Aspetar to host sports medicine forum until Qatar 2022

Aspetar, a sports medicine and orthopedic hospital, has announced a series of virtual forums based on the book “Aspetar sports medicine collection”, which will be organised from December until the Qatar 2022 World Cup starts.

The virtual forums will present healthcare professionals with the opportunity to interact and recognise the most important research, as well as many other topics on sports medicine that has made Aspetar an exemplary model in the world of sports medicine.

The “Aspetar Sports Medicine Collection” forum gives free access to information based on scientific evidence produced by the Aspetar scientific journal.

Running for two years

With the monthly celebration of the forum, starting from December 2020 until the start of the 2022 World Cup. Experts will discuss the 24 chapters of the book in just one month. The “Aspetar sports medicine collection” book was released in September.

The subject “Foot and ankle” will be the first to be addressed in detail in the first series of forums that begin on December 2, which will be led by Professor Piter Dokh, representative of Aspetar.

Several important topics of medicine and sports science will be addressed, including Hydration and Nutrition, Recovery Strategies, Sleep Problems and Long Trips, Sports Psychology, Heart Health, Pathology in Athletes, Ethics in Sports Medicine and Concussion in Sports.

Online forums

The forums will be held on Microsoft Teams, which allows for visual and auditory communication between participants. Registration for the virtual forums can be done online, through the Aspetar site. Participants will also be able tojoin in on the Twitter hashtag to ask any questions that will be answered during the sessions.

It is also worth mentioning that Aspetar aims to present reliable, evidence-based information to a considerable numbers of readers interested in the sports and medical fields, as well as to help build awareness and knowledge locally, regionally or internationally. Aspetar’s vision is to be the universal pioneer in the fields of sports medicine, orthopedics, and rehabilitation, thanks to its elaborate world-class facilities, modern technologies and research.

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Qatar- Sidra Medicine saves life of young Kuwaiti boy with intractable epilepsy

(MENAFN – Gulf Times) * QF entity performs complex epilepsy surgery for first time on an international patient

Sidra Medicine, a Qatar Foundation (QF) entity, has performed a complex epilepsy surgery for the first time on an international patient.

Salem is a 10-year-old boy from Kuwait who used to suffer from at least 15-30 seizures a day. Each seizure could last from a few seconds to up to four minutes, increasing the danger to his physical health.

Salem was transferred to Sidra Medicine in Qatar, after his family in Kuwait sought a second expert opinion with the hospital’s renowned specialist treatment programme for children with intractable epilepsy.

Salem’s father, Dr Abdulrahman Abdullah, said: ‘Due to the nature of Salem’s epilepsy, we had to have someone monitoring him all the time as he would have an uncontrollable seizure any minute, with the added risk of hurting himself. And while he was on a good therapy programme, including anti-epileptic medications, in Kuwait, we had reached a stage where he was no longer responding to conventional treatment or medication.

‘Our decision to bring my son Salem to Sidra Medicine was based on several recommendations within the international and regional pediatric medical faculty. The specialist and advanced therapies that Sidra Medicine offers competes with centres of excellence that are in the US or Europe. My family and I are extremely impressed with the care our son received here, Salem’s father continued.

Dr Husam Kayyali, acting division chief of Neurology at Sidra Medicine, said: ‘Salem’s case was brought to our attention when his father reached out to our international office about saving his son’s life. Intractable epilepsy can be a heavy burden, especially on children as they need constant monitoring and care. Studies have shown that only 3-4% of patients with intractable epilepsy would respond to treatment with antiepileptic medications. Cutting-edge advanced therapies such as epilepsy surgery might be the only answer in such cases. After a thorough evaluation of Salem’s case at Sidra Medicine, we decided to proceed with epilepsy surgery.

Salem was cared for at Sidra Medicine by a multidisciplinary team of experts from neurology, neurophysiology, radiology, nuclear medicine, neuro-psychology and neurosurgery. He was also extensively supported by a wider team from occupational health, physical therapy, rehabilitative medicine and ophthalmology to ensure a comprehensive pre- and post-operative care programme, a press statement noted.

Sidra Medicine is “one of very few children’s hospitals in the Middle East” to have dedicated paediatric experts overseeing the entire spectrum of care for children with complex diseases or health challenges, including epilepsy, the statement points out.

‘Salem’s treatment programme at Sidra Medicine started with a thorough assessment and investigations at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit with Video-Electroencephalographic monitoring and advanced neuroimaging such as high-resolution Brain MRI imaging and (positron emission tomography) PET scans. It was determined that Salem had suffered a stroke when he was a fetus inside his mother. This explained how he started getting refractory epileptic seizures when he turned five, which had progressively damaged the left

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