infectious diseases

April 18, 2015

Help your doc with your diagnosis!

We’ve all done it. We wake up with a runny nose and immediately assume we have the flu or some type of nasty bacteria, causing havoc. But how do you really know? (more…)
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March 2, 2015

What is Hepatitis A?

The liver is one of our most important organs- it has many different functions in the daily workings of your body. It helps with digestion, detoxifies your blood, stores nutrients, produces proteins and is essential in keeping your immune system working and quite a bit more!It’s not surprising, then, that you can feel very ill when it’s not working properly! (more…)
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February 20, 2015

Where’d this ring on my arm come from?

“A ring is round and never ends, that’s how long we’ll stay friends,” unless it’s ringworm. Despite the name and what you might think you know about ringworm – it’s not actually a worm that finds its way into your skin! (more…)
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InfectionsSexual Health
February 7, 2015

Check out the lesser known STDs

HIV is dangerous, but it’s not the only sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can dramatically affect your life - there are others that can cause real damage. Using condoms and getting regular check-ups if you’re sexually active are how you stay healthy. Come and take a look at the STD line-up. (more…)
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January 30, 2015

Ebola: Dr Kathryn Stinson’s experiences from the frontline Part 2

Last week, we introduced you to epidemiologist, Dr Kathryn Stinson, who travelled to Sierra Leone to help those who were struggling to combat the outbreak – her expertise was invaluable. This week, she elaborates on her findings, whether the outbreak can be eradicated and what South Africans need to know about Ebola. We asked Dr Stinson: (more…)
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January 21, 2015

Ebola: Dr Kathryn Stinson’s experiences from the frontline

“As South Africans, we shouldn’t be fearing Ebola, but looking more closely at resolving our own diseases of poverty: TB and MDR-TB and HIV.” - Dr Kathryn Stinson. (more…)
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December 1, 2014

Living positive with HIV

Antiretroviral medications (ARVs) have changed the lives of millions of people all over the world. Why is it so important? Because it’s the only medication that’s known to help manage the disease we call HIV/Aids. How Have ARVs Changed Life? Without treatment life expectancy of an HIV positive person was around 10 years and people experienced a poor quality of life with multiple infections and secondary diseases (like flu). But with the introduction of ARVs, along with a good diet and some lifestyle changes, life expectancy has pushed past the 20-30 year marker. While researchers are still hard at work…
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November 10, 2014

Cholera – What You Need to Know

There’s nothing better (and healthier) than a few gulps of water when you’re feeling thirsty, right? This may be true in countries where modern sewage and water treatments are available, but there are some places where a sip of water may be fatal because of a disease known as cholera. (more…)
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November 5, 2014

Things You Need To Know About Malaria

Is there anything worse than being kept up at night by the constant buzzing of a mosquito? You just regard them as a nuisance, right? But they’re actually more dangerous than you may think – they can spread malaria. This’s what you need to know about those pesky mosquitoes. (more…)
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