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CAIRO, June 25, 2018 (MENA) - Egypt's Health and Population Minister Dr Hala Zayed discussed on Monday with Head of the Coptic Orthodox Church Pope Tawadros II developing cooperation in the medical domain.

Zayed expressed thanks for the Church's efforts to alleviate burdens on Egyptian patients through its contributions to carrying out major medical operations to reduce waiting lists at hospitals.

She expressed readiness to send medical convoys to needy areas set by the Church.

Zayed said she will focus within the coming period on training doctors, providing a suitable working environment for them and re-building trust between doctors and patients before the application of the new medical insurance system.

The pontiff reviewed service projects carried out by the Church to offer medical care to citizens, including "Sehati" project that aims at building seven hospitals in seven areas.

The first of these hospitals was set up in Sharqiya governorate, he noted.

By Amina Abdul Salam

A baby’s skin is very sensitive, especially in hot weather with increased humidity. Thus, one of the most common skin problems for the baby in the summer is the appearance of small blisters in the folds of the skin due to excessive sweating and heat.

Dr Sherin Abdullah, Professor of Dermatology, said that the mother should dress the baby in cotton clothes, pay more attention to good ventilation and give the baby a daily bath. She stressed that neglecting this skin problem may lead to other skin infections that may even develop into boils. She said the mother should avoid using talcum powder after an injury. The powder is for prevention only.

She should use medical creams prescribed for the condition and, preferably, consult a dermatologist. She pointed out that eczema anditching may infect the child. Eczema is diagnosed according to the usual symptoms, which are itching, rash and redness in certainareas, such as the hands, head, legs and arms.

The mother, she said, should prevent her baby from scratching his skin as much as possible, because scratching the affected areas can make the rash worse. She stressed the importance of drinking a lot of water and using sunscreens that contain inorganic compounds such as zinc oxide.

 

 

By Amina Abdul Salam

Many women prefer wearing flat shoes to avoid pains in the feet or back, but recent studies have shown that although there is a widespread wearing of this kind of shoe among women, most of them have back pains.

Dr Ali Mahmoud, Orthopaedic Consultant, says that this type of shoe puts a pressure on the spine and cartilages, causing severe pain. Many studies have given high heels such a bad reputation that many people think that flat shoes are always a better alternative.

However, a good pair of heels with healthy supports can serve the woman far better than a poorly made pair of flats. Dr Mahmoud recommended that the best solution in this domain is to wear medium-heeled shoes, with the height of the heel being three to five cm. He said that flat shoes without an arch support can cause lower back and ankle pain.

 

 

 By Amina Abdul Salam

Hair washing is very important, but many of us do not know how to wash our hair so as to maintain its health and beauty. Dr Osama Sayyed, Dermatology Consultant, has made certain recommendations. He urged women to comb their hair before washing it,
because this helps to stimulate the circulation in the scalp, reduce hair loss and prevent clogged pores.

Dr Sayyed pointed out that it was helpful to massage the scalp and hair with olive or coconut oil two or three hours before washing. The oil reduces the harm caused by the chemical substances in the shampoo, which strip the hair of its natural oils. He urged women to untangle hair before and after washing, taking care to comb hair gently when it is wet.

Dr Sayyed advised the following method for washing hair: Rinse hair properly with warm water, for a minute before using shampoo. Always use warm water because hot water dries hair. Rinse off the shampoo and conditioner with cold or tap water, to help close the pores and retain the moisture.

“Use a towel to dry the hair, but pat it dry rather than rubbing it hard, because this can cause severe damage and make your hair look unkempt. Then let your hair dry on its own,” Dr Sayyed said.

There are foods that help keep the hair healthy. Dr Sayyed said that these foods nourish the roots of the hair and increase its vitality. They include chicken, which is rich in protein, strawberries which contain vitamin C, mushrooms which are rich in copper and salmon which is rich in omega 3.

These foods keep the air healthy, stop hair loss, maintain its natural oils and make it look shiny.

 

 By Amina Abdul Salam

Dr Usama Khalil, Consultant in Obesity Surgery, Al-Azhar University, says that many obese people ask the doctor to get rid of what makes them overweight rapidly through surgery and that this is a major mistake as each body shape has its own method of getting rid of fat.

“I do not recommend a resort to obesity surgery, unless there is a disease linked to obesity,” he said.

He pointed out that many factors are associated with obesity surgery, starting with preparing the operating theatre, the doctor’s experience and the devices at the hospital because obesity surgery is not an ordinary surgery.

He said that there are some improper surgery selections, such as gastric bypass surgery for the patient who suffers from gastropod-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as acid reflux. This is a long-term condition where stomach contents come back up into the oesophagus.

Dr Khalil said that all surgeries have side effects and complications and the patient has to commit to the doctor’s instructions after obesity surgery in particular. An intake of vitamins to compensate the body for loss of food and following a healthy diet are essential.

He said that there are global protocols governing surgical operations, in general, and all hospitals are committed to them, including obesity surgery whether they are sleeve gastroectomy or gastric bypass, the complications of which are limited.

 

 

By Amina Abdul Salam

A research team affiliated to Zewail City under the supervision of Dr Ibrahim el- Sherbini, Director of the Nano-materials laboratory, has come up with an invention, a smart bandage, to cure diabetic wounds.

Dr el-Sherbini said that the bandage contributes to curing dangerous wounds in diabetics. It informs the patients that it is curing the wound so the patient does not have to change the bandage from time to time. Recent studies carried out on mice have proved the bandage’s efficiency.

Dr el-Sherbini expects this bandage will be available in the local market in the years ahead. The research team has also found smart chemical compounds the size of nano- structures which cure without any side effects.

Nano-science and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.

 

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