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If you’ve ever experienced a rumbling of your stomach or the need to go to the toilet after consuming dairy products, you might just be suffering from lactose intolerance. Dr. Cynthia Dacanay, paediatrician at Family Medical Practice, provides more information on the causes, tests and tips related to lactose intolerance.
What do you remember of your high school prom? The excitement? Or the anxiety? You may remember entire weeks, months even, leading towards prom night, when even boys fussed over what suits they were going to wear, which pants with which blazers. It’s a time when minds float and eyes wander, as optimistic teens dream about all the perfect ways prom could turn out.
Imagine inspecting molten asphalt that has been poured like lava over Pompeii. The March exhibition of lacquer paintings at Tu Do Gallery — Vietnam’s first private art gallery — should be looked at close-up. Forget what the shapes may represent. Get close enough to smell the oily vapours of the medium.
When I was a working journalist it was drummed into our heads that “If it bleeds, it leads.” This means tonight’s top stories will always be about death, mayhem and tragedy. ‘Feel good’ stories were saved for the end of the broadcast or ghettoised in the Lifestyle section of a newspaper. So-called ‘puff’ pieces lacked tension, human drama and (so we were told) compelling narrative.
It’s early afternoon, you find yourself hunched over the keyboard with your head tilted at a funny angle, a growing pain in your lower back or shoulders and the to-do list still weighing on your ming. Not only is this sapping your energy and creativity, which reduces your productivity, it is going to affect your quality of life.
Public holidays for third culture teens in Vietnam are special times in their own sense. They are short, irregular and much less common than any other holidays or weekends, and so they seem more special — like a lucky bonus day off from work or school. Whether it be Hung King’s Day or Reunification Day or Independence Day, even non-Vietnamese teens love public holidays — as long as they keep them away from school.
Everybody knows the detrimental effects of smoking on your health. It’s common knowledge and even written on the side of every cigarette packet. We know that smoking can shorten your life expectancy, increase our risk of lung cancer (one in 11 smokers will die of lung cancer), and increase the risk of chronic lung disease or having a stroke or heart attack.
Fear. It seems to seep in more with age. This was my observation during a recent conversation. While the empirical evidence for this statement may be lacking, research indicates that fear and anxiety levels have risen in recent years. Certainly fear has its place in keeping us safe, however many people live in a near constant state of fear.
International Women’s Day is a major day of celebration for the economic, political and social achievements of women around the world. Vietnam has much to celebrate in its efforts to tackle domestic violence and sexual discrimination. Commemorative days are crucial to raising awareness of situations that affect women and children, like human trafficking.
Did you realise that you have more bacteria in your gut than cells in your body? 100 trillion microorganisms… 10 times more bacteria than the combined number of cells in the human body. With this knowledge you could really say that we are more bacteria than human.
In a couple of weeks, we’ll be sitting through the tortuous bus ride to a miserable-yet-still-exciting hotel in Ba Be, or on the bunk bed train to Sapa. If we’re lucky, we’ll even be flying to Hue and Hoi An, to tailor our own clothes and enjoy a place few of us have seen.
It is the beginning of a New (Lunar) Year, which means whether warranted or not we are all more aware of our health and fitness. Gyms and sports shops are the first to capitalize on this shared anxiety, but if you can (briskly) walk past the ‘10 percent off a lifetime membership’ or the pair of trainers that can tell you how far you need to run to burn off the doughnut you’ve just scoffed, there are some alternatives to improve your health.