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Infections
December 23, 2013

Gastro outbreak in Cape Town

Over the past week, there have been increasing reports of a viral gastro outbreak in Cape Town. Gastro is a stomach flu, and symptoms range from mild to severe and include: nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and general aches and pains. All and all, it’s not nice! And while there is unfortunately no cure for stomach flu (besides not getting it in the first place), here’s what you can do to help relieve nasty symptoms. (more…)
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
December 22, 2013

Home emergencies – how to handle a fever

Its 3am and your 2 year old, who has been restless all night, wakes up howling. Her skin feels as though it’s burning up, so you grab your thermometer, and her temperature is 39 degrees. What do you do? (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
December 22, 2013

Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays

Keeping kids active and entertained over the holidays can be a challenge – especially if you’ve already been to the beach or park every day this week. So what about doing something different for your kids these holidays? For example enrolling them in a survival school camp such as Cashane Junior Rangers. The camp offers a variety of outdoor and survival-skills programmes that teaches children basic bush survival skills, encourages teamwork, builds self-esteem, and of course keeps them physically active and involved with the world around them. (more…)
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Arthritis
December 21, 2013

Working with arthritis

Did you know? There are more than 100 diseases which fall under the heading of arthritis, and all of them are characterised by joint stiffness and debilitating pain. Arthritis is a chronic condition, and accounts for more than 1 in every 10 visits to the GP. Joint pain may be caused by injury or an infection but, as we age, the most common cause is osteoarthritis. The joints most generally affected are the hips, knees, shoulders and finger joints. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 21, 2013

Can diet drinks make you fat?

Soft drinks are bad news, we all know it, but if you’re going to have one then a sugar-free version is fine, right? Not quite. Before you reach for your next diet soft drink, here are the top 4 things you need to know about what you’re drinking: (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 20, 2013

3 Saltiest foods – and their healthy counterparts

Surprisingly, most of the salt you eat doesn’t come from your salt-shaker - it’s already added to pre-cooked, processed or restaurant food before you sprinkle any extra at the table. With that in mind, and with so much focus on making people aware of the dangers of eating too much salt, we take a look at the top 3 saltiest foods and their healthier substitutes you can try instead. 1. Processed and cold deli meats Just 6 thin slices of cold meat can contain half of your daily sodium limit. Rather eat: Home-cooked chicken, avocado, rocket and fresh vegetables as…
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Pregnancy
December 19, 2013

Questions to ask your doctor about pregnancy

As a new mommy-to-be, it’s natural that you have a lot of questions you want answered, so don’t be shy to ask your doctor at your next appointment.  If you’re not sure what you should be asking, here are the top 10 important pregnancy questions you should speak to your doctor about. (more…)
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Infections
December 19, 2013

Has first human died from new avian flu?

An elderly woman infected with the H10N8 avian flu virus died recently in hospital, in the Jiangxi province of China. The 73-year old woman was admitted to hospital, suffering from a variety of serious health conditions which included pneumonia, hypertension, heart disease and a muscular disease. It’s important to note that there is no confirmation that she died as a result of the avian virus. Health officials say that the risk of infection is very low and that the H7H9 virus – which also has a low infection rate - is a greater threat to public health. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
December 19, 2013

Fruit each day keeps disease at bay

The old saying “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away” might have some basis to it, especially if you’re over the age of 50. Researchers from Oxford University assume that eating an apple a day could prevent up to 8 500 heart attack and stroke related deaths in the UK each year. As we get older, particularly if you’re older than 50, the risk of cardiovascular disease increases, which makes this research very important. The only hiccup is that the assumptions are calculated from a scientific model and not a study. (more…)
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Recipes
December 19, 2013

Low-fat cream of pumpkin soup

Pumpkin is a great food to eat more of if you’re trying to lose weight – plus it tastes and looks great no matter how you prepare it. (more…)
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