The breakthrough rhinoplasty procedure that could mean nose jobs are performed using ultrasound

Rhinoplasty is the fifth most common cosmetic surgery procedure for women and the second most popular for men, yet nose tweaking remains one of the trickiest operations to get right. But a new ultrasound technique could be about to change all that.

Breastfeeding could cut asthma gene's effect on respiratory symptoms by 27%

During the first year of life, breastfeeding could help protect children with genetic profiles linked to asthma from developing respiratory symptoms such as asthma attacks, according to a study presented September 4 at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress.

2.6 billion people in Zika risk areas in Africa, Asia: study

At least 2.6 billion people, over a third of the global population, live in parts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific where Zika could gain a new foothold, researchers warned, with 1.2 billion at risk in India alone.

Too much ‘good' cholesterol linked to premature death: study

An American study has linked excessively high levels of HDL (high-density lipoprotein) -- often dubbed "good cholesterol" -- to premature death.

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Wanted Online arrives as South Africa’s premier online luxury destination

A new digital platform of Business Day’s glossy lifestyle magazine Wanted has been launched by Times Media.

Explained: Why we do unpleasant activities‚ like chores

Why is it that human beings are routinely inclined to engage in “unpleasant” activities?
Choosing cycling as your primary form of transportation is an easy way to incorporate physical activity into your daily life and manage weight.

Large-scale study finds drivers are four kilograms heavier than cyclists

An ongoing European study has revealed that those who drive as their main form of transport are on average heavier than those who cycle.

Why breastfeeding in South Africa still needs champions

Breastfeeding has been proven to protect the health of mothers and babies. It naturally inoculates babies against disease because the mother’s immune system kick starts the baby’s ability to resist illness. This applies in both low-income and high-income settings.

Familicides – how apartheid killed its own

In this extract from her book, “The End of Whiteness: Satanism and Family Murder in Late Apartheid South Africa”, the University of the Witwatersrand’s Nicky Falkof explores how during the height of apartheid family murders became what was termed a “bloody epidemic”.

Austrian biotech plans Zika vaccine clinical trials in 12 months

An Austrian biotech company working with the Institut Pasteur said on Tuesday it planned to start clinical trials with an experimental Zika vaccine in the next 12 months, marking a further acceleration of research in the field.

Living near high levels of greenery may reduce aggressive behavior in teens

A new US study has found yet another health benefit of "green space," finding that adolescents who live in neighborhoods with more greenery may have less aggressive behaviors.

Cardinal Wilfred Napier tweets about abortion‚ apologies‚ Brexit and Nkandla

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier‚ former leader of the Catholic Church in South Africa‚ is stirring up debate – in thought-provoking bursts of 140 characters - questioning the need for the church to apologise to homosexuals.


'Heart attack risk is highest in Gauteng‚ lowest in Limpopo'

Gauteng residents are twice as likely to suffer from a heart attack than those living in KwaZulu-Natal‚ and have by far the highest risk overall as a whopping 3‚359 emergency calls for heart-related conditions emanated from this part of the country‚ a study has found.

New painkiller could replace morphine: study

Scientists on Wednesday unveiled a synthetic drug that appears to neutralise pain as effectively as morphine but without the side-effects that make opioids so dangerous and addictive.
A new study shows that paternal health at the time of conception can have a big influence on offspring's health.

Slim chances for fatties

When the chips are down, slim men become fattists.

New study finds obese individuals have brains 'ten years older' at middle-age

New research from the University of Cambridge, UK, has found that from middle age, the brains of those who are obese show differences in white matter similar to those seen in slimmer individuals who are ten years older.

Chicken scent offers hope for malaria prevention

Ethiopian scientists have discovered mosquitoes are repulsed by the smell of chicken, raising hopes for the development of a novel way to prevent a disease that kills hundreds of thousands every year.

Study reveals regular exercisers benefit from the same heart changes seen in athletes

Individuals who work out for just a few hours a week could benefit from an enlarged heart, a phenomenon previously only recognised in athletes, according to a new UK study.

Girls 8 times more likely than boys to be HIV positive

Violent partners‚ older men and the use of hormonal contraceptives are stated as some of the factors why South African girls are eight times more likely than boys in the same age group to be HIV positive.

Vaccines block Zika in mice, boosting hopes for human jab

New research in lab animals, including Zika vaccines successfully tested on mice, boosted hopes Tuesday for a jab to shield humans against the brain-damaging virus.

Pregnancy multivitamins 'unnecessary' for most: experts

Multivitamins and mineral supplements in pregnancy are an "unnecessary expense" with no proven benefits for most well-nourished women or their babies, said a review of science data.