Health & Environment

The Nabak tree has been used both as a fruit-bearing and medicinal plant in Yemen since ancient times.

The all cherished Nabak tree

Published on 23 March 2009 by Nasser Abdullah Nasser Salah

The Nabak tree has been used both as a fruit-bearing and medicinal plant in Yemen since ancient times. Dotted over Yemen’s various governorates, the blessed tree enjoys villagers’ devoted protection and many families consider the tree to be an indispensable part of their lives.

An autistic child for whom parental love has done wonders, Osama, here with his father and little sister, is exceptionally affectionate with his family and strangers.

Autism: from denial to acceptance and adaptation

Published on 22 June 2009 by Alice Hackman

Autism is four times more likely to strike boys than girls, and recent studies suggest that up to one child in 150 can be autistic. A disability that affects normal brain function and impedes the ability to learn from experience, autism can vary in its severity.

8 delicious facts about kiwi fruit

Published on 26 April 2010 by Dr. Siva

Kiwi fruits are native to China (“Chinese Gooseberry”). They were unknown to the western world until as late as the 20th century!

Rehabilitating rainwater cisterns has brought water closer to many homes.

This article has photo galleryCollecting raindrops in mountainous Hajja

Published on 16 April 2009 by Alice Hackman

To help an overburdened government to improve water supply, Yemeni and foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been restoring old water structures and experimenting with dew collection to improve the water situation and bring the governorate's inhabitants closer to a brighter future.

Black and White Rhinoceros horns were equally prized by jambiya craftsmen for dagger handles up until the 1990s, and Yemeni demand has been a notable factor in the rise in poaching and plummeting of African rhinoceros numbers over the last three to four decades.

Jambiya craftsmen encouraged to substitute rhinoceros horn with garnet

Published on 1 December 2008 by Ismail Al-Ghabri

Jambiya craftsmen, concerned authorities and academics this month attended an awareness-raising workshop on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), during which experts urged craftsmen to replace rhinoceros horn with alternative materials in their daggers.

8 delusional beliefs that prevent you from losing weights

Published on 5 May 2011 by Dr. Siva

Many of us could do with losing some weight, but it’s often easier to come up with excuses instead of getting to work. While you may have genuine and honest reasons for not being able to shed the kilos, there will always be some who need a reality check for their excuses. Read on to know if you are one of them.

12 tips to steer clear of breast cancer

Published on 8 November 2010 by Dr. Siva

For women, breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer deaths, following only lung cancer.

Signs of impending death

Published on 25 April 2011 by Dr. Siva

None of us can predict the moment of death. However, physicians and nurses involved in end-of-life care know that certain symptoms are usually associated with the body's shutting down.

How to say good-bye when someone you love is dying

Published on 31 March 2011 by Dr. Siva

It’s hard to say good-bye. But, putting off meaningful conversations is perhaps the number-one source of regret.

Hana and Bushra struggle to carry water to their families on a perilous mountain track near a village in Taiz governorate.

The many dangers of Yemen’s water shortage

Published on 15 November 2010 by Malak Shaher

In the best case scenario water is carried on a donkey’s back, but in most parts of Yemen, it is largely women who take up the burden of climbing up and down mountains to fetch water from springs and deliver it to their houses.