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Eczema and moisturisers

Virtually all attraction that occurs at a distance beyond that of touch and smell is mediated by vision and thus the skin assumes an overwhelming importance as a visual target for humans. A dry skin, looking like “Biltong” is not visually pleasing. The incidence of dryness related skin problems has been showing increasing trends, due […]

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Vanquishing varicose veins

“When directing customers to the relevant products it is beneficial to recommend that, should they suffer from diabetes or be on any other medication, it is advisable to consult the pharmacist in order to select the most suitable product.” – Front shop assistant Nomalang Khumalo (Clicks Northgate). Varicose veins can simply be an unsightly nuisance […]

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Hope for infertility as sperm friendly lubricant introduced to SA

About one in six South African couples of reproductive age experience difficulty in falling pregnant, with fertility problems affecting both men and women equally. The causes of infertility include retrograde ejaculation, impotence, hormone deficiency, environmental pollutants, scarring from STDs or decreased sperm count (in males). In women, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction or fibroids […]

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October profile – Learn the ropes

Name & surname: Deidre Morta Pharmacy: Clicks Eastgate Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 23 1. Where did you grow up? Brakpan, Johannesburg 2. Who inspires you and why? My Mom because she has such a strong character! She never shows any weakness and always looks on the bright side of every situation. 3. What do you enjoy most […]

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Magnesium: A miracle mineral

Magnesium is required for over 300 enzyme systems and is critical for cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilise membranes, and to help muscles relax. Found in all its tissues (mainly in bones, muscles, and the brain) magnesium is without a doubt crucial to the body’s functioning. According to […]

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Delving into the skin

Chairpersons for the conference – Sisters Delena Cloete and Lynne Kennedy. Skin is the largest organ of the body so it’s no wonder that psoriasis, blistering, wound care and eczema are encountered on a daily basis by those in the medical fraternity. Nurses from clinics across South Africa gathered at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on […]

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September profile – Embrace opportunities

Name & surname: Khadija Qamar Pharmacy: Ashley Ave pharmacy Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 32 1. Where did you grow up? Johannesburg 2.Who inspires you and why? Nelson Mandela, his humility, perseverance and forgiveness. I also have a wonderful friend Venetia who I look up to. She always keeps me motivated. 3. What do you […]

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Round worms in children

“With any treatment it is vitally important that the whole course is completed and no doses are skipped.” – OTC consultant Peggy Kgasoane (Dis-Chem Randridge Mall). Although irritating and downright unpleasant, most worms are fairly harmless and reasonably easy to get rid of. Worms are parasites that after entering the human body live and feed […]

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Eye care myths you probably believed

Your eyes are windows to the world, but many of us aren’t blessed with 20/20 vision. Even so, you can take your blinkers off when it comes to eye care, especially during September, Eye care Awareness Month. These are some of the myths about eye care: MYTH: Reading in dim light is bad for you […]

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Getting to grips with gout

“To best serve the customer you shouldn’t just accept their self diagnosis. It is your responsibility to make an accurate diagnosis.” – Locum pharmacist Rudolph Mathode. Gout is a common form of arthritis characterised by recurrent attacks of extreme pain, swelling and redness. More susceptible to gout than women, it is generally more common for […]

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