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…

Mental health issues in children

It’s important to recognize and treat mental illnesses in children early on. Once mental illness develops, it becomes a regular part of your child’s behavior. This makes it more difficult to treat. But it’s not always easy to know when your child has a serious problem. Everyday stresses can cause changes in your child’s behavior….

Nelson Mandela International Day 18 July

What is Mandela Day? “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” – Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to…

The benefits of mental health and staying well

Research shows that high levels of mental health are associated with increased learning, creativity and productivity, more pro-social behaviour and positive social relationships, and with improved physical health and life expectancy. In contrast, mental health conditions can cause distress, impact on day-to-day functioning and relationships, and are associated with poor physical health and premature death…

What is mental health?

It’s an expression we use every day, so it might surprise you that the term ‘mental health’ is frequently misunderstood. ‘Mental health’ is often used as a substitute for mental health conditions – such as depression, anxiety conditions, schizophrenia, and others. According to the World Health Organization, however, mental health is “a state of well-being in which…

World Population Day 11 July 2017

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recommended that 11 July be observed as World Population Day. An outgrowth of the Day of Five Billion, celebrated on 11 July 1987, the day seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, particularly in the context of overall…

Panic Awareness Day 10 July

“I can’t breathe, I really cannot breathe. My chest hurts, my fingers tingle and my vision is blurred – I’m having a heart attack.” Panic Attacks are frightening and unpleasant, but not in any sense dangerous. Panic attacks are reactions that occur out of context. When we feel our survival is somehow threatened – like…

What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness?

‘Mental health’ and ‘mental illness’ are increasingly being used as if they mean the same thing, but they do not. Everyone has mental health, just like everyone has health. As the World Health Organization famously says, “There is no health without mental health.” In the course of a lifetime, not all people will experience a…