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UAE: Fake e-cigarettes, vaping devices could pose serious health risks
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times.
Filed on 2021-07-27
Vape use has skyrocketed in recent years, as thousands of cigarette smokers are now moving to what they believe is a ‘less harmful’ alternative. However, with the growing vaping industry comes a surge in counterfeits that could pose serious health risks, top retailers and experts have warned. The sale of e-cigarettes, vaping devices and e-liquids has been legal in the UAE since April 2019, with strict regulations laid down by the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (Esma). Two years later, even though healthcare workers have strongly warned against the use of e-cigarettes, the market has shown signs of rapid expansion. “Vaping hasn’t been around long enough for us to know how it affects the body over time. However, it is known to have caused seri ... Read More..
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UAE: Vapes should never be sold to teens, experts warn
Dhanusha Gokulan | Khaleej Times.
Filed on 2021-07-27
Vape sellers and traders in the UAE must do more to make sure electronic cigarettes are not sold to minors, top industry experts and doctors have said. Retailers and enthusiasts toldKhaleej Times that with a rapidly growing vaping industry, the sale of counterfeit and unregulated products to users under-21 has become rampant across the region. Most legitimate retailers in the UAE have a clear policy not to sell vaping products to a customer until a government-issued identification document is provided. “It is vital that we work together closely to prevent e-cigarettes from being sold to underage consumers.” Children under 18 often get attracted to vaping products as it is sold in attractive packaging with tasty, fruity flavours. E-cigarettes and related products have also b ... Read More..
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UAE: Pakistani boy with rare cancer gets free treatment
Ashwani Kumar | Khaleej Times
Filed on 2021-07-13
Twelve-year-old Mohammed Talha didn’t have health insurance coverage for cancer when he was diagnosed. But he was able to beat the big C, thanks to the free treatment offered by a private hospital in Abu Dhabi.  Earlier this year, Talha — a Grade 7 Pakistani student at an Abu Dhabi school — was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare type of cancer found in children. The diagnosis was made at a hospital in Pakistan where he and his family had been on a short trip.  “We had gone to Pakistan to attend a function and see our relatives. One day, Talha came to me complaining about throat pain. I took him to a nearby hospital. We had no idea that the worst news was waiting for us,” said his father Mukhtar, who works as a real estate agent.  The doc ... Read More..
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Obese and diabetic woman in UAE delivers baby after five miscarriages
Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary
Filed on 2021-07-12
130kg woman, who suffered miscarriages 5 times, successfully delivered by UAE doctor   Dubai: It was nothing short of a miracle when this young Sudanese expatriate couple — Mohammed Hamza and Hind Abddelfattah Abdelquoom- became the proud parents of a bonny baby boy on June 6, this year, at the Burjeel Specialty Hospital, Sharjah.  Obesity and diabetes posed a challenge Married for seven years, Hind, 33, weighing 130kg, had suffered about five miscarriages in five years. She had been diagnosed with diabetes and hypo plastic uterus. Dr Mona Saad, Specialist Gynaecologist and Obstetrics at the hospital who assisted the patient throughout the pregnancy, told Gulf News, “A Hypo plastic uterus makes it very challenging for the uterus to distend as the baby grows. ... Read More..