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Tough year ahead may challenge a person’s ability to avoid relapses

Predictions of more political, economic and social turmoil and volatility in South Africa, coupled with a crippling drought which is bound to see food prices and consumer inflation soaring, set the scene for a particularly challenging 2016. Many South Africans, already mentally fragile because of personal or external circumstances, may therefore find it increasingly difficult […]

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How to avoid exam stress

Have a structured study schedule that doesn’t leave subjects or sections rushed at the end. Allow for breaks throughout your study schedules, short breaks where you can go and walk outside for a few minutes, and at least one longer break where you can go and have lunch or relax for an hour or so […]

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Is snoring dangerous to your health?

Snoring may not only be disrupting patients’ family lives Many a customer has had to endure the snores of a loved one keeping them awake at night at some point in their lives. They know how disruptive snoring can be to family life, but can it also be dangerous to their health? “In some cases […]

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Recognising vitamin B deficiency

A deficiency of B Vitamins is more common than we may think. Studies show that up to 20% of the general population has a vitamin B12 deficiency. Early recognition of this deficiency is crucial as it could lead to irreversible nerve damage. B Vitamins are essential for normal growth, formation of red blood cells and […]

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Vitamin D and Cardiovascular disease: Where do we stand?

In many large observational studies it was shown that low vitamin D levels were associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease Background facts Vitamin D (D2 and D3) is a steroid hormone and is produced in the skin from 7-dehydrocholesterol by sunlight (D2 and D3) or ingested with food from plant origin (D2) or animal […]

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Infection prevention: a high-priority health issue

Global Hygiene Council survey finds South African adults are worried about infectious diseases but are we actually doing enough to prevent them? A recent survey conducted by the Global Hygiene Council has revealed that over three quarters (76%) of adults are concerned about themselves or their family contracting an infectious disease. The survey of more […]

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REVIEW: Cardiovascular wellness and optimal oral health

In order to appreciate the oral/systemic connection as it relates to vascular wellness, it is important to understand health from the perspective of the arteries and the mouth. Cardiovascular Wellness and Optimal Oral Health Arterial health (or cardiovascular wellness) is a state for which atherosclerosis is absent, and, if atherosclerosis is present in the arterial […]

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Waiting for a miracle

When a 46-year-old school teacher in Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia in 2010 she thought she would not live to watch her two daughters reach adulthood. Neither she nor her family and friends had ever heard of the illness and, after browsing the internet, Patience Thusi (51) was convinced that her “life stopped”. […]

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Human rhinovirus infection

Costing billions annually in medical visits and missed days of work, the human rhinoviruses (HRVs) occur worldwide and are responsible for more than half of cold-like illnesses. According to Dr Ananya Mandal, MD, the rhinovirus (RV) is one of the smallest types of virus, with a diameter of around 30 nanometres. “Most other viruses such […]

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Championing blood drives

Difficulty to walk during a pilgrimage to Mecca was a sign of new problems for a young man who has lived with a kidney condition since birth.   It was Yusuf Degam’s difficulty to walk that indicated the gradual collapse of his bone marrow resulting in a decline in his blood cell and platelet count, […]

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