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Viral pharyngitis usually presents with mild symptoms

Sore throats

The sore throat is one of the most common conditions that GPs encounter and overtreatment is widespread Not only are antibiotics overprescribed, they are often more expensive and of a broader spectrum than is needed. In the definition of acute pharyngitis, a spectrum exists from diffuse pharyngeal inflammation to inflammation of the tonsils. The two […]

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Understanding osteoarthritis

No medication or intervention has been shown to stop or reverse the disease process in OA. “Osteoarthritis is an important topic to discuss,” says Steve Biko Academic Hospital rheumatologist, Dr Raksha Kalpee. “Unfortunately there haven’t been a lot of new developments in terms of the pathogenesis or reversing the disease process, but there are some […]

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Last year 138 mothers out of every 100 000 died in live births

SA’s problematic healthcare system

We have to learn to be accommodating, discriminant, listen to views, and integrate them into a particular environment if we really want to achieve anything useful. That’s what private freelance healthcare consultant Dr Nicholas Crisp believes. HOW HEALTHY IS OUR NATION? Not how healthy am I or my family. How healthy is our nation. “So […]

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New marketing manager for Tibb

Tibb Health Sciences is pleased to welcome Lana Kotze to the management team. Kotze took over the reins this February, and fills the position of marketing manager Having studied Homoeopathy at Technicon Witwatersrand, Kotze’s keen interest in non-allopathic medicine stands her in good stead in a company known for its commitment to providing well-researched complementary […]

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Shrugging off shoulder pain

Shoulder pain may originate in the joint itself, or from any of the many surrounding muscles, ligaments, or tendons. Shoulder pain usually worsens with activities or movement of the arm or shoulder WHAT CAUSES MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN? The causes of musculoskeletal pain are varied. Muscle tissue can be damaged with the wear and tear of daily […]

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Mouth ulcers are painful round or oval sores in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips

Mouth ulcers

Mouth ulcers can occur in any age group or population. WHAT ARE MOUTH ULCERS? Mouth ulcers are painful round or oval sores in the mouth, most often on the inside of the cheeks or lips. They are very common, particularly in women and young adults. Mouth ulcers are usually harmless and most will clear up […]

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Salt therapy to treat coughs

Salt therapy for coughs

Salt mine therapy has been used for centuries to treat respiratory systems Coughs are one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP. A cough is a reflex action to clear your airways of mucus and irritants, foreign particles and microbes. Whether they’re dry or chesty, most coughs clear up within two […]

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Health and Wellness: Combat winter dryness

For many people, cold winter days bring more than just a rosy glow to the cheeks. They also bring uncomfortably dry skin. Wind, dry air, and chilly temperatures can do a number on soft skin and hair. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and […]

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Treating burns

Burn myths exposed

Rather than helping, many common myths for treating burns can actually increase the risk of an infection by exposing a wound to harmful bacteria MYTH: APPLY COLD BUTTER TO THE BURN The cold butter will give you a cooling sensation in the affected part. However, when the butter melts, it becomes painful rather than soothing […]

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psoriasis affects males and females of all ages and ethnicities

Psoriasis: Attention to lifestyle can make life better

The skin lesions of psoriasis often cause considerable pain and discomfort, itching and bleeding, impacting on sleep, work, and enjoyment of life. This is especially true when the palms of the hands, soles of the feet or nails are involved, as they commonly are. Everyday activities, like shopping, getting a haircut, going to the gym […]

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