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May 30, 2022
RSV on the rise among young children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines RSV, is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. Most people recover in a week or two, but RSV can be serious, especially for infants and older adults.

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May 29, 2022
Diabetes - Type 2: The Sweetest Things in Life Start with You

Diabetes is a chronic, lifelong condition that affects your body’s ability to use the energy provided by food. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic disease where the pancreas either does not produce any or enough insulin, which causes an excess of sugar (glucose) in the blood. Insulin is the hormone that assists your body’s cells to use glucose as energy for it to function properly.

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May 02, 2022
Autism: Early detection is important

While a professional evaluation is critical in diagnosing autism, it is really important for a parent or caregiver to look out for the early signs. Developmentally, small things like few or no big smiles or other warm, joyful and engaging expressions, very few or no words and avoidance of eye contact, are some of the few things to look out for when you suspect that a child may have autism.

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Apr 25, 2022

Hyperlipidemia is defined as when your “blood has too many lipids (or fats), such as cholesterol and triglycerides”. There are variants of hyperlipidemia, such as high cholesterol, hypertriglyceridemia and mixed hyperlipidemia, which occurs when both cholesterol and triglyceride levels are high.

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Apr 07, 2022
What to expect after undergoing surgery

Feeling hazy or groggy as you come round from a general anesthetic? The journey to recovery after a minor or major surgery isn’t usually smooth sailing. There are several things you may want to consider as a patient in preparation for, during and post-surgery.

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Mar 21, 2022
Things to know about TB

Tuberculosis seems to be making its comeback in 2022. TB has been one of the leading causes of death in South Africa and until now has been on a steady decline. For the first time in over a decade, TB mortality has increased, but the main reason behind this increase now is related to COVID-19. 

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Feb 15, 2022
Stressing through your teeth

Have you ever woken up to an unprovoked, constant headache accompanied by a sore jaw or sore teeth? It feels almost as if you got into a fight you didn’t win the night before, but all you did was binge-watch your favourite Netflix series. You are not alone – those are symptoms of grinding and clenching your teeth.

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Feb 15, 2022
Hypertension - My Choices Determine My Lifestyle

Hypertension is often referred to as the ‘silent killer’ as there is an estimated 46% of adults with hypertension worldwide who are unaware that they have the condition. It can, however, be detectable with some of the following symptoms...

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Feb 15, 2022
International Epilepsy Day

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases worldwide with 50 million diagnosed patients, and 80% of them living in low to middle-income countries. Epilepsy can be diagnosed in patients of any age, ethnicity, and gender.

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Jan 23, 2022
Leprosy Awareness Day

Leprosy is an age-old disease which is also known as Hansen's disease.  Leprosy was feared to be highly contagious at its peak but may today believe this disease is dormant or extinct but last year alone 127558 new cases were recorded worldwide.

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Oct 24, 2021
Autism now covered by Bestmed

Not much is known about the causes of ASD, however most scientists agree that genes are one of the risk factors that make a person more likely to develop it. Individuals with certain genetic or chromosomal conditions, such as fragile X syndrome or tuberous sclerosis, have a greater chance of having ASD.

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Oct 19, 2021
Prevent osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is the loss of bone mass and is often seen as “an old woman’s disease”. The fact is, one in three women in South Africa and one in every five men can develop this disease from as early as 25-years old. Another eyebrow-raising fact is that between four and six million South Africans potentially suffer from osteoporosis. Osteoporosis increases your chances of breaking or fracturing your bones in circumstances that would not normally result in such an injury, such as a fall.

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Oct 18, 2021
Managing diabetes

Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects your body’s ability to process and use glucose (a type of sugar) in your blood properly for energy for your cells. If not controlled, it may lead to excess glucose in your blood, which could lead to serious health issues.

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Sep 22, 2021
September is cervical cancer awareness month

Did you know that cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in South Africa? Mainly caused by the Human papillomavirus (HPV), it accounts for more than 270 000 deaths worldwide annually. HPV is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. The virus enters your body, usually through a cut, abrasion, or small tear in your skin and it is transferred primarily by skin-to-skin contact, usually through sexual intercourse.

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