Health24.com | Man ends up with skin infection after injecting himself with semen to cure back pain

The Irish Medical Journal recently published a case study of a 33-year-old man who injected himself with his own semen once a month to treat back pain.

According to the doctors who reported the case, the man had been complaining about a severe, sudden onset of backache after lifting a heavy steel object. The man, who had been suffering from regular bouts of backache throughout is life, decided to take matters into his own hands, purchased a hypodermic needle online and started injecting himself with his own semen.

Redness and rapid swelling

The case study reveals that the man “devised this cure without any independent medical advice”. He had been injecting himself with an undisclosed dose of semen once a month, for at least 18 months.

It wasn’t until he visited the doctor after his backache didn’t subside (of course, the injections didn’t do much) when they noticed redness and … read more

Health24.com | 5 reasons to love avocados

The avocado is without a doubt one of nature’s most luxurious foods: rich and creamy, simple yet satisfying with a subtle flavour. 

In South Africa, 1kg of avocados is consumed per person per year, with 150 000 tons expected to be produced in 2018. Of these, 50% are exported, 40% consumed fresh locally, and 10% processed into guacamole and avocado oil. 

Whether you top your toast with avocado at breakfast, serve it as a healthy dip for raw vegetables as a snack, or chop it into a summer salad for a healthy dinner, here are five health reasons why you should love an avo.

1. Love an avo for your heart

Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2018, a study found that people who eat avocados (compared to those who follow an avo-free diet) had higher levels of the good type of cholesterol, HDL. This is likely due … read more

Colorectal Cancer Mortality Rates Predicted to Increase

Colon and rectal cancer mortality rates are predicted to increase for several countries from Europe, North America and Oceania. The findings are published in the International Journal of Cancer.


In the first effort to predict the future burden of colorectal cancer mortality globally, researchers note that but increases are predicted for several countries from Europe, North America and Oceania. The findings are published in the International Journal of Cancer.

‘Colon and rectal cancer mortality rates are projected to decrease in most countries apart from some Latin American and Caribbean countries’


Despite these regional differences, the number of deaths is expected to rise in all countries for both colon and rectal cancer by 60.0 percent and 71.5 percent until 2035, respectively, due to population growth and aging.

Source: Eurekalert

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Stem Cells Successful In Regrowing Center Of The Tooth

Stem cells with a little help from a bioengineering idea have successfully grown into a pulp-dentine complex, the structure which makes up the center of the tooth finds a new study. The results of this study are published in the journal of Tissue Engineering.


The collaborative research between the Kornberg School of Dentistry and the College of Engineering uses stem cells to regrow the pulp-dentin complex that makes up the center of a tooth.

‘The scientists believe that in the next ten years or even sooner, they will be able to provide the patients with this option. This method can serve as an alternative to the current method which uses the inert substances to fill the gap. This method can help regrow the nerves and the blood vessels and grow new pulp back into your tooth, instead of using inert material.’


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The 5 Best Health Benefits of Ginger Water

There’s something inherently comforting about a cup of ginger water or tea. And like other plant-based foods, research suggests this root can impart some serious health benefits thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.

To make ginger tea, simply add grated or sliced raw ginger to boiling water and let it steep for at least 10 minutes before straining. You can adjust the ratio depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.

Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute, cautions that ginger-flavored water is not exactly the cure-all or “detox” drink some people on the internet hype it to be. But, she adds, sipping the stuff regularly certainly can’t hurt — as long as you’re going with an unsweetened version. In other words, guzzling ginger ale won’t exactly help your health.

But if you’re curious about the ginger water hype, here’s what you … read more

Health24.com | Faulty sperm may explain recurring miscarriages

A series of miscarriages may signal that a man’s sperm is not up to par, new British research suggests.

The findings could lead to new treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage, said researchers at Imperial College London.

“Traditionally, doctors have focused attention on women when looking for the causes of recurrent miscarriage. The men’s health, and the health of their sperm, wasn’t analysed,” explained study author Dr Channa Jayasena, from the department of medicine at Imperial College.

“However, this research adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests sperm health dictates the health of a pregnancy,” he said in a university news release. “For instance, previous research suggests sperm has an important role in the formation of the placenta, which is crucial for oxygen and nutrient supply to the fetus.”

In the study, scientists analysed the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more … read more