A guide for the holy period of Ramadan

Ramadan is a month-long fasting practice taken on by Muslims to bring them closer to God. They believe that fasting allows them the chance to boost their own self-respect, increase their prayer time, and also to help others. That is done through increased charity work and good deeds. It is estimated that there are over …

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How tuberculosis will affect your UAE visa application

In our previous blog post entitled UAE Tuberculosis: Information you need to breathe easy, we detailed key information on tuberculosis (TB) – one of the top ten killer diseases overall worldwide. This Pacific Prime blog post will focus more on how the UAE government visa application policy has changed in recent years to tackle the …

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Dubai to tighten mandatory health insurance scheme

It has been six years’ time since the UAE government decided to implement mandatory health insurance throughout the country. Currently, the number of people in Dubai covered by health insurance has increased from 1.8 million in 2013 to 4.7 million. In a recent report by UAE University, the universal health insurance for human development in …

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How to recognize thyroid problems?

January marks the international thyroid awareness month. While people usually do not think about their thyroids too much, it’s a good thing to know how to recognize when this organ is not functioning correctly, and how it can affect you. A sick thyroid gland can show various symptoms that are rarely primarily associated with hormonal …

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The virtual health revolution: what’s coming and how could it change healthcare

Everything is going digital. We’re in an age where connectivity and instant solutions are king, and every sector from education to healthcare are searching for greater ways to deliver services in a way that’s more convenient, more accessible, and more personalized to the end user. Terms like telehealth, telemedicine, and virtual health are being talked …

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Dubai

15 November marks World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day. Its primary purpose is to raise awareness of COPD symptoms, as for many years the disease doesn’t show definite signs. Symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), although quite obvious, are often confused with other ailments. Do you have troubles catching your breath after reaching …

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Why UAE residents should be aware of hypertension risks

According to a recent survey performed on both Emiratis and expats in the UAE, 44% of those polled did not perceive hypertension as potentially fatal disease, and were unaware of its symptoms. Despite this, around 30% of the population in the UAE has hypertension, but only 3-6% controls it via doctor’s visits or home measures. …

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Primary care in Dubai: What is it and why is it important?

As much as USD 80 billion in annual government spending is wasted in the Arab world as a result of healthcare inefficiencies, according to this The National article. Chief among these inefficiencies is the tendency for patients to send themselves to expensive specialists and hospitals instead of visiting a General Practitioner for treatment. Amidst rising …

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UAE Tuberculosis: Information you need to breathe easy

There are many diseases that we know are serious, but we just don’t hear about much these days. Indeed, incidence of many infectious diseases has been relegated largely to the annals of history thanks to modern medicine. Formerly deadly epidemics like polio have all but gone the way of the dodo, and while we can …

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