Most of us don’t think about our kidneys unless they signal distress through a dull backache. We know they are good liquid filters, but why should we pay attention to them? “The kidneys are crucial to overall health,” explains Kalsey Visser, registered dietician from Alex Royal Dietetics in Cape Town.
There are many types of arthritis. The two most common, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), involve inflammation and stiffness of the joints. What causes RA? Dr Lipalo Mokete, an orthopaedic surgeon based in Sandton, explains that RA is an autoimmune disease affecting the joints and other parts of the body,
South Africa is currently suffering under a serious outbreak of listeriosis, with the number of related deaths standing at 61. According to the Department of Health, the most cases of this disease has been found in Gauteng (62%) followed by the Western Cape (13%) and Kwa-Zulu Natal (7%). The minister of health, Aaron
Internal pain is more than the tears we cry or the smiles we fake. It’s physically emotional. If you experience persistent sadness and a lack of interest in activities you would normally enjoy, accompanied by the inability to perform your daily tasks, you could be suffering from depression. If these
The amount of fluid in our body affects the way our cells function – meaning that dehydration can interfere with healthy aging. According to nutrition expert Linda Drummond, we don’t feel thirsty until we’ve lost about 1% of our body weight in water. If dehydration continues, we experience greater thirst,
Studies show that the risk of New-Onset Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) developing in women as young as in their 20s, is on the rise. A woman’s diet is important. But how effective is it to the prevention of this condition? RA and New-Onset RA. Arthritis is generally associated with being an ailment found
Rainbow eating is about having vibrant coloured fruits and vegetables in your diet, which aren’t only visually appealing, but also contain an abundance of protective nutrients that the body needs to be nourished. By Dr Deep Singh Studies conducted by scientists have identified the importance of colours in various coloured
World Tuberculosis Day, celebrated on the 24th March, aims, this year, to reach each individual who is not receiving the proper care and treatment for TB, and to achieve zero TB deaths worldwide. 2015’s theme is: “A TB test, treatment and cure for all”. Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease.
The Ebola virus has ravaged villages and towns and torn countless families apart. The situation is dire and has left close on 3 700 children orphaned since the start of the outbreak. The worst part – the children who has survived the virus but have lost their parents, have been left
On Thursday, 23 October, a doctor living in New York became the first person in the city to test positive for the virus after he returned from treating patients in Ebola-stricken Guinea. Dr Craig Spencer was rushed to Bellevue Hospital Center where he was immediately placed in isolation. Investigators have