Cervical Cancer Facts

When sports reporter Erin Andrews announced in January that she’d been diagnosed with cervical cancer, many headlines used the same word: secret. After all, the world was unaware she had undergone two procedures for it while working through the 2016-2017 NFL season and co-hosting Dancing with the Stars. But the word choice also underscores how…

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition which leaves a person extremely tired, with an aching body and deep muscle pain. It’s estimated nearly 3% of the population is affected and more women than men have the condition. There is currently no cure – but there are treatments and people with mild to moderate fibromyalgia are able…

Fibromyalgie Treatment

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition. It has no specific causes and no known cure. Yet for those who have it — as many as one in 50 Americans — the chronic pain, fatigue, and psychological strain of fibromyalgia are all too clear. Fibromyalgia symptoms are treatable, however. Fibromyalgia Treatment: Start With a Diagnosis Fibromyalgia is…

Treatments for heart failure

While there isn’t a cure for heart failure at the moment, the treatments available to control symptoms are helping many people live full and active lives. Your doctor is likely to prescribe drugs that will help control your blood pressure and help the pumping action of your heart. They will also give you advice about…

What is heart failure?

Having heart failure means that for some reason your heart is not pumping blood around the body as well as it used to.  The most common reason is that your heart muscle has been damaged, for example after a heart attack. It can be very frightening to hear that you or a person close to…

What is heart disease?

Your heart is a muscle that gets energy from blood carrying oxygen and nutrients. Having a constant supply of blood keeps your heart working properly. Most people think of heart disease as one condition. But in fact, heart disease is a group of conditions affecting the structure and functions of the heart and has many…

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…

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…

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…

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…