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    Cervical Cancer IS Preventable

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    , I would like to take this opportunity to give you some background on cervical cancer and its primary cause the Human PapillomaVirus. It is really important to know that "Cervical Cancer IS Preventable!" Cervical cancer is one of around 200 different types of cancer, a disease caused by the abnormal growth and division of cells that make up the cervix. Cervical cancer develops when abnormal cells in the lining of the cervix begin to multiply out of control in response to HPV infection. Abnormal cervical cells can gather to form a lump called a tumor. Benign (non-cancerous) tumors do not spread and usually are not harmful, malignant (cancerous) tumors, however, spread from their sources and grow into life-threatening cancer. Virtually all cervical cancers are caused by some type of human papillomavirus (HPV), a common virus that infects half of all people at some point in their lives. More than two-thirds of cervical cancer cases are attributed to high-risk HPV types 16 and 18. Worldwide, cervical cancer is the second most common life-threatening cancer among women after breast cancer, with an incidence rate of 4.8 per 100,000 women per year in the Middle East and 9.9 per 100,000 women in UAE. It is also the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. The UAE

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  1. Ingredients: 350 grams spaghetti(any prefer pasta) Sauce: 1/4 cup tomato paste 1 can(28 oz) crushed tomatoes 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, chopped 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped 1/4 cup… Continue Reading →

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  2. I finally found a biscuit recipe that even my daughter would be happy with:) For those who look for recipe which doesn’t include any of the traditional ingredients like wheat flower, oats, eggs, sugar you might like to try this one:

    Preparation time: 15 min

    Baking time: 15 min


    • 6 Tbsp Vegetable oil (I used olive oil)IMG_0847-300x300.jpg
    • 1.5 cup Maple sirup
    • 6 Tbsp Water
    • 2 cups Amaranth flour
    • 2/3 cup Arrow root starch
    • 1 tsp Baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp Sea salt
    • 1 tsp Cinnamon
    • 2 tsp Vanilla
    • 2/3 cup grated Carrot
    • 2/3 cup Raisins


    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C.
    2. Combine all the wet ingredients and all of the dry ingredients.
    3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and add carrot and raisins at the end.
    4. Using a palm of your hand flatten the biscuits to 1 cm thickness.
    5. Grease the tray with a butter.
    6. Bake for 12-15 min until lightly brown.

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  3. A smile is happiness you will find right under your nose – Unknown. I will not lie, it has been a trying couple of weeks and a time when I could probably have done with some extra reflection on the very many positives in our everyday life and yet, ironically this is when I am… Continue reading High Fives & Happiness: A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.b.gif?

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  4. It’s all in the name. KitchenAid has been designing products for years that are supposed to make your culinary experience easier – and what could make things easier than a great blender? Five of the brand’s countertop machines have been reviewed here, so you can decide which Kitchenaid Blender is the right choice for you. We've covered a variety of models that vary in affordability and design so you're likely to find something for all tastes and budgets.

    **Click any of the links above to read customer reviews on Amazon or continue reading for our full comprehensive guide.

    Why go for a KitchenAid model?

    KitchenAid typically isn’t thought of as a top blender brand. They definitely make a wide range of blenders, but they aren’t typically of as extremely high quality and price-point vs Vitamix or Blendtec, despite their having been around for a solid length of time on the American market. They are better known for their extremely high quality mixers for baking. However, their blender lines offer a wide variety of affordability, design, and function as they try to appeal to the widest market possible.

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    Feeling thirsty? Any of these KitchenAid models is capable of whipping up a perfect smoothie in no time at all.

    If you like the idea of buying a product from a brand that’s been producing quality products for decades, then a KitchenAid is one of the best ways to go. Known for producing reliable machines with a range of good color options and sleek, attractive designs, a KitchenAid might be just the thing you need.

    In addition - their wide range of pricing ensures that even people with a lower budget can find a decent blender that fits their lifestyle.​

    What are the differences between the models?

    There are quite a few differences between the models; but this mainly comes down to the differences between the top-tier blender here, the Pro Line Series Blender, and the other models. The Pro Line is far superior to the other models, and so has much better specs in just about every way.

    KitchenAid has been remarkably consistent with the features across its countertop blender range. When it comes to the remaining blenders, they have very similar specs: similar motor strength, appearances, manual speed settings, crush ice setting, and warranty length. 

    The Pro Line Series Blender is an excellent move from KitchenAid; it features a step forward into the high-tier blender market, which is otherwise dominated by other brands. And it’s a perfect first step: this model has a massive assortment of features and few reported flaws.

    It rivals top blenders with its 3.5-peak horsepower motor, which is undoubtedly one of the strongest on the market, and means that it’s likely to be able to churn through anything. If you want to blend almonds into an effortless almond butter, you can easily since it comes with a tamper; if you want to blend a couple of rocks into a fine powder, you could probably do that too with this model (although we don't recommenced it). It’s extraordinarily powerful. It has enough strength to do just about anything.

    In addition, this model comes with a variable speed dial, a pre-programmed cleaning cycle, a well-designed flexible tamper that means you can easily scrape down the container’s sides, a 10-year warranty (see the manufacturer's website here), and an attractive design that also fits under the kitchen cabinet. It’s strong, attractive, and full of features to boot. The 90-oz container is sturdy and reliable; the blender is reported to be very quiet at its lower speeds; the base, switches, and dial are all die-cast metal and so likely to be incredibly reliable.

    It’s an excellent blender – I don’t hesitate in recommending it, because it has all the features you could want in a top blender and doesn’t sacrifice build quality to do it.


    • 3.5-peak horsepower
    • Pulse function
    • Attractive design
    • Fits under the kitchen cabinet
    • Variable 11-speed dial
    • Pre-programmed cleaning cycle
    • Noise-reducing technology
    • Tamper
    • 10-year warranty
    • Excellent build quality


    • None!

    The Diamond is KitchenAid’s most popular model, and there’s a reason for that: it has all of the classic standards of a countertop blender, with some great additions. It comes in an incredible 21 color options (*availability may vary) – virtually every color on the spectrum – and has an attractive design that’ll make you want to stand it in your kitchen.

    It has five speed settings in push-button form and a pre-programmed ice crush setting, like many of the other models in this list. Its container is tall, so unlikely to fit under the kitchen cabinet, but it’s dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. There are few reports of poor build quality – and the warranty is five years anyway (according to the manufacturer, here) so any problems are likely to fall under KitchenAid’s responsibility anyway.

    This model, however, is the weakest in this line-up; it has a 550W motor (roughly 0.7-peak horsepower), which makes it incapable of doing many of the harder tasks a blender should be able to do. However, most reports are that this is a strong and powerful blender; so this weak motor may not necessarily be as much of an issue as specs would indicate.


    • Pulse function
    • Attractive design
    • Pre-programmed ice crush setting
    • Made in 21 color options (availability may vary)
    • Dishwasher-safe components
    • 5-year warranty


    • 550W motor
    • Tall container
    • No noise-reducing technology
    • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

    The KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender is a simple, classic countertop blender. It’s got many of the features of a run-of-the-mill blender; it has a pulse function, five speeds activated by push buttons (stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy), a pre-programmed crush ice function, and the choice of two colors: black and red (*availability varies). The base is die-cast metal, so it’s likely to be long-lasting. It comes with two containers: a classic 56-oz blending container, and a smaller 24-oz jar.

    This model features two staples of KitchenAid products: the Intelli-Speed Motor, which senses the contents of the blender and adjusts blade speed accordingly, and a soft-start feature that draws food into the blades slowly at first, so that it’s more likely to blend smoothly.

    Where it fails compared to higher-tier models is in the fundamentals of what a blender should be. Its motor is a weak 0.9-peak horsepower, probably not strong enough to perform many of the more intense blending tasks, and lacking compared to other blender models. It’s good enough to deal with liquidy blends, like soups or maybe even this Snickers-style thickshake, but I doubt whether it has the required strength for even its pre-programmed ice crush setting if there's too many solids in the mix.

    In addition, the container is very tall – too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet – and there are some user reported issues of poor reliability when it comes to long-term activity. Because the limited warranty is only 12 months (see the manufacturer’s website here), these issues are likely to arise after the warranty is expired – so if you’re concerned about these reports, you may want to consider an alternative model.

    However, this blender could still be a great pick if you're on a budget.​


    • Pulse function
    • Attractive design
    • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function
    • Could be a solid pick on a budget


    • 0.9-peak horsepower
    • Tall container
    • No noise-reducing technology
    • No inbuilt cleaning cycle
    • 12-month limited warranty

    The KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender is indeed a classic blender. It has similar specs to the KSB655C 5-Speed Blender, with a few small differences, and as such it has a similar rating. It has five manual speeds that can be accessed by buttons – stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy – and one pre-programmed crush ice setting. It also has the classic KitchenAid Intelli-Speed Motor, which adjusts the blade speed automatically with the blend consistency, and the soft-start feature that helps to draw food into the blades. The 56-oz container is sturdy plastic and the base is die-cast metal, both of which are likely to be highly reliable.

    One of the major benefits of this model is all of its color options; it comes in 11 different colors (*availability may vary), so you’re sure to find a shade that fits right in with your kitchen color scheme.

    Unfortunately, it only has 0.9-peak horsepower, which is definitely on the weaker end of the blender spectrum, and so is probably incapable of taking on harder blending tasks. Unlike the KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender, it does not have an attractive design – and its container is too large to fit under the kitchen cabinet, so it’s inconvenient in size. It also has some user reported issues with the blade assembly, which may come loose after moderate use, and is may be incapable of being repaired. Because, like many other KitchenAid products, this model comes with a 12-month manufacturer warranty , this issue is likely to arise after the warranty has expired, and KitchenAid will not be required to repair it.

    However, if you need something in a pinch, that's affordable, and can get simple blending jobs done, it still might be a good pick.​


    • Pulse function
    • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' setting
    • 11 color options (*availability varies)
    • Could be a solid budget pick


    • 0.9-peak horsepower
    • Unattractive design
    • Tall container
    • No noise-reducing technology
    • No inbuilt cleaning cycle
    • 12-month warranty

    The KSB1570 5-Speed Blender is a tidy, simple machine. It could be considered run-of-the-mill; certainly, there’s little to stand it apart from other models. It has an average design – nothing special – and the choice of four simple colors (*availability may vary). The container is too tall to fit easily under the kitchen cabinet, so it should be disassembled for storage. It has five manual speed settings that can be activated by pushing buttons, and one pre-programmed crush ice button. Like the other models in the KitchenAid range, it has Intelli-Speed Motor control and a soft-start feature.

    The capacity of this blender is a bit on the smaller end at 56 ounces and the jar is BPA Free plastic. However, given the fact that it just does the job for a decent price, it is one of Kitchenaid's best selling blenders on the market.


    • Pulse function
    • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function
    • Four color options (may vary by retailer)
    • BPA Free Plastic


    • Small capacity
    • No noise-reducing technology
    • No inbuilt cooling system
    • 12-month warranty

    So which should you go for?

    The best blender is undoubtedly the Pro Line Series Blender . It stands out far above the rest in terms of specs and features: it has the highest horsepower, the most attractive design, a pre-programmed cleaning setting, a variable speed dial, a tamper, and the longest warranty. It’s hard not to recommend this model – it goes so far above the other KitchenAid blenders that it almost seems like it was created by a different company. No reported issues, no weakness in the motor, no too-tall container; this is a machine that can truly  rival a Vitamix !

    The post Best Kitchenaid Blender Review: Which Model is Right For You? appeared first on Thrive Cuisine.

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  5. Ask any Abu Dhabi resident which is the best Ladies Night in the capital and the unequivocal answer will be Iris. Wednesday nights at this Yas Marina venue are always fully booked and come with an almost certain guarantee of a …b.gif?

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  6. Water, water, everywhere – I did wonder if yesterday was April Fool’s Day when someone told me that there are plans to transport an iceberg to the UAE and melt it in order to provide fresh, clean drinking water. But apparently not,…/firm-to-tow-icebergs-from-antarctica-… as I frequently say, only in the UAE.

    Summer is on its way – it’s a fairly mild 37degC outside at the minute (it is only 11am) but the mercury is rapidly rising and there are a few signs that summer is round the corner:
    1. The water in the toilet cistern is hot, which is quite odd at the best of time but even more peculiar when you use it straight after someone else and the bowl is steaming.
    2. Similarly, you have to fill the bath from the cold tap and if you forget there’s a half hour wait while it cools down as there’s no cold water anywhere.
    3. You have to put your jumper on when you enter a building, and take it off to go outside. The AC is my classroom is, to put it kindly, temperamental and sounds like an aeroplane taking off. It’s also extremely cold, even when set at the maximum 22degC, meaning we spend the whole day turning it on and off and alternatively sweating and shivering.
    4. You can wash your bedding and put it out to dry at 8am and it’s dried, ironed and back on the bed by 9.30am.
    5. The ants come inside to cool down, although we are now getting to the point where they stay outside regardless as the temperature in the house during the day can reach 30degC.
    6. You never open the curtains for fear of letting the sun in and can’t wash the windows as the water has evaporated before you’ve had a chance to wipe it over.
    7. The pool is empty, except for visitors, until 6pm when it’s suddenly full of people trying to cool down and freshen up.
    8. The roads are very quiet and people are already talking about their summer ‘escape’. Us? We’re staying til the end of July! See you all in August.

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  7. This is a new post from Expat Child by Carole Hallett Mobbs
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  8. Dr. Alya Al Shahbander
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    It's the time of the year to get out there and get a gorgeous tan but what many people do not know are the hazards awaiting for them from our beloved warm sunrays.

    The most dangerous hours are the mid-day hours where the sun is high in the sky so it's better to go out early or late in the day.

    Snow, water and sand can reflect light onto your skin so even sitting in a shaded area for long hours can get you burned, so minimize the time of exposure.

    Thick clouds can reduce UV radiation, but thin clouds do not provide much protection.

    Sunburn, too much sun and tanning beds can increase the risk of melanoma and children are at higher risk than adults.

    It is better to get a tan by exposing your skin for limited times over a period of 2 weeks than exposing your skin to UV radiation for many hours in one day.  In very fair-skinned people, UV radiation starts becoming harmful after about 5 to 10 minutes. While in dark skinned people it's about 30 minutes.

    The following can help you determine what type of skin you have:

    Skin type I:

    Pale skin, freckles, burns very easily, hardly tans

    Skin type II:

    Pale skin tends to burn, only tans a little

    Skin type III:

    Occasional sunburn tans well

    Skin type IV:

    Rare sunburn, naturally dark skin


    By Dr. Alya Al Shahbander

    Specialist Dermatology

    Bareen Hospital

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    Infertility is when women cannot get pregnant after having unprotected, regular sex for six months to one year, depending on her age. Infertility may be caused by a variety of conditions.  Both partners should be investigated together for possible causes of infertility.

    Couples trying to conceive should be aware of signs and symptoms of infertility associated conditions. This will facilitate early detection and treatment.

    Symptoms in women:

    • The main symptom of infertility is not being able to become pregnant. About 85% of women are able to become pregnant within 12 months of trying. The remaining 15% may need some type of treatment to achieve this goal. Women may or may not have any other symptom of infertility or other associated conditions.

    • There are many health conditions which can result in difficulty in becoming pregnant. Symptoms of these conditions are diverse and depend on what is causing infertility.

    • Changes or irregularity in the menstrual cycle may be a symptom of a disease associated with infertility (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome, hyperprolactinemia, reduced ovarian reserve).

    • Painful periods (dysmenorrhea): Women may experience some back pain, pelvic pain, and cramping during periods. This is considered normal. However, excessive pain during periods and may be associated with conditions such as endometriosis or pelvic infection.

    • Some health problems associated with infertility can cause hormonal changes leading to skin conditions such as acne and hair growth on the lips, chest, and chin. Some women may experience hair loss or thinning (alopecia).

    • Changes in sex drive and desire.

    • Weight gain.

    • Milky white discharge from nipples unrelated to breastfeeding (e.g. high prolactin hormone levels).

    • Pain during sexual intercourse.

    Symptoms in men:

    Male factor is the cause of infertility in about 30-40% of couples. Male infertility is most commonly due to abnormal sperm parameters (e.g. low sperm count, low sperm motility, poor sperm morphology) which are easily detectable by a routine semen analysis. In up to 10% of men, infertility may be due to the total absence of sperm in the semen (azoospermia).

    Most men with infertility may not have any symptom at all or the symptoms may be vague. They may go unnoticed until a man tries to have a baby.

    Some symptoms include:

    • Problems with erections and ejaculation.

    • Small, firm testicles.

    • Changes in sexual desire.

    • Changes in hair growth.

    • Pain, lump, or swelling in the testicles.

    When to See the Doctor

    Arrange an appointment to see your gynecologist or a fertility specialist if you are under 35 and have been trying to get pregnant without success for a year. Women 35 and older should see their doctor after six months of trying.

    As an initial investigation, blood tests and ultrasound imaging will be performed to discover why you are having trouble getting pregnant. A sperm analysis can be done to check for sperm count, motility, and morphology. Further testing will be requested if needed to determine most appropriate treatment.

    By Dr. Erdal Budak

    Specialist IVF

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive a pregnancy after one year of unprotected intercourse (for couples over age 35, the time is reduced to 6 months).   Dealing with the challenges of infertility can be very difficult for couples to face.  Infertility can cause significant stress and anxiety in a relationship.  The cause of infertility in a couple can be due to either the male partner, the female partner or it may never be identified.   Regardless of the underlying cause, it is an issue that the couple faces together.    Fortunately, with surgery, medications and assisted reproductive technologies many couples are able to overcome this obstacle and are able to become pregnant and realize their dreams of becoming parents.

    Often while couples go thru the journey of fertility treatments they are plagued with the concern that the fertility drugs with all of the benefits will also cause cancer.  Fertility drugs are often used in three ways:  To suppress ovulation, to stimulate the ovaries to produce many eggs and to mature the eggs.  The class of drug used to perform these actions are hormones.  These hormones also have an effect on tissues in the breast and other tissues in the female genital tract.  These effects may be noted clinically by the patient in many ways including breast tenderness, pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge.  It is important to note that these systemic effects do not mean that these drugs are causing long-term negative effects or cancers.

    A large body of research has been conducted to identify whether there is a causative relationship between fertility medications and breast/gynecologic cancers.  In 2016, after reviewing all of the current data, The American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a statement providing a guideline for patients.  They reiterated that infertility is a known risk factor for developing breast, invasive ovarian and endometrial cancer.  However, based on current data, there is no indication that the baseline risk of cancer with infertility is increased in those who undergo fertility treatment.  There is some data to indicate that there may be an association with borderline tumors of the ovary and fertility drugs, but to date, there has been no specific drug identified. 


    Based on these findings patients can feel less anxious and proceed with their treatments without worrying about developing cancer.  Due to their history of infertility, they should be counseled prior to undergoing fertility treatment that they should undergo cancer screenings.  These evaluations should take into account all risk factors including age, family and personal history. The goal would be to identify any existing cancers prior to hormonal stimulation, which would possibly worsen undiagnosed cancer. In addition, diagnose disease prior to pregnancy to avoid having to undergo cancer treatment while pregnancy.   After completing fertility treatment and childbearing, due to their increased risk of developing cancer, they should continue to undergo age-specific cancer screenings for a lifetime.

    By Dr. Marcia Schmidt

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center


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    In today’s modern, educated, liberated and fast-paced society, the most “in” thing is “Stress!” And if you aren’t stressed, it must mean that there is something wrong with you! Sounds funny, but true!


    Realistically, we all should know that stress is not a good thing for our bodies in general, it can have a significant impact on your fertility.


    For some women, chronic stress can affect ovulation by altering signals to the hypothalamus, the center in the brain that regulates some of the hormones that control ovulation. Recent research tells us that stress boosts levels of some hormones, such as adrenaline, catecholamines and cortisol, which can inhibit the release of GnRH (gonadotropin releasing hormone). This is responsible for the release of sex hormones. Subsequently this may suppress ovulation in women, reduce sperm count in men and lower libido in both women and men as well as a decrease in general fertility. It also causes the pituitary gland to release higher levels of prolactin, which also causes infertility to occur. This has become such a common issue that they we have a name for it, "Stress Induced Reproductive Dysfunction”. (Again, looks fancy and "in")


    So, if you have been trying to conceive with no results, some facts are very important to consider: pregnancy is much more likely to occur during months when couples reported feeling "happy and relaxed". It was less likely to occur during the months they reported feeling tense or anxious.


    Even you are pregnant, trying to carry a pregnancy to term during stressful times places the fetus at risk. The body knows this, which is why it creates an environment that is basically inhospitable to conception.


    Generally, a stressed person is an unhealthy person. People living with a high stress level are typically overly tired and filled with nervous tension which may cause them to choose poor dietary and lifestyle habits. So basically, the "in" factor should be “out!”


    Reducing Stress for Fertility


    If you have had fertility tests performed and have found that there is no medical reason for your infertility, it is time to evaluate your life and determine how much stress you have. Of course, you may not even have need for an evaluation. You may know you are stressed. In that case, it is time to start defeating that stress to help your fertility.

    Stress relief should be a part of every couple’s conception plan, even if they are going through IVF.


    How to Reduce the Effect of Stress on Your Fertility (I know it’s easier said than done, but no harm in trying :)


    • Reduce the stress in your life. This is so important on many different levels. It will not only help your fertility and health but also your quality of life. If your job is really stressful, (the most common reason these days) maybe begin to look for a different job or occupation. If that is not possible, some of the tips below might help you to deal with your stress differently than how you currently are.


    • Change how you react to stressful situations. When faced with an ongoing stressful situation there is only one thing you have control over - how you react. Pay attention to that. Getting control of how you react will have a big impact on what happens inside of your body when a stressful situation presents itself. This takes some attention and practice. Try and relax. Feeling stress about it is not going to change anything. We can’t have everything in life .So look at the positives; surrender and let go the negatives.


    • Make sure you are getting enough sleep

    • Get an adequate amount of exercise daily

    • Meditate

    • Start practicing Yoga

    • Consume natural, calming herbs and supplements

    • Acupuncture

    • Remember, how to be good to yourself and love yourself.



    Few smaller, easy tips:


    • Try journaling. Setting down on paper how you feel can take some of the pressure off. It’s a way to off-load concerns you feel uncomfortable sharing. And you can shred the pages or throw them out, a physical act that contributes to the effect.

    • Couples should act as if they were dating again. Set aside time during the week to go to a movie. Take a dance class together. And put a time limit of 20 minutes or so on pregnancy discussions. Fertility talk that goes on and on can make matters worse!

    • Get individual counseling or group support. A woman struggling to get pregnant needs someone who can empathize. Counseling can be an outlet for feelings of confusion, sadness, and frustration. Group support is particularly helpful for women who feel isolated as a result of infertility.


    Rethink your attitude. Thinking "everybody else gets pregnant so easily" only causes distress. Change it to "If getting pregnant was so easy, there wouldn't be fertility clinics." Recognize pessimistic thinking.



    Don't just try to relax because you think that it's going to help you get pregnant. But do relax just because it feels good, because it's comfortable, and because when you do feel good, you're healthier overall, and that can never be a bad thing for conception."


    So, take a deep breath, relax and be happy; think positively, surround yourself with positive and happy people, spread happiness and then start the beautiful journey of motherhood and life :)



    By Dr. Varsha Anand

    Specialist OB/GYN


    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    Fertility is knowing and recognizing when the fertile time (when a woman can get pregnant). 

    If you are practicing fertility awareness as a birth control method to prevent pregnancy, you need to avoid having intercourse or use a barrier method of birth control, such as a condom, during the fertile period. If you are trying to get pregnant, you should have sexual intercourse on your fertile days, ideally every day or every other day.

    A menstrual cycle is defined from the first day of menstrual bleeding (called day 1) of one menstrual period to the first day of menstrual bleeding of the next. 

    An average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days. 

    In a normal menstrual cycle, an ovary releases an egg, a process called ovulation. In an average menstrual cycle of 28 days, ovulation occurs about 14 days before the start of the next menstrual period. The number of days between ovulation and the start of the menstrual period is the most consistent in a menstrual cycle. After the egg is released, it moves down the fallopian tube to the uterus.

    An egg can survive in the fallopian tube for about 24 hours after ovulation. A man’s sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for about 3 days (and sometimes up to 5 days) after sexual intercourse. You can become pregnant if you have sex anywhere from 5 days before ovulation until 1 day after ovulation. Your chance of pregnancy is highest when live sperm are present in the fallopian tubes when ovulation.

    When fertility awareness is used to prevent pregnancy, fewer than 1–5 women out of 100 will become pregnant during the first year of perfect use. Perfect use means using the method correctly and consistently throughout the menstrual cycle. With typical use—meaning that you use the method the way the average person does, which is sometimes incorrectly or inconsistently—pregnancy rates increase. In the first year of typical use, 12–24 women out of 100 will become pregnant.

    The following methods are based on fertility awareness:

    Standard Days method 

    Cervical mucous method

    Basal body temperature (BBT) method 

    Symptothermal method

    The Standard Days method follows a standard rule of what days during the menstrual cycle are the most fertile. If your cycle is between 26 days and 32 days long, the Standard Days method considers days 8–19 to be the most fertile days. To prevent pregnancy, you should avoid having intercourse or use a barrier method of birth control on these days. To promote pregnancy, you should try to have intercourse between day 8 and day 19, either every day or every other day. The Standard Days method works best if your cycles are regular and are consistently between 26 days and 32 days long.

    The cervical mucus method involves recognizing changes in the mucus produced by the cervix and in how the mucus looks and feels. Just before ovulation, the amount of mucus made by the cervix noticeably increases, and the mucus becomes thin and slippery. Just after ovulation, the amount of mucus decreases, and it becomes thicker and less noticeable. To prevent pregnancy, you should avoid sexual intercourse or use a barrier method of birth control from the time you first notice any cervical mucus. To promote pregnancy, you should have intercourse every day or every other day when the thin and slippery cervical mucus is present. 

    When using methods that rely on cervical mucus, be aware of any changes in your health or daily routine that could make reading the signs of ovulation difficult. Medications, feminine hygiene products, douching, sexual intercourse, or having a pelvic exam in which lubrication is used all can change how the cervical mucus appears.

    The TwoDay method is a variation of the cervical mucous method. With the TwoDay method, you check your cervical mucus at least twice a day and then ask yourself two questions:

    Did I notice any secretions today? 

    Did I notice any secretions yesterday? 

    If you noticed cervical mucus today or yesterday, you most likely are fertile. To prevent pregnancy, you should avoid sexual intercourse or use a barrier method of birth control. To promote pregnancy, you should have sexual intercourse every day or every other day when you notice secretions. If you did not notice any cervical mucus today and yesterday (2 dry days in a row), pregnancy is less likely.

    The BBT is your body’s temperature when you are fully at rest. In most women, the body’s normal temperature increases slightly during ovulation (0.5–1°F) and remains high until the end of the menstrual cycle. The most fertile days are the 2–3 days before this increase in temperature. To monitor your BBT, take your temperature every morning after waking up, before any activity, getting out of bed, or having anything to eat or drink. Record these temperatures daily. 

    BBT by itself is not a good way to prevent or promote pregnancy. It shows only when ovulation has already occurred, not when it is going to occur. Also, keep in mind that if you have a fever (for example, if you have an ongoing medical condition or if you get sick with the flu), the BBT method may not be reliable

    The symptothermal method is a combination of methods. The two most commonly used are the BBT method and the cervical mucus method. Other methods or signs can be used, such as the Standard Days method, as a double check to identify when the fertile time begins and ends.

    They cost very little to use. Many women like the fact that fertility awareness is a form of birth control that does not involve the use of medications or devices.

    Using fertility awareness to prevent pregnancy does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Fertility awareness-based methods may not be a good choice if you are at high risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection. These methods also need the cooperation of your male partner.

    If you are interested in using fertility awareness to prevent pregnancy, it may be best to learn the method from a qualified teacher or group. Your health care provider or your state or county health department may be able to provide you with information about where to find a teacher. Tools such as smart phone apps and web sites also are available to help you record information about your menstrual cycle and calculate your fertile periods.

    There are some situations in which the use of fertility awareness-based methods to prevent pregnancy may be more difficult. If any of the following conditions apply to you, you may need extra training to make sure you are using fertility awareness correctly:

    You are approaching menopause. 

    You have just started having menstrual periods. 

    You have recently stopped using a hormonal birth control method or are using other drugs that can affect the signs of fertility. 

    You have recently had a baby (you may want to delay using certain fertility awareness-based methods until your menstrual periods are regular). 


    These methods should be used with caution if you have any of the following: 

    You are not able to avoid sex or use a barrier method during your fertile days.

    Pregnancy is not recommended for you because of medical risks. 

    You have bleeding between menstrual periods that is difficult to distinguish from your normal menstrual period or that makes assessing your cervical mucus difficult. 


    By Dr. Samer Cheaib


    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

  12. She’s one of my best friends, she was my maid of honour, and there is an ocean between us…but not this week! My friend may live in Canada and I may live in Congo, but for one week we were…

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    Food industries are trying to convince us that eating some foods slow down the ageing process, alleviate depression and boost our intelligence. Many of us want to believe that a single fruit containing certain antioxidants will cure a disease such as cancer. A new so called “super” ingredient or food item pops up every day, which makes us wonder what “super” means.

    There is no official definition of “superfoods”, no a legal recognition by health authorities. It is simply a marketing tool to promote notoriously unpopular, forgotten or expensive food items. Foods that have been labeled as such include those rich in antioxidants (such as beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, E, flavonoids) and omega- 3 fatty acids; from exotic natural foods (ex: goji berries, açaí berries) to starfish fruit, nuts, wheatgrass and seaweed in sushi.

    The branded so called “super”…foods can have lots of nutritional value as claimed by the marketing campaign, but it is worth checking how much of the product one would have to consume to obtain the “benefit” claimed. For instance, you would have to eat about 28 cloves a day to obtain the antioxidant dose in garlic alleged to reduce cholesterol. When identifying some trendy foods as “super”, consumers can be misled that their basic foods such as apples and oats, which are less costly and more widely available, are not as nutritious.

    While fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals, meat and alternatives are essential for their protein content, whole grains fuel us with energy and dairy products provide calcium. Hence, it is important to remember that not a single food item provides all the body needs, but a well-balanced diet is key to good health!


    By Ms. Ayla Coussa

    Clinical Dietitian

    Bareen Hospital

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    The prevalence of obesity has increased at an alarming rate during the last two decades, and this appears to be more pronounced in women. UAE has an obesity rate that is double the world average, according to a disease study report. More than 36 per cent of men and 30 per cent of women in Abu Dhabi and Dubai are overweight, with 11.9 per cent people being obese, a health survey has reported.

    The prevalence of obesity increased with industrial development, which in the Arabian Gulf is related to the significant growths in incomes resulting from the rich deposits of oil reserves and the resultant impact of rapid urbanization and improved living conditions.

    World Health Organization in its report indicates that gulf countries have the highest rate of obesity. Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are on the list of top ten countries worldwide in term of obesity. Kuwait is affected the worst with 42.8 percent obese population, this places Kuwait in top 10 most obese countries in the world. Countries such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar are not behind, with 35.2 percent and 33.1 percent obesity rate respectively.

    Forty percent of 11-to-16-year-olds and 20 percent of children under the age of 11 in the UAE are obese, according to a report by clinical Nutrition Department at Dubai Health Authority. And an obese child grows into an obese adult.

    A report entitled the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, more than 66 percent of men and 60 percent of women in the UAE are already overweight or obese. This is a substantial economic issue in the UAE and evidence suggests it is getting worse. The economic burden of obesity in UAE is US$6 billion [Dh22bn] annually. The study found that obesity is costing the world $2 trillion a year, nearly as expensive as armed conflict and smoking, the study found.

    Obesity and women 

    From a societal viewpoint,  because obese women survive longer than obese men, they are responsible for well over three-quarters of the extra direct healthcare costs due to obesity and over three-fold that of men.

    Obesity and Reproduction-related risks

     1. Obesity decreases successful pregnancy rates in both natural and assisted conception cycles, with fertility being partially restored if weight loss can be achieved. Oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance are common mediators of those effects. Obesity is also a prominent aggravating factor in the development of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) which causes significant effects on fertility.

    Elevated levels of leptin and low levels of adiponectin which are obesity markers in these women have also been implicated in the mechanism by which obesity reduces conception rates.

    2. Obesity also increases the rate of miscarriage, thus further decreasing successful pregnancy rates among obese women. Potential mechanisms include poorer quality eggs and/or a defect in endometrium’s (lining of the womb) ability to implant – with insulin resistance again implicated in the latter event.

    3. It is not surprising that success rates of assisted reproductive technologies are lower in obese individuals.

    4. Once-obese women are pregnant, their risk of pregnancy complications is significantly greater than their lean counterparts.  Many of the adverse outcomes of obesity (including gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia) occur as a result of increased insulin resistance. Obesity is a proinflammatory state with added complications during pregnancy.

    5. There is increased risk of premature labor, stillbirth, need for operative delivery (caesarean section), and other complications such as wound infection and thromboembolism (clots in the legs and can migrate to lungs).

    Risking the next generation

    This means there is a risk to offspring of developing the disease later in life. Children of obese mothers are more likely to develop obesity, type II diabetes, and cardiovascular disease as adults. This is due to the biological processes which switch genes on and off.


    The loss of as little as 5% of body weight is accompanied by an increase in ovulation rates and reduces biochemical abnormalities. Thus weight loss is the first step towards a successful fertility treatment. It is recommended that women who are obese must initiate a weight reduction program and those severely overweight (defined as having a BMI of 36 or more) should not receive treatment until their weight has reduced.  

    Popular misconception about weight loss

    The two most popular misconceptions about weight loss are:

    [1] MYTH that exercises alone can significantly lead to weight loss

    TRUTH - Exercise alone (and here is meant vigorous exercise) results in minimal weight loss (2%–4% over a year) and is often associated with weight gain or maintenance due to caloric replacement after exercise. Exercise may be most useful in the context of maintaining weight loss after caloric restriction.

     [2] MYTH - That restricting caloric intake by 500 kcal a day will result in the loss of a pound per week (that is, a weekly 3,500 kcal deficit = 1 pound), ad infinitum.

    TRUTH   - This views the relationship between caloric restriction and weight loss as a straight never bending line when in reality does not happen. Thus while caloric restriction can result in progressive weight loss, weight loss will slow over time due to both counter-regulatory effects to maintain weight and the need to reduce absolute caloric intake as body weight decreases.

    Obesity and Male fertility

    Male obesity is a significant problem that has grown to epidemic proportions. Obese men are more likely to be infertile. Although the cause is not exactly known, it is likely a combination of obesity-induced hormone derangements and its damaging effects on spermatogenesis. 

    Overweight and obese men are at higher risk of oligozoospermia (count <20 × 106/mL). Obesity affects not only count but also total progressive motile count ie the counts of sperm that move forward.  DNA fragmentation index (DFI) in obese men ranges from 21.9% to 27% compared with 15%–19.9% in men with normal body weight.  This tells us about the DNA damage of the sperm and high DFi leads to poor embryos and high risk of miscarriages.

    Time to make a difference

    Addressing weight issues is never easy. Many folks may have already tried weight loss in the past with mixed results. However, the potential benefits for reproductive health are significant. Now is the time to make changes for a healthier you and a healthier pregnancy!

    By Dr. Monikaa Chawla

    Reproductive Endocrinologist & Fertility Specialist

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    When I was overeating, I ate for many reason. I ate because I was sad, I ate because I was angry, I ate because I was happy. I ate because I was bored. I ate Because I was fat. I ate because I was skinny. I ate because I was terrified of being fat again. I ate in reaction to the pressures put on me by the society that had objectified me and reduced me to only a body, without feelings, wants, and desires. I ate because I couldn’t feel my own feelings other than to eat over them. I had spent most of my life running from them and I did not know how to stop running
    — Laurelee excerpt from "It's not about food".

    Do  you relate ?

    We live in society where emotions are dangerous, and everyone is always supposed to be fine. It is considered terribly weak not to be fine. I remember while growing up, my aunt shushing her daughter whenever she has an urge to feel something, my aunt would go 'what would the neighbors say '? In my family, it is was not accepted to be sad, 'show me your smile Ghada'.

    How many times do we hear from our family members and friends words of advice 'don't feel bad', 'don't cry', 'it will be okay'. How many times we try to sooth our children's feelings by rushing to make them feel better, without actually listening and acknowledging their feelings?

    It took me some 20 years to understand that Feelings aren't something to fear, to be ashamed of, embarrassed about, or simply denied. Feelings are a sign that we are alive and we trying to figure it out . Feelings are messages if we do not express them, they go underneath and pop out in different ways and we act out in different forms of numbness and addiction: illness, alcoholism, rape, war, gambling, theft and of course eating disorders, overearting, undereating.

    What do you think would happen If children were taught how their anger and sadness sometimes signaled that their boundaries were being violated ? If children were taught to stand up for their themselves in healthy ways, would many of them would have learned that they have to stuff down anger with food ?

    Emotional Eating is often triggered by some underlying and unexpressed emotions. Emotional triggers could be something as simple as " I am bored at work", "I am procrastinating " or something really traumatic. Identifying these emotional triggers may certainly address your hidden deep 'needs' (I call them true hungers) and certainly the process of decoding emotional triggers and feeding your true hungers would alleviate emotional eating. In this case, You may need to stop and ask the following steps when decoding your emotional eating:

    1. What am I feeling right now? Am I Angry? Sad, Uncomfortable, Anxious, Frustrated, Joyful, Disgusted, Shocked, Ashamed, Lonely?

    2. What do I need right now? Distraction, Fun, Hugs, Support, Connection, Journaling Water, workout, Meditation, Relaxation, Sleep, Alone time, A walk, New perspective, Music

    This type of emotional Eating "eating over feelings" is certainly harmful and require our attentive inquiry and support from others and professionals.

    Howeverthere is a whole other side of the spectrum of Emotional Eating. Eating for comfort and eating for sensory pleasure. Food is biologically designed for pleasure, and we are conditioned since infancy to use food to connect to our emotions (enjoyment, self-soothing, celebrations, anniversaries…).

    Most people tend to think of emotional eating as a bad thing, but there are times when it is completely normal and even okay. Finding comfort and pleasure in certain food is absolutely a part of healthier way of eating, actually satisfaction and pleasure are the driving forces that keep us eating intuitively and healthier only- when we make emotional eating "wrong", feel guilty about it, and when not turing to food as your primary or sole coping mechanism. When we make emotional eating wrong and fear potential weight gain, we often turn it into a full-blown binge. When we "make it wrong" research shows we get into restrictive mindset and behavior which triggers a full cycle of binge eating.

    So where do you fall on this emotional eating spectrum?


    Do you have a positive emotional relationship with food?


    What are your dominant emotional triggers that sets off on an emotional Eating cycle ?


    You can absolutely find ways to cope with the emotional triggers other than food, and really discover a new world of what you are truly hungry for , but you have to be able to take pleasure and satisfaction in food you choose without guilt in order to stop another cycle of binge eating; and to have a truly healthy relationship with food.

    If you would like more support, I 'd love to invite you to sign up at bottom of page for weekly free coaching emails, and for bonus breakthrough chat to learn more about 'from dieter to intuitive eater' program  and see if it's a good fit for you.

    Schedule a breakthrough chat

    Ghada is an Eating Transformation Coach and anti-diet Nutritionist who helps purpose -driven people to transform their relationship with food without dieting, and fulfill their true hungers to feast on their life.

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  16. 1) PLAN AHEAD

    "Start getting healthy even before you are pregnant," On your must-do-first list should be taking a daily multivitamin, with at least 400 micrograms of folic acid, a B group vitamin that helps prevent neural tube defects; quit smoking, alcohol and/or recreational drugs.

    Schedule a pre-conception checkup, let your doctor review your medications for pregnancy safety; get a check for sexually transmitted infections; make sure your immunizations are up to date; and have your medical problems properly treated, if there are any.


    Practical and emotional support can be crucial in helping you stay healthy, avoid anxiety and depression. Your circle could include your partner, family members, friends, coworkers or your doctor.



    "Choose someone who respects you and sees birth as a healthy process and not a disease," An OB-GYN who also respects your opinions and choices, explains things in detail, gives you time and availability, can glide you through pregnancy smoothly.


    During pregnancy, seemingly mild symptoms may signal something serious; so if you experience dizziness, shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, uterine cramping, gripping backache, leaking amniotic fluid, vaginal bleeding, urinary pain /burning, blurry vision, pronounced swelling or decreased fetal activity you need to contact your doctor immediately.


    Pregnancy is the time to make every calorie count. Foods rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, folate and iron will nourish you and your baby. High-fiber foods and drinking plenty of water can help prevent constipation. Eating four or five mini-meals a day can help prevent heartburn and keep your blood-sugar levels steady and prevent binging.

    Avoid foods that can be dangerous during pregnancy; undercooked meats, cold cuts; raw seafood; raw /undercooked eggs; unpasteurized soft cheeses; and large fish. Also, limit your caffeine consumption to about 12 ounces.


    According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, pregnant women should exercise a minimum of 30 minutes a day, six or seven days a week, unless they have medical reasons not to do so. Regular stretching and exercise can relieve backaches, constipation and morning sickness. Plus, having a strong heart and lungs will help you get through your upcoming marathon: giving birth.

    7) STAY SAFE

    Buy yourself a good pair of shoes to prevent falls. Pregnancy makes you susceptible to infections, so it’s best to avoid extremely crowded and unhygienic places. Get a flu shot done to prevent flu.

    8) GO GREEN

    Minimize your exposure to chemicals, including household cleaners, solvents, paints and beauty products. Avoid lead dust generated during renovations in older homes.

    Avoid secondhand smoke, cat litter, gardening soil, be sure to wash fruits, vegetables before eating: prenatal exposure to chemicals is linked to increased risk of attention deficit disorders and cognitive problems in children.


    Women of normal weight can gain upto 12-13 kg, underweight women upto 18 kg but overweight and obese women should restrict their weight gain to 7 - 9 kg.

    Overweight moms are at greater risk for pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and preeclampsia. They're also more likely to give birth to larger babies, go through more complicated labors and have Cesarean sections.


    "One out of 10 women experiences depression during pregnancy," "Many suffer without seeking the treatment that could help."

    Intimacy is a great stress reliever, and unless you have risk factors for premature labor or other complications, you can enjoy a healthy sex life (Just use barrier contraceptives to avoid catching infections) until you give birth.

    3 Things Not to Worry About!!

    1) The drink/medicine you had before you missed your period!! 

    It takes about seven days for the fertilized egg to implant in your uterus. The placenta begins to develop about 12 days after conception, which is just before your period is due. Before then, there's no exchange of blood between mother and baby.

    2) That morning sickness will rob your baby of nutrients!! 

    Generally, nausea and vomiting taper off by the end of the first trimester. During that time, the embryo, and later the fetus will leech what it needs (which isn't a lot) like a parasite from your body. Be sure to take a prenatal vitamin.

    3) That something you do will cause a miscarriage!! 

    Most early miscarriages are the result of chromosomal abnormalities within the developing embryo or medical problems. Smoking, alcohol and drug use may increase miscarriage risk, but normal everyday activities, including exercise and sexual intercourse, do not.

    By Dr. Tejashree Singh

    Specialist OB/GYN

    Fakih IVF Fertility Center

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    Activated charcoal also called activated carbon is a very fine black powder that has absolutely no taste. Unlike charcoal used for BBQs activated charcoal is not toxic and has no smell. Recently activated charcoal has become very popular, it's widely available sold in face masks, toothpaste and even at restaurants in lemonade and ice-cream.

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  18. Each month, the German Veterinary Clinic takes cases of abused or abandoned cats under their wings and treats, re-habilitates and re-homes these cats all at their own cost.

    This month, we have been able to help 3 fantastic cats and here are their stories !



    Simba was found wondering the streets of Al Ain and is, we think, an abandoned pet.

    Simba’s jaw is badly misaligned and it looks like his lower jaw was broken and healed back together again crookedly. This affected the position of his teeth and he needed extensive dental work to make him comfortable again.

    In addition, Simba had quite bad flu symptoms from which he is recovering very well now.

    Simba is FIV negative, neutered and microchipped and we will vaccinate him as soon as he has fully recovered from the flu.

    Simba is such a loving and cuddly ball of fluff and has such a funny, quirky personality!

    We are delighted that we were able to help him and we hope he finds the wonderful home he deserves!



    This beautiful girl was abandoned in Khalifa City A. When we found her, she was covered in ringworm, a fungal skin condition, which can easily be treated.

    She has been on medication for about 2 weeks now and the ringworm has almost completely disappeared.

    Glitter has stolen the heart of Joanna, GVC’s Pet Transport Manager, and I think she will be on her way home with Joanna very soon!



    Pickles is a lovely boy who was also abandoned in Khalifa City A.

    Pickles is about 10 weeks old, super playful and very loving. When we found him, he had diarrhea. We tested him for Giardia and it turns out that it was this nasty parasite that was causing the diarrhea. He has been on treatment for Giardia for a few days now and has been vaccinated and de-wormed. As soon as he has made a full recovery, he will be neutered and microchipped.


    We can only help these cats with some support from our community.

    If you would like to help the GVC Cat Guardian Angel Scheme, please get in touch with


  19. Before our little boy came along...I was resistant to using 'baby talk.' I am lover of the English language. Dense, rich and so much fun to be had in a really good sentence. Also much frivolous joy in pronouncing something in an unorthodox fashion. I really enjoyed typing those sentences!

    Such a fan am I of language, literature and education; I was practically determined not to use silly noises, or bastardised words with little G, fearing he'd grow up well thick! I'm not saying I was going to read him scriptures to accelerate his celebral cortex development...but I just didn't see the point of bringing a 'Harro' instead of 'Hello', 'Hooda handome boi' etc. etc. to the conversational table.

    My wife was into baby talk straightaway...and it was adorable of course. As any new parents know - the joy of having a new little thing that is all yours' and created by you; is insurmountable...but do we need to speak to our's like we have a swollen tongue!!

    It turns out 'Yes...yes we do.' Now I am fluent - I can think of three reasons why Baby Talk takes over:

    Its quite easy to learn
    Now, I love English, although sometimes my delivery is mangled by my often harsh Northern Irish accent. But I do love speaking it, writing it, reading it, and if delivered properly...listening to it. But during my time at big school (as in first instance when I was a student, nowadays I am a teacher), Modern Languages were obligatory. French was compulsory, then a choice of Spanish was offered (Latin was the other alternative, nuff said!) and I suffered terribly in both. The solitary Grade C on my GCSE results form in French still burns. I just could not get my head nor tongue around it! Of course I know English is probably the most difficult language to learn and a lot of people have been blessed by having it as their Mother Tongue. But French, and Spanish later, caused much confusion, anxiety and frustration. So much so; all Spanish material I learned has been stripped from my brain and I speak French by speaking English with a French accent.

    But Baby like your falling asleep drunk - easy!

    We think babies understand it!
    Hmmmm. They've heard us speak when they were in the womb. Yes it was all muffles of course but there were adult conversations going on in our normal voices. I actually used to read movie news to my wife's tummy in the lead up. So, baby inside = normal voices and conversation; baby outside = silly voice and nonsense. But it seems the higher the pitch, the gobbledier-gookier the choice of words, the sillier and squeakier the voice, delivered with eyes as wide as possible - the more we think our baby knows EXACTLY what we mean while at the same time finding us hilarious yet informative.

    It's fun
    Most of us Dads are just big kids. Some other dads take themselves seriously...I do not. I am a boy in my 30s - I love Star Wars and The Avengers. I haven't had a 'career' - I've had had a number of jobs that have had the odd similar word in their titles. Yes I'm technically an adult - I am responsible and can be mature when the need arises. But my love of doing fun things outweigh any possible need/want to do work/not-fun stuff.

    As a teacher; I have to professionally 'talk' all day. But wait, it gets more 'exciting' as I am a teacher of Business, Finance and Economics!! So of course at any opportunity if I get the chance to talk crap I WILL! By day I discuss break-even analyses, product life cycles, adding value concepts, tertiary production sectors...all nonsensical - but Baby Talk is fun nonsense.

    So Baby Talk is awesome! And I'm fluent and its fun.


    What if my little boy knows more than hes letting on and thinks we're all mad?? Mummy and Daddy are having fun and we love you! We wipe your cr*p...let us talk it for a few months!

  20. ·    Create an environment that is conducive to doing homework starting at a young age. Children need a consistent work space in their bedroom or another part of the home that is quiet, without distractions, and promotes study. 

    ·    Schedule ample time for homework; build this time into choices about participation in after school activities. 

    ·    Establish a household rule that the TV and other electronic distractions stay off during homework time. Limit TV/iPad time to one to two hours per day. 

    ·    Be available to answer questions and offer assistance, but never do a child's homework for her. 

    ·    Take steps to help alleviate eye fatigue and neck fatigue while studying. It may be helpful to close the books for a few minutes, stretch, and take a break periodically.

    ·    If your child is struggling with a particular subject, speak with your child's teacher for recommendations on how you or a tutor can help your child at home or at school. 

    ·    Some children need help organizing their homework. Checklists, timers, and parental supervision can help overcome homework problems. 

    ·    Work with your child and their teacher to develop an appropriate way to keep track of their assignments – such as an assignment notebook. 

    ·    Establish a good sleep routine. Insufficient sleep is associated with lower academic achievement in middle school, high school and college, as well as higher rates of absenteeism and tardiness. The optimal amount of sleep for most adolescents (13-18 year of age) is in the range of 8-10 hours per night


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    A woman who delivered five times via C-section and was recently pregnant with her sixth child, was saved by doctors at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch after being diagnosed with the most severe form of placenta accreta, a dangerous and rare condition in which the placenta not only adheres to the uterine muscle, but penetrates the uterus and in some cases other structures adjacent to it as well. This condition can be life-threatening to both mother and baby as it can result in severe bleeding.

    During a routine follow-up at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road, Dr. Bashar Abdoh, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist in collaboration with Dr. Muzibunissa, Consultant Fetal Medicine and the Radiology Department, diagnosed the patient with placenta previa and suspected accreta. Placenta previa, is also a serious complication of pregnancy in which the placenta is attached close to or covers the cervix. The ultrasound revealed that the placenta has penetrated the uterus wall as a result of her multiple cesarean deliveries. Women diagnosed with this rare condition often undergo a hysterectomy, which involves the removal of the uterus immediately after delivery.

    After a set of control and precautionary measures were put in place against the potential complications that may arise from this condition, the patient underwent a planned cesarean section at 36 weeks of gestation. The procedure lasted one hour and was carried out under general anesthesia. The medical team that was headed by Dr. Bashar Abdoh, were able to overcome all the challenges they faced throughout the surgery; they successfully delivered the baby who was in a breech position, controlled the bleeding and managed to save the uterus.

    Dr. Bashar Abdoh, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist said: “The surgery is certainly a challenging and an unpredictable one; women with a placenta that has deeply penetrated the uterus through a previous cesarean scar may bleed severely during surgery.” He added: “Doctors in this situation will have to manage a string of challenging issues simultaneously, including the safe delivery of the baby, the bleeding and the reservation or even the removal of the uterus.”

    Dr. Bashar concluded: “The risk of developing placenta accreta is higher in those with prior cesarean deliveries, and is even greater in those with placenta previa, both of which were present in this case.”

    The patient and her baby were both discharged from the hospital after four days.

  21. Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch adds peritoneal dialysis to its list of services

    Al Noor Hospital Airport Road Branch has announced that it has recently introduced peritoneal dialysis, which is a form of dialysis that allows patients with impaired kidney function or those with complete kidney failure to receive their dialysis treatment in the comfort of their own homes.

    Dialysis is usually delivered through two treatment modalities: hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, both of which are effective methods for filtering harmful wastes and excess fluids from the blood.  Hemodialysis uses a special machine and a filter to purify the blood through an access point that is surgically made to reach the blood vessels. Peritoneal dialysis, on the other hand, uses the lining of the abdominal cavity and a sterile cleansing fluid to perform the same job through a catheter that is also surgically placed in the stomach.

    Dr. Ahmed Reda, Consultant Nephrologist at Al Noor Hospital Airport Road said: “The leading causes for renal failure are diabetes and hypertension. People with diabetes have high amounts of sugar in their blood because their body is not able to break down the sugar correctly. The high level of sugar in the body may damage the filtering units in the kidneys.” Dr. Reda added: “As for those who suffer from hypertension, elevated blood pressure causes the pressure in the small blood vessels in the kidneys to increase which may weaken and hinder their filtering function.”

    “People who are diagnosed with end-stage renal disease will have to undergo renal dialysis or have kidney transplantation” said Dr. Reda. “With the advancement in technology, eligible patients now have the choice to undergo dialysis treatment at a hospital or at home and we are here to help them make the right choices, train them on the method and support them throughout the process.”

    “We take several factors into consideration when deciding on a treatment regimen for a patient which includes the functional state of their kidneys, their overall health condition, their personal preference and their overall situation” concluded Dr. Reda.

    Peritoneal dialysis is performed daily and offers several advantages to eligible patients: it can be performed at home, offers greater flexibility and independence, requires less restricted dietary guidelines and can be performed while the patient is sleeping at night, among many others.

    In general, peritoneal dialysis is suitable for children, people who still have limited kidney function and those who do not suffer from other serious health problems. On the other hand, hemodialysis is recommended for people who have problems with their vision, suffer from brain or other serious illnesses. 

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    This recipe is so easy, delicious and healthy because all its ingredients are simple and nutritious. I use wholewheat flour along with some buckwheat flour and some almond flour (ground almond) but if you don’t have buckwheat or almond flour you can use any kind of wholegrain flour. It is packed with fiber, protein and healthy fats and it’s delicious for both kids and grown-ups!





    ½  cup wholewheat flour  

    ¼  cup buckwheat flour

    ¼ cup almond flour (ground almond)

    1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon cinnamon

    ½ cup date syrup or honey

    2 tablespoons melted organic virgin coconut oil

    ½ cup almond milk, low fat coconut milk or normal milk

    1 egg (preferably organic)

    ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

    ½ cup raisins





    Preheat the oven to 170 C (160 C fan, gas mark 5). Grease a 12-cup muffin tray with a little bit of butter.

    In a bowl, sift the flours, cinnamon and the baking powder together. In another bowl mix the wet ingredients well with an electric mixer for few minutes. Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Now add the raisins and mix gently.

    Fill each muffin case three-quarters full with the mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until well risen and firm. Leave to cool and enjoy!


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