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genetics

Ageing
July 30, 2018

Could you have the anti-ageing gene?

A scientific study has found a genetic mutation in the Amish people of the mid-western United States that seems to keep them ticking far longer than people without it. Up to 10 years longer, in fact! Northwestern University researchers say that the small Indiana Amish community carries a copy of a genetic mutation that holds the secret to their healthy ageing. Those with the mutation also had lower chances of developing diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. This exciting find has seen other researchers join the cause. Scientists in the USA and Japan are testing an experimental drug in the hopes of…
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Food & nutrition
October 31, 2017

What South Africans need to know about GMO foods

There are a lot of buzzwords in the field of nutrition at the moment, but the one that gets most of the limelight is “GMOs”. Genetically modified food, believe it or not, is everywhere. In theory, the idea of a drought resistant plant, or a fruit that won’t turn brown is great, but what’s going on behind the scenes to create these results, and could they be harmful to your health? What are GMOs and where did they come from? A GMO is any type of organism, plant, or animal, whose genetic material has been manipulated through genetic engineering. Although…
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Cancer & lymphoma
October 27, 2017

The main causes of colon cancer

Cancer truly is “the great equalizer” and it affects people of all ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. Cancer colon is no exception, and because it doesn’t usually have symptoms until it’s at a late stage it’s considered to be one of the most dangerous cancers a person can get. Colon cancer develops over a long period of time, and it can’t be detected unless a person goes for regular colonoscopies. So, if you have a family history of this type of cancer, or your lifestyle contributes to the development of it, then it’s very important that you speak to your…
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Cancer & lymphoma
July 25, 2016

You already have cancer(cells)

Did you know that there are cancer cells in your body right now? Don’t panic, though! Everyone has them. You see, your cells normally grow and renew every second of the day. (more…)
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Skin
May 27, 2016

Surprising causes of body odour

Does something smell fishy, literally? It may be you! Yup, it’s true. Your BO may not just be a result of you forgetting to use your deodorant. Get a whiff of these lesser-known reasons for your unpleasant scent. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
September 1, 2015

A new breed of South African athlete

Does the name Wayde van Niekerk ring a bell? It should! He’s one of the new generation of South African athletes that are tearing up the track at the IAAF World Championships, currently being held in Beijing. But who is this guy? Let’s find out. (more…)
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Parenting
October 19, 2014

Down syndrome “it’s all in the genes”

In South Africa, 1 in 500 children are born with Down Syndrome every year - Let’s take a closer look at the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and leading cause of intellectual disability in children. (more…)
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Men's Health
August 16, 2014

Four ageing myths for men

In a world that praises youth and beauty, it’s not uncommon to find people who fear ageing. People aren’t always scared of the wrinkles and grey hair, but are scared of losing their body, their sexual desires and developing various conditions and diseases. But the truth is, many of these conditions can affect young men too. Here are just a few misconceptions that men have when it comes to ageing. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
December 10, 2013

A gene which makes tumours grow?

That’s right, British scientists have found a gene that’s responsible for making tumours grow. | Scientists found the gene, called CUX1, in patients with breast cancer and a certain type of leukaemia that is currently very hard to treat. The rogue DNA isn’t exclusive to a particular cancer, and it can fuel almost all forms of the disease, which kills more than 150 000 Britons every year. The discovery of this gene could lead to thousands of cancer patients receiving more effective treatments. (more…)
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