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According to the World Health Organization, there has been a 13 percent rise in mental health conditions in the last decade. With the burden of mental health conditions increasing, awareness in the region is starting to increase too. What once was a discussion shrouded in stigma has now taken center stage in the healthcare industry. That is why Abu Dhabi Health Services Company, (SEHA), the UAE’s largest healthcare network, is stressing that psychological wellbeing, much...

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A major factor in the number of deaths and serious illness from Covid-19 is diabesity, aka the modern-day combination of diabetes and obesity. The condition is associated with a higher risk of contracting severe forms of bacterial and virus respiratory infections, including H1N1, influenza, SARS, MERS and Covid-19. Obese patients are three times more prone to severe infections than those of a normal weight. Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and along with it...

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It has been two years since the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi, a milestone event that helped to drastically alter perceptions of people with intellectual disabilities in the UAE and wider MENA region. But the work done by the Special Olympics to shatter stereotypes has continued long after the sporting showpiece finished. And it is vital: as the 2018-19 Special Olympics Health Prevalence Report, which surveyed athletes from around the world, found, significant...

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The UAE is one of the fasting growing countries in the world, with unprecedented opportunities, whether for local Emirati residents or expats from abroad. And one of the most exciting things to look out for in the country are the inspirational next wave of Emirati leaders who are doing their country proud. Here are the seven who we’ve spoken to on The Livehealthy Podcast (Arabic) from different fields and backgrounds. Nouran Al Bannay, founder of...

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With amazing weather and gorgeous settings, Abu Dhabi is a sensational place for some outdoor yoga.   Feeling the sun on your back while you’re moving into a vinyasa just makes that rush of energy feel extra powerful, so why not give it a try while the temperatures are still perfect?  Here are six of the most incredible places to flow in the fresh air: Cove Beach Abu Dhabi   This sizzling beach club might be...

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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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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...