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08 2020 Mar
Experts warn against listening to loud music on headphones

Experts warn against listening to loud music on headphones

Dhanusha Gokulan │ Filed on March 4, 2020 Listening to loud music over your headphones or earphones could cause hearing impairments, according to leading experts. Dr. Lubaina Sharafally, a clinical audiologist at the American Hospital said, "People exposed to noise levels over 85 decibels for long durations are at an increased risk for acoustic trauma. This trauma can occur in a work setting, aviation industry, oil and gas or construction where individuals are exposed to loud noise for long durations repetitively." She added, "Recreational noise exposure is commonly seen in people who like to go to shooting ranges or noisy clubs without exercising any hearing protection that is earplu...

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01 2020 Mar
Is fatty liver disease reversible?

Is fatty liver disease reversible?

Lifestyle improvements can prevent the disease from developing into cirrhosis Published:  January 27, 2020 Peter Feely Last year, a study by researchers from Bristol University in the UK warned that the high levels of fatty liver disease among young people could be a potential public health crisis. The researchers tested 4,000 people who were born in 1991 and 1992. At the age of 18, just 2.5 per cent of participants suffered from fatty liver disease but five years later, this figure had skyrocketed to more than 20 per cent. Dr Sameer Al Awadhi, Head of Gastroenterology Unit, Rashid Hospital and President of the Emirates Gastroenterology and Hepatology Society, says fatty liver disease is...

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23 2020 Feb
The common causes of infertility in Dubai

The common causes of infertility in Dubai

Published:  February 10, 2020 │ Peter Feely, Editor Commercial Publishing According to Dubai Health Authority (DHA), the likelihood of a fertile couple achieving a natural pregnancy is around 20 per cent each month. The authority also says that approximately 10-15 per cent of couples experience an inability to conceive naturally. Dr. Mohamed Elkalyoubi, Consultant Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine, Dubai Fertility Centre, DHA, says that there are many different reasons for people failing to conceive, ranging from lifestyle-related issues to disease and infection. There are also individual problems that affect men and women differently. He adds there is a high prevalence of...

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09 2020 Feb
56% of UAE residents feel they need to improve their diet

56% of UAE residents feel they need to improve their diet

Half of UAE employees surveyed admit that they often feel stressed because of work Published:  February 03, 2020 │ Ashfaq Ahmed, Associate Editor - Online Dubai: Almost half (45 per cent) of the people employed in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) revealed they are worried about their long-term health, according to a new study. They admitted they have not had a health check in the last year and a significant number said they have no idea about the simple metrics of health such as cholesterol levels, according to new research from Aetna International, a global health benefits provider. Inflexible and long working hours are compounding the problem as employees feel unable to take time off to m...

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02 2020 Feb
No one is safe from secondhand smoke, say experts in UAE

No one is safe from secondhand smoke, say experts in UAE

Ashwani Kumar /Abu Dhabi │ Filed on January 30, 2020 | 'It affects your family, little kids around you' Passive smokers, including children, experience the same health effects as those who smoke themselves, experts said. And when people smoke in one room, it does affect the children or non-smokers in another room, they added. They also noted that the smoke from shisha - now a fad - is more dangerous to health than cigarettes, cigar and medwakh. D. Fathi Giurani, internal medicine and geriatrics specialist at Burjeel Medical City, said smoking-related health issues were similar for a smoker and a non-smoker. "Millions die due to smoking-related diseases. And passive smokers aren't safe...

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28 2020 Jan
CORONA VIRUS EXPLAINED: Not as deadly as Sars or Mers but easily spread by air travel

CORONA VIRUS EXPLAINED: Not as deadly as Sars or Mers but easily spread by air travel

Experts urge travelers in Asia to wash their hands thoroughly for 20 seconds and avoid markets — but face masks offer limited protection As new cases of the novel coronavirus in China are reported and the death toll mounts, health authorities have warned anyone travelling in the affected area to be extra careful. So far there have been 56 deaths from the approximately 2,000 confirmed infections from the coronavirus, which emerged in the city of Wuhan in early December, plus many more suspected infections. With the virus easily transmitted from person to person, experts have said that China may struggle to contain the outbreak despite measures to prevent its spread. It can take up to...

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15 2020 Jan
HEALTHY HABITS TO PREVENT THE FLU..

HEALTHY HABITS TO PREVENT THE FLU..

Healthy Habits to Help Prevent Flu The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. The tips and resources below will help you learn about steps you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs. 1. Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. 2. Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will hel...

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02 2020 Jan
UAE health advisory: Your 'flu' might actually be an allergy..

UAE health advisory: Your 'flu' might actually be an allergy..

Saman Haziq, Dubai │ Filed on December 28, 2019 With a dip in temperatures, winter cold air can irritate the respiratory tract and cause spasms. Are you experiencing a sore throat, stuffy nose and sneezing bouts? Blame it on the changing weather which doctors say is a common allergy trigger. Dr Noordin Wadhvaniya, respiratory medicine specialist at the Canadian Specialist Hospital, said changing weather always comes with an onset of respiratory allergies and asthma attacks. "In winter, as the time spent indoors increases, our exposure to indoor allergens also increases. For example, AC vents at homes, offices and cars can cause allergies and infections if not cleaned from time to ti...

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08 2019 Dec
DUBAI SPECIALIST ON SLEEP’S POWER TO HEAL

DUBAI SPECIALIST ON SLEEP’S POWER TO HEAL

Why sufficient shut-eye helps protect the brain from degenerating premature Published:  November 26, 2019 Noni Edwards, Special to Better Health Sometimes it seems like sleep is a luxury we just can’t afford, but new research shows that if we want to prevent our brains from degenerating prematurely, we can’t afford not to have good sleep habits.We all know how hard it is to perform at our best after a bad night’s sleep, but it goes deeper than that. New research published by Boston University suggests regular deep sleep can actually help protect against Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. BU researchers studied the fluid dynamics of the brain during sleep and found that duri...

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10 2019 Nov
Is your child’s speech development on track?

Is your child’s speech development on track?

Professionals recommend early intervention if there are signs of an issue. Published:  October 13, 2019 By: Noni Edwards, Special to Better Health Babies begin communicating with their parents from birth. In their first few months of life they will learn to copy facial expressions; cry when they’re hungry; and be able to follow a toy that is moved in front of them. The good thing for parents is that there are plenty of signs to make sure a child’s language development is on track, even before they are expected to utter their first word. If a child is very quiet, this is a red flag,” warns Haidar Ali Wreidan, speech therapist at Latifa Hospital. “It is not normal for a one-year-old to b...

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