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Abu Dhabi doctors use laser technology to remove 40 kidney stones in two-hour operation
Nick Webster | The National News
Filed on 2022-01-19
Surgeons in Abu Dhabi have removed 40 kidney stones from a 27-year-old patient using a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Medics at Lifecare Hospital in Mussaffah used laser lithotripsy to treat Balkar Singh, a carpenter from India. The technology breaks kidney stones into smaller pieces that can be removed by surgeons or flushed out of the body. Mr Singh, who works for a construction company in Mussaffah, was in agony when he visited doctors, after suffering with symptoms for more than a year. The doctors diagnosed ureterocele, a blockage in his bladder. They said the congenital condition had caused his ureter to swell and the stones to accumulate. Mr Singh, from Punjab, said he put up with chronic stomach pain and a burning sensation when urinating, before seeking medical help ... Read More..
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UAE's cervical cancer cases have seen 'dramatic drop' due to proactive measures, says doctor
SM Ayaz Zakir | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2022-01-17
January is cervical cancer awareness month, and the UAE is doing its part to provide high-end oncology care services in the country with the help of the UAE National Cancer Registry (UAE-NCR).   Over the past few years, the country has seen a massive decline in cervical cancer, with new cases dropping from 81 in 2015 to just 38 in 2017.   The study was conducted by Dr Humaid Alshamsi, director of oncology at VPS healthcare, president of Emirates Oncology Society and oncology professor at University of Sharjah. He attributed the decline in cervical cancer cases to regular screening, timely diagnosis and HPV vaccination.   What is cervical cancer? Speaking toKhaleej Times, Dr Alshamsi said that cervical cancer, which falls under gynaecological cancers, occurs in ... Read More..
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Covid: UAE doctors explain why chances of reinfection are higher with some variants
Nandini Sircar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2022-01-12
The Omicron variant can come with an increased risk of reinfection, even among those who've had Covid-19 earlier, but it usually also comes in a much milder form in immunized communities, say medics.  Thus, doctors in the UAE reiterate the silver lining is that Omicron is not as deadly in vaccinated people despite the breakthrough infections.  Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, a specialist pulmonologist at Medeor Hospital, Dubai, opines, "Reinfection means getting infected by Covid-19 twice. A study conducted in the UK in December shows that the omicron variant is five times more infectious compared to the Delta variant. So, the possible explanation for reinfection, as of now, is the highly contagious nature of the virus, how much immunity can the vaccines build to resist the virus, and ... Read More..
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Covid in UAE: Saliva PCR test vs nasal swab; who is eligible?
SM Ayaz Zakir | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2022-01-12
Doctors in the UAE said that the saliva-based Covid-19 test has proven accurate and is conducted at various institutions, including the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).  "Nasopharyngeal swabs can be an unsettling procedure for young children. Saliva testing is approved for school children by the authorities to encourage regular screening," said Dr Seema Oomen, head of microbiology & Covid lab at VPS Healthcare.  Various studies across the world have factored in these challenges, and saliva testing has been found to be a good option.  "The results showed 87.7% sensitivity and 98.5% specificity with a positive and negative predictive value at 92.2% and 97.6% respectively, thus showing that saliva can be an acceptable alternative," added Dr Oomen.  Based on effectiven ... Read More..