Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan

Anthea Rowan has written for papers and magazines on almost every continent and on a huge variety of subjects, from travel in Africa to mental illness in the States to education in Europe. Her work has appeared in The Times in London, the Washington Post in America and regularly at the South China Morning Post.

Latest from Anthea Rowan

How to boost your sex life during coronavirus, from trying new positions to sexting and watching porn together

After a report found people are less sexually active amid the coronavirus than before – just when we need it most – we find out how couples can give their sex life a much-needed boost amid lockdowns and stressful times.

2 Aug 2020 - 7:45PM

After a report found people are less sexually active amid the coronavirus than before – just when we need it most – we find out how couples can give their sex life a much-needed boost amid lockdowns and stressful times.

How to boost your sex life during coronavirus, from trying new positions to sexting and watching porn together
The brain: how it works and the best ways to keep it healthy as you get older

The brain is more complicated than any structure in the universe. Here is how our most remarkable organ works and some tips for how to keep it healthy as you age.

12 Jul 2020 - 7:15PM

The brain is more complicated than any structure in the universe. Here is how our most remarkable organ works and some tips for how to keep it healthy as you age.

The brain: how it works and the best ways to keep it healthy as you get older
The lungs: how they work, what the coronavirus does to them, and the effects of smoking and asthma

What does an illness like the coronavirus do to the lungs? We look at how one of the body’s largest organs function, what damage smoking and asthma can do to them, and how to protect ourselves from respiratory diseases.

3 Mar 2020 - 11:47AM

What does an illness like the coronavirus do to the lungs? We look at how one of the body’s largest organs function, what damage smoking and asthma can do to them, and how to protect ourselves from respiratory diseases.

The lungs: how they work, what the coronavirus does to them, and the effects of smoking and asthma
How the heart works and how to keep it healthy for longer – doctors explain

How does the heart pump blood around your body, and how do you keep it healthier for longer? Doctors stress the need for healthy life choices and regular screening, and consider the amazing advances in heart medicine.

9 Feb 2020 - 7:29PM

How does the heart pump blood around your body, and how do you keep it healthier for longer? Doctors stress the need for healthy life choices and regular screening, and consider the amazing advances in heart medicine.

How the heart works and how to keep it healthy for longer – doctors explain
The stomach: everything you need to know about the vital organ you can live without

The stomach plays a vital role in digestion, but it is possible to live without it. We look at how it works, how it can go wrong and how to keep it healthy.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:16AM

The stomach plays a vital role in digestion, but it is possible to live without it. We look at how it works, how it can go wrong and how to keep it healthy.

The stomach: everything you need to know about the vital organ you can live without
Why good teeth matter for health and confidence, and how to get a ‘million-dollar smile’

Good healthy teeth leave lasting first impressions and regular visits to the dentist can improve a person’s oral hygiene while also decreasing the risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes and respiratory infections.

26 May 2020 - 1:46PM

Good healthy teeth leave lasting first impressions and regular visits to the dentist can improve a person’s oral hygiene while also decreasing the risk of heart disease, dementia, diabetes and respiratory infections.

Why good teeth matter for health and confidence, and how to get a ‘million-dollar smile’
Why suicide is a silent crisis for men – and it’s time to talk about it

Men are at greater risk of suicide because they struggle to address their mental health problems, and don’t talk to others about them. Experts outline the ways to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

10 Oct 2019 - 4:15PM

Men are at greater risk of suicide because they struggle to address their mental health problems, and don’t talk to others about them. Experts outline the ways to help them lead a healthier and happier life.

Why suicide is a silent crisis for men – and it’s time to talk about it
Gout explained: why it is no longer a disease of the decadent West, its symptoms, and foods and drinks to avoid

Characterised by a painful build-up of needle-like crystals in joints or soft tissue, gout is a growing problem, typically caused by eating food high in purines and drinking alcohol and sugary drinks high in fructose.

30 Sep 2019 - 8:10PM

Characterised by a painful build-up of needle-like crystals in joints or soft tissue, gout is a growing problem, typically caused by eating food high in purines and drinking alcohol and sugary drinks high in fructose.

Gout explained: why it is no longer a disease of the decadent West, its symptoms, and foods and drinks to avoid
Why we pass gas, what causes the dreaded sound, and the reason women have smellier flatulence than men

Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay about the bodily function, while for the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest it is a form of greeting. It is a natural part of daily life. But why do we do it? Here are all the facts.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:18AM

Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay about the bodily function, while for the Yanomami tribe in the Amazon rainforest it is a form of greeting. It is a natural part of daily life. But why do we do it? Here are all the facts.

Why we pass gas, what causes the dreaded sound, and the reason women have smellier flatulence than men
The human hand: from tools to texting, a triumph of evolution – seven tips for keeping them healthy

After millions of years of evolution, our hands have developed into a highly useful part of our anatomy. There are very few animals with fingerprints as unique as ours, and these include chimpanzees and koala.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:19AM

After millions of years of evolution, our hands have developed into a highly useful part of our anatomy. There are very few animals with fingerprints as unique as ours, and these include chimpanzees and koala.

The human hand: from tools to texting, a triumph of evolution – seven tips for keeping them healthy
Bladder leakage: tips to cure stress urinary incontinence for women, from lifestyle changes to surgery

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common form of incontinence in women under the age of 60, and can seriously impair quality of life. Losing weight, cutting out coffee, pelvic floor exercises and surgery can all help.

25 Jul 2019 - 7:38PM

Stress urinary incontinence is the most common form of incontinence in women under the age of 60, and can seriously impair quality of life. Losing weight, cutting out coffee, pelvic floor exercises and surgery can all help.

Bladder leakage: tips to cure stress urinary incontinence for women, from lifestyle changes to surgery
What makes you attracted to someone? Why certain people set our hearts racing

From looks and smell to behaviour, there are a number of things people in general find more attractive in others. Past experiences, our families and friends, and the media also play a role in shaping who catches our eye.

22 Jul 2019 - 8:01PM

From looks and smell to behaviour, there are a number of things people in general find more attractive in others. Past experiences, our families and friends, and the media also play a role in shaping who catches our eye.

What makes you attracted to someone? Why certain people set our hearts racing
10 testosterone truths: sex drive, baldness, why women need it and the ‘manopause’

How much do you know testosterone? Here we bust myths and prove truths about the sex hormone that affects both men and women.

15 Jul 2019 - 7:17PM

How much do you know testosterone? Here we bust myths and prove truths about the sex hormone that affects both men and women.

10 testosterone truths: sex drive, baldness, why women need it and the ‘manopause’
How calcium, vitamin D can save you from broken bones: osteoporosis and osteopenia explained

If your bones are weaker than normal for your age, you could have osteopenia, more common and less serious than osteoporosis. Risk factors include being female, mature, a low body weight and a diet low in calcium or vitamin D.

5 Jul 2019 - 8:58AM

If your bones are weaker than normal for your age, you could have osteopenia, more common and less serious than osteoporosis. Risk factors include being female, mature, a low body weight and a diet low in calcium or vitamin D.

How calcium, vitamin D can save you from broken bones: osteoporosis and osteopenia explained
What Kylie Jenner and Sylvester Stallone have in common with 10 per cent of us: phobias and why we get them

More than seven per cent of people suffer from social phobias including agoraphobia and less than one per cent have a fear of spiders. Most phobias begin in childhood and some can last an entire lifetime without treatment.

5 Jun 2019 - 11:08PM

More than seven per cent of people suffer from social phobias including agoraphobia and less than one per cent have a fear of spiders. Most phobias begin in childhood and some can last an entire lifetime without treatment.

What Kylie Jenner and Sylvester Stallone have in common with 10 per cent of us: phobias and why we get them
Beating anorexia: what causes the eating disorder – and how to support someone battling it

Anorexia is a mental health disorder driven by a number of factors including genetics, environmental influences and personality traits. An eating-disorder expert and a recovered patient describe how best to help someone recover.

27 May 2019 - 6:17PM

Anorexia is a mental health disorder driven by a number of factors including genetics, environmental influences and personality traits. An eating-disorder expert and a recovered patient describe how best to help someone recover.

Beating anorexia: what causes the eating disorder – and how to support someone battling it
Understanding the teenage brain: how parents can avoid arguments and temper tantrums

The brain is the last human organ to develop fully, which explains why adolescents regularly seem to act erratically and unreasonably. As their brains try to keep up with the rest of their bodies, it’s only natural they are a ‘tinderbox of emotions’.

15 May 2019 - 8:04PM

The brain is the last human organ to develop fully, which explains why adolescents regularly seem to act erratically and unreasonably. As their brains try to keep up with the rest of their bodies, it’s only natural they are a ‘tinderbox of emotions’.

Understanding the teenage brain: how parents can avoid arguments and temper tantrums
How diet affects brain health and mood, and what to eat to reduce stress and feel good

Gut bacteria break down what we eat, creating molecules that communicate with brain neurons, and can produce antioxidants that head off anxiety and Parkinson’s disease; a Mediterranean-like diet lowers the risk of depression.

11 May 2019 - 8:08AM

Gut bacteria break down what we eat, creating molecules that communicate with brain neurons, and can produce antioxidants that head off anxiety and Parkinson’s disease; a Mediterranean-like diet lowers the risk of depression.

How diet affects brain health and mood, and what to eat to reduce stress and feel good
What blood does, foods to keep it healthy, plus disorders, diseases and the importance of donating

Blood serves many life-giving functions but it is important to keep it freely moving or risk dangerous clots. Several foods have been proven to maintain blood health and boost circulation, including cayenne pepper, onions and garlic.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:21AM

Blood serves many life-giving functions but it is important to keep it freely moving or risk dangerous clots. Several foods have been proven to maintain blood health and boost circulation, including cayenne pepper, onions and garlic.

What blood does, foods to keep it healthy, plus disorders, diseases and the importance of donating
How much sex is normal? Quality, quantity and types discussed with real women

Surveys are one thing, but how much sex do people really have? Anthea Rowan invites round four friends, plies them with wine, and gets to the bottom of the matter – with more than one surprise on the way.

16 Apr 2019 - 2:40AM

Surveys are one thing, but how much sex do people really have? Anthea Rowan invites round four friends, plies them with wine, and gets to the bottom of the matter – with more than one surprise on the way.

How much sex is normal? Quality, quantity and types discussed with real women
The microbiome explained: how a vast army of gut bacteria regulates body’s functioning

When we eat, we feed the bacteria in our digestive system, and they produce substances both beneficial and harmful; new research supports the idea that these microorganisms in the gut play a role in all sorts of diseases.

25 Mar 2019 - 7:00PM

When we eat, we feed the bacteria in our digestive system, and they produce substances both beneficial and harmful; new research supports the idea that these microorganisms in the gut play a role in all sorts of diseases.

The microbiome explained: how a vast army of gut bacteria regulates body’s functioning
How to make sex after 60 exciting, pleasurable and comfortable, and the health benefits involved

There are many things to be celebrated about sex after 60, such as having the time to play and explore, and all kinds of products exist to make it more comfortable on ageing bodies.

23 Mar 2019 - 6:18PM

There are many things to be celebrated about sex after 60, such as having the time to play and explore, and all kinds of products exist to make it more comfortable on ageing bodies.

How to make sex after 60 exciting, pleasurable and comfortable, and the health benefits involved
Science behind hair health: how diet and lifestyle are key, and eight tips for maintaining luscious locks

Everyone’s hair is different: the shades, shapes, length, texture. But what is the purpose of hair, and how should we best take care of it? Find out how your lifestyle can change the way your locks look.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:22AM

Everyone’s hair is different: the shades, shapes, length, texture. But what is the purpose of hair, and how should we best take care of it? Find out how your lifestyle can change the way your locks look.

Science behind hair health: how diet and lifestyle are key, and eight tips for maintaining  luscious locks
Five supplements you should consider taking – vitamins, minerals, omega-3 – to give your body a boost

Realistically it is not always possible to meet our nutritional needs all the time with the food we eat. We asked several nutritionists which supplements they suggest to help make up some of the more important deficiencies.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:53PM

Realistically it is not always possible to meet our nutritional needs all the time with the food we eat. We asked several nutritionists which supplements they suggest to help make up some of the more important deficiencies.

Five supplements you should consider taking – vitamins, minerals, omega-3 – to give your body a boost
Kidney transplant donor and recipient tell their stories of how operation changed their lives

Susie, a kidney organ recipient, and Jan, a kidney donor, share their experiences on the different ways the procedure affected their lives.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:24AM

Susie, a kidney organ recipient, and Jan, a kidney donor, share their experiences on the different ways the procedure affected their lives.

Kidney transplant donor and recipient tell their stories of how operation changed their lives
The kidneys: how they work and the best ways to keep them healthy

Kidneys filter the blood and strain out waste products and water, which end up as urine. Hypertension and diabetes are common causes of kidney disease, the risk of which can be lowered with a diet low in salt and red meat.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:25AM

Kidneys filter the blood and strain out waste products and water, which end up as urine. Hypertension and diabetes are common causes of kidney disease, the risk of which can be lowered with a diet low in salt and red meat.

The kidneys: how they work and the best ways to keep them healthy
Nature vs nurture: why parents’ genes determine who we become, not how they raise us, according to professor

Parents have little effect on their children’s outcomes, beyond the blueprint that their genes provided, Professor Robert Plomin writes in a new book; experiences matter but they do not change who we basically are, he says.

17 Feb 2019 - 6:11AM

Parents have little effect on their children’s outcomes, beyond the blueprint that their genes provided, Professor Robert Plomin writes in a new book; experiences matter but they do not change who we basically are, he says.

Nature vs nurture: why parents’ genes determine who we become, not how they raise us, according to professor
Portion control, mindful eating, and why you shouldn’t exclude chocolate, potatoes, wine or bread from your diet

Four food items sometimes deemed bad for us have health benefits and should form part of our diets. Mindful eating and portion control, advocated in recent Canadian and UK food guidelines, are the way to go, experts say.

14 Feb 2019 - 8:52PM

Four food items sometimes deemed bad for us have health benefits and should form part of our diets. Mindful eating and portion control, advocated in recent Canadian and UK food guidelines, are the way to go, experts say.

Portion control, mindful eating, and why you shouldn’t exclude chocolate, potatoes, wine or bread from your diet
Acne: why some adults have it, how to treat it, and one Instagrammer’s battle with chronic acne

Personal trainer Emily Keel developed acne as an adult and has tried many treatments to clear her skin. She started posting photos of her acne on social media to bring attention to the problem.

9 Feb 2019 - 9:04PM

Personal trainer Emily Keel developed acne as an adult and has tried many treatments to clear her skin. She started posting photos of her acne on social media to bring attention to the problem.

Acne: why some adults have it, how to treat it, and one Instagrammer’s battle with chronic acne
Eight useless body parts – sinuses, tonsils, appendix among them – that human evolution has left behind

You may know about your appendix, but what about your auricular muscles or plica semilunaris? These vestigial body parts all became obsolete as we evolved into hominids; so too will wisdom teeth and body hair in due course.

5 Feb 2020 - 10:27AM

You may know about your appendix, but what about your auricular muscles or plica semilunaris? These vestigial body parts all became obsolete as we evolved into hominids; so too will wisdom teeth and body hair in due course.

Eight useless body parts – sinuses, tonsils, appendix among them – that human evolution has left behind