Molecular insights into anti-tumor effects of diabetes drug

Researchers have uncovered a previously unknown molecular mechanism that works at the cell level to help protect the epithelial tissue that lines various body cavities and organs in the body. The discovery may help explain why the widely prescribed diabetes drug metformin appears to preserve the epithelial barrier’s ability to ward off infection, resist inflammation, […]
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Antibodies can help break leukemia’s hold

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is an aggressive cancer known for drug resistance and relapse. In an effort to uncover new treatment strategies, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center discovered that a cell surface molecule known as CD98 promotes AML. The study, published October 27 by Cancer Cell, […]
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Kingdom’s medical tourism sector cracks global top five

The Kingdom’s medical tourism sector has been ranked among the top five in the world according to a World Bank report. Jordan ranked first in the region and fifth globally as a medical tourism destination, according to a 2009/2010 World Bank report, said Private Hospitals Association (PHA) President Awni Bashir. Bashir noted that the ranking […]
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Colon, breast cancer top list of new cases in 2009

The number of cancer cases in the Kingdom rose in 2009, with colon and breast cancer topping the list among men and women. A total of 4,815 new cancer cases were registered in 2009, compared with 4,606 the previous year, a Health Ministry official said on Monday. Mohammad Tarawneh, director of the ministry’s non-communicable diseases […]
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‘Current outbreak of H1N1 not over yet’

The current outbreak of H1N1 influenza is not over yet, according to a health official. This flu strand will most likely continue until April, Bassam Hijjawi, director of the health ministry’s disease control department, told The Jordan Times over the phone on Saturday, noting that H1N1 “will continue to spread”. Responding to news reports claiming […]
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National mental health strategy aims to heal, educate

Health officials on Thursday launched the national mental health strategy to improve treatment for people with mental illness and eliminate the stigma of mental health in the Kingdom. Deputising for HRH Princess Muna, Minister of Health Mahmoud Sheyyab said the two-year mental health strategy will serve as a “roadmap” to guide efforts to enhance the […]
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Psychosocial services project gets new lease of life

A project providing vulnerable Iraqi children living in Jordan with psychosocial services is about to experience a rebirth thanks to a partnership agreement with the Noor Al Hussein Foundation’s Institute for Family Health (IFH), reached on Monday. Terre des hommes Lausanne (Tdh), an international NGO, launched the project in September 2008 with funding from the […]
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H1N1 count reaches 50

Fifty cases of H1N1 influenza have been recorded in the Kingdom since the strand re-emerged earlier this month, according to a health ministry statement issued on Sunday. The statement said 17 patients have recovered from the disease after receiving treatment, while 14 are currently being treated at home and 15 others remain hospitalised, one of […]
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KHCC receives WHO accreditation as regional training centre

The King Hussein Cancer Centre (KHCC) has received accreditation from the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a collaborative centre for training in the Middle East, representatives from the two institutions said on Tuesday. The KHCC is the second centre in the region to receive the organisation’s accreditation, after a facility in Iran, and was selected […]
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Kingdom to mark World AIDS day in Zarqa

The Kingdom will mark World AIDS day in Zarqa today with an event to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. This year’s day, under the theme “Universal Access and Human Rights”, is being marked in Zarqa because it is the country’s cultural city for this year, according to Bassam Hijjawi, director of the ministry’s primary health directorate. […]
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