What is a paraben and why are so many products advertised as ‘paraben-free’?

What is a paraben and why are so many products advertised as ‘paraben-free’?

By The Conversation 07-08-23 12:00

What are parabens? Chemically speaking, paraben is the collective name for a group of closely related compounds – the parahydroxybenzoates. The “para” refers to the positions of certain parts of the molecule (it’s also where the “para” in “paracetamol” comes from). There are several different types of paraben, so you might see methylparaben, ethylparaben propylparaben, […]

South Africa’s new vaping tax won’t deter young smokers

South Africa’s new vaping tax won’t deter young smokers

By The Conversation 04-08-23 15:25

Throughout the world, governments impose excise taxes on products like alcohol and tobacco to reduce their demand. The South African government has implemented a tax on vaping products for the same reason. Reducing demand is necessary as there is growing evidence that vaping products are not harmless. The new vaping tax has enraged vaping lobby […]

healthy sweet food

These healthy foods will help you satisfy your sweet tooth

By TheSouthAfrican.com 02-08-23 15:28

Cutting down on refined sugar is not easy, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Choosing healthier alternatives however can help reduce serious diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Don’t worry, you don’t have to purchase expensive sugar-free products. There are many alternative and tasty food options available to satisfy a sweet […]

Organ donor transplant

Soccer pro’s transplant triumph sparks call for Organ donors

By GCIS Vuk’uzenzele 02-08-23 11:35

Become an organ donor and save lives In 2016, Kopeli Mosoatsi, a former professional soccer player, received the devastating news that he had kidney failure and needed a kidney transplant from a suitable organ donor. What followed was a six-year wait for a suitable kidney to be found, which eventually happened last year. “I cried […]

Health activists make over 12,000 submissions on draft food labelling regulations

Health activists make over 12,000 submissions on draft food labelling regulations

By Fazila Olla 01-08-23 11:46

Over 12,000 submissions have been collected by Community Media Trust and the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) in response to the Department of Health’s draft Regulations Relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs. Health activists at Community Media Trust and the Healthy Living Alliance (HEALA) have collected and submitted over 12,000 submissions on the health department’s […]

What happens in our body when we encounter and fight off a virus like the flu

What happens in our body when we encounter and fight off a virus like the flu, SARS-CoV-2 or RSV?

By Fazila Olla 31-07-23 11:54

Respiratory viruses like influenza virus (flu), SARS-CoV-2 (which causes COVID) and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) can make us sick by infecting our respiratory system, including the nose, upper airways and lungs. They spread from person to person through respiratory droplets when someone coughs, sneezes, or talks and can cause death in serious cases. But what […]

Holistic therapy

Holistic therapy in long-term dependency treatment

By Tanyaradzwa Pamhirwa 27-07-23 16:53

Holistic therapy is a way to address addiction that looks at the whole person, including their physical, social, mental, and spiritual health. It is based on the idea that addiction is not just a physical problem, but also a complicated disease that affects the whole person. Holistic therapy considers all the above and uses various […]

Another imported cholera case reported in SA

Another imported cholera case confirmed in SA

By Fazila Olla 26-07-23 10:54

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, announced on Tuesday that South Africa recorded another imported laboratory-confirmed case of cholera from a 24-year-old South African man with a travel history from Karachi, Pakistan. According to the statement released last night, the patient arrived in the country on 16 July from Pakistan, known to be cholera endemic, where […]

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