Month: June 2018

Occupational Therapy at ZwavelStream

Occupational Therapy at ZwavelStream Occupational Therapy is a division of health care that aims to promote the well-being of patients through activities, otherwise referred to as occupations. This kind of structured intervention enables patients to maintain or recover the ability to do things they want, need, or would be expected to do in order to …

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‘I’m the woman whose terminal breast cancer went into remission after immunotherapy’

During the fall of 2015, my only plans were to binge watch TV and read books until I died. I’d been diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer two years earlier, and after numerous failed treatments – from chemo to hormone therapy – I’d all but moved into the spare bedroom in my home, preparing for hospice to come …

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COMRADES: What happens to your body during an ultramarathon?

The Comrades Marathon is one of the most popular, but also gruelling, ultramarathons with a measured distance of 90.18km this year (following the so-called “down route” from Pietermaritzburg to Durban). This is not an event on the racing calendar to be taken lightly and runners have to prepare themselves both physically and mentally. But no matter how well you’ve …

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When to see your doctor about diabetes

During the early stages of diabetes and prediabetes, symptoms are often subtle and can be missed. Understanding the early and sometimes unusual signs, and knowing your family history can help you know when it’s time to see the doctor about diabetes. The difference between diabetes and prediabetes Prediabetes indicates that your glucose levels are higher than …

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Could the idea of a ‘mental health day’ just make the stigma around mental health worse?

In 2017, a mental health story went viral. Madalyn Parker, a web developer in the USA, emailed her boss to say she would not be coming into the office – she was taking a mental health day. The world applauded her courage and gave her boss a standing ovation when he told her to take the …

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