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    Express ticket to good health

    Life, Napamon Roongwitoo, Published on 30/09/2014

    » We live in a world with instant everything: instant photo sharing, instant messaging and instant food being just a few examples. As we grow less and less tolerant of waiting, new products and methods emerge to lure money out of our pockets; all promising instant results. Gone are the days when people believe in working hard to attain their goal. They want immediate results with minimal effort.

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    Stoking the engine: eating and exercise

    Life, Published on 30/09/2014

    » I remember as a 15-year-old grabbing a chocolate bar before going for a 50km bike ride, feeling like superman for the first 30 minutes and then feeling as if all my power had been drained, light-headed and every muscle feeling heavy; 35 years later I now know I'd given my body a huge sugar rush followed by a blood sugar crash. Ensuring balanced nutrition for sport or everyday life doesn't have to be complicated or need to follow the latest fashion diet; it just need to adhere to some simple guidelines and common sense.

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    A space for all

    Life, Melalin Mahavongtrakul, Published on 09/09/2014

    » In a bid to provide help, advice and medical treatment to Thailand's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens, the Faculty of Medicine at Ramathibodi Hospital has recently opened the Gender Variation Clinic at the hospital's Child and Adolescent Health Center.

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    Cure a headache with Botulinum toxin

    Life, Dr Nantapat Supapannachart, Published on 23/09/2014

    » We all know that Botulinum toxin, widely known as Botox, is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles to improve the look of moderate to severe crow's feet and the lines between the eyebrows in adults. Some of us might even know that this famous non-surgical cosmetic procedure has also proven to be very effective for other off-label uses like smoothing neckbands, for hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating) and for eye spasms. Who knew though that one day this toxin would be used as a migraine remedy. Yes, you read that right, Botox is now used to treat headaches.

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    Evading outbreak

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 19/08/2014

    » The outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa is now five months old. While states of emergency have been put into effect across West African nations in response to the epidemic, fear seems to loom near the shores of many countries around the world, including Thailand.

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    How low should your cholesterol level be?

    Life, Dr Nithi Mahanonda, Published on 19/08/2014

    » Many patients have asked me whether low cholesterol is good. This is a difficult question to answer because cholesterol is important for some cells and hormones, so if its low, it could be unhealthy. However, we also know that if the cholesterol level is high, it can lead to hardened and narrowed arteries, which could cause heart disease and paralysis.

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    Talk on alternative healing therapies for cancer

    Life, Published on 20/08/2014

    » A diagnosis of cancer is one of the worst pieces of news anyone can get. It is now the No. 1 killer in Thailand, with 30% of deaths recorded here in 2011 attributed to this disease.

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    The ALS challenge

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 02/09/2014

    » Everybody has heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. Everybody knows the campaign’s viral spread started from luminaries like Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates, both — after pouring a bucket of ice water on themselves — donating to the ALS Association, a US-based non-governmental organisation founded almost 30 years ago to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or, in short, ALS. The challenge eventually reached Thailand a few weeks ago with famous people soaking themselves, either willingly or unwillingly, and making donations to any charitable organisations. But how many of us know what ALS is?

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    Fit in four hours a week

    Life, Published on 02/09/2014

    » You don't need to do endless hours of training on the bike to get fit; we all work and have families with limited free time, but I bet you can all find four to six hours a week to train either on the road or on a gym bike. A lot of training programmes are remnants of the 1980s philosophy of 20 hours a week of training, but my philosophy applied to hundreds of cyclists over the last decade turns the concept upside down, and instead of endless hours of "junk" kilometres, I fit the training around riders' lifestyles with shorter rides of higher intensity for bigger gains. It's really simple maths. Think of it as a Training Intensity score; if you train the archaic 15 hours a week at a training intensity of two, that's a training score of 30. Now ride my "F4" method of four to six hours a week at a higher intensity of five and you end up with the same score of 30.

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    Get on your bikes

    Life, Published on 29/07/2014

    » Welcome to my first monthly cycling column, aimed at helping riders of all abilities, ages and gender get fitter, faster, healthier and lose a few kg. Over the coming months, my column will be giving advice on a variety of topics such as: How to get fit in only 3-4 hours a week, nutrition and hydration for the Thai climate, homemade recipes for training and recovery, general training advice, how to lose weight without dieting, training indoors versus outdoors, stretching, core and strength exercises to do at home or the office and much more.

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