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A,B,Cs of beating exam stress

A,B,Cs of beating exam stress

Too many hours spent on cramming and tuition and too little sleep and relaxation are making students  sick with anxiety, warns Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Gihan Abeywardena By Kumudini Hettiarachchi It may be around six months more to the next General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level (A/L) examination due to be held in August, but [...]

The power of Papaya

The power of Papaya

By Dr. Nirmala M. Pieris Papaya, with its vibrant sunshiny gracefulness is one of the healthiest fruits available throughout the year. Frequently called papaw (gaslabu in Sinhala, pappaci in Tamil) the fruit is grown in the dry and intermediate zones in Sri Lanka. Of the several varieties that are presently available in the country, the [...]

Make TV time family time

Make TV time family time

By Dr. Udena Attygalle Starting with a snort and ending with laughter, Peppa Pig, her friends and family are everywhere, and they are not the only ones. Ben 10, Princess Sofia and characters from Frozen are also there. From birthday cakes to bed sheets, the marketing gurus of cartoons know their job! However, with social [...]

Do not fear Epilepsy, it’s treatable

Do not fear Epilepsy, it’s treatable

By Kumudini Hettiarachchi Till their one and only son was 11 years old, there was no inkling of an issue with his health. The first sign came when Amma and Putha were returning home to Ratmalana after school……..“He suddenly fell on the road,” says the boy’s father, as if it was a kalanthayak (fainting spell). [...]

Iron makes you strong and healthy

Iron makes you strong and healthy

In this new series by Dr. Nirmala M. Pieris we will feature ‘essential minerals’ required for a multiplicity of bodily functions and basically the mainstay to our health Iron is one of the superimportant minerals that can make a huge difference to how we feel both physically and mentally. About 75% of the body’s total [...]

Understanding Anorexia, not penalising it

Understanding Anorexia, not penalising it

By Randima Attygalle Do you feel ‘fat and bloating’? Are you terrified of gaining weight? Do you lie about how much you eat or hide your eating habits from others? Do you diet, compulsively exercise, or purge when you’re feeling overwhelmed or bad about yourself? Do you feel powerful or in control when you go [...]

Problems of sexual orientation: Don’t judge, but empathise

Problems of sexual orientation: Don’t judge, but empathise

As long as sex is dealt with in the current confusion of ignorance and sophistication, denial and indulgence, suppression and stimulation, punishment and exploitation, secrecy and display, it will be associated with a duplicity and indecency that lead neither to intellectual honesty nor human dignity. Alfred Kinsey– American Biologist and Sexologist I am sure many [...]

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