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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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 […]
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 […]
Hippocrates speculated that fevers did more good than harm, burning out the “bad humours.” Nowadays, research has shown that fevers, on the whole, are beneficial – at higher temperatures the body is better able to fight infections as natural defence mechanisms are stimulated by the increase in body temperature. However, most parents become anxious when […]
A buzzword in many health circles these days, detoxing has become quite a craze for those who want to get healthy and stay healthy. The danger though is that not all detoxing plans are safe and can lead to negative, sometimes permanent damage to the body. In today’s hectic world, people are often run down […]
Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the most common complications of diabetes. Most of these ulcers are as a direct result of loss of sensation in the feet and can also occur as a result of changes in the bony structure of the foot. Diabetic foot lesions such as ulcers, infections and gangrene are responsible […]
For people suffering from allergies, colds and sinus infections, air travel can be painful. During a flight, the air pressure in the sinuses and middle ear must equilibrate with the cabin pressure inside the airplane or pressure in those cavities will build up and cause severe pain. Pain is not the only symptom that may […]
Before the 1920s stress was not a word in common use for a difficult time but nowadays it is probably used by most people nearly every day. The origin of the word ‘stress’ comes from the Latin ‘stringere’ (to draw tight) and although it was used in physics to refer to the internal distribution of […]
Cold sores are viral infections that appear as small “vesicles” (fluid filled blisters) in and around the lips, nose, mouth and chin – perioral or the orofacial region. It is caused by Herpes simples virus type 1 (HSV1). It is a contagious and often painful condition, especially when the outbreak is the first episode. Although […]
Most babies will experience nappy rash at some point in their infancy – described as redness and inflammation of the skin which comes into contact with the nappy, nappy rash will seldom cause the child too much discomfort. If not treated properly however, it can develop into more serious bacterial or fungal skin infections. Of […]
Throwing-up is a night mare that is not only reserved for adults – it also affects the young. Nausea is the unpleasant, painless sensation which usually precedes vomiting while vomiting is an organized, autonomic (involuntary) response that ultimately results in the forceful expulsion of stomach contents through the mouth. Vomiting protects the body against harmful […]
Restless Legs Syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease is a disruptive neurologic disorder that seriously affects two to three percent of the adult population. Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) results in an irresistible urge to move the legs. This is often accompanied by unusual or unpleasant sensations in the legs that may be described as creeping, […]
A cluster headache is a one-sided head pain that may involve watering of the eyes and a stuffy nose. A cluster headache is sometimes called the “alarm clock headache” because it commonly awakens a person in the middle of the night with intense pain in or around the eye on one side of the head. […]
Arthritis is a degenerative condition that slowly wears away joints. Joints are the link where bones meet and move and as the joint lining (cartilage), breaks down, the bones rub against each other which causes pain and swelling. Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a cushion between the bones of the joints. An […]
Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. During normal breathing, air flows freely into and out of the lungs. But when asthma is not under control, the airways of the lungs are thick, swollen, and inflamed. The airways become overly sensitive […]
Rotavirus is the leading cause of gastroenteritis in children under the age of five. By the age of five, worldwide, nearly all children will have been infected with the virus at least once. This was especially true during the “pre-vaccine” era. Rotavirus disease may be more prevalent in resource-limited settings, although there is no real […]
Sometimes quite painful, but mostly just a little embarrassing, bruising occurs frequently in men, women and especially children and is often caused by something as trivial as bumping into the bedside table. As long as the bruise is not as a result of more serious conditions, it is fairly harmless and nothing more than a […]
Atopic eczema, affecting about 15% of children, is the most common skin problem in primary health care. It is extremely common in infancy, with up to three quarters of cases occurring before the age of twelve months. It is a chronic (long term) condition, so the mainstay of treatment is patient education and control of […]
Teething, the emergence of the first teeth through a baby’s gums, can be a frustrating time for little ones and their parents. It helps to know what to expect while a child is teething and how to make the process a little less painful. A baby’s first teeth usually develop while the child is growing […]
Not everybody was born with perfectly shaped eyebrows and long alluring eyelashes. What is currently fashionable might not be the best option for every person’s face, so the safest option is to tame and shape the natural growth of the eyebrows that the client has and follow some well-established guidelines. Eyebrows cannot be grown in the […]