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.
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

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

4 Feb 2019 - 11:38PM
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.

The inspiration for a young father’s mental health podcast series, and why it will be different

A New Zealander raised in the city, Aaron Stadlin-Robbie sees series as a way to reach out to experts and break stigma of men talking about mental health; having suffered anxiety attacks for years he knows what he’s talking about.

31 Jan 2019 - 7:21PM
The inspiration for a young father’s mental health podcast series, and why it will be different

A New Zealander raised in the city, Aaron Stadlin-Robbie sees series as a way to reach out to experts and break stigma of men talking about mental health; having suffered anxiety attacks for years he knows what he’s talking about.

Why the liver is a multi-purpose marvel and how we can help keep it healthy

From controlling blood sugar levels and filtering out toxins, to manufacturing sex hormones and fighting infections, the body’s largest gland works overtime to keep us healthy; experts urge us not to take it for granted

29 Jan 2019 - 9:32PM
Why the liver is a multi-purpose marvel and how we can help keep it healthy

From controlling blood sugar levels and filtering out toxins, to manufacturing sex hormones and fighting infections, the body’s largest gland works overtime to keep us healthy; experts urge us not to take it for granted

Self-rocking cots, smart breast pumps: five baby care tech innovations to make parents’ life easier

Forget traditional baby care methods – save time and get more sleep with these new consumer tech products.

23 Jan 2019 - 11:20PM
Self-rocking cots, smart breast pumps: five baby care tech innovations to make parents’ life easier

Forget traditional baby care methods – save time and get more sleep with these new consumer tech products.

Why do we cry? Nine reasons why it’s healthy to shed a tear, and the science behind it

Crying isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a human function with fascinating and necessary characteristics. Here are nine interesting facts about getting all teary.

20 Jan 2019 - 7:47PM
Why do we cry? Nine reasons why it’s healthy to shed a tear, and the science behind it

Crying isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a human function with fascinating and necessary characteristics. Here are nine interesting facts about getting all teary.

Don’t kiss your health goodbye: all you need to know about mono, the virus that hits teens and young adults hardest

Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is transmitted through saliva. Symptoms include sore throat and fever, while later developments can include fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes and a swollen spleen.

9 Jan 2019 - 11:44PM
Don’t kiss your health goodbye: all you need to know about mono, the virus that hits teens and young adults hardest

Mono is caused by the Epstein-Barr virus and is transmitted through saliva. Symptoms include sore throat and fever, while later developments can include fatigue, enlarged lymph nodes and a swollen spleen.

Six global food and wellness trends for 2019 – from marijuana edibles to fish-free tuna

As the year draws to a close, we gazed into the wellness crystal ball and found six trends that will gain traction in the new year.

30 Dec 2018 - 5:51PM
Six global food and wellness trends for 2019 – from marijuana edibles to fish-free tuna

As the year draws to a close, we gazed into the wellness crystal ball and found six trends that will gain traction in the new year.

How heartbreak is a real physical thing, and how to deal with it

People whose hearts have been broken can experience changes in brain function and the shape of their heart. Bereaved people are likely to suffer from symptoms that mimic heart attacks.

27 Dec 2018 - 7:47PM
How heartbreak is a real physical thing, and how to deal with it

People whose hearts have been broken can experience changes in brain function and the shape of their heart. Bereaved people are likely to suffer from symptoms that mimic heart attacks.

The benefits of fasting: from the 5:2 diet to tricking the brain with low-calorie foods

According to many nutritionists and dietitians, fasting is more healthy for us than people think. We look at the different types of fasting and their various benefits.

17 Dec 2018 - 5:42PM
The benefits of fasting: from the 5:2 diet to tricking the brain with low-calorie foods

According to many nutritionists and dietitians, fasting is more healthy for us than people think. We look at the different types of fasting and their various benefits.

Tips to deal with anxiety at Christmas: how to get through the holidays

People with social anxiety disorder dread Christmas parties because they fear being judged or rejected – but there are strategies that can be developed to cope.

14 Dec 2018 - 9:52PM
Tips to deal with anxiety at Christmas: how to get through the holidays

People with social anxiety disorder dread Christmas parties because they fear being judged or rejected – but there are strategies that can be developed to cope.

Why giving the right Christmas present can make you feel good – there’s a science behind it

Experiments show the ‘joy of giving’ has a biological basis in the brain, with altruism hard-wired in humans to give a pleasurable sensation. People’s sense of happiness is greater when they spend more on others than on themselves.

13 Dec 2018 - 7:19PM
Why giving the right Christmas present can make you feel good – there’s a science behind it

Experiments show the ‘joy of giving’ has a biological basis in the brain, with altruism hard-wired in humans to give a pleasurable sensation. People’s sense of happiness is greater when they spend more on others than on themselves.

How weather affects your mental health – the science behind the changing seasons and your mood swings

Has the weather got you down? Science can explain why, especially when it comes to getting the winter blues. On a grey day, your body produces less of the happy hormone

10 Dec 2018 - 8:34PM
How weather affects your mental health – the science behind the changing seasons and your mood swings

Has the weather got you down? Science can explain why, especially when it comes to getting the winter blues. On a grey day, your body produces less of the happy hormone

Ageing, sweating, acne, cancer: all you need to know about the skin, including how to protect it

The body’s largest organ, our skin is a shield that is vital to our health. While humans have, over the years, concocted various bizarre ways to protect it, there are three simple things you can do to keep it in top shape.

7 Dec 2018 - 10:55PM
Ageing, sweating, acne, cancer: all you need to know about the skin, including how to protect it

The body’s largest organ, our skin is a shield that is vital to our health. While humans have, over the years, concocted various bizarre ways to protect it, there are three simple things you can do to keep it in top shape.

Hong Kong-raised teen who’s never been on Facebook or Instagram so she ‘can have the best life’

Pia Sellery is not your average 19-year-old. Her only social media account is Snapchat, which she seldom uses. Excessive social media use has been linked to depression and anxiety among teens.

28 Nov 2018 - 7:25PM
Hong Kong-raised teen who’s never been on Facebook or Instagram so she ‘can have the best life’

Pia Sellery is not your average 19-year-old. Her only social media account is Snapchat, which she seldom uses. Excessive social media use has been linked to depression and anxiety among teens.

How the bladder works, what can go wrong with yours and five pee myths busted

Should you drink your own pee? Can your bladder burst? Could you die if you put off relieving your bladder for too long? See what the experts say, and learn about how the bladder works.

23 Nov 2018 - 9:07PM
How the bladder works, what can go wrong with yours and five pee myths busted

Should you drink your own pee? Can your bladder burst? Could you die if you put off relieving your bladder for too long? See what the experts say, and learn about how the bladder works.

Young Doctor Programme gives students insight on a medical career

In last weekend’s Young Doctor Programme, doctors took Hong Kong students through interactive role plays, seminars and Q&A sessions designed to give participants a 360-degree experience of practising medicine.

20 Nov 2018 - 8:16PM
Young Doctor Programme gives students insight on a medical career

In last weekend’s Young Doctor Programme, doctors took Hong Kong students through interactive role plays, seminars and Q&A sessions designed to give participants a 360-degree experience of practising medicine.

Tips on pain-free sex for postmenopausal women. Number one: talk to your doctor

Studies show most postmenopausal women suffer from vulvar and vaginal atrophy, which often leads to painful sex. Many treatments exist, but women must be open about it with their doctors.

12 Nov 2018 - 8:56PM
Tips on pain-free sex for postmenopausal women. Number one: talk to your doctor

Studies show most postmenopausal women suffer from vulvar and vaginal atrophy, which often leads to painful sex. Many treatments exist, but women must be open about it with their doctors.

Why calcium is so important for our bodies – and why many Asians are lactose intolerant

Calcium strengthens our bones and teeth, and helps blood circulation. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption in the body. Around 90 per cent of Asians are lactose intolerant

9 Nov 2018 - 6:22AM
Why calcium is so important for our bodies – and why many Asians are lactose intolerant

Calcium strengthens our bones and teeth, and helps blood circulation. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption in the body. Around 90 per cent of Asians are lactose intolerant

Sperm: all you need to know about producing ‘healthy swimmers’, and its other uses

All you need to know about producing ‘healthy swimmers’ – eat and sleep well, drink and smoke less, keep them cool and ensure a regular turnover of stock.

9 Nov 2018 - 6:18AM
Sperm: all you need to know about producing ‘healthy swimmers’, and its other uses

All you need to know about producing ‘healthy swimmers’ – eat and sleep well, drink and smoke less, keep them cool and ensure a regular turnover of stock.

Healthy breakfast guide: the science behind the first meal of the day

There are many different advantages of eating a good breakfast. We speak to the experts to find out what you should be eating and when

25 Oct 2018 - 12:55PM
Healthy breakfast guide: the science behind the first meal of the day

There are many different advantages of eating a good breakfast. We speak to the experts to find out what you should be eating and when

Low-dose aspirin use can reduce risk of cancer and stroke, study shows

A daily dose of aspirin can cut the risk of ovarian cancer by 23 per cent. The drug lowers the platelet count in the blood, which can be beneficial. Using non-aspirin anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen increases the risk, however

22 Oct 2018 - 8:56PM
Low-dose aspirin use can reduce risk of cancer and stroke, study shows

A daily dose of aspirin can cut the risk of ovarian cancer by 23 per cent. The drug lowers the platelet count in the blood, which can be beneficial. Using non-aspirin anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen increases the risk, however

One woman’s story of how ‘silent killer’ ovarian cancer evades check-ups and diagnosis

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer among women in Hong Kong. It doesn’t show symptoms in early stages. Actress Laura Clark-Hansen, who died two years ago from the disease, wrote a book and put on shows to educate women about it.

22 Oct 2018 - 8:49PM
One woman’s story of how ‘silent killer’ ovarian cancer evades check-ups and diagnosis

Ovarian cancer is the sixth most common cancer among women in Hong Kong. It doesn’t show symptoms in early stages. Actress Laura Clark-Hansen, who died two years ago from the disease, wrote a book and put on shows to educate women about it.

World Mental Health Week 2018: how one woman beat anxiety and helps others overcome theirs

Minal Mahtani switched careers to become a therapist after treatment for anxiety. Concerned by a shortage of doctors and continuing stigma about mental illness, she set up OCD & Anxiety Support Hong Kong.

11 Oct 2018 - 7:53AM
World Mental Health Week 2018: how one woman beat anxiety and helps others overcome theirs

Minal Mahtani switched careers to become a therapist after treatment for anxiety. Concerned by a shortage of doctors and continuing stigma about mental illness, she set up OCD & Anxiety Support Hong Kong.

The spleen: all you need to know, from how it works to the best ways to keep it healthy

The largest organ in the lymphatic system, the spleen is a crucial part of the body’s immune system because it filters the blood and fights against bacteria such as those that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

6 Oct 2018 - 1:36AM
The spleen: all you need to know, from how it works to the best ways to keep it healthy

The largest organ in the lymphatic system, the spleen is a crucial part of the body’s immune system because it filters the blood and fights against bacteria such as those that cause pneumonia and meningitis.

The pancreas: all you need to know, from how it works to the best ways to keep it healthy

It’s not a large organ, but it’s a vital part of the human digestive system, producing insulin and other essential enzymes and hormones that help break down the food we eat.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The pancreas: all you need to know, from how it works to the best ways to keep it healthy

It’s not a large organ, but it’s a vital part of the human digestive system, producing insulin and other essential enzymes and hormones that help break down the food we eat.

The millennials who check domain name is available before naming baby, and would rethink if it isn’t

Compared to Generation X, millennial parents are far more focused on securing a personal online presence for themselves and their children, with some buying domain names for their future offspring.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The millennials who check domain name is available before naming baby, and would rethink if it isn’t

Compared to Generation X, millennial parents are far more focused on securing a personal online presence for themselves and their children, with some buying domain names for their future offspring.

The human nose: amazing facts about our most powerful organ

It’s not something we often think about, but our noses smell the fear, and attraction, in people; filter, warm and humidify the air we breathe; and keep out, or expel via sneezes, things that are bad for us.

29 Sep 2018 - 2:36PM
The human nose: amazing facts about our most powerful organ

It’s not something we often think about, but our noses smell the fear, and attraction, in people; filter, warm and humidify the air we breathe; and keep out, or expel via sneezes, things that are bad for us.

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