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Too much screen time, now a growing paediatric issue

June 18, 2018

With schools mostly about to bid goodbye to kids for the summer break, most parents in the UAE must be deliberating on how to reduce their kids' screen time, as most of their time revolves around gadgets.

Even on normal days, most paediatrics complain of parents bringing children to them with symptoms such as headaches, sleep disturbances, delayed language skills and obesity.

So how do you deal with the situation when electronic devices are a crucial part of your life?

Blood Donation

Doctors share facts on blood donation

June 14, 2018

Marking June 14 as the World Blood Donation Day in honour of the millions of people who give blood—some regularly—in order to save lives, this year’s theme is “Share Life, Give Blood.”

Dr. Anuj Taneja in Dubai mentioned two important issues when interviewed on the relevance of donating blood.

First, the act of giving blood in order to save others is beneficial to both the donor and the recipient. However, the donor must be over age 16, in the pink of health, free from all forms of medication and all forms of infection such as fever and flu.

Second, the tattooed and those into other forms of body piercing procedures can donate blood but only after a year following World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.


UAE, India come together to reduce plastic footprint on the occasion of World Environment Day

June 6, 2018

The Embassy of India in UAE and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) have joined forces to 'Beat Plastic Pollution'.

On the occasion of World Environment Day, the minister of MOCCAE Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, and Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri, and heads of leading private sector companies in the UAE got together at the MOCCAE headquarters in Dubai to pledge their support to fight plastic pollution on Tuesday, June 5. The private companies that took the pledge are Aster DM Healthcare, the Apparel Group and Lulu Group.


Don’t use headphones for more than an hour at a stretch

June 3, 2018

Earphones have become popular among all age groups and are becoming an increasingly popular sight. Yes, they look cool, but it has dangerous implications on your hearing, with the damage being temporary and in some cases, permanent. Dr Shyam Anil Pai, specialist ENT surgeon at Aster Clinic, Al Nahda, says that everywhere you look - on the streets, commuting by metro or cab, in the gym, etc - everyone is using headphones or earphones connected to their mobiles or portable listening devices.


Don’t Lose Sleep Over Ramadan Routine

Keeping a healthy sleep cycle during Ramadan is essential as most worshippers stay up late and wake up early, doctors have said.

As the demands of the discipline of the month of Ramadan require Muslims to make significant changes to their usual routine — from altering their food intake, increasing their prayer time, to waking up before 4am to catch up for Suhoor — many end up falling short of sleep.

Given the importance of sleep for a healthy body and mind, with a little care and discipline those fasting can effectively manage the altered sleep pattern to minimise its adverse impact.

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