Cancer & lymphoma
August 16, 2015

Prostate cancer – what do you know?

Prostate cancer - two words that fill men with dread. Cancer is one of the main health concerns men face, with 1 in 23 men being diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime – the most common among South Africans. Besides the image of a doctor with a rubber glove, how much do you know about this manly menace? (more…)
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November 15, 2014

8 Skin-tingling facts

From acne and age spots to stretch marks and everything else in between, our skin has it all. It is the largest organ in the body, so there's obviously a lot to say about it, and we’re just scratching the surface with these 10 skin-tingling facts! (more…)
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Chest & Lung
March 30, 2014

Every breath you take

Those of us who are healthy often take the ability to breathe freely and easily for granted – are you one of them? Whether you are or not, here are 8 “lung health” facts and snippets of information that you need to know. Consider yourself informed! (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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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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Gut & digestion
January 14, 2014

How does your diet affect irritable bowel syndrome?

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a fairly common condition which can cause episodes of stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhoea and constipation. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, it’s thought that much of the problem is due to a highly sensitive gastro-intestinal system. Stress, certain foods (such as caffeine, spicy foods and red meat), insufficient water intake and inactivity all seem to contribute to episodes. (more…)
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January 4, 2014

Skin cancer – here’s what you need to know

We live on a sun-drenched continent - we're are the lucky ones! But time spent outdoors increases your risk of developing skin cancer, especially if you don't protect yourself from the sun. The good news is, you can reduce your risk of skin cancer simply by being sun savvy and aware of the condition. What is skin cancer? Like all cancers, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in the body. Skin cancer cells are usually formed when skin is exposed excessively to the sun or bright sources of light, like tanning beds. The 3 main types of skin…
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