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Blood in urine may signal kidney stones or tumour – see a urologist

Blood in the urine and chronic back pain may indicate kidney stones or a tumour and anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately consult a urologist. Dr Laurie Blake from The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, says in about a third of cases of blood in urine the reasons may be due to...

Boost immunity against coronavirus says expert

Those with a compromised immune system, men, and the elderly are at greatest risk of contracting the coronavirus according to latest data, highlighting the urgency to take action to boost immunity. Health expert Vanessa Ascencao has urged the public to take care of their health, particularly their immunity, following reports of...

Eco-friendly, affordable apartments now on sale in Parklands

High demand, supported by easier lending conditions, is driving the entry-level housing market in Cape Town with developers unable to keep up, according to property expert, Toni Enderli. Echoing reports of buoyancy in the lower end of the property market in 2019 (property priced below R1.5m), Enderli predicts this trend...

SA’s first, fully integrated, mixed-income housing development launches

South Africa’s first, fully integrated, mixed-income, mixed-use development, aimed at reversing apartheid spatial planning and located near Cape Town’s CBD, has been launched for sale to the public. The revolutionary 22ha community comprises over 3 500 homes – some subsidised or grant funded, the remainder for sale on...

Virus & immunity: scientist points to mushroom extract

A top Japanese scientist has pointed to a powerful immune-boosting extract of the shiitake mushroom, called AHCC, to help defend against infectious diseases. Dr Kohei Homma, a Japanese biochemist and expert in nutritional medicine who visited South Africa last year, said AHCC -- a standardized extract of cultured shiitake mushroom mycelia...

Fertility on the decline – UN report

The average fertility rate in South Africa is on the decline, in line with global trends, and couples unable to conceive after a year of trying should seek help from a specialist, says a leading urogynaecologist. A United Nations report notes that fertility rates in South Africa for 2020 are...

2020 trends: digital detox, mental health & quality CBD oil

Digital detox, improved mental health, scientifically backed CBD oil and predominantly plant-based diets are among the top health and wellness trends for 2020, say three leading health experts. Nutritional consultant, Vanessa Ascencao, says a largely plant-based “flexitarian” diet will continue to gain popularity and recommends eating 70 – 80 percent...

Bed wetting may indicate a UTI – consult a urologist

Involuntary urination is a normal part of early child development but may be a sign of a urinary tract infection (UTI) if it continues beyond age seven and can often be effectively treated by a urologist. Bed wetting (nocturnal enuresis) is common among young children and may be...

ED may indicate heart disease, diabetes – consult a urologist

Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects about 50 percent of men over 50 and could indicate a serious health condition such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes or depression -- highlighting the need for men with this condition to consult a urologist. A recent, wide-ranging study found that ED was increasingly affecting younger men and...

Toxic sunscreen bad for health, the planet

South Africa has some of the highest incidence of malignant melanoma in the world, highlighting the critical importance of using sunscreen which should be non-toxic, says leading SA health expert, Vanessa Ascencao.   January is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and research shows that in SA the incidence of malignant melanoma...

New tech helping improve early detection of prostate cancer

New technology is helping improve early detection of prostate cancer – the most common cancer among South African men, with one in 19 at risk at developing it in their lifetime. According to the Cancer Association of SA (CANSA), prostate cancer is on the rise with main risk factors being age,...

Only one in 10 mental health sufferers getting help – study

Fewer than one in 10 South Africans with a mental health condition are receiving help, according to research by the University of Cape Town (UCT). The UCT survey evaluating the SA mental health system found the government spent only five percent of the health budget on mental health services...

Robotics is the way of the future, says Africa’s first black robotic surgeon

Robotic surgery has successfully been applied to almost 2 000 major urological procedures at The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, and is the way of the future for medicine, says Africa’s first black robotic surgeon. Urologist, Dr Kabo Ijane, who qualified as a robotic surgeon earlier this year after training both locally and...

Ten percent weight loss may reverse diabetes — research

A 10 percent weight loss may reverse type 2 diabetes and keeping the weight off may dramatically improve health and stabilize cardiometabolic risk factors, according to new research. A study by the University of Cambridge of 867 diabetics between 40 and 69, found that 257 patients with a weight loss...

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...

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