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Dr Stephen Grobmyer comes armed with slides bearing a ton of medical information and statistics, and a most reassuring demeanor. If I had to get a breast cancer diagnosis, I might want it to come from him — chair of the oncology unit, professor of surgery and director of breast cancer surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.  He’s speaking to dozens of women, alongside his colleague, Dr M Jean Uy-Kroh, chief of physician staff affairs and...

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Carole Guigon, 55, ignored a continuous nagging pain in her chest and breathing difficulty for three days — until she started coughing blood. It turns out she was having a massive heart attack. And if she had not gone to hospital, her chances of surviving would have been nil. “It all started with a breathing difficulty and I never really paid attention to it, but when I started to cough blood, I visited the doctor,...

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Faris Al Zaabi’s in an Emirati triathlete, as well as an Emirati health and wellness ambassador for Ma’an’s Let’s Connect program. Ma’an is an Abu Dhabi organization that promotes community wellness. His career in sports started in 2010, when he studied sports sciences at the University of Victoria in Canada. He  moved on to a master’s degree in sports management at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. “Growing up, my family encouraged me to participate in...

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As one of Al Arabiya News’ most senior news anchors, Fatima Daoui hopes her new autobiography, Don’t Look Down, will inspire more women to forge a career in the Middle East’s media industry. However, she’s honest about the challenges she has faced, and that her journey to becoming one of the region’s most recognized faces wasn’t without complications. In her refreshingly candid book, the Moroccan journalist touches on sensitive subjects such as age discrimination, stereotyping...

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UAE health officials are urging the public to get a flu shot and a Covid-19 vaccine again this winter, but to leave a three-week gap between jabs. The ministry of health has just announced the launch of the national seasonal flu awareness campaign, which runs until December under the theme “Protecting yourself… protects your community.”   UAE flu vaccination details The vaccine is safe to take alongside the Covid vaccine because both have different compositions,...

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Concerns over new Covid-19 variants becoming resistant to antibodies are spurring interest in finding out more about the body’s own immune responses — both to vaccines and to natural infection — as future protection against the virus.  Scientists working in Abu Dhabi are hoping T-cells, which are a group of white blood cells that target and destroy cells as they become infected with viruses, can provide immunity against Covid-19. They believe T-cells could be more...

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Buy any pair of eyeglasses these days, and the optician will ask if you want a blue-light film to block out certain wavelengths of light. But is that enough? And what about versions that go further, with yellow, red or amber lenses? The American bio-hacker, Dave Asprey, is rarely seen without his orange-lensed TruDarks, which the company he owns promises are like noise-cancelling headphones for your eyes.  But are these glasses, which enthusiastic reviewers on...

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The modern-day game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, which might be why the lush hills typical of the sport are so integral to the game. Upon first consideration, the arid desert landscape of the UAE seems like it would be inhospitable for a sport born in such grassy inclines. Yet, somehow, golf found home among the sand here, with the first fashioned out of dunes instead of hills. As the country developed, so...

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Graphene. You might have heard about it. But if you haven’t, it’s coming your way in more forms than you can possibly imagine — from water desalination, to car parts, to sport equipment and T-shirts even. It’s also being studied for use in detecting Covid-19 infection. This carbon nano-material is flexible and more elastic than rubber, lighter than aluminum, almost transparent to light, and more than 200 times stronger than steel. It’s even more bulletproof than...