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August 7, 2018

CAN YOU EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER ASTHMA CONTROL?

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,” said Dr Ann Tilley, a pulmonologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York [...]

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July 30, 2018

LOWER DEATH RATES LINKED TO SEEING SAME DOCTOR

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 Manchester (Philip H Evans) in the United Kingdom conducted a systematic review of studies [...]

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April 13, 2018

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

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 elements like nickel and chromium.

It’s no surprise, then, that much of the [...]

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March 27, 2018

#WorldSleepDay: Why sleep is important

Sleep is our most basic need, crucial to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to a number of long and short-term health problems including heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

It may also lead to reduced concentration, low memory recall, and poor academic productivity. According to World Sleep Society, sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.

Today sleep is receiving attention the world will commemorate World Sleep Day, an annual day observed to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that insomnia places on society.

There are many reasons for [...]

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