The NutriBullet remains one of the most exciting and successful product launches of the last decade. Sales of the revolutionary device have passed the 100 000 mark locally (and are approaching 30 million worldwide) - but the people involved aren't sitting on their laurels. To the contrary, with the launch of the gorgeously-styled Baby Bullet, they're looking to make another really big splash. The Baby Bullet is another entirely unique offering; it's an easy to use, easy to clean blender that's made specifically for the preparation and storage of baby foods. The Baby Bullet has been developed to cater for the manic lifestyle associated with new parenting and for those who want only the best for their little ones. This high-quality lifestyle appliance allows the effortless creation of delicious, healthy and nutritious baby food in seconds while simplifying the storing thereof - making it the must-have accessory for new moms and dads. With the Baby Bullet it's easy to make either individual meals, or to create up to six portions at a time; each of which can be stored in sealable, date-dialed individual cups that can then be refrigerated (or frozen). With a minimum of effort, and a fair amount of fun, parents can ensure that their babies get the best possible diet, starting right after weaning. The 22-piece NutriBullet Baby Bullet set is the perfect gift for all new parents or those expecting. Ideal for little ones ranging from six months to three years old as they adjust to finger foods. The recommended retail selling price for the Baby Bullet is R1599 and it comes with a 1 year warranty. For more information and stockists, please visit www.nutribullet.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Netcare KwaZulu-Natal hospitals will once again be making waves at this year’s MamaMagic: The Baby Expo to be held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 25 to 27 August 2017. “There are a number of factors that expectant parents should consider when deciding at which hospital they would like to deliver their baby. We look forward to welcoming parents-to-be to the Netcare hospitals’ stand – number B9 – at MamaMagic: The Baby Expo, and discussing the maternity facilities and services offered at our KwaZulu-Natal hospitals with them,” says Craig Murphy, regional director of Netcare’s coastal region. “This year, we are taking the opportunity presented by MamaMagic: The Baby Expo to educate parents on the correct way of performing CPR on babies and young children respectively. The marketing team at the Netcare KwaZulu-Natal hospitals’ stand will hand out free pamphlets detailing the cardiopulmonary resuscitation [CPR] techniques appropriate for use on infants and young children in emergency situations, as these differ from the technique used on adults. These easy-to-follow, step-by-step guides provide the ABC’s of CPR. “It is our hope that the knowledge gleaned from the pamphlets will help parents to be better equipped to deal with a medical emergency, should the need ever arise.” Murphy explained. Also exciting is a competition, with great prizes for mothers and babies alike, that Netcare will be running at the exposition. The prizes include a pregnancy photo shoot valued at over R4 200, a voucher for Mangwanani Spa to the value of R1 200 and a supply of nappies to the value of R5 000. Exposition visitors are encouraged to simply visit the Netcare stand, answer an easy question and fill in their contact details, which qualifies them to be in line to win one of these amazing prizes. “Expectant parents in the province are spoiled for choice with our extensive KwaZulu-Natal footprint of maternity facilities. Visitors to the stand will also receive an . . .
This month South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day. What better way to mark this occasion than by gaining greater awareness of leading women’s health issues and proactive ways of keeping healthy? Mothers, daughters and grandmothers are encouraged to embrace a healthier future with preventative health measures. “Many women are extremely busy with work commitments and caring for their families, and may prioritise the needs of others ahead of their own wellness. GEMS encourages women to invest some time in themselves by having routine health screenings for the conditions associated with their particular life stage,” says Dr Vuyo Gqola, the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) Chief Healthcare Officer. The leading natural underlying cause of death for women highlighted in the most recent Statistics SA ‘Mortality and causes of death’ study is diabetes. “Like so many potentially life-threatening health conditions, early testing and healthy lifestyle changes may help to ensure that type 2 diabetes can be more effectively managed or even avoided,” she notes. “Preventative health screenings are some of the best allies we have against diseases including cervical and breast cancers, diabetes, diseases of the heart and circulatory system, among others. With regular testing, these and other potential health concerns can be detected and treated early, and this is often associated with better outcomes.” Some of the most important health checks for women to have from early adulthood include pap smears, breast examinations and blood glucose tests. Pap smear and HPV vaccine A pap smear is a test that checks for abnormal cells and the human papillomavirus (HPV), which can lead to cervical cancer. The test involves your doctor taking a swab of the cells of your cervix, which is the entrance to the uterus or womb. Once the test has been performed, the sample of cells will be tested in a laboratory and your doctor will inform you of the outcome of your . . .
Allergies occur in over 30% of all South Africans and allergic diseases are the most common chronic diseases of childhood, markedly affecting the quality of life and learning potential in our children. So says Prof Mike Levin, the CEO of the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) and head of Allergology at Red Cross Children’s Hospital. Levin will be presenting, with a host of leading allergy specialists, at a public allergy seminar in Port Elizabeth in September. Entitled Let’s Talk Allergy #BridgingTheGap, the event coincides with AFSA’S sister company the Allergy Society’s ALLSA PE congress for medical professionals. The AFSA public event is open to nurses, pharmacists, general practitioners, patient advocates and patients – and aims to #bridge the gap between allergy experts and the public. Discussion points will include how to recognise, manage and control common allergic related diseases such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema and urticaria; food allergies and coping with allergies in schools, managing dangerous allergic reactions – anaphylaxis; and the many primary immune deficiencies which cause serious, persistent, unusual, recurrent (SPUR), infections. Prof Levin says that the establishment of AFSA and public events like this, go a long way in helping to addresses a long-standing gap in the care and advice offered to allergy sufferers. “Currently patients have to wait months to see a specialist, if they are fortunate enough to access care at all. This is largely due to a very low number of registered allergists in the country and very few dedicated allergy clinics. Allergies are increasing rapidly in South Africa and the rate of increase is fastest in the rural and poor populations, where allergies were previously uncommon and many myths and inaccuracies persist. “We launched AFSA to provide advice, information and support to people with allergies, food intolerance and primary immune deficiencies and to act as the 'voice' of allergy . . .
Specialist surgeon Dr Gert Du Toit, winner of the inaugural ‘Centre of the Year’ award from the South African Society for Surgery, Obesity and metabolism (SASSO) pictured with the trophy he received for his work in laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, in Durban. With him in the photograph are, from left to right, renowned endocrinologist and obesity specialist Professor Tess van der Merwe, Chairperson of SASSO, Heinrich Venter, general manager of Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital and Dr Anchen Laubscher, medical director of Netcare. Photo: Netcare The outstanding contribution of specialist surgeon, Dr Gert du Toit, for his work in laparoscopic gastric bypass procedures at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, has been recognised with the inaugural ‘Centre of the Year’ award from the South African Society for Surgery, Obesity and metabolism (SASSO). Dr Du Toit says he was “blown away” when he was called on to accept the award on behalf of Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital at a SASSO gala dinner held in Pretoria recently. The SASSO Centre of the Year award is based on the criteria of patient outcomes, the centre’s adherence to SASSO protocols relating to gastric bypass surgery, as well as the growth that the centre has experienced. During his acceptance speech, Dr Du Toit paid tribute to the pioneering work and leadership role of the renowned endocrinologist and obesity specialist, Professor Tess van der Merwe, who was responsible for the establishment of the five centres of excellence for metabolic medicine and surgery at Netcare hospitals, offering patients access to specialised bariatric surgery, and for the high standards of expertise and quality which are adhered to throughout each of these specialised centres. Professor Van der Merwe, who is the chairperson of SASSO, was also instrumental in the establishment of SASSO, the official South African body for weight loss surgery and for setting high standards of . . .
New CSI initiative delivers sanitary towels to underprivileged matriculant pupils. Cape Town, 7 August 2017 - At an average cost of R30 for a pack of 20 sanitary pads, these monthly necessities are often at the bottom of a shopping list, if at all, for those struggling to make ends meet. Without access to adequate sanitary wear to see them through their menstrual cycle, many girls and teens in South Africa stay away from school during this time, with some falling so far behind the curriculum that they land up dropping out before matriculating.This impacts on their ability to gain valuable education intended to help elevate them from poverty, creating a vicious circle. PillSquad, a division of acclaimed Iyeza Health, aims to relieve some of the burden by providing donations of sanitary pads to schools in impoverished areas. The first batch was delivered to matriculant learners at Oaklands High School in Kenwyn, Cape Town in July 2017. The objective is to donate 10,000 pads to schools in Cape Town within the first year and plans to extend this to equal amounts in all provinces in 2018. Sizwe Nzima, founder of Iyeza Health, hands out sanitary packages to Oaklands pupils. Sizwe Nzima, founder of Iyeza Health, says: “What a moving moment it was to watch the girls’ faces light up as they received their packages. We know that we are making a difference to their lives.” The initiative is being funded by a portion of proceeds generated via Iyeza Health’s PillSquad division, a service which allows women to load their contraceptive pill prescription to the website and receive convenient delivery of their pills at monthly intervals. This helps to bridge the gap between government clinics, private pharmacies and the general public. Nzima adds: “We appreciate the opportunity to get in at a grassroots level and not only distribute the sanitary towels, but also to educate the these young ladies about the importance of family planning and practicing safe sex . . .
Hearing aid labs ( http://www.hearingaidlabs.co.za ) was started in 1995 by electrician Richard Lloyd. The hobby of fixing hearing aids turned into a full time career and with the assistance of some dear friends in the industry he started teaching others about this fascinating field. Originally from Zimbabwe Richard has made south Africa his home. If you would like to learn about hearing aids and become a hearing aid specialist then contact Richard for more info at the call centre below. At Hearing Aid Labs we develop and produce modern and remarkable hearing aids. Our quality hearing aids are imported from Germany delivering excellence in design and production ensuring an impressive customer satisfaction ratio. Hearing Aid Labs is predominantly a Natal based group of outlets in South Africa with shops located in Kloof, Westville, Musgrave, Kingsburgh, Scottburgh and Margate. We are however excited to announce that we will be opening a new hearing aid store in Centurion, Johannesburg. Visit one of our shops for a free hearing check and a video onscreen view of your eardrum to ensure that it is free to function correctly without wax impediment CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African legislator adopts ‘wait and see’ attitude to tobacco smoking alternatives is out of step with international trends towards reduced harm and reducing risks posed by tobacco smoking. Carte Blanche’s expose last Sunday and with the announcement by the US Food & Drugs Administration, (FDA) last week, it is clear that e-cigarettes are safer than combustible cigarette. Dr Vinayak M Prasad, the Programme Manager, leads the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) and is responsible for the overall coordination of tobacco control programme in WHO HQ in Geneva, was recently quoted on ‘Carte Blanche’ saying, “The first recommendation from WHO is don’t consume any form of Tobacco but for those who are already addicted to tobacco use, and if they want to move to ENDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems) that is a 100% positive move”. “On July 28, the US government put forward proposed measures to reduce the levels of nicotine in cigarettes to ‘non-addictive levels’. The purpose of the legislation is to have smokers opt for smoking less harmful e-cigarettes.” The Reuters news agency reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) Commissioner, Scott Gotlieb, stressed during his announcement that nicotine itself was not responsible for cancer, lung and heart diseases taking the lives of ‘hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. “Dread disease, the Commissioner says, is caused rather by the other chemical compounds in tobacco caused by lighting tobacco and its smoke that have been shown to cause illness and death amongst smokers.” “As the FDA cannot ban cigarettes, it has taken the opportunity to cutting levels of harm by reducing nicotine levels in cigarettes to encourage a move towards vaping. These are smoked in e-cigarettes, which contain nicotine, but no tobacco, nor any of the chemicals that have been linked to conventional cigarettes.” The Vapour Products Association of South Africa would like to reiterate its previously shared . . .
An analysis of the most prevalent health conditions claimed for from a local medical scheme reveals the importance of South Africans practising healthy living and having regular preventative screening tests from a young age. “The data derived from claims from our scheme during 2016 indicate that all of the top five conditions were most prevalent in individuals older than 50,” says Mark Arnold, Principal Officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health). “Fortunately, there are a number of measures people can take to either prevent the development of some of these conditions, or identify the warning signs early on.” The top five claimed-for conditions during 2016 were: Unstable angina Chronic renal failure Senile nuclear cataract Pneumonia Severe depressive episode “While some of these conditions can strike at any age, we found that there is often a steep uptake in claims for people past the age of 50. Our claims for chronic renal failure, for example, were nearly 30% higher for members who are in their 50s than for those in their 40s,” he observes. “These days, simple tests are available to identify health risks such as high cholesterol levels and abnormal blood pressure. If these are detected early on, then it is often possible to prevent related conditions, such as coronary heart disease, which is the most common cause of our most claimed-for condition in 2016, unstable angina. “Other health screenings, such as kidney function and eye tests, may help to identify underlying issues that can often be effectively managed or improved with medication or procedures. Senile nuclear cataract, the third most frequently claimed-for condition last year, is known to be the leading cause of blindness, however the good news is that it can usually be rectified,” Arnold adds. “We value our members, and this is why we include benefits that support their health as part of all our benefit options. This often means that the member . . .
14 July 2017 – In the spirit of Nelson Mandela Day, volunteers from all over the country and globe gathered at Sandton Convention Centre, tasked with the simple act of packing meals for underprivileged children as part of the Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa programme. General Manager of Sandton Convention Centre, a Tsogo Sun property, Shaun Bird says, “Sandton Convention Centre has partnered with this initiative – whose chief patron is Graça Machel – for a number of years by sponsoring the venue at which volunteers made their 67 Minutes count. We are humbled to be a part of such a worthwhile initiative which contributes 2-million to the overall 3-million meals which are packed at events such as this held around the country.” This meal-packing event employed the collaborative efforts of celebrities, volunteers and Tsogo Sun employees alike. Among the hundreds of people who volunteered, Miss World title holders travelled from countries such as the USA, Indonesia, India, Kenya, Belgium, Australia, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic along with current Mr World, Rohit Khandelwal from India to play their role in the campaign. Other notable guests included Stop Hunger Now Ambassadors Matt Preston (Masterchef Australia Judge) and Chief Zwelivelile Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s grandson). “Malnutrition is an issue which has far-reaching effects on the well-being of our children, which in turn affects the livelihood of our future nation. Sandton Convention Centre is proud to have collaborated with the Stop Hunger Initiative,” says Bird. The meals packed by volunteers for Stop Hunger Now are nutritionally balanced and specifically designed for undernourished youth. For more information on Sandton Convention Centre, log on to www.saconventioncentre.co.za, join the Facebook page on http://www.facebook.com/SandtonConventionCentre or follow on Twitter at @SandtonEvents. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .