank. Jadwa Investment, which has strong ties with leading health infrastructure provider Al Hammadi Company for Development and In


Learning centre for young cancer patients

A new learning facility will be built for young cancer patients at Salmaniya Medical Complex (SMC) in Bahrain. It will include a classroom for children, who miss out on school while undergoing treatment, as well as a games room and parents' room, said a report in the Gulf Dai


Obesity declines in Qatar on shift to healthy lifestyle

The increase in health and fitness awareness has resulted in a decline of obesity as more and more residents of Qatar shift to a healthier lifestyle, according to a recent study.   The Zarca Interactive health and fitness st


100 Aids experts on downed plane

About 100 Aids experts, including an influential Dutch researcher, were among the 298 passengers on a Malaysian airliner that was shot down over Ukraine. They were headed to an international Aids conference in Melbourne, an Australian associate said on Friday. The


World 'warmer' as greehouse gases reach new highs

The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said yesterday.   The annual State of the Climate report 2013 is a review of scientific data

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