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Sanofi launches innovative Renal Game in Saudi Arabia
August 30, 2015

Sanofi, a global healthcare leader, has launched an innovative Renal Game in Saudi Arabia. The application is an Arabic interactive educational tool for patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), their families and healthcare professionals plus the general public.

The game is tailored not only for the Saudi patients but also for CKD patients from all the Middle East and North African countries. Educational and entertaining, the application helps patients better understand their disease, phosphorus risk and importance of controlling...

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MERS infections continue in capital
August 29, 2015

The Ministry of Health announced on Friday that two more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus.

While no deaths were announced, the virus has already killed 26 people in just two weeks, from Aug. 16 to 28, the highest spike in cases in recent times, all likely caused by transmission of the virus at Riyadh’s National Guard Hospital.

This means that since June 2012, the Kingdom has recorded 1,172 cases, 502 deaths, 606 recoveries, and 56 people under treatment at hospitals...

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Schools free of MERS, but exercise caution: Minister
August 26, 2015

Schools are free from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS CoV), but students should follow basics of personal hygiene to avoid any form of infection, a health official has said.

“There is no need to worry about schoolchildren becoming infected with the virus, since the virus usually does not attack people aged under 19 years,” Assistant Deputy Minister for Preventive Health Abdullah M. Asiri said in an interview with Arab News.

He said that from the time of outbreak of the disease in the Kingdom,...

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Baby joy: Mumbai airport staff move Saudi woman in labor to hospital
August 26, 2015

A Saudi woman waiting to board an Air India flight for Riyadh at the Mumbai airport in India ended up in the maternity ward of a hospital in that city and delivered a baby boy.

Doctors stationed at the airport responded to the distress call on Monday night after the woman went into labor.

A passenger, Salamat Shah, traveling on the same flight, said: “I heard some commotion near the toilet at the airport. When I went there, I was told that a woman had gone into labor.”

According to reports, the 22-year-old...

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FDA and EMA accept regulatory applications for Boehringer Ingelheim’s Giotrif® / Gilotrif® (afatinib) for treatment of advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the lung
August 25, 2015

  • Regulatory submissions are based on positive data from LUX-Lung 8 study that showed a significant delay in progression of lung cancer (progression-free survival, primary endpoint) and a significant improvement in overall survival for Giotrif® (afatinib*) compared to Tarceva® (erlotinib)
  • LUX-Lung 8 is a large, prospective Phase III head-to-head trial which compared two EGFR-directed treatments in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the lung, progressing after treatment with first-line chemotherapy
  • Afatinib...

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IHCC signs cooperation agreement with JCT
August 25, 2015

IHCC, a leading turnkey solutions provider that specializes in healthcare, education and mixed-use projects, recently signed a cooperation agreement with the Jeddah College of Technology to begin the Training Ended Employment Program.

The college offers technical and vocational training programs that are tailored to meet labor market requirements in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

As part of the agreement, IHCC will train and recruit 30 students from the college every year. IHCC will mentor these students, offering them...

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Haj health plan in place
August 25, 2015

The General Directorate for Health Affairs in Madinah on Monday unveiled an integrated plan for this year’s Haj to enable pilgrims perform their religious rituals in a healthy and infection-free environment.

“We have completed the health plan to achieve the best level of performance of health services for pilgrims, workers and health officials, and to provide a system of integrated health services through treatment, preventive and ambulatory programs with state-of-the-art facilities and services offered by competent...

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Keep the glowing holiday skin the entire year with Bio-Oil
August 24, 2015

Getting back from the holidays is never easy, and getting into the routine is even harder. One way of ensuring your spirits are exactly like they were during the holidays is looking like you did on that long cruise or in the by lanes of a forgotten city or simply in your home reading a book and sipping on aromatic tea. Bio-Oil, the wonder skin care formula will help you feel gorgeous long after the holiday season has worn off.


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Hospital organizes lecture to raise hepatitis C awareness
August 23, 2015

As part of efforts aimed at raising health awareness at both preventive and curative levels, Dr. Soliman Fakeeh Hospital here recently organized a lecture about hepatitis C virus that infects primarily the liver.

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the leading causes of liver cancer, said Dr. Salem Bazarah, gastroenterology/hematology consultant a the hospital.

He explained that HCV is a small, single-stranded RNA virus. The genetic composition of the virus is classified into six main types, which vary according to their...

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Nurseries set to receive 18,000 children
August 23, 2015

The Education Ministry announced that more than 2,000 nurseries in various regions of the Kingdom were ready to receive 18,000 children, under the care of 2,709 sitters, 2,185 administrative staff and 1,355 servants, according to a website.

The guide published by the ministry, which is available on its website, describes general rules and regulations of these nurseries. According to the website, they are being run in partnership with the private sector.

The Ministry of Education decided that there would be a minimum of 20...

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