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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...

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The UAE’s empathy expert, Mimi Nicklin, has written a new book that is part business tool, part corporate cultural guide and part social eye-opener. Focused on a new set of techniques she dubs Regenerative Leadership, in her book, titled Softening the Edge, Nicklin aims to help leaders increase the efficiency, wellness and performance of their organizations as well as keep top talent, motivate millennials and connect with leading clients, brands and communities. A week after...

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We might be aware that stress is a global issue, with one in three people experiencing a lot of worry, as well as psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress. But aside from the psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress; over time, the physical strain can contribute to a variety of health problems if it is not managed well, and one of those is heart disease. With the growing number of heart health problems...

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Advanced heart problems are becoming more common in younger people throughout the region, a situation that directly relates to poor lifestyle habits. “In this region, we see patients presenting with severe heart conditions almost a decade earlier than in the West,” says Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. “We see a significant number of patients in their 30s and 40s with cardiovascular problems and in...

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Deciding to head to the emergency room (or Accident and Emergency, if you speak British English) often poses a dilemma:  do you really need to go? When it comes to chest discomfort or any other chest symptoms, the answer is yes – and don’t delay, doctors at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi warn. As World Heart Day approaches, Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, says residents...

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TikTok is booming in the UAE and if you haven’t already taken a deep dive into it, there are a few things to know before you get started. • There has also been a major growth in fitness, sports and wellness content. In the first half of 2020, there was a 270 percent increase in related content under #fitness hashtag, surpassing 1 billion local views.  • The demographic is getting older, particularly after all those...

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On World Alzheimer’s Day we asked Kim Henderson, a clinical psychologist at the German Neuroscience Center in Dubai to write about the psychological impact of a diagnosis and the years that follow.  Alzheimer’s disease is one of more than 400 types of dementia and the most common. It is a physical disease that affects the brain. The brain has billions of nerve cells that connect and communicate with each other, but with Alzheimer’s, these connections are...

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Physicians at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi are leading calls for women to take charge of their heart health and recognize abnormal symptoms. Asma Mahjoub, a 41-year-old Zumba instructor, was attending a fitness class in 2017 when she began experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath, both classic symptoms of heart problems. Although she didn’t realize at the time, it was the beginning of a three-year journey of uncertainty and worry. “I was attending a morning...