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Nocturnal enuresis: Don’t dampen your spirit

Nocturnal enuresis (NE) or bedwetting is the involuntary wetting during sleep mostly by children who are old enough to control their bladders. It is one of the most common concerns brought to pediatricians, with male children comprising of 75% of the cases. The condition is classified into two categories: 1. Primary NE is the recurrent involuntary bedwetting by a child ...

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Discover Karachi

The Karachi that most urban dwellers are familiar with is lined with high-rise buildings, fancy restaurants and upscale markets. This is in stark contrast to the diversity the metropolis has to offer. To bring to light some of the obscure city landmarks and attractions, blogger Farooq Soomro scratches the surface and unearths some of the city’s hidden or forgotten treasures ...

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Talad Rom Hoop: Trained to sell

Markets in Thailand are usually famous for their vibrant colours, hustle-bustle and aromatic alleys but the Talad Rom Hoop, or the Umbrella Pull-down Market, is also unique in other ways. The small, narrow market that runs along Meaklong River, almost 70 kilometres southwest of Bangkok is one of the largest fresh seafood markets in Thailand and is centred on the ...

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Book review: Half Girlfriend – full flop

A boy, a girl, romance and tragedy — Chetan Bhagat’s latest offering, Half Girlfriend has all the makings of a perfect Bollywood script but fails to impress as a decent read. To start with, Bhagat did not write a book, he wrote a screenplay and he seems to have put in little effort in presenting it as a novel in ...

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Pakistan’s female commandos: On the front line

As the clock strikes five on a cold winter morning in Islamabad, nearly 60 women jump to their feet. A slight chaos breaks out in the spacious, regimentally clean and usually organised dormitory, each of which houses eight female officers of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), commando division of the Islamabad Police — many of these women joined the Islamabad Police ...

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Book review: Parsi Bol – saving a language, one word at a time

Parsis have a comical way of describing their unfettered zest for life using an unusual mix of sarcasm and wit. Having adopted Gujarati as their mother tongue on their arrival to India in 1384 AC, the community created its own unique version of the language and Parsi Bol: Insults, Endearments and other Parsi Gujarati Phrases is a testament to that. ...

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Book review: The Unquiet Ones – war and peace and reverse swing

To grasp the extent of The Unquiet Ones, think of the national cricket story itself as a massive, sprawling Great Pakistani Novel, reminiscent of Tolstoy. First there is the overwhelming content. The book’s 500 pages long; one suspects it could have been a lot more. Then consider the approach. What genre is this epic tale? Tragedy, romance, thriller, melodrama, farce? ...

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Art review: One for the Birds – who to believe?

In today’s world, artists are paradoxically required to innovate, to constantly reinvent themselves while ‘remaining true to their roots’. How does one do that? Muhammad Zeeshan a former billboard painter, and now an NCA-trained miniature painter shows the way in his new show at the Gandhara Gallery titled One for the Birds. Zeeshan was taught to skillfully use a squirrel-tail ...

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Health: Demystifying migraine

A throbbing, pulsating ache, affecting one half of the head. That too at least twice a month. Migraine makes you want to blow your brains out, or at least take a handful of painkillers until you get the desired effect. But hold on. As common as it is, little is known about the condition. Migraines are neurological disorders that affect ...

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The cost of saving lives

In the late hours of a warm August evening four years ago, a victim who had just been in a car crash was brought inside the emergency department of a Karachi hospital. He had a subdural hematoma, a collection of blood outside the brain, and he needed emergency surgery. Dr Nadir Haider was a part of the neurosurgery team that ...

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