Month: March 2016

7 asthma triggers to watch out for

House-dust mites, cockroaches, pollens and outdoor moulds, tobacco smoke and indoor pollens are common asthma triggers – here is what you can do to avoid an asthma attack. Animal dander, house-dust mites, cockroaches, pollens and outdoor moulds, tobacco smoke and indoor pollens are common asthma triggers. What action can you take to avoid or eliminate …

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Should you have your genes screened?

Genetic tests promise to be beneficial for weight loss, disease treatment and more, but are these tests really worth it, and should you consider having your genes screened? Having your personal genetic makeupanalysed seems a mere mouse click away these days. Growing numbers of medical service providers offer genetic tests that promise to help you …

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New ‘AsthmaMap’ could help redefine disease

The ‘AsthmaMap’ is the first detailed representation of the different molecular processes involved in asthma. Estoril, Portugal: A new digital “map” detailing different mechanisms that contribute to the development of asthma could help researchers redefine the disease. The map works by dividing asthma into different subgroups in order to allow personalised treatment more targeted to …

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Overweight? Depressed? Always tired? You could have hypothyroidism

Ever felt excessively tired for no good reason? Finding it difficult to lose weight despite a healthy diet and exercise regime? Struggling with depression or hair loss? These are but a few symptoms of thyroid disease. It can effect anyone at any time and is so insidious, its effects are often ignored. But, what is …

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Genetic high cholesterol is more common than you think

Familial hypercholesterolemia, when high cholesterol runs in families, significantly ups the risk for an early heart attack. Twice as many people as previously thought are genetically predisposed to develop dangerously high cholesterol levels, new research suggests. Early, consistent preventive care Familial hypercholesterolemia, as this condition is called, significantly ups the risk for an early heart …

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What runners can drink to enhance their performance

Sports scientists are touting rooibos tea as an effective way for runners to stay hydrated and to enhance their performance.   Rooibos tea has performance-boosting benefits for runners as it contains magnesium, zinc, calcium, manganese and antioxidant components. Army of antioxidants And with the Two Oceans Marathon fast approaching, rooibos tea may just be the …

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