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Tyre Trouble: What's the best way to get rid of belly fat?

It’s summer, and those big, baggy jumpers that hide our cuddly bumps and lumps have been relegated to the back of the wardrobe. For many of us, that raises a question: what to wear that disguises the evidence of winter comfort eating? But a more urgent one is – how...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 25 July 2016 | 10 Comments

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Why are junior doctors striking?

Junior doctors have gone on strike for 24 hours for the second time this year. It comes after last-ditch talks broke down with the government over a new contract which doctors say will have an impact on patient safety and would see junior doctors paid less for out-of-hours wor

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan and Phil Maynard on 10 February 2016 | 2660 Comments

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Operation Mum won't stop British Muslims going to Syria. But peace will.

British counter-terrorism chiefs are really bringing out the big guns with their latest campaign to tackle the growing number of Muslims heading out to Syria. They've come up with Operation Mum, asking Muslim women to inform on family members thinking of going to Syria to fight.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 25 April 2014 | 0 Comments

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Providing medical relief in Syria's conflict

“Keep your head down and don't say anything”, instructed my guide as we approached the Turkish border at Bab al-Hawa. We were making our way back across the border into Turkey after a long day in Atmeh refugee camp, north Syria.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 16 February 2014 | 28 Comments

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Abbas Khan's death in Syria cell should not be in vain

Dr Abbas Khan's death in detention this week is yet another tragic headline to digest within the tapestry of the Syrian war. I cannot begin to imagine the last 13 months of his life. How it must feel to find yourself detained in a cell, starved and tortured, for essentially being...

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 20 December 2013 | 0 Comments

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Saving Syria's Children blog for DFID

I went to Syria in December 2012, invited by UK based NGO Hand in Hand for Syria. My first view of Atmeh refugee camp, close to the Turkish border, was of a vast sea of muddy white tents.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 6 November 2013 | 0 Comments

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Sunday Nights

'Saleyha Ahsan is a former British Army officer and an emergency medicine doctor who's just returned from Syria, where she was volunteering in makeshift hospitals in the north of the country, near the Turkish border.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 6 October 2013 | 63 Comments

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An English doctor in Syria: Pity the children - the horror I saw

In Syria today, there are many storms and relatively few moments of calm. I was enjoying a rare moment of peace, a time to exhale. It was a hot, balmy late afternoon on 26 August and I was sitting on the hospital balcony overlooking the olive groves.

Posted by Saleyha Ahsan on 29 September 2013 | 18 Comments

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The Road to Recovery Inside Libya's Mountain Hospital

We make a quick dash, once we have cleared Tunisian customs, through the empty town of Wazin on to the open road. We pass the risk of Gaddafi's "Grad" rockets that can come at you from the valley below. Just outside Nalut we are waved through a rebel checkpoint, the men...

Posted by Bill Law on 29 May 2013 | 0 Comments

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