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New devices to check blood pressure will save lives: Research

London (UNA-OIC) – Traditional methods of testing for high blood pressure is no longer adequate and risk missing vital health signs, which can lead to premature death, a study co-led by University College London (UCL) has found.

The research, the largest ever cohort study of its kind, published in the New England Journal for Medicine, assessed 63,000 doctors’ patients, who had their blood pressure tested using traditional ‘in clinic’ methods, such as an automated or hand operated devices.

Separately, the same patients were also measured using a pocket-sized ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) device, which records blood pressure regularly over a 24 hour period. This device is worn at home and takes measurements every 20 to 30 mins.

High blood pressure is the leading preventable cause of premature death globally and affects approximately 25 percent of all adults. The study, which was co-led by Professor Bryan Williams (UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences), found that measuring blood pressure using an ABPM device was 50 percent more accurate than the traditional way blood pressure is measured in the clinic, and therefore a significantly more precise way of predicting a patient’s risk of death.

Using an ABPM to measure the blood pressure at home, during day-to-day activities, and during sleep, also means known variations in patients’ blood pressure caused by using ‘in clinic’ methods, can be more accurately diagnosed. Namely ‘masked hypertension,’ where blood pressure presents as normal in the clinic but is elevated out of office, and ‘white-coat hypertension,’ where blood pressure is elevated in the clinic, but normal outside the office.

For decades doctors have known that blood pressure measured ‘in-clinic’ could be masked or elevated, simply because the patient was in a medical setting, and this could lead to the wrong or a missed diagnosis, Professor Williams said.

This research is a clear game-changer, as for the first time, it definitively shows that blood pressure measured regularly during a 24 hour period predicts the risk of heart disease, stroke, and death much better than blood pressure measured in a doctor’s surgery or clinic.

Quite simply, measuring blood pressure over 24 hours is what doctors and medics should be using to make clinical decisions about treatment.

With a much more accurate assessment of a patient’s blood pressure, doctors will be able to provide the most effective treatments at the earliest opportunity, which will save many more lives.

With one billion people around the world having high blood pressure, this study, the largest ever of its kind, should lead to changes in clinical practice across the world, with the use of ABPM becoming a much more commonplace.

Professor William’s research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research UCLH Biomedical Research Centre.


Source: International Islamic News Agency

Jordan ranks 52nd among world’s most competitive economies

Amman (UNA-OIC) – The 30th edition of the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, saw a slight increase in the ranking of Jordan, moving up four places and landing at 52nd.

This boost in Jordan’s competitiveness is due to better government and business efficiency, as well as improved performance in several of the measured indicators such as public finance, tax policy, business legislation and digital transformation. All of which facilitate the creation and development of business in Jordan, especially so in the digital work frame which the world is in today, which changes the work we do and the way our economies work.

However, the way for Jordan to rank among the world’s most competitive economies is long. The country still ranks low in the labor force, and even more so in the inclusion of women in the workforce. Additionally, the kingdom’s domestic economy’s performance remains the same as last year which was a drop of 5 placements compared to 2016. In order for Jordan to strengthen its economic resilience, it should work towards a more inclusive growth and sustainable development, this includes poverty reduction and creation of jobs, particularly for women and youth.

Director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, Professor Arturo Bris said: “Jordan advanced by four places with respect to last year, reaching the 52nd position in 2018. Jordan boosted its competitiveness mainly through better government and business efficiency. Specifically, a reduction in taxation and a general improvement in business confidence across different areas (as business legislation and labor market regulation) contributed to this result.” Globally, the 2018 rankings emphasize a long-term trend highlighted in past editions that the countries on the top of the list each have a unique approach to becoming competitive.

The top five most competitive economies in the world remain the same as in the previous year, but their order changes. The United States returns to the first spot, followed by Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, and Switzerland.

The IMD World Competitiveness Center, a research group at IMD business school in Switzerland, has published the rankings every year since 1989. It compiles them using 258 indicators. ‘Hard’ data such as national employment and trade statistics are weighted twice as much as the ‘soft’ data from an Executive Opinion Survey that measures the business perception of issues such as corruption, environmental concerns and quality of life. This year 63 countries are ranked.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Unknown miscreants kill two in North Waziristan Agency

Two persons, including a son of former MNA Muhammad Dindar, have been killed by unknown miscreants in North Waziristan Agency.

According to detail, the assailants after firing fled away from the spot.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Erdogan, Putin discuss US withdrawal from nuclear deal

Ankara, (UNA-OIC) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday discussed the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone.

According to Anadolu Agency, Erdogan and Putin agreed that the US decision on the nuclear deal is wrong and pointed out that the nuclear deal was a diplomatic success that should be protected. The two leaders also spoke about the recent developments and increasing tension in Syria.

Erdogan also congratulated Putin for officially starting his fourth term as Russian president.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the landmark nuclear deal, which was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany).

Acting ahead of a May 12 deadline, Trump opted not to extend sanctions relief on Iran, re-imposing nuclear-related economic penalties on the Islamic republic.

The 2015 deal had placed unprecedented restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in sanctions relief. Trump had roundly criticized the agreement in 2016 during his electoral campaign, calling it the “worst deal” he had ever seen.

Other members of the P5+1, for their part, say the agreement in its current form represents the best way to reign in Iran’s nuclear program.

Trump’s move has sparked a range of reactions, with some countries welcoming it and others condemning it.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

Suspected settlers torch Palestinian home in Nablus

Nablus, (UNA-OIC) – Suspected Israeli settlers Thursday night torched a Palestinian home in Duma village, southeast of Nablus city, WAFA reported.

Mayor of Duma Abdul-Salam Dawabsha said that suspected Israeli settlers hurled inflammable material into a home belonging to the Dawabsha family, before they fled the scene, causing extensive material damages.

He added that members of the Dawabsha managed to put off fire in the home, located on the outskirts of the village. No casualties were reported though. Fire spread quickly and burned down one room before they were extinguished.

He blamed suspected Israeli settlers for the fresh arson attack that took place almost three years after three members of the Dawabsha family were killed in a similar attack.

On July 31, 2015, suspected settlers set fire to a family house in Duma, burning Ali Dawabsha, an infant, alive. Ali’s parents, Riham, 28, and Sa’ed succumbed to their wounds weeks later. The couple’s seven-year-old son Ahmad is the only remaining survivor of the attack.

Settler violence against Palestinians and their property is routine in the West Bank and is rarely prosecuted by Israeli authorities.

Settlers’ violence includes property and mosque arsons, stone-throwing, uprooting of crops and olive trees, attacks on vulnerable homes, among others.

Between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law.

All settlements across the West Bank are illegal under international law, particularly article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which establishes that the occupying power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

Source: International Islamic News Agency

21 criminals arrested in Sahiwal

Twenty-one criminals were arrested during a search operation in Noor Shah area of Sahiwal on Friday.

Police sources told arms and ammunition have also been recovered from them.

Source: Radio Pakistan