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Medical Conditions

May 15, 2024
The rise of antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotics changed the face of healthcare. No longer was an infection a death sentence. Or the flu a months-long fight that left you drained and weak. But, the over-prescription of antibiotics has led to a sudden, and serious spike in antimicrobial resistance.  

Medical Conditions
Jul 11, 2023
Prevent mumps and measles

Mumps and measles are both contagious viral diseases. They’re spread through direct contact with an infected person, or airborne droplets from a sneeze or cough.

MMR vaccine Medical Conditions
May 18, 2023
Your guide to good spinal health

Spinal health is essential for your overall well-being. You could even say it’s the backbone of good health.

Backpain Medical Conditions
May 18, 2023
How to put a stopper in your sneezes

For many people, the change of season allergies can be downright awful. Dealing with the symptoms can be overwhelming and frustrating.

Women with the flu Medical Conditions
Dec 19, 2022
Living with a disability

Disability is defined as “a physical or mental condition that makes it difficult for somebody to do some things that most other people can do.” You can be born with a disability, or a disability may occur later in your life. 

A women pushing a man in a wheelchair Medical Conditions
Nov 15, 2022
Stroke – Catch the signs, before they catch you

According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, nearly 240 people suffer from strokes every day and of those, 70 lose their lives. A stroke is mainly caused by hypertension, also known as high blood pressure (HBP), which is a very common medical condition that we all need to be aware. 

Man with a headache Medical Conditions
Sep 27, 2022
Watch out for pink eye

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis, is an eye infection that seems to be making its rounds once again, especially among families with children who attend school. Though it may be irritating, pink eye is mostly harmless and rarely affects your vision. If it’s a viral or bacterial infection, it can be highly contagious, so it’s very important to look out for the symptoms and make sure that it’s treated correctly.

Pink eye Medical Conditions
Aug 30, 2022
Breast cancer: early detection and treatment

Regular self-exams to check for breast cancer are important. Think of this as getting to know your body better and a form of self-care or preventative care. Bestmed highly recommends breast self-exams because it helps with early detection of breast cancer and treatment tends to be more effective during the early stages of cancer. 

Breast Cancer Medical Conditions
Jul 31, 2022
All you need to know about monkeypox

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “Monkeypox is a viral zoonosis (a virus transmitted to humans from animals) with symptoms similar to those seen in the past in smallpox patients, although it is clinically less severe”. Monkeypox is mainly found in animals, however, according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), “occasionally, the virus may spill over from the infected animals to humans. Once, a person has been infected by an animal, person-to-person transmission may then occur through very close contact”.

Medical Conditions
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.

May 2022 Newsletter Medical Conditions
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.

Medical Conditions
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.

Medical Conditions
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.

Healthy foods Medical Conditions
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.

Recovery After Surgery Medical Conditions