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'Pot in a bag' stews fight pollution

A woman holds a "pot in a bag", a clever new fad to cook a tasty rice and tomatoes dish that could help fight climate change. (Reinnier Kaze, …

Travel (South Africa)

Foetal Alcohol Syndrome highest in SA - report

Saldanha Bay <b>-</b> On a weekday afternoon, the waiting room at Saldanha Clinic is filled mostly with women.<p>When 7-year-old Michelle Daniels* enters with …

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum

Prenatal fruit consumption boosts babies' cognitive development: Study discovers previously unknown benefits of fruit consumption in expectant mothers

Study discovers previously unknown benefits of fruit consumption in expectant mothers<p>The benefits of eating fruit can begin as early as in the womb. …

Off the (failing) grid in North Korea, where solar energy is a hot commodity

Think of it as a North Korean Best Buy — a shop stuffed with refrigerators, karaoke machines, laptop computers and flat-screen TVs. But with a square footage closer to a typical American 7-Eleven than a big-box store, the Pothonggang Information Technology Center has to be selective about what …

North Korea

Primed To Perform: The Science Behind Building A Legendary Workplace Culture

Lindsay McGregor is the cofounder and CEO at Vega Factor, a company that helps organizations build high-performing, adaptive cultures. She is also the co-author of a <i>New York Times</i> Best Seller, <i>Primed to Perform: How to Build the Highest Performing Cultures Through the Science of Total Motivation</i>. …

Protecting Newborns against HIV in Russia

Photo by Elena Devyashina for Partners In HealthNurse Natalya Shtrevenskaya gives Irina Ivanova’s daughter, Milana, antiretroviral medicine in their …

Public Health

Why a gluten-free diet may be bad for healthy kids

Grocery stories are filled with breads, crackers, cereals and other foods labeled "gluten free." That might lead you to think gluten is a toxic substance. It isn’t.<p>Other than a small percentage of people who have celiac disease or a wheat allergy, gluten — a mixture of two proteins found in grains …

Gluten-Free

New chicken row brewing in SA

Cape Town - Following the concessions on US imports to South Africa in January this year, another chicken storm is brewing as local poultry producers …

South Africa

Correctional Services cracking down on phones in cells

Jenni Evans, News24<p>Cape Town - The Department of Correctional Services was in the process of installing equipment that will crack down on illegal …

Cape Town

Why I'm glad à la carte is going out of fashion

Wandering along west London’s All Saints Road recently, my eye was caught by a very beautiful thing. It was a menu and it was extremely short. The restaurant was called Wolfe and the food proffered for dinner that night – the place didn’t open for lunch – consisted of three choices to start, three …

Weight loss said to be among the health benefits of eating pulses

Beans means .. losing weight, according to researchers investigating the slimming potential of pulses.<p>A daily 130 gram serving of beans, peas, …

School food loophole must be closed, council leaders urge

<b>A loophole exempting thousands of England's schools from healthy eating standards must be closed to combat child obesity, say council leaders.</b><p>New standards for school food became mandatory in council maintained schools and some academies in January 2015.<p>But for schools that became academies between …

Nutrition

Drought doubles potato prices to record high

Johannesburg - Potato prices have more than doubled in 2016 from a year earlier as the worst drought in more than a century cuts yields in growing …

South Africa

Justice Department warns local courts about unlawful fines and fees

By Matt Zapotosky<p>, Reporter<p>The Justice Department is asking local courts across the country to be wary of how they slap poor defendants with fines and fees to fill their jurisdictions’ coffers, warning that such practices often run afoul of the U.S. Constitution and have serious real-world …

U.S. Department of Justice

More than 50 dead in Mexican prison riot

Relatives of inmates demonstrate outside the Topo Chico prison in Monterrey, Mexico. (Julio Cesar Aguilar, AFP)<p>Mexico City - A prison riot in …

Mexico

6 men escape Springs prison cells

Mpho Raborife, News24<p>Johannesburg - Six men who had been arrested for crimes including murder, theft and possession of drugs managed to escape the …

Successful prison raids embarrass correctional services

Mpho Raborife, News24<p>Johannesburg – The success of impromptu searches in prisons are an embarrassment to correctional services, Deputy Minister …

Homemade

Potatoes can help cut cancer risk

New study reveals eating potatoes and cabbage can help reduce risk of developing stomach cancer<p>Scientists have discovered that eating potatoes and cabbage can help reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.<p>It found that people who eat a large amount of white vegetables, such as onions and …

Science Thinks We Should Start Putting Seaweed in Everything

Science Thinks We Should Start Putting Seaweed in EverythingTORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 24: Stock shot of Dried Seaweed (David Cooper/Toronto Star via …

High Blood Pressure

15 South African inventions we love

Cape Town – SA is a unique country, to say the least.<p>This is why innovative South Africans through the years have come up with some interesting and …

The Coca-Cola scientist caught up in an obesity-research scandal is stepping down

Coca-Cola’s top scientist is stepping down, three months after the soda giant was slammed in the New York Times for funding obesity research that downplayed the effects of its products.<p>AP<p>Rhona Applebaum, 61, is retiring from her post as chief science and health officer, a move that the …

Coca-Cola

Suffragettes' historic London prison to close

London - Holloway women's prison, which held suffragettes as well as notorious murderers and where the last woman to be executed in Britain was …

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

Two inmates killed in Mpumalanga prison blaze

Jeff Wicks, News24<p>Durban - Two inmates were killed and six others were injured in a fire started by prisoners at the Belfast Correctional Centre in …

Could electrical stimulation to the brain help with weight loss? A new study shows promise

Giving a region of the brain that's key to self-control and motivation a zetz of electrical stimulation may help the obese to eat less and lose more weight, says a new study.<p>Research suggests that the brains of people who are obese differ in a key respect from those of normal-weight people: The …

Research

Beer that killed 75 in Mozambique brewed with toxic flour

Maputo - A homemade beer that killed 75 drinkers at a funeral in Mozambique earlier this year was brewed with contaminated flour, health authorities …

Southern Africa

South Africa in midst of 'epic drought'

South Africa is facing its worst drought since 1982, with more than 2.7 million households facing water shortages across the country, the government has said.<p>Lennox Mabaso, spokesperson for the local government department in KwaZulu-Natal, told Al Jazeera that the drought, concentrated in provinces …

About Cancer | Signs of Cancer

Lung cancer is often associated with smoking but a frightening percentage of people who don’t smoke are being diagnosed with lung cancer every …

Cancer