Biokineticist’s Solution From Allegra

Allegra was started with the  aim to enable healthcare providers to offer  Total Patient Care — The goal was to  manage patient information across an integrated network of health care providers and other stakeholders, from the patient to primary care providers, specialists,  medical aids and auxiliary services. This goal would form the basis of the…

Chlamydia symptoms

It’s the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) that can be cured. Chlamydia infects both men and women across the globe. And the challenge with treatment, and keeping it from spreading, is that most people do not experience chlamydia symptoms. But, not having symptoms doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be concerned. In fact, chlamydia can cause…

Autoimmune Diseases and Women

The majority of people living with autoimmune disorders are women, usually those who are of childbearing age. In fact, autoimmune diseases are among the leading causes of death and disability in girls and women 65 years of age and younger. There are dozens of different types of autoimmune diseases, which occur when the immune system…

Social Media and Enhanced Health Care Communication

Social Media and Enhanced Health Care Communication by Health Care Professionals is the new dimension of Health care. The world used to be a place where letter-based communication nestled in the claws of pigeons, and healthcare was a matter of making it across the countryside quickly enough to survive.  What’s changed? Somewhere in the world,…

Brain cells found to control aging

Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found that stem cells in the brain’s hypothalamus govern how fast aging occurs in the body. The finding, made in mice, could lead to new strategies for warding off age-related diseases and extending lifespan. The paper was published online today in Nature. The hypothalamus was known to…

Rheumatic fever common in 5- to 15-year-old children

Rheumatic fever is an inflammatory disease that can develop as a complication of inadequately treated strep throat or scarlet fever. Strep throat and scarlet fever are caused by an infection with streptococcus bacteria. Rheumatic fever is most common in 5- to 15-year-old children, though it can develop in younger children and adults. Although strep throat…

Tea consumption leads to epigenetic changes in women

Epigenetic changes are chemical modifications that turn our genes off or on. In a new study from Uppsala University, researchers show that tea consumption in women leads to epigenetic changes in genes that are known to interact with cancer and estrogen metabolism. The results are published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. It is well…

Women Health and how to reduce the risk of lymphoedema

Lymphoedema can be caused by cancer itself or develop as a side effect of its treatment. Lymphoedema is a condition that can appear months or years after cancer treatment. It can be the result of: surgery to remove the lymph nodes radiotherapy to the lymph nodes cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes or…

World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2017

The World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2017 is an opportunity to add momentum to all efforts to implement the WHO’s first global health sector strategy on viral hepatitis for 2016-2021 and help Member States achieve the final goal – to eliminate hepatitis. Activities and awareness around World Hepatitis Day are designed to: Build and…

International Self-care Day

International Self-Care Day is an initiative by the Self-Medication Manufacturers Association of South Africa (SMASA), dedicated to promoting responsible self-care and self-medication. With over 100 000 non-prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and self-care knowledge readily available, we are well-equipped to take control of our own health and wellbeing, and save money. According to the World…

Smoking and the law in South Africa

Most of us, I’m sure, are now aware that there are certain places in South Africa where smokers are not allowed to smoke due to the negative impact it has on second-hand smokers, like the risk of getting lung cancer. In 2000, South Africa became one of the first countries globally to ban public smoking…

SA set to go 100% smoke-free

All buildings indoors and some outdoor areas in South Africa will become 100% smoke-free if draft regulations published by the Minister of Health become law. “100% smoke-free” is an area where smoking is completely prohibited. In terms of the law in countries that have gone smoke-free, this generally means smoking is prohibited inside all public…