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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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ADHD: One or many conditions?

Diverse causes of ADHD could explain the diverse manifestations of the disorder Researchers have been puzzling over how one diagnosis, namely ADHD, can have such different manifestations. How do we understand its marked heterogeneity in symptom presentation and impairments? How does this question relate to the changes seen in the diagnosis of ADHD in DSM-5? […]

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CPD: Curing conjunctivitis

The conjunctiva is a thin, translucent lining covering the anterior part of the sclera and the inside of the eyelid. Conjunctivitis is any inflammation of the conjunctiva, caused by an infection and is characterised by the dilatation of superficial conjunctival blood vessels resulting in erythema and oedema. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS […]

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Today’s healthy child is tomorrow’s lucrative leader

Childhood obesity is a global pandemic that affects many households. It stems from genetic factors, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity and rare cases of hormonal conditions. In their development years, children need a strong foundation to grow into strong minded, positive and motivated adults. A child’s eating plan and physical activity play a vital […]

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How parents and schools can avoid the upcoming sugar tax

We all know that excessive sugar intake is not good for our health, but the proverbial ‘sweet tooth’ is still often used as an excuse to indulge anyway. It doesn’t help that many processed foods and drinks contain ‘hidden sugars’. There’s ‘corn syrup’ added to a myriad of products, even so-called ‘healthy’ ones like energy […]

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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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Non-hazardous PVC recycling initiative

The rising costs of healthcare waste management in South Africa and the rest of the world are forcing hospitals and clinics to rethink the way in which they deal with their healthcare waste. This is the opinion of Southern African Vinyls Association CEO, Delanie Bezuidenhout, who, in partnership with Adcock Ingram Critical Care, recently launched […]

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Know your products: Allergies

Allergies plague customers year-round and the resulting sneezing, runny nose, itchy and watery eyes can be exceedingly frustrating. With so many products available to treat the malady it is understandable why customers become confused. Some customers may not want a scheduled product, others may insist on the highest scheduled product you can offer. It is […]

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Pins and Needles – a sign of Vitamin B12 deficiency

If a customer suffers from pins and needles, especially in their hands and feet, then take note, it could be a symptom of a Vitamin B12 deficiency. A deficiency of this vitamin could have serious, long-term side effects, including irreversible nerve damage, so treatment is crucial. Often, pins and needles (a tingling and pricking sensation […]

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SA stressed and depressed

South Africa is ranked as the second most stressed country globally with one in three South Africans suffering from a mental disorder in their lifetime, various studies show. A study published earlier this year by research company, Hexor, found that 24% of 1 060 SA respondents had been diagnosed with depression while a 2013 study […]

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Winter is an equal opportunist and doesn’t just take its toll on women. Various life factors and elements can cause signs of aging. Finding ways to combat this and products that will help to improve men’s lives can be tricky and time consuming. Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine takes a look at 8 products your male customers […]

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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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Get set for Self-Care Day 2016

The 24th of July is International Self-Care Day and each year the campaign encourages individuals to take charge of their healthcare with the aim of improving their overall health and wellbeing. With lifestyle or noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases on the rise, there’s never been a better time […]

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Rio 2016 Olympics – Get immunised

While Zika virus risk is deemed ‘minimal’, precautions are advised Monday, 18 July 2016, If you are one of the fortunate sports fans travelling to Brazil for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, you would be well advised to visit a travel clinic soon so that you can receive the necessary immunisations in time for your […]

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Avid Brands competition winners announced

Avid Brands recently announced the winners of their Summer Break-Away Competition held from the 1 November to 31 December 2015. “The annual promotion focused on increasing sales by encouraging pharmacy to buy a basket of goods which are especially suited to the summer months and creating maximum exposure and awareness of brands in pharmacy by […]

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Dry eye disorder

Dry eye is a condition that can develop under many circumstances and affects millions of people of all ages and races worldwide. Epidemiology The exact prevalence of dry eye disease is unknown due to the difficulty in defining the disease and the lack of a single diagnostic test to confirm its presence. However, the prevalence […]

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Airway inflammatory conditions

Since rhinosinusitis occurs more often in patients with allergic rhinitis, the conditions are frequently seen together in patients. Allergy can cause chronic inflammation of the sinus and mucus linings. This inflammation prevents the usual clearance of bacteria from the sinus cavity, increasing the chances of developing secondary bacterial sinusitis. If you test positive for allergies, […]

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Multivitamin for moms-to-be are needless expense

Focus should be on improving overall diet and taking folic acid and vitamin D instead Multivitamin and mineral supplements, often promoted to pregnant women as a means of giving their child the best possible start in life, are unlikely to be needed by most mums- to-be and are an unnecessary expense, concludes a review of […]

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Are you the coupon king?

Getting customers to buy your product has become a real challenge. Many marketing and advertising campaigns are not working and many retailers are wondering what they should do to generate traffic. There is one tool that at present is the hot marketing tool. Provide coupons for your customers and, at present, you will grab the […]

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It’s time for NHS England to ‘do the right thing’ and fund PrEP for HIV prevention

Delays by NHS England will cost lives, argue public health experts. It is time for NHS England to “do the right thing” and fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention, argue two senior public health doctors in The BMJ today. Directors of public health Jim McManus and Dominic Harrison, say despite overwhelming evidence that PrEP […]

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