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Women’s Health in the Spotlight this Women’s Month

2016-08-18T13:59:40+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Velisha Thompson of the City of Johannesburg writes: Higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease and other ailments in women are still a huge reality. This is despite the availability of more resources to help people understand their personal health and wellness needs. For the month of women, their health takes centre stage as I look at the two most common cancers in women – breast and cervical cancer. Breast cancer Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in breast tissues. Each breast has 15 [...]

Women’s Health in the Spotlight this Women’s Month 2016-08-18T13:59:40+00:00

Medical Tests Every Woman Needs to Be Healthy for Life

2016-08-11T12:47:17+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="Row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] You exercise, eat right and get plenty of sleep -— great! But if you're only going to the doctor's office when you think you have a cold or need a refill on your birth control, you're missing out on a huge area of preventative health. Having regular check-ups and routine screenings and tests can help you catch health problems and help you avoid a full-blown health crisis years down the road. So to help you take control of your health, here are the tests every woman should have done in her [...]

Medical Tests Every Woman Needs to Be Healthy for Life 2016-08-11T12:47:17+00:00

Hormones and Genetics Put Women at Greater Risk for Arthritis

2016-08-02T14:15:33+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] In 2014, 26.5 percent of women reported having doctor-diagnosed arthritis, compared with 20.5 percent of men, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention behavioral risk survey. Many women don’t realize they are at a higher risk than their male peers, said Dr. Abhijeet Danve, a rheumatologist and faculty member in Yale School of Medicine’s rheumatology division. “Of all the patients with arthritis, almost 60 percent of them are women,” he said. Several factors likely make women more susceptible than men: biological traits, genetics and hormones, Danve [...]

Hormones and Genetics Put Women at Greater Risk for Arthritis 2016-08-02T14:15:33+00:00

New Blood Test Can Predict Premature Births With 86% Accuracy

2016-07-25T10:16:43+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] Just one simple blood test can locate the risk of premature births for some mothers, even if they do not show any other symptoms at 18 weeks of pregnancy. This was the conclusion of a team of scientists and experts from The University of Western Australia (UWA). Earlier scientists had developed some tests for women with early contractions, and the current blood test has based some of its findings on that test. It shows an accuracy of 86 percent in locating women who are at risk of early delivery. Most premature [...]

New Blood Test Can Predict Premature Births With 86% Accuracy 2016-07-25T10:16:43+00:00

Heart Disease Affects Women As Much As Men

2016-06-30T09:32:19+00:00

[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] When we think of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease (CVD) our immediate assumption is that it’s a male problem but the truth is that it’s the world’s leading cause of premature death and the number one killer of women. Perceptions need to change Latest statistics indicate that, around the world, more than two million women die every year due to CVD (including both heart disease and stroke). The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA says that one in four women will have some form of heart condition before the age of 60 and [...]

Heart Disease Affects Women As Much As Men 2016-06-30T09:32:19+00:00