Shadow health minister wants to give local authorities powers to curb spread of ‘chicken and chip’ shops near schools
Diane Abbott, the shadow public health minister, is concerned about the spread of fast food outlets near schools, and sales of cheap alcohol. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
By Samer Hijazi
DEARBORN — With health issues such as diabetes, blood pressure control and cholesterol on the rise in the U.S., a few initiatives focusing on alerting the Arab American community have been set in place this year. The main focus of these initiatives is preventive healthcare, with the idea of alerting and educating locals on how they can properly take care of their health before they end up with life long problems.
By Dr Kiran Patel
Today is World Diabetes Day and in my clinic I’ll see several patients whose hearts have been damaged by diabetes. I’ll treat them and encourage them to make lifestyle changes. And I hope they have the support of their families because it isn’t easy being a patient with diabetes who has heart problems. Over the coming years I fully expect to see many more patients with heart disease directly caused by diabetes because we are in the grips of a diabetes epidemic.
To nibble on a naughty slice of chocolate cake or indulge in that delicious donut? It’s a dietary dilemma that probably comes with an extra helping of guilt for snack fans.
The nearly 3 million Muslims who will make next week’s annual hajj pilgrimage to the sacred Saudi Arabian city of Mecca are required to be vaccinated against meningitis.
(Reuters Health) – Cherries may no longer be for just topping off ice cream sundaes; in a new study of people with gout, eating the fruit was linked with a 35 percent to 75 percent lower risk of having an attack.
Smokers of the hubble-bubble water pipe have until Saturday to indulge their fondness for sweet flavoured tobacco in Jeddah’s cafes as the Saudi city prepares to enforce a public ban on the habit.
A law against smoking the pipes, known in Arabic as shisha, in public places has been in place for years in some other Saudi cities, but it is only now being implemented in Jeddah, which is known as more socially liberal than the capital Riyadh.
By Mahmood Saberi, Senior Reporter
Meet the colourful foods that can slow down the ageing process
Several middle eastern nations have an obesity problem worse than the U.S.’s
(Reuters Health) – Pregnant women with frequent exposure to solvents at work may be at higher risk of having babies with birth defects, French researchers have found.
Medical studies have confirmed the presence of a protein in breast milk that helps to combat cancer. Known as Trail, the protein is not found in artificial milk – and many experts have viewed this as further evidence that breastfeeding is superior to formula in safeguarding the health of both the mother and baby.
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An English advisory body has issued new guidance aimed at helping people in South Asian communities stop using smokeless tobacco products like paan.
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