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Inflammatory bowel disease should not be a career-ender
Inflammatory bowel disease should not be a career-ender

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) affects individuals in their most productive years, but its symptoms should not deter individuals from continuing to practise their chosen professions...

Issued by Cipla 28 Sep 2017

Africa has highest burden of foodborne diseases per population
Africa has highest burden of foodborne diseases per population

The World Health Organization has released its first global estimates of foodborne diseases, which finds that Africa is estimated to have the highest burden of foodborne diseases per population...

4 Dec 2015

Increased chance of cancer? Meat the risk profile
Increased chance of cancer? Meat the risk profile

Last week, the World Health Organisation's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), announced that the consumption of processed and red meat is associated with an increased risk for colorectal cancer, particularly processed meat...

4 Nov 2015

Obesity is more than BMI
Obesity is more than BMI

The Biokinetics Association of South Africa (BASA) has called for the definition and management of 'obesity' to be revisited...

3 Nov 2015

New research into obesity - genetic and metabolic potential of gut microbiota
New research into obesity - genetic and metabolic potential of gut microbiota

There is a growing interest in probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics in offering insights into the inner workings of the digestive system and how these tiny organisms relate to weight-related issues, such as obesity...

21 Sep 2015

New cow's milk substitute for babies
New cow's milk substitute for babies

Cipla Medpro has launched a new bespoke, over-the-counter formula intended to broaden access to an affordable cow's milk substitute for children suffering from Cow's milk protein allergy...

14 Sep 2015

Research explains how we live in harmony with friendly gut bacteria
Research explains how we live in harmony with friendly gut bacteria

Stability in the composition of the hundred trillion bacterial cells in the human gastrointestinal tract is crucial to health...

By Bill Hathaway 2 Jan 2015

Yale study identifies potential bacterial drivers of inflammatory bowel disease
Yale study identifies potential bacterial drivers of inflammatory bowel disease

Yale University researchers have identified a handful of bacterial culprits that may drive inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, using patients' own intestinal immune responses as a guide.

1 Sep 2014

Doctors blame province for equipment shortages
Doctors blame province for equipment shortages

A total of R53m of the R80m budget for equipment for the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital was not spent in the 2013/14 financial year.

20 Jun 2014

SA's high stress increases heartburn, acid reflux
SA's high stress increases heartburn, acid reflux

A 2013 Bloomberg study that rated 74 nations around the world, based on their 'stressed-out' factor, listed South Africa as the second most stressed-out country in the world after Nigeria. One of the effects of this is a steep rise in the number of South Africans complaining of heartburn and acid reflux over the past decade.

13 Jun 2014

Crohn's Disease's impact on career and work-life

In support of its global campaign 'Join the Fight Against Autoimmune Diseases', AbbVie Pharmaceuticals, would like to shed some light on one specific inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) - Crohn's Disease and its impact of its sufferer's careers.

20 May 2014

Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations
Wits medical students excel in specialist examinations

Wits students towered head and shoulders above the rest in the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa examination held in October 2013.

9 Jan 2014

Herbal treatment for dyspepsia proves worth - study
Herbal treatment for dyspepsia proves worth - study

Results from a breakthrough clinical trial investigating the efficacy and tolerability of treatments for heartburn and indigestion (functional dyspepsia) have revealed that the natural medicine Iberogast works as well as the leading proton pump inhibitor (esomeprazole/Nexiam), with less chance of symptoms recurring after stopping treatment.

30 Sep 2013

Key cellular mechanism in the body's 'battery' can either spur or stop obesity
Key cellular mechanism in the body's 'battery' can either spur or stop obesity

Becoming obese or remaining lean can depend on the dynamics of the mitochondria, the body's energy-producing "battery," according to two new studies by Yale School of Medicine researchers featured as the cover story in the 26 September 2013, issue of the journal Cell.

By Karen N. Peart 27 Sep 2013

Disruption of gut bacteria may help explain AIDS symptoms

A study of chimpanzees in Africa has shown that a healthy balance of gut bacteria is disrupted in individuals with SIV - the simian version of HIV - a condition that may contribute to the devastating immune system dysfunction that is the hallmark of AIDs, a new Yale-led study shows.

By Bill Hathaway 11 Sep 2013

Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14
Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Fellowship Awards 2013/14

Pfizer together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) are offering South African media the 'Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2013/14.

15 Aug 2013

Crohn's Disease forms part of IBD month
Crohn's Disease forms part of IBD month

As May is the month to highlight Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD), pharmaceutical company, AbbVie wishes to create further awareness around one particular, debilitating IBD - Crohn's Disease.

21 May 2013

Reduce chocolate, avoid heartburn this Easter
Reduce chocolate, avoid heartburn this Easter

Over Easter, millions of South Africans may reach for their chests in discomfort more often than usual and the heartburn culprit, says a local pharmaceutical company, is chocolate.

26 Mar 2013

Tapeworms larvae are harmful to humans

Adult tapeworms can live in the gut for years without doing much harm, but the larvae they produce can be harmful.

22 Mar 2013

If you're content, we're content
If you're content, we're content

"Content" is currently on everybody's lips, with everyone from the existing media to brand owners and individuals being encouraged to become content providers. Bizcommunity has been ahead of the content curve for over a decade.

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 18 Mar 2013

Genes and obesity: Fast food is not only culprit in expanding waistlines - DNA is also to blame
Genes and obesity: Fast food is not only culprit in expanding waistlines - DNA is also to blame

Researchers at UCLA say it's not just what you eat that makes those pants tighter - it's also genetics. In a new study, scientists discovered that body-fat responses to a typical fast-food diet are determined in large part by genetic factors, and they have identified several genes they say may control those responses.

1 Feb 2013

Human gut 'selects and nurtures' beneficial microbes

Animals, including humans, actively select the gut microbes that are the best partners and nurture them with nutritious secretions, a new Oxford University study suggests.

26 Nov 2012

Straight from the gut: Microbes can cause obesity
Straight from the gut: Microbes can cause obesity

Obesity and chronic liver disease can be triggered by a family of proteins that alter populations of microbes in the stomach, a discovery that suggests the condition may be infectious, Yale scientists report. The study, in the advance online publication of Nature, expands on earlier Yale research that showed how similar microbial imbalances caused by the same family of proteins increases the risk of intestinal diseases such as colitis.

By Helen Dodson 3 Feb 2012

Bedwetting can be due to undiagnosed constipation, research shows

Winston-Salem, NC, USA: Bedwetting isn't always due to problems with the bladder, according to new research by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Constipation is often the culprit; and if it isn't diagnosed, children and their parents must endure an unnecessarily long, costly and difficult quest to cure nighttime wetting.

31 Jan 2012

Vomiting virus found in majority of British oysters: study
Vomiting virus found in majority of British oysters: study

LONDON, UK: Three-quarters of British-grown oysters contain norovirus, a bug which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, according to new research published on Tuesday by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

29 Nov 2011

Results of medication studies in top medical journals may be misleading to readers

A UCLA-Harvard study has highlighted three types of confusing outcome measures. Studies about medications published in the most influential medical journals are frequently designed in a way that yields misleading or confusing results, new research suggests.

By Enrique Rivero 26 Aug 2011

Too much kougoed not so good, says SU researcher
Too much kougoed not so good, says SU researcher

If you want to chew the indigenous plant kougoed to calm you or make you feel less depressed, do so in moderation - don't indulge yourself indiscriminately.

15 Feb 2011

New trial tests surgery for Type 2 diabetes
New trial tests surgery for Type 2 diabetes

Study compares gastric bypass to conventional medical treatments and lifestyle modifications in mildly obese and non-obese patients.

11 Feb 2011

Trained dog sniffs out colon cancer with 98% accuracy
Trained dog sniffs out colon cancer with 98% accuracy

A new study showed that a Labrador retriever that was trained to sniff out cancer was able to detect colon cancer nearly as accurately as a colonoscopy.

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD 3 Feb 2011

Common disinfectant degrades water-borne viruses

A simple technique to make a common virus-killing material significantly more effective is a breakthrough from the Rice University labs of Andrew Barron and Qilin Li. Rather than trying to turn the process into profit, the researchers have put it into the public domain. They hope wide adoption will save time, money and perhaps even lives.

13 Jan 2011

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