Sunday 21 September 2014

Attempted suicides on the rise in Bahrain

Attempted suicides among young people in Bahrain are on the increase, according to a leading expert. The drastic measure, known in the medical community as 'parasuicide', is often seen as a 'cry for help', Psychiatric Hospital head Dr Adel Al Offi was quoted as


Life Pharma plant to produce anti-cancer drugs

Life Pharma, a pharmaceutical unit of VPS Healthcare, plans to set up a research and manufacturing plant in the Khalifa Industrial Zone (Kizad), Abu Dhabi, UAE. The company plans to invest Dh587 million ($159.77 million) in the new plant, which will  produce anti-cancer drug


Bahrain healthcare sector logs 10pc growth

Bahrain continues to see rapid growth of around 10 per cent per annum in the healthcare sector, according to an Oxford Business Group report. The latest estimates from Gartner are that healthcare providers in the Middle East and Africa will spend $2.8 billion on IT products and s


Glaxo fined $489m for paying bribes in China

China has fined GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a record three billion yuan ($489 million) for paying bribes to doctors to use its drugs, underlining the risks of doing business in the country while also ending a damaging chapter for the British drugmaker. A court in the southern city of C


Speed-fit launches new fitness system in Dubai

Speed-fit, a leading German fitness centre renowned for its intense body workouts through electromyostimulation (EMS) therapy, has launched its first UAE outlet at Dubai's upmarket Jumeirah area.   One of the biggest specialized clubs in Europe, Speed-fit said it aims to


UN to deploy Ebola mission as death toll hits 2,630

The United Nations Security Council has declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a "threat to international peace and security" as the death toll hit 2,630 and France became the latest Western nation to step up its support. French President Francois Hollande announced


Faster-acting erectile dysfunction drug gets FDA approval

An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. Developed by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals and Vivus, the drug, Stendra, is the first FDA-approved erectile dysfun


Roche wins top pharma award

Roche, a Swiss global healthcare company, has been recognised by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) as the group leader in sustainability within the pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences industry for the sixth consecutive year. The DJSI has become the key reference


76 medical complaints investigated in Bahrain

Bahrain’s health watchdog has investigated 76 complaints related to medical malpractice since the start of the year. However, National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) complaints chief and professional regulations acting chief Dr Leena Al Qasem has refused to disclose det


Mideast cleaning industry to grow 275pc

The cleaning and hygiene industry in the Middle East is set to rise from Dh80 billion ($21.7 billion) to Dh300 billion by 2020, a 275 per cent growth, according to a recent report. The second edition of the Middle East’s top trade expo on cleaning and hygiene, Clean Middle

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