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Vitamin D lowers risk of cancer death – study

Supplementing with vitamin D may lower the risk of cancer death by 16%, according to new research. Scientists from China and the US, analysing data from 52 studies covering almost 76 000 participants, found that “vitamin D supplementation reduced risk of cancer death by 16%.” They proposed additional studies...

Women to get free vitamin D from “pay what you can” doctor

A South African health company, committed to helping fight malnutrition among women and children, is backing a philanthropic doctor’s “pay what you can” services by donating vitamin D supplements worth R300 000 to his patients. Coyne Healthcare said it was sending 2 000 units of high-quality BetterYou vitamin D oral sprays...

Testicular cancer on the rise among young men

Testicular cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in males between 14 and 44, with the annual incidence doubling over the past 40 years, according to recent research. Although its incidence is increasing, testicular cancer affects less than 10 men in 100 000 with a 2% risk of developing cancer...

“Fashion King” David Tlale launches bespoke proudly SA shoe collection

Global fashion maestro, David Tlale — feted around the world for his bold and elaborate designs — has teamed up with iconic shoe brand, Crockett & Jones, to produce a must-have collection of stylish and sophisticated formal footwear for young and trendy men. The launch range of the Crockett &...

Hair affects self-esteem – choose the right shampoo

Research shows that South African women rate hair as one of their most important priorities and that hair loss* negatively affects their self-esteem. To mark national hair day on 1 October, the manufacturers of caffeine-based Plantur 39 shampoo have urged women to select the best products for their hair, particularly...

Plant-based diet can save your life – and the planet

New research shows that a predominantly plant-based diet may cut death from heart disease by a third -- and help combat climate change. A new, large-scale study of over 10 000 US participants has added to a growing body of evidence linking plant-based diets to improved health, while...

Women avoid gym for fear of being judged — survey

A US survey shows that more than half of women avoid gym for fear of being judged on their weight, how they look and how they work-out. The survey of 1 000 women by a prominent fitness company found that: Sixty five percent of women avoid gym for a fear of...

Invest in Swiss Alps for safe returns – property expert

South Africans, fearful of a declining rand and uncertain property laws, could consider investing in Switzerland where one of the world’s top ski resorts offers safe and attractive returns and an idyllic getaway, says a top SA property expert. Cape-based property expert, Toni Enderli, said Andermatt ski resort in the...

Urinary Tract Infection may be interstitial cystitis – consult a urologist

Interstitial cystitis, also known as painful bladder syndrome, is a chronic condition often misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection and potentially treatable through a number of interventions. The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, says interstitial cystitis is extremely debilitating and dramatically affects one’s quality of life. It may also cause emotional stress...

Vasectomy: safe, quick and effective form of contraception – urologist

Vasectomies are a safe and effective form of contraception for men and fears that they may contribute to cancer are unfounded, according to research. A vasectomy, also known as “the snip”, is a common form of contraception in many countries and involves a surgical procedure to cut the supply of...

The future of nutrition is personal — study

A new study shows that food has very different impacts on the gut health of each individual, underscoring that the future of nutrition will be personal. The US study by the University of Minnesota showed that foods with similar nutritional profiles had very different effects on gut health due to...

Top Indian curcumin scientist in successful SA educational tour

Top Indian scientist and curcumin researcher, Dr Binu Kuruvilla, recently concluded a successful seminar tour of South Africa (SA) where he educated health professionals and the media on the latest developments around the potent turmeric extract, BCM-95. Dr Kuruvilla was a guest of Coyne Healthcare which hosted an integrative health...

Broccoli compound may hold key to blocking disease

A potent compound derived from broccoli sprouts may be one of the most powerful natural substances able to ignite the body’s defences against cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, research shows. Sulforaphane, a small sulphur-containing molecule derived from cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli sprouts, has been researched for 25 years...

Mushroom extract may help clear cancer virus — study

Researchers studying immunity in cancer patients have found that supplementing with a powerful extract of the shiitake mushroom may help eradicate the viral infection which causes cervical cancer. The cultured extract of the shiitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes), known as AHCC, has been widely researched for its positive impact on modulating immunity. Now,...

Robotic surgery set for huge global growth — report

Robotic surgery is set for dramatic global growth due to an increasing incidence of chronic diseases and the success of the minimally invasive technology in treating these, according to a new report. In 2013 The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, became the first institution in South Africa to acquire a robotic surgical...

Men with dry, itchy scalp are a turn-off — poll

Over 80 percent of women find men with a dry, itchy scalp a turn off, according to a new poll. And, men with the condition – which affects one in four males – say it’s embarrassing and agree it’s unattractive. The survey, by market researchers, Beauty Bulletin, on behalf of Alpecin...

Winelands village voted tops, up for property “Oscar” award

A community-focused residential and commercial village in the Stellenbosch winelands has been judged as South Africa’s best mixed-use property development, placing it in line for one of the most prestigious property awards in the world. Nooitgedacht Village, which has attracted investment of over R1billion since it’s 2013 launch, was voted...

Circumcision lowers STI risk in women – study

Male circumcision may help reduce women’s risk of contracting various sexually transmitted diseases as well as cervical cancer, according to recent research. There is already compelling evidence that circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually-acquired HIV infection by 60%, according to the World Health Organisation. And, while it is well known that...

SA doctors over-prescribing antibiotics, posing health risk — study

South African doctors are over-prescribing antibiotics, contributing to resistance and making infections such as colds and bronchitis much more difficult to treat, according to a new study. The research, by Wits University and the London School of Economics, found that 78% of patients sent to a public clinic and 67%...

Cape township school gets 400 bikes from Epic fundraisers

A high school in an informal settlement near Cape Town is set to receive 400 bicycles funded through R1-million raised by 15 Absa Cape Epic riders recently. ...