Epidemiology of burn at a military hospital in Bahrain: initial experience of patient outcomes and quality indicators - Louri NA, Dey N, Ebrahim FK, Jose J, Philip SS, Shanmugasundaram T, Rengasamy S.
Burn injuries are one of the most common causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. We undertook a retrospective study to analyze the epidemiology and etiology of burn injuries at the burn unit of Bahrain Defence Force-Royal Medical Services from 2015... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Common Heart Drug Recalled In 22 Countries For Possible Cancer Link
(CNN) — A common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure is being recalled in 22 countries because it contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off-patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines. Novartis, the company that originally developed the drug, said Sandoz valsartan and valsartan/HCT film-coated tablets are being recalled since they “do not meet our high quality standards.” Pharmacies in the UK are advised to recall valsartan batches containing medicines made by Dexcel Pharma Ltd and Accord Healthcare. The recall involves about 2...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Valsartan Source Type: news

First, We Need To Talk: Mental Healthcare In The MENA Region
The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) face daunting challenges in managing a growing burden of mental illness, often in adverse conditions that can leave their imprint on generations to come.While the burden of mental-health conditions is above the global average in most MENA countries, the human resources, policies, funding and infrastructure to deal with these problems are sorely lacking.According to a recent study led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), mental disorders excluding substance abuse accounted for 4.7% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) in the World Health Organization &rs...
Source: EyeForPharma - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Drug information, misinformation, and disinformation on social media: a content analysis study - Al Khaja KAJ, AlKhaja AK, Sequeira RP.
This study, carried out in Bahrain, evaluated the truthfulness  of 22 social media claims about drugs (72.7%), dietary supplements (22.7%), an... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Nurse Dies After Contracting Rare Nipah Virus While Treating Outbreak in India
(NEW DELHI) — The nurse, with two young children and a husband working overseas, scrawled the words in blue pen as she lay dying in an Indian hospital isolation ward, sick with a rare and deadly virus. “I think I am almost on my way. I may not be able to see you again. Sorry,” Lini Puthusheri wrote her husband in a tangle of English and Malayalam, the main language of the south Indian state of Kerala. “Take care of our children,” wrote Puthusheri, who was infected with Nipah virus while caring for sick patients. She signed it “Lots of love.” She died Monday. At least 10 people h...
Source: TIME: Science - May 22, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized India onetime Source Type: news

Nurse Dies After Contracting Rare Nipah Virus While Treating Outbreak in India
(NEW DELHI) — The nurse, with two young children and a husband working overseas, scrawled the words in blue pen as she lay dying in an Indian hospital isolation ward, sick with a rare and deadly virus. “I think I am almost on my way. I may not be able to see you again. Sorry,” Lini Puthusheri wrote her husband in a tangle of English and Malayalam, the main language of the south Indian state of Kerala. “Take care of our children,” wrote Puthusheri, who was infected with Nipah virus while caring for sick patients. She signed it “Lots of love.” She died Monday. At least 10 people h...
Source: TIME: Health - May 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Associated Press Tags: Uncategorized India onetime Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari nominated as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari Geneva, 19 May 2018 – WHO's Special Session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean, held today in Geneva, has nominated Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al Mandhari from Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, to be formally appointed by the WHO Executive Board during its 143rd session from 28 to 29 May 2018.  The nominee is expected to take up his appointment for a 5 years and 8 months term, starting from 1 June 2018.  The WHO Regional Committee comprises the following Members: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Islamic Republic of Ir...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 19, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

20 Water-Stressed Countries Have Most Solar & Wind Potential
Tianyi Luo is a senior manager with the Aqueduct Project at the Global Water Program at World Resources Institute.By Tianyi LuoWASHINGTON DC, May 11 2018 (IPS)Most power generation consumes water, whether to cool steam in thermoelectric plants or power turbines for hydropower. And the global demand for both water and electricity will continue to increase substantially in the coming decades. Although growth is generally a good thing for the economy, it challenges nations—particularly ones that are water-stressed—to better manage their limited water resources and invest in the right energy systems.Power generatio...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tianyi Luo Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Climate change to cause dramatic drop in Persian Gulf biodiversity and fisheries potential
(University of British Columbia) The Persian Gulf, also known as the Arabian Gulf, may lose up to 12 per cent of its marine biodiversity in some areas before the end of the century if countries in the region do not take measures to address climate change. A business-as-usual climate scenario will severely affect species richness off the coast of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by the end of the century. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - May 2, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

7 medtech stories we missed this week: April 27, 2018
[Image from unsplash.com]From DuPuy Synthes’s spinal implant launch to Lumendi’s FDA clearance, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth mentioning. 1. DePuy Synthes launches spinal implants DePuy Synthes announced in an April 26 press release that it has launched its Proti 360º integrated titanium family of interbody devices that are designed to be used with patients who have degenerative disc disease in their neck and back. The Proti 360º is designed to maximize the potential for bone growth while offering the benefits of PEEK and titanium. Titanium create...
Source: Mass Device - April 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Implants Regulatory/Compliance Surgical Weight loss Abbott Apollo Endosurgery cerusendovascular depuysynthes Lumendi MedTech Pavmed reshapelifesciences sanqu Source Type: news

Violence toward health workers in Bahrain Defense Force Royal Medical Services' emergency department - Rafeea F, Al Ansari A, Abbas EM, Elmusharaf K, Abu Zeid MS.
BACKGROUND: Employees working in emergency departments (EDs) in hospital settings are disproportionately affected by workplace violence as compared to those working in other departments. Such violence results in minor or major injury to these workers. In o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Occupational Issues Source Type: news

King Hamad University Hospital purchases ARxIUM ’s RIVA system
King Hamad University Hospital (KHUH) in Bahrain has purchased pharmacy automation developer ARxIUM ’s RIVA system for its hospital pharmacy. (Source: Hospital Management)
Source: Hospital Management - August 29, 2017 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

No Justice, No Peace for Yemeni Children
'Zuhoor_Yemen' : One-year-old Zuhoor was forced to have the fingers of her right hand amputated after being seriously injured by an airstrikes near Sana'a. Credit: Mohammed Awadh/Save the ChildrenBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Jul 21 2017 (IPS)Human rights groups are urging the UN Secretary-General to include the Saudi-led Coalition (SLC) in a child rights’ “shame list” after documenting grave violations against children. Save the Children and the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict have documented at least 23 SLC airstrikes which injured or killed children, prompting an urgent call for the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Tharanga Yakupitiyage Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Featured Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

GCCMID Abstracts deadline
Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017Year: 2017Location: Bahrain (Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates)
Source: The Aspergillus Website - updates - June 6, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: GAtherton Source Type: news

Aggression against children in the Arab region needs to come to an end
The objective of this panel debate was to address the role of education in instilling a culture of peace and tolerance among children in post-conflict environments. The lessons learned from the case studies of Bahrain, Sri Lanka and Colombia underlined the potential of education in enabling children to overcome hostile mindsets – sometime resulting from family backgrounds – and to understand that differences need not beget division but can be an opportunity to celebrate diversity. Many of these countries have taken a number of initiatives in creating supportive environments to facilitate the socializing of chil...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanif Hassan Al Qassim Tags: Aid Armed Conflicts Crime & Justice Democracy Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Peace Poverty & SDGs Source Type: news

Faces of IBD: Celebrating our patients and their caregivers
IBD nurse practitioner Caitlin Dolan educating her patient Jenna, 11 Some say it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), our patients and their families depend on a “village” of caregivers — gastroenterologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers and more — to carry them through their journey. In honor of World IBD Day, May 19, we are celebrating the patients who inspire us and the dedicated Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center team that diagnose, educate and treat nearly 1,500 patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative ...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - May 19, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & Conditions Research and Innovation Athos Bousvaros IBD Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center Scott Snapper Source Type: news

Featured Review: Moisturizer for eczema
Applying moisturizers is an integral part of eczema treatment, but it is effective?Please see more resources at the bottom of this articleEczema is a chronic skin disease characterized by dry skin, intense itching, inflammatory skin lesions, and considerable impact on quality of life. Moisturizers are a cornerstone of eczema treatment, but it is unclear whether moisturizers are effective or whether one moisturizer is preferable to another.A team ofCochrane Skin authors based in Bahrain, Denmark, and the Netherlands assessed the effects of moisturizers for eczema. Their review includes 77 studies, with a total of 6,603 peop...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - February 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Authors: mumoquit at cochrane.org Source Type: news

Air Pollution Emerges as a Top Killer Globally – Part 1
Dark pollution clouds over Cairo. Credit: Khaled Moussa Al-Omrani/IPS.By Martin KhorPENANG, Nov 11 2016 (IPS)New research is showing that air pollution is a powerful if silent killer, causing 6.5 million worldwide deaths as well as being the major cause of climate change.   Air pollution has emerged as a leading cause of deaths and serious ailments in the world.  Emissions that cause air pollution and are Greenhouse Gases are also the main factor causing climate change.Therefore, drastically reducing air pollution should now be treated as a top priority.The seriousness of this problem was highlighted by...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Martin Khor Tags: Environment Headlines Health air pollution Indoor air quality World Health Organization Source Type: news

Stryker ’ s Sage Products expands med wipes recall over B. cepacia contamination concerns
Stryker‘s (NYSE:SYK) Sage Products subsidiary is expanding its voluntary worldwide recall to include lots of impregnated cloth topical skin products over contamination issues with the bacteria Burkholderia cepacia, according to an FDA notice. The recall includes Sage Products’ Comfort Shield barrier cloths, incontinence clean-up cloths, M-care meatal cleansing cloths, Comfort Bath cleansing washcloths and .2% chlorhexidine gluconate cloths. Use of the products contaminated with B. cepacia could cause serious infections in patients with compromised immune systems or in hospitalized patients which could be life t...
Source: Mass Device - August 23, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Hospital Care Recalls Sage Products Stryker Source Type: news

Prevalence and behavioral risk factors associated with road traffic accidents among medical students of Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain - Rasool FAA, Alekri AA, Nabi HA, Naiser MJ, Shamlooh NM, Alnashaba SA, Alherz ZA, Almosawi ZS, Al Sayyad AS.
BACKGROUND: Road traffic accidents are ranked by the World Health Organization as the 10th leading cause of death globally. An estimated 1.3 million people were killed annually in car crashes and as many as 50 million were injured in 2011. Road injuries ar... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Tear gas: an epidemiological and mechanistic reassessment - Rothenberg C, Achanta S, Svendsen ER, Jordt SE.
Deployments of tear gas and pepper spray have rapidly increased worldwide. Large amounts of tear gas have been used in densely populated cities, including Cairo, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, Manama (Bahrain), and Hong Kong. In the United States, tear gas was ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 10, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Ruptured globe due to a bird attack - Abdulla HA, Alkhalifa SK.
INTRODUCTION: Bird attacks are in general an uncommon event. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case in Bahrain. There have been very few cases reported worldwide. Mainly, birds attack humans as retaliation to threats surrounding their environmen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Human psychology: Why do we have equivalents of bogeyman in so many countries around the world?
Bogeyman (also spelled bogieman, boogeyman, or boogie man) is a common allusion to a mythical creature in many cultures used by adults to frighten children into good behavior. This monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief—for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs—or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. Source: Wikipedia.Examples - by country -...
Source: Clinical Cases and Images - April 26, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Tags: Psychology Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Bahrain
On 10 April 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Bahrain notified WHO of a fatal case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). This is the first case reported in Bahrain. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - April 25, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, risk assessment [subject], Bahrain [country], Disease outbreak news [d Source Type: news

Hemispherx signs deal with Saudi Arabian drug company
Hemispherx BioPharma, in its first deal since the company’s new management, pledged to seek more partnerships, has entered into an agreement with a Saudi Arabian drug company. The clinical trial, sales, marketing, distribution, and supply agreement was signed by Philadelphia-based Hemispherx and Scientific Products Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. in Riyadh. The contract — which covers Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain — calls for Scientific Products to purchase certain… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 5, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: John George Source Type: news

Declining trends in injuries and ambulance calls for road traffic crashes in Bahrain post new traffic laws of 2015 - Awadalla MS, Asokan GV, Matooq A, Kirubakaran R.
Road traffic crashes (RTC) are of serious global health concern. To identify whether the number of ambulance calls, injuries, and deaths has declined after the implementation of the new traffic law (NTL) 2015 in Bahrain, de-identified administrative RTC da... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 24, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Putin's Drawdown Is as Much About World Order as About Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement this week of a withdrawal of some forces from Syria has put an end to the narrative that Russia was bound to be trapped in a Mideast quagmire. Whether in Ukraine or in Syria, it has become clear that Russia's actions are as much about its role in the world order as about those countries. Writing from Beirut, former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke puts it this way: "The common thread running through both conflicts (Ukraine and Syria) has been the Russian leadership's overriding concern to deflect any Western or NATO dynamic towards confrontation with Russia. One of P...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Weekend Roundup: Putin's Drawdown Is as Much About World Order as About Syria
Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise announcement this week of a withdrawal of some forces from Syria has put an end to the narrative that Russia was bound to be trapped in a Mideast quagmire. Whether in Ukraine or in Syria, it has become clear that Russia's actions are as much about its role in the world order as about those countries. Writing from Beirut, former MI6 agent Alastair Crooke puts it this way: "The common thread running through both conflicts (Ukraine and Syria) has been the Russian leadership's overriding concern to deflect any Western or NATO dynamic towards confrontation with Russia. One of Pu...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 19, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Doctor held for 'misusing' social media
  A Bahraini doctor arrested for his use of social media must be granted access to legal and medical support, urged the BMA. Sa'eed Mothaher Habib al-Samahiji was arrested at his home in 'Issa town, around 15km south of the Manama (pictured), the capital, on 3 January for posting on Twitter. Dr Sa’eed al-Samahiji told his family that he is being held for interrogation regarding a post about the execution of the prominent Saudi Shi’a cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Saudi Arabian Government, and for insulting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Twitter. The doctor still suffers from injuries sustained during a ...
Source: BMA News - March 1, 2016 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Dilaforette and Bahrain's AGU partner for Phase II trial of sevuparin to treat sickle cell disease
Swedish biotech firm Dilaforette and Bahrain-based Arabian Gulf University (AGU) are to collaborate on a Phase II proof-of-concept trial of sevuparin in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) experiencing acute vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC). (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - February 16, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

UNISON takes the ‘route of shame’ in defence of workers’ rights
To mark today’s Human Rights Day, UNISON is taking part in a ‘route of shame’ in London, visiting six embassies and high commissions whose countries have appalling records on workers’ rights. A letter will be delivered by hand to the residing ambassador or high commissioner of Colombia, Turkey, Bahrain, South Korea, Qatar and Swaziland – countries that systematically deny rights to workers and actively seek to undermine or ban trade unions. The letters will be presented by UNISON assistant general secretary and TUC president Liz Snape. Head of the union’s international departme...
Source: UNISON Health care news - December 10, 2015 Category: UK Health Authors: Demetrios Matheou Tags: Article News colombia international qatar social media trade union bill 2015 trade union rights working internationally Source Type: news

Iraq cholera outbreak threatens region
Cases rose sharply last month and infections have been confirmed in Bahrain and Kuwait. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - November 20, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cholera spreads from Iraq to Syria, Kuwait, Bahrain: UNICEF
ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - A cholera outbreak in Iraq has spread to neighboring Syria, Kuwait and Bahrain, and risks turning into a region-wide epidemic as millions of pilgrims prepare to visit the country, UNICEF's Iraq director said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

From Bahrain to Boston for very early onset IBD care
During a recent visit to Boston Children’s Hospital, three-year-old Gassen Boabed quietly entered the waiting room of the hospital’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center. With Mom and big brother in tow, the tiny toddler, boasting a pretty pink headband and nail polish to match, sat at a child-sized table, picked up crayons and started coloring. She was at ease, and her surroundings were familiar. For the past year and a half, Gassen, a native of Bahrain, a small island country east of Saudi Arabia, has been receiving treatment at Boston Children’s for a rare and debilitating condition called very early onse...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - September 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Maureen McCarthy Tags: Diseases & conditions Our patients’ stories Stem cell Athos Bousvaros Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) International Scott Snapper Source Type: news

DSEI weapons fair: authoritarian regimes descend on London
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Azerbaijan and Bahrain are among 61 countries the UK government has invited to biennial eventAuthoritarian regimes including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and Azerbaijan are among the official guests invited by the UK government to one of the world’s largest arms bazaars, opening in London’s Docklands this week.The biennial weapons fair, which opens on Tuesday, is the focus of an increasingly heated debate between those who say major weapons producers such as Britain cannot claim at the same time to defend human rights, and those who say the arms industry provides tens of thousands of jobs a...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 14, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Richard Norton-Taylor Tags: Arms trade Weapons technology Science World news Business BAE Systems UK news Source Type: news

LifeCell looking at around 50% revenue growth in FY16
Internationally, the company has presence in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, including UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - August 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What It's Like to Have Severe Sleep Paralysis
(Photo: SOA) By Melissa Dahl It didn't happen every night, but every now and then, Blake Smith, a 45-year-old writer and programmer from Kennesaw, Georgia, would jolt awake, believing he was under attack. Just what exactly was attacking him was something of a mystery, as it was invisible -- a ghost, maybe. Whatever it was, he could feel that it meant him harm. Related: What It's Like to Need Hardly Any Sleep What was really happening, he now knows, was that he was experiencing sleep paralysis, a phenomenon that occurs either upon falling asleep or awakening and is thought to be a mix-up of normal REM sleep. On the one hand...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fears of MERS Virus Prompt Broadening of Cautions in South Korea
Officials nearly doubled the number of quarantined people, temporarily closed over 700 kindergartens and schools, and refused to identify the hospitals where infections had been confirmed. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 3, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHOE SANG-HUN Tags: Viruses South Korea Saudi Arabia SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Qatar China Bahrain Hospitals Hong Kong MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) World Health Organization Source Type: news

How MERS Patient Zero Inadvertently Sparked An Outbreak In South Korea
We reported him to the disease control center but because he went to Bahrain, which was all we knew at that time, his case dragged on," said an official at the hospital where he was diagnosed on May 20, who also declined to be identified. "Too much time was spent finding him positive." The person the index patient shared a room with at the Pyeongtaek hospital contracted MERS, as did that person's son, who had visited. The son broke voluntary quarantine and traveled to Hong Kong and mainland China, where he was diagnosed with MERS. He is in hospital in China. As of Wednesday, the i...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 3, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Secrecy Surrounding MERS Outbreak Fuels Fear, Confusion In South Korea
By Ju-min Park and Sohee Kim SEOUL, June 2 (Reuters) - Fear and confusion mounted in South Korea over news of the first two deaths from an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and the government's decision not to name hospitals treating infected patients. Shoppers snapped-up face masks and hand sanitizers, and Samsung Electronics instituted twice-daily temperature checks of staff and said it would refrain from holding large-scale events. Life on Seoul's bustling streets, however, seemed as normal on Tuesday - a far cry from the empty sidewalks seen in Asian cities such as Hong Kong during the d...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 2, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Republic of Korea
On 20 May 2015, the National IHR Focal Point of the Republic of Korea notified WHO of the first laboratory confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection. On 21 May, two additional confirmed cases were reported. The first case is a 68 year-old male with the following travel history: 18-29 April, Bahrain; 29-30 April, United Arab Emirates; 30 April to 1 May, Bahrain; 1-2 May, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2 May, Bahrain; and 2-3 May, Qatar. The patient arrived at Korea’s Incheon International airport via Qatar on 4 May. He was asymptomatic on arrival. The patient developed symptoms ...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - May 24, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, coronavirus [subject], coronavirus infections, hygiene [subject], disinfection, disinfect, travel [subject], travel and health, air travel, Disease outbreak news Source Type: news

South Korea confirms second case of MERS virus; third case possible
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean health officials have confirmed the country's second case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who nursed her infected husband before he was diagnosed with the disease after a trip to Bahrain. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 21, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

South Korea reports first case of MERS virus; patient stable
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean health officials on Wednesday confirmed the country's first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in a patient who recently returned from Bahrain and is in stable condition after being treated for a high fever and cough. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

The SESAME Laboratory: Celebrating the Power of Light
This year is UNESCO's International Year of Light, and it's a very important one for a project that's close to my heart. UNESCO's theme this year is extremely broad, giving us the opportunity to celebrate subjects ranging from the development of LED lighting, honored last year by the award of the Nobel Prize in physics, to projects at CERN that will allow us to increase the brightness of the beams in our flagship Large Hadron Collider, LHC, and thereby enhance its capacity to bring us new insights into the inner workings of the universe we live in. But the project that I want to talk about here is SESAME, which stands for...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Irish medical college in Bahrain inspected for abuses
RCSI campus visited by Irish Medical Council following criticism by human-rights groups (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - October 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Apollo Hospitals explore partnerships in Bahrain's healthcare industry
Apollo Hospitals is exploring partnership opportunities in the super-specialty sector of the healthcare industry in Bahrain, a company official said. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - September 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Are Precautions for Someone Traveling to the Middle East About the Risk of MERS?
Discussion Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory illness cause by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. People with confirmed cases of MERS have developed severe respiratory illness that includes acute onset of cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Other symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. Pneumonia is common, and patients may progress to respiratory failure. Other end organ failure has occurred, particularly kidney failure and septic shock. The death rate is up to ~30% currently. People with compromised immune systems are more at risk. T...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Critics claim Irish visit to Bahrain medical university will be stage-managed
One Irish-trained doctor remains in Bahraini prison following treatment of 2011 protesters (Source: The Irish Times - Health)
Source: The Irish Times - Health - May 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Nafeez Ahmed
From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon realityIf anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasn't happened. And it won't.Instead the post-2008 crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferatio...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 1, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Nafeez Ahmed Tags: theguardian.com Blogposts Inflation World news Ukraine Food Protest Geology Peak oil Climate change Venezuela Environment Agriculture Science Source Type: news

Global riot epidemic due to demise of cheap fossil fuels | Nafeez Ahmed
From South America to South Asia, a new age of unrest is in full swing as industrial civilisation transitions to post-carbon realityIf anyone had hoped that the Arab Spring and Occupy protests a few years back were one-off episodes that would soon give way to more stability, they have another thing coming. The hope was that ongoing economic recovery would return to pre-crash levels of growth, alleviating the grievances fueling the fires of civil unrest, stoked by years of recession. But this hasn't happened. And it won't.Instead the post-2008 crash era, including 2013 and early 2014, has seen a persistence and proliferatio...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 28, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Nafeez Ahmed Tags: Environment Science Geology Food Inflation Protest World news Agriculture Climate change Peak oil Venezuela Ukraine theguardian.com Blogposts Source Type: news