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Intercare is hiring! - Dental Assistant: Glenfair

Intercare Glenfair Medical and Dental Centre situated in Lynnwood seeks to recruit a Dental Assistant. The focus of this position is to assist dental professionals engaged in performing general and/or specialist dentistry and other dental procedures.
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Intercare is hiring! - Dental Receptionist: Glenfair

Intercare Glenfair Medical and Dental Centre situated in Pretoria seeks to recruit a Dental Receptionist. The focus of this position is to provide professional customer service by facilitating the administrative process between the Healthcare Professional and Patient.
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Investment in Intercare Extends Mediclinic's Healthcare Offering

3 August 2017 STELLENBOSCH – In a joint statement, Mediclinic Southern Africa (“Mediclinic”) today announced an investment in the Intercare group of companies (“Intercare”), majority owned by Novahealth Proprietary Limited (“Novahealth”).
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Medical scheme myths and misconceptions

The world of medical schemes is a complicated one – and there are many myths and misconceptions doing the rounds. The Medical Schemes Act, 1998, regulates the operation of medical schemes in South Africa and the Council for Medical Schemes is the industry's regulatory body. So to ease your mind, here is the truth about some myths and misconceptions...
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Are you colour blind?

Most of us share a common colour vision sensory experience. Some people, however, have a colour vision deficiency, which means their perception of colours is different. Do the test...
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Winter warmer dinner - citrus chicken and sweet potato bake

A warming, comforting Citrus Chicken and Sweet Potato Bake combining succulent chicken thighs with sweet potato and gorgeous flavours of lemon, honey and thyme...
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What causes a black eye?

A black eye, sometimes called a "shiner", results from a blow to the eye, nose, or forehead. A black eye is caused when blood and other fluids collect in the space around the eye...
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Blood types - are you positive or negative?

There are four main blood groups (types of blood) - A, B, AB and O. Your blood group is determined by the genes you inherit from your parents. Each group can be either RhD positive or RhD negative, which means that in total there are eight blood groups...
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'Dokter-Dokter' medical reality TV

Would you like to benefit from free medical consultations and treatment as part of a medical reality TV programme?
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Generation Y - the most educated and tech-savvy generation yet

Generation Y (also known as the Millennials) makes up the fastest growing segment of the workforce with numbers estimated as high as 80 million or more. Born between 1980 and the end of 1994, they are a generation of people who know more about technology than their parents, and in most cases, their lecturers and managers at work...
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Does young blood hold the secret to anti-aging?

Can the ageing process be reversed by putting young blood into older people? In the past few years, a number of labs have revived parabiosis, especially in the field of ageing research...
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Greek almond biscuits (Amigthalota)

These lovely little Greek biscuits are from a traditional Greek recipe and are the perfect size to enjoy with a cup of tea! You need 5 ingredients and 20 minutes to bake these Gluten and guilt free treats...
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Sugar, sweetener, stevia or sucralose?

Sugar free treats has hit the markets and we are continuously looking for a healthier way to sweeten our coffee, tea and treats. Here are some useful healthy alternatives for your pantry...
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Loosing your hair?

It is a common misconception that styling products cause thinning hair or may even cause permanent hair loss. Overloading the hair with certain formulas, particularly gel or wax, can make the hair look greasy and appear thinner; because of the way it 'clumps' together, it often makes the scalp more visible. Any hair loss should be temporary - permanent loss comes when the root of your hair is hurt...
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Want to live longer? Go for a run!

Running has a bad rap as being bad for the knees and joints and even damaging to your heart and immune system. New research has found what most runners already know - running is actually beneficial to your overall health. Now there is some proof...
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You love your pet, but... the smell!

You love your pet, but you don't love how he smells. There are a few medical conditions that can cause your pet's foul smell. If you're concerned take your pet to the vet...
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Roasted cauliflower salad with almonds

Make this hearty winter salad as a vegetarian main, or a reliable side. You'll impress your guests with the deep and nutty flavour of the roasted cauliflower. Serve warm or at room temperature...
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Best mattress for lower back pain

Just because a mattress feels good when you lie down on it doesn't mean you're going to be happy sleeping on it for the next several years. Here are a few tips to guide you...
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Babies get cavities too!!!

Tooth decay in babies and very young children is known as Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. It happens when sweetened liquids or even those with natural hidden sugars, linger in the mouth; this includes otherwise healthy liquids like fruit juices, milk, formula or tea. These sugars then cling to the teeth and tooth germs (bacteria in the mouth) thrive on this sugar and attack these teeth...
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Flu myths debunked

We are heading towards this year's flu season - or rather 'crazy season'. This time of the year is filled with great myths and mystery (or rather misery) caused by flu. Quite a number of people belief in home remedies, a post on Facebook, or something they read on a blog, rather than solid, evidence-based medicine. Let's clarify a few myths about flu or influenza...
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More than water in your taps?

When water levels in dams drop to low levels, the water may take on an 'earthy' taste. This is because the concentration of sediment is higher in less water...
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Slow-roasted tomato soup

Rediscover this Mediterranean classic, a rich soup that blends the flavours of fresh basil and oven roasted tomatoes - takes this classic recipe to a new level!
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Fun mental vitality & flexibility brain teaser

The test measure mental vitality and flexibility, performing well requires strong attention and inhibition. Get ready to take the Stroop Test...
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‘Text Neck’ Syndrome – it’s a real thing

Text neck, sometimes called tech neck, is a repetitive stress injury caused by constantly looking down at your smartphone, laptop or other mobile device...
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Good and mad - the healthy way to be angry

Anger is a normal and even a healthy emotion - but it's important to deal with it in a positive way. Uncontrolled anger can take a toll on both your health and your relationships...
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Healthy plants to have in your home

Houseplants give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde that can cause respiratory and neurological problems, as well as cancer, says B.C. Wolverton, a former NASA research scientist...
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Delicious skinny cajun shrimp alfredo

How to make a healthy Alfredo pasta just got delicious with this incredible skinny cajun shrimp This healthy pasta recipe is packed with all the right flavors and can be on the table in 20 minutes...
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Earphone safety - how to prevent ear damage

Typically, any sound louder than 85 decibels (dB) is considered dangerous to your hearing. The amount of time spent listening with earphones also increases the risk of hearing damage and/or loss...
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Sinus infection and toothache

Sinus infection (sinusitis) or inflammation can cause toothache - specifically in the upper rear teeth, which are close to the sinuses. In fact, pain in the upper teeth is a fairly common symptom with sinus conditions. If you have a persistent toothache, first consult your dentist for an examination...
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Glycaemic index - the bigger picture

Much has been said about low carb diets, especially with the “re-vamping” of the Banting Diet (low carb, medium protein and high fat), first introduced in 1861 by William Harvey and William Banting. But what is the bigger picture of the Glycaemic Index in relation to a good diet?
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Does 'love at first sight' really exist?

First impressions are a real thing. Research has shown that these first impressions do tell us a lot – but does it mean that people can instantly fall in love?
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No bake cheesecake in mason jars

Easy no bake cheesecake in mason jars has been a trend for a while now, making meals and desert interesting and fun. Try this delicious recipe.
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5 min workout: get thin & toned thighs fast

Got five minutes? Well, then we have the best workout for you. This killer thigh routine will slim and tone your thighs in the comfort of your own home.
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Motor neurone disease

Motor neurone disease is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system which leads to muscle weakness, often with visible wasting. It is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and occurs when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord (motor neurones) stop working properly.
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Bullying and your child

For most children the beginning of a new school year is filled with expectation and excitement, but for some, going back to school is stressful and a humiliating experience as countless children fall victim to bullying, harassment and abuse at schools. Research found that 57% of South African school children claim to have been bullied at school. Find out if your child might be a victim of bullying...
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Push-up variations for a strong chest, shoulders and back

Push-ups are one of the most effective bodyweight exercises you can incorporate into your routine. Targeting your arms, chest, back, and shoulders...
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Out-of-the-box lunch box ideas for kids

Skip the same old sandwiches and try these easy lunch box ideas. It is guaranteed to light up your kids' faces when they see you've taken lunch to the next level...
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Speech therapy enhances quality of life

What do you think of when hearing the term “speech-language therapy”? Children who lisp, people who stutter, or children who cannot produce the 'r' sound?...
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Freckles - harmful or not?

Freckles are harmless. They may, however, sometimes be confused with more serious skin problems. Conversely, more serious problems such as skin cancer may at times be passed over as a mere freckle. Anyone who has one or more pigmented spots, of which they are not certain, should be seen by a dermatologist.
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Make the CANSA Sunsmart choice!

Sunsmart choices can help reduce the risk of skin cancer. Too much of the sun’s UV can cause sunburn, skin damage, eye damage and skin cancer. Sun exposure during childhood has a significant impact on a person’s risk of skin cancer. Strike a balance between protecting yourself from the sun and getting enough vitamin D from sunlight...
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How to survive family holidays

During the holiday season, our stress levels often rises when we come together with friends and family primarily due to unrealistic expectations. Use the following strategies to lower anxiety...
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Suger cookies - an old time favourite

Sugar cookies can suit any holiday or occasion throughout the year, but it's a firm favourite during the Christmas season. They make great decorations, too! Our recipe is delicious...
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Survival tips for flash flooding

Flash floods can be deadly. It is important to take appropriate action as soon as the flooding begins. Here are some basic survival tips on what to do if you get caught up in a flash flood...
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Proven ways to get kids to eat more vegetables

What is the secret of getting kids to eat their greens? The good news is it is not impossible. The bad news is, that it requires consistency and persistence from the parents, and it won’t be easy. But if you’re willing to stick to your guns, you should come out triumphant in the end. Here’s how:
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Caring for a loved one with diabetes

You care about your loved ones and want the best for them, but may feel overwhelmed about how to assist them in living with diabetes. Here are 8 useful tips you may want to consider...
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Eat healthy around the world

It's not just the Mediterranean diet that can keep you trim and fit. Other countries can also teach us how to manage a healthier lifestyle...
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Fun things to do with children on holiday

The holiday is getting a bit too long or the weather might be bad for days on end. Here are some fun ways to keep your children occupied...
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Your fluffy friend, you and your health

Research shows that your fluffy friend truly is good for your physical and mental health. Pets improve your health in a number of ways...
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The best fruits to manage your blood sugar

Summer means lots of succulent fruit. If you have diabetes, however, you have to consider how these seasonal treats fit into your diet plan. Fruit contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fibre that should form part of a diabetes-friendly diet. Feel free to satisfy your sweet tooth and keep your blood sugar in check with the following fresh or frozen low-GI choices
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Breast cancer - are you at risk?

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in South African women – approximately 1 in every 33 women will develop the condition in their lifetime.
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Diet and breast cancer

No food or diet can prevent you from developing breast cancer, although some foods can help keep your risk for breast cancer as low as possible
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A second chance at a visually enjoyable life

Cataracts are thought to be the leading advance cause of vision loss in people over the age of 40. It affects the transparency of the lens of the eye. In simple terms, it’s like looking through a fogged up window. Other signs include half glare, sensitivity to light and difficulty with night vision.
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Fruit infused water

Whether you call it fruit infused water, detox water or even flavoured water, the following simple additions to your water can have a big impact on your body. The infusion usually involves any combination of fruits, vegetables and herbs immersed in cold water.
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Which personality type are you?

Are you an ESTJ, ISTP or INFP personality type? This may sound very strange, but Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology, developed a personality typology way back in 1920. Interested about what your personality type entails or just curious to see whether the test is accurate?
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A healthy heart rate when exercising

Exercising is important, but according to the Heart Association, it is not healthy to over-exercise or not exercise at all. And the reason for this is based on keeping a healthy heart rate. Dr Pieter Snyman, a GP at Intercare Wonderboom, confirms that not all exercise is healthy but many people are not aware of this...
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Electronic cigarettes – are they save?

Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that heat a liquid (usually but not always containing nicotine), turning it into a vapour that can be inhaled. It comes in a variety of designs. Some are sold with filled cartridges, while others are designed so that users can add a solution that's purchased separately. The solutions typically contain vegetable glycerine or propylene glycol as the main ingredients, varying amounts of nicotine, flavourings and other additives.
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Bikini-body: 20 minutes (hitt) training workout

This full-body, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout will torch calories and fat while strengthening your entire body. Good news: it's only 20 minutes long and requires no equipment.
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Strawberry avocado spinach salad with chicken

A simple balsamic dressing does double duty as a marinade for the chicken in this fresh spinach, avocado and strawberry salad.
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Top 10 healthy heart tips

A healthy lifestyle will make your heart healthier. Here are 10 things you can do to look after your heart.
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Feeling hot - but grumpy?

You’re feeling hot – actually too hot, but also very emotional and grumpy. You might be thinking, what is going on with me? Could it be menopause already? Are my best years behind me? Don’t be intimidated by menopause - it doesn’t make you less of a woman. Menopause is a natural biological process but doesn’t mean you’re the picture perfect old lady wearing sensible shoes with hair in a tight bun. The average woman can have decades of a vibrant life after she reached menopause.
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Is financial stress bringing you down?

Do you often feel you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to financial obligations, and it keeps weighing you down? Financial stress has a high impact on your health, and, unfortunately, we often don’t have healthy coping mechanisms. Your concern over credit card debt, unpaid bills and overdue rent has a bigger impact on your health than you may think.
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Benefit from being happy and alone

Everyone spends some time alone in their day or life, but some people find it more challenging than others. Studies, however, suggest being in solitude have benefits such as reduced stress, enhanced creativity and improved concentration. What is interesting, is that some people would rather have any kind of stimuli (even if it is negative), than to be alone with their thoughts. We are exposed to all kinds of continuous stimuli during the day. This causes individuals to associate ‘being busy’ with meaningfulness. When they are alone, it may trigger fear and anxiety about the lack of meaning in their lives.
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Are you getting enough sleep?

Most of us have experienced trouble sleeping at one time or another. This is normal and usually temporary, due to stress or other outside factors. If sleeping problems are a regular occurrence and interfere with your daily life, you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders cause more than just sleepiness. The lack of quality sleep can have a negative impact on your energy, emotional balance and health. The good news? You don’t have to live with sleeping problems.
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38% of SA participants suffer from IBS

In a 2016 digestive health survey commissioned by Cipla, 38% of participants reported that they suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The use of a good quality, daily probiotic can decrease the symptoms of IBS as the microorganisms found in probiotics support the maintenance of a healthy gut flora balance.
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Travel tips for a holiday in Zanzibar

It is always important to be cautious and aware of malaria when traveling to places in Africa and tropical islands. In Zanzibar preventative measures should be taken against malaria...
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Uses for lemons that might surprise you

When life throws you lemons…KEEP THEM. Lemons are one of the most useful fruits available. Besides the use thereof in food, there are plenty other uses that might interest you.
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Why do we have personal space?

Thou shall not transgress thy neighbour’s personal space. In the cinema it's an armrest where we do a silent battle with strangers who try to claim the territory.
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Intercare Panorama opened in Cape Town

Intercare Medical Centre Panorama opened its doors on 8 June 2016. It is Intercare’s 17th medical centre and is situated in the Panorama Healthcare Centre in the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The centre offers an array of healthcare services including aviation medicals, chronic disease management, Vitality wellness screenings, executive medicals and minor surgical procedures. Pathology and X-ray services are available on the same premises, and with the pharmacy just down the passage, this is truly a family one stop healthcare facility.
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Flirting: De-coding male body language

Ladies, are you having a hard time deciding whether or not a guy likes you? He might already be sending you signals that he's interested that you're overlooking.
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5 Lies your dentist knows you’re telling

Often people tell a white lie when going to the dentist or stretch the truth a little. However, a person’s mouth is an accurate reflection of not only oral health but health in general. Lying about things like how frequently you floss or drink alcohol can undermine your dentist’s diagnosis. For instance, inflamed, bleeding or swollen gums can be a sign of leukaemia and not just gingivitis (gum disease).
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Creamy prawn curry

The cold winter is on its way! Grab a bowl of creamy prawn curry and beat the winter blues.
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Exercising when sick: sweat it out, or rest it out?

You have been committed to your exercise routine, hardly missing a day. All of a sudden you’re ambushed by a cold or flu. The question is: Should you skip the workout session and exchange it for a nap?
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Interesting facts about the human body

The human body is an incredibly complex and intricate system, one that still baffles doctors and researchers on a regular basis despite thousands of years of medical knowledge. As a result, it shouldn’t be any surprise that even body parts and functions we deal with every day have bizarre or unexpected facts and explanations behind them.
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Are you a leftie or not?

The human brain is divided into two hemispheres and in general these two hemispheres process information in different ways.
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Uncommon facts about high blood pressure

High blood pressure (hypertension) does not cause symptoms in the early stages. It is usually discovered during a doctor’s visit. Symptoms in the later stages include: dizziness, headaches and nose bleeds.
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Ways to get rid of your period cramps

Painful menstrual cramps also known as Dysmenorrhea are usually not a sign of a serious health condition but they can put a crimp in your lifestyle. To help with the pain, here are 10 things that may help.
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Your simple guide to pairing dinner with the perfect bottle of wine

Ever had the most delicious chicken dish without the perfect bottle of wine to compliment it? Well we have the simplest guide for all your wine and food pairings.
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You, your baby and chromosomes

Humans have 46 chromosomes, consisting of 23 pairs with one chromosome of each pair inherited from each parent.
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These shoes are made for walking

The best designed shoes in the world will not do their job if they do not fit properly. Did you know that walking shoes have specific features that other shoes might not have? Here are some tips for finding the best fit in a pair of walking shoes
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Top 10 home remedies for the common cold

The answer to soothing the common cold might be a spoon of chicken soup away! Or as easy as gargling some salt water. Try these cold remedies in the comfort of your home.
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Too sick for school?

A sniffle. A cough. A sore throat. Your child is bound to come down with some kind of illness during the course of their life. How do you know when to keep your child from school?
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Spaghetti with smoky tomato & seafood sauce

Chilli, fennel seeds and smoked paprika add warmth and flavour to a rich tomato sauce, served with seafood in this quick pasta dish.
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Fast, high tech dental convenience

Getting inlays, on-lays, crowns and veneers has never been this fast. Three easy steps are all that it takes for high tech ceramic restorations.
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5 Things to know about your teeth

A marvellous smile takes more than just squeezing paste out of a tube and knowing more about your teeth will keep you smiling long into the future. Take good care of your pearly whites and they will take good care of you. Here are some facts that you might not have known about your teeth…
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Breast cancer - are you at risk?

Breast cancer are increasing and the most common cancer in South African Women, occurring in about 1 in 29 women. Are you at risk?
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Cherry brownies

These heavenly brownies are quick, easy and totally indulgent. They are perfect at tea-time or equally delicious served with crème fraîche as a treat after lunch or dinner with friends. Make sure you use the correct size baking or roasting tin and take care not to overcook them.
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How to live life with no regrets

As we get older we learn and grow, but that doesn’t mean we have to regret what we did before we learned how to do things differently. If we didn’t go through those experiences, we might not have grown into the strong and knowledgeable people we are today.
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Healthy mouth - healthy body

Did You Know? Periodontal disease are among the most prevalent in the world with 70% of the world population thought to be affected by some form of the disease. In addition, up to 900 million people suffer from severe periodontal (gum) disease, which is considered a potential risk factor for severe serious health conditions. If you smoke you are four times as likely to have periodontal disease as someone who has never smoked. Only 60% of women over the age of 45 can claim to have all their own teeth. Men with periodontal disease are 7 times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men with good dental hygiene.
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How vulnerable are you to stress

Stress is generally described as the feeling that everything seems to have become too much. Anything that poses a challenge or a threat to our well-being is stress. While some stressors act as motivators, others can undermine both your mental and physical health.
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Shake it up for stress!

Your brain cells are capable of making their own chemical mood-stabilizers such as serotonin—if they get the right raw material from the food you eat.
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How to give yourself a killer massage

Being back at the desk in full swing can take its toll. With only so much time left in the day, give yourself some TLC without going for a massage. Whenever you feel sore or need to de-stress, work out the knots on your own with these pointers
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Kangaroo care for your baby

Kangaroo care can be described by the manner in which a baby is held and involves skin-to-skin contact. The baby is placed in an upright position against the parent’s bare chest wearing only a diaper with a blanket covering the baby’s back (either a blanket or the parent’s clothing). The snuggling of the infant inside the pouch of the parent’s shirt resembles a kangaroo’s pouch which led to the creation of the term ‘kangaroo care’. This manner of care is not only for mothers – fathers can do that as well.
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Generic screening at your doorstep

With our patients in mind, genetic screening tests for the early detection of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer risk as well as accurate, non-invasive and risk-free prenatal tests (NIPT) are possible at all Intercare Medical Centers.
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Preparing your child for starting school

Starting school is an exciting time for young children and their parents. It can be a daunting time, too. But with a little preparation and encouragement, most children will settle in easily at school.
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5 Reasons why you should eat breakfast every morning

The next time you rush out the door in the morning without something to eat, consider this: Skipping breakfast can set you up for overeating later in the day. A healthy morning meal, on the other hand, can give you energy, satisfy your appetite, and set the stage for smart decisions all day long. It is important to aim for a breakfast that combines good carbs and fiber with some protein.The old cliché of “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day” is 100% true. You may be wondering “Why is breakfast so important?”
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Why people can't keep their new year's resolutions

You want to lose weight in 2016, or maybe just eat healthier. Perhaps you want to spend less money or spend more time with your friends and family. Does this sound familiar?
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Ideas for healthy lunch boxes

It is possible to pack your child a nutritious lunch box that will actually come home at the end of the day empty and eaten.
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Sport injuries in children

With school sports becoming more and more competitive each day, we are seeing more serious injuries in children. 10-15 Years ago we hardly ever saw any anterior-cruciate ligament injuries in children and when we did, they were usually involved in motor vehicle- or bicycle accidents. These days, we are seeing a lot of young rugby players with ligament injuries. What would be the reason for this drastic increase of these types of injuries?
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Destination: A Healthy Holiday

Why, when we go on holiday, do we think we're in a parallel universe, where we have superhero powers and are immune from harm? With our tips, you'll have an excellent adventure...and still return in one piece.
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The benefits of swimming

If you don't love working up a sweat but do love the benefits of a cardio workout, swimming may be your ideal match. Here's a list that should get you motivated.
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Merry berry pavlova recipe

Sweet and fluffy like an enormous marshmallow meringue pillow, snow covered with juicy berries - this pavlova is definitely a holiday time classic.
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Top tips on how to have perfect skin this summer

The summer holidays are here and everyone wants to put their best face forward as they see family and friends. Enjoy reading our top 6 summer skin tips!
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Ultrasounds now available at Intercare Wonderboom

Intercare Medical & Dental Centre Wonderboom now not only offers an ultrasound service to pregnant moms, but doctors also use it to identify possible thyroid, musculoskeletal and prostate problems. An ultrasound of the prostate is a much less invasive method than that previously used to screen for prostate problems.
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Top ten summer health tips

Summer is synonymous with sun, sea and lazy days with a cocktail on stand-by. Taking good care of your health is just as important as soaking up the sun. Here's how!
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10 Surprising beauty uses for coconut oil

You may have already made the switch to coconut oil in the kitchen, but did you know you can also swap out some of your beauty products for the wonder oil? There’s a reason coconut oil is so trendy these days. From taming frizz to moisturizing dry skin, this natural ingredient has a wide range of beauty-boosting properties. Look for extra virgin that has not been hydrogenated, bleached, or refined in any way or [has] any fragrance or dyes added to it. Check the label before buying a bottle - it should say that no fragrances, flavors, or coloring have been added. Here are some ways you can incorporate coconut oil into your beauty routine.
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The Best ways to boost your metabolism

Lose weight faster by tricking your body into burning more kilojoules—with less effort.
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3 Mistakes Parents make with teens and tweens

Parents want to have close relationships with their children, but many wonder if that's even possible as their once sweet, loving, cuddly child enters adolescence. Suddenly, your son is more interested in peers than spending time with the family, your daughter may be showing more rebellious behaviour, and now, instead of being the one they turn to for advice, you don't know a thing!
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Diabetes - The silent killer

November is World Diabetes Awareness Month, with 14 November being World Diabetes Day. Intecare is not only emphasizing the importance of regular blood sugar tests, but are hosting free tests at all our practices.
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Health Benefits of Peanut Butter

In addition to being everyone’s favourite childhood sandwich filling, peanut butter is surprisingly good for your health
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9 Simple ways to start exercising after a break

Sometimes life happens and we can get a little off track. You get stuck with overtime at work, family commitments pop up or your body sets to hibernation mode during the winter. Then all of a sudden your exercise routine goes from regular to non-existent. So the question is - how do you get back into routine?
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If you’re toasting to health, reach for beer

In honour of the recent Octoberfest celebrations in Germany, we've decided to round up all the health benefits of beer. We wouldn't recommend any alcohol as a health food, but if you're planning on having an alcoholic drink, it may as well be one that contains iron, calcium, phosphates and fibre.
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How to build confidence in your child

Happiness, success and healthy habits are qualities we want in our children. But do you know the underlying trick to get there? Building their confidence. While insult and injury are part of life and can be crippling, a child with healthy self confidence is more likely to be resilient, an individual, and not follow the group.
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Book your child's first dentist appointment

Wondering when to book your child's first dentist appointment? It's earlier than you think! Kids, like giraffe, are naturally against regular 'mouth inspections', especially little ones, so early tooth decay can be pretty hard to spot! That's where a dentist is needed.
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The gift of clear sight

Eyesight is one of the most precious gifts a person can have. As part of Eye Care Awareness Month, Intercare, in collaboration with three ophthalmologists, Drs Marcel Niemandt, Dindar Asvat and Akile Asvat are offering 60 free cataract surgeries for needy patients who are unable to afford it. These procedures will take place during October in the Intercare Day Hospitals in Hazeldean and Sandton.
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How to have a healthy family weekend

We generally consider weekends as a time to relax, let go a little, splurge a little and indulge a little. What if we told you that you can do all of those things, but yet somehow manage to give health some time in between?
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7 Braai Indulging Tips That Won't Break Your Diet

No need to suffer from food FOMO at a weekend braai. You can feel free to indulge – without sacrificing your healthy eating habits—thanks to these healthy tips. A braai with friends doesn't have to be a diet nightmare, despite the all-day grazing on fatty foods washed down with cool, calorie-laden cocktails. If you capitalize on summer's fresh fruits and veggies and smarten up the grilled foods you choose, you can turn a braai into one of the easiest food-focused social events to enjoy. Here, your best strategies:
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Things we learnt as children about our bodies that are wrong

The human body is fascinating and there is so much that is yet to be discovered. We are given a lot of rules about our bodies and health, many of which we have learned in school. It turns out not all of them are correct. Nobody knows where some of these age-old myths came from, but many of these false notions are more widely believed than the truth.
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Understanding Anxiety

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious impact on daily life.
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Back and neck pain: taking the "ouch!" out of your pocket

It is said that 80% of people will experience back pain at some point during their lives. Back and neck pain is a common cause for many employees to be absent from work. The result being thousands spent each year by medical aids, compensation funds and patients themselves. This pain can often go away within a short time by itself, but if it lasts longer than 3 days or is a result of an injury, rather see a medical practitioner or physiotherapist. Pain that lasts longer than 3 months is described as chronic and severe: chronic pain can make you depressed, feel useless and tired.
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Tips for Parents: How to talk to your overweight child

If your child is overweight, you may be at a loss for how to help. Talking to kids about weight can be a sensitive topic, no matter their age. While it may be uncomfortable to discuss weight concerns, the sooner you bring it up and help your child take action, the easier it will be to help him or her achieve a healthy weight. Ignoring it won't make it go away, and in fact, waiting until your child is older to deal with weight issues may make it harder for him in the long run.
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Peanut Butter Oatmeal Energy Bites

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Healthy buttermilk breakfast scones.

Healthy scones so delicious they'll become your new favourite breakfast.
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Is Your Office Air Conditioning Making You Sick?

Most businesses worldwide use central air conditioning to regulate the temperature in their offices, but its negative effects on employees’ health is often overlooked. Central air conditioning is essential in our South African climate, especially during our hot summer days as it is helps us to stay productive, both physically and intellectually. However, air conditioned environments can aggravate health issues, contaminate the air with hazardous particles and spread certain diseases.
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Top 10 Medical themed movies

Movies with a medical theme cause many emotions. They make us want to crawl under the covers, they cause us to hope for the best, and they tug at our heart strings. Our list of movies are full of love, suspense, and humour. They showcase various medical conditions, are informative and any movie lover's dream!
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Can antiperspirants or deodorants cause breast cancer?

Articles in the press and on the Internet have warned that underarm antiperspirants (a preparation that reduces underarm sweat) or deodorants (a preparation that destroys or masks unpleasant odors) cause breast cancer. The reports have suggested that these products contain harmful substances, which can be absorbed through the skin or enter the body through nicks caused by shaving. Some scientists have also proposed that certain ingredients in underarm antiperspirants or deodorants may be related to breast cancer because they are applied frequently to an area next to the breast.
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Why you need carbs

People seem to regard carbohydrates as "Public Enemy No 1" when it comes to losing weight, participating in sport or trying to build muscles.
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Brace yourself for the smile of a lifetime

We are seeing younger children in braces simply because of what orthodontists have learned about treatment. Kids with suspected orthodontic problems should be referred to an orthodontist around their seventh birthday. That’s when most children have all their primary (“baby”) teeth, and adult teeth begin their descent - giving orthodontists a clear window into what’s happening, and what will happen, in the mouth.
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Opening of the Intercare Medical Centre and Day Hospital, Century City

Cape Town’s thriving Century City now has its own state of the art medical centre and day hospital. With the opening of this modern facility on 7 July 2015, Intercare once again takes the lead in innovative healthcare.
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The Health Risks of Water-shedding

Although electricity cuts may pose threats to your health, they are more of a disruption to your lifestyle than anything else. However, the lack of water holds serious health dangers as there is no other alternative for this basic human necessity.
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10 Brain exercises that boost memory

We don’t just lose muscle over time our brains can weaken, too. More specifically, your brain's cognitive reserve, its ability to withstand neurological damage due to aging and other factors without showing visible signs of slowing or memory loss reduces through the years. That can make it more difficult to perform mental tasks.
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Genetics and genetic testing - part 1

This is the first of a three part series on genetics and genetic testing. The aim is to introduce basic concepts of genetics, genetic-based diseases and genetic testing options. Most of us are familiar with the term “gene” and sayings such as “it runs in the genes” – but many don’t necessarily understand the concept in a medical or scientific way. These articles aim to provide a more in-depth understanding of this complex topic.
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Lamb Rogan Josh

This Kashmiri delicacy is one of the signature classics from India and is becoming popular all over the world. It is robust with flavours of mixed spices to make it a rich and spicy slow-cooked lamb dish that is perfect for chilly winter days. This recipe can be served best with rice or your favourite Indian bread such as parathas, naans or chapattis.
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Should children use supplements?

You may be taking dietary supplements to address various health concerns, or a multivitamin to ensure you’re getting all the micronutrients that your body needs, but should you be giving your children supplements too?
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What do men really want?

It turns out what men crave is simpler, sweeter and more surprising than you'd ever imagine. A compliment (or two) doesn't hurt - It goes against the notion that men don't need their feelings coddled, but a quick compliment goes a long way in boosting our confidence.
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Identify depression in men

It’s normal for every man to feel down from time to time - dips in mood are an ordinary reaction to losses, setbacks, and major disappointments. However, if intense feelings of despair and hopelessness take hold of you, and interfere with work, family, and your ability to enjoy life, you may be suffering from depression.
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Keep your life in balance

Balance is the key to a happy life. But like many of us, you may be wondering if it’s actually possible to achieve. Finding time for friends, hobbies, exercise and yourself can seem near impossible, especially with the added pressure of daily life. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to help you master the art of this balancing act.
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Baby oral health care

Healthy teeth are important - even baby teeth. Children need healthy teeth to help them chew and to speak clearly. Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifelong healthy smile, but did you know that just because babies don’t have any visible teeth, doesn’t mean they can’t get cavities? A baby’s 20 primary teeth are already present in the jaws at birth. And those baby teeth that begin coming through the gums around 6 months, help set the stage for future smiles by keeping space in the jaw for adult teeth.
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Load shedding – making the most of the darkness

Finding fun things to do during load shedding may seem tedious but it’s better than being cut off in the dark either going to bed early or being upset until the power returns. Here are a few fun things to do when the power goes out.
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Hypertension: the silent killer

17 May is World Hypertension Day. The impact of high blood pressure is particularly devastating because many remain unaware that they are suffering from it. This hidden epidemic result in a frightening nine million deaths around the world every year and with 6.3 million people living with high blood pressure, South Africa has one of the highest rates of hypertension worldwide.
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Corn cake soup toppers

Create the finest home-style flavours with this easy to make recipe. Enjoy this delight with any of your favourite winter soups. Not a big fan of corn? Replace the corn with any of these ingredients; chilli, herbs, onions or a combination.
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Causes of severe hearing loss

In normal hearing, sound waves enter your outer ear and cause your ear drum and middle ear bones to vibrate. The sound waves then travel through your inner ear, which is a shell-shaped, fluid-filled tube called the cochlea. As the fluid moves, it sets in motion thousands of tiny hairs that convert the sound vibrations into nerve impulses. Those impulses are then sent to your brain where they are processed into sounds you can recognize. Hearing loss happens when there's a problem with the structures of the ear that process sound.
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Intercare Day Hospitals - The future of modern day surgery

The costs of healthcare services and medical aid premiums continue to increase. Intercare recognized that there is a growing need for alternative, cost-effective care outside the acute and high care environment to assure appropriate care at the appropriate level. With this in mind, we have opened our first day hospital in Hazeldean, Pretoria in 2012. Since then, another two were opened (Irene and Sandton) with the fourth to follow in Century City, Cape Town, in July this year.
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Milestones of child development (Birth to 5 years)

Your baby is growing up: first smile; first steps; first words. All babies develop on their own timelines but what are the milestones to look out for? There's more to tracking your baby's development than logging height and weight. You can look for signs of emerging motor and language skills in the very first months of your baby's life.
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Dental Implants - More than just appearance consideration

Implant dentistry has become so common that it has evolved into a vital component in mainstream dental practices. All over the world, more and more people request having dental implants. Unlike false teeth, which merely act as fillers and assist in presenting a wholesome appearance, dental implants have a more vital role to play in the entire structure of the jaw.
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Female Contraception - What is best for you?

People have been using various birth control methods for thousands of years. Today, we have many safe and effective contraceptive methods available to us. It is easy to be confused by all the many options out there, so if you're trying to decide which contraceptive method is the best for you, learning about each method may help you make your decision. Before making a decision, always talk to your doctor about which option would work best for you.
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Sepsis May Lead To Death

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. Sepsis occurs when chemicals released into the bloodstream to fight the infection trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body. This inflammation can trigger a cascade of changes that can damage multiple organ systems, causing them to fail.
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Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. It involves an increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.
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Hepatitis Can Cause Serious Liver Damage

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver. It may be caused by drugs, alcohol use, or certain medical conditions. But in most cases, it's caused by a virus. This is known as viral hepatitis, and the most common forms are hepatitis A, B, and C. Hepatitis can cause serious damage to the liver including liver cirrhosis and liver cancer.
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Excercise options to improve health and fitness

Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your balance and coordination, help you lose weight - even improve your sleep habits and self-esteem. With so many options to choose from, finding the right exercise programme for your lifestyle and level of fitness might be challenge though. You may want to consider one of the following options:
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The basics of snoring

Snoring is a common condition that can affect anyone, although it occurs more frequently in men and people who are overweight. Snoring has a tendency to worsen with age. Occasional snoring is usually not very serious and is mostly a nuisance for your bed partner. However, if you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you, but you also impair your own sleep quality. Medical assistance is often needed for habitual snorers to get a good night's sleep.
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Food allergies vs food intolerance

Food allergies and food intolerance are sometimes confused with each other, but they are quite different in terms of their origin, symptoms and treatment. Food allergies trigger the immune system, while food intolerance does not.
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Excercise and fitness as you age

As you grow older, an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood, and memory. Some of the many of exercise for adults over 50 include improved immune function, better heart health and blood pressure, better bone density, and better digestive functioning.
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Good sources of protein for weight loss

You can lose weight on a high-protein diet. But eating too much of fatty meats and dairy foods can raise your cholesterol and risk of a heart attack. If you're also not eating vegetables and grains, you miss out on fibre and other important nutrients. It is therefore important to eat the right amount and the right kind of protein to get its health benefits. Good protein sources for weight loss are:
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Low testosterone in men under 30

When we think of declining levels of testosterone in men, we normally think of middle-aged or older men. However, old age alone doesn’t cause testosterone levels to decline. Instead, a man’s change in health and lifestyle habits can cause his testosterone levels to decrease. Things like smoking, obesity, depression, and even medications can affect hormone levels.
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Cellulite - Medical condition or not?

If you have cellulite – those lumpy, bumpy, dimply areas of skin that often resemble cottage cheese or orange rinds – you’re not alone. Nearly 9 out of 10 women have some degree of cellulite on their thighs, buttocks, bellies and arms. 70 percent of cellulite is caused by lifestyle; 30 percent is genetic.
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Ways to protect your child's oral health

Dental care costs are nearly 40 % lower over a 5-year period for children who saw a dentist by age 5. Tooth decay - although largely preventable with good care - is one of the most common chronic diseases of children and teens ages 6 to 19. It is advisable that your child sees a dentist by his/her first birthday. Research shows there is an association between oral disease and other health problems. Early preventive dental care therefore not only saves money in the long run, but also have a positive impact on your child’s total bodily health.
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Why is it so difficult to find a cure for HIV and AIDS?

Curing AIDS is generally taken to mean clearing the body of HIV – the virus that causes AIDS. The virus replicates itself by inserting its genetic code into human cells and hijacking its replication machinery. The HI virus targets CD4 cells which are key role players in the body’s defence against infection and cancers. Depending on the type, antiretroviral drugs interfere with several of the steps in the replication process, which is why the drugs are so effective at reducing the amount of HIV in a person’s body. During treatment, the concentration of HIV in the blood often falls so low that it cannot be detected by the standard test, known as the viral load test.
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Fetal alcohol syndrome

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of potentially disabling congenital conditions that occur due to alcohol consumption by the mother during pregnancy, with fetal alcohol syndrome or FAS being the most severe among them. No safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy has been determined. It is therefore advisable to avoid drinking alcohol altogether during pregnancy to eliminate any risk.
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The 6 stages of getting drunk

One drink and the conversation starts flowing. Pour another and you start relaxing as your confidence grows. By the next drink you're cheeky, chirpy and ready to party. But by the time you get into bed the world has turned upside down - and in the morning you have the mother of all headaches.
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Drowning amongst children

Drowning is one of the main causes of unnatural deaths amongst children in South Africa. The sad truth is that almost all of these deaths are potentially preventable by proper supervision of children who are not yet able to swim; educating children on the dangers of open water sources and fencing off swimming pools or installing good quality safety nets.
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A first aid kit may save a life

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies. Keep at least one first aid kit in your home and one in your car. Store your kits in easy-to-retrieve locations that are out of the reach of young children.
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Understanding diabetes

Living with diabetes does not only have an impact on your quality of life, but also on those around you. Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition characterized by hyperglycaemia due to a deficiency of insulin secretion by the pancreas. A lack of insulin affects carbohydrate, protein, fat, as well as water and electrolyte metabolism. I am diabetic myself, which allows me to better understand the concerns of those patients, friends and family who are diabetic as well.
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Uncontrolled periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes – a collective health risk?

Uncontrolled diabetes and periodontal (gum) disease are a primary cause of disability and important predictors of increased health costs, serious complications and poor quality of health. Both conditions are very common and are go largely unnoticed by a large sector of the population. Diabetes affects an estimated 8-10% of the South African population. What is the link between periodontal (gum) disease and diabetes?
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The rise of individual wellness

Wellness refers to a state of complete physical and psychological wellbeing. Healthcare is currently seeing a fundamental shift in its philosophies and foundation away from the Doctor being the traditional custodian of the patient’s wellness, to the patient being primarily responsible.
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Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). Even though signs and symptoms are uncomfortable, IBS doesn't cause changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
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Diabetes type 1 in children

Type 1 diabetes in children can be described as a condition where the child’s pancreas no longer produces the insulin the child needs to stay alive. The lack of insulin needs to be replaced through the administration of insulin.
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Diabetes type 2 - The importance of a healthy lifestyle

There is no one specific cause for type 2 diabetes. It is a complex interaction of numerous genetic risk variants and lifestyle factors, such as diet and exercise. Increased physical activity, following a healthy eating plan, weight control and to stop smoking can be an investment in your health with endless rewards. Lifestyle interventions can reduce the risk of developing diabetes in high-risk individuals by 50%.
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Prevention of yellow fever

Yellow fever is a viral illness caused by the bite of a mosquito carrying the yellow fever virus. The infection is only passed from mosquito to human; there is no human-to-human transmission. The name of the disease originated from the yellow discoloration of the skin of some patients (known as jaundice). Yellow fever can cause only mild illness – with only fever and headache – or it can cause a much more serious illness, with damage to every major organ system (heart, kidneys, liver) and eventually massive bleeding (hemorrhage) due to liver failure.
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Malaria key factors

(Source: World Health Organization) Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by Plasmodium parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes. There are four parasite species that cause malaria in humans - Plasmodium falciparum; Plasmodium vivax; Plasmodium malariae and Plasmodium ovale. Malaria is, however, preventable and curable.
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Prevention of food borne illnesses while travelling

Your best defense against foodborne illnesses is to use common sense. The following tips for eating and drinking safely may be of assistance:
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Safe long distance travelling

We are nearing the holiday season and for some it may mean traveling long distances. The prospect of a long distance flight often raises health concerns, especially for passengers who are older or have certain medical conditions. One of the key health issues related to long distance flights is deep-vein thrombosis (dvt) - a blood clot in the leg.
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Male breast cancer

Cases of male breast cancer are on the increase. The results of a study conducted in this regard revealed that the average time between the first symptoms and diagnosis was more than a year and a half. That's a very long time! This is probably because people don't expect that men can get breast cancer, so there is little to no early detection.
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Cholesterol and Heart Disease

High cholesterol, also known as hypercholesterolemia, is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. Abnormal levels of LDL cholesterol or HDL cholesterol are treated with a low-fat diet, exercise, and medications such as statins.
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High Blood Pressure - The Silent Killer

About blood pressure: causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.
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Cardiovascular risk factors

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) refers to damage to the heart and brain in the form of heart attacks (coronary artery disease) and strokes. These result from arteries becoming damaged, which affects the supply of blood to these and other organs.
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Nutrition and a healthy heart

Fats form a very important part of a heart healthy diet. But these days we are confronted with many conflicting recommendations about what types of fats are good, especially for cardiovascular health. The aim of this article is to summarize the types of fats and the role it plays in preventing and managing cardiovascular health.
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What is a stroke?

A stroke is a condition in which the brain cells suddenly die because of a lack of oxygen.
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Common pigmentation disorders

The colour of the skin defines our race and is a result of our geographic origin and ancestry. This colour is produced by the interaction of four pigments: haemoglobin, oxyhaemoglobin, carotene and more importantly, melanin. The production of melanin is tightly regulated by several genes and the interaction with UV rays. There are several reasons for skin de-pigmentation, including hormonal, genetic, infectious, inflammatory, excessive UV exposure as well as dietary causes. Some of these disorders include:
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Smoking your heart away?

Smoking is a major cause of heart attack, stroke and peripheral arterial disease. Nearly 40% of all people who die from smoking tobacco do so due to heart and blood vessel disease. A person’s risk of heart attack greatly increases with the number of cigarettes he or she smokes.
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10 Warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive brain disorder that damages and eventually destroys brain cells, leading to memory loss and changes in thinking and other brain functions. It is the most common type of dementia, a general term used to describe various diseases and conditions that damage brain cells.
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Cervical cancer – the facts

Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in women aged 15-44 living in Southern Africa, and is one of the most common cancers causing death in South Africa women. Tragically, the majority of these cases could be avoided through effective immunisation and screening programmes. Read more about cervical cancer and how you can prevent it here...
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Are you at risk for osteoporosis?

One of the most important health issues for middle-aged women is the threat of osteoporosis. It is a condition in which bones become thin, fragile, and highly prone to fracture. Numerous studies over the past 10 years have linked estrogen insufficiency to this gradual, yet debilitating disease. In fact, osteoporosis is more closely related to menopause than to a woman's chronological age.
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Health impacts of water borne diseases

Millions of people die as a result of water borne diseases. Hepatitis, cholera, dysentery, and typhoid are the more common water-borne diseases. Consuming water that contains pathogenic microorganisms causes water borne diseases and in most developing countries, it is the main cause of childhood death, especially with diarrhea.
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Can chocolate benefit your health?

One of the best pieces of medical news to emerge over the last several years is that chocolate may help you live longer, probably through a reduction in cardiovascular events like heart attack and stroke. But which type of chocolate is really the healthiest and how much chocolate should you be eating, before its advantages are cancelled out by overindulgence?
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Why don’t we just pull it out?

It is a good question. Removing an infected, broken or painful tooth is one of the precious few guarantees we have in dentistry. If we take it out, it won’t bother you again.
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How safe is your toothpaste?

Toothpaste is an essential part of one’s daily oral hygiene and oral health care. But what makes one toothpaste brand different from another and how safe is it?
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The link between periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis

Periodontal disease (PD) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are two common chronic inflammatory diseases affecting humans worldwide.
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Occlusal disease - the modern day dental problem

Occlusal disease is caused by an imbalance between the teeth, the chewing muscles and the jaw. The consequences, if left untreated, are many, progressive and widespread. The disease is not limited to the older generation.
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Things to do before you fall pregnant

There are many things that you can do before you fall pregnant to increase your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby:
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The health risk associated with Obesity

Obesity is recognized as a global epidemic and is associated with various co-morbidities, including hypertension, insulin resistance and other components of the metabolic syndrome.
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Beating influenza – myths and facts

It’s that time of the year again - no matter what preventative measures you take, you can hardly escape the dreaded “FLU SEASON”.
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Crooked teeth and bad bites - does straightening teeth matter?

Most of us are not blessed with perfectly aligned or straight teeth. Sometimes we can become very conscious as to how our teeth look when we smile. People judge us on our smiles, whether they do it consciously or not. While it is not fair, people do judge us on our appearance all the time.
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When is a fall more than just a trip?

Falls are the leading cause of injury related hospitalisation in people older than 65 years of age. A fall may not be due to an unintended event such as a trip on a pavement, but rather a manifestation of an acute or chronic underlying medical problem. As such, all falls in the elderly must be thoroughly assessed and managed by your GP or local emergency department.
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