Gauteng, South Africa – On Thursday, 15 November Forever Resorts South Africa hosted their annual Charity Golf Day, this year in aid of the Foundation for Children with Hearing Loss in SA at Blue Valley Golf and Country Estate. The Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people with hearing loss, creating a sustainable future for people with hearing loss, inspire, educate, develop and empower an entire community, create fresh perspectives and innovative solutions, promote social welfare, encourage poverty alleviation and generate a lasting change. The Forever Golf Day raised a total of R189 093.01 and the funds were paid over directly to the foundation to help three children (Haley Smit (4 years), Ronisha Malander (4 years) and Mulweli Makhuva (9 years)) with funds to pay for their cochlear implants. Mulweli underwent his operation on Monday, 19 November 2018 and will now be going through the process of slowly training his brain to hear again as he lost his hearing due to illness some years ago. “On behalf of Forever Resorts we would like to thank our wonderful sponsors who participated in our annual Golf Day, without you, your passion and your selfless generosity this would not have been possible. Oranje Drukkers, Bravo Group Sealy, Backgat Braai, Adams&Adams, Pam Golding Nelspruit, Beeld, Birchwood Hotel, Unlimited Events Group, Forever Warmbaths, Forever Badplaas, Forever Gariep, Forever Centurion, Forever Loskopdam, Forever White River, BDT Accountants, AirlinkVictoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Wild Horizons Tours, The Good Oaks, Pentagon Security Consultants, FNB, Valorem, Agri SA, Rockwood Theatre, Delheim Wines, Levati Water, Rhino Clothing, Work Front, Dairymaid, Pretoria FM, Decimal Agency and Zebula Golf Estate and Spa”, said Heidi Halgryn, Marketing Executive at Forever Resorts South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Residents in Maboloka, Madibeng, in the North West Province, will soon have access to an HIV/AIDS Mobile Testing Centre, thanks to the Embassy of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects (GGPs) initiative. The handover ceremony of the mobile clinic will take place November 29, 2018 with the attendance of the Executive Mayor of Madibeng Local Municipality, Councillor Justine Mothibe; Chief of Maboloka, Morena L.E. Lion; as well as the Sub-District Manager for the Department of Health, Mr Ishmael Moloi, among others. The mobile clinic and its equipment of R400,000, will be donated to the Maboloka HIV/AIDS Awareness Organisation (MAHAAO). This is a non-governmental organisation which has long been offering community-based HIV testing services and counselling in collaboration with the Department of Health in the Province. Mr. Taro Sawada, Japanese diplomat for political and public affairs, who will hand the mobile clinic over to MAHAAO, says the mobile clinic will move to different rural communities. “Especially in remote areas, having access to medical services is a big issue, and I think mobile medical units such as MAHAAO’s can provide solutions in addressing the gap in access. The mobile clinic funded by Japan will enable MAHAAO to treat more than 150 people per month in different areas,” Sawada explains. The wide prevalence of HIV and AIDS is one of the biggest health issues facing South Africa. According to the statistics by UNAIDS, South Africa has the largest HIV epidemic in the world, with 19% of the total population living with HIV. The ratio is extremely high among sex workers. “In addressing the high number of new HIV infections, especially among the younger generation, having a basic knowledge about the disease is important. To this end, we are proud to be assisting MAHAAO in providing residents with comprehensive services ranging from HIV testing, medical treating to education, by effectively organising the mobile . . .
With more than 130 million contact lens wearers globally1, many people are realising the benefits of wearing contact lenses. In a world where increased screen time is becoming a great concern when it comes to eye health, vision care and the use of contact lenses is becoming even more important. Contact lenses are a form of vision correction that is used around the world and the use of contact lenses is increasing daily. We always strive to include the latest innovations in lens technology in our practice to treat a wide range of eye disorders in the best possible way. By staying up to date with the latest advances in contact lenses, we can offer clients the correct eyewear to assist with their specific vision needs, says Zelda van Coller, Owner and Optometrists at Zelda van Coller Optometrists. “Although spectacle lens technology is improving and assisting many people with vision problems, contact lenses are a safe, effective and affordable alternative to obtain clear and comfortable vision,” continues van Coller. Listed here, are a few benefits of contact lenses that van Coller says is important to know: Many of the contact lenses have UV protection in them Contact lenses allow you to wear sunglasses and protective eyewear on top of your contact lenses without any irritation. Wearing sunglasses without prescription lenses with your contact lenses must be one of the biggest benefits of wearing contact lenses. You can still have two or three pairs of sunglasses without spending a fortune on prescription lenses. Just make sure that your sunglasses offer 100% UV protection to protect your eyes from damaging ultraviolet light Contact lenses can correct almost all eyesight disorders including Myopia (short-sightedness), Hyperopia (far-sightedness), Astigmatism and Presbyopia (age-related reading problem) If you don’t like to draw attention to your eyes, contact lenses are a great alternative to spectacles Contact lenses can provide better vision . . .
Today HomeBiogas, a company specializing the manufacture of small-scale biogas systems that convert organic waste into renewable cooking fuel, is proud to launch the HomeBiogas Bio-Toilet on World Toilet Day. The Bio-Toilet solution connects to the HomeBiogas biogas system, enabling the human waste from the toilet to be converted into cooking fuel in an elegant, user-friendly way that does not require a connection to the sewage or water grid. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 2.3 billion people in the world have no access to basic toilet facilities, and 892 million people practice open defecation – in open bodies of water, fields, alongside roads or in ditches. Poor sanitation from open defecation is linked to transmission of diseases such as cholera and diarrhoea and is the cause of hundreds of thousands of deaths per year. In 2015, in order to raise awareness on the issue, the UN General Assembly declared November 19th as World Toilet Day, with the ambitious goal of 2030 as the year by which there will be sanitation for all and an end to open defecation due to lack of toilets. Oshik Efrati, CEO and co-founder of HomeBiogas says, "The UN Sustainable Development Goals challenged us. We took our solution, the HomeBiogas 2.0, which converts food waste into cooking fuel, and thought about how we could take advantage of that existing technology for the important goal of allowing all humans on earth the right to a decent, safe and clean toilet. We researched the issue for several years", he added, "we considered all the solutions available today, and visited target populations in Africa and India. For a deeper understanding on the issue, I personally accompanied a woman who travels 2 kilometers/3 miles by foot daily to the desolate wilderness where she defecates. On the long walk there, she explained to me how unhygienic open defecation is and that she and other women sometimes fears for her safety, as they are vulnerable to any passerbys late at . . .
Boquete, Panama, Nov 17, 2018 -- Serenity Vista is excited to announce the acceptance of bitcoin as payment for alcohol & drug rehab treatment. Serenity Vista leads the addiction treatment sector in offering bitcoin payment for alcohol or drug rehab. This initiative is consistent with Serenity Vista's commitment to respecting each guest's right to privacy and confidentiality. Paying with bitcoin gives the client a payment option that keeps their transaction private from employers and health, financial and legal systems. Bitcoin, now ten years old, and increasingly other cryptocurrencies, continue to gain mainstream adoption. Bitcoin offers a convenient means of paying for rehab. Payment can be done from home with no need to wait for funds to transfer or to visit the bank. Bitcoin may also offer a solution for those that have bitcoin, yet when it comes time for needing to pay for rehab, may not have cash readily available. Advantages of Bitcoin As a digital form of currency, bitcoin offers many advantages over traditional fiat money such as the dollar, pound or euro, and traditional payment systems such as the use of credit cards and bank transfers. With there being no central authority, bank or government involved, transactions are open to anyone and no authority controls or owns. Transactions are relatively inexpensive, fast, inexpensive, and highly private. Adoption as Currency While still going through growing pains, bitcoin continues to evolve to a stable form of currency. Some major companies have adopted bitcoin as a payment option. Bitcoin is particularly ideal for the health care sector due to the privacy protections. "Serenity Vista feels strongly that people should be able to ensure their privacy of all aspects of their life, especially personal health related issues," says John Derry, Director of Serenity Vista. "Addiction treatment is no exception." Serenity Vista carefully chose a bitcoin payment system that is fast, simple . . .
This World Prematurity Day, 17 November 2018, the South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) is celebrating the lives of almost 20 000 premature babies that have been saved through the provision of safe and necessary breastmilk, since their inception in 2003. “We are encouraged by the South African Institution of Race Relation’s (IRR) recent report that shows that infant mortality in South Africa is at the lowest level it has been in almost 20 years*,” says Stasha Jordan, SABR Executive Director. The IRR released a report in May stating that infant mortality in the country fell from 48.1 per 1 000 live births to 32.8 per 1 000 live births between 2002 and 2017. “Research shows that breastfed children have at least a six times greater chance of survival, than those who are formula-fed**,” says Jordan. “Breastmilk produced by mothers of preterm babies is designed to keep their babies alive. This breastmilk is the most cost-effective and powerful medicine we have in our arsenal against South Africa’s infant mortality rate, which is still too high, despite the encouraging progress,” she continues. In an attempt to negate the possible long-term complications associated with premature births, such as sepsis and mortality for this very vulnerable population, the South African Department of Health has declared South Africa a ‘Breastfeeding Nation’ and are actively supporting human milk banking as an extension of national breastfeeding policy. In the last 15 years human milk banking services have been expanded to over 70 public hospitals in the most underserved and rural areas country-wide. Departmental representatives are looking to expand this even further with more milk banks opening in the future. “We are grateful to the Departments of Health, both provincial and national, and other South African human milk banking interventions and stakeholders for the part they have played in saving the lives of premature babies and reducing the infant mortality rate,” says . . .
Intercare Northriding Medical and Dental Centre opened its doors on 5 November 2018. This newest Intercare facility is conveniently located in the Northlands Corner Shopping Centre (Cnr Witkoppen Road and New Market Street, Northriding, Randburg). It’s the 21st Intercare multi-disciplinary primary care centre, offering a wide range of healthcare services provided by general practitioners and dentists. The facility focuses on routine and chronic care as well as patient wellness. Blood tests are done on site whilst a pharmacy is located on the same premises. The Intercare Group recognises that accessibility and convenience are important for patients, and this is something that they place at the center of their care delivery model. As such, scheduled appointments and a walk-in service are available. Extended operating hours are also offered, and the facility is open on weekends and most public holidays. Intercare Northriding medical hours: Weekdays: 08:00 - 19:00 Saturdays: 08:00 - 14:00 Sundays & Public Holidays: 09:00 - 14:00 Dental Hours: Weekdays: 08:00 – 18:00 Saturdays: 08:00 – 13:00 Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed To schedule an appointment call 011 880 0999 or book online at https://www.intercare.co.za/bookings?facility=intercare-northriding. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vencasa, The World Leaders in Sleep, are the only home to Tempur and Magniflex in South Africa and want to help ensure you have great, quality sleep. Quality Sleep leads to a Happier Life Sleep is as essential to living as water and food, yet is taken for granted, and many of us, deprive ourselves of it. You may not be able to control the quality of the water and food you consume, however, you can control the quality of your sleep. Quality sleep promotes the regeneration of your body, physically, mentally and emotionally – on the other side insufficient or poor quality sleep can affect your metabolism, blood pressure, cardiovascular system, emotions, immune system and ability to concentrate during the day. Studies show that we’re at our best with 7 to 9 hours sleep, each night. Below are some not-so-secret secrets, on how to improve your sleeping habits: 1. Exercise and being active during the day, helps the body rest better at night 2. Screens or blue light, from TVs and phones, is detrimental to a good night’s sleep and should be turned off two hours before bed – unplug – use the time for ‘me-time’ instead to relax and read or have a warm bath or shower 3. A routine bed time is recommended 4. Regular mealtimes encourage regular sleep patterns 5. 18° C is the ideal temperature for a good night’s sleep 6. Excessive heat is bad for sleep 7. Avoid sugar, caffeine and alcohol before bed as they prevent sleep or disrupt the natural sleep patterns 8. Lack of sleep increases appetite and promotes weight gain 9. The less you sleep, the more likely you are to become ill 10. People who sleep less grow older, faster 11. Lack of sleep damages the brain 12. Your bedroom should be a haven and sanctuary designed to promote peacefulness and sleep – isn’t reading right 13. Remove stress from your bedroom by having a clutter-free space that is conducive to sleep 14. Close your curtains or blinds as the darkness helps produce melatonin in the body 15. . . .
You don’t have to look far to see how afraid the human race is of ageing. The anti-ageing market is a lucrative business, with hundreds of thousands of products, anti-wrinkle creams, remedies, quick fixes and plastic surgery options on the market, and countless laboratories looking for answers in genetics, within molecular and cellular biology, and in biochemistry – all focused on slowing down the aging process, inside and out. According to Stats SA’s 2018 mid-year population estimates, the average life expectancy for South Africans is 64 for males and 71 for females, with less than 1% of the population expected to live past 80 years old. Now latest worldwide research into finding an antidote to ageing, with over 20 000 studies to date, seems to point towards the end of your DNA strands – your telomeres to be exact. The cause, effect and the solution to the speed at which you age lies within these spirally chromosomes. Telomeres are the blueprint for the production of new cells in your body and protect the chromosomes housing your all-important DNA. As we age, our telomeres become shorter, which makes them a tangible, biological “measure” of a lifespan. “Think of them like the hard bit at the end of your shoelaces, except these shoelaces are the spirally chromosomes that house your genes. Every time you make a new cell, your telomere length shortens and when you “run out” of sufficient length, the game is over,” says world-renowned nutrition expert Patrick Holford. While the list of factors that speed up ageing is short, they are not easily eliminated out of our lives through conscious decision but rather as a work in progress. Holford outlines the top causes of faster ageing: • Stress and early life traumas • Depression • Hostile cynicism • Lack of sleep • High homocysteine levels • Inflammation • Exposure to pesticides or herbicides • Obesity • Smoking • Heavyweight alcohol consumption “As symptoms of ageing occur, so more drugs . . .
Worldwide, allergies are on the rise, and in South Africa a staggering 40% of sufferers are children, according to the Allergy Foundation of South Africa - affecting quality of life and learning potential. The problem, and solution, to common allergy symptoms, says world-renowned nutrition expert Patrick Holford, is diet. “One in three children with behavioural problems have allergic reactions to foods. Other than overt physical reactions, individual food allergies can affect thought processing and cause irritability, agitation, aggressive behaviour, nervousness, anxiety, ADHD, autism, hyperactivity and learning disabilities,” says Holford. A trial study conducted by Dr Joseph Egger, head of the Pediatric University Hospital in Munich, Germany, and his team in 1985, which studied hyperactive children to find out whether diet could contribute to behavioural disorders, found that 79% of the children participating reacted adversely to artificial food colourings and preservatives, but also found that different foods produced the same symptoms in different individuals. “In the 1980s, researchers found plenty of evidence that allergies affect any system in the body and are behind a diverse range of symptoms, yet this research has largely been ignored since,” says Holford. Patrick Holford is a pioneer in new approaches to health and nutrition, specialising in the field of mental health. Having suffered throughout his childhood and adolescence with migraines, sinus infections and ear infections, Holford sought a solution and discovered that his troubles were due to milk and yeast allergies. “The truth is that the majority of people are likely to suffer for years not knowing that they have an allergy – but also not knowing how to treat it,” says Holford. Not to be confused with an intolerance or sensitivity, an allergy is an exaggerated physical reaction to a substance where the immune system is involved. As our personal defence system, the immune system . . .