Sunday 23 November 2014

Plague outbreak kills 40 in Madagascar

An outbreak of the plague has killed 40 people out of 119 confirmed cases in Madagascar since late August and there is a risk of the disease spreading rapidly in the capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. So far two cases and one death have been recorded in the capita


Saudi tackles Mers virus, still hunting source

Saudi Arabia has not yet traced the source of a mysterious camel virus, leaving many questions about a disease that has killed 346 people in the kingdom. The lack of scientific evidence about how camels contract the virus, which causes an often fatal illness called Middle East Re


Moorfields Dubai stresses need for regular vision screening

Eye experts at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai have stressed the need for regular vision screening, after a public screening session in the emirate on World Diabetes Day revealed that more than 20 per cent of people screened had some type of previously undetected vision problem and required follo


Obesity claiming 2.8pc of global economic output

More than 2.1 billion people, or close to 30 per cent of the global population, are overweight or obese.  This carries a steep economic toll: the global cost of obesity, at around $2 trillion or 2.8 per cent of world economic output, is about the same as smoking or armed conflict.


UAE’s biotechnology industry challenges in focus

DuBiotech, the biotechnology and research Park dedicated to facilitating and fostering growth of the UAE’s life sciences, conducted an event focused on the challenges of stimulating the biotechnology industry in the UAE. Biosimilars, also knows as ‘follow-on biologics


170 countries vow to combat malnutrition

More than 170 countries have made a number of concrete commitments and adopted a series of recommendations on policies and investments aimed at ensuring that all people have access to healthier and more sustainable diets, in a major step towards eradicating malnutrition worldwide.


Egypt records second bird flu death in 2 days

An Egyptian woman died on Tuesday of H5N1 bird flu after coming into contact with infected birds, the second death from the disease in two days and the third in the country this year, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported. The 30-year-old woman was from the province of Minya


Apollo Hospitals sets up patient services office in Saudi

Apollo Hospitals Group-India has launched an Apollo Information Center in Saudi Arabia, in partnership with Dr Varghese Moolan of Moolans, a leading spice exporter from India to the GCC. Speaking t the 31st anniversary celebration of Apollo Hospitals Group, Dr Prathap C Reddy, ch


European bird flu outbreaks ‘could be linked’

Bird flu outbreaks in the past two weeks in Germany, the Netherlands and Britain could be linked as the virus is most often transmitted through wild birds, said the head of the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) on Monday. "Some migrating birds can travel thousands of ki


Bahrain summit focus on healthcare investment

The Arab-Asia Business Partnership Summit 2014 in Bahrain will explore investment opportunities in the healthcare sector under the theme 'Reinventing Regional Markets'. The summit, representing an exhibition and a conference, will take place from December 9 to 12 under th

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