* Dr. Mohamed Ali Al Bar sent us a copy of a review by Dr. Amin Kashmeery. The review is made on a book by Professor Jonathan Moreno and the title is "Is there an Ethicist in the house? On cutting edge of Bioethics".
Dr. Kashmeery stated that, ''Western culture has long opted for the adversarial system in many aspects of life to settle debatable issues. In the judicial system, we have the prosecution vs. defence; in the political system, ruling party vs. opposition; even in some ecclesiastical rank nomination and canonization there is the devil's advocate vs. those otherwise."
Read more on the review here.
* A study paper by a group of MDs in Saudi Arabia appeared in Saudi Medical Journal. It investigated the risks of addiction to smartphone among university students in Saudi Arabia.
The smartphone, in English, is defined as a mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer. As such, it typically has a touch screen interface, Internet access, and an operating. system capable of running downloaded applications. While recently the words smartphone, mobile phone and cell phone have come to be used interchangeably, 2 decades ago, mobile phones and cell phones were used primarily for making and receiving calls and for SMS messaging. Smartphones have increasingly become a major part of our lives due to their numerous benefits, such as easy accessibility to information, social connectivity, workplace applications, convenience, mobility, size, and so forth. Moreover, smartphones now play a critical role in the health field as both health professionals and their patients seek to promote the good health of the patient. However, in recent years, there has also been increasing concern on the negative consequences of smartphone use.
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* Dr. Mohamed Ali Al Bar co-authored with Dr. Hassan Cahmsi-Pasha a study paper on Teaching Islamic Medical Ethics. Abstract :Medical ethics is still taught using traditional methods in many medical schools of the region. Medical ethics is known for its controversial issues and this cannot be learned effectively through lectures. The course should aim to give students an appreciation of important historical and theoretical developments of medical ethics. A syllabus of medical ethics relating to Islamic sources and values would widen the students' cultural and moral horizons and improving their medical performance in the long term. The ethical dilemmas the freshly graduated medical students may face at the beginning of their training should be addressed. The importance of employing student-centered learning techniques to motivate medical students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and life-long self-learners is highlighted.
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* He Mastered Pretty Much Every Important Scientific Field – Why Everyone Must Know Ibn Khaldun Among the important names in Sociology, like Marx, Durkheim and Weber there is one name that is particularly special. Being the godfather of sociology and having a big influence in both geography and history, Ibn Khaldun has been rightly called to have a brilliant mind.
Ibn Khaldun (1332, Tunis – 1406, Cairo) was born into a rich Andalusian family. He spent years as a student to the best teachers in the Maghreb. At the age of 17, he was already mastering the classical understanding of the Quran, Arabic linguistics, fiqh, sharia, hadith, math, logical thinking, philosophy, and had studied all the works by renowned scholars such as Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Razi and Tulsi.
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* Alumnus Farooq Murshid sent an explanation of how to control Uric Acid levels in the body. He explained that factors that can contribute to a high uric acid level include a diet high in purines (purines are broken down into uric acid), excess alcohol consumption, renal insufficiency, obesity, underactive thyroid, genetics endocrine or metabolic conditions like diabetes or acidosis, and certain other diseases.
High levels of uric acid in the blood, also called hyperuricemia, can result from either increased production of uric acid in the body or decreased excretion of it through the kidneys.
It can further lead to problems like gouty arthritis, kidney stones and renal failure. Recent studies have also associated high blood uric acid levels with hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
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* Captain Khaldon Shwalah wrote to us about the importance of Aden harbour. He believes in the future of Aden and hopes that many will have good cause to visit Aden in the coming years.
He explained that Aden harbour played a leading role in the prosperty of the country as a ship owning center, a hub which linked Europe and Asia. Aden has been a major regional centre at various times during the past 3000 years. Over this long span, visitors with vision have always been impressed by the port and by the opportunities for trade which it offers.
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