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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Diabetics at greater risk of developing TB

Diabetics should be careful to protect themselves from TB, explains this Khayelitsha man who is living with both conditions. HIV is known to fuel tuberculosis (TB), but the lesser-known threat of diabetes actually places people at greater risk of getting sick with TB. Screening people with TB for diabetes is advised in the national guidelines, but does not happen routinely in practice. At the age of 27, Goodman Mkhanda was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At 31, he was told he had tuberculosis (TB). A few days later his local clinic in Khayelitsha, outside Cape Town, called him to tell him…
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