Ihlathi Estate, Cape Town, helps first-time home-owners access govt subsidy

A property developer is helping South Africans earning under R22 000 a month access an “underutilised” government housing subsidy to assist those wishing to become first-time homeowners....

Get enough sleep or face low energy and poor concentration – research

At least a third of adults are not getting enough sleep, impacting detrimentally on a range of health processes, including mood, energy and concentration, according to research....

Glutathione deficiency raises risk of severe Covid symptoms — research

A clinical review has shown that Covid-19 patients deficient in the powerful antioxidant, glutathione, are far more likely to experience severe symptoms of the disease....

“Reverse” ageing by three years through lifestyle and diet changes – study

Following a healthy lifestyle and diet, including specific nutrients, for just eight weeks may “reverse” the ageing process by three years, a new study has found....

Irregular sleep may lead to bad moods and depression, study

A study shows that an irregular sleep schedule may increase the risk of depression and bad moods as much as getting fewer hours of sleep or staying up late.  The Nature Partner Journal study conducted by the University of Michigan’s Neuroscience Institute looked at the habits...

Increased omega-3 may dramatically cut heart attack risk – study

The most comprehensive analysis of its kind shows that increased omega-3 fats may reduce multiple types of cardiovascular risk, including heart disease, a condition that accounts for over 17 million deaths globally each year. The US study, an in-depth review of over 40 clinical trials, shows...

Potent turmeric extract helps protect brain from chemical exposure — study

A powerful turmeric extract may help protect the brain against a range of neurodegenerative diseases, including aluminium-induced neurotoxicity caused from daily exposure to chemicals in some cookware, cosmetics and medicines, a new study shows. ...

Microneedle technology better than collagen-boosting cream — study

Microneedle skincare technology has been shown to be safe and more effective than collagen-promoting face cream in addressing wrinkles, elasticity and hydration, according to research. New microneedle patches for wrinkles and pimples have also been shown to deliver actives deep into the dermal layers and reduce...

Regular, structured exercise sufficient to lower risk of mental illness — study

Maintaining an active lifestyle and exercising regularly has stronger mental health benefits than intermittent bouts of intense aerobic activity, a new study has found. The Swedish study, which surveyed 36 000 middle-aged males and females over 30 days, found that frequent moderate exercise is more strongly linked...

Now cheaper to buy than rent for first-time SA home buyers – global expert

Selected properties under R1.5-million are now significantly more affordable to buy than rent, offering first-time homeowners an unprecedented opportunity to get into the property market, says global property expert, Toni Enderli. Enderli says the lowest interest rates in 50 years combined with transfer duty relief, higher...

Diabetics exposed to air pollution at high risk of lung disease — study

Diabetics living in ozone-polluted areas may have an increased risk of developing interstitial lung disease -- a condition that may exacerbate the negative effects of Covid-19, a new study notes. The US study connects insulin resistance and repetitive ozone exposure to the development of interstitial lung...

Cannabis industry could help reboot economy if laws are eased

The cannabis trade could dramatically bolster South Africa’s economy if authorities followed global trends and eased the country’s prohibitively regulated industry, according to the Cannabis Trade Association Africa (CTAA). The newly formed association says SA’s “archaic” regulations are out of synch with the global move to...

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