Snails slide into Thai spa scene

Asia Pacific Jan 29, 2015

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

by Denis D. Gray

A snail is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician — all secreting slime to smooth out some wrinkles and give me a younger look. That this latest addition ...

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Business Jan 24, 2015

Snowboarding falls out of favor on U.S. slopes

Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are ganging up on the once-edgy sport of snowboarding, which has seen a marked drop in participation over the last decade. Industry experts say it's a sign of the maturing of snowboarding, which grew at a ...

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

Lifestyle Jan 9, 2015

Don't fight trips to the gym: Take it outside

by Sophie Knight

It's January. The bars are empty and the gyms are full of people with good intentions. By February or March, of course, that situation will reverse, as new year resolutions begin to flag and it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that extortionate gym membership. Like ...

World / Science & Health Jan 6, 2015

Stand-up desks get office workers on their feet

Advocates of workplace wellness initiatives are hoping 2015 will be the year that stand-up desks, historically favored by great minds from Leonardo da Vinci to Virginia Woolf, will reconfigure the modern cubicle. Some 50 to 70 percent of people spend six or more hours each ...

London seniors take up 'parkour'

World Jul 3, 2014

London seniors take up 'parkour'

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as "parkour." What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all of ...

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Asia Pacific / Science & Health Jun 12, 2014

'Skinny' Southeast Asia starts to battle growing bulge

Many Southeast Asian countries are rolling out measures so people can make healthy choices before obesity turns into the full-blown epidemic seen in many Western countries. Obesity is a priority for Singapore's government, said Zee Yoong Kang, chief executive of the city-state's Health Promotion Board. "There's ...

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

Lifestyle Dec 5, 2013

Treading a healthy path — whichever road you take

by Jun Hongo

In the mid-19th century, a British undertaker by the name of William Banting was struggling to shed some pounds despite having tried every diet known at the time. He tried fasting, exercise and cutting back on his meals without much success — until he came ...