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. ...

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...

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...

SA joins global investor swoop on top Swiss resort

South Africans are among a global surge of interested investors in one of Switzerland’s biggest ski resorts where restrictive foreign property laws have been lifted resulting in record sales.

Heart disease a major cause of female deaths – but many don’t care

Although heart disease is a leading cause of death in women, new research shows that the large majority of young females worry very little or not at all about the problem.

Act early to counter the agony of kidney stones — urologist

Kidney stones are among the top 20 most painful medical conditions, may be avoided through a healthy diet and lifestyle, and can be effectively treated by a urologist if addressed early.

High-fibre diet helps you live longer — studies

Two new studies show a high-fibre diet helps counter chronic disease and contributes to longevity.  

Infertility affects up to one in five, can often be treated

Research shows that up to 20% of South African couples may suffer from infertility – ranked by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the fifth highest serious global disability.  

Colour shampoo contributes to Dr Wolff Group global growth

A new caffeine-based colour shampoo by Plantur 39, popular among women seeking a deeper brown shade, has contributed to ongoing growth of German cosmeceutical manufacturer, the Dr Wolff Group, which recorded an annual global turnover of €309 in 2018.  

Brain health to take centre stage in 2019 – expert

Brain health is set to take centre stage in 2019 with research showing that nutrition, sleep and stress management are among the most important factors influencing mental wellness.

Men silent on urinary incontinence – but it’s treatable

Urinary incontinence -- accidental loss or leaking of urine -- affects up to one in three older men, most of whom go untreated despite the discomfort caused.

Alpecin’s Willie Smit donates bikes, kit to development cycling

Top SA rider, Willie Smit, donated three bicycles and kit worth over R60 000 on behalf of his  sponsor, Alpecin, to the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy on Wednesday, urging the country to get behind development cycling.

Heart healthy diet challenged in new study

A new global study challenges conventional thinking about heart healthy diets, finding that moderate amounts of dairy and unprocessed red meat may in fact be beneficial for longevity and cardiovascular health.  

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