Depression
January 17, 2014

How is depression best treated?

Not all depression is the same, so if you’ve been diagnosed with depression your doctor will speak to you about the different treatment options available, and which would suit you best. For patients with clinical depression, treatment may include psychotherapy with or without prescribed anti-depressants. For others who don't respond to standard depression treatments, doctors may offer brain stimulation techniques such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), also called electroshock therapy. (more…)
Read More
Sexual Health
January 17, 2014

South African schoolgirls to get HPV immunisation

Yesterday, President Zuma made the announcement that primary school girls would be immunised this year against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – which is strongly linked to the development of cervical cancer. (more…)
Read More
Brain and Nervous System
January 17, 2014

Schumacher STILL in medically induced coma

Recent reports of Michael Schumacher are that he hasn’t recovered enough to be taken out of his medically induced coma. The former Formula 1 driver has been in a coma for 18 days, following a freak skiing accident in France at the end of last year. According to German Newspaper, Bild, Schumacher’s condition is still considered critical and at this stage there are no plans to bring him out of his medically induced coma. (more…)
Read More
Ageing
January 16, 2014

Spotting the early signs of dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is fast becoming a serious health problem, and it currently affects more than 800 000 people in the UK alone. Considering there is no cure for the disease, scientists are now trying to find new ways to spot the early signs of dementia, in an attempt to help curb the problem before it becomes worse. One of the latest scientific advancements is a 15 minute test to help detect any early warning signs of the condition. (more…)
Read More
Food & nutrition
January 16, 2014

Packed lunches – here’s what you should be eating at work

We live in an age of convenience, where everything we want and need is right at our fingertips. This is especially true for convenience food; cooked, packaged and ready to eat within the time it takes to boil a kettle. (more…)
Read More
Skin
January 15, 2014

Non-melanoma skin cancers

January is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and even though there’s plenty of information available about melanoma (the most dangerous type of skin cancer) and sun protection, we don’t hear much about non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer worldwide, and NMSC accounts for around 97% of all skin cancers!! (more…)
Read More
Food & nutrition
January 15, 2014

Healthy lunch box ideas for back-to-school kids

Early mornings are busy in most households and the temptation is there to just give kids tuck-shop money. In truth though, it only takes 5 minutes to pack a healthy and nutritious lunch that will keep them full throughout the day, help them concentrate during class and give them the energy they need for sports and extra-mural activities. (more…)
Read More
Skin
January 15, 2014

Pack sunscreen for school

Young children are very sensitive to sunburn, which is why it’s important to use sun hats and apply sunscreen. Make sure that you put sunscreen and instructions for its use in your child’s bag for day-care, school or crèche, in addition to talking about it with the teacher. (more…)
Read More
Sexual Health
January 14, 2014

Ladies, are you ready for your own blue pill?

Is your low libido getting you, well, down? Are you getting anxious or is your relationship starting to take strain because of it? Don’t worry ladies, scientists are working on a new female Viagra that’s set to help boost your sex drive. (more…)
Read More
Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 14, 2014

Take a hike… and get fit!

Not everyone enjoys working out at the gym, but the good news is you can keep fit, healthy and in shape just by taking advantage of the great outdoors. As South Africans, we’re blessed with some of the best scenery in the world – which offers you a near endless variety of walking and hiking trails – which double up as great cardio workouts. Walking and hiking helps tone your legs, bum and thighs and keeps your waistline trim. As we said, it’s a great workout. It’s also fun to do with friends and family, and all you really need…
Read More