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genetic counseling

Genetic Counseling – To Do or Not To Do?

Genetic Counseling is the process by which the relatives at risk of an inherited disorder, or who may be carrying a child at risk are advised of the consequences and nature of the disorder, the probability of developing or passing on the disorder to future generations within the family. Since knowledge is considered power, the ultimate clout for clinical management and family planning is genetic counseling. Not to be underestimated in terms of its complexity, genetic counseling can be separated into [...]

Sleep Awareness Month: How to Balance your Hormones for Better Sleep?

Balanced hormones really do mean a balanced life. One’s moods, emotions, vitality and even the quality of sleep depend on the body's chemical messengers. To be able to finally clock those eight uninterrupted hours one must balancing these hormones first. 1. Melatonin It is the hormone that regulates the daily rhythm - melatonin production shoots up at night to tell the body that it's time for bed and decreases in the morning as a signal to wake up. There are several things [...]

Globesity: The Lifestyle Epidemic Overtaking The World

Killing more people than malnourishment globally, obesity has nowadays become so endemic that it’s become an epidemic, which unfortunately now boasts its own terminology – ‘globesity.’ This pandemic has spread like wildfire, gathering speed since the 1980's despite public health attempts to mitigate the prevalence of obesity and its co-morbidities like diabetes. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the obesity epidemic is not restricted to industrialized societies; in developing countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 115 million people suffer [...]


Talking About Telomeres With Catherine Hanson-Farid

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” – Satchel Paige A mystery to ponder is when we will die. It sounds stark and while many questions are best left a mystery, what we cannot neglect is the discovery by three scientists of a particle of our DNA, called telomeres. Telomeres can scientifically reveal our genetic health so we can forget about our chronological age and focus on reducing our biological age instead. Telomeres: Nobel Prize Winning [...]

colorectal cancer

Colorectal Cancer: Don’t Become A Statistic

All cancers, including colorectal cancer, starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancerous and can spread to other areas of the body. Colorectal Cancer Malignancy The rate and age dispersion of this disease differs between the majority of middle-eastern and north America and Europe for many reasons. Colorectal Cancer (CRC) is considered a standout amongst the most preventable malignancies, since it develops through polyps, in [...]

Food intolerance and allergy

The Intolerance And Allergy Dilemma

After enjoying a nice meal or taking a bite from your friend’s dessert, there are times when you might start to feel uneasy or sick. Many people are not able to tell if the reaction is a result of a food intolerance or a food allergy because the symptoms are similar and may overlap, however the causes behind the reactions are different. Did you know? A growing number of residents in the UAE are suffering from functional gastrointestinal disorders [...]

Eat healthy

Health Before Weight

Healthy Weight Week is here to remind you to prioritize health over weight. This is essential because not only can weight loss efforts be futile but also yield temporary results unless followed through with a healthy lifestyle. Weighing the health of your body higher than lean body goals is the first step to living a healthier life and having a fitter body. The Blind Approach A recent study shows almost 90 per cent of UAE residents have weight-management plans but too [...]

Thyroid disorder

Fire Up Your Thyroid

Did you know that five per cent of the population in the UAE suffer from thyroid disorders? Unfortunately, the credibility of this statistic is low because most sufferers are unaware of their condition. The Science Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid - a butterfly-shaped gland in the front of the neck. The thyroid plays an important role to regulate numerous metabolic processes throughout the body and depends on the utilization of iodine to produce hormones. Various Faces Of Thyroid Disorders Hypothyroidism: [...]

Birth defects

Birth Defects And Your Unborn Child

Each January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raises awareness among women and families on actions they can take to help have a healthy baby. January is also a time to recognize people living with birth defects. Thanks to ongoing medical advances, children born with birth defects are living longer. These children and their families still need help. They often need specialized treatment, continued care, and strong social support to improve their overall quality of life. An earlier [...]

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Carrier Screening: What You Need To Know

Each person has two copies of genetic materials - one copy inherited from each parent. Many genetic diseases are recessive, meaning the disease is caused by inheriting a mutation at the same DNA location from both parents. If a parent carries a mutation in one of the two copies of the DNA, he/she is a carrier of the genetic disease. The rapid developments in medical technology and innovation within pediatric care — including those being exhibited and enhanced in [...]