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...

Balance blood sugar to think, learn and remember better — study

Controlling blood sugar levels helped improve thinking, learning and memory in overweight people with type 2 diabetes, a new study has found. The US study examined 1 100 diabetics and those with better blood sugar control had improved cognition, short-term memory, planning, impulse control, attention, and...

Media alert: Clinical study finds vitamin D significantly reduces need for ICU treatment for Covid patients

A new, clinical study has found that high doses of vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced the need for ICU treatment for Covid-19 patients. The Spanish study – a pilot randomised, open label, double-masked clinical trial – investigated the effect of vitamin D supplementation on ICU admissions...

Media alert: Low intake of iron & other nutrients contributing to poor brain & immune health — study

A recent study reveals that a downward trend in the intake of iron and other vital nutrients is contributing to poor brain function and other health problems. The study, by the UK’s University of Sunderland, collected micronutrient data from two national nutrition surveys and found that...

Indoor air pollution can be more toxic than outdoors

Indoor air pollution can be more toxic than outdoors and treating the air in homes, offices and other interior spaces with essential oils may be effective in countering viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and dust mites, according to research. Indoor air pollution levels in developing countries generally...

Women must make their own health a priority

To highlight Women’s Month, three top South African health experts have encouraged women to make their own mental, physical and nutritional health a priority and not to compromise on their wellbeing for the sake of their many other roles. International health and wellness expert Maria Ascencao...

Vitamins C, D, other nutrients vital to counter Covid — research

Vitamins C, D omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, iron and selenium may be essential for immunity -- a vital weapon in the fight against Covid-19 -- and deficiency of these may make it difficult for the immune system to defend the body, a new study...

Vulnerable SA community gets free immune booster to help fight Covid

A local health company has developed an immune-boosting supplement specifically for a vulnerable community to help protect against infections like Covid-19 and is donating a month’s supply to 10 000 residents. Kevin Coyne, CEO of Coyne Healthcare, was approached to support a vulnerable Eastern Cape community...

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.  

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