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Brain study proves link between stress, inflammation, heart attack & death

New research shows that increased activity in the stress center of the brain leads to inflammation in arteries and a higher risk of heart attack, stroke and death. The study, by the American College of Cardiology, showed subjects with greater activity in the brain’s stress center...

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.

“Crash” diets may lead to hair loss – scientist

“Crash” diets may lead to extra-ordinary hair loss, according to leading global hair scientist, Dr Adolf Klenk.

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.

Nail fungus signals poor health, may affect half the population by age 70

  Almost half the population may experience nail fungus by age 70, a chronic condition which may indicate poor blood circulation, a weakened immune system and which could pose severe health risks to diabetics. Nail fungus (onychomycosis) is a fungal infection which affects mostly adults and the...

Cycling boosts caffeine shampoo

Sponsoring an international cycling team has helped dramatically boost the global sales of Alpecin caffeine shampoo, which recorded growth of 63% in South Africa last year. German-based Alpecin is selling more of its follicle-stimulating shampoo than ever before, CEO Eduard Dörrenberg told Marketing Magazine of Australia....

How to avoid burn-out in 2016

Stressful life events, job hardships and a lack of sufficient support at work are major factors contributing to burn-out which new studies show is directly related to depression.   Two recent studies have shown that burn-out and depression overlap considerably.   One study by The City College of New...

Energy food by Vanessa Ascencao, Nutritional Consultant

Cutting down or eliminating certain foods may counter depleted energy which is common in the first few weeks of a new year due to overindulgence over the holiday season. Foods which cause energy depletion include wheat, sugar, alcohol and stimulants like coffee and cigarettes. Cut down...

Fruit and veg early in life may counter heart disease — study

Eating lots of fruit and vegetables as a young adult may lower the risk of heart disease in middle age, a recent study by the American Heart Association (AAH) has found. The study, published in the AAH journal Circulation, found that people between 18 and 30...

The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, performs first robotic partial kidney removal

The Urology Hospital in Pretoria has successfully conducted its first robotic-assisted partial removal of a cancerous kidney (partial nephrectomy). Dr Marius Bongers, who undertook the procedure late last year, said it involved the successful removal of a cancerous tumour. Since then, five more successful robotic partial...

Study finds direct link between trauma and physical & mental disorders

A new study has found a clear link between exposure to trauma and chronic health and mental conditions among South Africans.

Team Liv-Plantur’s Stultiens and Mackaij take 2nd, 3rd at 947 cycle race

Pro Team Liv-Plantur took second and third in a fiercely contested women’s race at the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg on Sunday, November 15. Sabrina Stultiens, 22, took silver (2:34:58) ahead of her team mate Floortje Mackaij, 19, in third (2:35:04). They finished behind first-placed...

Pro Team Liv-Plantur donates R20 000 to SA development cyclist

Plantur, sponsor of professional international female cyclists, Team Liv-Plantur, on Saturday handed R20 000 and cycling kit to rising SA star, Zanele Tshoko, as a contribution to cycling development in SA. Team Liv-Plantur has entered four riders in the Momentum 947 Cycle Challenge on Sunday, 15 November....

SA on cusp of revolution in robotic cancer treatment – top global urologist

SA is on the cusp of a revolution in robotic prostate and kidney cancer treatment, says one of the world’s top urologists and a leading robotic surgeon, Dr Vipul Patel. Patel, who travels the world educating physicians on robotic surgery, is in SA for a three-day...