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New five-year vision for safer and healthier world of work

Doha, Qatar, 27 April 2017: A global vision to tackle inequalities in safeguarding the world’s workforce is being unveiled by the leading chartered professional health and safety body. While health and safety is at the heart of some of the world’s most successful organisations, over 2.3 million people die every year from work-related accidents or illness – more than the death toll from malaria. The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) 2017-2022 strategy calls for a collective effort to ensure that employees can return home fit and well after every working day, no matter where in the world they are. ‘WORK 2022 – shaping the future of safety and health’ is being launched at IOSH’s Middle East Conference in Doha, Qatar, a country pursuing ambitious growth and ......read more

Qatar Foundation for Social Work launches partnerships to promote social mental health

Doha, Qatar – 8 April 2017:  The Qatar Foundation for Social Work (QFSW) recently celebrated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Mental Health Friends Association “Weyak”, in the framework of implementing QFSW’s plans and programs that strengthen partnerships with relevant stakeholders and key players in the State of Qatar, in addition to jointly contributing to boosting the collective work of civil society organizations, for the benefit of the Qatari civil society as a whole. Her Excellency Ms. Amaal Bint Abdul Latif Al Mannai, QFSW’s CEO, signed the MoU with His Excellency Mr. Hassan Bin Abdullah Al Ghanim, Weyak’s Vice Chairman, in the context of QFSW affiliate centers’ signing of cooperation protocols with the Weyak association as part of supporting the ......read more

LivNordic Spa & Wellness Offers and Activities for the month of April

Dubai, UAE, April 2, 2017 Welcome to LivNordic Spa & Wellness in Cayan Tower. Our thirteenth edition of our Newsletter is here to inspire you to a Nordic lifestyle & healthy living. With March already passed we are quickly entering April. Perhaps you will have some time of during the Easter holiday? Take some time out to pamper yourself and your loved ones during the holidays. At the spa we have prepared some special offers that allows you to do so…. There is a lot of conversation about happiness at the moment. What do we do to become happier human beings? On the third page of the newsletter we are sharing some ideas of what happy people do. Wishing you a wonderful month of April fulfilled with happiness and joy!  Carolina Moquist, Spa Director LivNordic Treatment Offers Mindful Monday’s ......read more

RAK Diabetes Center Jumeirah conducting Foot Care Clinic

Offering free Bio-medical assessment of foot and Consultation with Podiatrist People suffering with Diabetic Foot, Foot Infections or Flat Feet can get expert advice. 30th March, 2017; Dubai, UAE: To help people suffering with back pain, knee injury or any lower limb problems, RAK Diabetes Center in Jumeirah, Dubai is conducting a free one day clinic on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at their facility from 10 am to 4 pm. At the clinic, a free bio medical assessment of the feet and a complimentary consultation with the Podiatrist will help people understand why they are getting the pain and provide them with solutions. Complimentary assessment also includes BMI, Blood Pressure, RBS and HBA1C test wherever needed. A Podiatrist is a medical professional whose training focuses on the foot and ankle, and the interaction between foot and the ......read more

Lose the Back Pain at Work

Dubai, UAE, March 18, 2017:  In today’s time and age with the wide scale spread of the corporate culture, the majority of the people spend their days working at a desk and in front of a laptop. Despite not having to do anything physical or strenuous that might strain the back directly, this makes people susceptible to back pain irrespective of the age. Long working hours coupled with long commutes only serve to exacerbate the gradual damage that can be caused by having a bad posture. The ill-effects of sitting with poor posture for a few hours is not immediate, but over time the stress that poor posture places on your spine can lead to anatomical changes in your spine. This, in turn, can provoke back pain through the constriction of your blood vessels and nerves. Back pain due to poor posture is characterised by the ......read more

The Ministry of Public Health Launches Its “Start Now” Awareness Campaign

  In conjunction with the State’s National Sport Day  Doha, Qatar – 16 February 2017:  The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in collaboration with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) has launched its “Start Now” campaign to encourage public awareness of the importance of regular physical activity and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. As part of the MoPH’s mission to improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Qatar, the campaign’s first phase "Start Now…Be Active", calls for a positive change in the daily lives of community members by integrating at least 30 minutes of physical activity into their daily lives.  Launched to coincide with National Sports Day that goals to raise awareness of the ......read more

al khaliji supports World Diabetes Day through an awareness session

Doha, November 28, 2016:  On the occasion of World Diabetes Day, Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) P.Q.S.C, Qatar’s next generation bank, in association with the Qatar Diabetes Association (QDA), recently organized a Diabetes Awareness Session entitled “Risk Assessment program”.  The event highlighted the importance of screening as an early detection mechanism for widespread chronic disease, and provided the bank’s staff with nutrition counselling and lifestyle tips that help with prevention and treatment.  al khaliji presented a donation cheque to the QDA team, to assist in raising awareness. The initiative came as part of al khaliji’s continuous efforts to support the community it serves while committing to its multi-faceted Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, ......read more

Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq opens The 2nd Annual Arab Diabetes Medical Congress today in Doha

In collaboration with Qatar Diabetes Association Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association –Qatar Foundation: number of people living with diabetes around the world is expected to rise to 642 million by 2040 Doha, Qatar, 19 November 2016:  Dr. Abdulla Al Hamaq, Executive Director of Qatar Diabetes Association–Qatar Foundation opens today in Doha the Second Annual Arab Diabetes Medical Congress in collaboration with the Qatar Diabetes Association, supported by Rashid Centre for Diabetes and Research, the Saudi Diabetes and Endocrine Association, Saudi Pharmaceutical Society and organized by Maarefah Management. “Recent figures from the seventh edition of the International Diabetes Federation’s (IDF) Diabetes Atlas indicate that the number of people living with diabetes around the world is ......read more

Ministry of Health & Prevention launches awareness campaign focusing on health & safety for Hajj pilgrims

UAE, August 1, 2016 – With the aim to ensure the safety and health of Hajj pilgrims, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), in cooperation with the Health Authority-Abu Dhabi (HAAD) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA), has launched a large-scale campaign.  The awareness campaign focuses on the well-being of pilgrims, especially the elderly healthy individuals and patients regardless their age who could suffer from chronic illnesses and cardiovascular diseases, as they are more prone to develop health-related problems especially those related to overcrowding. The campaign also includes medical advices: on heat exhaustion, awareness about healthy foods, personal care, provision of emergency medicine, and availability of essential vaccinations against: meningitis, pneumococcal, and seasonal influenza, ......read more

Joyalukkas conducts Blood Donation initiative in association with Hamad Hospital.

Joyalukkas staff voluntarily donates blood at the initiative held at Al Watan Center Doha, Qatar, July 31, 2016:  Joyalukkas is continuing its push to build awareness on the importance of blood donation under its inspiring slogan ‘Donate Blood, be a hero’ with the Blood Donation camp held in association with the Hamad Hospital blood donar unit  at Joyalukkas showroom, Al Watan Center. Under this initiative Joyalukkas employees donated blood on a voluntary basis. The donated blood will be valuable to save many lives in Qatar. Joyalukkas CSR team organizes their Blood Donation drive not only in Qatar but throughout GCC, India, Malaysia and Singapore.   “We strongly encourage the ‘spirit of giving’ and donating blood, means you help save lives and our employees understand this and come ......read more

Boehringer Ingelheim 2nd Stroke Academy highlights Atrial Fibrillation as a leading cause to strokes in the region

United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 1st May, 2016:  Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies held its 2nd Stroke Academy in Dubai this year attended by more than 200 cardiologists, neurologists and strokologists from across the Middle East and Africa region. The program of the academy aimed at discussing stroke related diseases and therapies from prevention to treatment.    The event served as a platform for leading cardiologists to shed light on Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeats) as one of the main cardiovascular diseases causing stroke.  It also discussed the overall disease prevalence, the rising number of patients, the new era oral anti-coagulants as required treatments for Atrial Fibrillation patients as well as recent Real World Data and studies related to Oral ......read more

Boehringer Ingelheim extends its global Angels initiative to Middle East and Africa to improve treatment of stroke patients

Globally, stroke is the second leading cause of death above the age of 60 years, and the fifth leading cause of death in people aged 15 to 59 years old. Angels Initiative in the Middle East and Africa is a continuation and extension of the company’s global program that focuses on a timely stroke treatment process Around 1 million stroke patients across the MENA and around 1,200 patients saved from stroke United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 1st May, 2016:  At Boehringer Ingelheim’s Second Stroke Academy, leading neurologists from the region stressed on the importance of implementing immediate stroke treatment procedures so that lives can be saved and permanent disabilities are reduced. Boehringer Ingelheim’s Angels initiative aims to improve the treatment of stroke providing doctors with the necessary ......read more

Taylor Re Lynn as Brand Ambassador for Celebrity Personal Trainer Daniel Sten

Pounding Away Inches for the Red Carpet Dubai, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2016 — Actress and film producer Taylor Re Lynn understands the pressures of celebrity to look great and always be camera ready. Like many actresses, she lives life in the public eye being on stage, in films, and during red carpet appearances. Recently, ahead of Milan Fashion Week, she wanted to shed a few pounds to look her most fabulous. She turned to celebrity personal trainer Daniel Sten. Highly recommended in elite social circles, Daniel is known for a very effective, customized personal training program that maximizes fat burning and toning in the shortest amount of time. From their first meeting, Daniel emphasized the importance of calories in a diet and that your total caloric intake will determine whether you will lose or gain weight. ......read more

HEC Paris leads health and well-being study

HEC Paris and INTEL collaborate on cutting-edge project on the potential of wearable technologies Doha, Qatar – February 27, 2016:  Leading the development of a new generation of intelligent, connected devices, HEC Paris has embarked on a research study directed by Michael Segalla, Professor of Management at the business school.   With the goal of promoting healthy lifestyles made possible by new, groundbreaking, wearable technology, TRIUM EMBA participants will collaborate with INTEL which will provide equipment capable of measuring movement (walking, running, etc…) sleeping patterns, pulse rate, blood oxygen level, blood pressure, skin temperature, and galvanic skin response. Students are expected to enjoy this unique opportunity from January 2016.  “HEC Paris collaborates, on regular basis, ......read more

Centro Sharjah goes red - Blood Donation camp­­­­

Hotel organises blood donation camp with Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Center… Centro Sharjah in lines with its corporate social responsibility program (CSR) is organising a blood donation drive at the hotel in collaboration with Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Center. Colleagues, Guests & Friends are collectively invited to share these drops of HOPE and get involved as #CentroGoesRed General Manager, Mr Michael Kasch remarked, “We’re committed to the betterment of the community we operate in and whole heartedly, with the support of our guests and colleagues engage in various CSR initiatives” He further explained, “This campaign is designed to raise awareness on the need for healthy blood in emergencies. Since the shelf life of blood is only 42 days, we highly encourage people ......read more

Teach children to practice proper hygiene at school

Children are inclined to fall sick more often than adults. This is mainly because they spend most of their time in close contact with other children at daycare or school where germs are easily transmitted. Unfortunately, most children are not as conscious of personal hygiene as they should be, increasing their risk of illness and the likelihood of passing this on to others.  Hygiene is important for anyone taking care of children, and is one of the most effective ways to prevent any form of illness. However, there’s more to hygiene than just hand washing, though that’s a good start.  Schools can also provide an arena where good hygiene can be shown at its best, and certain behaviors such as hand washing can become an engrained habit at a young age.  Setting up a routine of healthy hygiene when your kids ......read more

Apollo Hospitals highlights the glaucoma challenges in GCC

Genetic factors and diabetes statistics in the region make regular screening crucial  Dubai, UAE, June 22nd, 2015: Apollo Hospitals, Asia’s foremost healthcare provider, urged vulnerable groups to take the simple steps that can prevent the damaging consequences of glaucoma, the number one cause of irreversible blindness. Citing genetic factors and the high prevalence of diabetes among GCC citizens, experts at Apollo Hospitals reminded that glaucoma could pose a major healthcare challenge for the Gulf States in spite of the economic prosperity and exceptional quality of life in the region. Glaucoma is a condition in which the optic nerves are damaged as a result of pressure build-up inside the eye. The pressure build-up, known as intra-ocular pressure, blocks the optic nerve from transmitting images to the brain, ......read more

Laying the foundation for a healthy Ramadan

To keep the mind and body in good health is our responsibility, otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. The Holy month of Ramadan gives us a great opportunity to balance our lifestyle and quit habits which can deteriorate our health. During fasting we would be able to focus on discipline, eating habits and self-control. It also gives the body a chance to remove accumulated toxins and rejuvenate itself. Normal changes that occur during fasting The body enters a state of fasting approximately 8 hours after the last meal. After this time the body sugars stored in the liver and muscles are first utilized for energy. When the body runs out of sugar then the fats are mobilized for sustaining the energy needed. During a typical dawn to dusk fasting, there is a gentle transition of utilizing the sugars first and ......read more

Diabetes Sufferers Urged to Be Careful Over Ramadan Fasting

Monitoring of Blood Sugar Levels, Taking Correct Medication and Watching Diet All Essential for Safe Fasting Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Diabetes sufferers can fast during Ramadan – but they do need to take precautions to safeguard their health, according to Dr. Ahmed El Hakim, Senior Advisor to Spanish pharmaceutical company, Cinfa. The UAE has a diabetes rate of 19 percent, among the highest in the world, according to the World Health Organization and the International Diabetes Foundation. While millions of diabetes sufferers around the world fast safely during Ramadan every year, people with type 2 diabetes may be seven times more likely to be admitted to hospital while fasting, making management of blood sugar levels essential. “While many people choose to follow Ramadan rituals and fast despite their medical ......read more

Taking care of your gastro-intestinal health during Ramadan

As the month of Ramadan approaches, many people are eagerly anticipating the fasting season and the month of giving. It is a month where one learns tolerance, patience and empathy. From a health perspective, a lot of benefits can be had from fasting in the right way during Ramadan.  The long summer days may pose a challenge as one may have to fast for as long as 14 to 16 hours.  To ensure your optimal health, it is necessary to follow some simple measures that would minimize any physical challenges. If you are feeling unwell or taking medications:  It is very important that if one is unwell, one should consult his/her physician about whether they would be capable to fast. If you are on certain long-term medications that must be continued through Ramadan, then it is almost always possible to change the timings to ......read more

Ramadan Health Update: Diabetes and Ramadan

‘Ramadan’ is derived from the Arabic word ‘ramida or ‘ar-ramad’, which means scorching heat or dryness. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) according to Islamic belief. This annual observance is regarded to be very holy and one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, ending with Eid al-fitr. While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, taking oral or injectable medications and engaging in sexual relations. Fasting for Muslims during Ramadan typically includes the increased offering of prayers and recitation of the Quran. Food ......read more

Fasting with Diabetes: Myth Busters or Common Misconceptions

Disclaimer: The information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice.  Please consult with a medical professional for more information. 1)    People with diabetes need to go on a special diet during Ramadan Myth! The good news is if you are already following a balanced diet, as is recommended for everyone, living with Type 2 diabetes or not, then there is a big chance that you do not have to change the ingredients of your diet. In fact you should eat as you normally do, with the only difference being the time you eat your meals, rather than quantity or type of food consumed.  It is very important that anyone living with Type 1 diabetes understands that they are at a higher risk compared to those with Type 2 diabetes when fasting during the Holy Month of ......read more

Qatar takes home two of the nine awards

Qatari hospitals raise the bar in world-class patient care after success at Building Healthcare Awards 2015 Dubai, UAE: The winners of the Building Healthcare Awards 2015 were announced this öafternoon at the Building Healthcare Middle East Exhibition & Congress in Dubai, UAE. The annual Awards recognise leaders in the healthcare industry who have devoted their efforts to building hospitals that help improve healthcare services in the Middle East and raise the bar in providing world-class patient care. Qatari hospitals were awarded first place for two of the nine categories – Enaya Specialized Care Centre, HMC for Best Physical Environment Award and Qatar Bio Bank for Best Laboratory Design Award. “We would like to congratulate this year’s awards recipients for their diligent efforts in refining patient ......read more

Frequently Asked Questions Diabetes, Exercise, Diet and Fasting

Diabetes and Fasting    Is it Ok for me to fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan, if I am living with diabetes?   During fasting, about eight hours after the last meal our bodies start to make use of energy stores to keep blood glucose (sugar) levels normal. For most people, this is not harmful. However, a problem can occur if you are living with diabetes, such as the risk of high glucose levels following the larger meals that we eat before and after fasting at Suhoor and Iftar. A lot depends on how well your diabetes is controlled, especially if you’re prone to either frequent high blood sugar levels (Hyperglycaemia), or low blood sugar levels (Hypoglycaemia). Of course, this year the fasting period is long (approximately 15 hours in the UAE) meaning that the risk of Hyperglycaemia (high ......read more

First Navigated Knee Replacement Surgery successfully performed in Qatar at Hamad General Hospital

DOHA, 7 June, 2015: For the first time in Qatar, a Navigated Total Knee Replacement surgery (TKR) has been conducted successfully at Hamad General Hospital (HGH) in Qatar, using a technology developed by Brainlab, a leading German provider of software-driven medical technology that supports targeted and less-invasive treatment. The operation, performed by a team of doctors from the Orthopedic Surgery Department of the hospital, was headed by Dr. Mohammed Mubarak Al Ateeq Al Dosari (MD, FRCSC), Senior Consultant and Head of Orthopedic Surgery, who has over 14 years of experience in orthopedics and trauma.  Computer navigation enables the surgeon to accurately quantify deformity and gap balance during TKA, ensuring greater accuracy in component alignment, full correction of deformity, and a well-balanced gap throughout the range ......read more

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Simple joint pains may indicate a more serious problem in UAE…

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