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January 27, 2020

Weird medical treatments from 100 years ago

Hate injections? Then you should be glad you didn’t live a century ago. There were treatments that are much, much worse than a little injection…
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January 27, 2020

5 Exciting future developments in health

Get ready for the future of healthcare, with these incredible developments. From 3D printed medication, to breathalysers that can diagnose cancer.
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November 22, 2019

This little girl spent Christmas giving gifts to the homeless

It’s easy to become so engulfed in the festive season that we forget about the less fortunate. This little girl shows us how a small gift can go a long way to someone in need, especially during Christmas time.
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May 2, 2019

What is albinism?

Thando Hopa is a South African model, lawyer, poet - and she has albinism. But she doesn’t let the condition define her. Instead, she lives a normal healthy life.Her condition is caused by an absence of melanin in the body. Melanin is a pigment that gives hair, skin and eyes their colour. Without melanin,  skin and hair are white and vision is impaired...
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April 8, 2019

Can body paint protect you against insect bites?

Pitching a tent, exploring nature and sleeping under the stars. Ah, there’s nothing quite like exploring the wild. But with all the perks of the great outdoors there’s one real bugbear; bug bites. And lots of them.
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April 8, 2019

5 (slightly) awkward health problems

Aside from adjusting to your new life on campus and being away from home, you’re also faced with health problems as you interact in a different environment and with people from unique backgrounds. Here are five health problems you should know about:
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March 25, 2019

How your body turns food into energy

Growing up you may have heard about how certain foods are better for your health than others, some foods are considered “brain foods” and some provide you with energy. But, how does it work? Let’s break it down.
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July 16, 2018

Showers vs. baths: which is better?

Whether your preference is hopping in the shower first thing in the morning or indulging in cosy, warm baths after work, both have perks. But are baths or showers better? Let’s explore the different benefits of baths and showers. If you want to save water A long soak after a hard day sounds great, but the average tub uses approximately 136 litres of water to fill! On the other hand, a 10-minute shower uses just 76 litres. With the Cape Town water crisis, it makes sense for us all to be more water-wise. For example, take two-minute showers. The best…
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June 11, 2018

What causes hiccups?

You're in the middle of telling your friends how your weekend was, when “hic!” your body jerks and your throat quickly contracts. Oh man! You have the hiccups again. Why does this happen, and how do you make it stop? Hiccups are involuntary contractions from your diaphragm, the muscle that separates your chest from your abdomen. The diaphragm plays an important role in breathing. When you hiccup, your vocal cords are blocked after each contraction which causes you to make the “hic” sound. Hiccups are usually harmless, but in some cases, they may be linked to a serious condition. Why…
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