Tuesday 2 September 2014
 
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Bahrain pharmas given deadline to implement pricing

Several pharmacies in Bahrain have violated a decision to implement the unified pricing structure for the third batch of medicines which came into effect yesterday (September 1). The move is part of a GCC-wide medicine price standardisation policy announced in August last year, s

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Poor response to Ebola ‘causing needless deaths’

The world's "disastrously inadequate response" to West Africa's Ebola outbreak means many people are dying needlessly, the head of the World Bank said on Monday, as Nigeria confirmed another case of the virus. In a newspaper editorial, World Bank President Jim Y

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Dubai sees drastic drop in thalassemia cases

The number of new cases of  thalassaemia in newborns in Dubai, UAE has drastically reduced due to rise in awareness levels, said a top health official. Dr Khawla Belhoul, director of Dubai Health Authority’s Thalassaemia Centre, said: “Since three to four years,

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Obesity and gastrointestinal diseases on the rise in UAE

Obesity has been recognised as a serious health issue in the UAE and the Middle East with recent statistics showing more than 66 per cent of men and 60 per cent of women are overweight or obese. The UAE ranks as the fifth fattest nation in the world, ranking behind other developed coun

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Rare dolphin species spotted on Bahraini waters

A warning has gone out to fishermen to be 'extra cautious' following sightings of a rare species of dolphin in Bahraini waters. The Supreme Council for Environment (SCE) said a special team that checks water quality and monitors wildlife spotted a female Chinese White Do

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Doctors trained to combat infections during Haj

Health authorities in Makkah have begun training their personnel, including nurses and doctors, to prevent the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection during the Haj season, a report said. Nearly 3,800 personnel are being trained to deal with cor

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Turkey 'among top medical tourism destinations'

Turkey is fast becoming a top medical tourism destination for the Gulf and other Arab countries, a report said. Many patients are opting Turkey for a nip, tuck, laser eye surgery or hair transplant, it said. Over the past few years, rising costs in health care worldwide have c

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Ebola outbreak reaches fifth West African country

The West African state of Senegal became the fifth country to be hit by the world's worst Ebola outbreak on Friday, while riots broke out in neighbouring Guinea's remote southeast where infection rates are rising fast. In the latest sign that the outbreak of the virus, wh

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InterCon holds programme for diabetic kids

InterContinental Regency Bahrain, one of the five-star hotels in the kingdom, welcomed 20 children with diabetes to a healthy lifestyle program in partnership with the Bahrain Diabetes Society (BDS), in support of the society’s goal to increase awareness on the prevention and control of d

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West Africa Ebola outbreak 'could infect 20,000 people'

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the UN health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its strat

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