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So many of us get involved in the great parenting debate over what gender is more challenging to raise that we are in danger of overlooking a more serious issue: what is the best way to bring boys up to be honorable and respectful men? I speak from experience, not only as a mother of two boys (and two girls) but also as a psychologist who has spent decades working with boys and men. While...

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With restrictions lifting across the UAE and the reintroduction of live music and events, what does summer have in store for those staying in the country? Over the past year the country has seen limits imposed on gatherings, dining parties and activities because of Covid-19 but with more than 70 percent of the population vaccinated, the country is opening up in the hope of getting back to some sort of normality. So, whether it’s basking...

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From Aarskog-Scott syndrome to Zumbusch psoriasis, generations of clinicians and medical researchers have earned fame, fortune and a kind of immortality through the honor of having the rare disease or disorder they have identified named after them. But when an entire region or country finds itself associated with a deadly infectious disease, the result is more of a curse. Over the years there have been plenty of examples, including the “Spanish flu,” responsible for the...

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I get a stiff neck – and I mean really, really stiff. And quite often. From time to time, that stiffness starts to feel like concrete and a bad tension headache develops, which sits like an unwelcome helmet over most of my head. Nothing touches this pain: not painkillers, movement, massage or drinking lots of water. It can go on for days.  Luckily several years ago a physiotherapist mentioned the possibility of dry needling. Although...

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The UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) continues its drive to vaccinate residents across the seven emirates, with more than 14.5 million doses administered as of June 21. Among those who are exempt from getting the vaccines are pregnant women, who are advised to apply for an official exemption by visiting an authorized medical center, according to the Abu Dhabi Media Office. One of those who is going to apply for an exemption is...

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If you believe everything you see on social media, it might look like everyone in the UAE is on holiday abroad. Whether it’s Greece, Mauritius, or the Maldives, everyone seems to be escaping the desert and making sure we know about it. But is this a true reflection of how we feel about travel, post-pandemic? Are we all footloose and fancy free and ready to jump back on a plane and explore? “I’ve not left...

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Numerous health problems have not held Youseff Al Fardan back from transforming his life – or earning the title of Strongest Emirati. In addition to breaking records, he has joined forces with Britain’s former and the UAE’s current strongest man, 27-year-old Mark Boyd. In January the pair opened their new Strong Gym in Dubai. It is one of the region’s only facilities focusing on strongman workouts. “I met Mark through mutual friends, to get personal training...