In the field of dentistry, grown-up mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) have been recognized in a few oral and maxillofacial tissues, which recommend that the oral tissues are a rich wellspring of immature microorganisms, and oral stem and mucosal cells are required to give a perfect source to hereditarily reconstructed cells, for example, incited pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Moreover, oral tissues are relied upon to be a source as well as a helpful focus for undeveloped cells, as an undifferentiated organism and tissue designing treatments in dentistry keep on attracting expanding clinical intrigue. We are glad to acknowledge you that we are organizing “World Congress on Oralcare and Dentistry”, in Cape Town, South Africa on November 19-20, 2018 and we are pleased to welcome you to participate in the Conference. Dental Oralcare 2018 is a global platform for the exchange of innovations, techniques, notions, researches, advancement etc. in the area of Oralcare and Dentistry. We will be obliged by the presence of world-class dentists, surgeons, scholars, researchers, business professional as well as students in the Conference. The latest researches in the field of Dental Stem Cell Technology will be one of the important highlights of the Conference. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Soweto Sex and Wellness Expo will feature top sex and wellness experts discussing a range of topics when it kicks off from 8 to 9 September 2018 at its brand new Orlando West venue. Cutting edge sex, health and fitness-related products and services will be showcased at the Ubuntu Kraal Conference Centre in Orlando West, Soweto, this Spring and exhibitors and partners include PlayWithMe and Plus Size Woman South Africa. From sexminars, live performances, product demonstrations, exhibitions and more, the Soweto Sex and Wellness Expo is aimed at equipping South Africans with the tools and knowledge they need to functionally optimally within a key part of their lives. “This year’s expo will appeal to anyone interested in paying us a visit in order to empower themselves with the benefits of a healthy sex life,” says Cynthia Maluleka, spokesperson for the Soweto Sex and Wellness Expo organisers. The expo aims to change the face of sexuality by giving people more resources, networking opportunities and educational workshops to become better informed on this very important part of their lives. This will hopefully create more fulfilled sex and a healthier lifestyle for attendees. While sex is often fun and games, the expo also aims to educate to ensure that attendees can make smart, informed decisions about their sexual lifestyle. In the safe environment of the expo, attendees are encouraged to expand their sexual wellness knowledge. The Soweto Sex and Wellness Expo is the only large sexual-health event for the general public that melds sex education and wellness products. The consumer can obtain advice from speakers and have the opportunity to browse and potentially purchase recommended products. Tickets start from R 100.00 for day pass and R350.00 for VIP. Tickets can be purchased through the expo website, Pick n pay Outlets and by visiting www. webtickets.co.za. For more information about the Soweto Sex and Wellness Expo 2018 or to purchase your . . .
Tinyiko Gwambe (22) originally from Tshilamba, a small town in Limpopo was born with no arms. From a young age she was determined not be held back by her disability and saw her challenges as an opportunity to push herself further and to live her life to the fullest as God intended. “I had to learn early on not play the blame game and accept myself for being born this way. I had to realize that with being disabled, my obstacles would oftentimes be greater than those of able-bodied individuals. So I pushed myself to do more, I found gratitude in exceeding people’s expectations of me and through scripture found the confidence to chase my dreams” - says Gwambe When her mom passed at the age of 15, Tinyiko was removed from her loving aunt, Josephine Makhado who had dedicated her life to raising her and was let down by the constant changing of caregivers sent to look after her and negligent social workers who sent her to live with her father, who had taken her mother’s other sister as his partner shortly after her mom’s passing. “The social workers did not have the experience to take care of me. They did not understand my needs. For instance, they would get a caregiver who did not even know how to carry me. The painful truth is, sometimes I would go a day without eating. It was difficult dealing with the loss of my mom and dealing with complicated family dynamics. I felt that no one was looking out for me and I felt really alone” says Gwambe In the two years Tinyiko spent without her aunt, she found her purpose and decided to become a social worker to help others in her situation and provide the care and stability she craved growing up. “I noticed how disabled individuals in the rural areas were affected by poor education, leaving them to rely on social grants which barely cover daily expenses or seek unskilled jobs. I also felt that my needs were overlooked growing up and that I got lost in the system and decided that I would be a part of the solution . . .
“It is the difference we make in the life of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” Nelson Mandela. Neliswa Ntunja is a 37 year old single mother from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. In 2017, my daughter Banoyolo bled through her nose until she got pale and I took her to the clinic. The clinic referred us to the nearest hospital where we were admitted. She was given blood and the Doctor was about to discharge her, but the bleeding through her nose started once again. The Doctor consulted with a specialist about Banoyolo’s condition. He then referred us to another hospital where they did blood tests and a bone marrow biopsy. When the results came back, I was told that my child had Aplastic Anaemia and that she needed a bone marrow donor. This came as a nightmare for me as I was not a match and could not donate the bone marrow to her. Right now I cannot be employed as I have to be at the hospital with her. It is so difficult for me to understand that my child needs bone marrow; her blood count becomes low. I have been crying every time when I think of her condition.I have taken a decision to inform people about children’s cancer and blood disorders. It is important to look out for our children and love them. Let us encourage people to be organ donors. The situation makes one feel helpless, but we need to make people aware and do whatever we can, to heal our children. I stay 192 kilometres away from the hospital. When a child is sick, they are admitted to the hospital and not the mother. Imagine me having to travel 192 kilometres daily for three years while my child is in treatment. Luckily in my situation this did not happen as a CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA has a house close to the hospital. This is where I stayed while Banoyolo is on treatment. They give us nice food and care for us a lot. They also help me with the transport costs every time I want to go home because I am not working and money is scarce and if I did not . . .
The mental health industry has grown exponentially in South Africa over the last decade. Experts have described mental health problems as reaching epidemic levels. The only national representative survey of mental illness was conducted between 2002 and 2004 (over a decade ago) which interviewed a representative sample of 4 351 adults across the country. The South African Stress and Health (Sash) study showed that 16.5% of respondents suffered from some or other form of mental disorder in the 12 months it covered. If one considers the increase not only in professional practitioners, but also in medical wellness facilities, this indeed signifies a phenomenal increase in the need for treatment. The Life Esidimeni matter may have highlighted the State’s shortcomings on improving the care, treatment and facilities available to mental health patients; however, the private sector has also recognised the dire state of care and taken progressive steps in addressing the challenge. With over forty licensed private mental health treatment hospitals or clinics in South Africa, the medical industry has stood up and taken note, but are we in danger of taking a very delicate treatment offering that requires expert skills and turning it into a mega-industry? Warren Pezaro, hospital manager at Palm Tree Clinic, a Cape-Town based psychological and emotional wellness clinic specialising in a number of conditions including anxiety, depression and personality disorders, says that admitting patients into the care of a mental health facility should not be a “cut and paste” process. According to Pezaro, a patient is an individual to be cared for and not a medical condition to be treated. Each patient is a unique person with needs and therefore factors such as nurse-to-patient ratio, therapist-to-patient ratio, the setting and environment of the facility, the existing patient population and their conditions should be considered before choosing a facility for psychiatric . . .
“No country can really develop unless its citizens are educated.” - Nelson Mandela Madiba’s belief that education is the key to a great nation holds true. Of course, education is not just about being ‘book-smart’, it is also about life skills. Life skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, self-control, communication, health and sanitation are all vital in preparing a knowledgeable younger generation today, for a better tomorrow. This Mandela Day (18 July), you can choose to help organisations across the country who aim to do just that to achieve their goals. Mandela Day is about changing the world for the better. Let’s make that change together. The Wishing Well International Foundation (WWIF) South Africa is one such non-profit organisation. Their main objective is to provide clean, safe drinking water to developing areas by installing the filtration technology that will purify what little water is collected. At the same time, WWIF SA provides sanitation and hygiene instruction to the youngest of those communities in order to reduce disease and mortality. Custodian of WWIF SA, Tony Marchesini, adds: “When we deploy Wishing Wells in underprivileged areas we focus on servicing schools because, not only are the young and the elderly the most susceptible to waterborne diseases, we also believe that if children are taught proper hygiene from a young age they can become health educators and role models for their families and friends, thereby passing on information and practices that can reduce household vulnerability.” The affordability, ease of use and minimal maintenance of the biofoam filters that WWIF SA install make them the most proven and sustainable filtration method for rural areas. They establish and train a committee that keep a watchful eye over the state of the filters and spend some time with the young people of the community talking to them about general health and cleanliness. Each water purifier costs R1,500. It can be used by at . . .
The former Head of the Tygerberg Breast Clinic, Doctor Justus Apffelstaedt is collaborating with the national non-profit breast cancer support group Reach for Recovery to raise awareness and funds for their Ditto Project. Reach for Recovery is a member of the international Reach to Recovery. Network/Program Launched in 2011, the Ditto Project has provided a total of 5,024 silicone prostheses costing more than R3,1 million to women who could not afford one. "Reach for Recovery and I share the same belief: that all women facing breast cancer must be treated with dignity, and have the same access to care, regardless of whether they can afford it," says Dr Apffelstaedt. According to Stephné Jacobs, Chairperson of Reach for Recovery, there has been a steady increase in the number of women needing silicone prostheses since 2011: from 475 in 2011 to 980 in 2017. “The Ditto Project aims to help women recover their self-confidence, giving them access to high-quality silicone breast prostheses, also assisting them – through local branches of Reach for Recovery – to ensure they choose the correct shape and size for their body,” says Jacobs. “Having a mastectomy leads to a tier of decision making regarding whether to have surgical reconstruction, wear an external breast prosthesis, or not wear anything at all to replace the amputated breast,” says Stephanie van Deventer, national manager of Reach for Recovery. “External breast prosthesis may be the best option a woman has, especially if she cannot afford to, or chooses not to undergo reconstructive surgery. However, not all patients can afford the cost of a permanent prosthesis. The reality is that many breast cancer patients in South Africa cannot even afford a bra, let alone a breast prosthesis.” Every October, Dr Apffelstaedt participates in a broad range of events that address issues surrounding breast cancer. This year, he will also endorse the NGO in its fundraising campaign by donating all the money . . .
Are you experiencing scratchy eyes, itchy dry skin or yawning through your afternoon meetings? You’re probably not tired or getting sick - it’s likely you’re simply experiencing winter dehydration. It’s winter, it’s cold. You’re wrapped up and snuggling close to the heater or fire. The last thing on your mind is the importance of hydration. Surely that’s a summer issue - it’s not so important in winter? Wrong! “Our bodies need to be hydrated all year long,” says Tony Marchesini, Managing Director of leading water purification company H2O International. “Whatever the temperature, we are continually using up our moisture supplies - through breathing, urination, sweating and other bodily functions. Water loss is just more obvious in the summer heat. Whatever the weather, we have to continue to put water back into our systems.” You know that sandpapery feeling in your eyes after a few hours studying or watching TV next to a heater? Or the helpless yawning you experience during a day spent working in a heated room? That’s your body trying to tell you to put back some of the water you’ve lost. Dark urine, dizziness, tiredness, thirst and dry skin can all indicate dehydration. Sure, have a cup of coffee to jolt you awake, a hot chocolate to warm you up or a glass of red wine to relax but for the rest of the time, keep a bottle of purified water nearby. It doesn’t contain sweeteners, caffeine or chemicals and it really is the best solution (pun intended). “Have a pitcher of great-tasting, purified water at hand, maybe on your desk at work or in the fridge for the kids. You will be astonished at how often you and they naturally reach for it, and how delicious it tastes. This is a sure sign of how much your body loves it and needs the hydration” says Marchesini. “If you or your kids don’t like the taste of your water, or if you’re worried about its quality, look into purifying it. There is a range of solutions available from desktop pitchers and personal . . .
“Internationally, women have huge purchasing power – amounting to an estimated US$20 trillion in annual consumer spending, which is the equivalent of R275.5 trillion in local currency. Since the advent of democracy in South Africa, we are seeing the number of women in more senior positions growing and with this comes increased spending power. “This is not, however, a necessary qualifier for a woman to influence the health and wellbeing of her family, friends and community. At Resolution Health, 43 percent of our principal members are women, however they are also influential when it comes to healthcare and related matters by virtue of their relationships – even in cases where they are not directly paying for it themselves,” says Khomot?o Mashalane, head of strategic relations and human resources at Resolution Health Medical Scheme. She added that the potential for women to positively impact the health of others is not necessarily dictated by their personal financial means. “The lion’s share of caring for children and family members often rests with women, who are also key influencers of their social circles and wider community networks. When it comes to the healthcare needs of a family, women frequently take an active role in decision-making and share their knowledge to empower others. “As women are traditionally the primary care givers in a family, they are usually consulted before decisions are made about with the family’s healthcare – it is therefore not surprising that women are commonly regarded as custodians of family health. “Women are often the ones who take the time to read all the fine print, weighing up the various medical scheme benefit options to decide which offers the most relevant value for their family’s particular healthcare needs. This attention to detail helps to ensure that the principal member makes an informed choice when it comes to selecting healthcare cover.” Khomot?o points out that women are also at the centre of many . . .
Calling all low-carb aficionados and everyone wanting to make healthier, quicker and simpler meals. The all-new 3-in-1 Veggie Bullet is exactly the technology we’ve all been waiting for: getting in your five a day becomes child’s play. NutriBullet is already way ahead of the pack with its smart technology offering unsurpassed extraction of nutrients – and they’ve just upped the ante with the Veggie Bullet. With the touch of a button, you can shred, slice or spiralize veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses and more. The secret lies in the Veggie Bullet’s patented cyclonic spiralizer, high-torque motor and razor-sharp stainless-steel blades. Reduced prep time? Check. Reduced cooking time? Check. Nutritious, home-cooked meals in minutes? Check. Getting your kids to eat more veggies? Check, check, check! Your family will love you putting ‘pasta’ back on the menu with the fantastic Veggie Bullet’s effortless zucchini or sweet potato noodles. And let’s not forget the cauliflower rice or pizza bases. (You can thank us later.) You don’t need to take our word for it. Says celebrity chef Jeffrey Saad: “It is the biggest game changer I’ve seen in the kitchen in 30 years of being a professional chef.” Recommended selling price for the Veggie Bullet is R3995. For any queries or more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your purchase comes with a full one-year guarantee and industry leading sales service. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .