Month: May 2016

The most important thing South Africans should know about superbugs

Antibiotics overuse is threatening to kill 10 million people by 2050. This is according toThe Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, chaired by UK economist, Lord Jim O’Neill. The report further states that there will be more people dying from antimicrobial resistance in the future than people dying of cancer. ‘Superbugs’ The reason? Many antibiotics that were used …

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International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking

June 26 is the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987, this day serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) selects themes …

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World Blood Donor Day 2016: Blood connects us all

Q: Why should I donate blood? A: Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for: women with complications of pregnancy, such as ectopic pregnancies and haemorrhage before, during or after childbirth; children with severe anaemia often resulting from malaria or malnutrition; people with severe trauma following man-made and natural disasters; and …

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Can dark chocolate improve your cycling performance?

The ancient Aztecs credited cacao with a range of magical, spiritual and even economic powers. Today, some scientists believe that the key ingredient of chocolate may provide significant benefits to cyclists and other athletes. So can you improve your performance on the bike by munching on delicious chocolate bars while you’re off it? At the …

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5 ways to avoid injury when training for a marathon

The inconvenience of having to nurse a sport injury when you are meant to be on top form can be incredibly frustrating. With the Comrades marathon just around the corner, many novice and even experienced runners are looking at ways to decrease their risk of injury. New runners who are training for their first marathon have …

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How second hand smoke puts even non-smokers at risk of serious lung disease

The 31st of May marks World No Tobacco Day. If you’re a non-smoker you may think you aren’t affected by tobacco but the truth is that second hand smoke inhaled from cigarettes and other tobacco products affects non-smokers and can lead to serious lung diseases. Irritating gases and/or cigarette smoke may cause chronic obstructive pulmonary …

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