Lung diseases

Chest & Lung
August 26, 2015

All about emphysema

Just opened your eyes and can't wait for your first cigarette of the day? If you're lighting up without even thinking about it, maybe it's time to start contemplating the harm that's being done to your lungs. Emphysema is a progressive and irreversible lung disease. In 90% of cases, emphysema is caused by cigarette smoking. (more…)
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Chest & LungInfections
August 25, 2015

Coughing: How do you know if you have TB?

So, you've been coughing for a few months now and sweating at night... even your friends are saying you've lost some weight and should go for a TB test. TB is very common in South Africa, but fortunately it can be prevented and treated. Here's what you need to know. Preventing TB: a) By the BCG (TB) vaccine: In countries where TB is common, the BCG forms part of the national childhood immunisation programme It's generally used to offer children protection against TB It's not used to interrupt the spread of TB from one adult to another b) By preventing…
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