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World Diabetes Day 2015 focuses on healthy eating

Every year, all over the world, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) celebrates World Diabetes Day to promote the importance of taking coordinated and concerted actions to confront diabetes as acritical global health issue. This year the campaign aims to highlight healthy eating as a key factor in the fight against diabetes and a cornerstone of […]

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Shocking increase in type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is common, and is becoming increasingly more so. The IDF estimates that around 8 % of the world’s population, some 387 million people, are affected. This figure is anticipated to increase to 592 million by 2035 – equivalent to 1 in every 10 adults! Globally, almost 80 % of people with diabetes […]

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Tips when practically sitting down to write the exam

The morning of the exam students should make sure they set more than one alarm so as not to oversleep and then rush or panic. They can calmly go through any sections in need of one last review before proceeding with their usual routine, of getting dressed and having breakfast. Any friends who are panic […]

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How to avoid exam stress

Have a structured study schedule that doesn’t leave subjects or sections rushed at the end. Allow for breaks throughout your study schedules, short breaks where you can go and walk outside for a few minutes, and at least one longer break where you can go and have lunch or relax for an hour or so […]

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Stressing over exams

The World Health Organisation reports that South Africa has the eighth highest suicide rate in the world making it the third-greatest cause of unnatural death in SA. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) reported that suicide rates among teens aged 10–14 have nearly doubled in the last 15 years. Stress is a natural […]

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SA urged to kick-start summer with a healthier lifestyle

The latest statistics published in the Lancet medical journal indicate that South Africa has the highest obesity rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 61% of the South African population being overweight or obese. These shocking statistics indicate that more South Africans need to consider making effective lifestyle changes in order to maintain a healthier life. This […]

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Is snoring dangerous to your health?

Snoring may not only be disrupting patients’ family lives Many a customer has had to endure the snores of a loved one keeping them awake at night at some point in their lives. They know how disruptive snoring can be to family life, but can it also be dangerous to their health? “In some cases […]

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World Psoriasis Day dispels myths

Psoriasis is not contagious and is not caused by poor hygiene! These are two of the myths that the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) aims to dispel when it celebrates the annual World Psoriasis Day on 29th October. This day is a global event aimed at giving a voice to the 125 million people […]

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Health and Wellness: Combatting exam stress

It’s that time of year and exam pressure has descended. But no need to worry, customers are spoilt for choice when it comes to products engineered to calm, stimulate, and enhance brain function and memory. MIND BOOSTER Turbovite G-Whiz Turbovite’s unique formula assists you to cope with the physical and metal challenges of daily life. […]

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Inappropriate use of medicine puts lives at risk

Adverse drug reactions a leading cause of death worldwide Many South Africans are not aware that inappropriate use of medicine, whether it is prescription or non-prescription medication, can lead to potentially dangerous health complications. Teresa Kuschke, acting general manager pharmacy at Netcare’s Primary Care division, which incorporates Medicross and Prime Cure, says that many people […]

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NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion

After an absence of two years, Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum) is once again back on shelf as a nonscheduled product. Quick off the mark as usual, NRF Health, well known for its large range of excellent quality supplements, has introduced their new NRF Milk Thistle with Dandelion supplement. Milk Thistle has been around for over […]

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Know your products – Sun protection

Only one-third of sunscreen users are brand-loyal when it comes to sunscreens PRODUCT: Lipsano® 5g stick INGREDIENTS: Lanolin , Beeswax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Benzophenone-3, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane, Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Vanilla, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii, Theobroma Cacao, Salicylic Acid, Camphor, Menthol INDICATION: Lipsano® protects lips from harmful UVB and UVA sun rays, […]

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OPINION: No problem… we just lost a customer

What skills do you need to keep customers engaged? I have been to a number of conferences over the last few months where almost every speaker that is focused on marketing trends has talked about “customer inclusion” or providing a “remarkable experience” as part of the journey to grow a business in this changing world. […]

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Recognising vitamin B deficiency

A deficiency of B Vitamins is more common than we may think. Studies show that up to 20% of the general population has a vitamin B12 deficiency. Early recognition of this deficiency is crucial as it could lead to irreversible nerve damage. B Vitamins are essential for normal growth, formation of red blood cells and […]

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RESEARCH: Is freshman 15 a myth?

A meta-analysis of weight gain in first year university students Abstract Background Observational studies report that as students transfer from secondary school to university, there is a tendency to gain weight. This phenomenon is known as the “Freshman 15” in North America, referring to the claim that on average weight gain is 15 lb (6.8 kg) in […]

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World Mental Health Day – 10 October

One in three South Africans experiences a mental illness at some point in their lives. Making mental health matter, 10 October marks World Mental Health Day and October the month where we seek to create even further awareness around a subject that is often taboo. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) receives around […]

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CMS excludes independent pharmacies

ICPA challenges the Council of Medical Schemes on closed Designated Service Providers and penalty co-payments The Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA), which represents the interests of independent pharmacies in South Africa, is challenging the Council of Medical Schemes (CMS) to do away with closed DSP’s and to also re-look at the way co-payments are calculated, […]

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Corporate wellness should be a priority

Employee absenteeism costs the South African economy between R12 billion and R16 billion annually, a large portion of which can be attributed to workplace stress, burn-out and employee ill health, according to Statistics South Africa. In addition, a recent study by Bloomberg ranked South Africa as the second most stressed nation on the planet.1 As […]

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Health and Wellness: Spring Must Haves

As winter disappears it’s the perfect time to stock up on all the products needed to get you ready for spring. BEACH BRONZE Caribbean Tan In a Can Instant This fine tanning spray with instant colour and 360 degree spray technology delivers a deep, even, seamless all-over tan. Tan In a Can Instant gives your […]

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Ageing myths debunked

Depression, dementia, frailty, disability… Myths abound when it comes to ageing. We set the record straight on some of the more common myths. Life expectancy has risen sharply this century, and is expected to continue to rise, in virtually all populations throughout the world. The number of people reaching old age is therefore increasing. There […]

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