Month: June 2019

Can strength training help with breathing?

Strength training (also known as resistance training or weight training) has been around for a long time, yet many people are unaware of the full benefits it can offer. Some of these benefits include easing back pain, reducing symptoms of depression, and lower blood pressure. According to Harvard Health, it can also help to manage Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease …

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As air pollution increases, so do ER visits for breathing problems

Rising ozone levels and air pollution may be sending more people to US emergency rooms with breathing problems, a new study finds. In fact, increased ozone levels, a main component of smog, sent people of all ages to emergency rooms, the researchers found. For each increase in ozone of 20 parts per billion, emergency room …

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Common infant vaccine may also shield kids from type 1 diabetes

Vaccinating against the common infant infection rotavirus not only cuts a child’s odds of getting sick, it might also prevent them from developing type 1 diabetes later in life, new research suggests. Infants who got all of the recommended doses of the “stomach flu” virus vaccine had a 33% lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes compared …

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Testicular cancer treatment unlikely to trigger birth defects

New research should reassure dads-to-be who’ve had testicular cancer that treatment with radiation or chemotherapy doesn’t raise the risk of fathering babies with birth defects. “Our research set out to investigate whether treatment for the most common cancer among young men leads to a higher risk of fathering a child with a birth defect and we saw …

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‘My teen no longer wants to eat meat’ – How to incorporate a plant-based diet without risking anaemia

Your teenager storms into the kitchen and makes a sudden announcement – she no longer wants to eat meat. You feel helpless, but you don’t want to stand in the way of her life choices. But the reality is that teenagers are especially at risk for iron-deficiency anaemia if healthy iron levels are not achieved. This is …

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Why recurring lung illnesses may strike women harder than men

Women with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) appear to have a harder time than men with the progressive lung disorder, a new study suggests. Smoking is its leading cause, and while women report smoking less than men, those with COPD have more trouble breathing, more frequent flare-ups and a poorer quality of life, researchers found.   Increasing …

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When should my child see a doctor for bedwetting?

When bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) persists, it can be considered a problem. But when do you know whether it’s a medical or psychological condition or simply something you have to wait out? Bedwetting is a common childhood problem that often goes away on its own as children learn to control their bladders. According to Cape Town GP Dr …

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A negative outlook on growing older can be more harmful than you realise

The way you view ageing can affect how well you manage stress. Older people who see ageing negatively have stronger (negative) emotional reactions to day-to-day stresses, while such events have little effect on the moods of adults who are more positive about getting older. Their sunny outlook acts as a buffer against little annoyances.   Increasing …

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