Orthopaedic Problems of Upper Limbs in Diabetes . . Diabetes amongst people living in UAE is a growing concern and figures from International Diabetes Federation revealed that 17.3% of people aged between 29 and 75 have Type 2 diabetes, and currently there are over 1 million people in UAE suffering from Diabetes. These patients suffer from many orthopaedic problems affecting joints, nerves and wound healing problems. Females are more affected than males with a ratio of 2:1. Common upper limb problems diabetic patients include: Frozen shoulder: Patients present with sudden onset of severe pain, lasting for a few weeks to months and later on becoming stiff with less pain. Over 90% of patients are cured without any intervention but some diabetic patients are resistant and require medical intervention. Carpal tunnel syndrome: Pressure of the nerve in the hand leading to numbness in the fingers, weakness, and pain. They can lead to irreversible problems if not treated and may require a small surgery to release the pressure on the nerve. Trigger finger: Initially there is a pain in the palm of the hand due to inflammation of the tendon leading to jamming of the fingers and can at times get locked and unable to straighten or bend. Dupuytren’s contracture: Common in men, usually Caucasian. Patients start noticing some lumps in the palm and fingers leading to skin contractures and fingers start curling towards the palm. This is progressive and some require special injections or surgery. Often patients come with one of the above problems and upon investigating, diabetes could be diagnosed incidentally. The prognosis and outcome of these problems are dependent on how well diabetes is under control. Although these conditions are usually self-limiting, they can be wrongly diagnosed, not appropriately treated leading to complications and poor outcome. It is recommended when symptoms do not improve that you seek expert opinion and get treated for both, the orthopaedic and underlying diabetes. Inputs by Dr. Bhuvaneshwar Machani - Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon HealthBay Orthopaedic and Physiotherapy Centre (HealthBay Polyclinic BR)
The UAE Cabinet has approved a long-term visa system. The system applies to investors, entrepreneurs, specialised talents and researchers in the fields of science and knowledge as well as outstanding students. The aim of this new system is to facilitate business and create an investment environment that encourages investors and entrepreneurs. Earlier this year, the UAE Cabinet made the motion to grant investors ten-year residency visa. They also decided to grant residency visas of up to 10 years for specialists in the medical, scientific, research and technical fields, and for scientists and creative talents of culture and arts. The visas extend to their children and spouses too. The decision made by the cabinet also includes the terms and conditions for obtaining long-term visas for all the different categories. Investors are split into two categories, investors in a property and investors in an established company, a business partnership or with public investments. Entrepreneurs are also split into two categories, those having a project with a minimum of Dhs 500,000 and those with the approval of an accredited business incubator in the country. The benefits of the entrepreneurial visa includes entrepreneurs, partners, three executive directors, spouse and children. The entrepreneur is allowed entry into the country for six months, multi-entry visa period, with renewal for another six months.
Dubai’s stunning new branch of the leading global nursery group, MindChamps, is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday 24th November for families to experience this sought after nursery with a vast selection of fun family activities on offer. This exciting event will include drumming workshops for parents and children, bubble shows, NeuroMooves dance and exercise sessions, puppet shows, story-telling and art and craft experiences. Nursery Manager, Susan Roberts, and her team of educators will be available to answer your questions and show you around the state of the art facility in Al Safa 2. Dubai parent community have been awaiting the arrival of this leading global nursery group in the UAE, but who are MindChamps exactly are what makes them different? The MindChamps approach to early years education was developed for the 21st century around the realisation that the current educational model was not sufficient to prepare our children for the work place of tomorrow. The MindChamps team recognised that the current and historical educational focus on teaching children to retain information had become redundant. MindChamps realised that what was needed was to develop passionate life-long learners, skilled problem solvers, engaging speakers, conflict negotiators, social butterflies and above all else, children who believe in themselves enough to become confident, well-adjusted adults. It is because of these high expectations that MindChamps brought in expertise from some of the world’s foremost neuroscientists, psychologists, educationalists and theatre trainers. With a global advisory board of such strength and vision, MindChamps have built an early years curriculum like no other. To experience the nursery facilities and meet the team of educators who are bringing this incredible curriculum to Dubai, families can RSVP to email@example.com and come along to the Family Fun Day event on Saturday 24th November. #mindchamps @mindchampsalsafa
The good news for shoppers just keeps on coming! Organisers of Dubai's biggest shopping festival of the year have announced that the dates of the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) will be extended by a week. Now, the shopping festival will last a full 6 weeks starting from 26 December and running straight through to 2 February. The 24th addition of the annual shopping festival will be the longest since its inception and discerning shoppers will benefit from discounts and offers from over 700 brands across more than 3,000 different outlets.
It’s time to spread your wings at the world’s tallest building as At the Top, Burj Khalifa reveals a new and amazing artwork of hand-painted wings on the glass panels of Level 124 and 125. Definitely, making it to visitors’ ‘insta feed & stories’, the hand painted wings by eminent artist Colette Miller stands up for a great memory and picture against the stunning backdrop of the Dubai skyline. Previously, Colette has painted these wings in Kenya, Australia, England, Japan, China, Europe, Cuba, Mexico, and throughout the USA. Visit At the Top, Burj Khalifa to capture that social feed moment and hashtag it #globalangelwingsproject.
Diabetes mellitus can cause several eye problems, such as cataract, glaucoma and ocular nerve palsies. The most common and vision-threatening eye complication is diabetic retinopathy. The high blood sugar level damage small blood vessels in the retina, causing leakage of fluid and hemorrhages. The retinal vessels get occluded and new abnormal vessels grow in order to repair the ischemia. But these new vessels are weaker and cause several serious problems, like massive bleeding in the eye and retinal detachment. This can lead to severe and often even permanent vision loss. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness in the working age population. 74% of diabetic patients don’t even know that they have any problems with their eyes because there were no symptoms in the early stages. Although there is no cure for diabetic retinopathy, there are treatments available that can prevent progression of the disease and so permanent vision loss can be significantly reduced. Therefore, the retinopathy has to be diagnosed early and treated in time. Often when the patients do not present any symptoms, a treatment becomes necessary. Precautions are possible, as complications and deterioration of diabetic eye disease are dependent on the general health of the patient. Maintaining a stable blood sugar level, well-controlled blood pressure and normal cholesterol levels along with healthy eating, an active lifestyle, avoiding smoking and overweight can all contribute to preventing retinopathy or slow down the progression. In addition, patients with diabetes need to have a comprehensive eye exam, including dilated examination of the retina, every year, even if they have no symptoms at all. Early detection and treatment can reduce the risk of blindness dramatically. Inputs by Dr. Tina Eckert, Consultant Ophthalmologist-HealthBay Al Wasl (Day Surgery Centre LLC) Contact at 800HBPC(4272)