Kids’ picky eating can have depression, anxiety links

Picky eating among children may not be just a passing phase but could flag potential concerns such as depression and anxiety, a study released on Monday found. According to the Duke Medicine...

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When judging children’s happiness, put personal feelings aside

Parents are often inclined to over or underestimate their children's happiness, according to a new study that suggests this tendency may be down to the influence of the parent's own personal...

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The changing face of Russia’s matryoshka dolls

From cheery peasant girls in Tsarist times to Soviet-era cosmonauts to today's Pussy Riots, the changing face of Russia's matryoshka nesting dolls reflects the country's tumultuous history. For...

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A celebration of Penang and her people in the George Town Festival

The George Town Festival 2015 kicked off in Penang over the weekend, and for the entire month of August, it will offer lovers of art and culture a variety of programmes including world-class ...

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Eat, pray, shop: Philippine malls become the new town plazas

As she eyes the colourful ice creams on offer at a Baskin-Robbins in one of Manila's most luxurious shopping centres, Philippine teenager Jamie Gamboa admits to being an incurable mall rat – but...

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Arab female bodybuilder looks abroad for recognition

Flexing her muscles in defiance of the Gulf's conservative cultural stereotypes, bodybuilder Haifa Musawi has lost all hope of pumping iron for Bahrain so now is looking elsewhere for...

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Raising the bar for George Town Festival and local arts scene

Joe Sidek is a name familiar to those in the arts and culture scene of Malaysia and abroad due to the success of the George Town Festival, which kicked off for its sixth year last weekend. Late...

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Swiss researchers make high-end fibre from animal waste

A leading Swiss science institute said Thursday that its researchers had developed a way to make high quality textile fibres from animal waste, a breakthrough that aims to reduce reliance on...

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Research suggests gestational diabetes preventable

A simple lifestyle intervention could be all it takes to prevent gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) even in high-risk women, according to a new study. Working with 293 women considered at risk...

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Get ready to dress up for KL Fashion Week 2015

Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week Ready-To-Wear is returning for a third year in a row at Pavilion KL. From 12 to 16 August 2015, Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week will put on display the creations of over 80...

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FDA approves temporary, non-surgical device to treat obesity

This week the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a balloon device to help those with obesity shed pounds. The device, called the ReShape Dual Balloon, works by making the patient...

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For dating apps in Asia, love by numbers or chaperone

Move over Tinder – a crop of dating apps in smartphone-addicted Asia is offering to recruit friends for group dates or send along a chaperone to steer the course of romance. While dating apps...

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Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take name off crocodile handbag

British singer Jane Birkin has asked luxury manufacturer Hermes to remove her name from its crocodile-skin handbag after learning of the "cruel" methods used to make the iconic...

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Physical exercise could help curb symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Three studies (American, Danish and Canadian), presented simultaneously at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC), indicate that physical exercise may help people live better...

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Millennials enjoy orgasmic success, survey says

Young women are reaching orgasm at a rate that's getting competitive with that of their male counterparts, according to a US survey conducted by condom manufacturing company Ansell. It could be...

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Scotland Yard police station to be turned into luxury hotel

Lovers of spine-tingling crime stories with deep – very deep – pockets, this hotel is for you. Great Scotland Yard, a historic landmark where London police once tried to solve the grisly...

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Presenting ‘100% Penang’ by Penangites

The opening night for this year's George Town Festival (GTF) on August 1 will be a special one for Penang. Drawing on the unique and passionate identity shared by Penangites, the opening act at...

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A pampered life for Japan’s prizefighter bulls

Blood-shot eyes fixed menacingly on their foe and snorting furiously, two giant bulls smash into each other with shuddering force: in Japanese bullfighting, matadors need not apply. Tongues...

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Soybean oil worse for your health than coconut oil

According to scientists from the University of California, Riverside, a diet high in soybean oil may cause more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose. Their study was published in the...

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Capturing diversity through a lens of love

As Malaysians deal with the ugly truth that after centuries of living together and more than 50 years of independence, racial tensions can still break out, one foreigner thinks he has the...

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