Profile – Catching up with the 2013 Pharmacist of the year winner

We sit down with Dalene Jacobs – the winner of the 2013 Pharmacist of the year award – to find out how her life has changed and what she’s been getting up to over the last year. Where are you currently living? I am still living in Cape Town as it is the most beautiful […]

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Studies back spirulina’s powerful health impact

Spirulina has been used for centuries to boost immunity and energy, support skin, eye and bone health and for overall wellbeing and vitality. Spirulina is well known as one of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals that nature has to offer. Now, its potential therapeutic effects are backed by scores of studies and volumes […]

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Hope for infertility as sperm friendly lubricant introduced to SA

About one in six South African couples of reproductive age experience difficulty in falling pregnant, with fertility problems affecting both men and women equally. The causes of infertility include retrograde ejaculation, impotence, hormone deficiency, environmental pollutants, scarring from STDs or decreased sperm count (in males). In women, blocked fallopian tubes, endometriosis, ovulation dysfunction or fibroids […]

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November profile – All the world’s a stage

Name & surname: Siphiwe Khuzwayo Pharmacy: Clicks Gateway Job title: Front Shop Assistant Age: 25 1.       Where did you grow up? Ndwedwe in Durban. 2.       Who inspires you and why? My father. He has always worked so hard and is exemplary in all he does. He has an enviable work ethic. Everyone in the community […]

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October profile – Learn the ropes

Name & surname: Deidre Morta Pharmacy: Clicks Eastgate Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 23 1. Where did you grow up? Brakpan, Johannesburg 2. Who inspires you and why? My Mom because she has such a strong character! She never shows any weakness and always looks on the bright side of every situation. 3. What do you enjoy most […]

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PRODUCT COMPARISON – Sun protection

Product: Eucerin Sun Face Creme SPF 50+® Indication: Effective protection against UV radiation and strengthens skin´s own cell protection and DNA repair mechanisms for a comprehensive daily protection against the harmful effects of the sun. Description: The highly effective photostable UVA and UVB filter system with TINOSORB S protects reliably against sunburn and is compliant […]

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Knee osteoarthritis awareness campaign

Sanofi is proud to announce the launch of www.kneehealth.co.za, a website aimed at providing patients with information about Osteoarthritis awareness (OA) of the knee. Patients who visit the site will be able to: Gain an understanding of OA knee pain See what happens inside the knee affected by OA Check whether their symptoms could be […]

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Pharmacists at the forefront of fighting antimicrobial resistance

Netcare and Medicross committed to safeguarding antibiotics for the future The 87 Netcare retail pharmacies located in the group’s hospitals and Medicross family medical and dental centres across the country came out in full support of this year’s South African Pharmacy Week, which aimed to raise national awareness and educate the public on various aspects […]

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A responsible approach to treating skin pigmentation

An interview with dermatologist, Dr Ncoza Dlova who qualified as a Medical Practitioner and Dermatology Specialist from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is presently working on her PhD. Her research interests are on skin pigmentation and hair loss, as well as HIV and skin. Q: Why do you think skin pigmentation is a problem that […]

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Stretch marks and how to treat them

Understanding how stretch marks are caused will help you assist customers in treating them. Stretch marks, also called striae, are narrow, streak-like depressions of the skin that form in areas of dermal damage produced by stretching of the skin. Pregnancy as well as putting on lots of weight and diets that cause the weight to […]

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Soothing nappy rash

Nappy rash is common in babies and something that all parents will face at one point or another. While it can be uncomfortable and painful enough to make a baby irritable, nappy rash is fairly easy to treat and with the correct preventative measures can be almost entirely avoided. Particularly common in babies between 9-12 […]

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Magnesium: A miracle mineral

Magnesium is required for over 300 enzyme systems and is critical for cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilise membranes, and to help muscles relax. Found in all its tissues (mainly in bones, muscles, and the brain) magnesium is without a doubt crucial to the body’s functioning. According to […]

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Cut the risk of HPV-related diseases for the whole family

The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) can put the health of both men and women at risk, says Dr Trudy Smith, Johannesburg-based gynaecologist and obstetrician. Cervical, anal and penile cancers, along with genital warts are but some of the nasty diseases one can contract from the hardy and easily transmittable virus she says. HPV is a very […]

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Treating swimmer’s ear

Spring is here and along with the warmer weather otitis externa is sure to rise as customers take to their swimming pools. Otitis externa (also known as external otitis and swimmer’s ear) is an inflammation of the outer ear and ear canal. The main goals of treatment are to control pain, cure infection and prevent […]

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Boost brain power ahead of exams

Its exam time again which means you may encounter more moms asking for assistance in choosing safe supplements for their children to take to aid in concentration, memory, focus and improving their all-round brain energy. While there is no miracle drug or supplement that can guarantee they’ll pass their exams, the right nootropics may improve […]

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Diabetes: Why is the self-monitoring of blood glucose so important?

How often have you seen customers come in to the store with diaries containing random numbers in an often illegible way? On closer inspection, you aren’t sure whether the numbers are dates, time or actual blood glucose readings. When you are given a list of numbers (even when they are written neatly and in an […]

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Delving into the skin

Chairpersons for the conference – Sisters Delena Cloete and Lynne Kennedy. Skin is the largest organ of the body so it’s no wonder that psoriasis, blistering, wound care and eczema are encountered on a daily basis by those in the medical fraternity. Nurses from clinics across South Africa gathered at Wanderers Club in Johannesburg on […]

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September profile – Embrace opportunities

Name & surname: Khadija Qamar Pharmacy: Ashley Ave pharmacy Job title: Pharmacist assistant Age: 32 1. Where did you grow up? Johannesburg 2.Who inspires you and why? Nelson Mandela, his humility, perseverance and forgiveness. I also have a wonderful friend Venetia who I look up to. She always keeps me motivated. 3. What do you […]

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Round worms in children

“With any treatment it is vitally important that the whole course is completed and no doses are skipped.” – OTC consultant Peggy Kgasoane (Dis-Chem Randridge Mall). Although irritating and downright unpleasant, most worms are fairly harmless and reasonably easy to get rid of. Worms are parasites that after entering the human body live and feed […]

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Eye care myths you probably believed

Your eyes are windows to the world, but many of us aren’t blessed with 20/20 vision. Even so, you can take your blinkers off when it comes to eye care, especially during September, Eye care Awareness Month. These are some of the myths about eye care: MYTH: Reading in dim light is bad for you […]

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