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Vaccination against cervical cancer

Why it’s important to know about it and to protect your family. Each year almost 8 000 South African women are diagnosed with cervical cancer. In South Africa, it is the most common cancer among women aged 14-44 and the leading cause of deaths from cancer among women in general. CERVICAL CANCER IS CAUSED BY […]

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Menstruation and migraine

Around 50% of women with migraine say their menstrual cycle directly affects their migraine. In women who suffer from menstrual migraine/catamenial headache, the drop in circulating oestrogen levels that occurs 2-3 days before menstruation is believed to be partially responsible for the increase in migraine risk, likely mediated by mast cell degranulation in the dura […]

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Mobile technology boosts access to abortion services

Fem is a new initiative created by safe2choose designed to give all South Africans access to immediate and locally relevant sexual health services and information, via a simple SMS platform. The mobile technology is set to boost SA access to safe and legal abortion services. The constitution vs real life South Africa is widely recognised […]

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Women eat, men choose sex when stressed

A new UK study shows that half of women surveyed turn to food to deal with stress and anxiety while over a quarter of men choose sex or porn. The study by London’s University College surveyed 115 men and 250 women and found that 27% of the males chose sex and porn to relax, compared […]

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Orthorexia Nervosa: too much of a good thing

Over the past year, South Africans have been inundated with news and views on healthy eating habits. Whether it’s about the evils of eating sugar, carbohydrates, or fat, or the dangers of consuming preservatives, pesticides or processed foods; the general public is overwhelmed with information on ‘healthy’ diets. “Generally speaking, an increased focus on healthy […]

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CPD: Nutrition in pregnancy

A healthy, balanced diet is strongly recommended before, during, and after pregnancy. Good nutrition and appropriate weight gain can improve pregnancy outcomes. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS WELL AS OTHER CPD ARTICLES FEATURED IN MEDICAL CHRONICLE Although, in the general population, a healthy balanced diet should largely obviate the need for vitamin […]

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Postmenopausal osteoporosis

The National Osteoporosis Foundation (US) estimates that there are 9.1 million women with osteoporosis worldwide and an additional 26 million with low bone mass. Osteoporosis is a multifactorial systemic skeletal disease, characterised by low bone mineral density (BMD) and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue resulting in bone fragility. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines menopause […]

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HAIR LOSS: CT women most concerned about their hair

When it comes to hair, a survey shows that women in Cape Town are more concerned about their hair and the role it plays in self-esteem than their Joburg and Durban counterparts. The survey of 505 women over 30 by independent company, Plus 94 Research, showed that 76% of Capetonian women polled said hair was […]

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STUDY: An aspirin every second day keeps colorectal cancer away

The study examined the association between long-term, alternate-day, low-dose aspirin, and cancer in healthy women. Long-term use of alternate-day, low-dose aspirin may reduce the risk for colorectal cancer in healthy women, according to the findings of a study on the possible benefits of aspirin in cutting cancer risk. Published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, […]

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When early menopause strikes

The symptoms of menopause are being recognised in younger women with more and more frequency While its onset can occur for a variety of reasons, menopause leaves an indelible mark on those the condition affects. For most women, the term ‘menopause’ is synonymous with maturity, wisdom, an established family, and a life well lived. Viewed […]

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