Issue: March 08, 2013   (Archive)
Friday, November 27, 2015   

Glitch in the code
Faulty genes are behind five major psychiatric disorders, according to the biggest study of its kind. US-led researchers looked through the DNA code of 33,332 people with autism, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder or schizophrenia.

Happy tummy
Studies have shown that up to 26 percent of infants have suffered from colic.

Coughing fit
A cough is a common symptom when you have a cold or the flu. But it's not uncommon to see people continue to cough even after other symptoms have gone. Pressing acupuncture points on the medial sides of our arms and thumbs may help relieve coughing in cases where no medication is available.

Absinthe close at hand
There's something delightfully naughty about absinthe, the emerald-colored drink made popular by Impressionist painters. But did you know its main ingredient - Artemisia absinthium, or wormwood - is also a natural antiseptic? That's why The Body Shop is using it for a new line of purifying hand products: cream, gel, butter and wash (from HK$59).

Needle-free wrinkle solution
The sample box of BiOTOX concentrated serum (HK$650 for three 10ml vials with mixer device) sat on my desk for weeks before I got up courage to try the space-age treatment. But one I tried it, I couldn't stop. It smoothed out my complexion and soothed the allergic redness of my skin.

All-green diet good for the heart
A vegetarian diet can cut the risk of heart disease by over 32 percent, according to a British study.

Therapy goes to the dogs
Henry James weaves between legs and roller bags at Mineta San Jose International Airport, but he's in no rush. Around him, people scurry to their gates, but for the 4-year-old golden retriever, being calm is his job. "Do you want to see him?" his owner Kyra Hubis asked two passengers waiting to board a plane. "This is Henry James, he's a therapy dog."

Greek odyssey
The ingredients in Fresh Line read like a cookbook: olive oil, fruits, honey, milk ... all the best of Greek produce. Even the base is a tea made with eight organic herbs instead of water.

Brew a love potion
A delicious treat awaits at the Spa at Four Seasons. The Love Potion package, available in February, is a 2-hour ritual comprising a scrub, heated body mask and massage. Priced from HK$3,200 per person, it can be booked either for a couple or as a solo indulgence.

A curious case of runner's knee
Many athletes have suffered from iliotibial band syndrome - commonly known as runner's knee - which causes pain on the outside of the knee or along the entire length of the iliotibial band.

Time your lunch well
Want to lose weight? Eating lunch earlier rather than later may help you out. Dieters who ate early lunches tended to lose more weight than those who had their midday meal on the later side, according to a Spanish study.

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