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Aster News


Text Neck syndrome common in the UAE, say doctors

July 15, 2018

There is a fine line of discipline and balancing out and being strict on cutting down on texting and use of smartphones, said experts in the UAE,

Let's admit it we all like texting under any pretext - work or leisure. It does not matter how long, where and when, as long as it helps us stay connected. We are ready to pay any price and are seldom concerned about the damage it does to our health.


MOHAP recalls anti-hypertensive medications containing Valsartan

July 12, 2018

The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MOHAP, has issued a circular ordering the recall of some anti-hypertensive medicines containing the active ingredient, Valsartan, manufactured by Chinese company Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical after the detection of impurities in the active ingredient.


Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

July 4, 2018

“Diabetic nephropathy can occur in around 40 per cent of both type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients and progresses from stage 1 to 5,” says Dr John Cherian, Specialist Nephrologist at Aster Clinic (AJMC), Bur Dubai .


Too much screen time, now a growing paediatric issue

June 18, 2018

With schools mostly about to bid goodbye to kids for the summer break, most parents in the UAE must be deliberating on how to reduce their kids' screen time, as most of their time revolves around gadgets.

Even on normal days, most paediatrics complain of parents bringing children to them with symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbances, delayed language skills and obesity.

So how do you deal with the situation when electronic devices are a crucial part of your life?

Blood Donation

Doctors share facts on blood donation

June 14, 2018

Marking June 14 as the World Blood Donation Day in honour of the millions of people who give blood—some regularly—in order to save lives, this year’s theme is “Share Life, Give Blood.”

Dr. Anuj Taneja in Dubai mentioned two important issues when interviewed on the relevance of donating blood.

First, the act of giving blood in order to save others is beneficial to both the donor and the recipient. However, the donor must be over age 16, in the pink of health, free from all forms of medication and all forms of infection such as fever and flu.

Second, the tattooed and those into other forms of body piercing procedures can donate blood but only after a year following World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.