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Flu cases this winter season are up by at least 70 percent compared to last year as Covid-19-related precautions have gone down, according to an expert. Earlier this year, the UAE eased coronavirus restrictions, almost two and half years after the pandemic began, as the number of cases dropped in the Gulf country. However, influenza or common cold cases have spiked massively since the onset of the winter season in September. Dr Mohammed AlJeaidi, a...

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 422 million people across the globe are living with diabetes. Unfortunately, the UAE has one of the world’s highest rates, with Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi estimating that one in five adults has some form of the disease, and that cases will double by 2040. A long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to produce insulin and remove glucose from the bloodstream, diabetes can lead to heart disease, organ...

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When it comes to pampering, relaxation and recovery, we pay the most attention to our face and body, but often forget our feet. That’s hardly fair, when they work so hard to bear our weight and take us everywhere. With so many people doing 30 minutes of movement daily as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, it’s a good time to remind everyone that recovery is as much a part of part of every fitness...

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The idea of harm reduction is not a new one, but a summit on the subject is sponsored by a leading tobacco company and an oil giant just might be.  The term has echoed through doctor’s surgeries and science labs for many years, and with governments around the world investing millions in reducing the effects of self-inflicted harm, it’s not surprising that big businesses are getting in on the action. Enter the region’s first-ever harm...

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As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke to Gazal Kamal, the Palestinian mother to three children and founder of The Breast Cancer Club mobile app, to find out how her experience inspired her to create a virtual support network for breast cancer patients in the region. Kamal was diagnose in October 2020, undergoing chemotherapy at American Hospital followed by a double mastectomy in the US, which she opted for after testing positive for...

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Fiona Rennie — Menopause Doc Dubai on Instagram — is a family medicine doctor at Dubai’s Genesis Healthcare Center in Dubai Science Park. She spoke to The Livehealthy Podcast about how women in the UAE are struggling with this transition, in part because the medical profession is so ill-equipped to deal with it, and why research is showing that menopause hormone therapy, aka HRT, is safer and more beneficial than ever. Her goal is to...

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Whether you are working from home or heading back into the office, computer-related neck and back pain has worsened over the past year due to an assortment of bad habits.  Dr Elie Romanos, specialist orthopedic surgeon at Fakeeh University Hospital in Dubai, says the most common posture problems are due to sitting for prolonged periods of time on unsupported furniture, like couches, beds, or kitchen chairs.  During lockdown, people found themselves spending long hours hunched...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn about breast cancer types and what your type means. In 2020, there were 2.3 million women diagnosed with breast cancer and 685 000 deaths globally, according to the World Health Organization. As of the end of 2020, there were 7.8 million women alive who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past 5 years, making it the world’s most prevalent cancer....

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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, who had a crew 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...