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Urgent health challenges for the next decade

With the start of 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of 13 urgent, global health challenges for the next decade.

Codeine addiction concerns

Studies have found that the low dose of codeine in OTC pain relievers may not offer any benefit over paracetamol alone. As an opiate, regular codeine-use carries the risk of its users developing a tolerance…

Squashing head lice myths

Barely visible, wingless insects 1-3mm in size, head lice live on human beings and feed on blood. Highly contagious and annoying, head lice seldom cause serious medical problems. Nevertheless, they continue to be surrounded by…

SAHPRA’s new CEO

Heading up the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and tackling the chaos left behind by the defunct Medicines Control Council (MCC) was always going to take someone exceptional. In Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela, the SAHPRA…

IBS vs GORD

Three out of four people with either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) have at least some symptoms of the other condition, although not all of them can meet the complete diagnostic…

EDCs and their impact on your health

According to Plastic Europe, 355 tons of plastic was produced globally in 2016, compared to 1.5 tons in 1950. Globally, more than eight million tons of single-use plastics are dumped annually in landfill sites or…

Healthy skin enables confidence

The journey to healthy skin, to confidence, starts with oil. Because oil nourishes, restores, protects. Oil gives skin life. In a recent survey; 87% of South African consumers revealed that healthy skin made them feel…

Childhood asthma must be properly managed

Although asthma is not curable, some children’s symptoms do disappear later in life and it can be well controlled, so the patient is able to live a completely normal lifestyle.

Standing desks could decrease heart disease

Sitting for more than four hours a day could increase an individual’s risk of death from any health issue – including heart disease and diabetes – by 46% when compared to those who sit for…

The Fertility Show comes to Africa

It is estimated that infertility in Africa affects one in six couples, which means that in Southern Africa alone there are eight million people who suffer from infertility.  

Healing of dry skin

Wound healing is a complex regulated process that results in skin scar formation. The skin is the largest organ of the body and acts as the first line of defence against pathogens, toxins, and trauma.…

1 in 5 women have pelvic floor damage

At least 20% of all women experience some sort of pelvic floor disorder with this figure rising to 50% in those who have had more than one child, studies show.

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