Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
April 17, 2014

Pole dancing: It’s a sexy, core workout!

Bored with gym? Why not give pole dancing a try – it encourages you to unleash your inner seductress, plus it gives you a full body workout. What’s not to love about it? Pole dancing converts claim that it keeps them toned, fit and strong, and it boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Sounds like a bargain! (more…)
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Birth ControlSexual Health
March 11, 2014

What are the hormonal methods of contraception? Written by Dr Lynelle

In my 1st blog post (Contraception 101) post we covered methods of contraceptives that don’t involve medical interventions. In my 2nd blog post (Contraceptives Which Prevent Pregnancy and STDs: Written by Dr Lynelle), we looked at barrier methods which prevent pregnancy and STDs. Here, we take a look at hormonal methods of contraceptives. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
January 2, 2014

New breast cancer jab could help high risk women

It’s a huge advancement in medicine - a newly developed injection which could prevent the development of breast cancer in women. Scientists have created the jab, which is capable of stopping cancer before it begins to grow and reach its earliest stage, i.e. ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). Although it’s only been tested on mice, scientists are amazed by the results, and hopeful of its potential. (more…)
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December 11, 2013

Can my pregnancy give me Diabetes?!

Gestational diabetes is diabetes that develops during pregnancy. It’s a fairly common complication of pregnancy and affects approximately 4% of all pregnant women. Here's what you need to know about it. Who gets gestational diabetes? You may be at greater risk of developing gestational diabetes if you: Have high blood pressure or other medical conditions Have given birth to a large baby before Are obese when you become pregnant Are older than 30 years of age Have given birth to a baby who was stillborn or suffering from certain birth defects Have had gestational diabetes in previous pregnancies Have a…
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Food & nutrition
December 11, 2013

Two simple truths for weight loss

If weight loss was that easy, then everyone would be slim and fit and there wouldn’t be a multi-million Rand market for weight loss drugs, fad diets and fitness programmes. The truth is, while some people are bestowed with a fast metabolism and the ability to lose weight relatively easily – the majority of people actually struggle to lose weight and keep it off. (more…)
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November 23, 2013

Putting the FUN into fertility

Amazingly, you have only around a 20% chance of conceiving each month - and this is only if everything is working as it should be. This percentage decreases with certain factors like increasing age (especially over 30), certain medical conditions and medication, being overweight, smoking and lack of exercise. Around 70 % of couples who are trying to conceive will succeed after 6 months, and after one year around 15% will still be struggling. After a year of regular unprotected intercourse and being unable to conceive it is time to see your doctor. So how can you increase your chances…
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