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Study: 30% of male middle school students use drugs [Show Video]
February 13, 2016

Thirty percent of male middle school students and 23 percent of female students take some form of drugs, a recent scientific study from the National Center for Youth Research confirmed.

The study shows drug consumption rates among students in this age group has increased in Jazan and surrounding areas, as well as the northern border and Makkah regions. In a survey carried out by Al-Madinah newspaper about causes of such increased rates of drug use among young students, teachers and school directors pointed to the need for integrated...

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Ministry of Health to require employees to declare assets [Show Video]
February 10, 2016

The Ministry of Health is considering imposing an asset declaration as well as an absence of interest conflict testimony on its employees as a measure in fighting corruption.

Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih made the announcement at a one-day forum on promoting integrity and combating corruption in the health care sector. The forum was organized by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) in collaboration with the Council of Health Service which is chaired by the minister.

“Integrity should be the foundation...

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Ferring announces the start of the PRONOUNCE Trial for patients with advanced prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease receiving degarelix or leuprolide [Show Video]
February 9, 2016

Ferring Pharmaceuticals announced today the commencement of the Phase 3b PRONOUNCE Trial. The trial will compare the occurrence of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) in patients with prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD), receiving the GnRH receptor antagonist, degarelix, to patients receiving a GnRH receptor agonist, leuprolide.


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Mideast Zika-free zone, but vulnerable: WHO [Show Video]
February 9, 2016

The Eastern Mediterranean Office (EMRO) of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday announced that the region is considered a Zika virus-free zone.

Dr. Alaa Alwan, the regional director of EMRO, said that it does not mean that Middle Eastern countries are not vulnerable to the mosquito-borne disease. “The presence of mosquitoes in a number of countries in the Middle East goes for the possibility.”

However, WHO is closely working with regional ministries of health to curb mosquitoes and strengthen disease-monitoring...

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Ministry of Health sets austerity plan [Show Video]
February 8, 2016

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will reduce the payment of bonuses and overtime, cut travel expenses and pharmaceutical purchases and bids for projects should not exceed the budget as part of its austerity measures.


The ministry announced that all establishments working under it are to only employ doctors with expertise"...

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Astrazeneca’s Combination of Durvalumab with Tremelimumab Shows Clinical Activity in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Irrespective Of Pd-L1 Status [Show Video]
February 8, 2016

Lancet Oncology reports Phase Ib study (study 006) of combined PD-L1 and CTLA-4 checkpoint inhibitors in locally advanced or metastatic NSCLC

Early results support AstraZeneca’s combination strategy in immuno-oncology with potential combination efficacy for patients with PD-L1 negative NSCLC

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Dengue a bigger threat than Zika in KSA [Show Video]
February 7, 2016

Saudi Arabia faces a bigger threat from dengue fever than from the Zika virus which is sweeping through Latin America, according to experts in the field.


Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus.


Symptoms, which typically begin three to 14 days after infection, may include a high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash.


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Organic farming becoming more popular with Saudis [Show Video]
February 7, 2016

The Saudi government is strongly supporting the development of organic farming and institutional capacity building as part of an ambitious plan to expand the Kingdom’s shift toward organic agriculture, which will be good for the country’s nutritional needs, public health and environment. Plans are afoot to establish more than 20 organic farms within a year from now.

This was disclosed by Ibrahim M. Al-Shahwan, vice chairman of the Saudi Organic Farming Association (SOFA), on Friday. He said that “the government’s...

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Quintiles Wins 2016 Leadership Excellence Award [Show Video]
February 6, 2016

Quintiles, the world’s largest biopharmaceutical services company, has been awarded the HR.com 2016 Leadership Excellence Award for Innovation in Deployment of Leadership Programs.


HR.com, the largest global social networking and resource site for HR professionals, is committed to providing a deeper understanding"...

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New breast cancer treatment ‘raises survival rate by 20%’ [Show Video]
February 6, 2016

A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.

This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who outlined these results in a paper he presented at a medical forum in Alkhobar recently.

The forum included 120 local and international doctors and specialists who discussed the latest studies on evidence-based treatments for patients with advanced breast cancer, which included the most...

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