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    Three million Thais ‘mentally ill’

    Online Reporters, Published on 19/09/2012

    » At least three million Thais are known to suffer from some form or other of mental illness, Deputy Health Minister Dr Surawith Konsomboon said on Wednesday.

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    Virtually covered

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/12/2018

    » As an enthusiastic user of two-wheeled transport -- both bicycles and motorcycles -- Nicolas Faquet understands what kinds of risks he has to take on the road every day.

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    Living a full life, late in life

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 07/08/2017

    » Thailand is an ageing society, as defined by the United Nations, which means a country's population consists of more than 10% elderly. Based on 2015 data from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, around 11 million Thais are over 60, which means 16% of the entire population.

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    Innovation on tap

    Asia focus, Published on 27/11/2017

    » Being able to drink water straight from the tap in your kitchen is a brilliant solution that can save you the hassle of buying plastic bottles and lugging them home every week. And of course, using less plastic is good for the environment. But can you trust the quality of the water, will it taste as good as bottled water, and can you afford it?

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    Getting fatter faster

    Asia focus, Published on 23/10/2017

    » Most people tend to associate obesity with "being rich" -- as incomes rise, so too do opportunities to consume more. However, the causes of this growing public health problem are more complex, while finding solutions is a growing challenge.

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    Mental health: Neglected in Thailand

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 25/09/2012

    » 20% of Thais suffer from mental health problems but only 3 million went to hospital & only 1 million get regular treatment.

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    Reform on the menu

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 05/06/2017

    » Southeast Asia faces challenges of food security and nutrition as population growth and rising affluence increase food demand and competition for resources. Longer-term challenges include changes in consumption patterns, volatile food prices, climate change impact, conversion of agricultural land to industrial uses, and migration of labour from rural to urban areas.

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    Hold the sugar!

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Under the country's blistering heatwave, something cold and sweet is always welcomed with open arms. Think the popular Honey Toast served with ice cream or the Korean fluffy ice-shaving Bingsu. But for a less luxurious rendition, Thais also have iced sweet drinks. Served in plastic cups from many street vendors, only a few sips of these beverages are so refreshing we might totally forget what they actually contain.

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    A year to remember

    Asia focus, Published on 26/12/2016

    » From the election of "Duterte Harry" in the Philippines to the affair of the "Female Rasputin" that has gripped millions of Koreans, it's been another memorable year in Asia. A few long-running political and security soap operas also continue to play out, most notably the drama in the South China Sea. As well, there is no sign that the tragedy of the Rohingya will end anytime soon. This week, Asia Focus takes a look back at some of the events and personalities that made headlines in 2016.

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    Green eating

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 02/01/2017

    » In Asia, home to tens of millions of Buddhists, being vegetarian is simply good practice in expressing religious beliefs by eating less meat and reducing the chance of harming animals. That partly explains why vegetarianism is popular, especially in India, Taiwan and Southeast Asian nations.

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