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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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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’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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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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This article is published as part of a series marking Movember, a month highlighting men’s health, mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Back in June 2014, a cheery wave from a small hand would change my life for good. The hand belonged to my then two-year-old daughter, and she was waving at me as I was being wheeled into a Dubai hospital for surgery. My op was the culmination of a...

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There’s a positive buzz spreading across the region and beyond about Method By Kat, a program of functional, predominantly bodyweight workout classes for women who want to lose weight, get strong or just feel healthier. We decided to track down Kathryn Diab, the Dubai-based woman behind the brand to find out what it’s all about. The mother-of-six — SIX — looks fresh and energized when we meet and I get the feeling that this is...

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This article is published as a series marking Movember, a month highlighting men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. If you’re a man in your 30s or older, seeing a doctor or getting a checkup is most likely the last thing on your mind when you have a million other things to worry about. But, if recent data is anything to go by, it is the most critical thing you can...

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I had a best friend who was always the life of the party. The type that would always find an excuse to celebrate and pop bottles of champagne, pour glasses of liquor around beautiful women, a clique that was always down — as the Gen Zs and millennials say — and an Emirates discount card that helped further his efforts. He’d drink every day and night and sometimes mornings. That he often had his car...

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This article is published as part of a series marking Movember, a month highlighting men’s mental health and suicide prevention, prostate cancer and testicular cancer. It was 2,500 years ago in Ancient Greece that Hippocrates, the father of medicine, recognized that a person’s wellbeing is the totality of their mental and physical health – and that prevention of ill health is key.  “The greatest medicine of all is teaching people not to need it,” he...

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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...