Bahrain Specialist Hospital Promises Quality Healthcare

0 June 28, 2017

A comprehensive medical centre committed to providing quality healthcare, Bahrain Specialist Hospital (BSH) strives to meet the high standards set by the Joint Commission International (JCI) on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations. BSH has been recognised as a Hypertension Excellence Centre by the European Society of Hypertension since 2014. It has also been recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynaecology by the American Association of Gynaecology Laparoscopists (AAGL) since 2014 and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). In addition, BSH is the only accredited centre in the country providing American Association of Continuous Medical Education (AACME). BSH is certified as an International Training Centre for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation by the American Heart Association and the only private healthcare facility that was inaugurated by His Majesty King Hamad. The hospital utilises state-of-the-art computerised technology and radiology diagnostic equipment and laboratory instruments that are the latest models, some of which are available in the region for the first time. Facilities BSH has 83 patient rooms as well as 12 day-case beds and a fully-equipped emergency room and ICU unit to accommodate those needing critical care. Specialities include internal medicine, cardiology, nephrology, neurology, psychiatry, gastroenterology, pulmonary

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0 June 28, 2017

Weight-loss balloons swallowed rather than surgically inserted in the stomach were shown to be safe and effective in preliminary trials, according to findings unveiled Thursday at a medical conference. So-called intragastric balloons have been used for decades to help obese patients shed unwanted kilos. Inflated with water, the devices curb hunger and make it easier to diet by inducing a feeling of fullness.

Up to now, however, they could only be implanted in the stomach surgically, a costly procedure requiring general anaesthesia or sedation. In a small trial led by Roberta Ienca, a researcher in experimental medicine at Sapienza University in Rome, 42 obese patients — 29 men and 13 women — were fitted with balloons that were swallowed before being inflated with liquid.

“A catheter is attached to the balloon, which is folded into a capsule,” Ienca said. A doctor fills the balloon via the tiny tube, which is then removed via the mouth with a tug. “This process takes just a few seconds,” she added. The body-mass index (BMI) of the volunteers varied between 30 and 45. The threshold for obesity is a BMI — one’s weight in kilos divided by one’s height (in centimetres) squared — of 30. The balloons remained in the stomach for 16 weeks, during which time patients were put on a low-carb, low-calorie di

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0 June 28, 2017

Dubai: Dubai generated over Dh1.4 billion from the medical tourism sector with around 326,649 tourists visiting the emirate last year, said Dubai Health Authority (DHA) on Tuesday. The influx of tourists marked a 9.5 per cent increase over previous years and the most popular areas of treatment were orthopaedics, dermatology and ophthalmology, said Dr Laila Al Marzouqi, director of Dubai Medical Tourism Project. The largest market for the emirate was Asian medical tourists, who accounted for 37 per cent of visitors. Arab and GCC countries were the second largest market, accounting for 31 per cent of tourists and visitors from Europe amounted to 15 per cent of the total, added Dr Al Marzouqi.

Al Marzouqi said her department was looking at enhancing partner portfolio in the field with more collaborations. “Besides targeting growth in numbers, we are also concentrating our efforts on enhancing our partner portfolio. We have recently included the region’s first holistic health and wellness resort in our portfolio. This will provide the health tourist a unique opportunity to avail the complete wellness offering in Dubai. We have also partnered with The Health Bank in a strategic initiative to enhancing the customer experience by offering end-to-end services — right from research of doctors and health facilities to treatment, accommodat

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