A view of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Gulf Today Report
Many countries have relaxed restrictions over the coronavirus, but a rethink would be called for if one were to think that the worst of the disease was over.
Earlier this year, a World Health Organisation spokesperson said that it would take a long time before we could see the end of the pandemic.
The variants of the virus are a cause for concern. Last year, Omicron reared its ugly head. But that was not all. The infectious variant had a subvariant called BA.2, which caused surges of the disease.
However, the UAE has been tackling the pandemic on a very firm footing successfully. This has been helped by several factors, including assistance from the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) through its vital viral genomic surveillance research.
Now new research by scientists from MBRU and Al Jalila Children’s Hospital has pointed out a rare life-threatening complication of the coronavirus that affects children.
Equipped with genetic and other kinds of data from several Arab children in Dubai and Jordan, the scientists pointed out novel genetic factors that may contribute to the multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare condition that may occur in kids with the virus.
The condition can affect several organs including the heart, lungs and kidneys. If it is not diagnosed or treated on time, it could threaten the patient’s existence. It is yet to be ascertained why children contract this complication.
The study examined 70 children from the Middle East who had COVID-19, of whom 45 met the MIS-C criteria while 25 did not. Patients underwent treatment at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital in the UAE and Jordan University Hospital.
The study found that children with MIS-C were more likely to develop destructive immune-related genetic changes compared to children with COVID-19 but without MIS-C. Furthermore, there was a link between genetic findings and breakout of the disease and resistance to treatment.
“This is an important study not only because the findings show comprehensive genetic profiling of children with MIS-C which is essential to characterise the genetic contribution to the disease, but also because patients of an Arab background have long been underrepresented in genetic studies,” said Dr. Walid Abuhammour, Head of the Paediatric Infectious Diseases department at Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, and study investigator.
“The results of this research suggest that rare genetic factors play a role in MIS-C disease and highlight immune-related pathways which might become targets for intervention,” said Ahmad Abou Tayoun, Director of Al Jalila Children's Genomics Center and Associate Professor of Genetics at MBRU.
The test will be done on fully automated and highly sophisticated system using the Electro-chemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA) method that uses plasma, or serum samples.
In line with the government’s instructions and procedures to limit the spread of the emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) and the university’s responsibility to protect students, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi announces its success in launching distance learning.
Canadian University Dubai (CUD), one of the top ten universities in the UAE (according to 2019 QS Arab Region University Rankings), has announced a 30 per cent reduction in fees for both new and returning students, to help distressed parents during the COVID-19 crisis.
As students are getting anxious about the transition to undergraduate study during these unprecedented times, a Dubai-based university has developed a new way to support students, particularly those individuals who are keen to go to university in September, as well as their teachers and families.
The murder of 25-year-old computer science student Al Walid Al Gharbi took place last Monday inside a house in Building No. 300 on Hansberry St, Philadelphia, when they found the young man with a stab wound in the neck in the bathroom on the third floor.
“The deliberate shelling of active civilian medical facilities and the targeted killing of civilians are grave war crimes of the Kyiv regime and its Western masters,” the Russian foreign ministry said.
The typing centres affirmed that the entry permit application was activated since last Friday and covered all types of residence visas, noting that the holder of a UAE residence visa who stayed abroad for more than 6 months can apply for the entry permit.
Jabal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah recorded the lowest temperature of 1.9°C at 4:15 am on Sunday. Jabal Al Rahba in RAK also recorded 4.2°C. and Jabal Mabrah recorded 4.6 °C, while Rukna in the city of Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, recorded 6.7°C.