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infectious diseases

Food & nutritionInfectionsVitamins & Supplements
May 13, 2014

Beat the winter blues! Top 5 ways to boost your immune system

Winter’s just around the corner, and those nasty cold and flu bugs are already making their appearance. So, how can you fight them off? By boosting your immune system! These are my top 5 must-haves to help build immunity against colds and flu this season. Zinc Zinc is an essential mineral, and even a slight deficiency can negatively affect your immune function. People most at risk of zinc deficiency include: the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, breastfed babies older than 6 months, vegetarians, people with gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. Supplementing your diet with zinc can help reduce…
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Infections
April 1, 2014

There’s an Ebola outbreak in West Africa, but what’s it all about?

The recent Ebola outbreak in Guinea has now spread to distant towns in the country, as well as bordering countries Liberia and Sierra Leone – and it’s causing a lot of panic. So far, there have been 122 reported cases of Ebola infections, and a total of 78 people have died from the virus since January this year. With the disease spreading to neighbouring countries, Senegal has made the decision to close its borders. So why such drastic measures? Well, Ebola is considered to be one of the most deadly viruses in the world – there is no vaccine or…
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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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HIV / AIDS
January 23, 2014

What to eat if you are HIV positive

Good nutrition and a balanced diet is incredibly important for people with HIV, as they have a compromised immune system and are prone to illness and infection. They are also at higher risk for developing other diseases, and may experience common side effects such as fatigue. Certain foods can help people with HIV to feel better, and can boost their immune system so that they get sick less often and are able to fight off infection. For a lot of HIV positive people who take ARVs, the medication can make them feel ill and nauseous. If this happens to you,…
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Infections
December 23, 2013

Gastro outbreak in Cape Town

Over the past week, there have been increasing reports of a viral gastro outbreak in Cape Town. Gastro is a stomach flu, and symptoms range from mild to severe and include: nausea, fever, diarrhoea, and general aches and pains. All and all, it’s not nice! And while there is unfortunately no cure for stomach flu (besides not getting it in the first place), here’s what you can do to help relieve nasty symptoms. (more…)
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HIV / AIDS
December 3, 2013

The evolution of ARVs: one pill, once a day for a normal life

It’s been 33 years since the first signs of HIV were picked up, and since then a lot has changed. Previously, HIV was seen by many as a ‘death sentence’, and with good reason. Most people who were diagnosed with HIV, soon developed full-blown AIDS – and this had terrible consequences. Thanks to significant advancements in modern science and medicine over the past few years, drug therapies have simplified. Now, depending on your medical profile, your doctor can tailor your treatment and lifestyle habits – to help ensure that you live a long, healthy life – even if you are…
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