Dr Lynelle Hoeks

Medication & Treatment
July 11, 2016

Top 5 anti-depressant “must knows”

Your doctor has prescribed anti-depressant medication for you and if you take your prescription correctly, it will make a big difference to your quality of life. To get the best results, there are some things that you need to know. (more…)

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Birth Control
July 6, 2016

Surgical methods of contraception

In my 1st blog post we covered methods of contraceptives that don’t involve medical interventions, and in the 2nd, we looked at barrier methods which prevent pregnancy and STDs. From there we moved onto hormonal methods of contraceptives, and here, in our final blog post we cover surgical “irreversible” methods of contraception. (more…)

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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
January 15, 2016

How to keep that summer holiday feeling!

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language” - Henry James Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to keep that holiday euphoria going? One day back at work and it seems like a distant memory! Let's look at exactly what it is about holidays that makes us feel so good, and then see how we can keep that feeling going for the rest of the year: (more…)

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April 13, 2015

Can you reverse a female sterilization?

The answer to this question is complicated- the short answer is maybe.. and here is the long answer! First let’s look at Tubal Ligation (female sterilization). This procedure is done to prevent pregnancy. There are two tubes (Fallopian tubes) in the womb: at the end of these tubes, the woman’s egg waits for the sperm to fertilize it. In tubal ligation, we simply block these tubes, so that the egg and sperm cannot meet. We do this either by: Sealing the tubes with a clip or a ring Burning (cauterizing) the tubes so that they become blocked with scar tissue…

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March 9, 2015

What is Typhoid fever?

Typhoid fever is an infection caused by a bacteria called Salmonella Typhi. It spreads easily through food and water contaminated by sewerage. You can also get it from someone who has the infection. The infection is quite common in areas with overcrowding & poor sanitation. (more…)

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Bone, Muscle & Joint
February 25, 2015

What you need to know about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Do you ever have numbness, tingling or pain in your hands? If this happens at night, while you’re driving or when you work on your computer, it could be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)! Read on to find out more and what you should do about it.

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Birth Control
January 13, 2015

Contraception 101 by Dr Lynelle Hoeks

This is my first blog post in a series of 4 on contraception – so yes, there’s clearly a lot of important information you need to know. First things first; whether this topic is unchartered territory, or whether you’re wondering if your current contraceptive is still suitable for you, choosing a contraceptive method can be confusing and daunting. Each time I counsel someone on selecting a method that’s appropriate for them, I’m reminded of just how many factors influence their choice. From family support (or none), cultural beliefs, cost and access to health services, to ease of use and preconceived…

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October 19, 2014

Down syndrome “it’s all in the genes”

In South Africa, 1 in 500 children are born with Down Syndrome every year - Let’s take a closer look at the most common genetic chromosomal disorder and leading cause of intellectual disability in children. (more…)

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October 18, 2014

Stay safe around trains!

Many people spend a great deal of time getting to and from work daily – unreliable and often unsafe public transport is an enormous issue day to day. Delays, overcrowding, lack of adequate law enforcement and control contribute to our heightened stress levels and often results in people behaving unsafely to try and get to their destination on time. Rail is one of our key modes of public transport and approximately 500 pedestrians are killed annually in this sector. Here are a few tips to avoid traumatic events: (more…)

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InfectionsMedication & Treatment
September 20, 2014

What is PrEP and PEP?

Ever heard of the acronyms PrEP and PEP? Both refer to HIV prevention; let’s have a look at what these terms mean. PrEP: This stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means to “prevent the spread of a disease or infection”. We’re desperately trying to curb the spread of HIV infection and PrEP is one of the newer methods being used - an HIV negative person will take a tablet (containing two types of antiretroviral medication) every day to prevent contracting HIV. This, together with other preventative methods such as condom use, can offer very good protection. So who would take PrEP?…

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