13,700 cancer cases reported in 2014

There were 13,700 cases of all types of cancer recorded in 2014, with a significant rise among women, a leading medical practitioner said recently. About 10,000 citizens were afflicted with cancer, while the rest were expatriates, said Ahmad Al-Shahri, consultant oncology and head of the oncology department at King Abdulaziz Medical City, National Guard, in […]
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Jordan, Saudi Arabia sign 5 agreements worth $176m

Amman, Feb. 3 (Petra) — The Jordanian government, on Tuesday, signed five financing agreements (grants), with the Saudi Fund for Development ( SFD ), worth $176 million, as part of the Saudi $1.25 billion-commitment within the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) $5 billion grant to finance development projects in Jordan. The agreements were signed by the […]
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Merieux NutriSciences starts Saudi operations

Merieux NutriSciences announced recently the closing of transaction with Inspection, Diagnosis and Analysis Lab Company (IDAC), a market leader for food testing services in the Kingdom, after obtaining the license from Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Following the approval of the SAGIA, the joint venture will operate under the new brand name, IDAC Merieux […]
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Saudi MOH hires experts to combat MERS, Ebola

21st Jan 2015 The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Health has hired a team of experts from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help combat the spread of infectious and non-communicable diseases, including the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and Ebola. The decision is part of an agreement recently signed by […]
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Four new hospitals to improve eye care

Abdulilah bin Abbad Al-Tuwariqi, director general of King Khaled Eye Specialty Hospital, pointed out that the hospital has devised strategic plans to develop and modernize its facilities, in order to deal with future challenges. Its staff is also receiving continuous training to develop its skills to serve the patients better, Al-Tuwariqi added. “The training and […]
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Tough health standards set in Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has introduced tough new regulations for private health facilities including separate change rooms for male and female patients, tighter controls on the charging of fees and higher sterilization and safety standards. The ministry said that there should be separate change rooms at clinics where one-day procedures […]
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Gulf officials aim for joint health policy

Saudi Arabia will host this year the 78th meeting of Gulf Health Ministers Council, Health Ministry spokesman Khaled Marghalani said Sunday. The event will take place on Feb. 4 and 5, Marghalani told Arab News. The meeting will be held under the slogan “Measurement of the health systems, the road for excellence.” “We are aiming […]
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Covidien Announces FDA 510(k) Clearance Of New LigaSure™ Instrument

Covidien (NYSE: COV), a leading global provider of healthcare products, announced 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the LigaSure™ Curved, Small Jaw, Open Sealer/Divider surgical instrument. The device is indicated for use in general surgery and will be available in the United States this quarter. The LigaSure Curved, Small Jaw, […]
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NY neurosurgeon performs deep brain surgeries with hand-held CO2 laser

Lee Eric Tessler, MD, a neurosurgeon specializing in the treatment of brain tumors, is among the first in metro New York to use a new advanced, hand-held CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser for surgeries on certain types of tumors that are buried deep within the base of the skull. The laser allows surgeons to remove these […]
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Testing Brain Computer Interfaces For People With Spinal Cord Injury – New Pitt Projects

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh have been awarded funding for two projects that will place brain-computer interfaces (BCI) in patients with spinal cord injuries to test if it is possible for them to control external devices, such as a computer cursor or a prosthetic limb, with their thoughts. The projects build upon ongoing research […]
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Deep brain stimulation therapy promising against severe OCD

When obsessive-compulsive disorder is of crippling severity and drugs and behavior therapy can’t help, there has been for just over a year a thread – or rather a wire – of hope. By inserting a thin electrode deep into the brain, doctors can precisely deliver an electrical current to a cord of the brain’s wiring […]
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