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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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HealthWhy you need more Vitamin D

September 7, 202123 min

Social distancing, masks and hand sanitizer only go so far in the fight against Covid-19, not to mention a host of other chronic and lift-threatening conditions. There’s a reason why the department of health in Abu Dhabi earlier this summer urged residents to boost their vitamin D levels — even as the emirate remains one of the few health authorities in the world to be doing so. The recommendation came on the back of a...

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Keeping children healthy requires a great deal of coordination. From choosing the right doctors to keeping up with vaccination schedules, the list of things needing attention can be overwhelming. But keeping to a schedule of regular check-ups can put you ahead of the game. “Children often can’t express the changes happening in their bodies, so there’s a greater chance of issues being ignored until the situation is critical,” said Dr Siddarth Arora, a pediatrician at...

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Covid-19 vaccination is a hot topic, and while some may be apprehensive, the UAE ministry of education has made its stance very clear. In a bid to make schools as safe as possible, the authorities have announced that students aged 16 and over must be vaccinated if they wish to attend school physically. The vaccination status must be verified on the Al Hosn app. If your child turns 16 during the academic year, they are...

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Going back to school is more than a little different this year and that means supply lists have changed, too. While the mainstays, including backpacks, pencils and crayons, are still very much in demand, students will need personal safety products as well. These essentials will set students up for a successful academic year and give you peace of mind at the same time. Stylish masks Unlike last year, when many activities were restricted, this school...

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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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Don’t you just love it when something you may have considered a “vice” turns out to be good for you? Coffee has been on this upward trajectory for a while now, which just as well, as we drink a massive 1.4 billion cups a day across the globe. Although in the past, coffee consumption has been linked to heart disease, asthma and increased risk of stroke, many of those early studies have slowly been discounted. These...