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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...

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...

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...