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Bladder infections in men and women

If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you’re all too familiar with the symptoms. You need to go and pee all the time. Often nothing comes out. And when you do go, it burns! Your back may ache – or you may notice blood in your urine or that it has a cloudy appearance. And […]

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Winter product feature

Products to combat the inevitable dry skin hair that come with winter. SMOOTH SHAVING: Satin Care™ Shave Gel for Dry Skin Satin Care Dry Skin, with Glycerine and Shea Butter, is specially designed for dry skin. The moisturising formula helps protect the skin against moisture loss during the shave, leaving your skin incredibly soft and […]

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H3N2 flu strain fights vaccine

The vaccine that is supposed to protect against the annual flu is less effective this year because some strains were not included. A particularly bad flu is sweeping the United States, killing 26 children so far this season and nearly doubling hospitalisations among people over 65 in the past week alone, officials said on Friday. […]

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Nurses need to be mentally strong

Clinical expertise, dedication, and passion: prerequisites for nursing “The nursing profession is mentally, physically and emotionally demanding, and our healthcare system would be hard-pressed to function without it. Nurses have to be caring, resilient and have excellent clinical knowledge, all at the same time.” So says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s Hospital division, […]

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International Nurses Day – 12 May

International Nurses Day (12 May) highlights the impact of nurses on quality care “Throughout history, nurses have played an invaluable role in the health and wellbeing of communities, forming the mainstay of every nation’s healthcare system. Nurses impact the lives of people when they are most vulnerable, not only through clinical care, but also through […]

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2015/2016 national health budget

Pharmaceutical industry welcomes the 2015/2016 national health budget The Innovative Pharmaceutical Association of South Africa (IPASA) says the pharmaceutical industry can play a vital role in contributing to government’s goal of increasing life expectancy to 70 years by 2030 through the development of new medicines, as well as partnering with government to ensure medicines reach […]

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PRODUCT COMPARISON – Probiotics

PRODUCT: Reuterina™ Junior DESCRIPTION: Each chew tablet contains a minimum of 100 million cfu (colony forming units). Lactobacillus reuteri PROTECTIS™ (Strain DSM 17938). Available in blister packs of 30’s. INDICATION: Reuterina™ Junior is recommended for daily use as an immune-boosting probiotic supplement for children. Helps reduce: incidence of minor illnesses, fevers, sick days and visits […]

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April profile – Shamila Williams

“I perform really well when I can focus on my responsibilities and put my head down and work.” Name & surname: Shamila Williams Pharmacy: Clicks Pharmacy Clearwater Job title: Front shop assistant Age: 25   1.Where did you grow up? In Eldorado Park in Soweto. 2. Who inspires you and why? Definitely my mother. She […]

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South Africa’s SAD

In most cases, seasonal affective disorder symptoms appear during late fall or early winter and go away during the sunnier days of spring and summer. Throughout the centuries, poets have described a sense of sadness, loss and lethargy that can accompany the shortening days of autumn and winter. Many cultures and religions have winter festivals […]

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2014/2015 burns statistics an eye-opener

Numbers show that men aged 26 to 40 face greatest risk Men aged between 26 and 40 are the demographic group most likely to suffer burns, according to statistics from Netcare, the largest private hospital network in South Africa. The release of the data coincides with National Burns Awareness Week, which runs from 6 to […]

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Be lice free, naturally

For thousands of school children the threat of lice infestation is an everyday reality. A study by PubMed Central, a US based medical archive, indicates that up to 58% of all children in Africa will contract lice at some stage. The figure is similar in Asia at 59% and in Europe it is 22.4%. Head […]

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World Hand Hygiene Day – 5 May

World Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated on 5 May, is a World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative that underscores the importance of hand hygiene in the healthcare sector. Globally, clean hands are considered one of the fundamental pillars of good healthcare and a means of avoiding Health Care Associated Infections (HCAI). In celebration of World Hand Hygiene […]

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Africa Health Congress 2015

Regional and international healthcare professionals and medical experts will meet at the 5th annual Africa Health Exhibition & Congress from 5 – 7 May.   The continent’s largest healthcare exhibition, Africa Health is the leading platform for the industry to meet, learn, and do business. The exhibition will attract more than 7 000 healthcare professionals and […]

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Bladder infections in men and women

If you’ve ever had a bladder infection, you’re all too familiar with the symptoms. You need to empty your bladder all the time. Often nothing comes out. And when you do go, it burns! Your back may ache – or you may notice blood in your urine or that it has a cloudy appearance. And […]

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Combat colds and flu

Sore throats, headaches, fever, congestion, coughs, and sneezing. Yes, it’s that time of year again when the all too familiar complaints associated with the common cold and flu take centre stage.   By all reports there is no foolproof way to prevent the common cold or flu, or any medicines that can cure either. In […]

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Ranbaxy landmark merge

Sun Pharma begins the integration of Ranbaxy business now that it has completed the acquisition of the company. This landmark transaction has triggered remarkable tectonic shifts in the international pharmaceutical industry. As a combined entity, Sun Pharma is today the fifth largest specialty generic pharmaceutical company in the world. “It is an important milestone in […]

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Closing the immunisation gap

The World Health Organisation’s World Immunisation Week (WIW) from 24-30 April this year aims to raise awareness about the importance of vaccination to people of all ages and increase rates of immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases around the world. This year WIW focuses on ‘closing the immunisation gap.’ African Vaccination Week is being celebrated under the […]

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Hair loss in middle-aged SA men

Hair loss is more prevalent in middle-aged SA men than erectile dysfunction (ED) and negatively affects their self-esteem and social life, reveals new survey. Almost 40% of 600 men between 20 and 65 polled in the survey say they are showing signs of hair loss. This rose to two thirds of men between 36 and […]

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A closer look at chlamydia

Chlamydia is known as a ‘silent’ infection because most infected people are asymptomatic and lack abnormal physical examination findings. The risk of being infected with chlamydia from a single act of unprotected sex with an infected partner is estimated to be about 40% for women and 20% for men. Chlamydia is the most frequently reported […]

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Adult-onset asthma

Adult-onset asthma is under investigated and far from completely understood Adult-onset, or late-onset, asthma is considered when asthma symptoms present for the first time during adulthood. The age at diagnosis determining the term ‘late-onset’ asthma varies from 12 to ≥65 years old. In contrast to childhood-onset asthma, less is known about the prevalence and factors […]

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