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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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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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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

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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