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Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Saudi Arabia
December 18, 2014

Between 20 November and 7 December 2014, the National IHR Focal Point for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) notified WHO of 11 additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection, including 4 deaths.

Details of the cases are as follows:


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Cocoona Utilizes Breakthrough Form of Breast Augmentation 1 in 10 Ladies Have Had or Seriously Thought about Having Breast Enhancement
December 17, 2014

The Cocoona Centre for Aesthetic Transformation, is now utilizing a breakthrough concept of cosmetic and reconstructive breast augmentation.

Composite Breast Augmentation, a new procedure introduced in 2013 and published in a peer-reviewed plastic surgery journal, combines the"...

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Fatoor Faris chooses Bupa Arabia for Healthcare Services
December 16, 2014

Fatoor Faris, the popular breakfast spot in Jeddah, has selected Bupa Arabia to provide the restaurant’s managers, employees and their families with exclusive healthcare services under the Bupa Business Program, which is a healthcare insurance designed specifically for small and medium sized enterprises, and aimed to meet their needs and acquire the best and finest of healthcare services in Saudi Arabia. Ramadan Al- Zahrani, Director of Retail Sales at Bupa Arabia, said: “It’s our absolute pleasure to have Fatoor Faris,...

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HEC Paris holds study tour for personnel of KSFH&RC
December 15, 2014

THE “Keep the Lead” program, especially designed in Qatar by HEC Paris for the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KSFH&RC) of Saudi Arabia, held a study tour aimed at exposing and enabling participants to examine how hospitals and healthcare professionals operate in different healthcare environments.

The study tour was conducted in France for 10 participants. The study tour included visits to major hospitals in Paris which are part of Générale de Santé, (one of Europe’s...

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First trial of a novel oral anticoagulant starts in prevention of recurrent stroke due to a blood clot of undetermined source
December 15, 2014

  • First patient enrolled in RE-SPECT ESUSTM, which evaluates dabigatran in prevention of recurrent Embolic Stroke of Undetermined Source (ESUS)
  • Patients who suffer an ESUS are at high risk of another fatal or disabling stroke due to lack of effective treatment options1–4
  • RE-SPECT ESUSTM aims to close gaps in clinical data and knowledge on prevention of recurrent ESUS
  • RE-VOLUTIONTM clinical study programme for dabigatran encompasses 60,000 patients5


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Saudi health privatization plans left in doubt
December 14, 2014

Saudi Arabia, the Arabian Gulf’s largest consumer market, looked set to open its healthcare sector to foreign investors after acting health minister Adel Fakieh passed a ministerial decree this month.

But that was before a cabinet reshuffle saw Mr Fakieh replaced by Mohammed Al Hayazaa, leaving progress"...

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Campaign planned for smoke-free workplaces
December 14, 2014

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry together with the Saudi Anti-Smoking Society (NAQA) will launch a project targeting smokers who work in the private and public sectors.

Many employees who smoke tend to waste hours during work while on cigarette breaks. Recent studies put the number of total hours wasted by employees during cigarette breaks at 30 million a year.

Some observers believe the number is much higher, especially with the high smoking rate in Saudi society.

The new project, called “Clean Environments”,...

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King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia grants US$35 million to fight Ebola in West Africa
December 13, 2014

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.

In a statement to the media on this occasion, Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) said that the Ebola fighting programme, initiated"...

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The 2nd Annual Gulf Obesity Surgery Society (GOSS) Meeting addresses the world’s biggest public health problem today in Dubai
December 11, 2014

The 2nd Annual Gulf Obesity Surgery Society (GOSS) Meeting, one of the biggest obesity events in the Middle East commenced today at the Raffles Hotel Dubai under the patronage of Dubai Health Authority (DHA).

Hosted by the Emirates Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Interest Group (EOMSIG), the conference is the only"...

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Acelity Appoints Gaurav S. Agarwal as Group President, Businesses and Innovation
December 9, 2014

Acelity L.P. Inc. announced today the appointment of Gaurav S. Agarwal as Group President, Businesses and Innovation, a newly-created role on the Acelity senior leadership team reporting directly to Joe Woody, President & CEO. In this role, Gaurav will lead the strategic direction for all Acelity businesses, including Advanced Wound Therapeutics and Regenerative Medicine.


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