Jennifer Bell

Jennifer Bell

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In the days before the UAE decided to ground all commercial flights due to Covid-19, teams of nurses were dispatched to the busiest airports to help screen travellers entering the country. Among them was Filipino nurse Kasserine Libot, 29, who volunteered to be part of the team her employer, VPS Healthcare, sent to Abu Dhabi International Airport.  “When I was first informed we would be going to the airport, honestly, I was shocked and kind...

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Abu Dhabi is fostering healthcare innovation by giving millions of dirhams in grants each year to international and local pioneers in the fields of science and technology. Launched by the Ministry of Economy and the Department of Economic Development – Abu Dhabi in 2017, the Technology Innovation Pioneers (TIP) Summit brings together sustainability experts, startups, influencers, investors and high-level officials from around the world. The TIP Summit also encompasses a high-level awards program, aimed at supporting...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. It is potentially more addictive than tobacco, harder to metabolize than fat and wreaks havoc...

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As January is a great month to start a new health and fitness regime, or to ramp up  whatever you’ve got going now, signing up to compete in a race or run can prove a valuable motivator. So here is a list of some of the best UAE races for the year ahead to keep you motivated. Al Wathba Cycle Race 2020 — Abu Dhabi  Both casual and hardcore riders alike can participate in the...

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Just a decade ago, health agencies believed they were on the verge of conquering measles, one of the most preventable diseases on the planet.  Measles is transmitted by direct contact with infected droplets or by airborne spread. Taken over time, the worldwide drop in measles deaths is striking. Before the vaccine was introduced in the 1960s, 2.6 million people per year died from the disease. By 2000, that had dropped to 536,000 people. According to the...

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HOW SWEET IT ISN’T: On December 1, the UAE government enacted its first-ever tax on sugary drinks. And on January 1, many people will vow once again to change their eating habits for good. That’s why livehealthy.ae is taking a closer look at scientific and anecdotal evidence telling us that the sugar we love to eat is hurting our health. Sugar has been vilified by doctors and nutritionists who warn the sweet stuff is the...

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The medals have been designed and the race course set for the second ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon. There’s the full marathon, of course, and a roster of runners from elites on down to first-timers. Then there are 10km, 5km and 2.5km races for everyone else, and when they finish, their medals will read “I did it”. Marathoners get the slightly hipper 42.195km on theirs, but then again, they earned that, didn’t they?   In the leadup...

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Flu season is upon us and if you haven’t got your influenza shot yet, you are in luck. Although immunizations are normally given in October and November, this year Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi is one of the outlets giving out flu shots daily through to mid-December. The shots are available from Sunday to Thursday from 9am to 8pm on the ground floor of the hospital. Visitors must present an Emirates ID and insurance card. Now,...

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Livehealthy.ae is shining a spotlight on men’s health in the UAE throughout Movember (that explains the moustache on our social media logo). This article on the steroid-infertility paradox is one of a series of stories on the subject. A growing number of men are using steroids out of social pressure to look good. But they are either unaware of or ignoring how it affects their fertility, experts warn. A study conducted in Denmark and published...

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Palliative care for the terminally ill is still severely limited across the UAE due to inadequate, dated insurance policies and a lack of trained experts to care for the dying, healthcare professionals say. As palliative care is only available in a few hospitals, there is also a shortage of options for advanced pain management, despite an Emirates-wide push to advance healthcare options.  This leaves many end-of-life patients suffering, with pain being one of the most...

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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,...