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

Dry January: could you go without alcohol for a month? It would help you lose weight, look better and save money

Give up drinking alcohol for January and you will feel healthier, sleep and look better, and have a bigger bank balance.

Give up drinking alcohol for January and you will feel healthier, sleep and look better, and have a bigger bank balance.

30 Dec 2021 - 5:26PM
Explainer | Cognitive behavioural therapy alters the way you behave by changing the way you think about your life

We develop psychological problems because we look at our lives the wrong way – that was psychiatrist Aaron Beck’s light-bulb moment. He developed CBT to change how we think, and thus how we feel.

We develop psychological problems because we look at our lives the wrong way – that was psychiatrist Aaron Beck’s light-bulb moment. He developed CBT to change how we think, and thus how we feel.

20 Dec 2021 - 7:33AM
Explainer | What is the immune system and how do you strengthen it? Expert tips on boosting your defences

Your immune system needs your support to protect your body. We get tips on how to strengthen it, from what you need to eat to keeping your stress levels low.

Your immune system needs your support to protect your body. We get tips on how to strengthen it, from what you need to eat to keeping your stress levels low.

16 Dec 2021 - 8:29AM
Explainer | What is epilepsy? Its causes, treatment, triggers and seizures, how it affects the body, and the story of one mother who had no warning signals

One in 10 people have at least one seizure in their lifetime. We look at the causes, triggers, treatment and effect of epilepsy, and the story of one mother who had no warning signals.

One in 10 people have at least one seizure in their lifetime. We look at the causes, triggers, treatment and effect of epilepsy, and the story of one mother who had no warning signals.

28 Nov 2021 - 5:45PM
How stress ages your skin and makes it oily, causing spots and flare-ups – and simple ways to treat the effects of inflammation

Our skin reacts to stress, temperature, infection, even our thoughts. Stress ages the skin and causes inflammation, acne and rosacea, but these can all be treated.

Our skin reacts to stress, temperature, infection, even our thoughts. Stress ages the skin and causes inflammation, acne and rosacea, but these can all be treated.

23 Nov 2021 - 2:26PM
Explainer | World Diabetes Day 2021: trillion-dollar-a-year disease whose most common form is preventable if you exercise, eat a healthy diet and avoid weight gain

Doctors explain the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and how they are triggered, and a sufferer describes the frightening onset of the disease and how she copes with it.

Doctors explain the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes and how they are triggered, and a sufferer describes the frightening onset of the disease and how she copes with it.

14 Nov 2021 - 8:45AM
Explainer | World Stroke Day 2021: new treatments show promise, old precautions still stand – exercise, eat healthy meals, drink less alcohol and control blood pressure

One in four people worldwide will suffer from a stroke. While new treatments to head off their worst effects offer hope, they come too late for filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, who is still getting over a stroke she had at 34.

One in four people worldwide will suffer from a stroke. While new treatments to head off their worst effects offer hope, they come too late for filmmaker Lotje Sodderland, who is still getting over a stroke she had at 34.

29 Oct 2021 - 5:44AM
World Osteoporosis Day: how to spot the bone thinning condition early, and ways to head it off with the right diet and exercise

The disease, in which bones lose their density and strength, affects more than 200 million men and women worldwide. Maintain strong bones by exercising, following a good diet, and not smoking or drinking heavily.

The disease, in which bones lose their density and strength, affects more than 200 million men and women worldwide. Maintain strong bones by exercising, following a good diet, and not smoking or drinking heavily.

20 Oct 2021 - 5:41AM
How supermodel Linda Evangelista’s fat-freezing cosmetic procedure went wrong and what you need to know about its side effects

The CoolSculpting procedure is designed to decrease fat cells, but Linda Evangelista says she experienced a rare side effect that made the fat cells increase.

The CoolSculpting procedure is designed to decrease fat cells, but Linda Evangelista says she experienced a rare side effect that made the fat cells increase.

7 Oct 2021 - 5:15AM
BodyTalk holistic therapy taps your powers of self-healing by reading your ‘unique frequency’ – could it solve a lifelong migraine problem?

BodyTalk is a holistic therapy grounded in the belief that people can use their ‘innate wisdom’ to heal themselves more effectively than technology can. Could it help this writer with her migraine headaches?

BodyTalk is a holistic therapy grounded in the belief that people can use their ‘innate wisdom’ to heal themselves more effectively than technology can. Could it help this writer with her migraine headaches?

2 Oct 2021 - 4:15PM
World Heart Day 2021: tips on keeping yours healthy through lifestyle changes and devices that alert you to problems

Advances in research help us better understand how to keep the heart healthy, but smart lifestyle choices, such as not smoking, still matter most of all.

Advances in research help us better understand how to keep the heart healthy, but smart lifestyle choices, such as not smoking, still matter most of all.

1 Oct 2021 - 2:25PM
World Alzheimer’s Day: what you can do about dementia, from changing your lifestyle to lower your risk of getting it to spotting the warning signs in older people

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, may be treatable in future, but you really don’t want to suffer from it – so make lifestyle changes that minimise your risk.

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common type of dementia, may be treatable in future, but you really don’t want to suffer from it – so make lifestyle changes that minimise your risk.

29 Sep 2021 - 8:23PM
How EMDR therapy helped a traumatised mother in mourning get past her loss, and five ways you can help a grieving friend

When her daughter died at three months old from a heart defect, lawyer Amelia Hall underwent EMDR therapy, which helped her come to terms with her grief.

When her daughter died at three months old from a heart defect, lawyer Amelia Hall underwent EMDR therapy, which helped her come to terms with her grief.

23 Aug 2021 - 1:44PM
Explainer | Skin cancer - the risk of getting it, who is most vulnerable, the different types, and potential new treatments

Skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. It is more prevalent in people with lighter skin, but people with darker skin are often diagnosed at a later, more risky stage.

Skin cancer is usually caused by overexposure to UVA and UVB rays. It is more prevalent in people with lighter skin, but people with darker skin are often diagnosed at a later, more risky stage.

6 Aug 2021 - 9:17PM
Positive thinking: how to make the most of your world, cope with adversity and increase your well-being with the right attitude

Positive thinking can have more of an impact on our lives than we think. It has physical and mental benefits, and is especially important during times of stress.

Positive thinking can have more of an impact on our lives than we think. It has physical and mental benefits, and is especially important during times of stress.

31 Jul 2021 - 7:55AM
Explainer | Weight loss comes from eating better and exercise, not diets: experts share how to slim down and stay that way

Forget weight-loss fads and trendy diets: to sustain weight loss long-term, your approach must be realistic, balanced and focused on maintaining your body’s hormones and gut microbiome.

Forget weight-loss fads and trendy diets: to sustain weight loss long-term, your approach must be realistic, balanced and focused on maintaining your body’s hormones and gut microbiome.

26 Jul 2021 - 12:13PM
How a Mediterranean diet promotes brain health and lowers dementia risk – new research findings

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to reduced chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease. A new study shows it also helps preserve brain health.

The Mediterranean diet has been linked to reduced chronic illnesses like cancer and heart disease. A new study shows it also helps preserve brain health.

26 Jun 2021 - 8:46PM
Will you develop Alzheimer’s disease? Early signs could be detected in your eyes before symptoms arise

Scans of the eyes’ retinas can identify key changes in blood vessels which may provide an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

Scans of the eyes’ retinas can identify key changes in blood vessels which may provide an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

22 Jun 2021 - 8:44PM
The women letting their grey hair show, and the many who don’t but continue dyeing it for fear of being seen as old

Grey-haired men benefit from the ‘George Clooney effect’, but most women prefer to use dye for fear of being stigmatised as old. Silver Sisters is a group of women who embrace their grey hair.

Grey-haired men benefit from the ‘George Clooney effect’, but most women prefer to use dye for fear of being stigmatised as old. Silver Sisters is a group of women who embrace their grey hair.

28 Jun 2021 - 8:55AM
Explainer | Intermittent fasting, its health benefits for you and weight loss without the calorie counting

Experts and fasters weigh in on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, such as weight loss, mental clarity, better sleep and less inflammation.

Experts and fasters weigh in on the health benefits of intermittent fasting, such as weight loss, mental clarity, better sleep and less inflammation.

12 Jun 2021 - 5:02AM
Just eaten and you’re hungry again? How big dips in blood sugar levels make you eat more and can ruin your diet

If you get hungry soon after eating, maybe your blood glucose levels are dropping too far, too quickly. These large drops leave you feeling hungry and eating more calories as a result.

If you get hungry soon after eating, maybe your blood glucose levels are dropping too far, too quickly. These large drops leave you feeling hungry and eating more calories as a result.

1 Jun 2021 - 5:00PM
Eating chocolate could help people with fatty liver disease, study of cocoa powder’s benefits suggests

A study of the effects of adding cocoa powder to the diet of overweight mice with fatty liver disease showed it made their condition less severe. The same may be true of humans.

A study of the effects of adding cocoa powder to the diet of overweight mice with fatty liver disease showed it made their condition less severe. The same may be true of humans.

25 May 2021 - 6:31PM
A dementia carer on her mother’s condition and the importance of physical and mental exercise to help prevent and reduce its effects

Dementia erodes memory and cognitive function, impacting not just the patient but the lives and careers of family members. Regular physical and mental exercise can delay its onset and reduce its effects.

Dementia erodes memory and cognitive function, impacting not just the patient but the lives and careers of family members. Regular physical and mental exercise can delay its onset and reduce its effects.

17 May 2021 - 11:37AM
Should parents use corporal punishment to discipline children? Never, says one doctor. Yes, but don’t use your hand, says another

Corporal punishment should never be used to discipline children, some doctors and experts say. Other doctors and academics believe parents can use it sparingly.

Corporal punishment should never be used to discipline children, some doctors and experts say. Other doctors and academics believe parents can use it sparingly.

6 May 2021 - 6:53PM
Is sex painful? Why intercourse can hurt for women and what couples can do to make sure it’s fun for both

Pain during sex is common and can hurt relationships. Experts give tips on easing discomfort, including using vaginal oestrogen and introducing sex toys.

Pain during sex is common and can hurt relationships. Experts give tips on easing discomfort, including using vaginal oestrogen and introducing sex toys.

7 Apr 2021 - 9:49PM
Busted: five myths about the human body, from larger private parts in men with big feet to only using 10 per cent of your brain

From men’s boasts about what having big feet means for the size of their private parts, to us not using most of our brains, five erroneous beliefs about the human body dispelled.

From men’s boasts about what having big feet means for the size of their private parts, to us not using most of our brains, five erroneous beliefs about the human body dispelled.

29 Mar 2021 - 4:24AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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