Fight high lupus deaths with healthy lifestyle – expert

A new study has found that the chronic auto-immune condition, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), commonly known as lupus, is a leading cause of mortality in females which until now has gone largely unrecognised.  

Detox daily to avoid unhealthy annual purge

Eating a well-balanced, nutrition-rich diet consistently and pursuing a healthy lifestyle will eliminate the need to detox or purge after the holidays, according to a leading nutritional expert.   Vanessa Ascencao says consistent healthy eating will also lead to weight loss which will in turn help counter...

Low iron may be linked to “exhaustion epidemic”

Iron deficiency may be one of the reasons behind an “exhaustion epidemic” in which up to four out of five women complain of extreme tiredness, according to reports....

Be cautious of fake leather — top shoe designer

Leather footwear has been in fashion for centuries due to comfort, durability and health benefits and consumers should be cautious of the hazards of faux leather, says one of the country’s top shoe designers....

Kidney infection could lead to life-threatening problems

Kidney infection, often caused by bladder contagions, must be treated immediately to avoid life-threatening problems, says a top South African urologist....

Top global cancer experts visit SA to share on integrative treatment

Two of the world’s greatest minds in cancer research, Prof Dan Burke and Dr Binu Kuruvilla (see biographies below), are to visit South Africa in April to share their experiences, knowledge and the latest developments in the field of integrative cancer prevention and treatment with...

Businessman in 24-hr swim to help prevent drownings

A Cape Town businessman, aiming to be the first South African to conquer seven of the world’s most brutal ocean swims, will lead about 30 swimmers in a 24-hour endurance swim on April 12 to raise funds to teach water skills to disadvantaged children....

Corporate Social Investment

Leap Communications supports Elisabeth Yolisa Home for Children (operating as Kiddies Corner crèche) in Masiphumelele, near Capri in the Noordhoek Valley....

Kidney stones more prevalent in men, can be avoided

Kidney stones are twice as common in males than females and although sometimes genetic, they may be avoided through adopting a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Kidney stones develop when urine contains high levels of crystal-forming substances such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid, resulting...

Vitamin D, the new vitamin C?

Vitamin D’s powerful immune boosting characteristics may make it more important than vitamin C in helping counter colds and flu. Research shows that supplementing with vitamin D may cut flu risk by up to 42 percent. Studies also show that vitamin D is as important as...

Low vitamin B12 levels linked to autism, schizophrenia – study

Vitamin B12 deficiency, which affects up to 40% of the population, may contribute to autism, schizophrenia and a defective nervous system, research shows. Vitamin B12 helps the body produce DNA, red blood cells, proteins, hormones and lipids (fats). It’s also important for a healthy nervous system,...

Circumcision on the rise at Africa’s only specialised urology hospital

Medical circumcision is on the rise at The Urology Hospital in SA as more males seek to minimise the risk of contracting HIV, STDs and other urinary infections.

Avoid back pain by choosing the right shoes

Back pain may be directly linked to foot problems caused by uncomfortable shoes, according to one of the country’s leading shoe companies, Barker Footwear, which has re-launched a leather, soft-soled and stylish range for men who spend long periods on their feet. “Standing throughout the day...

PMS may result in high blood pressure — study

  Women who experience moderate to severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS) risk contracting high blood pressure later in life, according to extensive US research.   A 14-year-long study between 1001 and 2005 by the University of Massachusetts and the Harvard School of Public Health researched the link between PMS...

New boat shoe crosses cultural and age divides

  The manufacturers of the shoes Nelson Mandela wore when he was released from prison have launched a trendy, new, high-quality boat shoe which crosses cultural and age divides.

Lack of sleep may cause type 2 diabetes in women – study

Latest research shows that women with sleep problems have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The 10-year study by Harvard University in the US focused on 133 353 women with sleep problems such as difficulties falling or staying asleep and sleep apnoea. The study group...

Sunny SA may not be enough; supplement with vitamin D – study

 March 2016 One in five SA children is vitamin D deficient despite sufficient exposure to sunlight, a study shows.   The study by a host of African and Middle Eastern academics, published in the South African Medical Journal, proposes new ways to address deficiency, including supplementing with vitamin...

Expansion drives Dr. Wolff sales to record levels in 110th year

March 2016 Bielefeld, March 2016. In the past business year, the Dr. Wolff Group generated internal growth of 9 percent, resulting in sales of 265 million euros (2014: 242 million euros) and marking an increase for the eleventh time in a row.  At the family-run Dr....

SA leads Africa in renal failure – research

 March 2016 South Africa has one of the highest rates of renal failure in Africa, according to news research. A report from Continuing Medical Education (CME), the leading medical Continuing Professional Development (CPD) journal in South Africa, estimates that SA has over 5 000 patients with end-stage...

Cape Town women more vain than Dbn, Jhb – survey

March 2016 When it comes to hair, Cape Town women are more vain than those in Johannesburg and Durban.