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Supportive care is the cornerstone of Alzheimer’s treatment

Affecting 1-10 people over the age 65, Alzheimer’s disease is not a welcome visitor in any family or home. What is Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a group of brain disorders that cause the loss of intellectual and social skills. In Alzheimer’s disease, the brain cells degenerate and die, […]

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Adult ADHD: Key conceptual issues

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, reflecting a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. The symptoms of ADHD are not solely a manifestation of oppositional behaviour, defiance, hostility, or failure to understand tasks or instructions. SYMPTOMS Prof Philip Asherson, […]

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Establish healthy lifestyle habits young

Family life presents the ideal environment for implementing healthy lifestyle changes. Many adults today carry the burden of unhealthy habits established in childhood, and find it extremely difficult to break the pattern of too little exercise in combination with poor diet. Parents are perfectly placed to help pre-empt these problems for their children “A significant […]

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Differences in hypertension between the races

The complications of hypertension seem to be similar globally but there are differences between black and white patients with hypertension. Hypertension is a common condition globally and can affect as many as four in every 10 adults above the age of 25 years. The pathophysiology is complex and not completely understood but most accept a […]

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Tackling inflammatory skin conditions

Inflammatory skin conditions are the most common problem in dermatology. They come in many forms, from occasional rashes accompanied by skin itching and redness, to chronic conditions such as dermatitis (eczema), rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis. In the atopic dermatitis patient, S. aureus colonises skin lesions in at least 90% of patients. It releases potent […]

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Optimum nutrition when breastfeeding

As soon as they fall pregnant mom’s-to-be are advised to start taking nutritional supplements to help meet their increased nutritional needs. Dietician, Andrea du Plessis advises that nutrition during breast-feeding is vitally important, for the mother as much as for the baby. The energy, protein, and other nutrients in breast-milk come from the mother’s diet […]

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STUDY: Probiotics and diarrhoea caused by antibiotics

Probiotics are microorganisms that are believed to improve health by maintaining a normal balance of microorganisms in the human intestines. They are contained in some food products and also are sold as nutritional supplements. A Rand Corporation study found that taking probiotics can reduce the risk of developing the diarrhoea that is a common side […]

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HEALTH AND WELLNESS: New life

Pregnancy can be an exciting but scary time for customers. There is so much information out there that it can seem overwhelming. Which supplements to take, dealing with cramps, struggling to fit into clothes as the baby grows, heartburn, exhaustion, stretchmarks, the list is endless. Introducing pregnant women and new moms to products that may […]

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Understanding enuresis

Enuresis (synonymous with intermittent nocturnal incontinence) refers to discrete episodes of urinary incontinence during sleep in children ≥5 years of age. HOW COMMON IS IT? Bedwetting, or enuresis, is very common. It afflicts 5-10% of children below the age of ten years, and a few per cent of older children and teenagers as well. It […]

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Sore eyes on a plane

The dry environment of a temperature- and pressure-controlled airplane cabin can take its toll on your eyes. There are a number of steps that patients can take to reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with travellers’ dry eye. Since dehydration makes dry eye symptoms worse, drink consistently before, during and after the flight. If you enjoy […]

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