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Your Vagina Can Change a Lot After Childbirth. Women Share What to Expect.

“I didn’t know that you could tear at the top of your vagina. I would have appreciated more information while I was pregnant.” VENESSA WONG Before childbirth, Sakinah Harrison had a great relationship with her body. “I loved the way I looked. I loved the way I felt. I was very confident,” she recalled. She […]

Take more breaks at work, put your head in the freezer … an expert’s eight simple tips for better sleep

ELLE HUNT ‘We’re built for sleep,’ according to the psychologist Aric Prather, yet many of us still struggle to overcome insomnia. He talks us through his ‘prescription’ Many of us are hoping for a happier, healthier life in 2023. We may already be trying lifestyle changes (daily meditation, giving up dairy), but for most of […]

France Losing Its Grip on Former African Strongholds?

MICHAEL TANTOH France seems to be losing the grip it once had on its former colonies, and the rift is growing every day. “Sixty years on, francophone countries in Africa still do not have true independence and freedom from France,” Nathalie Yamb, adviser to Ivory Coast’s Freedom and Democracy Party (LIDER), told Deutche Welle in […]

Something Remarkable Is Happening in African Football

SEAN JACOBS Something exciting is happening in the World Cup: The five teams representing Africa in the tournament have African coaches. This may not sound exceptional. Gregg Berhalter, who coaches the United States team, is a New Jersey native; Hansi Flick, who manages the German squad, hails from Heidelberg. But typically, African national teams have […]

The truth about immune-boosting supplements

Increasing your intake of zinc and vitamins C and D during winter isn’t a magic bullet. Here’s what the science says about the most commonly touted interventions. PRIYANKA RUNWAL To guard against a winter rise in respiratory infections, some people “boost” their immune system with supplements and nutrient-rich foods. For a subset, that is in […]

Women said coronavirus shots affect periods. New study shows they’re right.

A coronavirus vaccination can change the timing of when you get your period, according to research. For most people, the effect was temporary. AMANDA MORRIS Not long after the rollout of coronavirus vaccines last year, women around the country began posting on social media about what they believed was a strange side effect: changes to […]

War in Ukraine is driving demand for Africa’s natural gas. That’s controversial

JULIA SIMON As Europe scrambles to replace the Russian natural gas that funds Moscow’s war effort, fossil fuel companies are using this moment to push for new gas projects all over the world. Much of the industry lobbying centers on almost a dozen countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The European Union’s new blueprint for getting the […]

How Swahili became Africa’s most spoken language

JOHN M. MUGANE Once just an obscure island dialect of an African Bantu tongue, Swahili has evolved into Africa’s most internationally recognized language. It is peer to the few languages of the world that boast over 200 million users. Over the two millennia of Swahili’s growth and adaptation, the molders of this story—immigrants from inland […]

Qatar 2022 – Ghana versus Nigeria

KOFI AYIM The West Africa countries of Ghana and Nigeria have several things in common, yet the rivalry between them is akin to the biblical Esau and Jacob. Ghana and Nigeria are the twin countries in Africa that each love to loathe when it comes to competition. Both countries were colonized by the British. They […]

Hopes for a West African single currency fade as Ghana and Nigeria launch digital money

 KINGSLEY KOBO Digital currencies in Ghana and Nigeria are threatening two decades of work towards a common legal tender in West Africa. The adoption of the eco, a new currency for the entire region, would help remove trade and monetary barriers, boost economic activity, and improve living standards in the community of 385 million people, […]