HIV / AIDS
December 3, 2013

The evolution of ARVs: one pill, once a day for a normal life

It’s been 33 years since the first signs of HIV were picked up, and since then a lot has changed. Previously, HIV was seen by many as a ‘death sentence’, and with good reason. Most people who were diagnosed with HIV, soon developed full-blown AIDS – and this had terrible consequences. Thanks to significant advancements in modern science and medicine over the past few years, drug therapies have simplified. Now, depending on your medical profile, your doctor can tailor your treatment and lifestyle habits – to help ensure that you live a long, healthy life – even if you are…
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Recipes
December 2, 2013

Beef and beetroot curry

Beetroot adds a fantastic dash of colour and healthy nutrients to this spicy Indian dish. It’s perfect for cooler months, or when you feel like a hearty meal. (more…)
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Recipes
December 2, 2013

Healthy breakfast smoothie

Fresh fruit shakes in between meals are good for people who are trying to maintain a healthy weight. Shakes are easier to consume and digest between meals and they're a good way to ensure you get your 5-a-day. (more…)
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Recipes
December 1, 2013

Ostrich cubes with cashew crunch

Ostrich meat is low in fat, cholesterol and kilojoules, and it’s a great source of protein and iron. Because it’s so low in fat, ostrich meat needs to be cooked on a high heat for a short period of time, or it will become tough and dry. (more…)
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Sexual Health
November 29, 2013

Morning-after pill may not weigh up

Be careful, girls – if you’re voluptuous, it turns out that the morning-after pill may not work so well on you. According to a news report, French scientists found that the specific morning-after contraceptive pill sold in France began losing effectiveness in women who weighed about 75kg, and did not work at all in women heavier than 80kg . European health regulators had ordered a label change for the emergency contraceptive product sold by French company HRA Pharma under the brand name Norlevo, requiring it to include the drug's diminishing effectiveness based on weight. The US Food and Drug Administration…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
November 28, 2013

3 Foods to avoid before training

If you work out regularly and are following (or trying to follow) a strict diet, you’ll know which foods you should be eating before working out, and these will probably include: low fat, low fibre and moderate carbohydrate foods. You know, the right balance to help energise your workout and enable you to push that extra mile. But what about foods you should avoid before training? Reaching for the wrong snack pre-workout could leave you running for the toilet, or reaching for a pack of antacids – both of which are more than likely going to cut your workout short.…
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Ageing
November 28, 2013

Top 3 most effective ‘brakes’ you can put on ageing

Anti-ageing is a billion-dollar worldwide industry, and it's hard not to be tempted by lotions and potions that promise to 'wash away the years.' But are we missing the most important point? As it turns out, what we feed our body (not just what we put on the outside), as well as a number of other key factors are actually what contribute the most towards us staying youthful as we get older. The good news is, there are quite a few things you can do to help slow down the ageing process, and best of all; they’re simple lifestyle changes…
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Food & nutrition
November 27, 2013

Helpful tips for long-term weight loss

"I lost 5kgs fast, but now I've put them all back on!" There are many weight-loss schemes that will help you lose weight, but the true test comes with keeping it off and maintaining your new fitness levels.  This means exercising more, and changing your eating habits – for good! (more…)
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Pregnancy
November 27, 2013

The year of the gigantic babies

In November 2013, the story of one of the world’s biggest new-born babies broke – a mother in Shanghai, China had delivered a 6.17kg bundle of joy. All doctors had to say in the short story was that the baby may suffer from obesity and associated conditions later in life. When asked, the mother said she’d eaten a lot of fruit during her pregnancy. Nothing was said about whether the mother was suffering from gestational diabetes, the usual suspect in cases of abnormally big new-born babies. (more…)
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Eye Health
November 27, 2013

3 Types of Pink eye

You know what this is like: itchy, red and pretty awful. Pink eye (aka conjunctivitis) is inflammation (redness and swelling) of the conjunctiva, the outer layer of the membrane that lines the eyelid and eye surface.  Pink eye can be very contagious for as long as two weeks after symptoms appear. Pink eye mostly develops from an infection or allergic reaction, and it’s important to diagnose and treat the condition as soon as it starts, to avoid it spreading to other people. Viral and bacterial forms of conjunctivitis can occur in people of any age, but they are more common during…
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