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

Bipolar disorder sufferers and medical experts share how to regulate the condition and embrace the ups and downs

Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato and Sting are among the 45 million people who have bipolar disorder – which causes emotional swings, from terrible depression to a manic euphoria. Sufferers and doctors explain how to live with it.

6 Feb 2021 - 8:36PM

Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato and Sting are among the 45 million people who have bipolar disorder – which causes emotional swings, from terrible depression to a manic euphoria. Sufferers and doctors explain how to live with it.

Bipolar disorder sufferers and medical experts share how to regulate the condition and embrace the ups and downs
Complicated grief: how therapy helped quell my nightmares two decades after my father’s sudden death

Grief is natural after a loss, but complicated grief can last longer than expected, or crop up many years later. The author talks about her own experience 20 years after her father died, and how therapy finally gave her peace.

30 Jan 2021 - 9:09PM

Grief is natural after a loss, but complicated grief can last longer than expected, or crop up many years later. The author talks about her own experience 20 years after her father died, and how therapy finally gave her peace.

Complicated grief: how therapy helped quell my nightmares two decades after my father’s sudden death
Self-care trends from around the world, from Nelson Mandela’s one-people philosophy to cow cuddling and taking a hay bath

If you feel the need to lift your spirits, why not try cuddling a cow or enjoying the great outdoors. These six trends show how people around the world like to indulge themselves, and boost their health and well-being.

20 Jan 2021 - 7:00PM

If you feel the need to lift your spirits, why not try cuddling a cow or enjoying the great outdoors. These six trends show how people around the world like to indulge themselves, and boost their health and well-being.

Self-care trends from around the world, from Nelson Mandela’s one-people philosophy to cow cuddling and taking a hay bath
Explainer | The human body 101: why do we spasm, shiver or feel a lump in our throats?

Shivers down the spine, a lump in the throat, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all bodily reflexes that we deal with at some point in our lives. Doctors explain why we experience them.

10 Jan 2021 - 8:15PM

Shivers down the spine, a lump in the throat, a spasm as you drop off to sleep – these are all bodily reflexes that we deal with at some point in our lives. Doctors explain why we experience them.

The human body 101: why do we spasm, shiver or feel a lump in our throats?
Rosacea: treatment, causes, the four types, and which make-up products to use to disguise its acne-like appearance

Rosacea can start as a slight reddening of the cheeks, but progress to an acne-like look. It affects supersensitive skin and there are known triggers, but its underlying cause is a mystery. Still, there are ways to control and mask the condition.

23 Dec 2020 - 5:46PM

Rosacea can start as a slight reddening of the cheeks, but progress to an acne-like look. It affects supersensitive skin and there are known triggers, but its underlying cause is a mystery. Still, there are ways to control and mask the condition.

Rosacea: treatment, causes, the four types, and which make-up products to use to disguise its acne-like appearance
About the penis: its size, anatomy, and how to keep it healthy and performing to the fullest

The penis is known by many names, and is often said to have its own brain. An organ of reproduction and waste elimination, its condition can be a warning of serious illness.

11 Dec 2020 - 10:07AM

The penis is known by many names, and is often said to have its own brain. An organ of reproduction and waste elimination, its condition can be a warning of serious illness.

About the penis: its size, anatomy, and how to keep it healthy and performing to the fullest
The one thing Dr Anthony Fauci takes to boost his immune system, and other supplements with health benefits

Only one of the many health supplements touted as boosting your immune system is worth taking, according to American infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci.

26 Oct 2020 - 9:19PM

Only one of the many health supplements touted as boosting your immune system is worth taking, according to American infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci.

The one thing Dr Anthony Fauci takes to boost his immune system, and other supplements with health benefits
The history of mental health and how treatment has evolved, from beatings to ketamine to mindfulness and meditation

The history of mental health is a colourful and varied one. We take a look back at the advances in therapy since depression was first described 4,000 years ago.

18 Oct 2020 - 5:59PM

The history of mental health is a colourful and varied one. We take a look back at the advances in therapy since depression was first described 4,000 years ago.

The history of mental health and how treatment has evolved, from beatings to ketamine to mindfulness and meditation
World Mental Health Day 2020: How therapists with their own psychiatric disorders see things from both sides of the table

Depression, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts – psychiatrists don’t just treat these mental health issues but can suffer from them too, giving them unique insight into their patients.

15 Oct 2020 - 10:40AM

Depression, schizophrenia, suicidal thoughts – psychiatrists don’t just treat these mental health issues but can suffer from them too, giving them unique insight into their patients.

World Mental Health Day 2020: How therapists with their own psychiatric disorders see things from both sides of the table
Explainer | Circumcision: genital mutilation or simple medical procedure with health benefits?

One in three males globally is circumcised, but the procedure has fallen in and out of fashion over time, with critics calling it unnecessary genital mutilation. Supporters point out it has a number of health benefits.

6 Oct 2020 - 11:13AM

One in three males globally is circumcised, but the procedure has fallen in and out of fashion over time, with critics calling it unnecessary genital mutilation. Supporters point out it has a number of health benefits.

Circumcision: genital mutilation or simple medical procedure with health benefits?
Is a flu shot worth it? Yes, more than ever this year, respiratory medicine specialist says

In all the hype surrounding the race to find a coronavirus vaccine, don’t forget we have one for seasonal flu already – and now is not the time to lower our defences by not getting a flu shot, a respiratory medicine specialist says.

24 Sep 2020 - 6:26PM

In all the hype surrounding the race to find a coronavirus vaccine, don’t forget we have one for seasonal flu already – and now is not the time to lower our defences by not getting a flu shot, a respiratory medicine specialist says.

Is a flu shot worth it? Yes, more than ever this year, respiratory medicine specialist says
The secret lives of teens – drugs, porn, sex, and sexting included – explained for parents

The drugs they take, the porn they view, the sex they have, the sexting, and the self-harming – millennial author Ben Brooks has written a parents’ guide to 21st century teens. He tells the Post about drawing on his own experiences in writing it.

15 Sep 2020 - 5:25AM

The drugs they take, the porn they view, the sex they have, the sexting, and the self-harming – millennial author Ben Brooks has written a parents’ guide to 21st century teens. He tells the Post about drawing on his own experiences in writing it.

The secret lives of teens – drugs, porn, sex, and sexting included – explained for parents
How to support your child during Covid-19 – they don’t understand why it feels like their world is ending

As scary as the pandemic is for us, it can be even scarier for children who don’t understand why their lives have changed so much. A therapist provides insights and tips on how to help them cope.

13 Sep 2020 - 6:05PM

As scary as the pandemic is for us, it can be even scarier for children who don’t understand why their lives have changed so much. A therapist provides insights and tips on how to help them cope.

How to support your child during Covid-19 – they don’t understand why it feels like their world is ending
Why inhaling helium gas affects our voice, and other things to know about vocal cords, the larynx and how we speak

It’s used to sing, laugh and complain – but what exactly goes on in our bodies when we use our voice? We look at what happens when we talk, whisper, put on accents and inhale helium gas, and how to avoid ruining our vocal cords.

9 Sep 2020 - 3:14PM

It’s used to sing, laugh and complain – but what exactly goes on in our bodies when we use our voice? We look at what happens when we talk, whisper, put on accents and inhale helium gas, and how to avoid ruining our vocal cords.

Why inhaling helium gas affects our voice, and other things to know about vocal cords, the larynx and how we speak
How women’s tongues are shorter than men’s, and other things you may not know about a vital organ

Did you know women have shorter tongues than men? Or that in one culture sticking one’s tongue out is a form of greeting? Everything you need to know about a vital organ.

3 Sep 2020 - 9:47AM

Did you know women have shorter tongues than men? Or that in one culture sticking one’s tongue out is a form of greeting? Everything you need to know about a vital organ.

How women’s tongues are shorter than men’s, and other things you may not know about a vital organ
The thyroid gland explained: what it does, keeping it healthy, and what happens if it goes wrong

The thyroid helps control metabolism in cells. A swollen thyroid – goitre – affects 800 million people around the world, and is caused by a lack of iodine. A healthy diet and exercise are important.

23 Aug 2020 - 8:29PM

The thyroid helps control metabolism in cells. A swollen thyroid – goitre – affects 800 million people around the world, and is caused by a lack of iodine. A healthy diet and exercise are important.

The thyroid gland explained: what it does, keeping it healthy, and what happens if it goes wrong
The breasts: from nipples and implants to cancer, everything you need to know – and a few things you don’t

Big, small, natural or not, the human female breast is a clever body part – definitely as much brain as beauty. Here’s the lowdown on everything from nipples and breastfeeding to implants and cancer.

17 Aug 2020 - 10:23AM

Big, small, natural or not, the human female breast is a clever body part – definitely as much brain as beauty. Here’s the lowdown on everything from nipples and breastfeeding to implants and cancer.

The breasts: from nipples and implants to cancer, everything you need to know – and a few things you don’t
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’