Jonathan Gornall

Jonathan Gornall, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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At first, it looked like the outbreak of a new respiratory disease in China at the end of December had been limited to a few dozen people linked to a seafood market in the central city of Wuhan. The world should have been so lucky. All the Gulf states should be urgently following the example of Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and even some US airports and screening all passengers inbound from Wuhan or...

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If you are one of the 30,000 runners expected to line up for the start of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon at 7am on Friday, January 24,and are perhaps now wondering whether all that training and the anticipated agony of the 42.195-kilometer slog that lies ahead of you is really going to be worth it, relax. Right now, the decision to enter Dubai’s 20th anniversary marathon – perhaps taken in the heat of the moment after...

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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. Whatever you think of Coca-Cola’s contribution to the global obesity problem — and the company...

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Few people lucky enough to live in the developed world, safe within the protective armour of modern sanitation, clean drinking water, decent nutrition and first-rate healthcare, will have heard of many of the 20 conditions categorised by the World Health Organization as “neglected tropical diseases.” Thankfully, they are spared the horrors of such life-altering conditions as dracunculiasis, Buruli ulcer and chistosomiasis. Yet between them these diseases and others like them, thriving in populations mired in...

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I have a theory about why men don’t go to the doctor, even when their body is sending them every possible signal that now – right now, please – would be a really good time to seek medical advice. It isn’t primarily because they’re scared to confront the truth. It’s because after millennia of hunter-gatherer conditioning, their ancestors are shouting at them through their DNA to tough it out. Either you shrug off that mauling...

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Visit any of the shisha cafes in the cities of the Gulf states and it isn’t hard to see why smoking tobacco through a water pipe is becoming increasingly popular among the young people of the region,  locals and expats alike. After all, what’s not to like about kicking back in a trendy waterside cafe with friends, watching the sun go down over the Gulf and listening to cool sounds as you pass the hose and...

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Very little is known about the Christian community that settled on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the 7th century, co-existing for a century or more with their Muslim neighbors even as Islam spread across the entire Arabian peninsula. But following the opening to the public in June of the archaeological site of the community’s church and monastery it is clear that in this, the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, the...

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The sun’s rays are all our bodies need to generate the vitamin D that is so essential to our health and, as anyone currently bracing for yet another long hot summer in the region knows all too well, there is no shortage of those in the Gulf. So why is it that the Middle East and North Africa region consistently has some of the highest rates of vitamin D deficiency in the world and, as a...