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Lower back pain cause of most disability

Source : IANS / 27 Mar 2014

Lower back pain has emerged as the biggest cause of global disability in a study based on data of ill health and disability arising from all health conditions in 187 countries.

The prevalence and the overall impact of the condition increases with age, the study said.

 

Dubai rolls out medical tourism strategy

By Mahmood Saberi / Gulf News / 26 Mar 2014

2014Dubai plans to attract thousands of medical tourists from Russia, CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries, South Asia and GCC states and has earmarked seven specialities that will bring patients for treatment to the emirate.

 

7 million people die from air pollution in 2012

Source : UN Multimedia / 26 Mar 2014

Around 7 million people across the world died as a result of air pollution exposure in 2012 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The death rate which equates to one in eight of total global deaths is more than double the previous estimates.

 

Can the world get rid of tuberculosis?

By Astrid Zweynert / Trust.org / 25 Mar 2014

It would be easy to think that tuberculosis is under control. TB, one of the world’s top two infectious disease killers, has been declining slowly but steadily and in some parts of the world it has been almost eradicated.

 

Low Vitamin D common
 among young Emiratis

By Asma Ali Zain / Khaleej Times / 24 Mar 2014

The study also found that food in the UAE was not fortified with Vitamin D though experts say that this is now changing.

 

Over 57% of Ethiopians have safe drinking water: UNICEF

Source : AA / 22 Mar 2014

Over 57 percent of Ethiopia's population has access to safe drinking water, the U.N. Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Friday, while noting that improved sanitation in the Horn of Africa country was not enough.

In a statement, UNICEF said more than half of Ethiopian households (54 percent) had access to improved sources of drinking water, compared to 35 percent in 2005 and only 25 percent in 2000.

 

World's population at risk from organism-borne diseases

Source : AA / 21 Mar 2014

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information stating that more than half of the world`s population is at risk from vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. 

 

Diseases such as these are commonly found in tropical and sub-tropical regions and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic.

 

KSA has world’s least cases of medical malpractice

By Nadim Al Hamid / Arab news / 20 Mar 2014

According to Subhi Baterjee, a Saudi health expert and chief of the Saudi German Hospitals Group, Saudi Arabia records the least cases of medical malpractice in the world.

 

Plea to ban school meals that may lead to diabetes

Source : Arab news / 17 Mar 2014

Government officials and social welfare organizations in Alkhobar called on the Ministry of Education to activate the recommendations filed six years ago about banning unhealthy meals such as chips and soft drinks in school cafeterias in efforts to curb obesity and limit the risks of children contracting diabetes.

 

Rohingya dying from lack of health care in Myanmar

Source : AP / 13 Mar 2014

Noor Jahan rocked slowly on the floor, trying to steady her weak body. Her chest heaved and her eyes closed with each raspy breath. She could no longer eat or speak, throwing up even spoonfuls of tea.

 
 

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