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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...

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In 2005, Faisal Al Mosawi’s life changed forever. A promising footballer for Kuwaiti’s Al Salmiya Club, then 20, he was involved in a car accident that left his back broken and his dreams of becoming a professional athlete in tatters.  Since then, Al Mosawi has dedicated his life to showing that physical injuries should not be a barrier to incredible achievements. After first coming to terms with spending his life in a wheelchair, Al Mosawi...

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It was another blockbuster fortnight for the MENA region after a spectacular 90 medals were won at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Check out our roundup of all the agony and ecstasy — as well as some firsts, some new records, and a whole lot of people making their country proud in this quadrennial celebration of sport. Al-Arayani on target but anguish for Al Hammadi The UAE’s sole gold of the Tokyo Paralympics belonged to sharpshooter...

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FoodThe skinny on going keto

September 14, 202115 min

Can two wedges of strong, salty, cheese stuck together with a creamy, generous layer of butter form part of a healthy diet? On keto, yes it can.  The words “keto,” “ketosis” and “ketones” are bounced around all over the place these days. On restaurant menus, drinks bottles, delivery apps and across your social media feeds.   But despite its widely recognized health benefits — most famously that it can help you lose a lot of weight...

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You might cringe at the mention of TikTok, the wildly successful Chinese social-media platform. But you’d be a fool for underestimating it. Downloaded on three billion cell phones – more than the population of China and India together – TikTok’s revenues last year amounted to US$34 billion – more than the individual GDP of half the world’s countries. TikTok has risen to global popularity and made its investors rich through the use of an advanced...