May 3, 2019

Foetal alcohol syndrome 101

You’re pregnant and your doctor has advised you steer clear of alcohol. But it can’t be such a big deal, right? Surely the odd glass of wine won’t do much damage? Wrong.
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 30, 2018

How to party with no regrets

When you’re about to paint the town red with your mates, safety and preventing a hangover are probably the last things on your mind. But, who wants to wake up feeling terrible and blanking out on last night’s events? Partying sober is the trendiest thing to do, and your health will thank you for it. Sober is still trending Generation Z, born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, is rejecting alcoholic beverages and opting for clean-living alternatives. Rather than hanging out at bars and nightclubs, Generation Z can be found attending juice crawls (a healthy-living social event) and silent discos,…
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July 16, 2018

What is pancreatitis?

Your pancreas is the organ that sits just behind the lower part of your stomach. When it’s inflamed you have what is called pancreatitis. The main function of the pancreas is to produce and discharge hormones and enzymes that help with digestion and regulate your blood sugar (glucose). How does this happen? Digestive enzymes are released through the pancreatic duct into the small intestine where they’re activated to help break down fats and proteins. Digestive hormones produced by the pancreas are released into the blood stream where they help regulate blood sugar levels. What is pancreatitis? Pancreatitis can either be…
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Bone, Muscle & JointGout
October 14, 2017

“Ouch! My toe!” What you need to know about Gout

Gout is a kind of arthritis in which crystals of sodium urate produced by your body forms inside joints. You may suffer attacks of sudden burning pain, swelling and stiffness in a joint, and these attacks can happen over and over unless gout is treated. Left unattended over time, gout attacks can harm your joints, tendons, and other tissues. Gout is most common in men, and the joint usually affected is usually a big toe. Causes Gout is caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Having too much uric acid is not generally harmful, but when uric acid…
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Mental & Emotional Health
August 31, 2017

Uppers and downers – get high the healthy way

You’re struggling to keep up with your assignments, exams and part-time job. You’re in desperate need of a jolt to your system or something to help you unwind, so you turn to your favourite upper or downer. It may help in the moment, but how much do you know about that stuff you're swallowing, sniffing or smoking? First you’re up… Uppers are drugs known for their physically and mentally stimulating effects. They affect most of the basic processes in your body including your temperature, heart rate and breathing. They also stimulate the reward centres in your brain. Uppers flood your…
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Healthy Lifestyle
August 14, 2017

Could alcohol help you live longer?

“Light to moderate drinking can lower your overall risk of premature death" "Alcohol could decrease your odds of dying from heart disease” “Even moderate drinking is linked to pathological changes in the brain”. Confused much? Headlines like these have been doing rounds in the last couple of weeks. It can be so frustrating, leaving you with a general feeling of  “just make up your minds!”. So, what does the science say? Drinking patterns matter What is clear from the research is that light to moderate drinking has a very different impact on the body, and health, than heavy drinking. Despite what…
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AddictionMental & Emotional Health
June 21, 2017

Does your friend have a secret drinking problem?

Did you know, that the average South African drinks about 20 liters of alcohol each year!? It us equivalent to 196 six packs of beer, 62 bottles of spirits, and 220 bottles of wine! That means that some people drink more than that, and some less. So, we drink a lot of booze as a country - but how much is too much? People with drinking problems often don't realise it: they think they're in control, while their life slowly spins out of control. They need a friend - like you - to help them see the light. According to…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 24, 2016

Boozing: how much is too much?

Alcohol can be enjoyable and get a good buzz going, especially when the festive season arrives. When you’re having a great time, it’s difficult to keep track of the amount of booze you’re throwing back, but it’s important to protect your health. And, to do this, you need to know your drinking limits. (more…)
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