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Sun Smart for your skin

Summer is officially here, and many of us are enjoying outdoor activities and lots of time in the sun at the beach or pool. While sun exposure is important for many reasons – for example, production of Vitamin D, your mood and healthy circadian rhythms – our time in the sun can also be associated with a significant health risk: Cancer.   South Africa has the 2nd highest incidence of skin cancer in the world after Australia, and in particular one of the highest incidences of melanoma worldwide, as far as Caucasians are concerned. At least 20 000 South Africans…
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Preventing Injuries: Simple steps to keep your family safe

The holiday season is usually a time of relaxing, reflection, fun-in-the-sun and exciting outings. But regrettably it is also a time when people are more careless. Statistics show that over the holiday season, the number of accidents, whether it be at home, on the road or on the beach, sharply increase. We take a look at how you can prevent injuries with a few simple actions. The holiday season is usually a time of relaxing, reflection, fun-in-the-sun and exciting outings. But regrettably, it is also a time when people are more careless. Statistics show that over the holiday season, the…
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ansen’s disease: how leprosy has changed

Leprosy control has improved significantly due to leprosy case detection and awareness campaigns in several endemic countries. Integration of basic leprosy services into general health services has made diagnosis and treatment of the disease more accessible. In 2016 WHO has launched the “Global Leprosy Strategy 2016–2020: Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world” – which aims to reinvigorate efforts for leprosy control and to avoid disabilities, especially among children affected by the disease in endemic countries. Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy) is an infection caused by slow-growing bacteria called Mycobacterium leprae. It can affect the nerves, skin, eyes, and lining of…
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