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Codeine Addiction: Signs And Symptoms

Found in over-the-counter cough mixtures, codeine is a substance known for its pain relieving properties while also assisting in suppressing any persistent coughing. It’s a product most families have in their homes in the form of a simple cough syrup, but has now become the new recreational drug of choice for several youngsters across South Africa. Due to it being relatively cheap, and the fact that several high-profile celebrities endorse the use of codeine-laced drinks, the popularity of the drug has skyrocketed in recent years. Users often view the use of an over-the-counter cough syrup as harmless, but they couldn’t be…
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Frequently asked questions about the flu vaccine.

Seasonal changes are upon us, and so is flu season … for everyone! Let’s address some of the most frequently asked questions patients have. What is the flu vaccine? This vaccine helps to protect you or your child against influenza (flu), particularly in people who run a high risk of associated complications. When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body's natural defence system) will produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu. Flu is a viral infection that can spread rapidly and is caused by different…
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The flu – what you need to know now

Flu season has arrived … for everyone! Now, more than ever knowing what to expect helps you and your family win the fight against flu. What is the flu The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. One distinguishing factor is that flu symptoms occur rapidly, one morning you may be well, and that afternoon you’re running a high fever and feel extremely ill. In general, cold symptoms tend…
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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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Disability Awareness: How we can integrate people living with disabilities into our societies

It is estimated that one billion people living with disabilities worldwide face many barriers to inclusion in many key aspects of society. In South Africa, 3 December also marks the beginning of the Disability Awareness Month. Here are a few  ways we can continue to make our world more accepting of people with disabilities. The annual observance of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, aims to promote: An understanding of disability issues The rights of persons with disabilities Gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of the political, social,…
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CPR: The effects it has on the body

Cardiac arrest is one of the ultimate emergencies that people sometimes face. The heart stops sending blood to the body and brain, either because it is beating too fast and too erratically, or because it has stopped beating altogether. Oxygen-starved brain cells start to die. Death occurs in minutes — unless a bystander takes matters into his or her hands and starts cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). When a person is in need of the chest compressions they are in what is called “cardiac arrest.” The meaning of cardiac arrest is: The sudden stop of the heartbeat and cardiac function resulting in…
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25 Unbelievable Facts about the human body

The human body is the entire structure of a human being. It is composed of many different types of cells that together create tissues and subsequently organ systems. Here are a few fun facts you may not have known about the human body and all its functions The average human will shed 40 pounds of skin in their life Here’s an unbelievable fact: the only reason the acid in your stomach doesn’t eat right through your body is because the stomach cells are renewed faster than they are destroyed. Your stomach acid is even strong enough to dissolve razor blades…
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14 Facts to share on world braille day

Every January, the visually impaired and legally blind, their loved ones, and their advocates (many of which sit in one or more of these demographics) recognize Braille Literacy Month. As one can probably ascertain from the title, participants hope to stoke the dwindling use of the revolutionary reading system. Audio technology may have curbed Braille usage in the classroom and workplace, but that doesn’t dilute its significance or usefulness any, of course. Educating oneself and the rest of the populace about visual impairments, blindness, and the reality of Braille marks the best strategy for promoting its prolificacy. Braille is not…
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7 Herbs for medicinal home use

Before there was modern-day medicine and its pharmacopeia of synthetic drugs, there were plants, and ancient civilizations knew how to use them strategically to treat common ailments and even life-threatening diseases. Unfortunately, the reverence for the use of medicinal plants in everyday life has largely been lost in South Africa. But if you are interested in using natural remedies to support your health, you should know that there are many right at your fingertips. Ginger Ginger is one spice that is recommended keeping on hand in your kitchen at all times. Not only is it a wonderful addition to your…
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5 Sales Techniques to implement in your business

When you think of a natural salesperson, you probably imagine a smooth talker quick to answer your questions before you even have them. And within a few minutes, you’re completely sold on a product you’ll never use. But the very best salespeople aren’t always the slickest talkers — they’re actually the most effective listeners. Instead of ignoring the client and trying to stay one step ahead, an effective salesperson carefully listens to the client’s needs to really identify with them. But like any skill, even naturally adept salespeople need to hone their skills through consistent sales training. Here are a…
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How to Lower your Skin Cancer Risk

1. Do a Monthly “Spot the Spot” Check Up: Always seek medical advice as soon as possible when concerned about a particular spot on your skin. Check your skin carefully every month and ask a family member or friend to examine your back and the top of your head. If you notice any of these warning signs, see a doctor or dermatologist immediately – follow the A B C D E Warning Signs: 2. Get Screened at Your Local CANSA Care Centre Go to your  local CANSA Care Centre for screening with our FotoFinder Dermoscope machine – be sure to make an appointment as the machines ‘roam’ between Care…
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Visit your nearest Local Choice Pharmacy for a free blood pressure test on 17 May 2018

  May 17 is World Hypertension Day. Plainly put, hypertension is high blood pressure – the “silent killer”. While it’s quite normal to have increased blood pressure for a short time in response to certain situations, like intense exercise or acute stress, long-term hypertension can lead to serious health complications and result in a medical emergency. It’s known as the “silent killer” because hypertension is usually associated with no or few symptoms and the cause is often unknown. In other words, your heart, kidneys, eyes and circulation, for example, could suffer damage due to high blood pressure while you feel relatively healthy…
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Listeriosis epidemic

SA on alert: What you should know about the deadly Listeriosis outbreak On Tuesday morning Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announced that more than 30 people have died following an outbreak of Listeriosis. Approximately 557 cases have been reported, with the majority occurring in Gauteng province. He said they had traced 70 patients, of whom 36 died. What is Listeriosis? According to Food Safety Listeria is bacteria found in soil, water and vegetation. It’s can also occur in some animals, including poultry and cattle. Raw milks and foods made from raw milk can also carry the bacteria. Symptoms People should seek medical attention…
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Malaria alert – Locals be vigilant!

Although malaria has not been a problem in Gauteng for many years, a number of Odyssean malaria infections have been reported around Pretoria and Johannesburg in the recent weeks. According to reports, these infections happened due to the accidental transportation of carrier mosquitoes in vehicles travelling between neighbouring countries and/or aeroplanes travelling between different countries. It is thought that the mosquitoes most probably were transported in luggage. Because this type of malaria is caused by “travelling mosquitoes” it is often called airport, suitcase, minibus or taxi-rank malaria. Should you, or any of your family members and/or friends, present with the…
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All there is to know about Codeine

What is codeine? Codeine is a strong medication used against pain. It comes from extracts of the poppy plant and belongs to the same family of pain medications as morphine. Other members of this family of products is morphine and pethidine; they are all very powerful pain medication with high addiction potential. Codeine occurs naturally together with morphine in the milky fluid that is extracted from the seed pods of the poppy plant, but it can also be manufactured in a laboratory. Codeine is a very commonly-used pain medication worldwide and it is usually prescribed for pain that may occur…
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The Local Choice Pharmacists freeze to bring warmth to needy babies

Staff from The Local Choice group choosing to brave the freezing cold outside for a night translated into an incredible gift of warmth for abandoned babies in Mpumalanga. Through the South Africa SleepOut initiative, staff from The Local Choice accompanied by CJ Distribution and CJ Marketing, not only raised awareness about uMephi House, in Middelburg, but also ticked a number of items on their wish list – including a new freezer and stove. While actively involved in social responsibility projects on a regular basis, it was the first time the company took part in the SleepOut, Group Marketing Manager Rachelle…
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Malaria count up to 2000 since April

LIMPOPO – While the number of patients reporting to clinics and hospitals with malaria in Mopani is dropping, the provincial health department remains concerned as the battle to end the current outbreak continues. Education and awareness campaigns are ongoing as winter sets in and temperatures drop, causing mosquitoes to die out. The area has been hard-hit by a malaria outbreak that saw 1200 cases of malaria in April alone, with the May figure now approaching 800 cases. Singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the United Nations special ambassador on malaria, recently visited the area during the Limpopo Department of Health’s malaria awareness…
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Emergency vaccination to curb measles outbreak in Gauteng

The City of Johannesburg is launching an emergency measles vaccination campaign following after 11 cases of the the illness have been reported in Gauteng. he drive is set to start on Monday, and will target children between 6 months and 15 years old. The announcement was made in a statement warning residents to be cautious of a possible outbreak of measles this winter season after 11 cases were reported in Region G near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg. This prompted the city to embark on a vaccination drive to curb the disease from spreading further in other regions. The campaign will…
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Cancer is not a death sentence

After suffering with painful colon cancer for nearly five years, 59-year-old Maki Makunyane-Moela of Alexandra township has been diagnosed free of the disease and is now on a mission to spread awareness that a cancer diagnosis is not always a death sentence. Makunyane-Moela has plans to establish a support group for cancer sufferers, helping them to overcome stigma and believe that they can be healed. “People used to think I was bewitched or HIV positive. I was dark as my skin colour had changed. I was vomiting a lot and had lost weight. My diarrhea was unbearable and the pain was…
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