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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

How to deal with bacterial vaginosis

No matter how healthy you are, sometimes the good bacteria that normally reside in your vagina decrease, and harmful bacteria take over. When you go for help because of discomfort or an unusual discharge, a diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (or BV) may follow. Bacterial vaginosis is the most common microbiological syndrome among women of childbearing age. Among those who visit South African clinics, the prevalence is just over 42%. But even though bacterial vaginosis is common, it shouldn’t be ignored. The infection can increase your risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and has been linked to preterm delivery. If you…
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
April 8, 2019

Is your job causing your elbow pain?

If the outside of your elbow feels sore, tender or weak, you could have tennis elbow, even if you’ve never picked up a racquet in your life! Tennis elbow refers to pain on the outside of the arm, where your arm meets your elbow. The inflammation may have an impact on the rest of your arm, which will make it painful to lift and grip things. What causes tennis elbow? Your elbow joint is surrounded by muscles that move your elbow, wrist and fingers. The tendons in your elbow join the bones and muscles together and control the muscles of…
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AnxietyMental & Emotional Health
April 8, 2019

Is your anxiety linked to your gut health?

Most of us don’t pay much attention to the microorganisms that live in and on our bodies. Yet, these miniscule bugs play an interesting role in keeping us healthy. If you live with anxiety or any other mental health conditions, controlling the balance of microorganisms in your digestive system could potentially help improve your symptoms. Here’s what the latest research on the so-called “gut microbiota-brain axis” shows. What is the gut microbiota-brain axis? Scientists have long known that the trillions of bacteria, viruses, fungi and other single-celled animals that live in our intestines are intricately involved in our digestive processes.…
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Healthy LifestyleSmoking
April 8, 2019

Want to quit smoking? Here are your best options

Many smokers decide to go cold turkey when wanting to nip smoking in the bud. Others take it on a day-to-day basis and hope for the best. Fact is, whether you’re an occasional smoker or a 30-a-day smoker, taking that last puff can be difficult. Nicotine is a highly addictive substance. Your options for quitting include: A diet and beverage change Positive thinking Identifying your cigarette cravings Exercising Patches, lozenges, gum and nasal sprays And then, there are alternatives… Allen Carr method According to Allen Carr, a British author who specialises in psychological dependencies, there’s a smoking trap, as it’s…
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Women's Health
April 8, 2019

Uneven breasts? Here’s what you need to know

You’re looking at your chest in the mirror, hoping no-one will notice that your breasts aren’t identical. Maybe you should wear a different top or bra to hide their shape? You decide a loose cardigan would be best to hide them. All breasts aren’t created equally. If you’re struggling to accept your asymmetrical boobs, you are not alone. As it turns out, there’s probably a natural reason for it. The size of your breasts won’t consistently be the same size during your lifetime, and it’s rarely a reason to sound the alarm bells. Their size fluctuates, thanks to usual body…
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Infections
April 8, 2019

What is the difference between viral and bacterial infections?

It’s important to understand the difference between a bacterial and viral infection. Even though both infections can cause similar symptoms, they are treated very differently. Bacteria create bacterial infections and viruses create viral infections. Many bacterial and viral infections are contagious, which means they can spread from person to person. They can result in mild, moderate, or severe diseases. Bacterial infections Bacteria are single-celled microorganisms that grow well in different types of environments. Not all bacteria are bad, and not all cause infections. Good bacteria live in your intestines and help to digest food. Disease-causing bacteria live outside of the…
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
April 8, 2019

Why do women get cold more easily than men?

There’s a reason why men are always draping their coats over women’s shoulders in movies, and often in real life. And no, it’s not (just) in the name of romance. Turns out that on average, women are more sensitive to the cold than men are. One of the main ways your body regulates temperature is through the blood vessels. When you feel hot, the blood vessels in your skin dilate (get wider) to release heat through your skin. When you feel cold, your blood vessels contract (get narrower) to retain heat. A person’s regular body temperature is 37 degrees, but…
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Men's Health
April 8, 2019

Why you should wake up with an erection

A nocturnal penile tumescence (spontaneous erection) happens to men of all ages, even babies, but it has nothing to do with sexual stimulation. In fact, having a morning erection could actually help you assess your health. If you wake up with an erection it means that there’s been healthy blood flow to your penis throughout the night. On average, a healthy man has three to five erections during a full night's sleep, each lasting about 25 to 35 minutes. The erections are in alignment with your sleep cycle. Your body and mind go through stages of sleep from non-REM (rapid eye…
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Ageing
April 8, 2019

Avoid falls and fractures with Tai Chi

A significant fear for ageing adults is falling, and with good reason. Falls in the elderly can be caused by seemingly harmless household items, like slipping on rugs or stairs. It could also be related to serious factors, like changes in gait and balance weakened muscles weakened eyesight dementia arthritis diabetes Vitamin D deficiency obesity drinking alcohol Some of these factors - specifically muscle weakness, gait, balance and even dementia - can be improved with exercise. In fact, a new study has found that an ancient Chinese martial art form; Tai Chi, can provide significantly greater improvements in these areas. The…
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General knowledge
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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