Fungal infections
March 24, 2016

Fungal infections

If you’ve been walking around the gym changing room barefoot, it’s only a matter of time before you get Athlete’s foot!  There are a variety of fungal infections, and most of them are easy to treat, as they rarely spread below the skin. Fungi live in soil, the air, on plants and in some cases, in the human body! Here’s the ABC of these infections, and what you can do to prevent and treat them. (more…)
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Bone, Muscle & Joint
February 21, 2016

How to treat that pain in your neck

No, we're not referring to an annoying colleague or neighbor, but the actual, physical neck-pain. Most of us have woken up with a sore neck, or one that feels bolted into place like Frankenstein’s monster. If you know what it is caused by, it's usually pretty easy to treat, and to prevent. Why you get neck pain Your neck supports the full weight of your head and is also flexible. While this gives you the ability to move your head, it also makes your neck more vulnerable to injury. So, let’s take a look at the symptoms, causes and treatments…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
February 12, 2016

Nose bleeds – what you need to know

'My nose always bleeds when it's hot.' 'I carry around tissues, because I never know if my nose will start bleeding again.' 'This time of year, I always get nose-bleeds'. Does this sound like you? Then follow these tips to make your life a little less bloody. (more…)
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Healthy Lifestyle
October 4, 2014

5 Facts you don’t know about hangovers

The majority of us have experienced it at least once in our lives (if not more regularly!) You partied hard last night and you’ve woken up with the worst hangover. Ever. Hair of the dog? Bloody Mary? Greasy breakfast? Whatever helps “cure” your hangover is up to you, but here’s what you need to know about what’s going on in your body when you wake up feeling like a dog’s breakfast. 1. It’s caused by inflammation Forget what everyone else has told you about hangovers, because it might not be true. The real reason you have such a bad headache…
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Cancer & lymphoma
September 25, 2014

Men, don’t shy away from the prostate exam

We all know that breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, but did you know that prostate cancer is one of the most common in men? Particularly in older men, as the risk increases with age. The good news, however, is that treatments for prostate cancer are very effective if it’s detected early enough. Let’s take a look at how it’s diagnosed and what you can do to decrease your chances of developing this cancer. (more…)
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September 10, 2014

Are we close to finding a vaccine for Ebola?

The Ebola outbreak that is slowly creeping its way across Africa is beginning to spread panic amongst its citizens. Here in South Africa we’ve had our own share of concern after hearing rumours of Ebola cases throughout our country. Fortunately those rumours were proven to be false, but the threat of Ebola remains. Scientists are working round the clock to develop a serum or vaccine that could stop the disease in its tracks, and according to reports it seems they may be on to something. (more…)
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July 21, 2014

Can we end AIDS by 2030?

Can the world have AIDS under control by 2030? The UN thinks it’s possible. The claim: According to the UN, new HIV infections and deaths from AIDS are decreasing, which means it could be possible to bring the epidemic under control by 2030, and eventually end it "in every region, in every country". What the claim is based on: The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS can be transmitted via blood, breast milk and by semen during sex, but can be kept in check with cocktails of drugs known as antiretroviral therapy. So, twin approaches – reduce the number…
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