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HEALTH & WELLNESS: Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air and in their haste to get ready for the warmer weather your customers are looking for all the best products for them to get a jump start on enjoying South Africa’s lovely weather. In the September issue of Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine we feature 8 products guaranteed to fill their needs. […]

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Fighting uterine fibroids

Thousands of SA women silently suffering the devastating symptoms of untreated uterine fibroids Interventional radiologist Dr Gary Sudwarts has set himself the goal of raising awareness of the debilitating women’s health condition of uterine fibroids, which he believes warrants much greater attention and awareness than it currently receives. Dr Sudwarts, who practises at Netcare Park […]

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CPD: Psoriasis and the case for coal tar

Psoriasis is a common chronic skin disease that affects 1-3% of the population. It affects men and women equally, but can occur at any age. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS WELL AS OTHER CPD ARTICLES FEATURED IN MEDICAL CHRONICLE COAL TAR HISTORY The use of coal tar for the treatment of psoriasis […]

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Postmenopausal osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (US) estimates that there are 9.1 million women with osteoporosis worldwide and an additional 26 million with low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a multifactorial systemic skeletal disease, characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD) and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue resulting in bone fragility. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines menopause […]

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Musculoskeletal pain affects the muscles, ligaments and tendons, and bones

Musculoskeletal disorders, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are injuries or disorders of the muscles, nerves, tendons, joints, cartilage and supporting structures of the upper and lower limbs, neck, and lower back. These disorders may be caused or exacerbated by exertion or prolonged exposure to physical factors. WHAT IS MUSCULOSKELETAL […]

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Don’t let your wheeze turn into a sneeze

Every time we think that spring’s about to arrive we seem to have another cold snap and out come all the jackets again. Unfortunately it seems the flu is equally determined to plague us for as long as possible this year. If the health of your lungs is already compromised, you are immediately at higher […]

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Probiotics 101

Although we’re only beginning to understand the microbiota concept we know that the composition of microbiota has a profound impact on human health. “It’s incredibly clear that the bacteria in our gut are not just innocent bystanders, hanging out,” says Dr Athos Bousvaros, a paediatric gastroenterologist at Harvard Medical School. “Probiotics are critically important, and […]

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Dealing with diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) is a metabolic disorder with heterogeneous aetiologies, which is characterised by chronic hyperglycaemia and disturbances of carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action or both. The long-term relatively specific effects of diabetes include development of retinopathy, nephropathy, and neuropathy. People with diabetes are also at increased […]

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Five self-care resolutions worth making this Women’s Day

With the focus firmly on South African women this August 9th, Women’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the importance of responsible self-care. “Self-care lies at the heart of what we represent,” says, Nicola Brink, Executive Director of the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa (SMASA). “And this Women’s Day, we’d like to encourage […]

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Hand eczema

A pruritic inflammatory skin disease, hand eczema is characterised in the acute phase by erythema, oedema, and sometimes vesicles, while in the chronic state the skin changes are dominated by infiltration, scaling and fissures, which may cause pain. Hand eczema is not a uniform disease as it exists in a continuum of severity with variations […]

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