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It is a disease that affects about 50 million people across the world, a figure that is expected to triple by 2050. And yet, according to UAE experts, awareness about Alzheimer’s Disease across the Emirates remains woefully low. World Alzheimer’s Month is an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia, a condition that respects no one, disregarding wealth, education and social status. Yet too few people know about the disease,...

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As the UAE marks World Heart Day each September, high obesity rates mean the country is facing an epidemic of heart disease in patients who are 20 years younger than the worldwide average. Research has shown that obesity alone – even without other risk factors such as high cholesterol, inactivity and diabetes – raises the risk of contracting heart disease by nearly a third. Studies conducted this year at the Swedish-led Karolinska Institute, using a method...

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Out of 1,000 people people surveyed by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi ahead of World Heart Day on September 29, 71 percent say they have at least one major risk factor for heart disease. And the most common risk factors they reported are also among the most serious causes of heart disease: 23 percent reported they have high blood pressure, 15 percent have diabetes and 21 percent are obese. Out of the respondents, 35 percent say...

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“The place of the cure of the soul.” — Inscription along the shelves of one of the wonders of the ancient world, the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt (285–246 BC). A 2017 study published in the journal International Research in Higher Education found that bibliotherapy — using books (i.e. self-help books) to treat mental or physiological disorders — can have positive results when it comes to dealing with depression, anxiety, self-harm, panic disorders and relapse...

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I have a dear friend who is a musician. He comes alive on stage and has loved it for nearly his whole life. But being a professional musician, for the vast majority, is a tough gig. There are far more talented people than there are jobs for them that pay a living wage. (For the record, I am also a musician, but love teaching full time and make time to play in a band on the...

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Thejamjar in Dubai’s Al Serkal Avenue is best-known as a haven for aspiring artists, but when it comes to creative expression, there is always a lot more going on emotionally. Staff at the center decided to explore that link this summer by organizing the first day-long event devoted to emotional intelligence. Clearly they were on to something: 250 people showed up, and they now plan to hold the event twice a year.  “We usually have...

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This story is part of livehealthy.ae’s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets launched to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit.     Lacertid lizards are adapting to climate change across a wide variety of environments, but they are starting to disappear from cooler regions and won’t be able to cope with rising temperatures forever, according to a new study...

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This story is part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Ryan Ingram sure walks the talk when it comes to keeping his waste to an absolute minimum. During an interview earlier this year, he slowly ate every crumb of his Costa sandwich, sipped the last drop of his latte...

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This interview of Naomi Klein originally appeared in The Guardian and is published here as part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. Klein is an internationally noted environmentalist and social activist. She currently holds the Gloria Steinem Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey....

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This story by Emily Holden originally appeared in The Guardian and is published here as part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit. The climate crisis is making people sicker — worsening illnesses ranging from seasonal allergies to heart and lung disease. Children, pregnant women and the elderly are the...

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This story by Mark Hertsgaard originally appeared in The Nation and is published here as part of livehealthy.ae‘s partnership with Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of more than 300 news outlets to strengthen coverage of the climate story leading up to the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit. As world leaders converged on New York City for the United Nations Climate Action Summit, they entered what may have be the most consequential week in...