Oh no… heartburn again

For many people, an enjoyable evening out at a restaurant often turns into something they regret doing, when the familiar and unwelcome pain of heartburn creeps back. Heartburn, also called acid indigestion or acid reflux, is defined by the Mayo Clinic of South Africa as a feeling “like a burning chest pain beginning behind the […]

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Insomnia

Insomnia is described by the Mental Health Information Center of Southern Africa as a common health problem that affects roughly one third of the population. It is the inability for an individual to fall asleep and/or to maintain sleep, resulting sleep that does not allow the body to recover from daily wear. Etiology and effects […]

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Combating dentin hypersensitivity

April’s Frontshop Training Academy was sponsored by Colgate Oral Care Academy. A special thank you to Shoneez Williams, Colgate Palmolive SA’s Retail Environment Manager and her team for their dedication and hard work in ensuring the training went of seamlessly.   The presenters Johannesburg (Wanderers Golf Club) Ntokoza Khula (Oral Hygenist) Natishia Harridas (Oral Hygenist) […]

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Where there is a cramp – there is a cause

Where there is a cramp – there is a cause A muscle cramp is an involuntarily and forcibly contracted muscle that is not relaxed. When we use the muscles that can be controlled voluntarily, such as those of our arms and legs, they alternately contract and relax as we move our limbs. Frontshop examines the […]

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The battle of the bulge

One topic you will find people are forever talking about is diet, losing weight and exercise. These three go hand in hand and Frontshop talks to various professionals to see how one can achieve the ideal goal weight, which will lead to a healthier life. Clichés would not exist if they weren’t real. And so, […]

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All I want for Christmas… is my two front teeth

For nine months expectant mothers cannot wait to hold their newborn baby in her hands. Then six months later, the baby starts crying, is miserable and first time mothers don’t always know what is wrong. Well, one of the reasons for this sudden change in your bundle of joy is that your baby might be […]

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Debilitating headaches – know what you’re dealing with

When it comes to extreme headaches that require more than aspirin or paracetamol it is essential to isolate the symptoms and diagnose what kind of headache is being experienced. Frontshop explores the three main culprits. A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often preceded or accompanied by sensory warning signs such as flashes of […]

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Who nose the difference?

It is very common for people to confuse sinus issues with allergic reactions to things such as pollen or dust. Providing the correct medication can be tricky if the customer’s explanation of their symptoms is not correct. Frontshop found out how to establish the difference between the two conditions. Understandably it is very easy for customers to […]

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Dealing with IBS

        At least one in five people suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and while there is no cure for the condition, a lot can be done to ease sufferers’ symptoms and pain. As a pharmacy assistant or front shop assistant it is also important to understand that helping someone understand IBS […]

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Coping with colic in infants

        One of the most wonderful things that happen are when a couple have a baby. For the woman she becomes a mother. However while this is a beautiful event and time in the couple’s lives, a small baby is not always plain sailing. While it is normal to be tired etc. […]

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Water: the most important drink

It’s summer and everyone is loving the warm weather. However most people do not drink enough fluids, especially water. In fact most of us drink less then we need to, and this is not only the case when we are participating in sports or exercise. Small children can be particularly at risk. Dehydration is the […]

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The Multivitamin

  The one a day multivitamin was introduced to the public (in the United States) over 60 years ago. Since then it has grown in popularity and is taken by millions of people across the globe. The number of brands has also increased dramatically which has made it harder for the consumer to decide which […]

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Go BIG or go home

  World Glaucoma Week 2014 take place from 9 to 15 March this year. The theme is Beat Invisible Glaucoma, B-I-G, and the idea is to encourage people to organise BIG breakfasts during this week. This is the 6th World Glaucoma Week to be held globally and is supported by the World Glaucoma Association (WGA) […]

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David Bayever told attendees about codeine addition and the Codeine Care initiative

The Codeine Care Initiative

David Bayever told attendees about codeine addition and the Codeine Care initiative. The Codeine Care Initiative in particular drew a lot of interest and many questions. In Cape Town, a lively debate was entered into with Bayever and Dr Kruger on the practical workings of the project. The reality is that this project is of […]

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Andri Tucker, Marketing and Sales IUS & GT, from Bayer, who spoke to the attendees about endometriosis

The truth about endometriosis

The truth about endometriosis Andri Tucker, Marketing and Sales IUS & GT, from Bayer, spoke to the attendees about endometriosis. Endometriosis is a common condition that affects up to 10% of all women during their child-bearing years. It occurs when tissue like that which lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus in […]

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Last frontshop Training Academy for 2013 a huge success

The last FrontShop Training Academy took place in October across the country in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town. The sessions were very well attended. Sponsored by Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline and Reckitt Benckiser three topics were presented to attendees: – Endometriosis by Andri Tucker – Pain Management  by Dr Johannes Kruger – Codeine Dependence and the […]

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South Africa finally acts to control misuse of the popular drug codeine

Patients will be required to produce IDs to purchase some common over the counter medicines (OTC) from 2014. The use of codeine, a popular OTC drug that is commonly misused and abused, faces clamp down by the South African pharmacy industry from the beginning of next year. While this move has been on the cards since […]

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Goodbye Malaria

Goodbye Malaria is a campaign set up to benefit two organisations that fight Malaria in Africa; the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM). This is Goodbye Malaria is Nando’s director Sherwin Charles’ responsibility for Nando’s as  CEO of the company, Sonhos Social Capital, set up to deliver the […]

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Dealing with constipation

When bowel movements become difficult or less frequent constipation occurs. This is, generally, when a person has two or fewer bowel movements per week. As food passes through the large intestine, water is absorbed and food waste products form into stool. Muscle contractions move stools through the colon to the rectum, where they are passed […]

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