Month: October 2018

True or false: Apple cider vinegar can treat a yeast infection

The moment signs of a vaginal yeast infection make themselves known – the itch you discreetly get at by squirming in your seat, the gates of hell suddenly relocating to between your legs, and the clumpy discharge – nothing else matters… other than getting rid of it. The Internet seems to think a possible hero might be the trendiest …

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Is it safe to sleep with your contact lenses in? We found out

Life happens – you leave your car lights on and the battery dies, you “accidentally” pop a zit or forget your laundry in the rain. These things happen to everyone, like dozing off while watching another episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. But what’s worse, you could have dozed off with your contacts in. One man did  …

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How does circumcision really affect your sex life? Here are the facts

When Adam Zeldis was 16, Howard Stern changed his mind about his penis forever. On his show, Stern was talking about how circumcision changes sexual sensations for men, and Zeldis’s curiosity was piqued. He had been circumcised as a baby, and he hadn’t ever thought about whether it had reduced sexual sensation for him before. …

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Could diet affect breast cancer risk?

Like the human gut, the breast gland has a “microbiome” that’s influenced by diet, new animal research suggests. Although the findings are preliminary, scientists hope their work might someday improve the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. “Being able to shift the breast microbiome through diet may offer a new approach to preventing breast cancer or at …

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C-section rates have nearly doubled since 2000

The number of women delivering babies via cesarean section has nearly doubled worldwide since 2000, to about 21%, new research shows. That’s significantly higher than the 10% to 15% considered medically necessary, researchers said. When complications develop, C-sections can save the lives of mothers and their babies. But the surgery is not risk-free and has …

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Nationwide ARV shortages: Is South Africa heading for disaster?

Stocks of second- and third-line antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and contraceptives are rapidly running out across the country, and some provinces have already run out, a crisis that has been developing over the past two months, according to The Stop Stockouts Project (SSP). The organisation, which aims to monitor and report on shortages and stockouts of …

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Obesity in SA: Experts urge government to play its part

The pandemic of obesity in South Africa is a result of our ‘Americanised’ food environment and the responsibility should be shifted from individuals to government policies, according to experts. “I hear people saying Burger King is coming to South Africa, it’s fantastic. Krispy Kreme is coming, wonderful,” said Professor Karen Hoffman from Wits University. But, …

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Can a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of microbes save the world’s health?

To safeguard human health in the future, researchers envision creation of a “Noah’s Ark” of beneficial human microbes. The human microbiome includes trillions of microscopic organisms that live in and on our bodies, and benefit our health in a number of ways, according to the authors of the proposal. But antibiotics, processed-food diets and other modern harms …

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