Sexual Health
February 4, 2014

How the ‘other’ STDs can change your life

Most sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are overshadowed by the most infamous STD i.e. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Even though HIV is dangerous, diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can also have a long-term impact on your life - even your ability to get pregnant! Here's what you need to know: (more…)
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Cancer & lymphoma
February 4, 2014

Global cancer ‘tidal wave’ warning

Reports from the World Health Organisation (WHO) warn of that the world is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and advises that restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered. (more…)
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InfectionsSexual Health
February 4, 2014

Everything you need to know about genital herpes

Genital herpes is a common, highly infectious disease caused by a virus that infects the genital areas. It is transmitted from one person to another during sexual activity, causing blisters or groups of small ulcers (open sores) on and around the genitals in both men and women. Many people with genital herpes actually never have sores, or they have very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed, or are mistaken for insect bites or another skin condition. (more…)
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Heart & Blood Vessels
February 4, 2014

Tricks to help you reduce your salt intake

Reducing your salt intake can be as easy as switching brands. Always check labels when shopping, and compare the sodium content of different brands and choose the one with the least amount of sodium. Look out for foods with the Heart Mark – these products have less sodium compared to other products and this lets you know it’s been approved as part of a heart healthy diet. (more…)
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Medication & Treatment
February 3, 2014

Antibiotics: Questions to ask your doctor

In our previous blog post on antibiotics, we took a closer look at what these amazing medicines are all about, how they help our body, and the similarities between the thousands of different types of antibiotics available. (more…)
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Asthma
February 3, 2014

Peanut allergies may soon be a concern of the past

Although new cases of peanut allergies are on the rise, that might be a concern of the past, as scientists believe they might have found a solution. Even though it’s not a cure, scientists have developed a new system that will help build-up tolerance to peanut allergies. This revolutionary test is a form of immunotherapy, and involves patients between the ages of 9 and 16 who are exposed to small doses of peanuts, over a long period of time. (more…)
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Food & nutrition
February 3, 2014

What we’re reading: Tim Noakes, The Real Meal Revolution

For most people, the notion of eating fat to lose weight is completely foreign – and let’s face it, hard to believe. How does it work, and how does it contribute to weight loss? Tim Noakes’ new book, The Real Meal Revolution, answers these questions and more. (more…)
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Recipes
February 3, 2014

Kitchen nutrition: Sugar-free baking

We all love a baked treat from time to time, even though we know we really shouldn’t have them too often. This is because baking often involves using lots of sugar, which really isn’t great for our health. If you do feel like making something tasty, homemade is best. This way you can control how much salt, fat (butter) and sugar is added. Baking with ingredients like plain yoghurt and buttermilk is a great alternative when you want to reduce sugar and fat. These ingredients also give baking, like these scones a soft texture. Adding fruit or serving baked goods…
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Food & nutrition
February 3, 2014

Episode 14 – catch Up

This past Sunday, the Hello Doctor Show focussed on sleep, how to bake delicious treats with less sugar, how to beat bad breath and treat a cut, and Dr Mol busted some popular myths about fat-free/low-fat foods. (more…)
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High Blood Pressure
February 2, 2014

Salt: Knowledge is power

Salt is often added to packaged or processed foods as a preservative or for flavour. Sometimes these foods don’t even taste particularly salty. For example, bread, cereals, hard/block margarines, gravy and soup powders, processed meat products like sausage, polony and pies, meat and vegetable extracts, and convenience meals are just some of the products containing hidden salt that can contribute to our salt intake. Of course, this means that your salt intake can be really high without you even knowing it. Stay one step ahead of hidden salt by reading product labels. Here’s a quick “how-to-guide” on understanding food label…
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