Your bedroom is your sanctuary, the place where you should both relax and rejuvenate and quality sleep, is the answer. Your mattress and pillow has the greatest effect on the healing process during sleep, and a recent study shows that the paint colour on your walls, plays a role too. They can affect your sleep patterns and even the number of hours of sleep you get every night, this makes it important to choose bedroom colours that make your sleep experience better. The study, carried out by Travelodge, looked into 2,000 homes across the UK, to investigate the influence of colour on quality of sleep. They discovered that there is a correlation and you can enhance your sleep by choosing specific bedroom décor colours. “On average, adults regularly need about seven hours of proper restful sleep, in order to be productive,” says Jenni Jameson, Business Development Manager at TEMPUR. “The colours in your bedroom, as well as your mattress and pillow, play a large role in the quality and quantity of sleep. It is important that your bedroom environment creates a tranquil ambiance conducive to sleep.” Best Colours for Sleep • According to the survey, BLUE bedroom walls contributes to longer rest and is linked to calm and soothing feelings. Soft blue and green promote the feeling of calm and tranquility. It may even contribute to waking up feeling happy, positive and upbeat. Blue soothes your eyes and mind and can also stabilise your heartbeat making it ideal for both mental and physical wellness. • Shades of yellow were the second best colour for a longer sleep. Yellow is associated with peace and happiness and creates a joyful ambiance in your bedroom letting you enjoy a relaxing sleep. • Warm shades of orange were found to relax muscles and create a reassuring ambiance • Silver mimics moonlight and tends to cue the brain that its night, plus can motivate you to exercise. • A pink colour scheme creates the feeling of optimism in your bedroom and adds to . . .
In December 2014 Carly Santiagi released her book “Light Up Your Sex Life in 7 Days: A Woman’s Guide To Better Marital Love-making”©. This book is published by CreateSpace, an On-Demand Publishing LLC part of Amazon.com Inc. It is available as both a paperback and an eBook (Kindle). When asked why she wrote this book, Carly says “So many married couples suffer in their relationship because of low sex drive by one or both partners. Sex only makes up 10% of the marriage but if something is amiss in that department it causes 90% of the problems. My aim is help women and their husbands to work on conquering some problems they might face by following practical steps discussed in my book.” In psychoanalytic theory libido is a term that is used to describe the energy that is created by survival and sexual instincts. According to Sigmund Freud, libido is the driving force of all behaviour. Psychotherapist Christine Webber says that it is important to realise that libido or sexual desire is a completely different thing from the physical arousal in the genitals. Many women who have no libido are actually able to become physically aroused and have orgasms. What these women do find difficult is to feel passionate and a desire for sex. Married for 12 years with two sons under the age of 4 years, Carly has experienced an array of difficulties in her marriage. She and her husband have put time and effort into working together to solve their problems. Because of this Carly has empathy for people who experience the same kind of problems in their relationships. This book is her way of transferring what she has learned to others to help them along on the path to recovery and a happy intimate marriage. Author: Carly Santiagi from Private. More Info link: http://carlysantiagi.blogspot.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/carlysantiagi Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008586671337 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The town of Stellenbosch will be awash with pink on Saturday, 31 January 2015, as thousands of walkers take to the oak-lined streets of the picturesque town for the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk. Participants will be walking in aid of PinkDrive, an organisation that offers free breast-cancer screening and education to women around the country – completely free of charge – and this is your chance to show your support for this incredible cause. In spite of the name, a men and children are most welcome too, so bring your friends and family and join us for a fun, untimed, 5-km walk. The walk village will be set up at the Coetzenburg grounds, which will also serve as the start and end points for the walk. Registration starts at 07h00 and the walk sets off at 08h00, following a scenic route through town. Comedian and radio presenter Wayne McKay will be onsite to host the morning’s proceedings and live music will be provided courtesy of Chasing Time. Once you’ve finished the walk, you’ll be treated to delicious smoothies from our nutrition partner, Futurelife, who will also provide you with some samples to take home with you; and everyone who completes the walk will be presented with a medal and a bag choc-full of goodies. The PinkDrive will also be there (they are present at all the walks) offering breast free examinations, or advice should you want to chat to someone about a breast-related issue. Entries are R50 per adult and R25 for children under 18. As a special offer, walkers can gain free entry to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival on 31 January (starts at 12h00 at the same venue) by presenting their Pick n Pay Women’s Walk medal and walk number at the venue. Wine tasting is available for an additional R100, which includes a glass and tastings at the event. Visitors can look forward to more than 350 wines to taste and delicious treats in the Gourmet Lane. And don’t give another thought about what to do with the little ones – the Momentum Health Kiddies Area is fully . . .
Hirsch’s Décor started the year off with their monthly Networking breakfast centred on good health, with Guest Speaker Liesel Roebert from Banting Buddies coming through to chat to guests about the very popular Banting diet. Said Liesel, “Banting has become synonymous with the Tim Noakes Diet which refers to going on a high fat, low carbohydrate diet. Tim Noakes' eating plan was first prescribed in 1861 by a Harley Street surgeon Mr William Harvey with great success to a corpulent London undertaker, Mr William Banting, thus it is more appropriately named the Harvey/Banting diet.” Cheryl Woollatt from Miele served up some delicious coffee to guests - which they enjoyed with homemade Banting treats!! Hirsch Décor has become the networking “place to be” in Durban North, and if you would like to attend one of their lively, fun and exciting functions, contact MICHELLE at email@example.com or phone 031 0011 470 Author: Michelle Rautenbach from Hirsch's Decor. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Today’s launch of a medical aid product, SelfNET, that provides comprehensive medical care from R1,020-00 per month is a ground breaking move towards making private healthcare more accessible to South Africans. Co-ordinated and managed by Selfmed Medical Scheme, SelfNET is specifically and strategically structured to provide quality care at an affordable price. The SelfNET product provides national comprehensive hospital cover in respect of Prescribed Minimum Benefits (PMBs), chronic and day-to-day cover through the extensive CareCross Health Network. Says Christo Becker, Principal Officer at Selfmed: “Every measure possible was taken to ensure that the cost of the product remains contained. In line with this, the plan is contracted with cost effective individual Service Providers whilst not compromising on quality of care. Selfmed Medical Scheme entered into negotiations with CareCross Health to bring a sustainable, affordable option to market that does not compromise healthcare benefits. The name SelfNET refers to the fact that the product is a networked plan – a consideration that is vastly outweighed by the benefits it offers.” According to an article in the Mail & Guardian on 12 December 2014, “South Africa’s health department says only 16% of its 52-million citizens have access to medical schemes. The country only has private health insurance schemes, of which the high premiums sometimes take up as much as 14% of members’ salaries.” Says Becker: “Health coverage is a major financial challenge. A 2009 study in the Health Affairs journal found that one in every three households in Africa has to borrow money or sell their possessions to pay for health expenses. It is imperative that we work towards providing access to healthcare to as many individuals as possible. We also aim to provide access to preventative healthcare through this option. A philosophy that is not yet entrenched in South Africans as access to healthcare, in the past, remained . . .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Newly appointed Executive Director set to pursue the much needed vision of supporting developing countries to take leadership in fighting the diseases that affect them the most. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), December 10, 2014 – The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Board of the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) jointly announced today that Dr Solomon Nwaka has accepted the position of Executive Director of ANDI and has officially assumed the leadership of the organization now hosted by UNOPS in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). “We are excited to have Dr Nwaka join UNOPS as the Executive Director of ANDI,” said Bamidele Ilebani, Director of UNOPS Ethiopia Operational Hub. “His doggedness and interpersonal skills made the transition of ANDI to Africa under the administrative framework of UNOPS possible. On behalf of the UNOPS Executive Director, I wish Solomon well in his new position.” "This is a very important milestone,” added Dr Tshinko Ilunga, Vice-Chair of the ANDI Board. “The Board is pleased to have Solomon continue the work he started.” Prior to joining UNOPS, Dr Nwaka served as the acting Executive Director of ANDI, and headed different R&D units at the World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR), such as Drug Discovery Research for Infectious Tropical Diseases, and Innovation for Product Development in Developing Countries. It is during his tenure at WHO that he championed the idea of regional innovation networks for health product R&D which resulted in the establishment of ANDI, the China Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (China NDI) and the ASEAN NDI. These initiatives and his earlier work in establishing global networks for drug discovery exemplify novel open-innovation models for tackling diseases that disproportionately affect developing countries. “Solomon is a leading global health expert and his . . .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Pan-African organization and leading Egyptian research institution join forces to address the health challenges of the continent. Cairo (Egypt), December 11, 2014 – ANDI and ASRT announced today that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate in supporting health innovation in Africa through joint projects, training and fellowships for African scientists. The initiative covers health systems strengthening, research and development for health technologies, manufacturing, and regulatory issues as well as maintenance of research and medical equipment. “ANDI is a very important initiative for Africa and for the whole world,” stated Prof. Mahmoud Sakr, President of ASRT. “We are committed to a closer collaboration with ANDI including the hosting of ANDI North-African hub in Egypt, and we would like to see more African and international agencies join forces with ANDI to address the health challenges of the continent.” Under the MoU, ASRT and ANDI shall collaborate in the implementation of agreed African-wide capacity building programmes strengthening health technology related research and development, training initiatives and technology transfer in Africa. “This initiative is a demonstration of ownership and support for ANDI activities by ASRT,” highlighted Dr Solomon Nwaka, Executive Director of ANDI. “ANDI looks forward to broadening partnerships to advance health innovation in Africa.” The first programme under this initiative shall start as early as February 2015. It will focus on the evaluation, registration and commercialization of a novel diagnostic kit developed at the Theodor Bilharz Institute (TBRI) in Egypt. The diagnostic kit supports the surveillance, control, and elimination in schistosomiasis infection as well as monitoring of cure. TBRI is an ANDI Centre of Excellence in health innovation dedicated to research on schistosomiasis, a neglected tropical disease causing high morbidity in several . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has invested significantly into the medical sector, with the aim of using the latest in technological innovation to assist in delivering transformational change in the health sector in Africa. Through its Health and Medical Equipment portfolio, Samsung has developed market-leading solutions in areas including Digital Radiology, Ultrasound and IVD (in-vitro diagnostics), to help address some of the significant health challenges that face the medical industry. The constitution of the World Health Organisation states that: “The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality.” Yet Africa faces some of the most challenging health scenarios in the world. In South Africa alone, infant mortality is high, life expectancy short and the limitations of healthcare under scrutiny.* The World Bank also reports that more than 60% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are residing in rural areas, while in South Africa only 20% of the population has access to private medical insurance schemes, leaving 80% reliant on public healthcare facilities**. With a vast rural population that may have to travel more than 200km to receive medical attention, mobile solutions developed by Samsung present a viable way to bring quality healthcare to those who do not have access. Samsung’s goal is to deliver the highest quality of personalised care to patients and that means faster assessments, improved experiences and minimised patient movement. For the medical practitioner, these advancements offer them the flexibility and functionality they need to perform to the highest standards and collaborate effectively. For the healthcare provider, increased mobility also ensures convenience in patient care, both inside and outside their facilities. “Samsung is committed to finding solutions that change lives and shift expectations and this is reflected in our . . .
Your liver is one of your most important organs and is essential for your everyday health, it performs over 500 vital functions in your body. In fact, we can survive just two days if it shuts down; therefore daily protection of it should be a priority. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a term used to describe the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. NAFLD occurs when your liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing lipids to build up in your liver tissue. The lipid built-up may affect the way the liver functions. Your liver performs over 500 vital functions in your body; therefore daily protection of it should be a priority. “Damage to this vital organ can be caused by numerous conditions and lifestyle factors, including but not limited to; obesity, type 2 diabetes and medications like corticosteroids,” this is according to pharmacist and spokesperson for Essentiale Extreme, Alta Janse van Rensburg A recent article in the SA Medical Journal confirms non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in 87% of the people screened at the Gastroenterology and Hepatology unit at Tygerberg Hospital and at the Louis Leipoldt and Durbanville Medi-Clinics. The study was conducted amongst 233 overweight/ obese patients who attended these clinics. Janse van Rensburg offers some expert tips for knowing when you are at risk and how to give your liver the care it needs to continue functioning: How do I know I am at risk of NAFLD? There are many lifestyle factors, diseases and conditions which may increase your risk of NAFLD, but quite simply you are at greater risk the older you are, if you are overweight or obese, suffer from insulin resistance or diabetes, use chronic medicines like corticosteroids, have high cholesterol or suffer with sleep apnea. What are the symptoms? NAFLD usually causes no signs or symptoms. When symptoms do show themselves they may include fatigue and pain in the upper right abdomen. If you have . . .
Sanofi Consumer Health has launched Essentiale Extreme, an improved formulation with 300mg of Essential Phospholipids (EPLs) per capsule - the building blocks of cellular membranes. The EPLs in Essentiale Extreme improves liver cell membrane regeneration and helps to support vital functions of the liver. The “work-horse” liver cells that is responsible for most of the metabolism, occurs on the liver cell membranes, therefore making the cell membranes a vital part of liver function. According to Alta Janse van Rensburg, a pharmacist and facilitator for the S. Buys Academy, your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body; it has more than 500 different functions. In fact, we can survive just one to two days if it shuts down. She explains, “It is your body’s engine, pantry, refinery, food processor, garbage disposal and ‘guardian angel’; it detoxifies everything you eat, breathe and absorb through your skin; it converts the food you eat into energy; it helps to regulate blood clotting, stores vitamins, minerals and sugars and regulates cholesterol and fat stores; it produces bile that helps you digest your food and absorb important nutrients; it neutralises and destroys harmful substances, including alcohol; it helps you resist infection, and filters bacteria from your blood.” “Your lifestyle often leads to reduced liver function. A supplement used in combination with healthy life choices, e.g. limiting alcohol and/or fatty food intake, may assist to replenish what your lifestyle takes away from your body – especially the liver” . “Essentiale Extreme contains 300 mg of Essential Phospholipids (EPLs) per capsule. EPLs help to improve liver cell membrane regeneration and stabilisation and therefore improve liver function.” EPLs have been cited as one of the most important support nutrients for the liver. When liver cells are damaged, their cell membranes lose phospholipids. EPLs can also be found in food products such as soybeans, egg yolk, . . .