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Skin protection: shielding lotion vs moisturiser

The outer layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells, natural oils, and lipids (fats). It is designed by nature to protect your deeper layers of skin from irritants and toxins. This is natural skin care at its very best. EFFECTS OF MODERN LIFE ON SKIN Most soaps and cleansers contain fragrances, colourants, […]

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Kidney stones more prevalent in men, can be avoided

Kidney stones are twice as common in males as females and although sometimes genetic, they may be avoided through adopting a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Kidney stones develop when urine contains high levels of crystal-forming substances such as calcium, oxalate and uric acid, resulting in a hard mass known as a kidney stone. […]

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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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Parkinson’s disease: an overview

There is no cure yet for Parkinson’s disease, but there are numerous therapies that help the symptoms. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. Nearly one million people in the US are living with PD. The cause is unknown, and although there is presently […]

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Check for prostate cancer from 40

Men with a family history of prostate cancer should have prostate examinations from the age of 40, says top SA urologist. Dr Dirk Ligthelm of The Urology Hospital in Pretoria says men should consult their GP or urologist for a prostate blood test (PSA) and a rectal examination. A PSA measures the level of prostate-specific […]

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Lower back pain is not something you have to live with

According to recently conducted studies, around 80% of all South Africans will experience some form of back pain in their lifetime. Lower back pain (LBP) is a very common musculoskeletal condition that can often lead to disability The prevalence of this potentially debilitating condition is increasing rapidly, raising concern around the accuracy of diagnosis and […]

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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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Indigestion and heartburn: what’s the difference?

Indigestion and heartburn and are gastrointestinal issues experienced by many people. Although patients often talk about indigestion and heartburn as a single problem, they are in fact separate conditions. Or more specifically, indigestion is a condition, while heartburn is a symptom. Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a functional condition in which the gastrointestinal organs, primarily the stomach […]

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Breaking down barriers to awareness and understanding psoriasis

Every day, people with psoriasis live with prejudice, exclusion, stigma and bullying. “People don’t understand psoriasis” says Sister Judy Wallace, chairperson of the South African Psoriasis Association. “Unfortunately it’s this lack of awareness and misinformation that not only results in people with psoriasis isolating themselves, but a lot of unnecessary suffering as well.” Public awareness […]

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Pain: nociceptive vs neuropathic

Pain is a sensory and emotional experience with multiple causes to which people respond in multiple and individual ways (different pain thresholds). Pain is a natural and very important function of the human body. The International Association for the Study of Pain defines pain as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or […]

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