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Friends of Arthritis Patients Association finalizes preparations for its 6th annual marathon

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  • The marathon will be launched on the 24th of February at Al Mamzar in Sharjah

The Friends of Arthritis Patients Associations has announced that it has completed its preparations for its 6th annual marathon that will take place on the 24th of February, under the slogan “Call now, don’t hesitate.” The marathon will be held along the coast of Al Mamzar beach and will continue until the Al Qasba Roundabout. The marathon, which will take place on Saturday, is expected to draw more than 5,000 participants of all ages.

The marathon aims to raise awareness on Arthritis and its symptoms and ways of treatment. The marathon, which starts at 4 pm, also aims to provide moral and financial support to arthritis patients.

Waheeda Abdul Aziz, Head of the Friends of Arthritis Patients Association, stated that the marathon represents an important annual event for the Association, where it has successfully attracted more than 8,000 participants of all ages during its last 5 editions. She also stated that the marathon has contributed to raising awareness on Arthritis, and its causes and ways of prevention. She added that the marathon also helps to support Arthritis patients and their families through the community’s involvement in the race.

Abdul Aziz called on all members of the community to participate in this marathon that encourages physical activity and promotes a healthier lifestyle. She also noted that registration is free and can be done at the marathon’s location. She added that the marathon will also include family events, health checks and consultations that will be organized in cooperation with the health support Associations of the Health promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah.

The marathon runs a total distance of six kilometers and consists of five stages. The first stage is one kilometer long and consists of a walking race for male and female retirees with Arthritis who are part of the Association, as well as people with mobility disabilities. The second stage is a one kilometer running race for boys and girls from the ages of 6 to 10 years old, in addition to people with mental and hearing disabilities.

The third stage is 2 Kilometers long and is organized for young boys and girls, as well as people with mental disabilities, from the ages of 11 to 15 years old. The fourth stage is 4 Kilometers long and is organized for young boys between the ages of 15 and 18 years old. The fifth and final stage is 6 Kilometers long and is organized for the general public, as well as those with mental disabilities, who are at least 18 years old.

At the end of the marathon, the three winners from each stage will be rewarded. Prizes will also be presented to the winners of each of the following categories: the ideal family, the biggest racer, the smallest racer, the most supportive government institution in terms of numbers, the best media coverage and the best participating nationality.

The Friends of Arthritis Patients Association is one of the health support Associations of the Health promotion Department at the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah. The Association was established in 2008 to raise awareness on the symptoms and causes of Arthritis, its ways of prevention, and its latest available treatments. The Association was also formed to provide support for patients with arthritis.

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Al Tadawi Medical Centre stresses the importance of using modern techniques in the treatment of angina pectoris “Chest Pain”

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  • 40% death rate due to lack of timely treatment

Dr. Salman Adi, Head of Cardiology Department at Al Tadawi Medical Centre, provided important suggestions, tips and advice to reduce the risk of Angina. These methods are particularly centred on exercising regularly in order to maintain the level of blood sugar according to international standards, maintain cholesterol level at normal rates and quit smoking. In addition, Dr. Salman elaborated on observing a diet which contributes to the reduction of fat.

“There are modern techniques used in the treatment of patients with angina with a very high rate of effectiveness. The treatment involves catheterising coronary arteries (arterial catheterisation) by inserting a thin catheter into the coronary artery. Treatment is then done through benchmark tested and developed drugs to relieve angina, or to prevent it from developing further into myocardial infarction. There is also a surgical treatment that is employed in the event the artery is completely blocked. This involves the bypass surgery to reroute blood flow around the blockage.

Dr. Salman pointed out that there are three types of angina, the first being stable angina or persistent angina. This is the result of calcification (thus leading to arterial-blocks) in the arteries and severe physical pressure, which leads to respiratory distress. It can be treated with the help of medication, as the complications that have developed at this stage are not serious, but this may very well run the risk of turning into the second type, which is unstable angina. This could transmit to the stage of heart-attack or cardiac infarction. The third type is angina pectoris, which is a “medically stable” state between (first type) stable and (second type) unstable.

He pointed out that angina pectoris is a chest pain that occurs as a result of low blood volume in the heart muscle. As a result of narrowing or hardening of the coronary arteries, the chest pain from its compression on the left, often spreads to the shoulder, sides, back or neck. This is accompanied by palpitations, excessive sweating, or other pains such as abdominal pain.

He added, “Angina pectoris is caused by the narrowing of the arteries that feed the heart, which is due to several factors such as calcification of the arteries or hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). This is because of the formation of plaques or nodules on the coronary arteries. There are also several factors that could cause the incidence of angina pectoris such as smoking (tobacco), lack of or poor physical activity, lack of exercise, diabetes, stress, or other hereditary factors.”

According to Dr. Adi, angina is usually diagnosed by the patient’s description of their symptoms. The patient’s heart and physique in general are then examined clinically. Other procedures such as the employment of an echocardiogram; where ultrasound is used to draw a direct instantaneous image of the heart’s work, and also a definitional cardiac test are performed on the patient in order to diagnose angina pectoris.

According to recent statistics, there have been more than two million visits to medical clinics in Britain due to angina, and one in every 12 men suffers from angina. One in 30 women, aged 55-60, suffers from angina. This is probably due to increased diabetes and heart disease caused by obesity, smoking and other health factors. Other factors include the non-compliance with health advice, tips or instructions, or not taking the prescribed medicine and following the physician’s instructions. Recent studies indicate that the death rate of angina pectoris, which has reached 40 per cent, occurs as a result of not receiving treatment within a period of 12-24 hours of infection.

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Seib Commemorates 7th National Sports Day with employees

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  • Through our participation in the Sport day, we contribute towards the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030, says Elias R. Chedid, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer

Seib Insurance and Reinsurance Company LLC, one of Qatar’s leading insurance companies, hosted a fun and engaging sports program for all its employees, in support of  the seventh National Sports Day in Qatar. Seib’s participation in the National Sport day is in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to create awareness on the importance of sports and fitness in achieving a sound and healthy lifestyle, which, in turn, helps in the development of a strong, prosperous society.

All staff, including their families were invited to take part in host of entertaining activities and sports events including Yoga Session at the Sharq Village & Spa on February 13. Furthermore, Seib employees also participated in 5-A-side Football Tournament at Al Sadd Sports Club, which saw the participation of teams from several organizations and served as a platform to foster the values of community, sportsmanship and positive team spirit among participants.

Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Elias R. Chedid, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer at Seib Insurance and Reinsurance Company LLC, said:

“We take immense pride in our role as a Qatari National company and are delighted to support our country’s celebration of National Sport Day. The National Sport Day seeks to engage the entire community in Qatar with sport activities thus fostering the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. Through our participation in today’s event, we contribute towards the goals of the Qatar National Vision 2030, which envisions a healthier future for the residents of our country.”

The National Sport Day was launched in 2012 to develop a physically and psychologically active and healthy society where individuals can build their capabilities and interact with their social environment. It seeks to educate people on the importance of physical activity and help develop and promote a culture of healthy living in the Qatari society. It further engages people in active and entertaining activities and provides information about different sport activities in the State.

Seib’s sports day celebrations come as part of the company’s ongoing effort to promote health and well-being amongst its employees The company believes that Healthy employees are an essential ingredient towards boosting productivity levels and ensuring the creation of a sustainable workforce.

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In 3-Day International Neuro Surgery Conference, in the presence of international delegates, Professor of Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences and Lahore General Hospital Unit 2 Dr. Khalid Mahmud gave live training of Endoscopy Operations. All the participants were delighted with the professional capabilities and expertise of Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmud who also read his research papers and threw light on the complicated cases. He said that in the past Pakistani doctors had to go abroad for training while now our doctors share their experiences in other countries.  Prof. Dr.

Khalid Mahmud said that especially in Endoscopy we are ahead of developed countries.  He called upon the young doctors to opt modern techniques and provide best possible medical facilities to the patients.

It is mentionable that apart from Pakistan this Neuro Surgeons Conference was attended by USA, KSA, Korea, Nepal, Russia, Italy, and Check Republic who shared their experiences. Surgical Anatomy, Brain Path and Synonasal came under discussion while Skype sessions were held to demonstrate Endoscopy Tumor Biapsy and live surgery was undertaken. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mahmud claimed that without opening head brain tumors are removed in Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences of Lahore General Hospital where this facility is totally free for poor patients.  He told that in this process very less blood is wasted while patient has also to spend minimum time in the hospital. He said state of the art facilities are available in the Punjab Institute of Neuro Sciences where complicated operations are undertaken in large number. Endoscopic skull base work shop was held at liaqat National hospital karachi from 15th to 17th feb 2018 under chairmanship of Renowned Neurosurgeon Dr salman Sharif. The workshop had prestigious faculty of Neurosurgeons consisting of Prof Vladimir Benes  from Prague, prof Gieussipi cinnali from Italy, youen Kim from Korea , Iype cherien from Nepal, Azam Ahmed from USA and Prof Khalid Mahmood from Punjab institute of Neuroscience Lahore Pakistan. There were 50 trainees and consultants in Neurosurgery as participants from all over Pakistan. The proceedings of this Neurosurgery moot will go a long way in promoting minimal invasive endoscopic skull base Neurosurgery in Pakistan.

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Julphar KSA Granted cGMP Certification

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Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has been awarded Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) approval by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).

Julphar Saudi Arabia, a joint venture between Julphar and its local partner Cigalah Group, is the first pharmaceutical company in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to earn full cGMP certification on its first inspection.

Commenting on the announcement, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Faisal Al Qasimi, Chairman of Julphar Saudi Arabia, said: “Congratulations to everyone who made this important certification possible. Saudi Arabia is our largest market and we continue to see a strong opportunity for growth in the country.

“This certificate will undoubtedly add value to our organization, strengthen our commitment to the health sector of Saudi Arabia and contribute to Julphar’s 2020 vision of expanding our manufacturing presence in the region.”

The SAR 300 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility was officially inaugurated in April 2017 by Dr Tawfiq Al Rabiah the Minister of Health Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The manufacturing plant has the capacity to produce 1 billion tablets, 300 million capsules and 30 million bottles of syrups and suspensions per year.

Ibrahim Al Makhadi, General Manager of Julphar Saudi Arabia, said: “We are delighted to receive cGMP approval, an achievement that paves the way for a strong business presence in the country in accordance with the 2030 vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank all my Julphar Saudi team, who have diligently, eagerly, and assiduously burned midnight oil to earn this accomplishment. I would also like to thank all the members of Julphar Ras Al Khaimah who supported us in achieving this objective.”

About Julphar

Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, was established in 1980 under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Saqr Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi. The company employs 5,000 people and distributes a wide range of products to more than 50 countries on five continents across the globe.

Julphar’s business is centered on three core units – Diabetes Solutions, General Medicines, and its consumer division, Julphar Life. The company’s product portfolio of tablets, liquids, creams and injectables target major therapeutic segments including Family Care, Gastrology, Pain and Wound Management, Antibiotic, Cardiovascular and Metabolism.

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Diana Haddad, pop icon and singer, visits Emirates Hospital- Jumeriah

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Diana Haddad, a television personality and one of the most popular pop singers in the Arab World, visited Emirates Hospital, a subsidiary of Emirates Healthcare. She was welcomed by Michael Brenden Davis, COO of NMC Healthcare, Dr Yehia El Gabbani, Hospital Director of Emirates Hospital and Dr Maan Jamal, Medical Director of Emirates Hospital, as well as doctors, nurses and support staff.

Haddad brightened the day of patients by signing autographs and then took a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities, which included: obstetrics, paediatrics, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), special care baby unit (SCBU), a radiology department, and the emergency department.

“I had an amazing day at Emirates Hospital. Meeting real heroes like the doctors, nurses and support staff, made me feel inspired, blessed and touched. It is always a joy to visit fans and I wanted to thank every patient that I met today. You are all in my heart,” said Diana Haddad.

 “We are overjoyed that Diana Haddad took the time to visit Emirates Hospital. Her being here in person, signing pictures, offering hugs and handshakes, brings positive energy and enthusiasm to the people that need it most. It was remarkable seeing all the smiles everywhere she went,” said Dr Yehia El Gabbani, Hospital Director, Emirates Hospital. “Emirates Hospital Jumeirah makes sure that every patient receives the hands-on, individual attention that they deserve, and the visit by Diana Haddad is our way of giving back to our patients.”

Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, alongside the Dubai Canal, Emirates Hospital Jumeirah is a shining example of progress in the healthcare ecosystem. The 100-bed hospital covers 140,000 square feet with 45 consultation rooms in all and 29 inpatient rooms that face the sea. It features one royal suite and three VIP suites that will also overlook the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai Canal. We provide 24/7 emergency care with eight beds along with a four-bed High Dependency Unit. The hospital has four Intensive Care beds, four Critical Care beds, six day-care beds and 18 recovery rooms.

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RAK Hospital launches the biggest weight-loss challenge in association with MoHAP, RAK

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  • The 10-week long “RAK Biggest Weight Loser Challenge” commences from February 17th and ends on April 28th, with fabulous prizes for the ‘biggest losers’
  • Winners to get Dhs 500 for each kg lost
  • Open to all RAK residents over 18 years of age
  • At least 70 per cent of men and 67 per cent of women aged 15 years and older considered overweight in the UAE

Continuing its drive towards a fit and healthy UAE, RAK Hospital, in association with Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ras Al Khaimah, has announced the launch of the “RAK Biggest Weight Loser Challenge” in the emirate. Open to all RAK residents over the age of 18, the 10-week challenge will commence from February 17th and end on April 28th, 2018, with fabulous prizes for winners who will lose the maximum amount of weight. Residents can get themselves registered for the contest at RAK Hospital on February 17th.

The campaign was inaugurated by Ms. Fatema Saeed Al Shehhi, Head of Health Education, RAK Medical District, Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ras Al Khaimah, in the presence of dignitaries from RAK Hospital.

“Ras Al Khaimah Medical District, represented by the Department of Health Education and Promotion has associated with RAK Hospital to organize the RAK Biggest Loser. This association falls within the framework of the Ministry of Health and Prevention’s strategy to provide innovative and sustainable methods to provide comprehensive and integrated health care and to implement the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda that includes reducing obesity. The initiative is supervised by government and private community and aims to enable society members to make positive changes to prevent obesity risks and help them gradually change to a healthy lifestyle. It will also help participants to improve their healthy eating habits, which will allow them to reach and maintain an ideal weight. The initiative also includes a 10-week follow-up plan to reach and maintain the positive changes in the individuals’ life,” said Fatema Saeed Al Shehhi.

Obesity is among the growing health concerns in the UAE, with at least 70 per cent of men and 67 per cent of women aged 15 years and older considered overweight. Globally, it is a leading preventable cause of death, and regarded as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. News reports also state that world over, obesity is the fastest growing global risk, and one in five deaths are the result of the condition. In the UAE, unhealthy eating habits, socio economic factors, and a disregard for an active lifestyle all contribute towards growing obesity.

Commenting on the launch, Dr Raza Siddiqui, CEO Arabian Healthcare Group and Executive Director, RAK Hospital, said, “The main aim is to motivate UAE residents to re-route their dietary and exercise habits so that they lead a healthier lifestyle eventually. We would specially like to encourage people with a higher BMI to participate in the event with the hope that the initiative will be first step towards a fit and healthy you. Ten weeks is a long time to build a habit, and I’m confident that once people experience the value of a healthy life, they will never go back to their old ways”.

At the time of registration the doctors at the hospital will record participants’ weight, height and BMI and blood pressure. At the conclusion of the competition, RAK Hospital will invite all participants to visit the premises for weight calculation to draw a comparison from the original records. Participants will also be provided with weekly weight-recording sheets. Surgical weight loss will not be allowed. One participant each from male and female categories will be awarded with the cash prize. Making every kilo count, the winners will be decided depending on maximum weight loss, with Dhs 500 awarded for every kilo the two participants lose. Besides cash prizes, winners also have a chance to win six annual gym vouchers and annual health packages and spa vouchers at RAK Hospital.

“It’s a win-win situation, when you think about it,” added Dr Jean Marc Gauer, CEO, RAK Hospital, “The very fact that you will shed a few kilos is in itself a huge achievement, and I hope that the motivation lives on long after the contest gets over. Through this exercise, we want to practically convey how a healthy lifestyle can have a positive influence on our bodies, psyche and productivity. We are all aware of the perils of obesity and the fact that it is the root cause of many diseases, both mental and physical; yet we tend to ignore its affect, and this is what needs to be addressed head on.”

Thanking the Ministry of Health and Prevention, Ras Al Khaimah, Dr Yasmin Shaikh, Group Marketing Head, Arabian Healthcare Group said: “We at RAK Hospital would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the MoHAP, RAK, especially to Ms Fatema Saeed Al Shehhi, for being with us today, as we take our fight against obesity to a new level”.

RAK Hospital recently ran the Blue Ring Challenge, encouraging residents across Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah to assess their diabetic health and take proactive measures to improve it. The hospital has a number of CSR and awareness campaigns under its belt with the aim to improve the health quotient of the UAE population.

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  1. Can you tell us about Tummy Tuck-body contouring? How effective is this procedure in getting rid of excess body fat?

Tummy tuck, also known as abdominoplasty removes excess fat and skin, and in most cases, restores weakened or separated muscles creating an abdominal profile that is smoother and firmer. It is usually combined with liposuction to achieve a better contour and well-defined waistline.

But one must know that tummy tucks are not a substitute for weight loss or an appropriate exercise program. Also, tummy tuck operations cannot correct stretch marks, although these may be removed or somewhat improved if they are located on the areas of excess skin that will be excised, generally the treated areas below the belly button.

A tummy tuck is an in-patient procedure performed under general or epidural anaesthesia. One must consider a downtime of 7 to 10 days and after that, they can return to daily activities but not physical exercise. After one month, in most cases, there will be no restrains.

  1. How is Mini-Abdominoplasty different from Abdominoplasty?

Mini-Abdominoplasty or a mini tummy tuck is a less extensive variation of the full abdominoplasty and is typically employed when loose abdominal muscles and a minimal amount of excess skin are confined to the lower abdomen below the belly button.

The goal is to remove the excess fat and skin, but only from the lower abdomen, without having to transpose the navel, as in a full abdominoplasty. The skin incision and the scar are smaller, and it is usually combined with a liposuction of the upper and lateral abdomen. When there is an existing scar, like the one from a cesarian, we can use it to remove the excess skin and so improve the tightening of the lower abdomen. The post-op recovery is also better tolerated and faster than with a traditional abdominoplasty, but this is also a hospital-based surgery usually with an overnight stay.

  1. Liposuction is known to be an effective fat removal procedure. Can you tell us how does Liposuction work? Is it different from Liposculpture?

Liposuction and Liposculpture are two words for the same procedure. The technique is similar, and I think that the word “Liposculpture” is more a marketing-driven word. There are other words like “Liposelection”, “Vibrolipoplasty”, ”SmartLipo”, and so on, that are much more related to the devices that are used, than the purpose behind them that is removing fat. I think that Lipoplasty is the right term.

The principle behind these techniques is to remove fat in a way that will improve the body contour. They should be small or minimal invasive, and the fat will be excised through small skin incisions (2-5mm) using a cannula connected to a vacuum pump or a syringe. These can be done with the help of different power assisted systems: Mechanical ( Microair, Vibrolipoplasty, Water Jet System), Ultrasound assisted (UAL), Laser (LAL) or Radiofrequency (RAL).  Liposuction can be performed in very different areas, as the neck, arms, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, knees, male breast, etc. It can be done under general or under local anaesthesia, depending essentially on the extent of the procedure and the risk factors of the patient. The extent of the procedure also defines the regime (outpatient or inpatient) as the duration of the recovery period.

  1. Tell us about buttocks augmentation and the different types of techniques that are involved?

Buttocks augmentation is a procedure that reshapes and enhances your gluteal area, providing you with an uplifted and shapelier buttock profile. The purpose is to augment and reshape the buttocks, improving is projection. This can be done in three different ways:

  1. Enhancement with Fillers: The shape and volume of buttocks will be enhanced by injecting hyaluronic acid (HA). It works like a “filler” and the substance is very safe and used for other cosmetic procedures, like lip augmentation, facial and hands rejuvenation, etc. The procedure varies from case to case and can be performed under local anaesthesia. As the HA will be reabsorbed by your body, it will need annual touch-ups to maintain or increase the volume.
  2. Fat graft or lipofilling: In this technique, we use the patient’s fat instead of the HA. So, at first a liposuction is performed to collect the amount of fat that we need, it will be further processed and then transferred to fill the buttocks. The only limitation of this procedure is the amount of fat available (“donor areas”) and the desired volume. The downtime will be determined by these factors but usually, it will take from 7 to 10 days. Sometimes there is a need for a second procedure in order to obtain symmetry and if a bigger volume is desired.
  1. Buttocks implants: If the desired volume cannot be obtained by the previous techniques the option is to implant a prosthesis to achieve the desired goal. There are some drawbacks with this procedure, mainly the physical stress resulting from the procedure – sitting, lying on the back, walking, jogging, workouts and so on. In order to protect the implant, it is placed inside the Gluteus muscle. This is a major surgery and the recovery period will be longer (up to one month).
  1. Can you tell us about Arm Lift and Thigh Lift? How different or similar are these procedures from one another?

Thigh Lift is a procedure to correct the loose and drooping skin of the inner thighs. It is usually performed under general anaesthesia, and with a relatively long recovery period. The incision and the resulting scars are placed on the groin and inner face of the thighs, depending on the extension of the procedure. It is usually indicated for massive weight loss patients and when liposuction alone is not enough. Arms Lift is the same procedure than the previous one, but directed to the arms in the same situation and when liposuction is not sufficient due to skin laxity. The resulting scar is located on the inner face of the arms and in the armpit. The recovery period is short (one week) and is also conditioned by the extension of the surgery. This is frequently combined with other cosmetic procedures.

  1. Is it true that we can also augment and shape calves? Does this procedure affect the muscle in any way?

Yes, we can also augment or reshape the calves. The procedure is called Calf Enhancement. Basically, we use the fat, Hyaluronic Acid (Macrolane) or implants in this procedure. The goal of the procedure is to obtain a better contour of the leg, usually in the inner part, by increasing the volume. The fat graft can offer a definitive result but usually, needs a second procedure to obtain a good symmetry and volume.

A liposuction is needed for this procedure to collect the necessary fat; it’s an invasive procedure. With Macrolane, (office based procedure), it will be simpler but you will need annual touch-ups to maintain or increase the volume. I generally don’t prefer and recommend implants in this area because the skin is very thin and elastic in this area; so, the risks of getting a visible implant or extrusion are high, especially in women. The downtime in this procedure varies with the technique and will be around 1 day for Macrolane and 7 days for the fat graft.

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Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that health department is ready to regularize School health and Nutrition supervisor

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Provincial Minister for Primary and Secondary Healthcare Khawaja Imran Nazir has said that health department is ready to regularize School health and Nutrition supervisor but for the regular job of grade 17, they will have to pass the NTS examination first. He said that Nutrition supervisor has already loss their case in court. Even then the Department has full sympathy with the nutrition supervisors and PSHD is ready to provide them more than one chances to pass NTS exams for regularization.

Khawaja Imran Nazir expressed these views while responding the Protest and sit-in (dharna) of Health and Nutrition supervisors on faisal chowk mall road. Health Minister said that Protest on Faisal Chowk is a violation of the Lahore High Court decision. He said that instead of blackmailing the Government through Protest they should focus on their preparation for competition Exams. Minister expressed his concern that their protest creates traffic problems for citizen and department will not encourage these traditions. He said that school supervisors should prepare for the test according to the syllabus designed by the Department, after passing the NTS examination, they will be regularized. However, their jobs will continue on contract basis in case of failure of any candidate. He said that the health department has already sent a summary in this regard. Imran Nazir assured that no one is being layoff from his job.

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Swiss medical tourism from Middle East feeling benefit from US policies affecting Muslims

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  • Leading Swiss healthcare group expects growing flow of patients from region as Arab travellers turn their backs on America

Medical tourism traffic into Switzerland from the Middle East could receive a big shot in the arm from the effects of US President Donald Trump’s treatment of Muslims, one of the country’s leading healthcare groups believes.

Andres Oppenheim, General Manager of the renowned Nescens Clinique de Genolier, sees a growing flow of Middle East patients opting for Swiss medical checks and treatments after turning their backs on America.

The luxury clinic, which is exclusively dedicated to preventative medicine and anti-aging programmes, is part of the renowned Swiss Medical Network which combines more than 1,250 doctors and specialists all over Switzerland

Oppenheim, who has been attending the Family Office Forum in Dubai this week, said: “Trump’s policies are having a very negative effect on Muslims, as they are on a lot of other people, and medical healthcare into Switzerland is one of the beneficiaries.

“People in the Middle East who need an immediate medical solution will always find it because they’re strongly connected to top hospitals and clinics worldwide. In fact they have very good hospitals here so they don’t even need to get on a plane.

“But a lot of people here who look after their personal health capital are used to travelling to the USA for checks up and treatments at some of the leading hospitals and clinics there. Now, however, because of the current political situation in the US, they are no longer keen to travel there.

“At the same time they know they will always be very well received in Switzerland. Swiss excellence in specialist healthcare and hospitality is well known to Arab audiences.

“That has been made very clear to me in Dubai this week,” said Oppenheim. “The Swiss Medical Network, and the Nescens Clinique de Genolier in particular, are already very well established in this market and we expect a growing number of discerning Middle Eastern travellers who demand the very best in medical treatment and hospitality.”

Offering discreet, bespoke services for short, medium and long-term stays, the Clinique provides preventative and regenerative medicine, genetic screenings, nutrition advice, physical and osteo-articular care, as well as aesthetic medicine and anti-aging programmes. Patients can book their stays in residences offering a full range of five-star hotel services.

Middle East visitors can access additional services such as the clinic’s centre of expertise in physiotherapy, sport coaching, stem cell treatments, aesthetic medicine and dental care, all offered in an exclusive setting with first-class services.

Nestled high above Lake Geneva, the clinic is located within the world renowned Clinique de Genolier. For more information on Nescens Clinique de Genolier and its individualised anti-aging programmes, visit

Reaching its conclusion at the Palace Hotel Downtown in Dubai this evening (7 February), the two-day Family Office Forum in Dubai attracted more than 100 Family Offices, Principals and UHNWIs for a series of presentations, CIO roundtables and networking.

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