Child HealthParenting
February 16, 2014

Meet the MEDIKIDZ – our superheroes of health

The Medikidz are five superheroes on a mission to help young people better understand illness and medical condition. Characters Chi, Pump, Skinderella, Axon and Gastro take children on a journey through Mediland - an outer-space planet shaped like the human body - to explain the diagnosis, investigation, treatment and prevention of different medical conditions. (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
February 16, 2014

5 Things you can do to live cancer-free

Cancer is often referred to as the ‘great equaliser’ – everyone is at risk, regardless of age, race and socio-economic status, and it can strike at any time. Thanks to continuous breakthroughs in cancer research and medical science however, there are many more cancer treatments and cures available, and survival rates are significantly higher than they were 30 years ago. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
February 12, 2014

Do you have an addictive personality?

Addictive personalities tend have certain behaviours or habits in common, for example they might be attention seeking, compulsive and impulsive. If you find yourself answering yes to more than half of the questions in our quiz, then it might indicate that you are at risk of, or already indulging in addictive behaviours. According to Dr Thomson from Hello Doctor, everyone possess’ the ability to become addicted to something at some stage in our lives, and this is worse if you are genetically predisposed to an addiction, for example alcohol or drugs. (more…)
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General knowledge
February 10, 2014

30 000 Downloads?! Well done to our team!

Hello Doctor is super proud of what we’ve achieved in a relatively short period of time, and our latest milestone is reaching 30 000 downloads on our new Hello Doctor app! To everyone who’s downloaded it – thank you! We hope you love what we have to offer :-) And if you haven’t got our app yet, then what are you waiting for? Simply sign up on our website, and download the free Hello Doctor app from the Google Play or iTunes store. With the app, you can talk to, or text our doctors, anytime, anywhere! So, thank you again…
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Heart & Blood VesselsHeart Disease
February 9, 2014

What do you know about your heart health?

Fact: the average adult heart beats 70 times a minute; 100 000 times a day; three and a half million times a year; and 2.5 billion times during a lifetime! But just like any pump, without proper care and maintenance, it won’t go the distance. Lifestyle changes such as regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and cutting down on salt are all very effective measures when it comes to keeping your heart healthy. However, in addition to this, there are key preventatives moves your pharmacist can help you with too. (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
February 8, 2014

A boost of adrenaline!

Adrenaline is that sudden hormone boost you get when you’re faced with a highly stressful, exciting or even fearful situation. Adrenaline is secreted by the adrenal gland, and it rapidly increases your blood circulation, breathing and carbohydrate metabolism, and it prepares your muscles for some serious exertion. (more…)
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Sexual Health
February 7, 2014

Here’s what men REALLY want this Valentine’s Day

Every year, on 14 February, shops make their biggest sales on flowers, chocolates, teddy bears and other cute gifts that couples exchange on Valentine’s Day. But ladies, is that what guys *really* want? Apparently not! According to a team of researchers who surveyed more than 1 000 adults, the only thing men want on Valentine’s Day is SEX. And nearly 60% of them said they expect to get even BETTER sex on Valentine’s Day than they normally get. So, while they might moan about the commercial side of the day, it turns out they actually look forward to it, maybe…
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Addiction
February 6, 2014

NekNominate: What is all the fuss about?

Hey! So we’re sure you’ve heard about the new online drinking game taking the world by storm! Daring games have always been fun to play, if a little questionable. Games like chicken, truth or dare and spin the bottle are just a few of the more innocent daring games, but somewhere along the line people have taken this concept to dangerous new heights. The latest drinking challenge, NekNominate, is getting plenty of attention, but not for the right reasons. (more…)
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cyberchondria
General knowledge
February 5, 2014

Cyberchondria – taking Dr Google too far?

Cyberchondria, so what’s it all about? Well, while it might sound like the latest video game, cybercondria is actually the online equivalent of hypochondria – and it’s fast becoming a worrying trend. If you’re someone who tends to use Google to find out more about your health symptoms, then you could be a cyberchondriac! (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
February 5, 2014

Making the most of your medical aid

In last week’s episode of the Hello Doctor show, Dr Michael Mol spoke to studio guest Damian McHugh about medical schemes. Get value from Medical Aid The average middle-class South African family has no retirement plan, no life insurance, and no medical aid scheme in place. Of those who do have medical aid, one in four are saying: “I’m paying way too much for medical cover, and have nothing to show for it”. The truth is though, people might not understand or know about the benefits they have available to them. Here, we answer some of your FAQs about medical…
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