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Every October the UAE, like many countries in the world, turns pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). From a blush pink Burj Khalifa to rose-tinted burger buns, approaches to BCAM have become increasingly creative. But just how authentic are the intentions of those companies running breast cancer awareness campaigns?  For more than 30 years, BCAM has been dedicated to turning the spotlight on breast cancer and there has been much to celebrate in that...

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Almost exactly 11 years ago I walked into the office of a professor of oncology at a major London hospital to get the results of a breast biopsy. I felt confident that it could not be bad news; after all, the mammogram I’d had only two months earlier had been clear. Although they tell you to bring someone with you, I had tried (unsuccessfully) to persuade my husband that there was no need for him...

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when charities and companies join the fight against the disease and highlight how early screenings can increase a person’s chances of survival by more than 90 percent. Want to do your bit? From yoga classes to brunches, there are plenty of businesses in the UAE ‘thinking pink’ and raising funds. Here’s how you can get involved. Fitness An active lifestyle incorporating regular exercise has been shown to...

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A major factor in the number of deaths from Covid-19 is diabesity: the modern-day combination of diabetes and obesity. The condition is associated with a higher risk of contracting severe forms of bacterial and virus respiratory infections, including H1N1, influenza, SARS MERS and now Covid-19. Obese patients are three times more prone to severe infections than those of a normal weight. Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and along with it has come a...

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Dr. Paul Gelston, Clinical Psychologist at Dubai Community Health Centre shares his advice:  What to do if you’re having suicidal thoughts: For people suffering with mental health difficulties, one of the helpful things you can do is to become familiar with your symptoms: how your difficulties usually present, what triggers the difficulties and what helps them. I would advise anyone who has thoughts that life is not worth living or that things appear hopeless, to please...

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TRIGGER WARNING: If you are having suicidal thoughts, click here for expert advice and for links to support groups, medical help and hotlines.  “I slowly opened my eyes, the place was filled with police officers and one was gently talking to me as I gained consciousness.” Chris Haill, 54, is retelling the story of his suicide attempt earlier this year. After living with depression for almost four decades, he made his second attempt at ending...

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October is when the world talks about raising awareness of Breast Cancer. But October is also a good time to talk about another debilitating disease: arthritis. World Arthritis Day, marked on October 12, is a global initiative that brings people together to raise awareness of this often silent condition. Worldwide, more than 350 million people have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. While there are no national UAE statistics, numbers from the Gulf region suggest...