Month: January 2017

Six Canny Tips to Save on Baby Shopping

Shop at the hypermarket

It may not be the ultimate five-star shopping experience, but hypermarkets stock quality clothes at reasonable prices. Babies outgrow them quite quickly, so why spend more when you can save it for later?

Check on discount markets

Dubai has its fair share of markets and savers’ paradise events. But there are also plenty of online saving havens for second-hand products too, including Dubai-based Baby Bazaar on www.babybazaar.org.

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Handicapped for Two Decades, Patient Starts Walking After a Knee Surgery

A total Knee replacement surgery was performed on a 52-year-old man at Aster Hospital, Mankhool. The patient, Mr. Abdel Gawwad presented with severe trauma in his left leg due to an injury sustained 20 years ago. Mr. Gawwad led a significantly impaired life for the past 20 years, given the injury that made his mobility extremely painful and difficult to perform, particularly over the past 5 years.

Referred to Aster Hospital by his friend who had previously undergone a successful hip replacement performed by Dr. Manjunatha G.S, Specialist Orthopedic Surgeon at Aster Hospital, Mankhool, Mr. Gawwad decided to consult the doctor for a second opinion. Dr. Manjunatha who specialises in Joint replacements, upon thorough investigation, diagnosed that the patient had developed severe osteoarthritis, also known as post-traumatic osteoarthritis, a condition caused due to ageing and injury. Further investigations also revealed that the patient’s left lower limb/leg was 2.5cm shorter than his right one.

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Overcoming Joint Pain During Winter

The human musculoskeletal system comprises of a collection of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, joints, ligaments and connective tissue. The interaction between these components is what ultimately constructs the human musculoskeletal system, and allows the body to function as it does on a day to day basis. The musculoskeletal system creates a foundational framework that supports the body, allows it to move in different directions and helps protect vital organs in the body, from trauma and bruising. However, due to its size and the number of components, the musculoskeletal system becomes more susceptible to damage as time goes by. Just like parts of a machine undergo wear and tear, the muscles and joints in humans too suffer the same fate as a person gets older. One of the most common disorders affecting the musculoskeletal system is Arthritis. In fact, as of 2013, nearly 20% of the residents of the UAE were suffering from some form arthritis.

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Three Things You Really Need to Know About UAE Maternity Leave

Planning to take maternity leave? It may not be exactly what you think — or hope — it is if you live in the UAE. Here are some tips to bust your queries.

The government recently announced that a committee has been set up to review UAE maternity leave.

What are the current rules for UAE maternity leave?

Private companies in the UAE currently offer some of the lowest levels of maternity leave in the world. Compared to The International Labour Organisation’s recommendation that mothers take a minimum of 14 weeks off work, the UAE currently offers women around 6 weeks maternity leave.

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The link between obesity and fertility

Obesity is linked to several health problems, including diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, hypertension and infertility. In the recent years, the link between lifestyle, weight, nutrition and fertility has gained more public exposure.

For a woman, the decision to finally conceive is fraught with a lot of doubts and questions regarding her health and well-being. A smooth, hassle free pregnancy is only possible once preexisting health concerns are addressed prior to conception. The presence of a chronic lifestyle condition can prove to be a major roadblock in the path to having an ailment free pregnancy. One such lifestyle condition that can affect the health of the mother and her baby during the period of pregnancy, is obesity.

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The effect of hormones on fertility

The endocrine system and the hormones production and secretion play a significant role not only in the health of our entire body, but the ability to achieve and sustain pregnancy. Our reproductive system relies on a proper hormonal balance to function properly. Hormonal imbalance directly results in ovulation problems in women, which in turn severely increases their risk for infertility. In the case of men hormonal imbalances affect both the quality and quantity of their sperm cells as well as their sexual function and libido.

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Common skin conditions in the UAE during the summer

The Middle East, and especially the UAE, is known for its searing hot summer conditions. Being a country that is surrounded by the harsh, unrelenting desert, the UAE can get extremely hot between the months of April and September. It is only towards the end of the year, that the temperatures start to cool down and a mild winter sets in. Apart from the obvious lifestyle discomforts that such high temperatures bring about, the more harmful side effects of the heat, humidity and high intensity of sunlight are the damage that they cause to the skin. Skin treatment in UAE during the summer months is primarily geared towards the treatment and diagnosis of the conditions such as sun burn, summer rash, summer acne, dry skin, skin fungal infection, athlete’s foot, and skin cancer. Listed below are some steps at self-management that you can take in order to protect yourself from aggravating the listed skin ailments.

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Kidney Treatment in Dubai

The need for kidney treatment in Dubai can stem from a number of medical, environmental, and lifestyle causes that adversely affect the proper functioning of the kidneys. As we know, the primary role of the kidneys is to filter the out the toxins and chemicals from the blood and send it back to the body for recirculation. These toxins and chemicals are then secreted by the body in the form of urine. The proper functioning of the kidneys ensures a healthy balance of fluids and necessary electrolytes in the body. Any reason for the kidneys to stop working normally can escalate to a shutdown of other important bodily functions as well, due to the accumulation of toxins that would have otherwise been excreted. What is also extremely dangerous about kidney failure is the fact that it is possible to lose nearly 90% of your normal kidney functioning without exhibiting any kind of symptoms.

The demand for kidney treatment in Dubai has risen over the last few years and is likely to rise further. The number of patients that were undergoing dialysis in 2016 were more than 2000, and it is predicted that this number is going to rise by 10% to 15% every year. Kidney disorders may be of different varieties, but there are three primary disorder that are more common than the others. These are:

  • Kidney stones: Kidney stones (renal lithiasis, nephrolithiasis) are small, hard mineral deposits that form inside the kidneys. The stones are made of mineral and acid salts and can affect the urethra, bladder or the kidneys. Kidney stones have no particular standout cause with which they occur, rather a combination of lifestyle choices and the amount of water in the body usually lead to the creation of kidney stones. In order to get kidney treatment in Dubai for kidney stones, it is important to consult a trusted urologist who specializes in dealing with the condition. For a small stone in the kidneys, the treatment is noninvasive and sometimes as straightforward as drinking more water in order to pass the stone during urination. For larger stones however, invasive procedures such as lithotripsy or surgery might be necessary to remove the stones.
  • UTI (Urinary tract infection): Is essentially an infection in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, ureter, bladder and urethra. If a UTI infection is localized to the patient’s bladder then its effects would not be as severe as they would be if it spreads to the patient’s kidneys. Once a UTI reaches the kidneys it causes pyelonephritis or a kidney infection. Kidney treatment in Dubai for a kidney infection would primarily entail a prescription dose of anti-biotics. If the medicines don’t work orally however, then they may be required to be administered via a drip. The latter only occurs in the case of a severe kidney infection.
  • Chronic kidney disease: The disease is named after the fact that two of its primary causes are the chronic illnesses diabetes and hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension themselves are the result of high blood sugar and high blood pressure respectively. Kidney treatment in Dubai for chronic kidney disease focuses on slowing the progression of the kidney damage, usually by controlling the underlying cause. Chronic kidney disease can progress to end-stage kidney failure, which is fatal without artificial filtering (dialysis) or a kidney transplant. Many of the patients in the UAE on dialysis are suffering from an aggressive form of chronic kidney disease.

Kidney disorders like the once mentioned above can occur in individuals of different ages and different nationalities. However, an early detection of these disorders can lead to a full recovery for those that are afflicted by them. There are a host of options when it comes to seeking kidney treatment in Dubai. Hospitals like Aster Hospital Mankhool have cutting edge urology and internal medicine departments whose doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of kidney disorders of various degrees. Furthermore, urological treatments are covered by most health insurance providers across the country.

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What is ICSI and its advantages ?

Fertility is an issue that affects many couples all across the world. In the UAE itself, one in every five couples is seeking treatments for infertility. Thankfully, with the ascension of medical technology over the last decade, there are numerous procedures now that allow infertile couples to conceive on their own. One such procedure is called intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection or ICSI. The vast usage of the ICSI process stems from the fact that defective sperm function serves as the primary cause of infertility amongst couples. The reason for defective sperm function could be due to a case of genetics or environmental factors. And ICSI has been the go-to alternative reproductive therapy method in cases with severe male infertility as their cause, or in cases where the male partner did not qualify for a normal IVF due to a lack of motility and normal morphology of their sperm.

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