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Myanmar women, like wise women elsewhere in the world, make effort to protect their skin from the sun damaging effects. In Myanmar, women (and children) wear a yellow chalky “thanaka” paste made from a fragrant tree balk…spread in a circular, square or more sophisticated pattern on their cheeks, nose and forehead for sun protection.  Many…

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Have you heard that this winter’s polar vortex is turning into the spring’s pollen vortex?  It’s true!  In my office, every spring we gear up for the high pollen count spring season.  This year, we have a fun name (pollen vortex) to accompany the misery. The medical term for “hay fever” or pollen allergies is…

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I believe in the 1/3-1/3-1/3 principle of fitness! Cardiovascular activities, muscular strengthening exercise and flexibility should each get one-third of your workout time. This rarely holds true, with the area of flexibility getting short-changed. For some, the rationale behind stretching isn’t strong enough to make it a priority. For others, exercise time is so limited…

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1.  Is smoking marijuana harmful to the brain function of young people?  In what way might it harm their brain?  A collaborative study between Northwestern University’s medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical school showed how casual smoking of marijuana in the age group 18-25 can change the areas of the brain affecting emotion…

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Today we went to the clinic in Naung Shwe, Shan State.  As with the other clinics, we arrived with the entourage of women from the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association (MMCWA), a powerful organization in Myanmar, an NGO (Non-Governmental  Organization).  The members of this group were almost all women and were mostly physicians themselves. …

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Our team visited the town market in the morning, a colorful street market full of flowers and vegetables.  Some of the vegetables and roots were too exotic for me to recognize.  I remember walking with my housekeeper through similar markets in Vietnam as a little girl.  My stomach was much stronger then, as I could…

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