Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and additional risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption ,and encourage governments to take measures to force people to kick the habit.

The theme for World No Tobacco Day 2017 is "Tobacco – a threat to development."
Tobacco kills about 7 million people annually.

In a 2016 survey ,DHA found that 21.9% of the population smoke , of which 24.8% are males .  Globally smoking accounts for 30% of all cancer deaths.

Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals,of which 250 are toxic chemicals and at least 50 are known to cause cancer.

80% of smokers live in low and middle-income countries.
Goals of the World No Tobacco Day 2017 campaign
·         Highlight the links between the use of tobacco products, tobacco control and sustainable development.

·         Encourage countries to include tobacco control in their national responses to 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

·         Support Member States and civil society to combat tobacco industry interference in political processes, in turn leading to stronger national tobacco control action.

·         Encourage broader public and partner participation in national, regional and global efforts to develop and implement development strategies and plans and achieve goals that prioritize action on tobacco control.

·         Demonstrate how individuals can contribute to making a sustainable, tobacco-free world, either by committing to never taking up tobacco products, or by quitting the habit.

World Asthma Day is a big event celebrated all over the world by the people to increase the awareness among public worldwide about the precautions and preventions of the asthma. This event is annually organized on international level by the GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) in order to increase the asthma awareness all around the world. It is celebrated on annual basis at 1st Tuesday of the May month. 

There are more than 300 million people suffer from asthma world wide,asthma is the most common chronic disease in children,it affects 1-18% of the population in various countries.

There are two types of asthma: allergic (caused by exposure to an allergen) and nonallergic (caused by stress, exercise, illnesses like a cold or the flu, or exposure to extreme weather, irritants in the air or some medications).

Asthma Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing (a whistling or squeaky sound in your chest when you breathe, especially when exhaling)

Asthma Triggers

  • Outdoor allergens, such as pollens from grass, trees and weeds
  • Indoor allergens, such as pet dander, dust mites and mold
  • Certain drugs and food additives
  • Irritants in the air, such as smoke, chemical fumes and strong odors
  • Colds, the flu or other illnesses
  • Exercise (although people with asthma can benefit from some exercise)
  • Stress
  • Weather conditions, such as cold air or extremely dry, wet or windy weather

Prevention of symptoms is the best strategy. A person with asthma should know what situations trigger an attack and avoid them whenever possible. If asthma attacks are severe, are unpredictable or flare up more than twice a week, consultation with an allergist can help to determine their cause and provide long-term treatment that controls or eliminates the symptoms.

If asthma is left unmanaged or is misdiagnosed, it can be deadly:



World Immunization Week – celebrated in the last week of April – aims to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Today, there are still 19.4 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world.

2017 Campaign objectives
The main goal of the campaign is to raise awareness about the critical importance of full immunization throughout life, and its role in achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of the 2017 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:
  • ·         Highlight the importance of immunization as a top global health investment priority.
  • ·         Promote understanding of the action steps required to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan.
  • ·         Showcase immunization’s role in sustainable development and global health security.

Expanding access to immunization is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Routine immunization is a building block of strong primary health care and universal health coverage—it provides a point of contact for health care at the beginning of life and offers every child the chance at a healthy life from the start.

Immunization is also a fundamental strategy in achieving other health priorities, from controlling viral hepatitis, to curbing antimicrobial resistance, to providing a platform for adolescent health and improving antenatal and newborn care.



Donating a unit of blood can save 3 lives
The need for blood is ongoing and must be met every day.
The Dubai Blood Donation Center (DBDC) of the Dubai Health Authority is the major blood bank of the UAE that committed to providing a safe and adequate supply of blood.

The demand for blood is growing faster than the collection rate and DBDC has been requested to have an instant response to the rapid growth in blood demand which is obviously proportionate to the fast growing population of the city along with healthcare facilities.

Dubai Blood Donation Centre received 49,223 donations in 2016
About 450ml of blood is collected at one time,around 10 per cent of a donor’s total blood volume
A whole blood donation takes 8-10 mins
A healthy individual can donate blood every 4 months.
After donation plasma is replaced by the body within hours and platelets within days
Each blood donation may potentially help save up to four lives for those suffering from Thalassemia, Leukemia or road accident victims and many other cases.
Giving blood can help all, with no distinction of gender, race or religion. It is a simple way to contribute to the UAE's Year of Giving campaign.


Parkinson’s disease affects the way you move. It happens when there is a problem with certain nerve cells in the brain.

Normally, these nerve cells make an important chemical called dopamine. Dopamine sends signals to the part of your brain that controls movement. It lets your muscles move smoothly and do what you want them to do. When you have Parkinson's, these nerve cells break down. Then you no longer have enough dopamine, and you have trouble moving the way you want to.

Parkinson's is progressive, which means it gets worse over time. But usually this happens slowly, over many years. And there are good treatments that can help you live a full life.

The four main symptoms of Parkinson's are:
-Tremor, which means shaking or trembling. Tremor may affect your hands, arms, or legs.
-Stiff muscles.
-Slow movement.
-Problems with balance or walking.

People usually start to have symptoms between the ages of 50 and 60.

-Usually this disease progresses slowly. Some people live for many years with only minor symptoms.
-Many people are able to keep working for years. As the disease gets worse, you may need to change how you work.
-It is important to take an active role in your health care. Find a doctor you trust and can work with.
-Depression is common in people who have Parkinson's. If you feel very sad or hopeless, talk to your doctor or see a counselor.
-It can make a big difference to know that you're not alone. Ask your doctor about Parkinson's support groups, or look for online groups or message boards.
-Parkinson's affects more than just the person who has it. It also affects your loved ones. Be sure to include them in your decisions.


Choosing toothpaste might be very troublesome, with so many brands. However always look out for ADA seal, confirming that they have been tested.

If you are lazy in brushing and following your oral care, no toothpaste can save your teeth.

If you have yellow teeth, you can opt for whitening toothpastes which contain mild abrasives that can help to polish them and prevent future buildup of stain. Look for pastes containing modified silicone abrasives for whiter smiles.

If you are cavity-prone or a chocolate lover, then go for mineral fluorides which ADA refers it as a fighter of cavities. Another tip follows “spitting” instead of “rinsing”.

Very sensitive gums or teeth with exposed surfaces may not be because of poor brushing. Opt for toothpastes containing desensitizing ingredients like strontium chloride or potassium nitrate; either may help in easing the pain.

To prevent tartar build-up which is very hard and needs your dentists to scrap it off, won’t just go away with brushing only. Tartar fighting ingredients like pyrophosphate or zinc citrate can prevent your plaque formation that when ignored forms tartar.

If you are denture wearer any regular toothpaste will work for dentures. However you do get solutions or effervescent tablets to clean more effectively.

I hope now you will be able to choose correct toothpaste for healthy and pearly whites.



Dr. Syeda Shadan - Doctor of Dental Medicine

Will be glad to receive your inquiries on info@medisouq.com


Very few of us brush our teeth without mistakes. Thankfully, where there is a mistake, there is a solution to fix them.
1. You pick the wrong brush: The thing we insist upon is that a brush should have soft bristles and they should bend to get under the gum. The size of the brush is also important, if you have a small mouth you cannot brush with a bigger head.
2. You go too down on your teeth: Before starting my career as a dentist, even I thought the harder I scrub my teeth, I will see better result. This is why majority of my patients when asked have repeated. They feel they donot reach the teeth surfaces effectively. Plague is a soft material it doesn’t take force to remove it. Replace your dictionary from “scrub” to “massage”.
3. You rush: Never rush while brushing; minimum is two mintutes twice a day. You can watch your daily news while brushing, so you know u havent fallen short.
4. You hold on too long: Change your good toothbrush which you get fond off every 3 to 4 months, or when you see it changing to discoloured, bent and dirty looking. It’s wise not to share toothbrushes with anyone else, even it be someone you love.
5. You go back and forth:  You are not marching like military people left and right. Again think about massage, not scrub. Starting from your gum line go up-and-down and in circular motions. If you don’t do it right you can end up damaging.
6. You forget the gum line: Bacteria loves your pockets, pockets are where your tooth meets your gum. We miss it during brushing; bristle should be able to bend. Use the angle at 45 degree while brushing. And lastly don’t miss your tongue and roof of your mouth.
7. You go in too soon: New Year celebrations are around the corner, you have nice cosy dinner. Then you remember your dentist in mind, pushing you to brush. Well here it is better to brush than not doing it at all but it’s quite too soon, you have the acids from the food still in your mouth and you are basically helping to erode away your tooth. Wait for 15 to 20 minutes to let your saliva do the work, then your ready to go.
8. You don’t make one time wonderful: Burshing is boring right. You start with your right side by the time you reach the other end; you tend to get lazy or just in a hurry to finish it off. So to make it exciting, start with different sides each day, you will participate more in your brushing techniques. Go through brushing flossing and rinsing, it will do wonders.
By Dr. Syeda Shadan Zoya - Doctor of Dental Medicine
Will be glad to receive your inquiries on info@medisouq.com


Brushing your teeth is definitely essential when taking care of your mouth.

1.      Before you brush you should floss to get to places your toothbrush bristles cannot reach. Flossing should be always a part of your oral care routine.

2.      While brushing, position the brush on 45° angle toward your gum line. Circular strokes will do the trick, particularly in removing plaque. Your dental history as well as your own dental needs will be considered to determine the right brushing technique. Mostly Modified Bass Technique* is recommended.

3.      Use Fluoride toothpaste.

4.      Brushing should be long enough for 2 minutes. Brush at least twice a day.

5.      If brushing hard is your habit it's time to change it, you should always brush gently. Hold your brush with just two fingers to help you get an idea of how gentle you should brush.

6.      Whitening tooth pastes are for everyone. These particles do whiten your teeth but they scratch your teeth's surface to remove the stains.

7.      Improper brushing can lead to abrasion and recession at your gingival level.

8.       Avoid brushing right after a meal. Instead, wait at least 30 minutes since the ph. in your mouth is still low and acidic. However, if your brush isn’t nearby, you can simply eat crunchy fruits and vegetables to clean your teeth the natural way.

More visual demonstration:

1.       For Flossing Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DT0N3-hNFY
2.      For *Modified Bass Brushing Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqCpZm6s_dE

3.       For Brushing Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LiFVMikAg70

Dr. Wajiha Jamil Syed - Dentist (D.D.S)

Advisory Board Member – Dental

For Queries: info@medisouq.com


Good oral health is beyond brushing and flossing. You need to know what is inside your mouth in order to take good care of it.

You mouth has many more components than just teeth, so keeping good oral hygiene does not only mean brushing and flossing. Your mouth is made up of gums, oral mucosa, your lower and upper jaw, tongue and salivary glands. All these structures are examined by a dentist when you visit him/her. So it means even you need to actively take part in maintaining your oral health.

Let’s go a little deeper in your mouth!

When you open your mouth you don’t just see teeth everywhere. There is an oral mucosa inside. The lining of your inner ear and nose is also mucosa. It protects your mouth from germs.

Then we have the gums which provide support to your teeth. If you don’t have healthy gums, they will bleed when brushing or even by a slight irritation. If not taken care you can even loose your precious pearls. The strongest bone is your lower jaw (TMJ) which is not attached to your skull, helps you to chew and talk.

So look out for jaw clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth. The clicking sounds may come from Temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ). The powerful muscle in your body is your tongue. We need healthy tongue to eat, talk and swallow food. Here you have to look out for any tongue ulcers or diseases. When you get hungry or smell some delicious food what happens. Yes! You salivate. This is because of glands in your mouth. You have three sets of salivary glands. They help to keep your mouth moist, help in chewing; swallowing and most importantly protect your teeth and gums by rinsing away the food particles.

Next time you look yourself in the mirror, open your mouth and look out for these structures. Have A Healthy Mouth!

BY: Dr. Syeda Shadan - Doctor of Dental Medicine Will be glad to receive your inquiries on info@medisouq.com


Look around and you will see people who run away from dentists, where as there is another group who look forward to physicians. Are these dentists really that scary? Most dental procedures are not that painful. But the idea of being checked by a dentist can be stressfull. So let’s see by the end of this which category do you fall in.

For certain people they can live with an anxiety about visiting a dentist, but people with dental phobia the thought itself is terrifying. For this reason these people will in fact do anything and everything to avoid a dental appointment. A phobia by definition is an intense and unreasonable fear. Being a dentist even I can suffer anxiety on a dental chair, but the main aim is to tackle it with patience and learn more about it, so you can beat against it.

Some studies have concluded that up to 75% of people surveyed have at least a little fear about dental visits. Dental anxiety and phobia being extremely common do not mean the same thing. Those with anxiety will have an unfound fear, a sense of discomfort and not being easy, where as dental phobia is something that can be described as a terror, intense fear or panic striken.

People with dental phobia will have high risk of early tooth loss and gum diseases. There is often a serious loss of self-esteem as they will have discoloured damaged teeth, leading to affect their personal and professional life. They will smile less often and talk with their mouths closed. People with phobia in general will suffer from poorer health and can be found associated with life threateneing conditions such as heart diseases.

Dental phobia like any other mental conditions can be treated. Without proper medical assistance any phobia can get worse in time. There are varying reasons for this like pain. This is because of their first visit to a dentist under the title of being “pain-free” or a negative past experience. People might feel that they have no control of their of movements on the chair and start feeling helpless about it. They may feel they cannot see what’s going on around them. Mouth being the most personal and intimate part of the body, people might get embarrased or ashamed to let it be examined by a stranger, during a dental treatment the dentist face may be a few inches away causing the uneasiness.

Not to worry about as everyone copes with their fears and anxities in different ways. You might not have a comfortable sleep a day before your appointment, getting nervous while you are in the waiting room, the sight of instruments arranged on the dental unit or the white coat itself can terrify you or even the thought of instruments in your mouth might leave you breathless.

If any of the above tells about you. You must inform your dentist about it. Tell them about your fears, concerns and feelings. Your dentists will listen to you openly and will be very kind enough to change the way you need to be treated. After all, we dentists want a smiling world around us.

BY: Dr. Syeda Shadan - Doctor of Dental Medicine Will be glad to receive your inquiries on info@medisouq.com