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The Ignite fitness & wellness PINK IS PUNK campaign is back, bigger than ever, better than ever and ready to raise funds and support for the Safe & Sound Breast Cancer awareness campaign.

We’re planning a series of cool events to keep you active and entertained whilst supporting this fantastic cause and it all kicks off with the IGNITE SWIM:RUN at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa.

 

For all IGNITE Pink is Punk event details 2014 Read more

We are now a few steps closer to moving to Dubai with my husband having his UAE residency permit, driver’s license and liquor license (very important).

My residency is under-way. This morning a Move One immigration coordinator came and picked me up at our serviced apartment at 8:30am for my Medical Fitness tests. The medical examination is one of the first steps of the immigration application and it is a screening service for infectious diseases (HIV, HBV, TB, and syphilis). I was a bit unsure about what to expect so for all of you future UAE residents, this is what it entailed. Read more

Our daughter was diagnosed as a strong possible Celiac (Coeliac) in the beginning of April. Going gluten free is not an easy thing, no matter where you are in the world. For us here in Dubai it was a bit harder due to the way the health system works. If you are not with a good doctor you may find yourself – like us – without being given vital information. We were simply just given our diagnosis and sent on our merry way. I say we, because even though it’s our daughter who is the Celiac, as she is just two it’s really not up to her to deal with any of it. We had to take it on as a family! As a stay-at-home-mum, it has been mainly me doing the research, the shopping and the searching etc. Our lives have changed 100% since the diagnosis, and yet I can’t even remember what it was like before. Being gluten free has become a way of life. Read more

support-group-dubai2A series of support groups is being launched in Dubai to offer advice and psychological support to patients suffering from chronic illness. The initiative, offered by the German Neuroscience Center, is designed to address the lack of support group services in the UAE and help patients overcome the isolation often associated with chronic conditions.

The German Neuroscience Center will host free monthly sessions at the clinic led by counsellor Dr. Jared Alden (an American board certified psychologist and counsellor) starting on Monday August 11th 2014.

Chronic diseases are defined as long-term health conditions, which often do not have a cure and impair the quality of life e.g. diabetes, asthma, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cystic fibrosis, Crohn’s, arthritis and chronic auto-immune diseases. The groups will be open to patients, family members and friends and cover a range of topics related to living with chronic illness.
Attendees will profit from practical tips how to live with certain diseases to increase the quality of life. Read more

Last week I anxiously sat next to my 11 year old son as he bravely ate scrambled egg! Why was this such a big deal I hear you say. Well this was the first time he had eaten egg since suffering an anaphylaxis shock aged six at his friends birthday party. The news was great he is not allergic to eggs anymore so Friday mornings before rugby training he can now look forward to a plate of bacon, black pudding, baked beans and a fried egg (sunny side up!!). Unfortunately I still have to carry an Epipen around with me as he is still highly allergic to sesame and peanut. I do not require just one Epipen but four as he needs one on him at all times at school, one in the nurses room, one that I leave at home and one that I carry with me.  Read more

What Vaccinations Does My Child Need for Living in Dubai?

Most scheduled medical visits during the first two years of life involve vaccinations. Living in an expat environment presents a great number of challenges to parents wishing to get their child vaccinated; is the local vaccination schedule similar to the one followed in the home country? Are there vaccinations that are not given locally that might be needed in the home country? What is the quality and safety profile of the vaccinations given locally? Read more

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