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Hospital to file suit against citizen for defamation

King Fahad University HospitalDAMMAM: The King Fahd University Hospital (KFUH) is planning legal action against a citizen who posted a video clip on social media of a drowning victim, alleging negligence by the hospital.  “The Civil Defense department first tried to revive the child who drowned in Alkhobar, but were unsuccessful. Subsequently, the boy was taken to a private clinic, where he died,” local media reported quoting an official of the hospital. 

Radiation May Be Overused in Advanced Lung Cancer

Authors cite concerns about extra costs, side effects Late-stage lung cancer patients in the United States often receive more radiation therapy than recommended, a new study finds. While radiation therapy can reduce pain and improve quality of life, unnecessary treatments increase costs and hospital visits, and can lead to radiation toxicity and difficulty swallowing, the researchers noted.

Does Hopping Help Your Hips?

Hopping for 2 minutes a day can help bone health in older men, U.K. researchers say. The impact exercises help counteract the effects of aging in the bone, they claim, and that may mean hips are less likely to break after a fall. 

65 doctors and nurses to scrutinize colleagues’ degrees and documents

ABHA — The Ministry of Health has formed a committee comprising 65 doctors and nurses to scrutinize the degrees of doctors and nursing staff working in the government and private hospitals in all provinces of the Kingdom. 

Asthma Steroids 'Could Stunt Growth'

Young boyYoung children given asthma medication before the age of two may not grow to their full height in later life, a preliminary report suggests.

Arthritis Raises Risk of Falling into Poverty

Developing arthritis may increase the risk of a person falling into poverty, with that risk three times higher for women than men, concludes a new study at the University of Sydney in Australia. 

Al-Noor Hospital carries out over 7,000 dialysis sessions

MAKKAH — Al-Noor Specialist Hospital performed over 7,000 dialysis sessions for 720 patients, including 224 pilgrims, since mid-August, according to statistics from the hospital.

US researchers engineer smart capsule to target colon diseases

660colontumor.jpgA new electronic drug capsule engineered to deliver medications directly to the colon could potentially offer a more effective and cheaper option for treating people with gastrointestinal conditions, according to researchers at Purdue University in Indiana.  

More than 1,000 sick pilgrims in Makkah hospitals

MAKKAH — More than 1,000 pilgrims are still confined to a number of hospitals in Makkah for treatment of various ailments, Health Ministry’s spokesman Faisal Al-Zahrani said.

2 Experimental Drugs Offer Hope Against Psoriasis: Studies

Image result for brodalumab and secukinumab (Cosentyx)Targeted therapies produce significant results, researchers say Two experimental drugs show promise in treating psoriasis and a related condition, psoriatic arthritis, new studies report.