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It’s not vaccines that save lives, it’s the act of vaccination, and that requires an unprecedented global effort to make sure all countries are covered, not just the richest ones.  The epidemiological and economic imperatives of equitable vaccination distribution marked the opening of the two-day virtual World Immunisation and Logistics Summit organized by the Hope Consortium, the Abu Dhabi-led mass vaccine distribution program.  “The scale of what’s needed in terms of the number of vaccinators,...

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Dr Lamees Abu Hlaiqa is an Emirati physician and executive trainer, public health expert and social media activist. She has her own podcast, Ask a Doctor with Dr Lamees. She is also a board member of the Bahr Cultural Foundation and a member of Livehealthy’s expert panel. In this translated episode of The Livehealthy Podcast (Arabic), Dr Modia Batterjee talks to Dr Lamees about the effect of toxic masculinity on men’s physical and mental health...

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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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It’s no secret that we are in a health emergency that long pre-dates the current pandemic and directly affects 20 percent of the population: diabetes. With an equal number of pre-diabetics in the UAE, upwards of 40 percent of the UAE population either has, or is at risk of developing, diabetes. And that number is only set to grow. Despite its prevalence, diabetes is largely misunderstood, even by the majority of those who have the...

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Reading is good for you. It can help to decrease blood pressure and lower heart rate. In fact, studies have shown that reading for as little as six minutes before bedtime reduces stress by 68 percent.  Here are 10 relaxing reads out now – and a bonus list of the top audiobooks – that will beat a sleep-disrupting news doom scroll any night. Quiet by Fearn Cotton Do you think you could do with a...

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No one would be surprised to hear that we are currently in a “catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic,” a statement made by sleep researcher Matthew Walker, long before COVID-19 came on the scene. The Center for Disease Control in the US declared insufficient sleep a ‘public health concern’ many years ago and neuroscientists and psychologists alike have made sleep a focus of study over the last decade due to the number of links being documented between poor...

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Even before the pandemic, it was estimated that somewhere between 10 to 30 percent of the global population suffered from insomnia and other sleeping problems, with some studies placing  it as high as 50 to 60 percent.  Over the past year, Covid-19 has had its own impact on our sleep. Unfortunately, feeling tired isn’t the only side effect of insomnia. The severely sleep-deprived have a much higher chance of developing chronic conditions such as Type...

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According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), 85 percent of US adults do not get the recommended seven hours or more of sleep every night. In the Middle East, doctors say anywhere between 45 and 90 percent struggle to get enough sleep. The high levels of obesity in the region contributing to breathing disorders only make the problem worse, according to a 2016 study published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal. ...