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    Kicking the butt

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 27/05/2014

    » Smoking cigarettes is addictive and quitting it can be as tough for the mind as for the body. This is especially true for Peechaow Chalernpaison, who smoked for more than 20 years.

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    Plant foods for a healthier future

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 18/02/2014

    » There has been a change for the worse in this country in the lifestyle and dietary patterns of the majority of the population. Adherence to unhealthy eating habits — characterised by excessive consumption of diets high in fat and calories, processed foods and sweets but a lower intake of fruit and vegetables — is a factor that has made many people more susceptible to chronic diseases.

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    Early start needed to save lives

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 07/01/2014

    » Cervical cancer, a condition caused by malignant cells forming in the cervix, is one of the most common forms of cancer and is responsible for a high number of fatalities worldwide each year. In this country it is the second most common cancer in women (after breast cancer) and the one that causes the most deaths among the female population: it is estimated that cervical cancer takes an average of 14 lives every single day.

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    New Mahidol unit to focus on sensory science

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 10/12/2013

    » The scent of freshly baked biscuits or cakes wafting from the kitchen gives us an urge to try some. The sight of a hamburger may cause us to lovingly recall the textures and flavours of the various ingredients and make our mouths water. And first impressions can be negative, too _ the unattractive look of oyster shells and the intensely salty smell of the sea they give off may put off some people and deter them from sampling this delectable shellfish for the first time.

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    Making a jab at full protection

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 26/11/2013

    » High fever, headaches, persistent cough bringing up mucous, sore throat, runny nose, muscular aching and general fatigue. If those symptoms are all too familiar, it is because most of us have had bouts of influenza more times than we can count.

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    Invisible Danger

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 03/12/2013

    » It's in brake pads which help drivers avoid a crash. It's in fire protective clothing which protects firemen during their potentially dangerous work. It's used in the production of cement roof sheets which shield us against rain and sunlight. Asbestos _ a naturally occurring mineral _ is found in several parts of our daily life.

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    Making a (delicious) difference

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 03/09/2013

    » Confronting the distressing sight of children in need, some people salve their consciences by making a donation. But freelance graphic designer Chairit Imjaroen wanted to do more, to volunteer his time and energy. And he found a rather novel way to add value to his efforts.

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    Healing in motion

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 10/09/2013

    » The room looked dull at first glance. But when the music came on, there was no room for boredom. Women were ready to move. A warm-up of gentle movements of the upper body accompanied by rhythmic steps was performed. When the music increased in tempo, there was fluid motion across the floor.

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    Does mouthwash work?

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 06/08/2013

    » A brief gargle with mouthwash gives one fresh, minty-fragrant breath and a clean mouth and helps create a very favourable impression on others, while foul breath causes a bad first impression and makes intimacy unpleasant. This is a message proclaimed by the flood of mouthwash advertisements in the media, and particularly on TV, in recent years.

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    A prayer for the dying

    Life, Sukhumaporn Laiyok, Published on 05/02/2013

    » For years Siriporn* has worked as a hospice volunteer at Wat Khampramong, which offers palliative care for terminally-ill patients, suffering mostly from cancer. This is one of the few places dedicated to tending patients who are turning the final corners of their lives, and Siriporn's main job is to help them through the inevitable as comfortably as possible.

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