January 8, 2017

Typhoid outbreak – what you need to know

There has been a recent warning that South Africans could face a Typhoid outbreak after the summer holidays. Hospitals and healthcare centers have been notified to be on high alert, since the Typhoid infections that started in Zimbabwe, could spread here when holiday-goers come back after their holidays. via GIPHY What is Typhoid fever? Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria (Salmonella Typhi). It spreads easily through food and water contaminated by sewerage. You can also get it from someone who has the infection. It's quite common in overcrowded areas with overcrowding & poor sanitation. How do you…
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Gut & digestionHygieneInfections
October 1, 2016

You have worms!?

Let's flip a coin. Heads or tails? What are your chances of guessing correctly? 50%, right? Well, that's about the same chance of you having worms in your gut at this very moment. We know, it's disgusting, and you'd rather not think about it. But think about it: if they're in there right now, sharing your lunch, wouldn't you want to get rid of them - heads and tails? (more…)
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August 13, 2016

What to do with your runny nose

Is your nose running on overdrive? You’ve barely just finished blowing your nose and you’re already reaching for another tissue! (more…)
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Fungal infectionsSkin
August 10, 2016

Fungal infection of the nails

Just as you’re about to have your nails painted a trendy new colour, your beauty therapist notices something: ”Perhaps you should let your doctor take a look at your nails,” she says. “I think you might have a fungal infection.” (more…)
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August 4, 2016

It only takes one time to get an STD!

Perhaps you think: “it just won’t happen to me” - or you’re too embarrassed or intimidated to insist on using a condom.  Maybe you’ve had too much to drink, or you think you can just throw caution to the wind because, you know, you only live once… (more…)
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June 15, 2016

How Botswana is turning HIV on its head

What do you do when you realise that your country has the 3rd highest HIV prevalence in the world? You don’t panic. Instead, you open 650,000 voluntary testing service centres, and that’s just for starters. (more…)
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June 4, 2016

The superbug is here, what is our last resort?

For several years, scientists warned us: “If we’re not more careful with how we use antibiotics, we’ll soon have a mutant bacteria that cannot be killed by any of the antibiotics we have – not even the strongest one!” Well, that day has come. (more…)
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May 10, 2016

5 tips how not to get a cold

Contrary to what your mom may have told you, you won’t catch a cold if you don’t wear a jersey, and you won’t get sick if you go to bed with wet hair. The common cold is actually caused by over 200 different types of viruses. Because these viruses are so varied and are continually changing, prevention is better than cure! Here’s what you need to do: (more…)
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