milkKUWAIT: Seventy percent of Kuwaitis are incapable of digesting lactose, according to a research study conducted by Dr Wafa Al-Hashash, head of the gastrointestinal tract and liver unit at Al-Sabah Health zone. Lactose is a sugar found in milk and dairy products like cheese, labenah (strained yogurt), butter, ice cream, cream, etc. It cannot be digested by some people whose bodies lack the lactase enzyme needed to digest it, causing symptoms like indigestion, Dr Hashash explained. “After conducting tests, we found that 70 percent of people tested are lactose intolerant,” she said, noting that they found that the diagnosis was 98-100 percent accurate. Patients with such disorder usually develop gases, acidity, diarrhea, sickness and sometimes vomiting, she added.

High humidity The weather was dominated by high humidity over the past two days and would remain so for at least two more days, said Kuwait Meteorological Center. The center also forecasted today’s weather to be relatively humid with light to moderate south easterly wind, with speed of 12 – 35 km/h by day and humid especially over coastal areas with light to moderate south easterly to southerly wind, with speed of 10 – 32 km/h by night.

Bedoon tweeter The State Security referred a bedoon (stateless) man who was blogging under the alias ‘Chabreet Siyasi’ (political matches) to the public prosecutor to be interrogated for slandering His Highness the Amir and the judiciary and, for spreading false news. Notably, the suspect had used his Twitter account to criticize several public figures, ministers and security commanders. He was arrested last Saturday.

Farwaniya projects Nayef Al-Sour, Municipal Council member and the head of Farwaniya committee, criticized the Ministry of Public Works (MPW) and its minister for ignoring the projects Farwaniya had needed for several years now. “Meteorologists have been warning of a heavy rainy winter this year and MPW has not yet cleaned and prepared rain drainage systems in Farwaniya though it finished doing so in several other governorates days ago,” he said, wondering if the minister would be responsible for the flooding of Farwaniya streets. Sour also urged lawmakers representing the fourth electoral constituency to hold the minister accountable.

Salwa clinic Meanwhile, Yousif Al-Ghareeb, Municipal Council member and the head of Hawalli committee, yesterday slammed what he described as false excuses made about the delay in the building of a clinic in Block 11 in Salwa though the project had been listed in the finance ministry’s 2012/2013 budget.

By Meshaal Al-Enezi