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Asma Ali Zain

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One million Muslim pilgrims will be heading over to Makkah this year to complete one of Islam’s main tenets, Hajj. The pilgrimage is arduous and a challenge in itself, therefore, it is important to be prepared beforehand. This includes choosing the right clothes and footwear to taking all health precautions including the necessary vaccines. Last week, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) advised pilgrims and the community to follow precautions before and during...

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Emirati breast cancer patients appear to be a decade younger than the Western population and present with a later stage of disease, according to the lead investigator of three studies underway at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. Speaking to LiveHealthy recently, Dr Stephen R. Grobmyer, chair of the Oncology Institute at Cleveland Clinic, part of Mubadala Health, said doctors here have noticed a pattern among women – and suspect a genetic mutation.  “Emirati women are getting...

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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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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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It’s a challenge for almost every parent: making sure that your children eat well at all times — but particularly when they are out of sight at school. The ministry of health has created a special recipe book for parents this year, featuring 20 carefully chosen local and international recipes designed to deliver the most balanced, nutritious and healthy lunch possible. “The school lunch bag is an essential part of a child’s diet and is...

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When Indian school teacher Faseela BV Shersha, 50, developed a terrible headache after taking the second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine against Covid-19 in February, she turned to Unani instead of allopathic medicine for relief and treatment. “Immediately after taking the vaccine, I developed a severe headache and a blood-red eye, which did not heal even though I used allopathic eye-drops for two weeks,” she adds. She then consulted a Unani medicine doctor in Dubai...

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The use of the drug Sotrovimab for the management of Covid-19 patients in the UAE is probably the best news to have emerged over the last three months, according to health experts. Treatment and management of Covid-19 worldwide has come a long way since the start of the biggest health crisis in modern history, and the UAE has proactively addressed the pandemic by approving effective treatment protocols. In May, the UAE became the first country...