Viral hepatitis is one of the most important causes of liver disease throughout the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 320 million people worldwide have chronic hepatitis B or C infection.
Hepatitis B and C are the most important cause of liver cancer in the world. They can cause acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) infection. Middle East, central Asia, Egypt, Pakistan, Certain area of Africa and South East Asia are areas with high prevalence of the condition. It is estimated that more than 90% of infected individuals do not have any symptoms of the disease and hence appear absolutely healthy. Continue reading “Eliminate Hepatitis”
Smoking is currently on the rise in the UAE and the Middle East. The World Conference on Tobacco revealed that the growing popularity of sheesha is a leading factor causing an increase in the number of smokers.
Prevalence of tobacco use including smoking cigarettes, cigars, water pipe (sheesha) and even Medwakh is high in the region. The Health Authority Abu Dhabi (HAAD) conducted a survey in 2011 to assess the risk of smoking in the country. The results revealed that 19.2% of men and 3.5% of women smoked cigarettes. 1 As per the WHO, 6 million people die every year because of tobacco usage, which accounts to 1 person in every six seconds.2
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, commonly known as PCOS is a hormonal imbalance affecting 5-10% of women. It is an extremely common condition affecting women from menstruation till menopause. As per a recently conducted survey, at least 50,000 women in the UAE suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is expected to grow at a rate of 6.81 per cent till 2030. Continue reading “Know PCOS for No PCOS”
On cold winter mornings, you may find the view from your window completely restricted by the cloud like formations that are dense, wispy and nearly opaque. This phenomenon is what meteorologists have come to refer to as ‘Fog’. Scientifically speaking, fog is nothing more than evaporated water droplets and ice crystals that are suspended near the surface of the earth. The constituents of both fog and clouds are nearly the same. Fog in itself can cause severe depletion in visibility resulting in the halt of many human activities, especially those related to transportation and mobility. However, the larger, more detrimental effects of fog are seen on people’s health when it mixes with the smoke and pollution in the air to form what is known as Smog.