May 17, 2020

E-Cigarettes: The smoker's alternative fix

smoking
electronic cigarette
e-cigarette
nicotine
Admin
2 min
An e-cigarette
Written by: James Dunworth Hon Lik was smoking 60 cigarettes a day. He was coughing and wheezing throughout the day and his father was dying of lung ca...

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<em>Written by: James <span data-scayt_word="Dunworth" data-scaytid="75">Dunworth</span></em></p>
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Hon <span data-scayt_word="Lik" data-scaytid="76">Lik</span> was smoking 60 cigarettes a day. He was coughing and wheezing throughout the day and his father was dying of lung cancer. Then he had a dream which would change the world of smoking forever. In the dream, Hon <span data-scayt_word="Lik" data-scaytid="77">Lik</span> was drowning in a deep sea, close to death. Suddenly the sea was <span data-scayt_word="vapourised" data-scaytid="78">vapourised</span>, and replaced by a wonderful <span data-scayt_word="colourful" data-scaytid="79">colourful</span> fog.</p>
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At least that is his story of how the e-cigarette was invented. The inventor&rsquo;s idea was simple enough. Take everything bad out of cigarettes except the one thing which causes the pleasure, but also the addiction; nicotine.</p>
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When a smoker sucks on an electronic cigarette, a sensor activates a heating element called an <span data-scayt_word="atomiser" data-scaytid="80">atomiser</span>. The <span data-scayt_word="atomiser" data-scaytid="81">atomiser</span> heats up a liquid containing nicotine, creating <span data-scayt_word="vapour" data-scaytid="82">vapour</span>. The estimates from experts are that the e-cigarette carries in the region of one percent of the danger of &lsquo;normal&rsquo; cigarettes.</p>
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Although there may still be some risks to e-cigarettes, David <span data-scayt_word="Sweanor" data-scaytid="83">Sweanor</span>, former advisor to the World Health <span data-scayt_word="Organisation" data-scaytid="84">Organisation</span> on tobacco control, uses the following analogy: &ldquo;Despite the risks associated with soccer, I would, for instance, prefer my children play soccer rather than play with live hand <span data-scayt_word="grenades."" data-scaytid="85">grenades.&rdquo;</span></p>
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However, not everyone is keen on e-cigarettes. Pharmaceutical companies that produce nicotine cessation aids and tobacco companies that profit from regular cigarettes have campaigned against the device. In addition, some tobacco control activists fear that with much of the danger removed from smoking, smokers will not want to quit.</p>
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This fear was <span data-scayt_word="summarised" data-scaytid="86">summarised</span> in a statement by the New Zealand government, which said: &ldquo;The risks to smokers of pure nicotine, delivered in doses seen with the e-cigarette, are extremely low. [However] it does raise issues about the social approval of these devices and does run counter to one of the objectives to <span data-scayt_word="denormalise" data-scaytid="87">denormalise</span> <span data-scayt_word="smoking."" data-scaytid="88">smoking.&rdquo;</span></p>
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The e-cigarette is a device which is surrounded by controversy and there are arguments both for and against it. For example, in New Zealand, tobacco kills 5,000 people a year, while in Australia the number of tobacco-related deaths each year is 15,000. However, tobacco remains legal in both countries while e-cigarettes, which are yet to be linked to any deaths, are illegal; although both countries currently do allow the personal import of e-cigarettes.</p>
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However, campaigners such as New Zealand doctor Murray <span data-scayt_word="Laugeson" data-scaytid="89">Laugeson</span> believe that the devices need to be sold in Australia and New Zealand to win significant number of converts - and possibly even pave the way for a tobacco free state.</p>
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Actress Katherine <span data-scayt_word="Heigl" data-scaytid="93">Heigl</span>&nbsp;is an e-cigarette user:</p>
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<em>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk/"><span data-scayt_word="//www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk&quot; data-scaytid="90">www.ecigarettedirect.co.uk</span></a></em></p&gt;

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

Robotics
smarthospitals
Cancer
Neurology
2 min
The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital. 

What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah.   It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots. 

Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005,  Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day. 

Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital. 

Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.  

Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our  next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.

"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”

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