health

New Crop of Robots to Vie for Space in the Operating Room

By Susan Kelly CHICAGO – Even though many doctors see need for improvement, surgical robots are poised for big gains in operating rooms around the world. Within five years, one in three U.S. surgeries – more than double current levels – is expected to be performed with robotic systems, with surgeons sitting at computer consoles

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When Love Isn’t Enough

A single mother and her sick child face a below average healthcare service in Dubai By Bahareh Salmani Good health is the most important blessing foundation from which all other blessings in life can be appreciated. With that in mind, access to healthcare is an advantage that we are very lucky to have. However, simply because it

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UAE: Towards A Healthier Future

The UAE’s health sector has to overcome challenges before leading its peers By Leila Hatoum In a country where the national population sees continued growth alongside a robust rise in the number of expatriates, it is no wonder that the United Arab Emirates is witnessing a year on year rise in demand on healthcare, a vital sector

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Sedentary Risks

The Middle East tops the world’s obese and diabetic regions BY Dr. Ala Alwan Even with the challenge of declining oil prices, the economies of many countries in the Middle East have grown steadily over the last few decades. And it is worth noting that the waistlines of people living in these countries have been increasing

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Zika Mystery Widens as Utah Caregiver Contracts Virus

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, July 18 – U.S. health officials are investigating the mysterious case of a person in Utah who contracted Zika while caring for an elderly man infected with the virus who died last month. Federal and state health officials said on Monday it is not clear how the individual contracted Zika, a

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In the Lab: Six Innovations Scientists Hope Will End Malaria

By Katy Migiro ARUSHA, Tanzania, June 8 – After being abandoned as too ambitious in 1969, global plans to eliminate malaria are back on the agenda, with financial backing from the world’s richest couple, Bill and Melinda Gates, and U.S. President Barack Obama. The Gateses aim to eradicate malaria by 2040 by doubling funding over

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Top Indian Hospital Says Duped Into Removing Kidneys for Organ Traffickers

By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI, June 6 – A prestigious Indian hospital said on Monday it was duped by traffickers into removing the kidneys of victims believing they were relatives of needy patients, after five people were arrested for the crime. Police on Thursday busted an illegal organ harvesting racket operating out of the Indraprastha

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The Beautiful And The Gooped

Gwyneth Paltrow, famous actress and wellness scold, brings her $300 decorative tassels to San Francisco BY Alexander Nazaryan There are many reasons to hate Gwyneth Paltrow: the Oscar she won before she was 30, the looks she has kept past 40. We miserable mortals divorce; she “consciously uncoupled” from Coldplay singer Chris Martin. She is

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Brain Bug

Could mental illness and cognitive decline be caused by viral and bacterial infection? BY Ed Cara As recently as the 1970s, doctors stubbornly treated complaints of festering open sores in the stomach as a failing of diet or an inability to manage stress. Though we had long accepted the basic premise of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory—that flittering short

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New Incentives Needed to Develop Antibiotics to Fight Superbugs

By Bill Berkrot NEW YORK, May 29 – Drugmakers are renewing efforts to develop medicines to fight emerging antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but creating new classes of drugs on the scale needed is unlikely to happen without new financial incentives to make the effort worth the investment, companies and industry experts said. American military researchers on Thursday

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