Comment Article by TR Ganesh, General Manager, Blueair Middle East
After a long summer break, it's time for the kids in the Middle East to head back to school and focus on classes, sports and other after-school activities. It is a time of transition, not only for children but for parents. Besides being anxious about the regular and recurring worrying thoughts such as – does my child have the right uniform? will they need extra help in the classroom? or what am I going to pack for lunch every day?, parents have some deeper concerns around sending their kids back to school, one of which is their child’s health.
Many people are not aware of how bad the indoor air quality in schools can be. Fatigue, headaches, dizziness, coughing, and eye, nose and throat irritation are symptoms of poor air quality in learning ......read more
Qatar, August 28, 2018: QIC Anaya Healthcare, the revolutionizing healthcare discount program launched by QIC Insured has now introduced the Anaya Healthcare app. Anaya Healthcare members can now get an overview of all the services and benefits offered under the program. Available for both Andriod and iPhone users, the app can be downloaded from Google Play Store or from the Apple AppStore.
The QIC Anaya app provides an updated list of all providers participating in the QIC Anaya Healthcare discount program and details an overview of the services and benefits offered to the members, including contact information. In addition, it also provides the location of the provider through a map.
Doha, 12 June, 2018: In celebration of Global Wellness Day, QIC Group, the leading insurance group in the MENA region hosted a global wellness program for its employees. The program comprised a short presentation on wellness, which provoked thought amongst the attendees about the various wellness practices.
The initiatives discussed during the workshop addressed the various elements of wellness which cater to the needs of today’s generation. Most people think only about a few aspects that come under the banner of wellness such as diet and fitness but the scope of wellness is far wider. To feel really well, people need to understand how certain changes in their daily lives can affect them and their wellness. This would encourage them to make conscious efforts to manage their day to day lives in a better ......read more
Dubai, UAE - April 24, 2018
The second face transplant procedure in the history of the Nordic countries was performed earlier this year in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS) in Finland. In the first face transplant, performed in 2016, some parts of the facial tissue were transplanted. The most recent operation was more demanding as it involved transplanting an even bigger part of the facial tissue. Planmeca’s pioneering 3D technology and expert service contributed to this intricate and rare operation.
Planmeca and the company’s 3D technology were part of the second face transplant operation in the Nordics performed earlier this year in the Hospital District of Helsinki and Uusimaa (HUS). The Nordics’ first face transplant operation was performed in 2016 in Finland, and it consisted of ......read more
Dubai, UAE, April 12, 2018: Happiness starts with a healthy well-being. But truth be told, people are so caught up with the chaotic and hectic world that health has been taken for granted and so genuine happiness becomes difficult to achieve.
In line with one of the core objectives of the UAE Ministry of Happiness to “instill a culture of happiness and positivity,” Skyline University College Executive Director and Chair of the Executive Council, Mr. Nitin Anand challenged the whole faculty and staff of Skyline to start leading a healthy lifestyle while creating a harmonious relationship among employees.
Inspired by the Dubai Fitness Challenge initiative by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council for Dubai Government, ......read more
…and 22% would give up their partner!
United Arab Emirates, 18 February 2018: Most people in the UAE get an average of seven healthy hours of sleep a night, yet we still yearn for more according to a poll* conducted by much-loved Swedish home furnishing retailer, IKEA. Work stress, kids and technology came out on top when people were asked why they were missing out on sleep. But the most revealing statistic showed that 48% would give up social media for an extra hour in bed each day, with nearly one in four saying they would give up their own partner!
Technology features heavily in our sleep and bedroom habits; half of the respondents admitted that they look at their phone before they speak to their partner in the morning, and on average 60% will look at an electronic device within five minutes of waking ......read more
Doha – Qatar, 18 January 2018 – As part of its efforts to bring its world-class capacity building programs to more disciplines and industries in the country, Qatar Development Bank is running an intensive Healthcare Management training program for the first time in Qatar, from the 20th to the 24th of January 2018. The 5-days event, held in collaboration with Qatar financial and business academy QFBA, will be delivered by top of the line faculty from Oxford University, and is set to be attended by high profile executives in the country’s thriving Healthcare sector.
The course’s comprehensive syllabus has been designed by Professor Richard Canter, Professor of Surgical Education at Oxford University and Chairman of the Heads of Schools of Surgery for the United Kingdom.
The program will be ......read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
UAE, June 6, 2017- Cerner Middle East & Africa today announced the appointment of two additional general managers to strengthen its client engagement model in the Middle East. Adrian Dey has been appointed as the new general manager for Qatar, and Michael Schelper, chief operating officer in the Middle East & Africa, will take on the additional role of general manager for the United Arab ......read more
Your child has a cold and you know she needs a prescription, you even know the name of the medicine that the doctor will prescribe, because this isn’t the first time she’s shown these symptoms. But first, In order for her to get treatment that gets her back to feeling better, you have to have a doctor’s appointment. That means trying to get the doctor to squeeze you in, missing ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
‘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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
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 ......read more
Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for Muslims, is a special occasion for worshipping and praying. It is also a special occasion when families prepare their favorite traditional foods and sit down together with relatives and friends to enjoy it.
However, many of us follow bad eating habits and routines during Ramadan. Below are some tips provided by Dr. Anita Gupta, Clinical Dietician and Dr. ......read more
UAE, May 21, 2015 - Many people use mouthwash as part of their oral hygiene routine to effectively strengthen their teeth and gums. Oral rinses work by helping fight plaque and gum disease, prevent tooth decay and toothaches, and eliminate bad breath. While they have many oral benefits, some people are still worried that alcohol-containing variants, in particular, will result in a number of ......read more
United Arab Emirates, Dubai – 05 May, 2015: Suffering from a joint pain, stiffness with a swelling? Most people would consult a General Practitioner or take over the counter pain relief medication in the hope that the aches and pains would go away. However, this could be an indication of a more serious problem, namely rheumatoid arthritis. According to the Emirates Arthritis Foundation, 20% ......read more
Restylane® fillers and Restylane Skinboosters™ will be put to the test in a unique campaign by Sharon Stone
Details of the challenge and the results will be unveiled at a live event in May
The initiative aims to build trust in aesthetic treatments by demonstrating natural-looking results of Restylane in real life
MONACO(May 4,2015) -Today, Sharon Stone has embarked on a ......read more
In Middle East and North Africa (MENA), stroke is increasingly becoming a major health problem, with projections that deaths from it will nearly double by 20301. Specialists have highlighted the lack of data in the epidemiology of stroke in MENA region as a major challenge, while emphasizing on the urgent need to develop strategies to prevent and better care for stroke patients in the ......read more
• Arabian Healthcare Group on a mission to prevent, treat and help patients manage Diabetes with a special focus on complications of the disease.
• Group’s Wellness Division to work with corporate and schools to prevent the ......read more
As a part of celebrating 15 years of their establishment in the UAE, the dermatology centre held an evening soiree attended by members of the royal family, prominent business and media personalities, celebrities and socialites alike
Dermacare crowns Dr. Fazeela Abbassi as the first Miss Dermacare
Headed by Dr. Ikramullah Al Nasir, Founder President and CEO, Dermacare Group has ......read more
With spring already fading and the sounds of summer slowly but surely beckoning, it is time to start thinking on ways to protect ourselves and our loved ones as we enjoy our time in the sun. OLIMPIA CARMEN, Cosmetologist and Laser expert at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery clinic takes time to answer questions on Melasma, which she terms as a common skin ailment that she sees and treats on a daily ......read more
The number of Qataris seeking medical treatment in private clinics appears to have grown substantially since the launch of the country’s nationwide health insurance scheme, with at least one prominent hospital reporting that up to half of its patients are now nationals.
Since Seha (“health”) started in August 2013, the program has expanded to cover the cost of medical ......read more
Experts from PA Consulting Group believe the Gulf’s love of high-tech gadgets can change lifestyles to improve health and wellbeing
Dubai, UAE, 22 February 2015: The Gulf region’s insatiable appetite for the latest gadgets, high-tech smartphones and constant social media connectivity is presenting a wealth of opportunities for ‘telehealth’ – wearable technology ......read more
Wound is defined as a disruption in the continuous structure of the skin, which may at times extend to internal layers lying deep below the skin. Traditionally wound was defined as any bleeding of extremities or vital organs visible from outside, modern science has currently included the occurrence of internal wounds within the definition of wound. The nature of a wound may vary from simple ......read more
like the United Arab Emirates, is a rapidly evolving nation with extraordinary opportunities to establish a world-class healthcare system. Appropriate health services (facilities, clinicians and technologies) supporting the health and wellness of the nation are an important national value. Ms Bernadette Farrell, Director of Health Facility Planning & Architectural Design, at Hamad Medical ......read more