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Landmark Group’s Beat Diabetes Walk returns for its 11th edition

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  • Beat Diabetes 2019 to be held at Dubai Zabeel Park on Friday, November 15th, 2019 with online registrations now open at
  • Annual walkathon will be held in association with Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30 this year
  • Outreach in schools across UAE, competitions for children and in-store activations in Landmark Group retail outlets to be held as a part of the initiative

Landmark Group will be hosting its 11th edition of the Beat Diabetes Walk this year on Friday, November 15th at the Dubai Zabeel Park. The annual flagship CSR initiative spearheaded by the retailer brings together thousands of people year on year to raise awareness about Diabetes among residents in the UAE.

Earlier this year the Landmark Group was chosen as one of the first companies in the UAE to be awarded the Sport’s Imprint Award for their decade-long initiative. The award was presented to Founder Chairman Micky Jagtiani and Chairwoman and CEO of Landmark Group Renuka Jagtiani, by Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.

Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of the Landmark Group, said: “Diabetes is a cause that is extremely close to our heart as it affects so many families. We as a family have experienced the impact of the condition too – and therefore started driving this cause passionately to encourage families to come together and make easy lifestyle changes that can manage this condition.

“With each edition of Beat Diabetes, we have seen the community extend their full support and join us in our efforts to raise awareness about the condition. We are deeply grateful to the leadership of the UAE for recognising our efforts towards the cause and thankful to our longstanding partners Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority and Emirates Diabetes Society for joining hands with us in our mission to raise awareness about diabetes and drive a healthy lifestyle,” she adds.

This year the Beat Diabetes initiative will also join forces with Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30. To reach the wider community and spread the message of leading an active lifestyle amongst children, Beat Diabetes and Dubai Fitness Challenge 30×30 will work together to host month-long fitness events in schools across UAE – towards the common goal of inspiring the UAE community to lead an active lifestyle.

With diabetes becoming increasingly prevalent in the region mainly due to sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets, the need to promote healthy living amongst community has become more important than ever today. According to recent statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in the UAE is expected to double to 2.2 million by 2040.

The Beat Diabetes Walk 2019 will span 3km and include a full schedule of fun-filled activities for both kids and adults including free Zumba, yoga, spot fitness challenges and a sports zone with Bungee challenge, football and basketball. Participants can also opt to get their sugar levels tested at the free blood glucose testing kiosks set up at the venue.

In addition to the Walk, Landmark Group will also be raising funds throughout November, across their brand outlets in the UAE to support Al Jalila Foundation, a global, not-for profit organisation established by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, towards their diabetes research and awareness. Since 2014, the Walk has raised over AED 3 million.

Open to both kids and adults, registrations for the eleventh annual Beat Diabetes Walk in the UAE can be completed online at from 10th October to 22nd November 2019. While children below 8 years can join the walk for free, a participation fee of AED20 per adult, and AED10 for children between 8-14 years will be applied. All funds generated from the participation fees will be donated to charity.

All registered participants will receive a walkathon kit comprising a Beat Diabetes T-shirt and cap via courier through Aramex, the official logistics partner for the walk.

To stay updated on the Beat Diabetes Walk and related activities, please follow the Beat Diabetes Social Media handles:

  • Facebook
  • Instagram – @beat.diabetes
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Thumbay University Hospital to Conduct ‘Health Carnival & Free Mega Medical Camp’ on Friday, October 18

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  • The camp will offer free specialist consultations, free medicines and discounted tests and procedures
  • Special competitions and entertainment programs for families and kids will also be a part of the event, with a number of gifts and prizes to be won

Thumbay University Hospital, the largest private academic hospital in the region located at Thumbay Medicity, Ajman, will be conducting a unique health event titled ‘Thumbay Health Carnival & Free Mega Medical Camp’ which will offer free doctor consultations across all major specialties, free medicines and discounted tests and procedures to visitors, on Friday, 18th October 2019 from 7am to 9pm. The event will be held at Thumbay Medicity – the regional hub of state-of-the-art medical education, healthcare and research, at Al Jurf, Ajman, and will also include the two specialized hospitals of Thumbay Medicity, viz., Thumbay Dental Hospital and the Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital.

The program will kick-off at 7am with an hour-long Yoga Session led by ‘The Art of Living’ foundation. The free medical camp will run from 9am to 9pm, with Thumbay University Hospital offering free specialist consultation along with discounts on lab/radiology services and surgical procedures. Free ultrasound and ECG would also be available to selected patients, based on doctors’ recommendations. Visitors will also be able to book specially discounted surgical and delivery packages. The Thumbay Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Hospital will offer, in addition to free Physiatrist/Physical Therapist consultations, free physiotherapy sessions, Digital Spine Analysis and ‘Risk of Fall Assessment and Fall Prevention’ program for the elderly, as well as 40% discount on all treatments. Free dental consultations and discounted dental procedures can be availed at Thumbay Dental Hospital.

The event is designed as a family fun day, with a variety of special competitions and programs, especially for women and kids. Some of them include ‘Onam Pookkalam’ (floral design) competition for ladies, cultural programs, magic show, musical program, henna, face painting, coloring competition, health quiz and health awareness sessions by pediatricians. Winners of the competitions will be presented with various gifts and prizes like gold coins and health-checkup vouchers. Visitors/participants can also avail free meals at the venue.

For more details and registrations, visit: or; call 06 770 5555 or whatsapp/call 050-5615123, 055-4799121.

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In collaboration with Pink Caravan, Shababeek launched the homemade Pink Pavlova for the month of October and will be donating all proceeds of the dessert to raise awareness for Breast Cancer.

The Pink Pavlova is a homemade meringue-based dessert featuring a delicate crisp crust and is soft from the inside and filled and topped with whip cream. With fresh strawberries and pistachio nuts on top the Pink Pavlova is set to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Guest can enjoy the mouth-watering dessert until October 31st and be part of a great cause at the same time. Pink Caravan is a UAE based breast cancer initiative that fights to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.

Shababeek offers a Lebanese culinary experience in the heart of Sharjah. Opened since 2007, Shababeek has excelled on being the best Lebanese restaurant in Sharjah. The restaurant’s name, which means window in Arabic, was chosen to reflect the vision of opening a new window to Lebanese cuisine. Located on Al Qasbah Canal, Shababeek offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere with fresh and vibrant interiors and a beautiful view.


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Angelina Paris recently launched a beautiful homemade Pink Tart exclusively during the month of October to create awareness of Breast Cancer. The Pink Tart has a crunchy tart base and is topped with creamy white chocolate, delicate cream and strawberry-flavored pink pearls.

In addition to the Pink Tarte, the Parisian café launched four more unique flavours; Mango, Chocolate, Strawberry and Mixed Berries.

The Angelina tart is a delicate light and fruity pastry. Enjoy the sweetness of the crunchy tart topped with fresh fruits that will delightfully surprise your taste buds.

The Parisian café is known to celebrate the “French way of Life”. The famous L’Africain hot chocolate, composed of three carefully selected kinds of African cacao from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, compliments the tarts perfectly. Set to satisfy your sweet tooth and created daily by the chefs, diners can savour the sumptuous homemade selection of tarts, priced at AED 44 each, during the month of October only. The new tart flavours are available at both The Dubai Mall and Zero6 Mall in Sharjah.

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Everyone can sign up now to participate in the once-in-a-lifetime session, HIIT 30×30 with Joe Wicks, on 26 October at Skydive Dubai

Be part of an attempt to set a Guinness World Record during Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC), as it teams up with ‘The Body Coach’ Joe Wicks to host the world’s largest high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class on Saturday 26 October.

The best-selling author and Instagram fitness star will lead the intense cardio session at Skydive Dubai, giving Dubai’s residents the chance to break a sweat and a world record at the same time. The free-to-attend session, presented by DEWA, will feature a 30-minute class with a series of short and intense periods of anaerobic exercises, followed by short recovery breaks.

Wicks currently holds the record title himself with a HIIT class of 3,804 participants he led in London in 2017 – and has now called upon the city of Dubai to be ‘In It, Together’ to beat that record.

The session promises to be moderate in intensity, with a basic level of fitness required to participate.  In order to break the Guinness World Record, all participants must complete the full 30-minute workout without stopping. Participation in HIIT30x30 is free, for people aged 18 years and above, with more details and registration available at:×30-with-joe-wicks.

Delivering on its promise to being bigger and better, the record-breaking session is part of Dubai Fitness Challenge’s drive to inspire Dubai’s residents to commit to at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day for 30 days. The session is amongst a number of citywide events and sessions designed to increase accessibility of fitness and wellness activities for people of all ages, abilities and fitness levels.

For more information on all events and activities across the city during Dubai Fitness Challenge, please visit the official DFC website:

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Keeping our skin safe

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Dr Shadan Naji, Dermatologist and Cosmetic Medicine, Valiant Clinic, shares some tips to protect yourself from skin cancer

Skin cancer is one of the common cancers affecting people. Although daunting, what few people realise is that, if caught early, it is fully curable. Success rates for curing skin cancer and managing the disease over a person’s lifetime is very high, only if detected early.

Skin cancer can originate from any part of the body, but most commonly shows up on skin that has had prolonged exposure to sunlight. This especially applies to areas that have been exposed the sun for years.

One of the most important keys to skin cancer prevention is proper sun protection, especially for light-toned skin. However, skin cancer can affect anyone, so we all need to be careful.

You must use sunscreen on a daily basis. Apply about half an hour before you leave home, and ensure that areas directly exposed to the sun, like the face and arms are properly covered. Even if you don’t spend extended amounts of time in the sun, you should still apply sunscreen if you are stepping out.

If you do have to be outside, try to avoid exposure to sunlight when the rays are the strongest – between 10 am and 4 pm. If you do have to be outside during these hours, make sure you apply sunscreen and replenish regularly, and wear clothing that covers your body effectively.

Sunburnt skin is also more susceptible to develop cancer, and children need special protection. The effect of sunscreen lasts for about 2-3 hours, so it is important to reapply especially if children are playing outside for prolonged periods of time.

The final step to early detection of skin cancer is periodic examination, especially of anomalies like moles on the skin or any new lesions that appear. Regular checks will help early diagnosis and correct management, and help full recovery.

People with light-toned skin should have regular check-ups with a dermatologist, so you can detect malignancy in time.

Protection is always better than cure though, so follow the tips above and keep yourself safe.

Dr. Shadan Naji

Valiant Clinic

Specialist Dermatologist

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Hospital rolls out ‘Employee Wellness Programme’ ahead of World Heart Day

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  • RAK Hospital gives Health Talks on heart health and organises full-day cardiac camps across several corporates
  • The Hospital will further hold free cardiac screening for general public at its premises on September 29th, from 9am to 4pm

With the focus on fostering heart-health and to reduce cardiac-related incidences among office-goers, RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah is running the ‘Employees Wellness Programme’ ahead of World Heart Day on September 29th. The programme includes Health Talks and full-day cardiac camps and consultation with cardiologist in several corporates across the emirate, educating the employees on the causes of heart diseases and preventive measures, besides lifestyle changes to boost heart health. Such awareness drives are essential to educate office-goers in combating work-place related stress and pressures. So far hundreds of people have benefited from Health Talks and screening.

Moreover, RAK Hospital will be organising a free screening by cardiologists at its premises which includes height, weight, blood pressure, sugar levels and ECG if required. The screening will be held on September 29th between 9am and 4pm at the RAK Eye Care building.

According to the annual 2019 worldwide 360 Well-being Survey conducted earlier this year, there is a significant need to create awareness on cardiac health, particularly for residents aged between 35 and 49 in the UAE. The survey further revealed that around 22 percent faced unimaginable stress at work, while 96 per cent see the negative impact of colleague’s stress. These, combined with familial responsibilities, lack of time for self-care, a prevalent sedentary lifestyle and bad eating habits are often leading causative factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD).

“Studies, as well as incidental examples have shown that even younger population among the UAE residents are falling victim to heart diseases. The same is the case with hypertension, which – according to last year’s UAE National Health Survey – was most prevalent among residents aged between 30 and 44, which is largely the office-going people. This is why we targeted this group in particular to educate them on cardiac health,” said Dr Arun Goyal, Associate Medical Director, Consultant and Head of Department, Cardiac Surgery at RAK Hospital, who gave the health talks across all corporates.

Corporates who have benefited from the exercise include RAK Ceramics, Cove Rotana, Union Cement, JK Cement, Saqr Port, Guardian Glass, ACE Cranes, Laticrete, Hira Industries and Ahmed Tea, among others.

RAK Hospital’s wellness programmes are designed to promote lifestyle changes amongst people. The system creates a win-win situation for all – leading to healthy employees, productive workplaces, reduced medicare utilization cost and lower annual premiums for organizations. The programme manages the health, wellness and lifestyle of over 50 corporates covering thousands of employees by integrating lifestyle assessment and correction systems into their workplace.

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Ministry of Health & Prevention Targets Elderly Citizens and School Students Under its “Mobile Healthcare Services”

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The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) recently unveiled the increasing number of the beneficiaries from the Mobile Healthcare Services to 2730 individuals between 2017 and 2018 compared to the total number of the beneficiaries since the launch of the service in 2016 which reached 5692 individuals.

The Mobile Healthcare Initiative aims to provide primary and secondary healthcare services to elderly citizens and school students in remote areas.

Dr. Aisha Suhail, Director of Primary Health Care Department, said: “The Mobile Healthcare Program includes lab tests, nutrition tips, osteoporosis, Pap smear, chronic disease, and diabetes clinic and smoking cessation clinic. It also includes ENT clinics and a preventive program for oral and dental health.”


Dr. Aisha also highlighted the achievements of the program in 2018, as physiotherapists, psychotherapists, nurses, home care physicians and mobile clinics were trained through various workshops and conferences. In addition to the operation of the dental clinic in the mobile outpatient clinics in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, and provide a comprehensive examination of oral health and preventive dental fillings for school students

The Director of MoHAP’s Primary Health Care Department highlighted that the mobile health clinics provide treatment and preventive services to citizens in primary health centers on specific dates. The mobile units include Chronic Disease Clinic, Cardiovascular Clinic, Eye Clinic, Dental Clinic, and Dermatology Clinic.

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Vocera Enhances the Mobile Communication Experience with New Vocera Vina Smartphone App

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  • Human-centred design drives improved quality of care and patient safety

Vocera Communications, Inc. (NYSE:VCRA), a recognised leader in clinical communication and workflow solutions, today announced the release of Vocera Vina, the company’s revolutionary new smartphone application. The customisable communication app presents prioritised patient-centric calls, secure messages, and alerts in a unified inbox, and provides an intuitive user experience for clinicians inside and outside the hospital. Powered by the Vocera Platform, Vina delivers relevant context about clinical events, patient status, and clinician availability, helping care teams improve safety, quality of care, and experience for patients and care teams.

“In the busy and unpredictable environment of a hospital, physicians and nurses must connect quickly with each other and with patient information to deliver safe, compassionate and effective care,” said David Augsburger, director of clinical informatics at Major Health Partners. “Vocera Vina has the essential functionality needed to move all our clinicians to one platform for all clinical communication and collaboration, which will help them connect with the right people, make informed decisions, prioritise actions, and respond rapidly to emerging situations.”

To help clinicians stay focused on what matters most, Vina presents incoming communication in order of importance, along with context that provides a meaningful picture of the patient situation. Drawing from a dynamic master directory and intelligent workflow engine of the Vocera Platform, the app delivers secure messaging, voice calling, and prioritised clinical alert and alarm notifications to the right clinician or care team.

Contextual patient information like vital signs, fall risk scores, lab values, nurse-call information, and critical data like sepsis risk indicators can be automatically attached to a message or incoming call notification. The entire care team can see the full history of calls, messages, alerts, and alarms pertaining to a patient or event within a single conversational thread, and clinicians can easily see when others are busy or unavailable and should not be interrupted. They also can reach colleagues simply by saying a name, role or group.

“Building better healthcare technology means understanding a day in the life of a clinician,” said Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera. “Vina is the only smartphone app that care teams need for simple and secure communication. In fast-paced, chaotic healthcare environments, the intuitive user experience helps make the lives of doctors and nurses much easier and mitigates cognitive load, which impacts quality of care, safety and the well-being of patients and clinicians.”


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Study Investigates the Utility of Masimo ORi™, Oxygen Reserve Index, to Reduce Hyperoxia in Critically Ill Patients

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Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today that in a randomized controlled study involving 150 ICU patients recently published as a letter in Intensive Care Medicine, researchers investigated whether monitoring with Masimo ORi™ (Oxygen Reserve Index) could reduce the time critically ill patients spend with moderate hyperoxia, compared to monitoring with oxygen saturation (SpO2) alone.1 ORi is an index of oxygenation in the moderate hyperoxic region, defined as arterial partial pressure of oxygen, PaO2in the range of 100 to 200 mmHg). As an “index” with a scale between 0.0 and 1.0, ORi can be trended to notify clinicians of changes in a patient’s oxygen reserve.

Dr. Sigismond Lasocki and colleagues at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire of Angers, France (CHU Angers), sought to evaluate whether controlling the fraction of inspired oxygen (FiO2) in mechanically ventilated patients based on monitoring with ORi, rather than with SpO2 alone, could reduce the time patients spend in a moderately hyperoxic state (PaO2 ≥ 100 mmHg). 150 critically ill adult patients, all of whom were mechanically ventilated for at least 2 days, were divided randomly into an ORi and a control group. ORi and SpO2 were measured using the Masimo Root® Patient Monitoring and Connectivity Platform and rainbow® sensors. In the ORi group, nurses were instructed to decrease FiO2 when ORi ≥ 0.01. In the control (SpO2 only) group, they were instructed to decrease FiO2 when SpO2 ≥ a prescribed upper limit. PaO2 was measured by analyzing arterial blood gasses.

Data from 75 patients in the ORi group and 71 patients in the control group were analyzed. The researchers found that monitoring with ORi allowed a statistically significant reduction in the percentage of days patients spent with hyperoxia without a statistically significant increase in hypoxia: 14% were hyperoxic (0 to 33%) in the ORi group vs. 33% (11 to 56%) in the control group (p = 0.003). The percentage of hours spent with hyperoxia was also “much lower” using ORi: 7.4% were hyperoxic (0 – 24.8%) in the ORi group vs. 17.3% (3.8 – 43.1%) in the control group for PaO2 ≥ 100 mmHg (p = 0.0069), and 0% (0 – 7.2%) in the ORi group vs. 5.6% (0 – 18.1%) in the control group for PaO2 ≥ 120 mmHg (p = 0.0037).

The researchers concluded that “The use of ORi monitoring to titrate oxygen rates allowed an important reduction of the time spent with hyperoxia compared with the use of SpO2 alone, probably because nurses are reluctant to decrease oxygen rates when SpO2 is in a normal range. A nurse-driven protocol to adjust FiO2 according to SpO2 was already in place in our unit, explaining why the percentage of time with hyperoxia we observed in the control group was much less than usually reported (30 vs 60%). This strategy to decrease oxygen rate according to ORi (which detects high PaO2) may thus be even more efficient in units where there is no protocol to adjust oxygen rates. SpO2 could remain a warning for hypoxia and ORi for hyperoxia. Larger studies are needed to evaluate the clinical benefit of this strategy.”

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