• MAY10th is World Lupus Day

    What is Lupus? Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes your immune system to attack your body’s own tissues. It can cause inflammation in many different parts of your body. Who develops Lupus? Usually women are likely to get lupus six times more when compared to men. The main trigger of lupus is hormonal activity…

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  • Health Complications Associated with Wrong Practices during Fasting

    Fasting and Gaining Weight As a result of cultural influences, the Holy Month of Ramadan can significantly contribute to weight gain because fasting Muslims tend to prepare too much oily food and break their fast with a feast. Iftar is not Iftar without LoQaimat and deepfried Samboosas. In addition, the Vimto drink has practically become…

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  • Frequently Asked Questions for the Holy Month of Ramadan – 2018

    Here are some frequently asked health questions about fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Should you fast if you have diabetes? People with type 1 diabetes shouldn’t usually fast, but people with type 2 diabetes on insulin should be able to. Their doctor may advise adjusting the dose of their insulin, or their insulin type…

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  • Leg Swelling

    Leg swelling is a very common condition and affects adults of all ages. It is common in pregnancy and is often associated with symptoms such as tiredness and aching and restlessness in the legs. What are the causes of leg swelling? Although leg swelling can occur without any particular cause there are many recognised causes…

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  • Your Nose, the Guardian of Your Lungs

    You might not think your nose is a vital organ, but indeed it is! To understand its importance, all that most people need to experience is a bad cold. Nasal congestion and a runny nose have a noticeable effect on quality of life, energy level, ability to breathe, ability to sleep, and ability to function…

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  • What will value-added tax (VAT) mean to people in the UAE?

    On January 1st VAT came into effect, adding a five percent tax to most sectors. As specified by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA), the healthcare sector, amongst others, is zero rated, meaning that the sale of healthcare services, treatments, medications and medical devices to patients will not be taxed. The FTA has defined a healthcare…

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  • Cosmetic varicose veins, thread veins and spider veins

    What are varicose veins and thread veins? Varicose veins affect approximately 30% of the population. They are enlarged, twisted and bulging veins occurring predominantly in the leg. There is a spectrum of severity from the very small thread veins or spider veins seen in the skin through to the largest varicose veins. There are two…

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  • Four short tips for sinus sufferers

    Your nose & sinuses need to be examined if you are getting recurrent colds one after the other or if any episode of cold lasts more than 10 days. Facial pain, nasal discharge, cough, loss of sense of smell & taste indicate underlying sick sinus. As a home remedy you may try saline nasal spray…

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  • Small changes make a new you!

    Do you know the feeling when the new year’s resolutions start to face reality? All the things that you wanted to change but your daily life is catching up and unfortunately it is still as demanding as before? Well there is something that you can consider:  Start with a small change in your life and…

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  • Q&A with Dr. Nitin Verma

    Consultant Paediatrician and Allergist at King’s College Hospital London, Jumeirah Medical Centre, Dubai 1. What tips or steps can mothers take to help reduce the chances of their toddlers catching a virus at nursery? Toddlers are genuinely inquisitive by nature. Exploring their environment (be it at home or the nursery) is second nature to them….

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  • Tips to Help You Prepare for a Medical Emergency

    A medical emergency can be a frightening, an all-too-frequent experience that few people are prepared for. But there are a few steps you can take in advance to better handle a crisis. Home Safe Home Make sure all your important health information is readily available. Build in some redundancy: Make duplicates and stow the copies…

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  • What more can mothers do to prepare their unborn child for the outside world?

    It may come as a surprise that some of the most important learning happens before we are born. The uterus is a place where a baby begins to collect ‘postcards’ from the outside world to develop an understanding of the environment they will soon be a part of. The maternal postcards are sent to the…

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  • Men’s Health Q & A

    Men’s Health Q & A with: Joerg Meyer, Consultant of Urology, King’s College Hospital London, Medical & Surgical Centre, Abu Dhabi Dr Mark Homolka, Family Medicine Specialist, King’s College Hospital London, Medical & Surgical Centre, Abu Dhabi Q1. Based on your experience as medical specialists dealing with men’s health, are men observant or taking responsibility…

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  • The Family Medicine Consultant should be your first point of call

    Most people in the UAE facing common medical ailments prefer to visit a specialist, meaning a doctor who specialises in a particular area of medicine, such as a gastroenterologist or an endocrinologist, instead of visiting first a Family Medicine Consultant, otherwise known as a general practitioner (GP). A common misconception is that by going to…

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  • Behavioural changes needed in the fight against antibiotic resistance

    Self-diagnosing a medical ailment is not the only patient behaviour troubling the sector. Self-treating is perhaps even more alarming, especially when done with antibiotics. Antibiotics, which stop the growth and reproduction of certain bacteria or kill them outright, are often considered amongst the greatest discoveries in the human history. They revolutionised medicine. Their introduction in…

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  • BMI Blindness in Childhood Obesity

    87% do not realise that diet is a huge (80%) contributing factor to a healthy BMI Only 15% know that a child’s puppy fat converts into real weight by the ages of 10 to 11 years old King’s College Hospital London in the UAE today announced the results of a study it commissioned to assess…

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