The Aga Khan Medical Centre Mwanza will start conducting free breast cancer screening to residents in the region and neighbouring ones starting January next year. This will be a continuation of the similar campaign going on in Dar es Salaam once every month. It will be performed in Mwanza every last Saturday of each month. The centre’s Manager, Ms Waheeda Khatry, told reporters here yesterday … Continue reading Mwanza Aga Khan Medical Centre starts free breast cancer checks
October 19, 2015 1:06 pm – This week, the American Heart Association released updated guidelines for CPR, encouraging more bystanders to help in case of sudden cardiac arrest by calling 9-1-1 and starting CPR. More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year. About 90 percent of them die, often because bystanders don’t know how to start CPR or are afraid … Continue reading Dr. Farhan Bhanji: Even hands-only CPR can save a life
A Tanzanian woman has become the first person on the African continent, outside South Africa, to receive a lifesaving mechanical heart. World-renowned cardiac and transplant surgeon Dr Willie Koen of the Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial hospital in Cape Town led the surgical team that implanted the device which will allow the critically damaged heart of Nurbanu Somji from Dar es Salam to continue functioning. Somji … Continue reading Tanzania’s Nurbanu Somji becomes first person on the African continent, outside of South Africa, to receive a lifesaving mechanical heart
Coastweek– The 11th annual Breast Cancer Awareness and Screening camp was held at the Aga Khan Hospital Mombasa (AKHM) on 23rd and 24th of October. A multidisciplinary team of pathologists, surgeons, radiologists and nurses from Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi (AKUHN) joined the local medical team at AKHM with volunteers from the Breast Cancer Awareness Support Group (BCASG) of AKHM. A total of 797 participants … Continue reading Free Breast Cancer Awareness & Screening Camp at the Aga Khan Hospital, Mombasa
By J.P. Anderson – November 2, 2015 – Lifestyle: Alzheimer’s disease reaches epidemic proportions and millions of Americans observe National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan strives to raise awareness—and much-needed funds—in honor of her mother, the late Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth. Elegantly clad in a body-skimming black and white gown, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is the picture of … Continue reading How Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is Advocating for Alzheimer’s Disease
Brad Crouch October 25, 2015: “KANGAROO care”, where a baby spends large amounts of time nestled skin-to-skin on a parent, is a key strategy helping newborns thrive, a University of Adelaide study concludes. PhD student Zohra Lassi, from the university’s Robinson Research Institute, led a review of more than 60 reproductive, maternal, newborn and child interventions and found kangaroo care is one of six significant … Continue reading Zohra Lassi: Treat newborn infants like joeys — give them kangaroo care, experts say | AdelaideNow
By Bob Shepard October 21, 2015. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will launch the first Phase 1 human trials of a drug — derived from the female hormone estrogen — that may help patients with severe bleeding survive long enough to get to appropriate medical care. A three year, $10 million U.S. Department of Defense contract from the Combat Casualty Care Research Program, … Continue reading Dr. Mansoor Saleh: First human trials of drug to prevent death due to severe blood loss
By PA Real Life Features 05 September 2015, 17:40 BST An inspiring woman with Crohn’s Disease took to the catwalk with her ileostomy bag on show to prove “our bodies aren’t supposed to be perfect.” Azmina Verjee, 40, is happy to display the pouch as it has given her a new lease of life. Ms Verjee, of Friern Barnet, north London, said: “We are so bombarded … Continue reading Azmina Verjee | This woman looks amazing on the catwalk – with her ileostomy bag | British Telecommunications
In 2014, Dr. Henna Budhwani, was awarded a small grant through the UAB School of Public Health’s Back of the Envelope mechanism, to survey Muslim women about their well-being. Research on Muslims, particularly in the area of health, is extremely limited. Much of the literature reports on small samples which are often qualitative. This is one of the first, if not the first, large-scale quantitative … Continue reading Take the Muslim Women’s Health Survey Online: Have Your Voice Heard
Ruba Kana’an, the Aga Khan Museum’s Head of Education & Scholarly Programs, will explore a rare illustrated manuscript from the Aga Khan Museum Permanent Collection. Source: Health and Wellness from an 11th-century Perspective | Aga Khan Museum Continue reading Health and Wellness from an 11th-century Perspective | Aga Khan Museum
Teen chooses quality over quantity and ends chemotherapy after cancer returns “In life, things do happen. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad. You can make the best of it and that’s all that you can do. That’s in your control. … What can I do that I’ll always remember?” – Yusuf Hirji, Bone Cancer Fighter-Survivor & Terry Fox Foundation Ambassador PICKERING — He’s only a … Continue reading Pickering’s Yusuf Hirji is living life to the fullest
Zulfiqar Bhutta, Husein Laljee Dewraj professor at Aga Khan University, co-director of research at the SickKids Center for Global Child Health, and professor at the University of Toronto, spoke at the Wilson Center on September 9, 2015. Tag: Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta Continue reading Dr. Zulfiqar Bhutta – Husein Laljee Dewraj professor at Aga Khan University – on Pakistan’s Maternal and Child Health Problems [YouTube]
My parents had always told me that alcohol was not allowed in Islam and that Mawlana Hazar Imam had explicitly disallowed it. I remember the first time I learned that there were some Ismailis who drink alcohol. […] “However, in time, after more and regular visits to clubs and parties, initial shock gave way to bewildered familiarity and finally succumbed to tired acceptance. In fact … Continue reading Convenience to Conviction: A Young Ismaili Gives up Alcohol
Dr. Mohamed Karmali has been at the cutting edge of research into foodborne illness for several decades. He earned his medical degree at the University of Glasgow and specialized in internal medicine and medical microbiology at the University of Toronto. He became head of microbiology at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto and there he studied two of the most important causes of foodborne … Continue reading Dr. Mohamed Karmali: Classifying strains of E.coli bacteria
Dr Rajwinder Singh Jutley, Director of Cardiac Surgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, talks about Video Assisted Cardiac Surgery.
April 14, 2015: Now all AKUH patients will receive notifications about the completion of their lab reports directly on their cell phones. Depending upon circumstances, certain bacterial cultures develop within 72 hours. In order to treat such conditions at the earliest, the timing for getting the reports can prove to be critical. Recognizing this, Aga Khan University Hospital has started SMS Alert Service for blood … Continue reading Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi: Receive Blood Report directly on your cell phone
One in three Canadians will experience a mental health concern in his or her life. The earlier a mental health condition is detected and treated, the better the outcome. MHFA will give participants the knowledge and skills to provide that early help, and may even enable them to save a life. MHFA is accredited by the Mental Health Commission of Canada and Mental Health First … Continue reading Event – May 23 & 24 | Mental Health First Aid Course – Ottawa
CHICAGO (WLS) — The Alzheimer’s Association is bringing their 28th annual Rita Hayworth Gala back to Chicago Saturday night. Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, daughter of the legendary the film star, established the galas to pay tribute to her mother, Rita Hayworth, who lived with Alzheimer’s for many years before she died in 1987. The events have raised more than $65 million in Chicago, Palm Beach … Continue reading Alzheimer’s Association hosts Rita Hayworth Gala in Chicago | abc7chicago.com
PESHAWAR: They are not junkies or a group of friends, but family members smoking opium on a freezing cold evening in Baroghil Valley — a small town situated in the extreme north of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Chitral district. A traditional chillum (pipe) is passed from one member to another — including children — as they hunker on their knees, while thick smoke permeates the main room … Continue reading In Chitral, home is the opium den for women and children braving cold
The medicine of classical and medieval Islamic civilization was derived primarily from the Greeks particularly Hippocrates (460-370 BC) and Galen (130-200 AD). With the expansion of Muslim rule into the Eastern Mediterranean regions and western Asia, the diverse pre-Islamic science and learning traditions of the Persians, Indians, and Chinese came into contact with and under the patronage of Muslim courts.
A vast movement of translation and innovative development took place between the eighth and ninth centuries where scientists from various religious and ethnic backgrounds worked together to achieve scientific advancements. Their advancements in the fields of science and philosophy were subsequently transmitted to Europe and Asia and formed an important link in humanity’s modern intellectual achievements.
The modern-day concept of a moderate lifestyle for good health was emphasized by Ibn Butlan (d. 1066) in the eleventh century; he stressed the benefits of daily attention to physical and mental well-being.
A Christian philosopher-physician, Ibn Butlan (d. 1086) lived most of his life in Baghdad, Iraq, which he left in 1049 to travel to Syria, Egypt, and Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul). He became a monk in Antioch (an ancient Greek city now in Turkey), where he spent the remainder of his life.
His work on medicine and diet titled Taqwim al-sihha (Almanac of Health) identifies the foods, drinks, environments, and activities (including breathing, exercise, and rest) necessary for a healthy life. His treatise includes the physiological effects of foods, drinks, and environmental elements on the body. Many of his discussions focus on the health benefits of plants and herbs. The relationship between plants and human health has been and continues to be of great concern for humankind based on both diet and medicinal uses.
The Taqwim al-sihha was translated into Latin in Sicily in 1266 under the title Tacuinum Sanitatis and became very popular in Europe.
Adapted from “Science and Learning,” Pattern and Light Aga Khan Museum, Skira Rizzoli Publications Inc.New York.
Research by Nimira Dewji