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Of all the advances in treating lung cancer, the field of personalized medicine is one of the most promising – and vital.  That’s because it helps doctors determine what – if any – “driver mutations” cancer cells may contain. These are alterations in the genetic material that impact cell growth and survival.  Mutations are found in more than 45 percent of patients diagnosed with lung cancer, which is why knowing about them makes all the...

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I have a knack for social experiments. And so when I announced to a group of my male friends from the UAE and broader Arab region that I was seeking a therapist for my mental health, I was conducting one. The response? An awkward silence that filled the room. There it is: another Movember is almost behind us, a month that has gone far beyond growing a mustache for prostate cancer to raise awareness for men’s whole health....

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I’d never heard of the term bruxism until a few months ago, when I found myself waking up with an ache in my jaw and clenching my back teeth during the day. A quick Google search landed me at ‘bruxism’ – a medical (and dental) condition where you grind, gnash or clench your teeth in response to a number of factors including stress and anxiety, an abnormal bite or missing and cooked teeth, or it...

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Talent shows have become familiar to billions thanks to the spread of global TV phenomena like X Factor, Idol and Got Talent — all of which spawned Arabic incarnations and have been broadcast in the region. These shows entertain and regularly inspire, giving participants a platform to showcase their — often hidden — abilities to a wider audience.  Such shows have enjoyed many years of success, but during that time there has unquestionably been a...

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Local students Hanna, Jess, Sandra, Tala, Tamanna and Reem surely never would have imagined that one day they would be modelling striking and incredibly imaginative outfits made from milk bottles, old nylon tights and other bits of ‘junk’ in front of the country’s most iconic landmarks.    The UAE is no stranger to head-turning and glamour. However, these garments are normally made from the most expensive materials that money can buy, not what most people consider...

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The UAE’s successful bid to host the 28th Conference of the Parties — COP28 — in 2023 is inspiring hope and confidence that the Government’s pledges on the environment will lead to real and lasting change. The announcement came last week during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, with the UAE’s bid being endorsed by The Asia Pacific Group of nations and receiving real support due to a number of pledges the UAE has made. The...

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For most runners, aside from those intrepid zealots chasing ultra-distances, the marathon represents the pinnacle of their sport. On Friday November 26 2021, the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon returns to give entrants in the UAE capital an opportunity to reach their own milestones by completing 42 kilometers.  It is the third incarnation of the Abu Dhabi Marathon and after a two-year, Covid-enforced wait, the 2021 edition promises a new, faster route that is focused around...

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When Dubai-based Canadian Nancy Zabaneh moved from corporate banking to the wellness world, it was a deep dive. She’s a Kundalini yoga instructor and a compassionate inquiry therapist, practicing a psychotherapeutic approach founded by the Canadian physician, author, speaker and addiction specialist Dr Gabor Maté. People usually think of drugs or alcohol when they think of addiction. But as Nancy explains, whatever we use to escape from pain is an addiction. “When we use it repeatedly, to...

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The UAE is in the midst of a diabetes crisis, but what might be lesser-known is that prediabetes — often the precursor to full-blown type 2 diabetes — is also at critical levels. Research from GluCare Integrated Diabetes Center in Dubai has revealed that around 15 percent of people in the UAE have prediabetes.  That’s around 19 percent of Emiratis and 15 percent of expatriates living with the condition. “One in six people are affected...

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Dr Shoji Shiba has helped some of the world’s biggest companies and governments — Toyota, India — turn their way of doing business around and come back stronger than ever. So how did the business theorist and Professor Emeritus of Japan’s University of Tsukuba create his groundbreaking management theories? The same way he realized he could, and should, open his own mind: by looking at art.  Several pivotal works prompted this inner reckoning. One came...

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Media coverage of COP26 over the last three weeks has been almost relentless and often  confusing. But what does it actually all mean for those of us who live in the Middle East, and particularly, in the UAE? How will the climate crisis affect our daily lives and how might the pledges made as part of the summit’s Glasgow Pact at the summit actually impact our future health and wellness? First, we need to understand...