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$68bn health bill warning for GCC

GCC countries could face a $68 billion health bill in the next nine years if people don't start leading healthier lifestyles, according to a report. Global consulting firm Booz and Company says increasingly inactive lifestyles


NCDs ‘to cost GCC $36bn in 2013’

The total direct and indirect cost of the most common non-communicable diseases (NCDs) for the GCC will be close to $36 billion in 2013 – one and a half times official healthcare spending, a report said. The economic develop


Rich-poor life expectancy gap 'growing'

Life expectancy for women at 50 has improved, but the gap between poor and rich countries is growing and could worsen without better detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease and cancers, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monda


Bahrain’s online health survey success

An online survey to assess the health status in Bahrain has received overwhelming response, said a top government official, adding that the e-form has been completed by hundreds of people within days of its launch. The fourth Health and Fi


Bahrain to open fifth nutrition clinic

Bahrain's fifth specialised nutrition clinic is expected to open in the coming months to promote healthy lifestyles, said a top official. However, the location is yet to be confirmed as the clinic could open its doors in either Manama or R


Health alert over lifestyle in GCC

Bahrain and the region could face an increase in the spread of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, if immediate measures are not taken, officials said. The warning was voiced by Bahraini health officials and their GCC counterparts at the


WHO warns of chronic diseases enormity

Chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease and diabetes have reached global epidemic proportions and now cause more deaths than all other diseases combined, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. In its first worldwide re

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