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

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.

22 Apr 2019 - 6:17PM

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 - 2:36AM

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.

18 Mar 2019 - 8:01PM

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.

27 Feb 2019 - 8:50PM

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.

27 Feb 2019 - 8:56PM

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.

4 Feb 2019 - 11:38PM

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
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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Young Doctor Programme gives students insight on a medical career
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

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.

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

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

Why calcium is so important for our bodies – and why many 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

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.

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