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CAN YOU EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER ASTHMA CONTROL?

Belanda | Aug 07 , 2018

Need another reason to eat healthily? New evidence bolsters the notion that nutritionally rich foods might help prevent or minimise asthma.

While the study couldn’t prove cause and effect, one asthma specialist said there’s certainly no downside to eating better.

According to a recent report by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), South Africa has the world’s fourth highest asthma death rate among five to 35 year olds.

 

Additional motivation

“The health benefits of a diet rich in plant foods and unprocessed foods are already well-known,”… read more


TEA: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGHT THE AGES

Belanda | Aug 07 , 2018

Drinking tea has played a central role in the lives of women across the globe for centuries. It’s hard to imagine a world without tea, but like much of written history, the tale of women’s roles and how instrumental they were in shaping tea commerce as we know it today, has not been well-told.

 

Women like Mary Tuke, who was born in England, was among the first tea merchants to build a chain of tea stores- the equivalent of Starbucks back in the day- and did so amid many jail threats and fines, since many (mainly men) were vehemently opposed to a woman running a business.

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LOWER DEATH RATES LINKED TO SEEING SAME DOCTOR

Belanda | Jul 30 , 2018

If you would like someone to defend you in a court case, would you keep switching lawyers? If you would like a stable, nurturing marriage, would you repeatedly get divorced and re-married? If you would like a winning team or company, would you hire only interim coaches or CEOs?

If you answered “no” to any of the above, then you can see why the findings from a recently published study in BMJ Open are not surprising. Researchers from St Leonard’s Practice (Denis J. Pereira Gray, Kate Sidaway-Lee, and Eleanor White), University of Exeter (Angus Thorne), and the University of… read more


12 MAJOR CHANGES AHEAD FOR PRIVATE HEALTHCARE IN SA

Belanda | Jul 23 , 2018

As part of the inquiry, the Commission included a number of ‘recommendations’ aimed at addressing the competition concerns identified, but also at introducing changes that will promote competition to the benefit of consumers and the long-term sustainability of the market.

Interested stakeholders have now been requested to provide submissions in respect of the proposed recommendations, focusing on the stakeholder’s view of the recommendations, the proposed manner of implementation, the proposed entity responsible for implementing the recommendation, and the proposed timelines.

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MAN IS HAILED AS HERO IN CHINA AFTER RARE ORGAN DONATION CHANGES FIVE LIVES

Belanda | Jul 09 , 2018

Phillip Hancock was only 27 years-old when he passed away two months ago – but the compassionate young man’s death made history in Chongqing, China.

Hancock had been working as an English teacher there for four years until he fell ill from complications with type 1 diabetes.

When he was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance, his heart had temporarily stopped beating. By the time his family arrived, he had fallen into a coma and died.

While this may seem like a fairly common tragedy, there was something remarkable about the Australian man’s passing because he was an… read more


DESMOND AND LEAH TUTU SPEND WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CARING FOR SICK CHILDREN

Belanda | Jul 09 , 2018

The Tutus have been active patrons of the hospital for the past 18 years.

Apart from being regular visitors to the wards‚ their fundraising efforts have contributed to the hospital being able to acquire equipment to screen high-risk infants’ eyes and prevent blindness‚ and equipment for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for which there was no public funding.

The teaching hospital of Stellenbosch University‚ Tygerberg hospital is responsible for providing tertiary medical care to approximately half of the Western Cape’s children in need‚ as well as some children from further… read more


Stellenbosch University Law Clinic fights Tampon Tax

Belanda | Jun 29 , 2018

The Stellenbosch University (SU) Law Clinic has joined the fight to topple tampon tax and has made a written submission to National Treasury to include feminine hygiene products on the list of zero-rated VAT items.

The clinic conducted research on tampon tax shortly after the National Treasury called for public submissions for the expansion of the current list of zero-rated VAT items.

“The research indicates that the lack of access to feminine hygiene products, primarily as a result of the high prices of these products, is an enormous problem that confronts poor, vulnerable… read more


WATCH: Couple marry in Zim hospital days after serious croc attack

Benice Burger | May 22 , 2018

A Zimbabwean woman got married in hospital this weekend – days after her arm was bitten off in a crocodile attack near Victoria Falls, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Zanele Ndlovu, a former national tennis player, married Jamie Fox on Saturday in a chapel at Bulawayo’s Mater Dei hospital where she was treated for her injuries, reports the Sunday News.

“This has never happened before and it is quite exciting. You can tell people are all excited about this,” a hospital staffer told the paper.

Lucky to be alive

Pictures from the chapel service… read more


Vaping could be leading thousands of teens to start smoking who otherwise wouldn’t have

Benice Burger | Apr 13 , 2018

Vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine using an e-cig or vape pen, seems to be healthier than smoking, a deadly habit that involves inhaling burning tobacco. And for some adult smokers, vaping may be somewhat helpful for quitting. But the practice also appears to be creating thousands of new smokers, most of whom are teens whose first exposure to nicotine is via an e-cig or vape pen. Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.

In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic… read more


Uganda: NDA Seizes Fake Hepatitis Vaccines

Benice Burger | Apr 13 , 2018

The National Drug Authority (NDA) is investigating how eight private hospitals and clinics came to sell counterfeit hepatitis B vaccines in Mbarara, Kampala and Mbale.

As inquiries proceed, the authority has asked the public to remain calm awaiting further advice. Amos Atumanya, the NDA regulatory officer who led the three-week preliminary investigation, told journalists yesterday that the fake vaccines are allegedly manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.

“We got our first complaint from Mbarara. This person got the fake labels on Mbarara street and was able to inform… read more


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