Movember [Part 1]

The month of November is dedicated to changing the face of men’s health. Men grow their moustaches in the spirit of Movember to raise awareness about a variety of health issues concerning men. Part one of our Movember series focusses on Prostate Cancer.  ...

Common Sleep Problems (And How to Fix it) [Part 2]

A good night’s sleep is highly beneficial and essential for good health. It is, therefore, essential to address the issues that prevent you from getting the sleep you need. Part one of our Common Sleep Problems series considered the influence of bodily aches and...

Common Sleep Problems (And How to Fix it) [Part 1]

A good night’s sleep is essential for good health. You can read about the many benefits of sleep here. However, there are also many problems associated with sleep that can affect the quality of your shut-eye. Part one of our Common Sleep Problems series...

The Many Faces of Anxiety

What is anxiety? Anxiety is a mental health disorder that is characterised by feelings of excessive worry, fear, or anxiety that cause disruptions in your daily life. Anxiety can manifest in various forms and symptoms, making it vital to learn about the many faces of...

The Facts about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental health illness which causes rapid and extreme mood swings. The individual’s mood swings range between emotional highs (manic episodes) and bouts of depression (depressive episodes). Knowing the facts about bipolar disorder can help...

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 3 of 3]

The second part of our blog series, The Healthiest Oils for Cooking, focussed on canola, flax, palm, seed and vegetable oil. If you missed it, click here: The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 2 of 3]. The last blog focusses on avocado, peanut and nut, olive and...

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 2 of 3]

The first part of our blog series, The Healthiest Oils for Cooking, focussed on fish oil, butter and animal fats. If you missed it, click here: The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 1 of 3]. The second blog focusses on canola, flax, palm, seed and vegetable oil....

The Healthiest Oils for Cooking [Part 1 of 3]

Have you ever wondered which oils are the healthiest for cooking? This 3-part blog series sheds light on the ongoing feud about the healthiest oils for cooking and highlights some of the most important things to keep in mind when using oil. The first blog of the...

The Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep

Sleep is vital for both looking and feeling good. In fact, the benefits of sleep include disease prevention too. It is recommended that we should be getting between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night to enjoy the full range of benefits of sleep.   A good night’s...

Food and Mental Health

The foods we eat have a massive influence on how effectively our minds and bodies function, either aiding or inhibiting its efficiency. Research has proven a definitive link between food and mental health. Breakfast: Breakfast really is the most important meal of the...

The Benefits of Eggs

Eggs are not only inexpensive, they are also packed with nutrients that are good for your overall health and could be classified as a superfood. The benefits of eggs are plenty and here’s why: Eggs contain Choline which is a type of Vitamin B that is used by our...

The Health Dangers of Kidney Disease

Every Year, the second Thursday in March is World Kidney Day. The importance of our Kidneys are often overlooked but they do play a vital role in our overall health and, when damaged, waste products build up in the body. Kidneys work by cleaning waste from our blood,...

Raw or Cooked Vegetables: Which is better?

The battle of choosing between raw or cooked vegetables produced no clear winner yet. People continue to dispute which is better, although there is still no easy answer when it comes to consuming raw or cooked vegetables. There is also no simple answer when it comes...

Declutter Your Fridge

Previously we posted an article with some really good information on decluttering your home. One of the things we didn’t touch on though was the state of your fridge. Let’s face it, we’re now well into the month of January and all the leftovers from...

Happy New Year – Now Declutter and Get Organised!

January is not only the start of the New Year, it is also Get Organised Month! And why not, it makes perfect sense to enter the New Year with constructive and practical New Year’s Resolutions, and one of those should be to get more organised and declutter your...

Avoid Dehydration During the Holidays

We all know what dehydration is; it’s when the body doesn’t get enough water. Water in our bodies is being lost all the time through normal bodily functions and processes such as breathing, sweating, and elimination. When our daily water intake is...

Overindulgence During the Festive Season

Our last article discussed some tips on how to make your holiday safer, but something else that we don’t often consider very seriously is the dangers and discomforts associated with overindulgence during the festive season. Let’s face it, Christmas and New...

Top Tips for a Safe, Prepared Holiday

Every December the same thing happens all over South Africa – people pack their families into the car and set off for their Christmas holiday destination. And unfortunately every year during the holiday period a tragic percentage of those people experience some sort...

Workplace Stress May Be Killing You

There are numerous stressors in the workplace, which can make you feel as if you are on an emotional roller coaster. The current economic upheaval, downsizing, layoffs, mergers and bankruptcies may be taking its toll on you. You may also be facing the pressures of new...

What Happens to Medical Waste?

Medical waste is a type of waste that is generated by healthcare facilities such as dentist offices, hospitals, veterinary clinics, medical research labs and facilities, as well as blood banks. Medical waste is divided into the following four categories: Infectious...

Dairy Benefits – Is It Still As Good for Your Health Now?

The importance of having diary in our everyday diet has been drilled into us from the very beginning of our lives; after all, milk is the first and only substance that can keep us alive right from birth. Throughout our lives dairy plays a huge role in helping us grow...

The Different Kinds of Sutures Used by Surgeons

Surgical sutures have been used by healers and surgeons for centuries and date as far back as 3000 BC in Ancient Egypt. Sutures are usually composed of strands of fibres that are used to form a stitch or a series of stitches to hold body tissue together. Stitches are...

How to Treat Burn Injuries

In general people do not believe that they will fall victim to any type of injury. The saying remains: it will never happen to me… to the detriment of countless victims or care takers who were uninformed about what to do when they or a loved one should suffer such a...

Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest

Two terms that get confused all the time is Heart Attack and Cardiac Arrest. They are used interchangeably in news reports, television shows, other media sources, and general conversation. But the truth is that these two terms describe two very different conditions...

How Scalpel Blades are Made

Have you ever wondered how scalpel blades are made? They are such tiny things but are obviously manufactured with great precision and skill. Well, this is true and that’s why the entire manufacturing process of scalpel blades are handled almost exclusively by...

Myths About Flu

Influenza, more commonly known as Flu, is that dreadful disease that we all potentially face every year. We fear it and the consequences it will have on our health, daily lives, and work environment. Because it is such an ever-present threat, there is more than a fair...

Exercising When You Are Sick?

Many studies and articles will tell you that if you exercise regularly you will be healthier, which will lead to a stronger immune system, which means you will be less likely to become sick with everyday illnesses like colds and flu. Fair enough; all of that makes...

What are Different Types of Gauze Used For?

When it comes to medical products designed to help with wound care there are many different types available on the market. The problem is though that the average person doesn’t always know which kind of wound care product or dressing to buy for which situation. Most...

Manufacturing Latex Gloves

We all know that disposable gloves have become an indispensable part of daily life. Whether they are used in the medical field, food processing, cleaning, beauty industries, etc. – it doesn’t matter; gloves serve as our primary protection against germs and...

Gut Bacteria – Your Diet and Your Brain

Research suggests that gut bacteria may directly affect brain structure and function… Each of us has countless microorganisms living in our digestive tracts. Primarily these gut flora are responsible for helping us digest our food by synthesizing and...

Facts About Hearth Health

Last week we wrote an article about some of the myths surrounding Heart Health. Some of those myths may have been surprising to some of you, but perhaps others may already have known about these myths. In this article we will look at some of the Facts About Hearth...

Myths about Heart Health

There are few other health topics as important and critical to us as human beings like the health of our hearts. Of course, there are a lot of myths about heart health, just as with so many other things. Conflicting information can be found everywhere, and while one...

Use Caution to Prevent Medical Accidents

According to statistics medical accidents and errors generate huge expenses worldwide each year. And not only does the ill-use of medical equipment and supplies lead to enormous financial costs, but it can also lead to life-endangering consequences for those involved...

Resolving the Cause of Conflict

This is the third and final article in this three-part article series of Conflict, it’s effects on your health, and what to do about it. In the previous article we talked about ways you can manage the effects of conflict, especially on your health and...

Tuberculosis Day – A Third of the World…

Of all the infectious diseases in the world, Tuberculosis (TB) is probably one of the most prolific. As an air-borne bacteria it spreads itself via the very symptoms it causes in its host body – coughing, sneezing, spitting, and even speaking! About one third of...

Managing the Symptoms of Conflict

In our previous article we highlighted some of the ill-effects that conflict can have on your mental and physical well-being. Now we will discuss some of the options available to help you with those effects. Some of the best ways of managing the symptoms of conflict,...

The Effects of Conflict on Your Health

We all know that conflict and the handling thereof is something that we would all rather try to avoid if possible. Conflict, and the negative effects that result from it, contribute greatly to our overall stress levels and the more this builds up, the more likely it...

Seven Myths About Eye Care That You Probably Believed

Our eyes are a very important part, not only of our physical bodies, but of our senses too. Many people worry about losing their sight if something were to go horribly wrong with their eyes. Because of this natural fear there are many rumours and myths about eye care...

Strange Medical Eye Procedures

With the constantly evolving medical industry it is to be expected that some weird and unusual procedures will start cropping up due to patient demand. But just how far would you go for that extra smidge of physical perfection? In some countries strange medical...

Common Myths About Diabetes

As with so many other diseases there are many common myths about Diabetes. This is mostly due to incorrect information being distributed and general ignorance about the disease and its three different types. Let’s look at some of the common myths surrounding...

What are Nebulizers and How do they Work?

Nebulizers are quite commonplace in hospitals and clinics these days and you’ll even find quite a number of households that have one too. But what exactly is a Nebulizer and what does it do? We know it helps with breathing, but does it give oxygen to a patient?...

Diabetes Mellitus – How does It Work?

November is World Diabetes Awareness Month and, as with so many other diseases, not many people truly understand much about the disease, how it works, or how it’s treated. Just like with our vegan/vegetarian article we would like to clear up any confusion about...

Vegetarianism vs. Veganism – What’s It All About?

Quite often you hear someone say they’re a vegetarian or a vegan, but while you may utter “aaaah, I see’s” and nod enthusiastically, I know many of you are probably totally baffled when it comes to distinguishing between the two terms – I know...

The Hidden Sugar In Your Diet

We all know that eating too much sugar is bad for us. What most people don’t know is that there is hidden sugar all throughout our diet in many everyday food products. It’s this hidden sugar that’s causing an enormous amount of health problems for people all over the...

Trampoline Rebounding – A Fun, Effective Exercise!

A trampoline often conjures up an instant smiling response from people because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love the idea of jumping up and down on one? Just the thought alone makes you feel happy and probably brings back treasured childhood memories of a...

The Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

There’s a reason why dogs are called man’s best friend. It’s because there’s no better friend than a dog. Did you know there are actually health benefits of owning a dog? It’s probably more surprising to those of you that don’t have any pets. The truth is, everyone...

Breast Cancer Rumours, Myths, and Truths

In today’s society of information overload we are often presented with information that may appear alarming, controversial, and terrifying. Rumours and myths abound and they are usually designed to penetrate right into the heart of our deepest base fears. I have...

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Each and every one of you reading this has more than likely known someone affected by breast cancer. The full impact of this disease is something society has yet to fully understand while it sends its ripple effects throughout the many lives that it touches. Here...

The Benefits of Eating a Well-Balanced Breakfast

Though most people know that there are many benefits to eating a healthy well-balanced breakfast many people probably don’t know what exactly the health benefits are. The importance of eating a good breakfast is something that is taught to us from an early age but we...

The Health Benefits of Exercise

Yes, we all know we should exercise regularly and we know how good it is for us to keep in shape, but exercise is far more beneficial than we might think. Walking, running or swimming a few times a week for just a small amount of time will have many positive effects...

Common Household Injuries – Part 2

In our previous article we started discussing common injuries around the house, specifically bruises, sprains and cuts, fractures and dislocations, and choking. Now we will continue with more common household injuries such as burns, poisoning and drowning.  ...

Common Injuries Around the House – Part 1

In our homes accidents do happen no matter how safe we try and make our surroundings. The people most at risk for injuries around the house are the very young and the elderly. If the injury is not too serious then you can apply first aid to treat it, but more serious...

The Benefits of Regular Medical Check-Ups

Regular medical check-ups are as important as they are beneficial to your general health and well-being. All we just have to do is just visit the doctor regularly once every few months and any possible health issues can be detected and treated accordingly. Some of the...

How To Keep Your Stress Levels Down

Stress is the main cause of many of our daily troubles and it also causes many serious problems in our society. Stress can also cause a variety of physical and mental health troubles, like blood pressure problems and other ailments. But to help you keep your stress...

Common First Aid Injuries In The Workplace

In our offices or workplace accidents or mistakes often happen. These accidents often become the cause for injuries in the workplace. Most injuries can be attended to and treated by the use of a First Aid kit, but if a problem persists or is more serious, professional...

Assistance Dogs Day!

Man’s best friend has always been known for their loyalty and helpfulness. But none are as helpful or makes as great an impression as Assistance dogs. The work they do on a daily basis is amazing and quite inspiring and sure to bring a tear to many an eye....

Donating Blood Could Benefit You Too!

Donating blood can be a really scary prospect. The thought of those needles, being in that chair, and of course all that red stuff! is enough to make even the bravest person hesitate. And what’s that about feeling woozy and weak afterwards? But the truth is that...

Five Patients – A Look Into Medical History

A few years ago I read a book called “Five Patients – The Hospital Explained“. It was written as a work of non-fiction by Michael Crichton, an author better known for his thrilling fictions like: Jurassic Park, The Lost World, The Andromeda...

Exercise and Diet

I can’t believe the contrasting views and recent developments of late. There are so many renowned and prolific experts with different views. You would think that they would have it all figured out by now. Surely we live in an age where we can delve deep into the inner...

Don’t Step On a Bee Day!

There is no doubt that Bees are not only one of the most useful creatures on our planet, but also one of the most interesting. They have been around for millions of years, since the early Cretaceous period and they are found on every continent except Antarctica. There...

Winter in Cape Town?

The Cape winter has the locals running for cover – quite literally. Our annual quota of rainfall becomes due and the need turns into a “why now”? Yes, we all complain, but the truth of the matter is that, without the rain, the Cape wouldn’t enjoy the fine wines it...

The HACCP Approach To Food Safety

HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards that may occur during production and which could cause the finished product to be unsafe. This method seeks to find unsafe practices based on science, rather than...

Enrol in an Emergency First Aid Training Course

Have you ever thought about doing First Aid training? What were your motivations behind the idea? Perhaps you thought that some First Aid training could be useful – just in case? Maybe you have been involved in an emergency situation before without having the proper...

Sunscreen and Sun Damage – Facts and Tips

Today is Sunscreen Day! Sunscreen defends the skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays by forming a protective barrier – used properly, sun screen can help prevent skin cancer. Exposure to the sun also damages the skin and can worsen signs of ageing, so wearing sun...

Sunday 17th May – World Hypertension Day

I know many of you are wondering “What is Hypertension?” You know that you should know what it means, but you can’t quite put your finger on it. Quite simply, Hypertension is High Blood Pressure. It’s a chronic medical condition in which the...

Happy International Nurses Day!

Florence Nightingale – who is considered to be the founder of modern nursing – was born into an upper-class British family on 12 May 1820 in Florence, Italy. Her parents named her after the city of her birth. Florence was also known as “The Lady with...

The Right Superfoods for Kids

As kids grow up they need a healthy balanced diet, not only to promote physical development and well-being, but also to aid and support brain functions, memory, and concentration. The brain absorbs nutrients from foods, just like any other part of a child’s...

The History of the Syringe

Syringes are pretty basic, standard items that are used daily in the medical industry. Their design is fairly simple and straightforward, and completely effective for their purpose. It’s not a medical tool we think about too much, it’s there, it gets used,...

How Lifestyle Affects Which Wheelchair You Buy

Declining health conditions are not only physically difficult but can also affect the emotions and mind-set of the patient and of those around them. When people can no longer move around and are required to change how they interact with family and friends and what...

New Innovations in Medical Technology

Medical technology companies are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care. New innovations in medical technology and product advancements are taking place daily and will be of enormous benefit to overall health and...

The Different Uses of Medical Tape

We often see different kinds of medical tape included in First Aid Kits, but not everyone knows the difference between these tapes and what they are supposed to be used for. Let’s look at the different types of Medical Tapes available: Micropore Paper Tape Paper...

The Facts About Disposable Clothing Products

Disposable clothing and outerwear can be classed into two primary groups of function: personal protection and environmental safety. For Personal Protection an individual will use disposable clothing wear to protect himself or herself against a hazardous environment....

All About the Different Types of Bandages

Bandages are common items that can be found in every Pharmacy and First Aid Kit. But do you really know the difference between the different types of bandages and how to use them correctly and effectively? Here are some of the different types of Bandages available:...

Does Load Shedding Pose a Health Risk?

The short answer is Yes, absolutely! Load shedding has become part of daily life here in South Africa, and by all accounts, it looks like it could continue until well into April and perhaps even beyond. Though most people regard load shedding as an inconvenience to be...

The Reasons for Africa’s Medical Staff Crisis

In 2006, the World Health Organisation (WHO), published that Sub-Saharan Africa has 11% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s burden of disease, but only 3% of the world’s health workers and accounts for about 1% of global health expenditure. The...

Surgical Medical Gloves – A Healthcare Revolution

Dr. William Stewart Halsted, surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins University, is widely credited for the development and introduction of the first medical gloves in 1890. In an era when more patients died from bacterial infections than the illness which prompted initial...

Disposable Latex And Latex-Free Exam Gloves

A1 exam gloves are used daily by doctors, nurses and medical professionals all over South Africa. Designed for greater durability than other utility gloves, A1 examination gloves are water resistant and mould perfectly to hands for increase comfort. Disposable A1 exam...

How Blood Pressure Is Tested

How Is Blood Pressure Tested? The heart is a pump that works reliably for decades distributing thick oxygenated blood from the heart throughout the body. A blood pressure gauge is a simple way to measure the performance of the heart and blood vessels. To test your...

DIY Wound Care – Cleaning And Dressing Cuts And Scrapes

Scrapes, cuts, burns, stings and serious wounds can cause panic, but if you know how to properly care for wounds you will be able to stay calm, assess the situation, clean the wound, prevent infection and practice good wound care maintenance. It is always recommended...

Wound Dressing Project To Revolutionise Healing

The Wound Dressing Project by researchers at the University of Stellenbosch Microbiology Department, in conjunction with Cipla Medpro, a JSE listed South African pharmaceutical company, announced the development of a revolutionary wound dressing. Innovative New Wound...

SA Pharmaceuticals Industry – Ready For Takeoff

The South African pharmaceuticals industry, like many developing countries, faces many significant developments and new challenges. Some of these challenges and developments include the growth of generic medicine and the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme...