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    Taking the load off, with a pill

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 01/02/2017

    » Although Natcha* had the Body Mass Index (BMI) of an underweight person, she was usually worried sick whenever she would have a bite or two of fatty foods. But for the then-29-year-old office worker, those dishes were always hard to resist.

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    Are dietary supplements safe?

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 05/07/2016

    » The Thai tropical plant ma mui, or Mucuna pruriens, was on the public radar last year after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha urged farmers to grow them instead of rice to cope with drought. The herb recently made newspaper headline again when a 21-year-old woman in the southern province of Trang was found dead earlier this month after taking four capsules of ma mui supplements -- samples she received after becoming a member of a direct-sale business selling the supplement product.

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    'Detox' at your peril

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 04/04/2016

    » After scrolling through loads of information on the internet, Supida Mongkol* ended up with a detoxification course in Pathum Thani province as a cure for her poor eating habits. The programme claimed to be able to rid toxins from the body -- the liver and colon in particular -- so that participants regained good health.

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    Freezing the damage

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 20/05/2019

    » Having travelled around the world, including to the Arctic and Antarctic, to observe, collect and study specimens with a mission to save the deteriorating planet from climate change, marine scientist Assoc Prof Suchana Chavanich and her team now have a new job description.

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    In the eye of the beholder

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 26/03/2019

    » The number 60 on the scale wasn't the only thing that told Vanna* she was fat. Her friends at school said likewise.

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    What a year for the human body

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 19/12/2017

    » From Toon's super-marathon to the 'sugar tax', we look at the big issues of the past year concerning Thailand's healthcare.

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    A shot in the arm

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 19/09/2017

    » Thailand found itself in the hot seat in 2009 when the country could not find vaccines to purchase during the H1N1 flu pandemic that wreaked havoc in many countries and killed over 12,000 worldwide in that year alone. While the country struggled to buy the shot, the United States and Japan had inoculated their citizens six months earlier.

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    To be or not to be vaccinated

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 22/08/2017

    » Thailand celebrated last year when the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine against cervical cancer was finally added to the National List of Essential Medicines after an ongoing push. Given its cost-effectiveness, the shot was approved to be administered for free during the pilot phase, which started on Aug 1 to 400,000 fifth-grade students nationwide -- an achievement for the government and health advocates, a boon for the public.

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    Reaching for new heights

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 18/04/2017

    » Tallness is a physical attribute prized by many Thai parents, so much so that many have fallen prey to false claims on the internet of miracle devices or treatments to help their child grow beyond their expectations.

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    Meat and mosquitos raised health concerns in 2016

    Life, Arusa Pisuthipan, Published on 13/12/2016

    » Thailand’s medical issues this year mostly touch personal health and 2017 is predicted to be even more individualised.

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