Cannabis: the healing of the nation

Apr 19, 2014

Cannabis: the healing of the nation

by Jon Mitchell

Every summer in Hokkaido and northern Honshu, platoons of police and public servants scour the countryside for cannabis. For a nation well-known for its strict drug laws, the plants are remarkably easy to find. In an average year, patrols discover between 1 million and ...

Apr 18, 2014

Swiss building provides a refuge for the hypersensitive

No smoking, no perfume, no cellphones — the list of rules at a newly opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich is long. The structure has been purpose-built for people who say exposure to everyday products such as perfume, hand lotion and wireless ...

Make a splash on a family outing

| Apr 18, 2014

Make a splash on a family outing

by Jason Jenkins

Spring has arrived, and with it a taste of the sunny, sweltering climate to come. Longer days and warmer rays make my kids thirst for a swimming pool. However, Japan’s outdoor swimming season doesn’t officially begin for months, and indoor locations such as Tokyo ...

Pain in the body may start in the mind

Apr 11, 2014

Pain in the body may start in the mind

by Tomoko Otake

Good diagnosis takes persistent questioning and good analytical skills. It’s a bit like a detective piecing together a puzzle from seemingly unrelated bits of information. So argues Dr. Hillel Finestone, a rehabilitation specialist who has treated countless numbers of patients complaining of pain-related problems, ...

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

Apr 4, 2014

Baby facilities take the tantrums out of shopping

“Toddler” and “shopping” are two words that are likely to instill instant fear into the heart of all but the most unflappable of parents. There are perhaps few less relaxing tasks than navigating the shops while lugging a young child who would rather be ...