Stroke

A stroke, sometimes referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. This can be due to lack of blood flow caused by blockage (a clot), or a haemorrhage. As a result, the affected area of the brain cannot function,…

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Smoking

Is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths globally. Male and female smokers loose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that tobacco caused 5.4 million deaths in 2004and 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century. The United States Centres for Disease control and Prevention describes…

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Nutrition Tips

An essential part of living a healthy life is eating healthy. Human beings need food for growth and maintenance. Eat three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner). Eat more of fruits, whole grains, vegetables, low fat or fat free milk and milk products. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Control portions…

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Breast Cancer Tips

The first noticeable symptom of breast cancer is typically a lump that feels different from the rest of the breast tissue. More than 80% of breast cancer cases are discovered when the woman feels a lump. Indications of breast cancer other than a lump may include thickening different from the other breast tissue, one breast…

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Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Tips

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are spread primarily through person-to-person sexual contact. There are more than 30 different sexually transmissible bacteria, viruses and parasites. (WHO) Several, in particular HIV and syphilis, can also be transmitted from mother to child during pregnancy and childbirth, and through blood products and tissue transfer. (WHO) High risk…

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Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus, commonly referred to as diabetes is a disease in which a person has high blood sugar either because the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) does not produce enough insulin, or because cells of the body do not respond to the insulin that is produced.  It prevents your body from properly using the…

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