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Infections
June 18, 2014

The best way to prevent colds and flu this season!

You’re surrounded! Co-workers, sniffing kids, even going to the supermarket means exposure to everyone else and their viruses. You can’t hole up in a bunker for the rest of winter, but the good news is: you don’t have to. Bearing in mind that there’s no sure-fire way to stop a cold, here are some simple strategies to make you less vulnerable to the aches and sniffles through the worst of the season. (more…)

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Infections
June 4, 2014

Coronavirus: Here’s what you need to know

The coronavirus (MERS – Middle East Respiratory Symptom) is in the same family as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and was first reported in humans in 2012. To date, 688 people have been infected in Saudi Arabia, and 282 people have died from it – which is 50% more than the previous official death toll of 190. (more…)

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Gut & digestionInfections
May 29, 2014

Is there a cholera outbreak in the North West?

News reports this morning announced of a possible cholera outbreak in Bloemhof in the North West province. Over 200 people have been admitted to local clinics since Monday, showing typical cholera symptoms which include severe diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, stomach cramps and dehydration. (more…)

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Sexual Health
February 4, 2014

How the ‘other’ STDs can change your life

Most sexually transmitted diseases (STD) are overshadowed by the most infamous STD i.e. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). Even though HIV is dangerous, diseases like chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis can also have a long-term impact on your life - even your ability to get pregnant! Here's what you need to know: (more…)

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InfectionsSexual Health
February 4, 2014

Everything you need to know about genital herpes

Genital herpes is a common, highly infectious disease caused by a virus that infects the genital areas. It is transmitted from one person to another during sexual activity, causing blisters or groups of small ulcers (open sores) on and around the genitals in both men and women. Many people with genital herpes actually never have sores, or they have very mild symptoms that often go unnoticed, or are mistaken for insect bites or another skin condition. (more…)

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