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Dudu Ndlovu is a registered nurse at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital in KwaZulu-Natal. She works predominantly in the Thuthuzela Care Centre unit of the hospital which deals with cases of rape victims. Dudu is known for her kindness, passion and dedication to spreading awareness around reporting rapes, particularly to the youth and…
Pharmacist Ilse Morkel From arranging fun runs for charity to driving clients to hospital, meet the pharmacist who is changing lives in the Athlone community. Ilse Morkel is a pharmacist at Braude's Pharmacy in Athlone. She is known for her kindness, compassion and for always going the extra mile for her clients.…
Tuesday, 17 March 2020 10:40

SABRIC: Beware Coronavirus Scams

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SABRIC, the South African Banking Risk Information Centre, would like to warn bank clients that cybercriminals are exploiting the spread of Coronavirus for their own gain using “Coronamania” panic to spread Coronavirus scams. Coronavirus scams exploit people’s concerns for their health and safety and pressure them into being tricked using…
Pharmacist Philip Jordaan saw the need and potential of bringing pharmacies to the townships and rural areas to help people get better and convenient access to medical assistance. This inspired him to branch out on his own and kick start the pilot pharmacy Kgubetswana just outside of Clarens, in the Free State.…
Blood in the urine and chronic back pain may indicate kidney stones or a tumour and anyone experiencing these symptoms should immediately consult a urologist. Dr Laurie Blake from The Urology Hospital, Pretoria, says in about a third of cases of blood in urine the reasons may be due to…
Doctor Liana Roodt found her calling in changing the lives of breast cancer patients. After witnessing the saddening, stretched out and complicated hoops cancer patients in the public health sector had to jump through for treatment, Dr Roodt felt that something needed to be done to help these patients. This is…
The Coronavirus (CoViD-19) has received global attention, and various stakeholders in the healthcare value chain are mobilizing their resources, placing considerable efforts to control spread and find a solution quickly. Many digital initiatives (e.g., tracking applications) were launched since Jan 2020; however, unfortunately, no application provides tips for consistent prevention…
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:49

Virus & immunity: scientist points to mushroom extract

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A top Japanese scientist has pointed to a powerful immune-boosting extract of the shiitake mushroom, called AHCC, to help defend against infectious diseases. Dr Kohei Homma, a Japanese biochemist and expert in nutritional medicine who visited South Africa last year, said AHCC -- a standardized extract of cultured shiitake mushroom…
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:50

Fertility on the decline - UN report

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The average fertility rate in South Africa is on the decline, in line with global trends, and couples unable to conceive after a year of trying should seek help from a specialist, says a leading urogynaecologist. A United Nations report notes that fertility rates in South Africa for 2020 are…
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:30

Toxic sunscreen bad for health, the planet

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South Africa has some of the highest incidence of malignant melanoma in the world, highlighting the critical importance of using sunscreen which should be non-toxic, says leading SA health expert, Vanessa Ascencao. January is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and research shows that in SA the incidence of malignant melanoma is…
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 09:56

HAVE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY WITH THESE HINTS AND TIPS

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Gert Coetzee, pharmacist and diet pioneer who founded The Diet Everyone Talks About comments on the importance of pregnant women maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle as a healthy and nutritious diet during pregnancy as it reduces the risks for both them and the baby. Pregnant women who eat well and exercise…
Thursday, 20 February 2020 15:47

BREAK THE BARRIERS TO FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

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Daniel Kibel, Founder and Director of CM Trading shares his insights into financial independence “Virgin founder and ground-breaking entrepreneur, Richard Branson, didn’t finish high school. Bill Gates dropped out of university to found Microsoft. JK Rowling was living on government benefits when she wrote her first Harry Potter novel. She…

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