Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world ’s leading infectious cause of blindness
26 September 2018 Tehran Cairo Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. By achieving this milestone, the country becomes the third in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, after Oman in 2012 and Morocco in 2016, to overcome this centuries-old disease. “WHO is pleased to have supported the Islamic Republic of Iran through the validation process,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “But this achievement was made possible by the Government and people of Isl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Daytime sleepiness among young adult Omani car drivers - Al-Abri MA, Al-Adawi S, Al-Abri I, Al-Abri F, Dorvlo A, Wesonga R, Jaju S.
This study aimed to determine the proportion o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Salalah Declaration signals countries ’ firm commitment to universal health coverage
6 September 2018, Salalah, Oman – After the signing yesterday of the UHC 2030 International Health Partnership Global Compact for progress towards universal health coverage by countries of the Region, health ministers, policy-makers and experts from WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region and beyond today called on heads of state and governments of the Region to endorse a vision of UHC in their social, economic and health policies and develop national roadmaps to realize that vision.  In the Salalah Declaration arising from this high-level ministerial meeting, countries have reaffirmed their commitment to UHC ...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 6, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

In landmark initiative, countries of the Region sign UHC2030 Global Compact to progress towards ...
4 September 2018, Salalah, Oman – Today, countries of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region signed a UHC2030 Global Compact during the “Ministerial meeting on the road towards universal health coverage” taking place in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Ministers of health and heads of delegations collectively approved the landmark document, making the Region the first among WHO’s 6 regions to do so.   The signing of the UHC2030 Global Compact demonstrates a high level of commitment to take action to make progress towards UHC by all countries of the Region. It means that signat...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 4, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Ministerial meeting aims to pave the way towards universal health coverage in the Eastern ...
28 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt – A ministerial meeting on the road to universal health coverage (UHC) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region will be held in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Hosted by the Government of Oman and organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the 3-day meeting will bring together ministers of health, high-level officials from ministries of health and finance, global and regional experts, parliamentarians and development partners. The meeting is part of WHO’s efforts to maintain a strong focus on UHC by holding a series of events throughout 2018. The meet...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 28, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Ministerial meeting paves the way for universal health coverage in the Region
28 August 2018, Cairo, Egypt – A ministerial meeting on the road to universal health coverage (UHC) in the Eastern Mediterranean Region will be held in Salalah, Oman, from 3 to 5 September 2018. Hosted by the Government of Oman and organized by the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, the 3-day meeting will bring together ministers of health, high-level officials from ministries of health and finance, global and regional experts, parliamentarians and development partners. The meeting is part of WHO’s efforts to maintain a strong focus on UHC by holding a series of events throughout 2018. The meet...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 28, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

What Causes School Failure?
Discussion “Literacy is traditionally meant as the ability to read and write. The modern term’s meaning has been expanded to include the ability to use language, numbers, images, computers, and other basic means to understand, communicate, gain useful knowledge, solve mathematical problems and use the dominant symbol systems of a culture.” The earliest written communication was in 3500-3000 BCE, with the earliest alphabet being from 1200-750 BCE. Although the percentage of the world’s adult literacy rate is increasing each decade by ~5%, “…from 55.7 per cent in 1950 to 86.2 per cent in...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 30, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Impact of medical conditions and medications on road traffic safety - Chitme HR, Al-Kashmiri A, Al-Thehli HM, Al-Qanoobi MJ, Al-Mushefri MM, Venuvgopal J.
OBJECTIVES: Many medical conditions and medicines with therapeutic importance have been shown to impair driving skills, causing road traffic accidents, which leads to great human and economic suffering in Oman. The primary purpose of this study was to asse... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Tanzania:Tourists in Anti-Cancer Initiative Via Kili Climb
[Daily News] THE local tourism sector has been given a boost, courtesy of the jetting into Tanzania, of 21 foreigners from Oman, whose goal is to conquer the Kili, as the country's world famous mountain, Kilimanjaro, is fondly known. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Safeguarding health during storm season: preparedness and emergency response in the Gulf of Aden
5 June 2018 – Within a week, 2 record-setting tropical cyclones that formed in the Gulf of Aden made landfall, wreaking widespread havoc in Somalia, Oman and Yemen. The World Health Organization is supporting direct response efforts in Somalia and Yemen, while Oman relies on its preparedness developed in partnership with WHO. On 19 May, cyclone Sagar made landfall in north-western Somaliland with heavy rainfall, strong winds and flash floods. Subsequent flooding displaced nearly 230 000 people, killed at least 34 people, damaged cropland and infrastructure, and killed livestock. In total, over 750 000 people we...
Source: WHO EMRO News - June 5, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari appointed as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean
28 May 2018 Geneva – The World Health Organization’s Executive Board, currently holding its 143rd session in Geneva, has appointed Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari of Oman as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, following his nomination by a special session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean on 19 May, 2018. Dr Al-Mandhari will take up his appointment for a term of 5 years and 8 months starting on 1 June 2018.  In his acceptance speech, Dr Al-Mandhari extended his thanks and appreciation to the members of the WHO Executive Board and the Regional Committee for his nomination and ap...
Source: WHO EMRO News - May 27, 2018 Category: Middle East Health 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

Measuring risky driving behaviours among young drivers: development of a scale for the Oman setting - Al Reesi H, Freeman J, Davey J, Al Adawi S, Al Maniri A.
Background A large body of road safety research has focused on developing self-report measurement scales that identify the type and frequency of risk driving behaviours that lead to crash involvement. With the dearth of Arabic measurement tools, the aim o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Growing 'dead zone' confirmed by underwater robots in the Gulf of Oman
(University of East Anglia) New research reveals a growing 'dead zone' in the Gulf of Oman. Little data has been collected in the area for almost 50 years because of piracy and geopolitical tensions.The area devoid of oxygen was confirmed by underwater robots. Reasearchers found an area larger than Scotland with almost no oxygen left. The environmental disaster is worse than expected with dire consequences for fish and marine plants, plus humans who rely on the oceans for food and employment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 27, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
Disease news outbreak for MERS_CoV in Oman. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

What Growth Charts Are Best?
Discussion “The value of growth assessment is thus its principal utility as a key screening tool in order to assess children’s general well-being, to identify faltering and excessive growth, to evaluate maternal lactation performance and infant feeding practices, and to manage her children with medical conditions known to adversely affect growth,….” Thus having assessment tools is important. Growth charts are assessment tools measuring height/length, weight, head circumference and body mass index. Some commonly used growth charts are: WHO child growth chart standards They were developed using lo...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 12, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Launch of Oman National NCD Action Plan
11 February 2018 – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's speech in Muscat, Oman (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - February 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject] Source Type: news

Launch of WHO-Oman Country Cooperation Strategy 2018-2022
10 February 2018 – Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's speech at Crowne Plaza Hotel, Muscat, Oman (Source: WHO Director-General speeches)
Source: WHO Director-General speeches - February 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: director-general [subject], director-general [subject], director-general [subject], health policy [subject], national health programmes, policy [subject] Source Type: news

Distribution of trauma care facilities in Oman in relation to high-incidence road traffic injury sites: pilot study - Al-Kindi SM, Naiem AA, Taqi KM, Al-Gheiti NM, Al-Toobi IS, Al-Busaidi NQ, Al-Harthy AZ, Taqi AM, Ba-Alawi SA, Al-Qadhi HA.
This study aimed to evaluate the distribution of trauma care facilities in Oman... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – United Arab Emirates
On 11 December 2017, the National IHR Focal Point of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported one additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) infection. Detailed information concerning the case reported, a 39-year-old male residing in Hemma Region, Oman can be found in a separate document (see link below). The case is currently asymptomatic, is in home isolation in Oman, and is being monitored for the development of symptoms. 

 (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 22, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
Disease Outbreak News for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus in Oman (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - November 10, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Left By Explorer's Armada, Shipwreck Yields 'Earliest Known' Marine Astrolabe
Sunk off Oman, the ship once sailed in the fleet of Vasco da Gama, who found a sea route from Europe to India. Now, researchers say an artifact found on board is a 500-year-old navigation tool.(Image credit: University of Warwick) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Colin Dwyer Source Type: news

Disentangling age-gender interactions associated with risks of fatal and non-fatal road traffic injuries in the Sultanate of Oman - Al-Aamri AK, Padmadas SS, Zhang LC, Al-Maniri AA.
OBJECTIVE: Road traffic injuries (RTIs) are the leading cause of disability-adjusted life years lost in Oman, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. Injury prevention strategies often overlook the interaction of individual and behavioural risk factors in a... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Young Adults Source Type: news

Against All the Odds, Syria ’s National Soccer Team Is Close to Qualifying for the World Cup
As its cities lay in ruins and millions of its citizens continue to suffer the horrors of a vicious civil war, Syria has its eyes on a bright and unexpected goal this week: a long-sought World Cup spot. An underdog Syrian squad, ranked 75th in the world, has claimed credible draws with regional heavyweights like South Korea and Iran and beaten the likes of China, Qatar, and Uzbekistan to clinch a runners-up place and a chance to qualify for the first time for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. They just have a few games standing in their way. “The important thing is that the team is determined to try and qualify for...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - October 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Eli Meixler Tags: Uncategorized onetime Soccer Sports Syria World World Cup Source Type: news

What Causes Microcephaly?
Patient Presentation A 5-month-old male came to clinic for his health supervision visit and followup from his neonatal intensive care stay. He was born prematurely at 28 weeks gestation and his stay was complicated by a right sided Grade III intraventricular hemorrhage, a left-sided Grade IV intraventricular hemorrhage, neonatal seizures, respiratory distress and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, retinopathy of prematurity, acute kidney injury that had resolved, possible necrotizing enterocolitis incidents x 2, and herpes simplex encephalitis. He was on home oxygen, a nasogastric feeding tube because of aspiration risk and mult...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 25, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
On 30 August 2017, the national IHR focal point of Oman reported one case of Middle East respiratory syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). The last report of MERS-CoV from Oman was on 29 November 2016. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - September 12, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Pre-hospital care in Oman: results from hospital based trauma registry (Safety-2016 abstract #306) - Mehmood A, Allen KA, Salami J, Kashmiri AA, Busaidi AA, Stevens K, Hyder AA.
BACKGROUND Many injury victims die before reaching a hospital due to inadequate pre-hospital care and transport. Prompt emergency care can save lives and prevent disabilities but the inconsistent availability of formal Emergency Medical Services (EMS) make... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Pattern of childhood injuries: findings from hospital based injury surveillance system in Oman (Safety-2016 abstract #918) - Mehmood A, Ellen KA, Salami J, Al Yazidi M, Al Abri J, Hyder AA.
Background Globally, injuries cause death and disability for millions of children every year. Literature from high-income rapidly developing countries, such as the Arab Gulf states, on this burden is sparse. Realising this gap, a surveillance system was es... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Development and pilot test of an mHealth trauma registry in Oman (Safety-2016 abstract #338) - Mehmood A, Chan E, Allen K, Kashmiri AA, Busaidi AA, Stevens K, Maniri AA, Hyder AA.
BACKGROUND Trauma registries (TRs) play a vital role in the assessment of trauma care, but are often underutilised in countries with a high burden of injuries. We postulated that emerging technologies in trauma and injury surveillance could enable the desi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 29, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

SPM in Real Life: Summer ‘17
NEW MEMBERS: Summer ‘17 Welcome new member, Geoffrey Milos! Geoffrey writes that he has a great interest in electronic health records (EHR) and how they enable individuals to more fully participate in the management of their own health care. Patient access to their respective, complete EHR is key to this empowerment. Individuals seem to be making progress on this front, slowly but surely. Geoffrey is interested in active innovators in the personal health care application space, specifically applications that can accept provider-sourced EHR inputs and other organizations that actively promote individual acce...
Source: Society for Participatory Medicine - August 18, 2017 Category: General Medicine Authors: Nanette Mattox Tags: Newsletter Community Members New Members Summer '17 Source Type: news

Oman beating NCDs at the souk, the restaurant and the bakery doors
From smoke-free souks to low-salt bread, businesses and communities in the Sultanate of Oman are leading the charge against noncommunicable diseases, like heart and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Guided by the country ’s Nizwa Healthy Lifestyle Project (NHLP), Oman’s oldest community-based health promotion project founded in 1999, many layers of society – from the national consumer protection authority and municipal authorities to various businesses – have joined forces to reduce risks that causes NCDs an d, in turn, improve health. (Source: WHO Feature Stories)
Source: WHO Feature Stories - August 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: communicable disease [subject], infectious diseases, noncommunicable disease [subject], chronic diseases, Eastern Mediterranean Region [region], Feature [doctype], Oman [country] Source Type: news

Ocular trauma: a tertiary hospital experience from Oman - Al-Mahrouqi HH, Al-Harthi N, Al-Wahaibi M, Hanumantharayappa K.
PURPOSE: To describe the epidemiology of ocular trauma in a tertiary hospital setting in Muscat, Oman. METHODS: Medical records of all cases of ocular trauma which presented to the Emergency Department at Al-Nahdha Hospital and were seen by the oph... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 5, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Outcomes of multi-trauma road traffic crashes at a tertiary hospital in Oman: does attendance by trauma surgeons versus non-trauma surgeons make a difference? - Al-Kashmiri A, Al-Shaqsi SZ, Al-Marhoobi N, Hasan M.
This study aimed to assess the outcomes of multi-trauma road tr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 16, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Locum's Nest gets $1.4M to help NHS Trusts fill shifts
Locum ’s Nest, a UK technology startup aiming to disrupt the way NHS hospitals staff temporary doctor vacancies, has raised $1.4 million (£1.1 million) in a round led by UK investment manager Albion Capital and Oman-based innovation firm IDO Investments. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - July 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Mideast: Growing Urbanisation Worsens Water Scarcity, Food Imports
Egyptian countryside south of Luxor, Egypt. In the background: the village of Al Bayadiyah. Photo: Marc Ryckaert (MJJR). Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.By Baher KamalROME, May 24 2017 (IPS)Conflict and insecurity remain the key barriers to development progress in the Middle East and North Africa. In Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Yemen, about half the population—around 40 million people—require humanitarian assistance. Across the region, countries depend heavily on food imports. As their populations urbanise and grow, the need for imports will increase. These are some of the Middle East and North of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Baher Kamal Tags: Armed Conflicts Development & Aid Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Middle East & North Africa Migration & Refugees Poverty & SDGs T Source Type: news

The influence of the internet on teenagers' behaviour in Oman - Al-Badi AH, Al Mahrouqi S, Ali O.
Recently, the emergence of advanced technology has impacted on all aspects of our lives; it has had both positive and negative consequences. As can be seen currently, the evolving technology can have a strong impact on people's lives, and especially if the... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Users' activities on social media as indicators of self-esteem: a case study in Oman -
Social media have been used as a communication tool worldwide, but recently, with the advancement in technology, it has become a way of reflecting personal life online. It provides incredible tools to create personal accounts that can be easily viewed by o... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 5, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

The painful sacrifice: the epidemiology of hand injuries during the holy festivals in the Sultanate of Oman-a 10-year case-control study - Al-Shaqsi S, Al-Bulushi T, Al-Salmi A, Al-Kashmiri A, Al-Lawatti A.
BACKGROUND: The human hand is an important functional and sensory organ. Its complex anatomy reflects its important functional capabilities. Many Muslim countries observe the holy festivals with a traditional sacrifice of an animal in order to share the me... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Injuries, violence, and bullying among middle school students in Oman - Peyton RP, Ranasinghe S, Jacobsen KH.
OBJECTIVES: Injuries account for a substantial proportion of the burden of disease in adolescents globally. This paper describes injury rates and associated exposures, and risk behaviors in Oman's 2010 Global School-based Student Health Survey (GSHS). ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - May 2, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Trauma care in Oman: a call for action - Mehmood A, Allen KA, Al-Maniri A, Al-Kashmiri A, Al-Yazidi M, Hyder AA.
Many Arab countries have undergone the epidemiologic transition of diseases with increasing economic development and a proportionately decreasing prevalence of communicable diseases. With this transition, injuries have emerged as a major cause of mortality... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 31, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Commentary Source Type: news

Safety performance appraisal at roundabouts: case study of Salalah City in Oman - Farag SG, Hashim IH.
This article aims to evaluate the safety performance of the roundabouts in Oman thr... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Survey of future railroad operations and the role of automation - Brooks JD, Groshong H, Liu A, Houpt P, Oman C.
The objective of this work was to elicit ideas from the railroad industry about future automation systems and their impact on future operating configurations (such as the r... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 13, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Oman
On 29 November 2016, the National IHR Focal Point of Oman reported one (1) additional case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - December 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Iranian coastal waters: New home to a rarely seen venomous sea snake
G ünther's sea snake (Microcephalophis cantoris), a rarely seen venomous sea snake with distribution thought to stretch from the Malay Peninsula to Pakistan, has now been recorded from Iranian coastal waters off the western Gulf of Oman, more than 400 kilometers away from the westernmost boundary of its previously known range. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Iranian coastal waters: New home to a rarely seen venomous sea snake
(Pensoft Publishers) G ü nther's sea snake is a rarely seen venomous snake with distribution thought to stretch from the Malay Peninsula to Pakistan. Scientists, studying sea snake diversity in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman, confirmed the occurrence of the species in Iranian coastal waters off the western Gulf of Oman, more than 400 kilometers away from the westernmost boundary of its previously known range. This new record is published in the open access journal ZooKeys. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - October 10, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news

OpenAthens & Knowledge E announce strategic partnership to extend seamless access to research literature
OpenAthens and Knowledge E today announce the signing of a new strategic partnership that will bring single sign-on (SSO) access to essential academic and professional information resources to a wider range of organisations throughout the Middle East. OpenAthens provides secure SAML-based access for both service providers (including major academic and professional publishers across the world) and identity providers such as healthcare systems, research organisations and universities, connecting end-users with the information they need. This new partnership will allow more organisations to join peers such as the Ministr...
Source: News from STM - September 12, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: STM Publishing News Tags: Featured World Source Type: news

A closed-loop model of operator visual attention, situation awareness, and performance across automation mode transitions - Johnson AW, Duda KR, Sheridan TB, Oman CM.
This article describes a closed-loop, integrated human-vehicle model designed to help understand the underlying cognitive processes that influenced changes in subject visual attention, mental workload, and situation awareness across control mode... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 9, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

U.K. tech fund Cambridge Innotavion Capital raises $98.5m ahead of expected IPO
Cambridge Innovation Capital, a U.K.-based tech start-up fund focused on the healthcare sector, said it raised $98.5 million (U.K. £75 million) ahead of an expected initial public offering. Joining the round were Woodford Investment Management, Oman Investment Fund and Lansdowne Partners, according to a report from the U.K.’s Telegraph. The start-up fund has previously funded 13 companies in the tech & healthcare sectors, including Cambridge Medical Robotics. Money from the current round is slated to go towards providing additional investment to its already supported businesses as well as new investment opp...
Source: Mass Device - August 22, 2016 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cambridge Innovation Capital Cambridge Medical Robotics Source Type: news

Ghana: Kennedy Agyapong Has 'Political Malaria'
[Ghana Star] Highlife and Reggae artiste, Ekow Micah, has spoken against the political behaviour of Assin North MP and owner of Oman FM, Kennedy Kwame Ohene Agyapong. (Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria)
Source: AllAfrica News: Malaria - August 17, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news