Health Min. technical cmte in preparation to estbalish multiple sclerosis center

KUWAIT, Minister of Health Dr. Ahmad Al-Awadhi announced Tuesday the formation of a technical committee in prepare for establishing a center specialized in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) within the Al-Sabah Medical District, which should include a scientific research department.

During a celebration held by the Kuwait Synthetic Sclerosis Patients Association, marking World Syndrome Day, which coincides on May 30th annually, Minister Al-Awadhi said that the Ministry will spare no effort in helping (neurosclerosis) patients.

Al-Awadhi added that the State of Kuwait is “one of advanced countries in treating MS and provides neurological clinics in all hospitals, as well as keeping up with the latest treatments,” stressing keenness to meet the needs and requirements of patients and reach the highest quality standards in the service provided.

The minister noted, “the Sclerosis Patients Association serves more than three thousand patients and has been spreading awareness in Kuwaiti society since its founding in 2010.” For his part, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kuwait Sclerosis Patients Association, Yosef Al-Kandari, praised the “distinguished services” provided by the Health Ministry to MS patients, including all treatments, hoping as well to speed up the establishment of this specialized center.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Expert: The world is not ready to face another pandemic

Bethlehem – Together – A global health expert warned that the world is not prepared for another health crisis like ‘Covid-19,’ as countries make a final push to agree on a way to move forward with a treaty on the pandemic.

Member states of the World Health Organization met in Geneva on Friday to determine how to continue negotiations on an agreement after the deadline was passed this month.

‘We only hope that in the next few months we will not face another pandemic that finds us in a world that is still not prepared to face a major crisis,’ said Muhammad Ali Butt, a board member of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

A major sticking point in the treaty has been provisions that low- and middle-income countries must receive 20% of tests, treatments and vaccines developed to fight the pandemic, either at non-profit costs or donated.

Ali Butt said this number was reasonable to avoid the scramble for life-saving products, which has left African countries last in line during the Covid-19 c

The sources said that while talks on the treaty are likely to continue for months or even years, a parallel process to update the current set of rules governing disease outbreaks at the international level is moving closer to an agreement, and it could be signed before the end of the World Health Organization’s annual meeting on Saturday. .

Source: Maan News Agency

8 daily habits that will keep your mind sharp until old age

TOGETHER- Maintaining mental sharpness as you age is about making daily habits and healthy lifestyle choices.

Some people can remain mentally alert into their 70s, 80s and beyond as a result of following a daily routine that helps them stay alert.

Below are 8 habits that can become key elements in a daily routine that maintains mental activity in the seventies and beyond, according to what was published by the Global English Editing website.

1. Physical activity

Regular physical activity is one of the most common habits among people who maintain their mental sharpness in their 70s and beyond.

Exercise also helps maintain physical fitness, in addition to directly affecting brain health.

Exercise increases blood flow to the brain, which helps support cognitive functions.

The brain releases chemicals that enhance the mood and make the person feel more relaxed.

2. Lifelong learning

Another habit observed in people who remain mentally alert is a commitment to lifelong learning.

Lifelong learning activiti
es include reading, participating in book clubs, participating in seminars and lectures, and even enrolling in online courses.

Continuous learning stimulates the mind and makes one’s life enjoyable and boredom-free.

3. Healthy diet

In addition, some foods enhance brain health. A Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and lean protein, is associated with a lower risk of cognitive decline.

And incorporating more brain-boosting foods like blueberries, broccoli, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate into daily meals can make a big difference.

4. Regular social interaction

In parallel, remaining socially active is another habit for those who remain mentally sharp in their later years, because humans are social creatures and their brains thrive through interactions with others.

Whether it’s catching up with friends for coffee, participating in group activities, or just chatting with neighbors, regular social interaction stimulates the brain and keeps a person mentally engaged. On
the other hand, isolation can have a detrimental effect on mental and physical health.

5. Adequate sleep

Meanwhile, getting a good night’s sleep isn’t just about feeling refreshed in the morning. It plays a crucial role in a person’s cognitive health as well.

During sleep, the brain works to consolidate memories and get rid of waste.

6. Mindfulness and meditation

In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and forget to make time for yourself.

But those who remain mentally alert as they age often practice mindfulness or meditation.

These practices help reduce stress, enhance focus, and promote a sense of peace and well-being.

7. Cognitive exercises

Just as physical exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body, cognitive exercise is essential for a healthy brain.

It can simply be done by solving crosswords or puzzles. Cognitive exercises such as puzzles, board games, or learning a new language challenge the brain and keep it active.

They help build menta
l resilience and keep cognitive decline at bay.

8. Positive attitude

Perhaps the most important habit of all is maintaining a positive attitude. Those who remain mentally alert into their golden years often have an optimistic outlook on life.

A positive attitude helps you deal better with stressful situations, reduces the risk of physical health problems, and contributes to prolonging life.

Source: Maan News Agency

On World No Tobacco Day, here are the health risks associated with it

Together – On May 31 of each year, the world celebrates World No Tobacco Day, which aims to raise public awareness about the health risks associated with smoking.

Dr. Anton Cazenov, a pulmonologist, points out that according to statistics, smoking is the cause of 15 percent of all deaths in the world. The consequences of smoking do not appear immediately, but can cause serious diseases. They include the development of tumors at any age, damage to the heart, blood vessels and respiratory system, and increased risks of coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, and bronchitis. The risk of blood clots and infertility also increases, and there is a noticeable deterioration in the general condition of the body, health and appearance.

According to him, cigarettes not only harm the smoker himself, but also harm the people around him. Because passive smoking has a slow but significant harmful effect on the human body.

He says: ‘Currently, electronic cigarettes have become
more popular. There is a widespread belief in society that they are safer, unlike traditional cigarettes. Some people also try to quit smoking using electronic cigarettes, but in reality this is a wrong idea. Because electronic cigarettes are not a substitute for cigarettes.’ Smoking traditional cigarettes also causes serious diseases and does not rule out addiction to nicotine. In addition to the above, the use of one device by several people increases the risk of spreading infection.’

Source: Maan News Agency

A new factor in the development of depression

Together – It became clear to researchers from Yale University that physical weakness may increase the risk of depression in middle-aged people.

Nature Communications magazine indicates that, according to researchers, the possibility of this disorder increasing not only under conditions of complete weakness, but some of its signs appear in weight loss, for example.

This study included more than 350,000 people aged 37-73 years, during which the researchers relied on information they obtained from the British Biobank, which is considered the largest collection of biological samples.

The researchers divided the study participants into three groups according to the initial assessment of their health condition. The first group included healthy people, the second included people with one or two indicators of physical weakness, and the third included volunteers with three or more indicators.

Researchers point out that physical weakness is characterized by five indicators: weight loss, fatigue, muscle weakness, l
ack of physical activity, and slow walking speed.

After the scientists obtained the necessary information about the participants’ health, they began a phase of monitoring them over the next 12 years, during which the researchers recorded more and more cases of depression.

It became clear to the researchers that people with one (or more) and three (or more) indicators of physical frailty were 1.6 and 3.2 times more likely to develop depression, respectively, compared to healthy participants. This association was more pronounced in men and middle-aged people, that is, those under 65 years of age.

Scientists believe that physiological changes in the body caused by physical weakness can provoke inflammation in the brain, creating the conditions for the development of depression.

Source: Maan News Agency

Briefing of KUNA main news for Monday until 00:00 GMT

KUWAIT — His Highness the Amir Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah patronized and attended the graduating ceremony for excelling Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET) graduates, for the academic year 2022/2023.

KUWAIT — Kuwait Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdullah Al-Yahya phoned Iranian Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Bagheri, expressing his sincere condolences and deep sympathy over the tragic Helicopter crash.

RIYADH — Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Jassem Al-Budaiwi affirmed that GCC countries and international efforts support Yemen’s plan in achieving peace and stability for the country and its people.

GAZA — Health authorities in Gaza Strip announced that 14 Palestinians were martyred and more than 50 others were injured as a result of heavy bombardment launched by the Israeli occupation on Jabalia camp in the northern Gaza Strip.

TEHRAN — Iran will hold early presidential elections on June 28 following the death of President Ebrahim Rai
si, Iran’s state TV media reported.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

MoH, Zain launches hotline to report violence against children

KUWAIT, Minister of Health, Dr. Ahmed Al-Awadhi, launched on Wednesday the national awareness campaign in collaboration with (Zain), hotline (147) to report violence against any child under 18, coinciding with the World Day of Child Helplines.

Dr. Al-Awadhi said in his speech during the inauguration ceremony at Zain’s headquarters that addressing violence, mistreatment, and neglect of children was top priority for the ministry.

He added that through the Higher Committee for Child Protection, established in 2013 by Ministerial Decree No. 116, the ministry laid down the foundations, plans, and necessary measurement to protect children from mistreatment and neglect in Kuwait.

He also mentioned the formation of teams to protect children, these teams were formed in each health area and public hospital, consisting of doctors, nurses, and social workers.

Dr. Al-Awadhi emphasized the ministry’s role, by enhancing the healthcare system’s capabilities within various national multi-sectoral strategies to ensure prev
ention, combat violence, and provide services to victims.

The ministry and Zain established the hotline “Child Helpline 147” to receive reports related to children, provide advice, and offer psychological guidance to children and their families since 2016.

On his part, Vice Chairman and CEO, Bader Al-Kharafi, valued the longstanding partnership between Zain and the ministry, resulted in providing many contributions and programs aimed at assisting wide spectrum of society.

Al-Kharafi also said that Zain was working on a project to directly help abused children, and partnered with Child Helpline International to expand its support, as it aligns with its high ranking in the Child Rights and Business Forum’s assessment, positioning Zain as a leader in this area.

Zain considered online child safety crucial, with over 30 percent of internet users being children, the company’s commitment to address the UN’s goal to end all forms of violence against children by 2030.

Also, Zain partnered with UNICEF to promote c
hildren’s rights and safety in the region, focusing on educating children about online risks, “Internet Monsters” campaign was launched to raise awareness about online dangers and promote intellectual awareness among children, advocating to end all forms of violence against them.

Head of the Child Protection Office at the Ministry Dr. Mona Al-Khawari, presented the idea of establishing a child helpline in collaboration with Zain, through training services on communication and interaction for the team responsible for receiving calls.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

Health Authorities: Third mass graves found in Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital

GAZA, A third mass grave had been found inside the Al-Shifa Medical Complex, west of Gaza City, from which 50 martyrs have been recovered so far, and the exhumation process is still going on, said health authorities Wednesday.

In a press conference, the health authorities affirmed that the number of mass graves found by medical teams inside hospitals reached seven, one in (Kamal Adwan Hospital), three graves in (Al-Shifa Medical Complex), and three graves in (Nasser Medical Complex), from which 520 martyrs were recovered.

It also held the Israeli occupation, the American administration, and the international community fully responsibility for the mass graves because of massacres against humanity by the occupying army.

Further, it called on the world to put pressure on the occupation in order to stop the genocidal war against the health sector and hospitals, and to open an independent international investigation into the crimes against humanity committed by the Israelis.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

A new strain of Corona raises concern

Bethlehem – Ma’an – The British newspaper “Mirror” quoted scientific reports confirming the existence of a new strain of the Corona virus that is likely to be “more difficult to stop” as its immunity to current vaccines increases.

This strain is called FLiRT, and it is believed to constitute 25% of coronavirus cases in the United States currently.

For its part, the Daily Star website reported that there is another mutant known as KP.1.1, which represents 7.5% of Corona cases in the United States, amid fears of its spread around the world.

In this context, a spokesman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: ‘Viruses are constantly changing through mutations, and sometimes these mutations lead to a new type of virus. Some changes and mutations allow the virus to spread more easily or make it resistant to treatments and vaccines. With the spread The virus may mutate and become difficult to stop.’

Source: Maan News Agency

A “simple mistake” increases the risk of colon cancer

Bethlehem – Together – Colorectal cancer is one of the most dangerous types of cancer among men and women around the world.

The Health Digest website said that colon cancer occurs when malignant tumors form within the inner lining of the colon due to the accumulation of abnormal cell growth.

According to the Colorectal Cancer Foundation, an estimated 1 in 20 people are at risk of developing colon cancer.

Health Digest explained that genetics may play a role in the risk of contracting the disease, but there are also external factors, such as excessive consumption of alcohol, sugar, processed foods, or red meat.

In addition, some research has found that bowel habits may also increase the risk of colon cancer.

The website said that delaying defecation and holding it for a long time makes the lining of the colon more susceptible to inflammation, and also leads to constipation, so doctors always advise the need to defecate when feeling the need to do so.

The results of the research, which were presented in 2
012 at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, concluded that people who suffer from chronic constipation were 1.78 times more likely to develop colorectal cancer compared to individuals who do not suffer from it.

Source: Maan News Agency

Viruses and Alzheimer’s: an alarm and warning about influenza

Bethlehem – Ma’an – A new study, conducted on about 500,000 medical records, found that severe viral infections, such as encephalitis and pneumonia, increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

According to the Science Alert website, researchers found 22 links between viral infections and neurodegenerative cases.

He added that people treated for a type of brain infection called viral encephalitis were 31 times more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

He continued that those who were hospitalized for pneumonia after influenza infection were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Science Alert also revealed that intestinal infections were also the cause of the development of many neurodegenerative diseases.

He explained that the effect of viral infections on the brain continued for up to 15 years in some cases.

‘It is striking that vaccines are currently available for some of
these viruses, including influenza and pneumonia,’ the researchers wrote.

They added: “Although vaccines do not always prevent disease, they significantly reduce hospital admission rates. This evidence suggests that vaccination may mitigate some of the risks of neurodegenerative diseases.”

Source: Maan News Agency

Brain fog..what is it? What are its possible causes?

Bethlehem – Together – Brain fog is a type of cognitive dysfunction that leads to confusion, memory problems, and lack of concentration.

What is brain fog?

Healthline said that brain fog is not a medical condition in itself but a symptom of other medical conditions.

It is a type of cognitive dysfunction that includes: memory problems – lack of mental clarity – poor concentration.

Some people also describe it as “mental fatigue.”

Brain fog can affect your work, school, or other daily tasks.

What are its possible causes?

There are several reasons why brain fog occurs:

Stress: Chronic stress can increase blood pressure, weaken the immune system, trigger depression, and may also cause mental fatigue.

Lack of sleep: Poor sleep may affect the quality of human brain functions, according to research conducted in 2021, so it is usually recommended to sleep daily for a period of between 8 and 9 hours.

Hormonal changes: 2018 research found that hormonal changes can also cause brain fog. For example, progestero
ne and estrogen levels rise during pregnancy, leading to some effect on short-term memory.

Diet: Diet can also play a role in brain fog. It is known that Vitamin B12 supports healthy brain functioning, which means that a deficiency in this vitamin may affect cognitive function and cause brain fog.

Medications: You should always talk to your doctor, if you notice ‘mental fatigue’ while taking a particular medication. Brain fog is a known side effect of some medications, such as some sleep medications and pain medications.

Source: Maan News Agency