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Eye Health
May 12, 2019

Why are my eyelids twitching?

Ever noticed how your eyelid twitches sometimes? Don’t worry, it’s very common. An eyelid twitch, also known as myokymia, is a repetitive involuntary spasm in the eyelid muscles. The twitch usually occurs in your upper lid, but it can also happen in the lower lids.
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Chest & LungTuberculosis
October 31, 2017

What exactly is TB? Here are the basics

In the past, TB was called ‘’consumption", because of the way it literally consumed infected people from the inside. Luckily for us, today TB is treatable. Here’s what you need to know about it. What is Tuberculosis? Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria. While it mostly affects the lungs, it can also affect organs in the central nervous system, lymphatic system, gastro-intestinal system and circulatory system. TB is classified as being either latent or active. Latent TB occurs when the bacteria are present in the body, but this state is inactive and presents no symptoms. Latent TB…
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Diabetes
October 27, 2017

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease which presents as high levels of sugar in the blood. This is either because there isn’t enough insulin being produced, or because the body’s cells don’t respond properly to insulin, or both. What Causes Diabetes? Insulin is a hormone which is produced by the pancreas, and which is responsible for controlling blood sugar. People who are diagnosed with diabetes have high blood sugar because their body cannot convert sugar into fat, liver, and muscle cells to be stored for energy. This is due to: The pancreas not making enough insulin The cells not responding…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 27, 2017

What is Motor Neurone Disease (MND) ?

Motor neurone disease (MND) makes up a group of severe disorders of the nervous system, and it occurs when motor neurons progressively lose their function. Motor neurones are specialised nerve cells that help regulate many of the body's automatic processes, such as breathing and swallowing - they also send signals from the brain to the muscles and bones, enabling you to move them.  On 3 November 2014, former Springbok player Tinus Linee died from the disorder, and In February 2017, South African Springbok, Joost van der Westerhuizen passed away after a long struggle with the disease. Approximately 5% of people…
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Brain and Nervous System
October 27, 2017

What is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a mysterious disease that affects nerves in the spinal cord and brain, resulting in loss of muscle control, vision, balance, and sensation. It’s considered an autoimmune condition, which means something goes wrong with the immune system and it mistakenly attacks healthy body tissue. With MS, the myelin (which is the layer of protein that surrounds each nerve fibre in the brain and spinal cord) becomes damaged. What are the main symptoms of MS? Damage to the myelin disrupts the transfer of nerve signals in the brain and spinal cord, and this causes symptoms such as: muscle stiffness…
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Stress
October 27, 2017

The ABC of Stress

Medically speaking, stress is the body’s emotional, physical, psychological and behavioural response to certain internal and external influences (stressors.) It’s not just humans that deal with stress, every living organism has a stress response that allows it to survive and evolve. And while small amounts of stress are actually good for us in that they keep us motivated and on our toes, persistent day-to-day stress is linked to a number of serious health conditions. The most common stressors tend to include: stress at work and home, relationship woes, family troubles and financial debt. Whatever your reason for being stressed out,…
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HormonesThyroid Disease
October 25, 2017

Feeling anxious often? You could have hyperthyroidism.

Despite being one of the smaller organs in the body, the thyroid gland is one of the most powerful. Through the hormones it produces, the thyroid gland influences metabolism, breathing, heart rate, the nervous system, body weight and body temperature! With all that responsibility, what happens if something goes wrong?! Disorders of the thyroid The thyroid gland uses iodine from the foods you eat to make two main hormones: Triiodothyronine (T3) Thyroxine (T4) T3 and T4 travel in your bloodstream to reach almost every cell in the body and are responsible for regulating the speed with which your cells work.…
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Healthy LifestyleTravel & holiday
October 24, 2017

How to start the New Year refreshed & ready

The end of the year is slowly creeping up on us. You can’t seem to get everything done quickly enough. Yet, you know that after a whirlwind of festivities and summer holidays, you might not be fully ready for the new year. We’re here to help! Here’s how to restore your body and mind during the holiday season. 1. Postpone big projects If you had big plans to redecorate, or finish mountain of admin, it’s time to accept that the holiday season may not be the best time for these big projects. Schedule this for January and ease into the…
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Energy
October 30, 2016

Too tired to think?

We’ve all been there. Your brain is so tired, that just reading this sentence feels like you have to run a marathon. And you still have another 6 hours of work to go! So, what do you do? (more…)
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Exercise, Fitness & Muscle
August 9, 2016

Exercise vs. fatigue – who wins?

You’re wiped-out and dog-tired, and it feels like a long nap is the only thing that could revive you from this fatigue. But new research shows just the opposite – some regular exercise may be the boost that you really need. (more…)
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