Osteoarthritis, the wear-and-tear form of arthritis, affects one in two Americans during the course of their lifetime. Marked by pain, swelling, and reduced motion in the joints, OA typically strikes the hands, knees, hips or spine -- but any joint is at risk.Read More
Britain's First Hand Swap Op: Grandfather 'Ecstatic' After Ground-breaking 8-hour Transplant
Eight days ago Mark Cahill was living with a paralysed right hand.
Yesterday he was able to move his fingers for the first time in five years after becoming the first Briton to receive a hand transplant.
The operation also made history as the world's first when the original hand was removed during the same procedure. In the past, recipients have already lost the hand before the replacement could be found.
Mr Cahill, a 51-year-old grandfather from West Yorkshire, was deprived of the use of the hand when it became infected during a severe attack of gout.
He said he was ecstatic about the operation's success so far, and hoped to be able to return to work as a pub landlord.Read More
Pharmacist Accused of Stealing Medicines from Government Hospital
JEDDAH The Health Affairs is investigating a female Arab pharmacist accused of stealing expensive medicines from the Maternity and Children's Hospital in Jeddah's Al-Mosaidiyah area.
She is also accused of selling the medicines to private hospitals.
The female pharmacist has reportedly requested the hospital administration not to renew her contract that ends on April 29.Read More
Physical Abuse Rampant at Jeddah Rehab Center: Probe
JEDDAH The physical abuse of disabled children at the Jeddah Rehabilitation Center was occurring long before the abuse case of a young handicapped child at the center was revealed, Al-Hayat newspaper reported.
During the investigations into the case, it was revealed that two Indian workers at the center had previously been accused of and punished for abusing two other disabled residents.Read More
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A new study from Australia may offer a new way of identifying people at risk of glaucoma years before vision loss happens.
Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness. But because vision damage often occurs gradually, most people with the eye disease do not realize they have it until a good deal of their sight has been lost. If caught early, though, there are medications and procedures that may help treat glaucoma.
In the study, researchers were able to predict who was at increased risk of developing the eye disease with some accuracy by measuring blood vessel thickness in the retinas of study participants using a computer-based imaging tool.
Those with the narrowest vessels at the beginning of the study were four times more likely to have developed glaucoma a decade later.
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RIYADH King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSHRC) does not have sufficient equipment and capacity to handle the 12,000 cancer cases it receives every year even if it were to increase its current capacity three times, senior hospital officials told Al-Watan daily.
This problem will remain unsolved as long as the hospital receives this huge number of cases on an annual basis, which is more than it can handle, officials said.
In order to find a drastic solution to this issue, the health sector should receive more financial support similar to the one many advanced countries receive.Read More
Glasses that Beat the Blues: The Latest High-tech Specs can Treat Dizziness and Deafness - and even Combat Depression
Gone are the days when specs were just for seeing with.
Researchers are now working on high-tech glasses that can help people hear better, sleep better, and even feel happier.
'It's only recently that researchers have started to realise that there may be more to wearing glasses that simply having better eyesight,' says Dr Frank Eperjesi, head of optometry at Aston University, in Birmingham.
Recent research suggests that altering the type of light that enters the eye can have knock-on effects in the body.Read More
MAKKAH As dengue fever cases have increased lately in some Makkah neighborhoods, some citizens complain that hospitals are misdiagnosing the cases and are forced to visit other hospitals for the correct diagnosis and medical treatment, Al-Madinah newspaper reported on Saturday.
People should watch out for two symptoms that could indicate that there is a possibility of dengue. Patients experience high temperatures and a blood test should indicate low platelets and white blood cells.
Director of Al-Noor Specialist Hospital in Makkah Dr. Abdulsalam Noor Wali said the hospital receives about 10 suspected cases of dengue fever daily.
A special medical team and additional specialist clinics were readied to deal with the cases.Read More