Health and wellness - mens health


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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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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Concern over number of premature babies not receiving potentially lifesaving care

Study highlights an important shortfall in the uptake of evidence into practice. Less than 60% of premature babies born in 11 European countries receive a package of four simple, widely available care measures known to improve survival, finds a study in The BMJ today. Very preterm infants (born before 32 weeks’ gestation) face high risks […]

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Baby killer, ‘old man’s friend’

Pneumonia is still one of the few infectious diseases to rank consistently among the top five causes of death in both developed and underdeveloped communities. In 2012, pneumonia was the second leading cause of natural death and overall the fourth leading cause of death in SA. It is the leading cause of death among children […]

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June profile – Johann Kirchner

“Educate yourself. Take the Mims, take the package inserts and read them” Name & surname: Johann Kirchner Pharmacy: Clicks Fourways Mall Job title: Pharmacist assistant 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Steelpoort in Limpopo. 2. Who inspires you and why? Richard Branson, it’s incredible how he started, he didn’t come from […]

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2016/17 Health Department Budget highlights

Last month when Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi presented the Health Department Budget 2016/2017 to parliament he reaffirmed the National Development Plan (NDP) of where South Africa should be by 2030. Motsoaledi stressed the importance of working within the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to achieve the main aim of the Department […]

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Large-scale HIV vaccine trial in SA

After an early-stage HIV vaccine clinical trial in South Africa determined an investigational vaccine regimen is safe and generates comparable immune responses to those reported in a landmark 2009 study showing that a vaccine can protect people from HIV infection, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and its partners have decided to […]

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ADHD medication linked to increased risk of heart rhythm problems

While absolute risk is likely to be low, benefits should be carefully weighed against risks in children and adolescents. Use of methylphenidate in children and young people with ADHD is associated with a slightly increased risk of abnormal heart rhythm (arrhythmia) shortly after the start of treatment, suggests research published by The BMJ. Though the […]

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Women with migraines have higher risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality

New research suggests that migraines may increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack and stroke, and even death among women who experience them. Women diagnosed with migraines have a slightly increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attacks and strokes, and are somewhat more likely to die from these […]

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Debunking erectile dysfunction myths

  It’s no surprise an issue like erectile dysfunction (ED) is steeped in myths. But as confused as customers may be, it’s important to educate them on the real facts. It’s time to break down some of the more prolific myths and highlights some cold hard facts. MYTH: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is just a natural […]

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Groenkloof Pharmacy responds to medical urgencies

Innovation can be defined as a new method, device, or idea. It’s normally viewed as an application that meets new or existing needs. In our fast paced world, the need for consumers to have access to healthcare 24 hours a day is becoming more of a demand on those who supply healthcare. Groenkloof Pharmacy in […]

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Know your products: Throat

The majority of sore throats are triggered by a viral infection. These are infections caused by a virus, such as the cold or flu. Because viral illnesses are the most common cause of a sore throat, it is important not to use antibiotics to treat them. Antibiotics do not alter the course of viral infections. […]

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Epilepsy monitoring units for diagnosis and treatment

“When people think of epilepsy, a person experiencing convulsive seizures may immediately spring to mind,” says Dr Shaheed Gora, a neurologist practising at the recently opened epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) at Netcare Mulbarton Hospital in Johannesburg.. “As doctors we know, however, that seizures may be attributable to other causes and that epilepsy takes various forms […]

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The burden of burns

A burn is an injury to the skin or other organic tissue primarily caused by heat or due to radiation, radioactivity, electricity, friction or contact with chemicals Thermal (heat) burns occur when some or all of the cells in the skin or other tissues are destroyed by: Hot liquids (scalds) Hot solids (contact burns) Flames […]

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