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Exam stress taking a toll on SA teens

Exam stress often takes a punishing toll on teens which may impact negatively on adulthood, according to a top doctor and homeopath. Dr Erika Coertzen says calls to help lines usually spike during the school, college and university exam period when learners feel overwhelmed and don’t...

Common spice extract fights inflammation better than drugs

Studies show that a promising new treatment for severe inflammation, which is at the heart of most chronic diseases, is found in curcumin, a natural ingredient in the common spice, turmeric.

Overcoming fear of the dentist starts at childhood

Parents should take children for regular dental check-ups, focus on prevention of tooth decay and instil good oral hygiene habits from an early age to avoid fear of dental visits in later life, according to a top SA dentist.

SA stressed and depressed, should seek remedies

SA is ranked as the second most stressed country globally with one in three South Africans suffering from a mental disorder in their lifetime, various studies show. A study published earlier this year by research company, Hexor, found that 24 percent of 1 060 SA respondents...

Insomnia prompts depression, weight gain and impacts on sex life

Sedatif PC® is available at leading pharmacies and health shops countrywide. Insomnia affects up to 40 percent of South Africans, contributing to depression, weight gain and negatively impacting on some couples’ sex lives. The SA Society of Sleep medicine (SASSM) says between 30 and 40% of adults indicate...

Speedo signs global deal with FINA for Swimming World Cup series

 Image: Florent Manaudou at the World Championships 2015  Speedo, the world’s leading swimwear brand, has signed a new contract with the international governing body of swimming, FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation) to become the Exclusive Swimwear and Swim Equipment Supplier to the FINA Swimming World Cup (SWC) series until 2019.

Balanced diet, vitamins and magnesium may help ADHD kids — studies

Improved diet and increased nutrients such as magnesium and vitamins B6 and B12 may reduce symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affects up to 10 % of South African children, studies show.   ADHD is a childhood behavioral disorder with symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention...

Treat vitamin B12 deficiency early to avoid nerve damage

Vitamin B12 deficiency, which contributes to fatigue, anaemia, lethargy and depression, is believed to affect about 40% of the population and may cause permanent nerve damage if not treated in time.   Other ailments linked to low levels of B12 include poor memory, brain “fog”, pins and...

Educate women on obesity & health – nutritional consultant

More SA women than men are overweight, highlighting the need to educate women to make better nutrition and lifestyle choices this women’s month, says top nutritional consultant Vanessa Ascencao.   Ascencao says a study by the Medical Research Council found that 56% of women are overweight compared...

Healthy gut critical for immunity and wellness

A healthy gut is critical for good health as it promotes normal gastrointestinal function, protects against infection, regulates metabolism and comprises over 75% of our immune system. An unhealthy lifestyle, chronic stress, excessive use of antibiotics and bad nutrition such as a diet high in sugar,...

Fasting tips for diabetics

Fasting is a relatively common practice for religious or health reasons but can be risky for diabetics in particular, if not managed correctly. Fasting entails abstaining from food or drink for a period of time. With the Muslim holy month of Ramadaan expected to start around 18...

SA swimmers tops in open water globally

Eleven South African men and three women have been ranked by a leading global swimming association as among the top 50 most adventurous male and female open water swimmers in the world. The US-based World Open Water Swimming Association named the following SA men (alphabetically) as...

Flu vaccines: consider additional measures — medical expert

Global health authorities have cautioned that current flu vaccines may not prevent a severe new strain of influenza, highlighting the need to consider additional ways to protect against the effects of flu this winter. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health...

Vitamin mouth sprays may be better than pills — research

A new way of ingesting vitamins -- by spraying them under the tongue – has been shown by research to be more effective in delivering nutrients to the body than by pills or capsules. A study by Cardiff University found that sublingual (under the tongue) application...

Caffeine shampoo marks 100 million global unit sales

Alpecin, Germany’s best-selling men’s shampoo¹ which is fast gaining popularity in SA, has produced its 100 millionth unit, the manufacturers have announced. The German-based, family-owned Dr. Wolff Group, has achieved double-digit growth for several successive years for its caffeine shampoos for men (Alpecin) and women (Plantur),...

Magnesium may lower diabetes risk – study

A recent study has revealed that sufficient magnesium intake may help prevent the onset of pre-diabetes conditions such as hypertension and high blood sugar and possibly help avoid the disease itself. The study was conducted by Tufts University in Massachusetts, US, on 2582 participants over seven...

Pretoria’s High Performance Centre partners with Brand ID

The High Performance Centre (HPC) at the University of Pretoria and Brand ID are thrilled to announce a newly formed five year partnership. Brand ID, a Lifestyle Fashion and Sports Brands distribution business with a family of 25 brands has offered a unique level of partnership...

Diabetes and dentistry

By Dr Marc Sher Diabetics are encouraged to take good care of their oral hygiene as the condition can take a toll on teeth and gums. Gum disease, in particular, often affects diabetics who may also be prone to other mouth infections. Cape-based dentist, Dr Marc Sher,...

New Speedo concept store opens in Pretoria

“The store opens officially on April 1. 2015, and follows the success of Speedo’s first concept store in Canal Walk, Cape Town,” said Speedo SA Brand President Stuart Hopwood. He said Speedo had identified Menlyn as the site for the country’s second concept store given swimming’s popularity...

Pro German triathlete donates to development, rates South African hospitality as best in world

German pro triathlete, Till Schramm, in South Africa to participate in the IRONMAN African champs this Sunday, says he rates SA as the most hospitable and friendly nation in the world. Schramm made the remarks after visiting orphans at the Khayalethu Children’s Home in Port Elizabeth,...