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Allergic diseases on the rise in SA’s children

According to the Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), allergies, or allergic diseases as they are otherwise known, are on the increase globally from lower through to upper-income countries, and some 40% of allergy sufferers are children. The Allergy Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), says that no fewer than a third of all South Africans […]

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Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalisation and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalised and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu related causes […]

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Oral health for tiny tots

Taking care of tiny tots’ teeth can prevent future oral problems. We all know that brushing our teeth and flossing regularly is vital to healthy teeth and gums, but what about the tiny tots in our midst? Is caring for milk teeth as important as caring for permanent teeth and at what age should we […]

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Teeth: more precious than pearls

Teeth are designed to last a lifetime. So why do so many people suffer during their lifetime with dental issues? Why do people lose some or all of their teeth during their lifetime? We as health professionals have an obligation to help people become aware of how precious teeth are and how important it is […]

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Coughs give vital clues to pneumonia

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can make you very sick. For most people, pneumonia can be treated at home. Annually, pneumonia kills over 1.8 million children throughout the world. The vast majority of these deaths occur in resource poor regions such as sub-Saharan Africa and remote Asia. Prompt diagnosis and proper treatment are essential […]

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Big lessons in grade one for parents of ADHD pupils

For any parent, watching their child scuttle off to the classroom in their new, too-big uniform on the first day of school is exciting and overwhelming. It marks the beginning of a new phase in the child’s life and the start of a future full of possibilities. It’s for this reason both parents and teachers […]

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Know your products: Nappy rash

Nappy rash is a very common skin condition for babies and can be a distressing one for parents. The usual cause of nappy rash is delicate young skin coming into contact with urine and faeces in the nappy. When babies wear nappies constantly, this creates a hot, humid environment that may encourage continuous irritation of […]

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Protect children from obesity

4-8 March is School Health week, the ideal time to highlight the importance of not only keeping children safe, but healthy too, thereby protecting them against the epidemic of obesity that is fast plaguing South Africa. The disease The World Health Organisation warns that global rates of obesity have reached epidemic proportions, and sadly, our […]

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Poll: Only a third of parents think they are doing a good job helping kids be healthy eaters

Many parents may not be following the recipe for encouraging healthy diets in their kids, 1 in 5 don’t think it’s important to limit fast food and other junk food. If you know healthy eating is important for your kids but you also feel like it’s easier said than done, you’re not alone. Nearly all […]

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Could you do CPR to save a life right now?

If you found someone unconscious and unresponsive right now, would you know what to do? If you are in the slightest doubt, read on, as this could make the difference between life and death. “The very first thing to do if you find someone unconscious is to try to rouse them and check whether they […]

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