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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Adult-onset asthma

Adult-onset asthma is under investigated and far from completely understood Adult-onset, or late-onset, asthma is considered when asthma symptoms present for the first time during adulthood. The age at diagnosis determining the term ‘late-onset’ asthma varies from 12 to ≥65 years old. In contrast to childhood-onset asthma, less is known about the prevalence and factors […]

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The dreaded pinworm – don’t scratch that itch

Highly contagious pinworms occur most frequently in children attending nursery schools where they play together, particularly in sand pits. Teach children to wash their hands often, particularly after going to the toilet, playing outside in the garden or with a pet, and before eating. Pinworm (enterobius vermicularis) is an intestinal infection caused by tiny parasitic […]

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