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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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Preserving your medical aid savings account

It’s the start of the year and no doubt your medical aid savings account is looking healthy. But in just a few months’ time, you might be reaching into your pocket to pay medical bills after these funds run dry. Senior specialist at Alexander Forbes Health, Ann Streak, has some advice for medical aid members […]

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Boehringer Ingelheim moves to combat SA’s stroke

In 2014, stroke took the lives of over 23 000 South Africans, with one person diagnosed every six minutes.[1] Despite the estimated 132 000 strokes a year occurring in South Africa[2], stroke care is inadequate for current patient needs, says Dr Feroza Motara, Emergency Physician, University of Witwatersrand. To combat this life-threatening medical emergency, leading pharmaceutical […]

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Be cautious of tick borne diseases

Ticks are most prevalent in South Africa during the warmer months of the year, and Netcare Travel Clinics urges travellers, international visitors, hikers, campers and farmers to be vigilant of potentially debilitating and serious tick-borne diseases at this time of the year. Dr Pete Vincent of the Netcare Travel Clinics and Medicross Family Medical and […]

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Nocturnal dialysis service offered

National Renal Care (NRC) Sunward Park in Boksburg has extended its range of services to include nocturnal renal dialysis, which many busy patients find more convenient than regular daytime dialysis. Thabo Gcayiya, who heads up the NRC Sunward Park unit, says that there is a demand for nocturnal dialysis as a treatment option, as it […]

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Equipping the workplace for disabled staff

It is estimated that one in seven people in the world lives with a disability and South Africa is no exception. When South Africa became a democracy more than 20 years ago, new laws aimed at addressing various inequalities in the country were legislated. One of them being the Employment Equity Act, which ensured that […]

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Avid Brands winter winners

Avid Brands recently celebrated the winners of their annual winter promotion “Escape the Winter Blues”. Targeting both pharmacies and the end consumer, pharmacies entered by purchasing a basket of goods to sell. The more consumers were encouraged to buy, the more entries the pharmacy received into the draw to win one of 3 Samsung tablets. […]

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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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Hyperpigmentation 101

Hyperpigmentation is a common, usually harmless condition in which patches of skin become darker in colour than the normal surrounding skin. This darkening occurs when an excess of melanin, the brown pigment that produces normal skin colour, forms deposits. Usually, melanin production and distribution is even and without issues. However, it can be increased by […]

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Cardiovascular disease in SA

GLOBALLY Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), commonly referred to as heart disease or stroke, are the number 1 cause of death around the world. 1 in 3 deaths globally are as result of CVD, yet the majority of premature heart disease and stroke is preventable. In 2010 CVD cost US$ 863 billion – this is estimated to […]

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CPD: Vaginal infections: an overview

The vagina is a unique environment for bacterial colonisation. It is subject to dramatic changes over the course of a lifetime, induced by developmental and hormonal changes. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE AS WELL AS OTHER CPD ARTICLES FEATURED IN MEDICAL CHRONICLE Three common infections are associated with vaginal discharge: Bacterial vaginosis (BV), […]

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Pharmacy teaching needs to evolve

Shifting the pharmaceutical pedagogy in higher education to adapt to the thinking and behavioural patterns among the millennial generation was critical to developing a sustainable patient-based healthcare system. This was the nub that emerged during discussions on the evolving roles of the pharmacy profession during the four-day 2nd National Pharmacy Conference in Durban recently. The […]

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Coughing? Avoid exercise

Exercising with a cough can pose a serious health risk. An annoying cough goes beyond the irritation of a tickle in the throat and can leave you feeling exhausted and lethargic. But trying to maintain a routine and continuing with a busy schedule when falling ill can have harmful long-term effects – particularly if this […]

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Busting dry eye myths

With many patients turning to the internet to self-diagnose, they may fall prey to the myths related to dry eye syndrome. So we’re highlighting six of the more common myths. MYTH: Dry eyes are harmless FACT: Dry eye syndrome (DES), also called dry eye or keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), is a common disorder of the tear […]

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Pharmacists must rethink their businesses to better serve communities

Pharmacists must carefully think about the services they provide to their communities and the ways in which pharmacists can be freed from dispensing duties to better interact with patients in light of the country’s National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme, health regulation, and compliance management, branch deputy director-general at the Department of Health, Dr Anban Pillay […]

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OPINION: How to beat the New Year slump

Do something today to impact your future 2016 is already done and dusted and like it or not 2017 is here. This should be the time of year to stand still for a short time and focus on “you”. Sometimes in our busy lives we forget to pay attention to ourselves. We forget that if […]

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Multiple sclerosis: Awareness makes all the difference

In the past when people thought about multiple sclerosis (MS), they imagined someone in a wheelchair. Although this perception often remains, in reality it could not be further from the truth. “I can give a lecture to a hundred patients with multiple sclerosis”, says Dr Dominic Giampaolo, a Johannesburg neurologist with a special interest in […]

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January profile – Pearly Bowles

“Always listen carefully to your patient” Name & surname: Teslyn Gregory Pharmacy: Umhlatuzana Pharmacy Job title: Pharmacist Assistant Age: 58 1. Where did you grow up? I grew up in Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal. 2. Who inspires you and why? My daughter Bianca; I’ve never had to chase her to do things or worry about her. She […]

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5 big things magnesium can help with

Magnesium levels can have an immense impact on your quality of life. We’ve listed 5 circumstances where magnesium should be your go-to. MAGNESIUM LEVELS AFFECT ASTHMATICS Asthma is sometimes a direct result of magnesium deficiency. Dietary magnesium intake has been shown to be an independent factor that contributes to bronchospasm. This means that low magnesium […]

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TRAINING: BGM Pharma’s education focus

Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine recently joined forces with BGM Pharmaceuticals on an education focused roadshow across the country Dedicated to a philosophy of people development and innovation BGM was eager to expand Frontshop Pharmacy Magazine’s traditional training venues of Johannesburg (JHB), Durban (DBN), and Cape Town (CT), to include Pretoria and Port Elizabeth (PE). Focussing on […]

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