Archive | Health RSS feed for this section

Hypertension - WEB (2)

Hypertension in octogenarians

To reduce the risks of stroke and heart failure in patients over the age of 80, hypertension needs to be treated more aggressively Hypertension, or high blood pressure, not only increases your chance of having a stroke but your risk of developing kidney damage, heart disease, and many other serious health problems too. Hypertension, defined […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Sore throat 1

Diagnosing and treating pharyngitis

Pharyngitis, or sore throat, is often caused by infection. Common respiratory viruses account for the vast majority of cases and these are usually self-limited. Bacteria are also important aetiologic agents, and, when identified properly, may be treated with antibacterials, resulting in decreased local symptoms and prevention of serious sequelae. The most common and important bacterial […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Bipolar 2

Roller-coaster journey with bipolar

An estimated 2.5% percent of the South African population suffer from Bipolar Mood Disorder (Bipolar disorder), therefore it is only fitting that Tuesday, 26 May is set aside not only to raise awareness of the devastating effect this illness can have on both sufferers and their families, but also to bring hope that this debilitating […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Probiotics

Know your products: Probiotics

According to Casey Adams Ph.D., probiotics play a role in 70-80% of our immune response. Probiotics stimulate everything from T-cells to macrophages. Probiotics also activate cytokines and phagocytic cells to coordinate the immune response. PRODUCT: Reuterina™ Junior DESCRIPTION: Each chew tablet contains a minimum of 100 million cfu (colony forming units). Lactobacillus reuteri PROTECTIS™ (Strain […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
IBS 1

Understanding IBS

What does “irritable” mean? Irritable means that the nerve endings in the bowel wall, which control muscle function and affect sensation of the gut, are unusually sensitive. This means that even normal conditions that can stimulate the bowel – eating a meal, having one’s menstrual period, feeling pressure at work – may lead to a […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Bladder 3

Bladder infections in men and women

If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you’re all too familiar with the symptoms. You need to go and pee all the time. Often nothing comes out. And when you do go, it burns! Your back may ache – or you may notice blood in your urine or that it has a cloudy appearance. And […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Flu 1

H3N2 flu strain fights vaccine

The vaccine that is supposed to protect against the annual flu is less effective this year because some strains were not included. A particularly bad flu is sweeping the United States, killing 26 children so far this season and nearly doubling hospitalisations among people over 65 in the past week alone, officials said on Friday. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
sad 7

South Africa’s SAD

In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Throughout the centuries, poets have described a sense of sadness, loss and lethargy that can accompany the shortening days of autumn and winter. Many cultures and religions have winter festivals […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Bladder 6

Bladder infections in men and women

If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you’re all too familiar with the symptoms. You need to empty your bladder all the time. Often nothing comes out. And when you do go, it burns! Your back may ache – or you may notice blood in your urine or that it has a cloudy appearance. And […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Colds 6

Combat colds and flu

Sore throats, headaches, fever, congestion, coughs, and sneezing. Yes, it’s that time of year again when the all too familiar complaints associated with the common cold and flu take centre stage.   By all reports there is no foolproof way to prevent the common cold or flu, or any medicines that can cure either. In […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }