Vencasa celebrates World Sleep Day this 16th March 2018 as it brings awareness to the importance and pleasure of quality sleep. Sleep is our most basic need, crucial to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to numerous long and short-term health problems including heart disease, strokes and diabetes. In general, it leads to poor alertness, reduced concentration, low memory recall, and poor academic productivity. ‘Join the Sleep World, Preserve Your Rhythms to Enjoy Life,’ intends to emphasise the importance of circadian rhythms in healthy sleep, and inspired by the recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine assigned to three researchers who have dedicated their studies to circadian rhythms. Circadian rhythms refer to cyclic events within the body such as rhythms in hormones, body temperature and alertness levels. Biological clocks from within the body produce circadian rhythms, but environmental factors such as sunlight also affect them. Preserving regular circadian rhythms have been found to lower the risk of sleep disorders, mental health disorders and chronic health issues such as obesity and diabetes. • Sound sleep is one of the three pillars of good health along with a balanced diet and regular exercise. • There are close to 100 disorders of sleep, but most are modifiable and manageable with the help of sleep specialists. • Individuals who get an entire night’s sleep without any interruptions experience lower rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other chronic illnesses. Arianna Huffington, formerly of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time states, “Sleep is the underpinning of our entire well-being. For centuries people thought that sleep was a time of inactivity, that the brain was resting. But all the new science proves that the opposite is true — that during sleep the brain is in a state of intense activity, which is necessary for us to fully . . .
Fourways Mall Optometrist offers free screenings in honour of Glaucoma Week Dynamic Vision Fourways Mall Optometrist, is honouring World Glaucoma Week, taking place this week from 11-18 March 2018, by performing free Glaucoma screenings to individuals in the area. Anjana Mahadeo, Owner and Optometrist at Dynamic Vision Fourways Mall Optometrist says they offer free screenings during World Glaucoma Week to help raise awareness and assist people with early diagnosis of the disease to preserve their vision. “Glaucoma is a progressive disease and can be very difficult to control if already in an advanced stage. The problem is that there aren’t any warning signs until the disease is already advanced and it is therefore important to visit an optometrist regularly to perform a comprehensive eye examination.” “Glaucoma can be controlled and treated effectively, but damage that already exists cannot be reversed. In this case prevention is the cure and the earlier the diagnosis is done, the less chance you have of losing your vision.” “To pick up on eye-health disorders in time, visit an optometrist at least every 12 months,” concludes Mahadeo. For more information on general eye care, please visit the Dynamic Vision Fourways Mall Optometrist website. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vencasa prides themselves on being known as sleep experts. Brain Awareness Week, 12 – 18 March 2018, is a significant time for them as they understand the importance of a good night’s sleep on our brains. The Connection Between Sleep and Your Brain Vencasa prides themselves on being known as sleep experts. Brain Awareness Week, 12 – 18 March 2018, is a significant time for them as they understand the importance of a good night’s sleep on our brains. According to research, below are important connections on how sleep impacts your brain: Sleepiness (lack of sleep), can damage your judgment, work performance, mood, and safety. Sleepiness slows down your thought processes. Scientists measuring sleepiness have found that sleep deprivation leads to lower alertness and concentration. It’s more difficult to focus and pay attention, so you’re easily confused. This hampers your ability to perform tasks that require logical reasoning or complex thought. Sleepiness can impair judgment. Making decisions is more difficult because you can’t assess situations as well and pick the right behaviour. Excessive sleepiness impairs memory. Research suggests that the nerve connections that make our memories are strengthened during sleep. Poor sleep makes learning difficult. Sleep deprivation affects your ability to learn in two ways. Because you can’t focus as well, it’s more difficult to pick up information, so you can’t learn efficiently. It also affects memory, which is essential to learning. In children, sleepiness can lead to hyperactivity, also hampering learning. Teens may lose the focus, diligence, and memory capacity to perform well in school. So, how can we help? Vencasa offers a range of quality products that ensure a good night’s sleep. Vencasa knows that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep solutions to ensure it. Vencasa was born from the legendary and reputable long-standing Pharmaline . . .
March is Intellectual Disability Awareness Month, highlighting the plight of thousands of South Africans living with an intellectual disability. Employment equity company, Progression, urges corporate South Africa to gain a better understanding of what persons with intellectual disabilities experience and help create job opportunities for them. Disability expert at Progression, Justene Smith, says one in every 1 000 people in South Africa has an IQ of between 50 and 80. “Even so, we know very little about Intellectual Disability. This is why the month of March is dedicated to raising awareness on the topic and addressing stereotypes and misconceptions.” Smith unpacks Intellectual Disability, the common stereotypes surrounding the topic and the importance of Early Childhood Development in stimulating children intellectually from an early age. What is Intellectual Disability? Intellectual Disability is characterised by a low IQ level, significant limitations in intellectual functioning such as reasoning, learning and problem solving, as well as the ability to adapt or relate to the surrounding world to the same extent as others. It is usually diagnosed before the age of 18 and is lifelong. Smith says there are various causes of Intellectual Disability, however, doctors find a specific reason in only 25% of cases. “Some of these causes include chromosomal abnormalities, such as down syndrome, trauma that occurs before, during or after birth, malnutrition and various childhood diseases such as whooping cough, chicken pox and measles, which can lead to meningitis and encephalitis, potentially damaging the brain.” Increased risk in South Africa Children growing up in poverty are at higher risk of malnutrition, childhood diseases, exposure to environmental health hazards and often receive inadequate health care. These factors increase the risk of intellectual disability. This is very concerning, given that 55% of the South African population lives in . . .
Pregnancy Awareness education is an enlightening initiative by the Department of Health to educate new mothers and expectant mothers about their health concerns, their rights and health and safety issues regarding the foetus, ensuring healthy pregnancy and safe motherhood. The Project is aligned with the cause of strengthening pregnancy education, while also stressing the importance of effective baby skin care practices from birth. Research shows that most mums are unaware of the harmful skin practices that can negatively impact their babies skin and Johnsons is on a mission to help change these through pregnancy education and donation of baby products to those in need. It is imperative for new mothers to understand that while a baby’s skin feels delicately soft and silky smooth, it is much more vulnerable to irritation and infection than adult skin, especially within the first few weeks of a baby’s life. Knowing that healthy skin is critical to the development of healthier babies and with a common goal, JOHNSON’S® Baby has launched The JOHNSON’S® Baby Healthy Skin Project, in partnership with Unjani Clinics, aiming to provide accessible medical treatment and awareness to thousands of low income mothers and babies, with the purpose of improving overall health through better skin health for babies. The brand made a further commitment in their efforts to improve the health of South African babies through educating and training of community healthcare workers on pregnancy health related topics. This training is carried out annually in January, followed by the Pregnancy Education Week. The education shared with the healthcare workers is then disseminated into the community to help uplift and empower mothers. Concurring with our vision of happy healthy development, Dr. Carol Hlela, Paediatric Dermatologist explains the importance of skin health - “Skin health is often overlooked, as it is seen as non-life threatening and thus tends to be shrugged off. . . .
Marilyn Monroe once said: “Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world”. Thanks to a ground-breaking hospital recycling project which was initiated by the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) in 2010, non-hazardous intravenous infusion (IV) drip bags and tubing made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are now being recycled into soles for school shoes. “We started researching the concept of “practicing green health” in 2010, but our proposals and calls to recycle waste from hospitals were met with lukewarm enthusiasm at the time. Fortunately, a lot of research on this topic has taken place locally and internationally since then, with numerous examples and case studies proving that it is indeed possible and economically viable for hospitals to adopt this approach,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of the Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA). Today, recycling non-hazardous medical products is being described as being a pioneering and collaborative move for the healthcare industry. Globally, PVC recycling programmes are changing the way hospitals think about reducing both their costs and their impact on the environment. “More than 40% of all plastic-based disposable medical devices used in hospitals are made from high quality PVC which are highly recyclable. By collecting and reprocessing products such as IV bags, oxygen masks and tubing, a minimum of 2 500 tonnes of locally recyclable material is diverted from our country’s landfills,” Delanie says. South Africa currently has 33 PVC recyclers who recycle rigid and flexible PVC. Between them, they recycled more than 17 000 tonnes of PVC in 2016 into various items, such as soles for school shoes, gumboots and traffic cones. One of the first fruits of SAVA’s medical waste recycling drive was seen in Johannesburg recently, when roughly 1 000 school shoes were handed over to learners of the Masakhane Tswelopele Primary School in Zandspruit by Executive Mayor, Councillor Herman Mashaba . . .
ZEISS South Africa has introduced a new dental microscope that is expected to dramatically enhance micro-dentistry in the country. The new ZEISS EXTARO 300 allows for increased efficiency and less time spent in the dentist’s chair. ZEISS South Africa, Medical Divisional Manager, Grant Froneman, says the ZEISS EXTARO 300 provides breakthrough visualisation modes and introduces new applications to micro-dentistry. “South Africans are often fearful of visiting the dentist because they associate it with the painful extraction of teeth. More advanced technology, however, is allowing dentists to operate with greater precision than ever before, reducing the exposure to painful surgery and improving efficiency.” The ZEISS EXTARO 300 enables more efficient decay detection and simpler tooth restoration, without disrupting the dentist’s workflow. “Dental practitioners can switch between the dental microscope and Fluorescence Mode, which allows them to identify the border between natural and artificial composite resin. This means they can target the affected area quickly and save valuable chair time during cavity excavation,” explains Froneman. In addition, the microscope allows dentists to analyse and restore teeth without the distracting reflections. “Notably, the ZEISS EXTARO 300 is the first device to combine polarized illumination with magnification. Its ‘No Glare’ mode allows dental practitioners to precisely examine the nuances of the colour shades of a tooth. It effectively suppresses obtrusive light reflections from the tooth surface,” adds Froneman. The True Light Mode, much like the standard Orange Colour Mode in conventional dental microscopes, does not cause premature hardening of restorative resin, giving dentists more time to complete complex tooth modelling tasks. Froneman says the new technology offers convenience and ease of use for dentists. “They only need to use one finger to activate the multifunctional Mode Control to trigger all . . .
Ascendis Health today reported a 27% increase in revenue to R4 billion for the six months to December 2017, driven by the strong performance of the group’s international operations which grew revenue by 50% to R1.9 billion. The health and care brands group increased operating profit for the half year by 28% to R602 million. The group’s acquisitions of Sun Wave Pharma in Romania and Cipla Vet and Cipla Agrimed in South Africa in June 2017 contributed to the gross profit margin strengthening by 160 bps to 44.2%. The normalised EBITDA rose 28% to R653 million. Headline earnings on a normalised basis grew by 20% to R353 million with normalised headline earnings per share 7% higher at 75.8 cents. The weighted average number of shares in issue increased by 12% during the reporting period. The balance sheet was strengthened as Ascendis settled vendor debt of R1.1 billion. Earlier this week Ascendis announced the appointment of Thomas Thomsen as the new CEO with effect from 01 March 2018. He succeeds Dr Karsten Wellner who has been CEO since the founding of Ascendis in 2011. Dr Wellner said the international acquisitions of pharmaceutical manufacturer Remedica in Cyprus, European sports nutrition specialist Scitec (both in 2016) and nutraceuticals business Sun Wave Pharma in Romania (2017) have transformed Ascendis into a global healthcare business. “Ascendis has expanded its international operations to Spain, Cyprus, Hungary, Romania and Australia, and products are exported to over 120 countries globally. 57% of the group’s earnings are now generated outside of South Africa,” he said. The Ascendis brand portfolio is housed across three divisions: Pharma-Med, Consumer Brands and Phyto-Vet. Pharma-Med, which contributed 50% of group sales, increased revenue by 20% owing to the strong performance of the pharma business of Remedica and the Medical Devices business. Consumer Brands increased revenue by 39%, benefiting from the acquisition and strong . . .
Well-known for his award-winning interviews with South Africa’s leading sportsmen and women, and as the voice of cricket at both SuperSport and Willowmoore parks, the road to health for DSTV Digital and African News Agency Multimedia journalist, Trevor Cramer, has been no easy task but one born out of necessity. In the face of life-threatening diabetes and both sky-high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, the former Jacaranda FM Sports Editor, known as ‘Oom Trev’ to his listeners, decided it was time for change – losing a staggering 48kg in nine months and throwing his chronic medication in the trash. Trevor’s public and highly pressurized career which involved a lot of travelling and copious days spent attending social engagements, business functions and launches, meant constantly high stress levels and serial dieting; a recipe for disaster which saw him tipping the scales at a massive 144kgs at his heaviest. “On my small frame of 5.6ft, I knew I was in trouble,” says Trevor. “The warning signs were starting to mount and I realised I would have to make an investment in my health. I was forced to concede that I was grappling with a lifestyle disease capable of killing more people than we realise and I was determined not to become a statistic,” said Trevor. Trevor was correct; in-fact according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of SA, 210 people die every day from heart disease. Daunted by the mammoth undertaking that he was about to face, he was given some advice from his doctor. “She thoroughly explained a concept called Slender Wonder and left me with a phrase that it has stuck with me, changing the face changes nothing, but facing change, changes everything. It was not about changing my body physically, but about revising a thought pattern and convincing myself this is nothing more than a simple lifestyle alteration,” says Trevor. The challenge, says Trevor, was to maintain his self-control when travelling and he did so by reconditioning . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs. Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, . . .