Month: May 2018

Health Department to push R100 million into oncology for Gauteng and KZN provinces

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that the Department plans to run a massive cancer campaign in his Health Budget Vote speech for 2018/2019. He also said that the department will, without compromise, target tobacco smoking and sugar intake. In his speech, Dr Motsoaledi quoted a few portions of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the …

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These are the 6 best tips to stay super healthy during flu season

Sick of being sick? Use these strategies to keep that dreaded cold at bay this flu season. The best part? It won’t cost an arm and a leg. 1. Get some exercise A study reveals that people who exercise regularly are less likely to get sniffy. Exercise creates more of those virus-fighting white blood cells, so you’re prepared if you …

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Man’s blood saves the lives of more than 2 million babies

He’s been dubbed “the man with the golden arm”. For six decades an Australian man, James Harrison has been donating blood plasma every two weeks – and the high concentration of a certain type of antibody in his blood has saved the lives of about 2,4 million babies. James (81) told the Sydney Morning Herald the fact …

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New rabies test could save lives and revolutionise treatment

A new rapid rabies test for animals could revolutionise screening and spare humans unnecessary painful treatment, according to researchers at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC-developed test, called LN34, is highly accurate and produces results more quickly and cost-effectively than current methods, according to the agency. More feasible screening “The LN34 test has …

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‘I didn’t use soap for two weeks. Here’s what happened’

Our skin is rife with oil and bacteria, much of which is temporarily stripped away when we use soap. Sounds like a good thing, but disrupting this fragile ecosystem creates an oil imbalance, causing our exterior to feel tight and dry after bathing. Scientists have long studied how our epidermis adapts to changes in its …

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Organs from drug overdoses could alleviate transplant shortage

In South Africa, there are currently approximately 4 300 patients desperately waiting for a life-saving organ transplant. Yet, the latest statistics from the Organ Donation Foundation states that only 512 transplants were performed in 2016, 25 of them being heart transplants. The question has been asked – how can we ensure more organ transplants? New studies show that fatal …

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Suffering from diabetes? Take extra care of your teeth

Already thinking of postponing your annual dental appointment? Don’t – especially not if you are diabetic. Many adults with diabetes don’t see the dentist often enough, even though they’re at increased risk for gum disease, researchers say. In a new study, investigators analysed data from just over 2.5 million American adults who took part in an annual …

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Hair colour genes discovery offers clues to skin cancer

Scientists have recently uncovered more than 100 new genes linked to hair colour, a discovery which could advance knowledge of skin cancer and other diseases. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, could also help forensic scientists use DNA samples to identify the natural hair colour of unidentified criminals. Link between pigmentation and health In the largest ever genetic …

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