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KSA Breaks New Ground in Cardiac Procedures

1412019891589607900.jpgA medical team from King Abdullah Medical City hospital broke new ground when it managed to unblock veins and arteries and replace aortic valves without performing bypass surgery. 

How Olive Oil Could Reverse Heart Failure

The fat in olive oil is beneficial for failing heartsScientists at the University of Illinois, in Chicago, have found that the fat in olive oil kick-starts failing hearts Olive oil may reverse heart failure, scientists believe, after finding it helped diseased muscle to pump blood more effectively.

Stretta Procedure Shows Great Promise

Acid reflux disease is one of the leading gastrointestinal disorders, affecting about one-third of Americans. It can cause pain, coughing and even lead to cancer. Current treatments have typically included lifestyle modifications, pharmacological therapies and surgery. However, there is rising concern over the long-term side effects of the popular proton-pump inhibitors and there has been recent evidence raising doubts about how long a fundoplication surgery can last. This has caused the medical community to search for new and improved reflux treatments.

SFDA Seizes Over 10,000 Foodstuffs

RIYADH — The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has confiscated 10,000 juices and a 1,000 kgs of meat, fish, and vegetables before being sold in the market.

Brain Repair 'May be Boosted by Curry Spice'

Picture of the spice turmeric A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy. The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair kit.

'Sleep Drunkenness' Is Common and Linked to Other Behavior Issues

But condition remains poorly defined and little understood, researcher says

Thousands of patients still wait for stem cell donation

AL-QATIF — The national campaign organized by King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) showed the culture of stem cell donation is almost nonexistent in the Kingdom as only 5,000 donors have signed up so far in the List of Saudi Stem Cell Donor Registry at the KAIMRC, Al-Hayat daily reported.

Study links infants' vocalization to ability to hear

397_BabyCrib.jpgNew research has linked the amount of vocalization during an infant's first year to the ability to hear. The study, published in the Journal of Experiment Child Psychology, found infants’ vocalizations are primarily motivated by their ability to hear their own babbling and cooing.

Drug Restores Hair in Some With Alopecia: FAQ

A drug used to treat a rare bone marrow cancer caused hair to grow back in some people with alopecia areata, an autoimmune disease that attacks the hair follicles, scientists have found.

Quarantine Measures for Infectious Diseases in Place

1411737422037370900.jpgThe Ministry of Health staged a drill at Jeddah Islamic Port on Thursday to identify and quarantine pilgrims suffering from infectious diseases. The drill took place under the direct supervision of Wael Thaskandi, who is in charge of the quarantine department at the port.