Month: September 2018

How being a pet parent can help you beat depression

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), South Africa has the sixth highest rate of suicide on the continent and the eighth highest in the world. Twenty-three people commit suicide and 460 people attempt it every 24 hours in SA alone. It was World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, and with 300 million people affected by …

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What happened when 1 unvaccinated NYC kid got measles?

A new report details how a measles outbreak tore through two Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn, New York, in 2013, ignited by an unvaccinated teen who brought the highly contagious disease home from a trip to London. Before it was over, 58 people came down with the measles, out of more than 3 300 exposed contacts identified …

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New blood test spots parasitic infection in pregnant women

A low-cost blood test can identify pregnant women with the parasitic infection toxoplasmosis, researchers report. People typically acquire the Toxoplasma gondiiparasite by eating undercooked contaminated meat or through exposure to infected cat faeces. And an infected pregnant woman can pass it on to her foetus. The transmission of the parasite puts the foetus at risk for …

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4 migraine treatments that might actually work

Let’s talk migraines: Specifically how incapacitating they can be. As if that familiar migraine pain weren’t enough – you know, that squeezing sensation and brain fogginess – those capital “H” Headaches also come with increased sensitivity to light noise, and smells, and sometimes even nausea and vomiting. And don’t even get me started on those auras. And while …

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Vaping can damage DNA, but will it cause cancer?

The saliva of a small group of e-cigarette users contained increased levels of three DNA-damaging compounds, the researchers said. These chemicals are formaldehyde, acrolein and methylglyoxal. Further, four of the five e-cigarette users showed increased DNA damage in their mouths related to acrolein exposure, when compared with people who don’t vape. “This is a device that is …

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PRESS RELEASE: ASAIPA National Medical Awards Sponsors

We are proud to announce the 2018 ASAIPA National Medical Awards Sponsors. Each company has been specifically selected as a sponsor for its wonderful contribution to the South African Medical Industry. Each Sponsor offers uniquely tailored products and services to medical practitioners in their specific area of expertise and strives to add value to the General Practitioner and its practice.