In the city of Al Mukalla, two or three pieces of chapati bread immersed in tea and mixed with milk is the breakfast for the four children of Ahlam. When their tummies gurgle at lunchtime, the Yemeni mother cooks rice and boils potatoes. She adds a pinch of salt and pepper and hot sauce to the potatoes to make their lunch tasty. “I am patient and will never give up patience,” Ahlam told Asia Times in a groaning voice. Before serving the lunch, she puts aside some of the food for dinner. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox Ahlam, 47, has been living in abject poverty for years. Things turned worse more than one year ago when her husband contracted prostate cancer, which sucked up his savings and left him unable to leave his bed. He died several months ago, leaving Ahlam to fend for herself and her four children, as well as three children from another wife who lives separately. Ahlam, in a red scarf, a mother of four children, … [Read more...] about In Yemen, plenty of food but few have the cash to buy it
Shift worker sleep disorder
By Kelsey Johnson iPolitics Mon., Oct. 29, 2018 T.J. Harvey’s dream was to be a farmer. Harvey is a rookie Liberal MP for the New Brunswick riding of Tobique — Mactaquac. He was elected in 2015. Before entering politics, he was a seed-potato and egg farmer. A dust allergy forced him to auction off the seed-potato portion of his operation in 2011. “I remember the day after the auction, once all the equipment was gone, just standing there in the middle of the yard thinking: ‘Did I make the right decision? Was this the right decision for my family? Was this the right decision for me? What am I going to do next?’ ” he told the House agriculture committee on Tuesday. “It led me to a period in my life that was very difficult, where I struggled with severe depression, which put additional stresses on my marriage, put stresses on my relationships with my children and my family, and the people who had worked for me originally. … [Read more...] about MPs who farm: How a committee’s mental-health study is hitting close to home
People want a logical explanation for suicide, a convenient trajectory of events that they can put their finger on and wrap their minds around. But mental illness is not palatable and easy to understand, so there’s no room for ignorance. One of the common myths about mental illness is that it is not an illness at all. That it is a product of one’s imagination and can be cured by thinking good thoughts and prayers. That those afflicted with it can just snap out of it. That it is something they brought upon themselves. And that they are weak and selfish when they take their lives,” says Shamaine Buencamino. The renowned actress, wife to fellow performer Nonie Buencamino, and mother of four, experienced a seismic shift in her life in 2015 when her teenage daughter Julia was found dead in their home. Julia had been struggling with mental illness, to an extent that her parents weren’t aware of. This is sadly more common a tale than we dare to discuss, and more … [Read more...] about Can we save loved ones from suicide?
(Reuters Health) - People who have disrupted sleep cycles or less variation in their activity levels around the clock may be more likely to have depression, bipolar disorders and other mental health issues, a UK study suggests.Past research has found that people with a circadian rhythm, or biological clock, that's out of step with their daily routines - like split shift or night shift workers - can have an increased risk of emotional, behavioral and psychological problems.The current study examined 24-hour activity levels for 91,015 participants who agreed to wear accelerometers on their wrists for one week in 2013-2014 and completed mental health surveys a few years later.Researchers focused on so-called relative amplitude, or how much people's activity levels varied between their busiest and most restful portions of a 24-hour cycle. They scored circadian amplitude from zero to 1, with higher values reflecting a clearer distinction between the least and most active parts of the day … [Read more...] about Disrupted sleep cycles linked with mood disorders
If you are a "night owl", or one of those who likes to stay up late and have trouble dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, there is some bad news. A large study has found those night owls have a higher risk of dying sooner than morning "larks," people who have a natural preference for going to bed early and rising with the Sun. The findings based on a study of nearly half a million participants showed that night owls suffer from more diseases and disorders than morning larks. They have a 10 percent higher risk of dying than larks, said the study published in the journal Chronobiology International. "Night owls trying to live in a morning lark world may have health consequences for their bodies," said co-lead author Kristen Knutson, Associate Professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, US. In the study, the researchers found that people who stay up late had higher rates of diabetes, psychological disorders and neurological disorders. "It could be … [Read more...] about ‘Night owls’ at greater risk of dying sooner