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Dog Turd-Shaped Treats a Hit in Bangkok

– BANGKOK – It might turn some stomachs, but a dessert-maker in Thailand has been flooded with orders ever since she started crafting gelatinous sweets into the shape – and colour – of dog poop. “It’s strange, no one else makes poop shapes. People like it!” Wilaiwan Mee-Nguen told AFP from the small kitchen in […]

June 23rd, 2017 | Posted in Food | Read More »

Australian Man Dies from Rare Mosquito-borne Virus after Visiting Phuket

– PHUKET – An Australian man returned from Thailand has died from the rare but potentially fatal mosquito-borne disease, Japanese encephalitis. It is understood to be only the 10th case of the disease recorded in Australia since 2001 and one of only a handful of deaths in that time, although Japanese encephalitis is endemic in […]

June 21st, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Coconut Oil isn’t Healthy, it’s Never been Healthy

– WASHINGTON – The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory of the American Heart Association reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials. Researchers didn’t see a difference between coconut oil and other oils high in saturated fat, like butter, beef fat and […]

June 19th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

New Study Shows Eating Fried Potatoes Linked to Higher Risk of Death

– Yes, it’s painful but unfortunately true. Munching on those golden sticks of starchy goodness will most certainly accelerate your demise. An eight-year study on the regular consumption of french fry, has come out with this devastating result, that too much of the fried potato snack can lead to your speedy death, reports Sputnik. Acrylamide […]

June 15th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

New Study Finds Even Moderate Drinking Can Harm the Brain

 – Heavy drinking can lead to a number of serious health problems, including increased risk of cancer, heart disease, and dementia, but consuming even moderate levels of alcohol could be dangerous, as well, new research suggests. The study, published in The BMJ, finds that moderate drinkers were three times more likely to experience a decline […]

June 8th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Prostate Cancer Drug ‘Could Help More Patients’

– LONDON – UK researchers say one of the largest clinical trials for prostate cancer has given “powerful results for a drug in the treatment of prostate cancer. A drug for treating prostate cancer that has spread was found to save lives when offered earlier, a study found. The trial looked at abiraterone as an […]

June 4th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Government Says Thai Children Aren’t Drinking Enough Milk

– BANGKOK – Agriculture permanent secretary Thirapat Prayoonsit reports Thai children are drinking too little milk – averaging 18 litres a year – and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives have set a target to increase annual milk intake among children to 25 litres per head. To mark the World Milk Day on June 1st, […]

June 1st, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

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