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June profile – Tendai Goronga

“Don’t cut corners” Name & surname: Tendai Goronga Pharmacy: U Pharmacy – Emalahleni Jobtitle: Pharmacist Assistant Age: 29 1. Where did you grow up? In the capital of Zimbabwe, Harare. Now I live in Middleburg. 2. Who inspires you and why? My mother. Against all the odds, she has achieved so much. Especially as a […]

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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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SA first: heart procedure saves two-month old

Youngest patient to undergo a successful cardiac ablation procedure   Johannesburg, Monday 22 June 2015, Suffering from a life threatening heart condition, two-month old Miané Burger, from Kriel in Mpumalanga, successfully underwent an emergency procedure at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg recently to save her young life. It is the first time in the history […]

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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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First-line treatment for rhinitis

Global statistics show a sharp increase in the prevalence of rhinitis, a symptomatic disorder of the nose resulting from an immunoglobulin-mediated immunological reaction following exposure to allergens. According to the World Allergy Organisation (WAO), the prevalence of rhinitis in children varies between 0.8% and 14.9% in 6-7 year olds and between 1.4% and 39.7% in […]

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CASE STUDY: Combatting cold sores

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of topical corticosteroids in addition to antiviral therapy in the management of recurrent herpes labialis. Herpes labialis infection is a global public health problem, with 15 to 40% of the population who experience symptomatic outbreak [1]. Infection rates are high among HIV positive patients; about 95% of […]

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OTC treatments for pharyngitis and tonsillitis

Pharyngotonsillitis is an inflammatory condition of the pharyngeal wall. A variety of systemic and topical therapies are available. This brief review discusses over-the-counter medicines that may be considered for both adults and children. Pharyngotonsillitis is an inflammatory condition of the pharyngeal wall and is sometimes divided into pharyngitis and tonsillitis. Respiratory viruses are the major […]

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A second chance at life

Life for a young man took a sudden turn for the worst when a night at the movies ended with him lying in the casualty ward with excruciating abdominal pain.   Matt Lathan (26) was also in the process of preparing for a fitness competition when he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery to […]

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Probiotics and children

Is the use of probiotics necessary for paediatric clinical management? The term “probiotics” actually refer to a formulated mixture of living micro-organisms, which are normally resident in our gastrointestinal tract. There is considerable public, media, and scientific interest in such products in their ability to modulate intestinal inflammation and health in general. The question which […]

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Merck launches “More Than a Mother” campaign

Merck, a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials, today announces the start of “More than a Mother” campaign as part of Merck Fertility Capacity Advancement Program, in collaboration with University of Nairobi and Kenya Women Parliamentary Association. The program will not only provide medical education and […]

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Osteoarthritis myths

  MYTH 1: Osteoarthritis is just a condition of old age Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that becomes more common with age and is due in part to the gradual wear and tear of cartilage (bone cushion) in the joints. However, injuries, obesity, family history and weak muscles also play a part in osteoarthritis development, […]

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Influenza and vaccination

Every year during the winter months, South Africa experiences an increase in influenza circulation. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), “The 2015 influenza season started in the second week of May.” To-date 2015 flu activity appears to be higher than that between 2010 and 2013, however google flu trends point to a […]

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Less common headaches

You’d be hard pressed to find a person who hasn’t suffered from a headache at one point or another. Arguably one of the most common maladies in life, 150 different diagnostic headache categories have been established. The more common headaches include: Tension headaches Migraines Mixed headache syndrome Cluster headaches Sinus headaches Acute headaches Hormone headaches […]

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Getting into shape should be a way of life

Lifestyle’ diseases – particularly heart attack and stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes – have reached epidemic proportions in most countries around the world,” says President of the International Self-Care Foundation David E Webber Ph.D. “We are all at risk! But did you also know that lifestyle diseases are substantially preventable? Up to 80% […]

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Eczema: Education is key

The prevalence of eczema has more than doubled in the past forty years. Though it is one of the commonest diseases in a medical practice, very little emphasis is laid on it at medical schools. The term ‘eczema’ is usually interchanged with the term ‘dermatitis’ which basically denotes an inflammation of the skin, however, one […]

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Erectile Dysfunction and counterfeit medication

Beware of Counterfeit Medicines. They are common and pose serious health risks. Reg* is a forty three year old man, seemingly healthy in every other respect, complaining of alarming aches and pains, especially in his back, and headache severe enough to keep him off work. “At first I really didn’t know what was wrong with […]

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Male menopause – not just a myth

Male menopause, andropause, testosterone deficiency, androgen deficiency, late-onset hypogonadism… Although these terms all deal with lowered testosterone levels and have similar symptoms they are not the same thing and shouldn’t be used interchangeably. Some men develop a number of physical and emotional symptoms when they reach their late 40s to early 50s. These include: depression […]

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Reaching out to SA’s forgotten people

Recipients sought for free, life-altering procedures Netcare, through its corporate social investment (CSI) arm, the Netcare Foundation, is reaching out countrywide to disadvantaged individuals with certain medical conditions who are in dire need of assistance. “We are offering the resources at our disposal to help people needing life-altering corrective surgery for a range of medical conditions,” says […]

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Drug addiction in SA takes its toll

SANCA drug awareness week 24-28 June 2015 Easy access to high quality and relatively cheap drugs, coupled with high levels of unemployment, trauma, violence and the deterioration of social support by family members, friends and the community, has led to a steady increase in the incidence of drug abuse and addiction in South Africa. This […]

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Know your products – Baby bum care

  PRODUCT: Johnson’s® Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes INGREDIENTS: Aqua, Glycerin, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate Carbomer, Lauryl Glucoside, Polyglyceryl-2 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, P-Anisic Acid, Phenoxyethenol, Sodium Benzoate. INDICATION: Johnson’s® Baby Extra Sensitive Wipes are made with Johnson’s® No More Tears formula so you can use them all over your baby’s body, even the […]

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