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Anxiety
January 9, 2014

Your child’s first day at school: dealing with anxiety

The first day your child goes to ‘big’ school is a memorable time for any family! Emotions are running high in parents, and children are filled with a mixture of excitement, nerves and anxiety – and who could blame them? (more…)
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Headaches
January 8, 2014

Have a headache? know when it’s time to see a doctor

Headaches are a common affliction many people deal with on a regular basis. However, should you be concerned about your headaches and when should you see a doctor? There are many causes of headaches and seldom are they related to something severe, like a brain tumour. Most headaches can easily be treated with home remedies or a trip to the local pharmacy. Headaches are often caused by colds, eye-strain, sinus infection, dehydration, low blood sugar or stress. Dr. Albert Viljoen suggests taking an over-the-counter painkiller with a glass of water when you get a headache. However, if you notice any…
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Hair & nails
January 7, 2014

Does Harry have early onset male pattern balding?

Uh oh, it looks like the Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, isn’t the only royal who’s slowly losing his hair - Prince Harry has also started showing signs early onset male pattern balding. For most men, it’s a big deal, and it can cause insecurities, but why do men get it and how can you treat it? (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 7, 2014

Get fit and make exercise a family affair

Obesity is on the rise, and now – more than ever before – it’s becoming a serious concern in children, and South African children are no exception. Lack of daily activity, easy access to unhealthy snacks and excessive time spent watching TV and playing computer games is taking its toll. (more…)
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Recipes
January 5, 2014

Salt-free lemon chicken kebabs

Too much salt in your daily diet can be bad for you, but how do we still enjoy tasty meals if we’re trying to cut down on the amount of salt we eat? Our top tips for this are: Start by eating less prepared and processed foods Use more fresh food, and cook from scratch as much as possible Choose cooking methods that add flavour – like sautéing onion and garlic for sauces, soups and stews, and roasting or grilling rather than frying your food Season with fresh herbs, salt-free spices and ingredients like garlic, ginger and lemon Make your…
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
January 5, 2014

Hiking with Dr Mol

Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, the benefits extend from head to toe. But doing the same kind of exercise day in and day out can take a toll on your exercise enthusiasm. With summer here and holidays just around the corner, it’s a good time to try out a different kind of workout – one that includes views, friends and family. Yes, we’re talking about hiking in the great outdoors. (more…)
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Skin
January 4, 2014

Skin cancer – here’s what you need to know

We live on a sun-drenched continent - we're are the lucky ones! But time spent outdoors increases your risk of developing skin cancer, especially if you don't protect yourself from the sun. The good news is, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer simply by being sun savvy and aware of the condition. What is skin cancer? Like all cancers, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the body. Skin cancer cells are usually formed when skin is exposed excessively to the sun or bright sources of light, like tanning beds. The 3 main types of skin…
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Asthma
January 3, 2014

Asthma – frequently asked questions

Q:  Can I exercise if I have asthma? A:  If your asthma is being treated, and it’s under control, then there’s no reason why you can’t still do exercise, it’s just a case of making sure you choose the right type of exercise. Always keep your inhaler with you, and use it before you exercise if you feel the need. It’s also important to warm-up and cool-down properly before and after you work out. If you suffer from exercise induced asthma, the best low-risk exercises are swimming, yoga, treadmill running, and exercises that allow you to take regular breaks –…
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Pregnancy
January 3, 2014

I’ve had a miscarriage, now what?

Having to go through a miscarriage is a painful and incredibly emotional experience, not just for the women who endure it, but also for the husbands, partners and families of these women. All too often, it’s impossible to give an explanation as to why a pregnancy was lost. Between 50 and 70% of first-trimester miscarriages are thought to be the result of genetic abnormalities, which means the foetus can’t grow normally. Medically, a miscarriage refers to the loss of a pregnancy within the first 20 weeks, and studies show that 30-50% of fertilised eggs are lost before or during the…
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Gut & digestion
January 3, 2014

IBS – foods to avoid

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a condition that affects the digestive system, and which causes abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhoea and bloating. The direct cause of IBS is unknown and symptoms can range from mild to severe and include: abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches, burping and passing wind more frequently, and backache. Although doctors don’t know exactly what causes IBS, one of the contributing factors is diet, and there are certain foods which can make your symptoms worse. (more…)
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