25 May 2018

#Health24 ICYMI: Haemorrhoid cream for puffy eyes; 15-year-old getting nude pics; and how many people smoke around the world

This is what you might have missed on Health24 this week...

It's been a busy week for Health24. Perhaps you struggled to keep up with all the health news because there was just too much going on.  

But don't worry; we've got you covered with a summary of everything you need to know. 

Our pick of the week: 

'I tried haemorrhoid cream on my puffy eyes – here's what happened'

What happens when you follow the advice of a colleague to use haemorrhoid cream for your puffy eyes? After all, many models swear by Prep H haemorrhoid cream to get those ridiculously fresh-looking wide, innocent eyes. Susan Barrett from our friends at Women's Health tried it, but things didn't work out quite as planned...quote, puffy eye

Local health news:

SAHRC overseeing HIV patients' transfer to public health facilities 

The Life Esidimeni crisis made headlines for all the wrong reasons, but now the South African Human Rights Commission are stepping in in a different, but similar, scenario. They will be monitoring the readiness of public health facilities in Moutse before the Department of Health begins the process of transferring HIV patients from the Ndlovu Care Group to public health facilities of their choice. 

Heartfelt stories:

Baby with 'water on the brain' fights to stay alive

Phillecia and Bradley Naicker from Midrand in Johannebsurg shared their story with us. Their baby boy, Joshua, was born prematurely at 33 weeks with a head circumference of 45cm that was filled with fluid. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that affects one in 500 babies. The cause is unknown.

Our senior content producer Mandy Freeman spoke to them about the challenges they face and learned that Joshua needs stem-cell treatment before he turns two (on 20 June 2018) to guarantee the most successful outcome. They need to raise R400 000 to make this happen.

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15-year-old girl: 'I chatted with a stranger who send nude pictures of himself'

Teenagers attending a recent Girls Talk Show held by civil society Sector Leader Masego Gaserekwe, who is also a training facilitator for FAMSA, revealed that social media has a negative impact on their lives. An anonymous survey questionnaire had been given to each of them to share their personal experience of social media.

Our article delves into their personal stories, including one of a 15-year-old girl who received unwanted sexual advances through social media. quote, girl sexting

Global picture

Two articles looked at global health problems and how they relate to South Africa. We learnt that 17.6% of South African adults smoke and that, in 27 years' time, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese.

SEE: How many people smoke around the world?

According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use has reached epidemic levels globally.

Smoking has been linked to a number of serious health issues, such as cancer and asthma and even death; however, people continue to smoke cigarettes all over the world.

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The world is getting fatter and fatter...

Researchers have found that, 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, and warned of the mounting medical bill.

And finally...

Jada Pinkett Smith reveals hair loss battle – why does this happen?

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has opened up about her struggle with alopecia (hair loss) in her Facebook chat show, Red Table Talk. The Gotham star said she's been losing “handfuls of hair” in the shower.

In the video below Pinkett Smith talks about her challenges and why she wears a turban.