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organ donation

General knowledge
May 11, 2018

Are artificial organs the future?

Imagine you walk into a waiting-room in hospital. You approach the reception, fill out a form, and hand it back to the receptionist. She punches your details into the machine, and prints out a ticket, saying: “Please take a seat. You are number 2500 in the queue.” This is effectively what is happening for people awaiting organ transplant. Currently in South Africa, there are at least 2500 people on the waiting list. According to information by the LoveLife Organisation, not even one percent of our population is registered as organ donors, which means  if you are on a transplant waiting…
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General knowledge
August 23, 2017

How to live twice as long as everyone else

Okay, maybe not all of you, but most of you. These days you can donate everything from your skin to your corneas. You can save up to 7 lives by donating your organs, and up to 50 people by donating your corneas, skin, bone, tendons and heart valves. There isn’t much you CAN’T donate. It turns out that once you’re gone, all the bits and pieces that kept you going all those years can keep going, with or without you! If you’ve been a couch potato all your life, maybe your heart would finally get the chance to run a…
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Healthy Lifestyle
June 14, 2016

Could you have hidden superpowers?

You have it within you to be a superhero! We’re not joking. You were born with this superpower; it runs through your veins and can save thousands of lives. (more…)
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Surgery
May 12, 2015

Organ and blood donation

Organ donation is often spoken about in hushed tones. Nobody really likes the thought of it, let alone talking about it with loved ones and making a decision to become an organ donor. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been more of a focus on organ donation, what it actually involves, how many people can benefit from your organ and tissue donations, and the fact that it’s really easy to register as a donor. (more…)
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General knowledge
April 8, 2015

Overcoming the odds: Dealing with rare diseases

Stares. Whispers. Insulting comments. How would you feel if this was part of your everyday life? You’d probably feel miserable and angry, right? This is exactly what Lizzie Velasquez has been dealing with her entire life (more…)
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General knowledge
April 5, 2015

Human kidneys – Two for the price of one!

Now wouldn't that be something? Walking into your local grocer and simply ringing up 2 new organs when yours start to fail you. Imagine a world where you can replace your kidneys, your heart, and your liver as easily as the milk that’s gone bad in your fridge!? (more…)
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Surgery
August 11, 2014

3 Things you should know about donating a kidney

You've heard people say it when talking about something really expensive: “wow, that’ll cost me a kidney.” The thinking is twofold: you can live with one kidney, and a kidney must be a valuable commodity and worth some big bucks, right? Well, before you rush off to trade that second kidney in for extra cash, there are some very important things you need to know. Health is vital - this isn’t a simple procedure You should be in good health, and clear of any chronic diseases that could affect it. It’s illegal in South Africa to be paid for a donated organ …
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 12, 2014

Blood donation – a gift that costs you nothing

In the latest episode of the Hello Doctor show, Dr Mol and Vuyelwa from the SANBS team spoke about the importance of donating blood, and how it can help save a life. And although it’s a gift that costs you nothing but a bit of your time, a lot of people still have questions about the process. Here, we answer your most frequently asked questions about blood donation. (more…)
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