British royal Meghan speaks about miscarriage in New York Times article

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry stepped back from royal duties and moved to the US earlier this year. (AP)
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Updated 25 November 2020

British royal Meghan speaks about miscarriage in New York Times article

  • ‘Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few’

LONDON: Meghan, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, has revealed that she had a miscarriage, an extraordinarily personal disclosure coming from a high-profile British royal.
The wife of Prince Harry and former actress wrote about the experience in detail in an opinion article published in the New York Times on Wednesday, saying that it took place one July morning when she was caring for Archie, the couple’s son.
“I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second,” Meghan wrote.
“Losing a child means carrying an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.
“In the pain of our loss, my husband and I discovered that in a room of 100 women, 10 to 20 of them will have suffered from miscarriage. Yet despite the staggering commonality of this pain, the conversation remains taboo, riddled with (unwarranted) shame, and perpetuating a cycle of solitary mourning.”
The intimate details shared in the article are strikingly at odds with the usual policy of senior members of the British royal family, who reveal almost nothing about their personal lives.
Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, has never discussed her private life in any media interview in her 68-year reign.
Meghan and Harry stepped back from royal duties and moved to the United States earlier this year. They have been trying to forge a new role for themselves outside the constraints of life in Britain’s strictly codified royal bubble.


What We Are Eating Today: O’Dolma

Updated 05 March 2021

What We Are Eating Today: O’Dolma

O’Dolma is an Iraqi restaurant in Jeddah that offers dolma, a signature Middle Eastern dish of vine leaves, vegetables stuffed with rice, and meat.
Dolma comes in a variety of styles and flavors, with many regional specialties. O’Dolma offers the Iraqi version, which is prepared by Iraqi chefs according to an original recipe.
It is an ideal warming dish to enjoy in winter.
The restaurant’s signature dish, dolma royal, consists of layers of rolled-up dolma and vegetables filled with rice and seasoning, covered with a layer of fresh lamb ribs.
Vine leaves fattah — a layer of yogurt sauce over rows of vine leaves — is another mouthwatering choice offered by the restaurant.
The restaurant offers some trendy twists in packaging, taste and presentation. Each order is packaged in a durable box, which can be put on your dining table as a main or taken on trips.
O’Dolma has three branches in Jeddah in the North Obhur, Al-Rawdah and Al-Safa districts.


Egyptian child with SMA receives most expensive medicine in world

Updated 05 March 2021

Egyptian child with SMA receives most expensive medicine in world

CAIRO: Egyptian doctors have succeeded in treating a child with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) using the most expensive drug in the world, Zolgensma.

Nagia Ali Fahmy, professor of neurology and director of the Muscular and Neurology Unit at Ain Shams Medicine in Egypt, explained that Zolgensma, which has a value of $2.125 million per dose, is the first gene therapy of its kind in the world given to a patient intravenously in a single dose.

The drug was approved in May 2019 by the US Food and Drug Administration.

She added that the manufacturer, Novartis, offers 100 opportunities to obtain the drug free of charge in countries where it has not yet been registered, setting conditions for choosing the children who receive it, including that they should not be over two years old, and their mutation should be in the first gene. Accordingly, Ain Shams Medicine made eight applications for cases under their care, and Novartis selected one, a boy named Rayan from Alexandria, who is turning two in a few days.

SMA of the first and second types leads to the death of the child during the first two years of life as a result of the failure of respiratory functions.

Zolgensma was first clinically tested several years ago, and the first child to receive it is now five years old.

The drug treats breathing functions and motor impairment, and puts the child on a path to normal growth.

But the improvement happens gradually, during which physiotherapy and pulmonary rehabilitation therapy are performed.

Hani Aref, head of the neurology department at the Faculty of Medicine at Ain Shams University, said that SMA happens due to a genetic defect, as there is a defective gene in the body that does not allow the secretion of proteins responsible for feeding the cells connected to the muscles.

“This disease results in gradual, severe muscle weakness and it is divided into three stages depending on the severity in the gene,” he said.

“The first stage affects children immediately after birth in which the child’s condition is very difficult and the atrophy affects the breathing muscles gradually, which leads to death.

“The second stage affects children six months after their birth, and the third stage affects the child at an advanced age and results in severe muscle weakness,” he added.

“Symptoms begin with great difficulty moving, and the child cannot acquire motor skills; if he gains some of them, he will gradually lose them. Most of the children suffering from the disease are put on ventilators, but they eventually die.”


What We Are Eating Today: Pita Pack

Updated 25 February 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Pita Pack

Pita Pack is a Saudi sandwich shop with a diverse international menu. From traditional proteins to fresh salads, Pita Pack offers the experience of a quick bite that is both wholesome and familiar, which you can enjoy alone or with friends.

The recipes are inspired by a fusion of western culture and Arabian flavors.

The shop has a lively approach to naming its orders — deploying pop-culture puns, energetic language and casual vocabulary.

The sandwiches are made with fresh, light, medium-size pita buns, tortillas and brioche bread.

In addition to the more than 30 options on the menu, including vegan, seafood, beef and chicken, their tender American Philly cheesesteak sandwich is one of the best.

If you were thinking of offering your friends in the office or your family a brunch or dinner on the go, the shop offers "Pita box," a family-size option that includes an array of 20 different sandwiches of your choice.

Each order has its special sauce to complement the ingredients used. The restaurant also offers a selection of internationally inspired appetizers and salads.

It is located in Jeddah, Hilmi Kutbi Street, Al-Zahra district.

For more information visit Instagram @pitapackksa.
 

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What We Are Eating Today: Buntone Burgers

Updated 22 January 2021

What We Are Eating Today: Buntone Burgers

If you are one of those foodies who is always looking for new flavors, Buntone Burgers should be your next destination.
The Saudi brand is serving up a new burger concept that focuses on taste, color and aroma.
While most burger outlets create different toppings to give their brand a new flavor, Buntone Burgers offers six different-flavored buns made of natural food extracts — black seed, black pepper, red chilli, green basil, blueberry and coffee bean.
The restaurant also offers tempting meat options, such as duck, wagyu and Australian deer, known for its high protein and low fat content.
Fried chicken and Angus beef are also on the menu. Diners can customize their choices, including meat type, sauce, cheese and bun flavor.
Located at Al-Andalus district, Jeddah.
For more information, visit @buntoneburgers.
 


What We Are Eating Today: Cleans and Glow

Updated 25 December 2020

What We Are Eating Today: Cleans and Glow

Cleans and Glow is a Saudi store specialized in offering vegan, gluten, and refined sugar-free food.
It provides over 180 products, ranging from the largest selection of juices in the Kingdom to salads, soups, oat jars, oatmeals, vegan meals, and snacks.
The entire store is based on giving your body a break from animal protein while providing you with a boost of vitamins and minerals through plant-based eating in order to help you lose weight and feel great. The store uses only vegan protein from legumes like peas, lentils, and beans as a substitute for animal protein.
Cleans and Glow is also a raw cold-pressed juicery that offers over 50 different types of juices including greens, roots, citrus, vegan milk, water mixes, and fermented tea juices and smoothies.
If you are thinking of kick-starting a healthier lifestyle, check out the different diet programs offered by Cleans and Glow that will help you to engage in healthier eating habits including plant-based vegan reset programs, weight loss, cleansing, skin detox, as well as intermittent fasting programs.
The store is especially proud of its immunity shots, which are a concentrated dose of juices, herbs, and oils of different flavors including turmeric and goji berries.
It helps to target different ailments and it is filled with antioxidants.
The meals on offer vary from Asian, American, Italian to Mideastern dishes.
For more information visit: https://cleanseandglow.com/

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